Daily Archives: October 8, 2012

Star Wars at New York Comic Con 2012

 


The place to be this week if you are a fan of sci-fi, comics, pop culture, and general geeky goodness is New York Comic Con which starts on Thursday, Oct 11th.  Of course there will be plenty of Star Wars represented at the 4-day con.  If you are planning to go to the con, here is your guide to things related to The Galaxy Far Far Away.

Celebrities

Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia in the films) will be at the convention on Friday thru Sunday.  She will be doing autographs, photo ops and will even be moderating a panel.
Autographing

Friday, October 12th 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Hall 1B
Saturday, October 13th 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Hall 1B
Sunday, October 14th 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Hall 1B
Photo Ops
Friday, October 12th 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM, Hall 1B
Saturday, October 13th 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Hall 1B
Sunday, October 14th 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM, Hall 1B
Panel
Carrie Fisher will be moderating a panel about an upcoming film called Violet and Daisy.  Saturday, October 13th12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Room 1A10

Ian McDiarmid
(Emperor Palpatine in the films) will be at the convention on Saturday and Sunday.  He will be doing photo ops and there is a spotlight panel featuring him.

Photo Ops
Saturday, October 13th 1:05 PM – 1:50 PM, Hall 1B
Sunday, October 14th 12:20 PM – 12:50 PM, Hall 1B
Panel
Ian McDiarmid Spotlight: Sunday, October 14th 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM, Room 1E13

Seth Green (voice actor in The Clone Wars and producer of Star Wars Detours) will be at the convention on Friday and Saturday.
Autographing
There will be a special autographing ticket giveaway to meet the creators of Robot Chicken.  It will be very limited and on a first come first served basis.  Plan to line up early if you want to get Seth’s autograph.  Saturday, October 13th 8:00 AM, Queue Hall 1C
Panel
There will be a Robot Chicken panel featuring Seth Green.  Friday, October 12th 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, IGN Theater.

Matt Senreich (producer of Star Wars Detours) will be at the convention on Friday and Saturday.
Autographing
Just like Seth, Matt will also be part of the special autographing session.  Remember to line up early to get your autograph pass.  Saturday, October 13th 8:00 AM, Queue Hall 1C
Panel
There will be a Robot Chicken panel featuring Matt Senreich.  Friday, October 12th 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, IGN Theater.

Clare Grant (voice actor in The Clone Wars) will be at the convention on Friday and Saturday.  She will take part in the autographing session and Robot Chicken panel with Seth and Matt that are mentioned above.

Phil LaMarr (voice actor in The Clone Wars)
Autographing
Friday, October 12th 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Autographing Table 7
Panel
Phil LaMarr will be appearing on a panel about a new digital comic called The Vision Machine.  Friday, October 12th 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Room 1A21

Richard LeParmentier (Admiral Motti in A New Hope)
Autographing
Friday, October 12th 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM, Autographing Table 5

Authors/Writers

Tim Zahn – Author of the upcoming novel Scoundrels, he will appear on the Star Wars Books panel (look below for details).  He will also be signing at the Random House booth (#1120).
Friday, October 12th 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Sunday, October 14th 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Pablo Hidalgo – Author of the recently released Star Wars: Essential Reader’s Companion, he will be on the Star Wars Books panel.  He will be signing at the Random House booth (#1120).
Friday, October 12th 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, October 14th 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Dan Wallace – Author of the popular Book of Sith, he will be signing at the DK Publishing booth (#932).
Friday, October 12th 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Saturday, October 13th 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Jason Fry – Author of Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare, he will be signing at the DK Publishing booth (#932) and the Random House booth (#1120).
Friday, October 12th 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, DK Booth #932
Friday, October 12th  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Random House Booth #1120

Randy Stradley Star Wars comic writer and the VP of Publishing for Dark Horse comics, he will appear on the Brian Wood focused panel (see below for details).

Brian Wood
– Writer of the upcoming Star Wars comic series, he will appear on the Dark Horse Comics panel “Brian Wood & Dark Horse: From World’s End to the Galaxy’s Beginnings”.

Michael Stackpole
– Author of five X-wing novels, he will not be doing any Star Wars focused events but he will appear on one panel.
Blizzard Entertainment Publishing: Saturday, October 13th 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM, Room 1A14


Star Wars Focused Panels

Star Wars Books: Friday, October 12th 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM, Unbound Stage
Official Description: Join New York Times bestselling author Tim Zahn, author of the upcoming novel Star Wars: Scoundrels, Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo, author of Star Wars: The Essential Reader’s Companion, Jason Fry, author of Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare, and Del Rey’s Frank Parisi and Erich Schoeneweiss as they discuss the present and future of the Star Wars Expanded Universe.

Brian Wood & Dark Horse: From World’s End to the Galaxy’s Beginnings: Friday, October 12th 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM, Room 1A06
Official Description: Dark Horse turns the spotlight on creator, Brian Wood, to discuss both his creator-owned and licensed works at the largest independent publisher!

Ian McDiarmid Spotlight: Sunday, October 14th 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM, Room 1E13
Official Description: Give in to the Dark Side of The Force! At least for an hour. Ian McDiarmid will be discussing his prolific career and his role as the most ambitious villain ever to grace a galaxy far, far away.

So there will be plenty to check out if you are a Star Wars fan going to New York Comic Con.  I hope to see you there!

Aaron Goins

Dallas Fan Days October 19-21

Dallas Fan Days expands, makes changes to growing show.

This month’s Dallas Fan Days expands to three days to better accommodate it’s growing fan base and give attendees more choices. With actor Bruce Campbell topping the media list and comic book legend Stan Lee leading the artists’ roster, the show will kick off at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, and run through Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Irving Convention Center in Irving, Texas.

To protect customers from inclimate weather, outside lines will be routed through the center’s covered garage, and an outdoor food court in that area will ease congestion in the exhibit hall. A large influx of attendees at Dallas Comic Con in May caught organizers by surprise, but they hope these and other changes will alleviate some of the issues that resulted.

“Basically, the number of customers doubled from 10,000 in February to 20,000 at our May show, causing some longer than expected lines and making it hard for some fans to see everything they wanted,” said Ben Stevens with C2 Ventures, which produces three shows annually at the Irving facility. “By moving the lines, adding concessions and scheduling a third day, we hope to create a more inviting and fun experience for our customers.”

Friday attendees will be among the first to witness the reunion of Star Wars bad boys Ian McDiarmid and Dave Prowse, who led the evil empire as “The Emperor Palpatine” and “Darth Vader,” respectively, in several of the popular movies. Also on hand Friday to sign autographs and meet fans will be actors Anne Lockhart from the original Battlestar Galactica and Donnie Dunagan, the voice of “Bambi” in the Disney classic. Fans unable to attend on Friday can catch all four actors on Saturday and Sunday.

Returning for his third appearance at our shows is Stan Lee, co-creator and writer of the Amazing Spider-man, Iron Man, Thor, Fantastic Four, Incredible Hulk and X-Men. In addition to being the former president of Marvel Comics, he’s well known in the industry as a writer, editor, actor, producer and publisher. Mr. Lee will sign autographs all three days and conduct a Q&A session at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the fourth-floor auditorium.

The three-day event will feature 300 vendor booths in the exhibit hall and fourth floor lobby, as well as two dozen artists, including Ralph Bakshi, award-winning animator and director of Fritz the Cat, Heavy Traffic and Wizards; legendary artist Al Plastino, co-creator of Supergirl, Brainiacs and Legion of Super-Heroes; and Eisner Award-winner Frank Cho, creator and artist of Liberty Meadows.

Mr. Campbell, who stars as “Sam Axe” in television’s Burn Notice, appears Saturday only. He also played “Ash” in the Evil Dead series, and starred in Bubba Ho-Tep, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies and Sky High. In addition to signing autographs, Mr. Campbell will do a Q&A session starting at noon Saturday.

Media guests appearing Saturday and Sunday include Robert Englund of “Freddy Krueger” fame; Lance Henriksen, best known as “Bishop” in the Alien movies; Felicia Day from The Guild; and Sean Astin, who played “Sam” in The Lord of the Rings movies. Also, voice actress Tara Strong, whose credits include My Little Pony and Rugrats, Steven Yeun from The Walking Dead, and Warehouse 13 actor Eddie McClintock.

Making a rare convention appearance will be Gina Torres from the short-lived but highly popular Firefly series/Serenity movie, along with her on-screen husband, Alan Tudyk. Also appearing both days are Starship Troopers stars Dina Meyer and Casper Van Dien.

During Fan Days, the actors will be available to sign autographs, talk with fans and answer questions during special panel discussions, which are free to attend as space allows. Media guests charge a fee for autographs and fans also may pay to have their photo taken with select actors by a professional photographer.

Admission to Dallas Fan Days is $20 Friday, $30 Saturday and $20 Sunday. A three-day pass also is available for $60. Children’s tickets are $5 when accompanied by a paying adult. VIP passes for this show are sold out. Tickets may be purchased at the box office beginning at 1 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. Coupons for $5 off can be found in The Dallas Observer, Fort Worth Weekly and other North Texas newspapers.

Show hours are 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., is at the intersection of SH114 and Northwest Highway in Irving, Texas.

For more information on events and schedules, please visit the website at www.fandays.com.

What Do We Know About Star Wars 1313?

The Basics:

Star Wars 1313 is a third person, action adventure game set in the underbelly of Coruscant. We play the role of a bounty hunter who ventures into level 1313 where the criminal organizations of the Star Wars universe gather and have created a city of “scum and villainy”. The game was announced at this year’s E3, along with some game-play featuring the technical and creative talents of LucasArts, ILM, Lucasfilm Animation, and Skywalker Sound in an attempt to bring the Star Wars gaming franchise and LucasArts back into competition with other game producing companies. Besides bringing all the different Lucas companies in to help with the production of this new game, a large amount of attention has been geared toward the idea of a “mature” Star Wars game. While there is no official rating as of yet, the developers have stated that they will be trying to achieve the M rating. In addition to this, the official website does require a birth-date in order to obtain access (which is common for most game sites related to an M rated game).

The Game-play:

So far we have only seen three game-play videos, all within the same part of the game. The game seems to rely on a cover system, and contains stunning visuals. The game-play’s graphics are some of the best I have seen and have a great cinematic feel that is often compared to the Uncharted series for the PlayStation 3. There is still no word on whether or not this will be a multiplayer game, but I think since they have already set up two possible lead characters, it certainly has the potential.
Link to the gameplay footage:

The Technology:

Since Star Wars 1313 has such amazing gameplay and texturing, many people are convinced the game will not be running on current systems, but on next gen consoles, those not due out for another few years. The game was designed on the popular Unreal Engine, who’s recent works include Dishonored, Gears of War 3, and Batman: Arkham City. A program called Mari was used for texturing the environment and characters. As far as I could tell, Star Wars 1313 will be one of the first video games, if not the first video game to use Mari to texture the digital world. Mari has been used mostly for films, including Hugo, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Real Steel. The use of such a program is probably tied with ILM’s attachment to the project. I think I’m looking forward to the visuals of Star Wars 1313 more than anything.

The Characters:

While little is known about our main character(s) at this point, there are a few things we can speculate on based on different hints and pieces of information coming out. The biggest mystery surrounding the main character is that, according to a report from Brendan Sinclair and Giancarlo Varaini from Gamespot, is that we did not actually see the main character from the game. The one we saw was simply a stand in. What does this mean? Well, it could just mean that they didn’t have the time to include the real main character by E3, or it’s someone that everyone knows, so they want to keep it under wraps until closer to release. The other character reminded me slightly of Dash Rendar from the Shadows of the Empire series. No more has really been released officially about these characters, and I doubt we’re going to see much until the game is closer to stores.

The Release Date:

Like I said before, the common theory among gaming sites and across the web is that this will be a title for next gen systems, and those systems also do not have a release date. We could end up waiting another three years for 1313 to be in our hands; we just don’t know. But the fact that they’re already releasing game-play footage is a good sign that we’ll be hearing more about the game in the not-so-distant future.

-Ryan Zasso

Ryan Zasso first entered the Star Wars fan community in early 2010 with the podcast Fanboy’s Guide to the Galaxy. Interested in doing Star Wars related writing, he began writing for the Star Wars Report in 2011.

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