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The Jedi Council: Where are They Now?

Back in 1999 a new Star Wars movie came to theaters for the first time since Return of the Jedi was released in 1983.  The Phantom Menace brought us back to the Galaxy Far Far Away and introduced us to some interesting new characters.  Some of the most interesting looking characters were the characters on the Jedi Council.  With the exception of Yoda, these twelve Jedi were brand new to us and we knew next to nothing about them.

In the years since much more has been revealed about the Jedi Council members seen in The Phantom Menace.  Some had bigger roles in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, some have been featured in The Clone Wars TV show, and others have been fleshed out in the novels and comics.  The fate of many of the characters has been revealed in the movies and The Clone Wars.  The Expanded Universe has also told its version of some of the Jedi Council member’s deaths, although these stories can always be overridden by George Lucas’s vision in the currently running Clone Wars show (we have already seen a few examples of this.)

So let’s take a look at each of the twelve council members and what we know about where they stand in the Star Wars universe.  We will consider stories from not only the movies and The Clone Wars but also the Expanded Universe.

Yarael Poof
Maybe the oddest looking of the twelve council members, and that’s saying a lot, Poof was a Quermian Jedi Master.  Many stories in the Expanded Universe include Yarael Poof, but his most important appearance would probably be in the one shot comic book titled Zam Wessel.  In the comic a plot is uncovered to destroy one of the Republic’s key worlds and Coruscasnt is a possible target.  Poof volunteers to take on the task of protecting the planet.  He used the Force to track down the terrorist whose plan was to destroy the planet by using a very powerful ancient artifact.  Poof was able to stop the plan with the help of the unlikely allies Jango Fett and Zam Wessel, but in the process he was stabbed by the terrorist.  Using his last bit of Force power he disabled the artifact before it could explode and destroy the planet.  After his death, Yarael Poof was replaced by Coleman Trebor on the Jedi Council before the events of Attack of the Clones.
On a lighter note, Poof can also be seen making a hilarious cameo appearance in the Robot Chicken : Star Wars Episode III special.

Yaddle
The girl version of Yoda.  She didn’t have much to do in The Phantom Menace and she does not show up in the future movies, so what happened to her?  Her adventures after The Phantom Menace, and even before, are chronicled in the Star Wars comics and the young readers novels.  One of the most interesting stories is Yaddle’s Tale: The One Below which can be found in the comic Star Wars Tales #5.  The story is of a younger Yaddle who is sent on a mission with her master.  The mission was to liberate the people of a planet from a vicious warlord.  Her master is killed by the warlord and Yaddle is sealed in a pit for over 100 years.  While in the pit she becomes a local legend called The One Below.  When an earthquake finally frees her she stays on the planet to help the people recover from the earthquake.  The warlord had long since left but when his son returns to claim the villages as his birthright, Yaddle defends the people and defeats him in battle.
The story of Yaddle’s death is told in the young readers novel Jedi Quest: The Shadow Trap.  While on a mission to Mawan with Anakin and Obi-Wan, Yaddle sacrificed her life to protect the innocent.  She used the Force to absorb a bioweapon released by the troubled character Granta Omega.  Her death occurs between the events of The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones.

Oppo Rancisis
Another very unique looking Jedi Council member, Oppo Rancisis was Thisspiasian Jedi.  He basically had the body of a giant snake but with four arms coming from his more humanoid upper body.  Like most of the Council members in The Phantom Menace he was not given any lines in the movie.  It wouldn’t be until the Genndy Tartakovsky Clone Wars cartoon in 2005 that Rancisis is given a voice, but he is still just shown sitting on the council.  If you want to see Rancisis in action you will have to go to the comics.  In the Republic: Siege of Saleucami story line, Rancisis is sent to the planet of Saleucami with Republic forces to stop the creation of an army of Morgukai clones.  Racisis role was to coordinate the battle plan and use his Force ability of battle meditation to assist the Republic forces.  During the battle the Republic stronghold was infiltrated and Rancisis was attacked by assassins.  Exhausted from his battle meditation he was barely able to repel the assassins.  In the confusion of the fight Dark Jedi Sora Bulq, an agent of Count Dooku, snuck up behind Rancisis and stabbed him in the back.  These events happened just before Revenge of the Sith and Rancisis does not appear in the movie.
This is how the Expanded Universe has portrayed his death but it is always possible that The Clone Wars will tell things a little differently.  Dave Filoni did say in an online chat over at Entertainment Weekly that Oppo Rancisis would eventually show up in the series.

Even Piell
A very gruff looking member of the Jedi Council, Even Piell was short in stature and had a severe scar over his left eye.  When you first see him you know he has seen battle.  Piell does show up again in Attack of the Clones but does not make an appearance in Revenge of the Sith.  Based on the novel Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight, Piell was originally thought to have survived Order 66 only to be killed by stormtroopers shortly after.  This version of his death has recently been changed due to events in The Clone Wars TV series.  In the Season 3 episode Citadel Rescue, Piell was being rescued by the Jedi from the stronghold called The Citadel.  In the process of the escape the Jedi are attacked by a pack of Anoobas.  Though he fought bravely, Piell succumbed to wounds he received and died.  Before he died though, he was able to relay the important Nexus Route coordinates to Ahsoka Tano.

Adi Gallia
The beautiful Adi Gallia was a Tholothian Jedi Master who appeared on the Jedi Council in The Phantom Menace.  She makes a brief appearance in Attack of the Clones.  Another character who looks very similar also appears in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.  This character, named Stass Allie, is the one who is killed in the Order 66 scenes in Revenge of the Sith.
Gallia is very prominent in the Expanded Universe having been featured in novels, young readers books, comics and even video games.  Like many Jedi, Adi Gallia died during the Clone Wars.  Originally her death was depicted in the comic series Obsession.  During a battle on Boz Pity just before the events of Revenge of the Sith, Gallia was killed by General Grievous.  In the Season 5 premiere of The Clone Wars a different version of her death was depicted and this is the version that will be considered canon.  While on a mission with Obi-Wan to stop the brothers Maul and Savage Opress, Adi Gallia was brutally killed by the hulking Savage Opress.

Ki-Adi-Mundi
The Cerean Jedi Master was very distinct because of his cone-head appearance.  Before his appearance in The Phantom Menace Ki-Adi-Mundi had already been featured in the Dark Horse comic series Star Wars which started in December 1998, so many fans were already familiar with the character.  He continued to be heavily featured in the comic series as it chronicled the time before The Phantom Menace, the time leading up to Attack of the Clones, and on through the events of the Clone Wars.  He was also featured in the Genndy Tartakovsky Clone Wars cartoon as one of the first Jedi to face off against the mysterious General Grievous.
He has more recently been featured in the current The Clone Wars TV series having a very prominent role in the Season 2 episode Landing at Point Rain.  Unfortunately we know that he dies during Order 66, shot by his clones on the planet Mygeeto during Revenge of the Sith.  He did put up a bit of a fight which is more than can be said for many of his Jedi counterparts.

Mace Windu
Mace Windu was a human Jedi Master originally from the planet Haruun Kal.  On the Council, he was second only to Master Yoda.  Other than Yoda Windu was the most prominently featured council member in The Phantom Menace, so it only makes sense that he would also be prominently featured in the Expanded Universe.  He got his own novel in Shatterpoint and was a major player in the comics set in this era.  He also had an episode of the Genndy Tartakovsky Clone Wars cartoon completely focused on him.  In the episode he basically takes out an entire droid army using only his bare hands and the Force.
Mace Windu has also appeared in no less than 29 episodes of The Clone Wars TV series.  The Season 1 episode Liberty on Ryloth puts him center stage and shows us his warrior side.
Mace Windu met his unfortunate end in the Revenge of the Sith movie.  He went with three other Jedi Masters to arrest Palpatine in his office on the suspicion that he was a Sith Lord.  Palpatine quickly dispatched the other Jedi and engaged Windu in a lightsaber battle.  Just as it seemed Windu had the upper hand, Anakin Skywalker intervened.  Fearing he would lose the knowledge of how to save his wife Padme if Palpatine was killed, Anakin cut off Mace Windu’s hand.  Palpatine took the oppuritunity to attack Windu with Force lightning and sent him out the window, falling to his death.

Plo Koon
Plo Koon was a Kel Dor Jedi Master who required a breathing mask when away from his home planet of Dorin.  He appears in all three of the Star Wars prequel movies.  In the Expanded Universe Plo Koon is featured in a number of stories including some that take place before the events of The Phantom Menace.  The comics The Stark Hyperspace War and Jedi Council: Acts of War are two of these stories.
The character currently enjoys the spotlight thanks in part to his biggest fan and supervising director of The Clone Wars, Dave Filoni.  Plo Koon has become a very important character in the series and plays the part of mentor to Ahsoka Tano.  One of his best episodes is the Season 2 finale Lethal Trackdown.  In the episode he and Ahsoka hunt down the bounty hunters Aurra Sing, Boba Fett and Bossk.
Plo Koon was known for his piloting skills but unfortunately he wasn’t good enough to avoid Order 66.  In Revenge of the Sith while he was in his Jedi Starfighter, he was shot down by his clones when the order was given to take out the Jedi.

Saesee Tiin
The horned Iktochi Jedi Master also appeared in all three of the Star Wars prequel movies.  He is featured in Expanded Universe materials including novels, comics, and video games, although not as prominently as some of the other council members.  One of his more memorable appearances comes in the Genndy Tartakovsky Clone Wars cartoon.  In episode 23 of the series he is shown leading a group of clones with jet packs as they attack a Separatist ship in open space.  Tiin sported some really cool armor and a mask that left only his horns exposed, one of the coolest designs I have ever seen for a Jedi.
He has appeared in The Clone Wars TV series but has yet to play a major role.  Here’s hoping we get to see him in action in Season 5.
Saesee Tiin was one of the Jedi who accompanied Mace Windu to arrest Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith.  He was quickly cut down by Palpatine.

Yoda
Yoda was the head of the Jedi Council and arguably the most powerful Jedi of his time.  He is the one Jedi on the council in The Phantom Menace that we already knew well because of his appearance in the Original Trilogy.  Being the major character he is he has popped up all over the place in the Expanded Universe.  Much of Yoda’s past is still a mystery and probably always will be, but you can get a small glimpse into his past concerning Count Dooku in the novel Dark Rendezvous.   Yoda is also the main focus of the comic Jedi: Yoda where he leads a clone army against a king that he knew from 200 years before.
In the TV series The Clone Wars Yoda is a main character and appears in many episodes.  The series premiere was an episode titled Ambush which featured Yoda as the main character facing off against the droid army and Asajj Ventress.
Yoda is the only member of the Jedi Council from The Phantom Menace who is known to have survived Order 66 and the Jedi Purge.  Much later in his life, after completing his training of Luke Skywalker on Dagobah, he peacefully became one with the Force.

Depa Billaba
Of the members of the Jedi Council from The Phantom Menace, Billaba is the only one to have gone astray.  The novel Shatterpoint tells the story of how she took a mission to Mace Windu’s home planet of Haruun Kal.  While on the planet she linked up with the local militia and came under the influence of the Force sensitive leader, Kar Vastor.  She slowly lost her sanity and Mace Windu was sent to retrieve her from the planet.  When he confronted her she did not come willingly, having fallen to the Dark Side.  She ended up sustaining injuries that caused her to fall into a coma.  Windu took her body back to the Jedi Temple where she never recovered.  It is unknown when and how she ultimately died but it is likely she was killed during the attack on the Jedi Temple during the events of Revenge of the Sith.

Eeth Koth
Eeth Koth, the Zabrak Jedi Master, is the only member of the Jedi Council from The Phantom Menace that we do not know his ultimate fate.  A character by the name of Agen Kolar appears in Attack of the Clones and looks very much like him which caused some confusion as to the status of Koth.  In the reference book Inside the Worlds of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones it was revealed that Eeth Koth had actually died in a gunship crash at the Battle of Geonosis.  Well this reported death turned out to be inaccurate because Eeth Koth makes an appearance in The Clone Wars TV series in the episode Grievous Intrigue.  Since his appearance in the episode, nothing more has been revealed about his status in the Clone Wars.  Could he possibly have escaped Order 66 like Yoda did or will his ultimate demise be told in a future episode of The Clone Wars?  We’ll just have to keep watching.

Aaron Goins

Book Review: The Essential Reader’s Companion

I knew this book was coming and I was excited, but as details of the book were revealed my excitement grew.  Every Star Wars novel was going to be summarized in chronological order, with info on planets visited, characters, and pictures!  This is an Expanded Universe fan’s dream come true!  I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.  I did get my hands on it a few weeks ago and I was determined to wait and review it until after I read the whole thing.  Reading it in its entirety took longer than I expected but here we go…

The Essential Reader’s Companion (ERC) is a book written by Star Wars expert and Lucasfilm employee Pablo Hidalgo.  The book was released on October 2nd and is available in both print and ebook formats.  The ERC is basically a complete guide to every Star Wars novel, ebook, and short story that has ever been officially released.  What is not included are the stories from comics, books meant for very young readers, video game stories, and stories from roleplaying guides (although stories of note from these sources are mentioned).  It makes sense to me that these were excluded, otherwise the book could have been twice the size, and it is already pushing 500 pages.

The ERC is broken down into eight chapters, each one covering a major era of Star Wars.  I like how the book went with a chronological order of the stories.  It gives the book a nice flow and makes it easier to follow.  Each chapter begins with a short introduction and then goes right into the story entries.  Each story entry includes the name of the author and cover artist and the publication history of the book, like when it was released and if there were various editions.  It also includes where the story falls on the in universe timeline as well as a list of the worlds visited and the main characters.  The galaxy map location for each planet visited is listed as well, and you can look up the location in the Essential Atlas if you want to get that nerdy with it.  This is an example of the great detail included in this book.

After all of that info, you will find a concise story summary.  Be aware that the story summaries do contain major spoilers.  So if you haven’t read a particular book, and you plan to, you might want to skip that story summary.  After most of the story summaries you will find additional information.  For me this was the best part of the book.  This is where you will find behind the scenes info on the story.  Anything from original story pitches to continuity errors to info on Lucas’s involvement can be found here.  I only wish there was more of this in the ERC.  I for one would buy a book that dives a little deeper into some of this behind the scenes info about Star Wars publishing.

One of my favorite things about the ERC is how the author handles discussing continuity errors.  This can be a sore subject for many fans and the author could easily have not mentioned the numerous errors that have occurred in Star Wars fiction over the years.  Instead he readily points out continuity errors with an attitude of “it happens”.  It’s a big universe and it would be impossible to keep every little detail straight.  It was refreshing to see this subject taken on in a very matter of fact way.

Although comics and other stories are not the main focus of this book, there are info boxes scattered throughout the book highlighting these stories that have had a major impact or deserve mentioning.  Also found in the book is some amazing artwork by Jeff Carlisle, Joe Corroney, Brian Rood, Chris Scalf, Darren Tan, and Chris Trevas.  This is one of the major draws of the book for me personally.  There are numerous brand new character portraits and full page illustrations depicting major scenes from our favorite stories.  I specifically really enjoyed the character portraits at the beginning of each chapter and would have liked to see more.

This is an amazing book.  It may be my favorite Star Wars publication yet.  I can see myself coming back to this book time after time to reference things as I am reading through new novels.  Wookieepedia is nice but the summaries in this book are official and uncluttered and, since everything is in chronological order, easy to find.  Having the digital version of the ERC with me on a mobile device at all times will be fantastic.  The ERC isn’t just for diehard EU fans like me though.  This is also the perfect book for someone who is interested in the Star Wars Expanded Universe but just doesn’t have time to catch up.  With the ERC you can read though the summaries of the books and eras you are interested in and quickly get caught up to where you want to start reading in the Expanded Universe.

Highlights, Curiosities, and Random Thoughts

If you’re wanting to be completely surprised by everything in this book and don’t want to see detailed spoilers you may not want to read any further.

Timothy Zahn originally wanted to establish the Sith as a species that at one time was subservient to Darth Vader which would have made the title “Dark Lord of the Sith” make sense.  Lucasfilm rejected the idea because they weren’t quite ready to set what the Sith were in stone.  Zahn’s idea eventually became the Nohgri. (page 26)

There is a lot of great info on the merging of the EU Sith into George Lucas’s vision of them. (page 27)

The Jedi Quest young readers novels were originally meant to be part of a multimedia event including action figures and comic book tie ins. (page 59)

Really cool image of C’baoth Force choking Thrawn from Outbound Flight.  The most memorable scene for me from that book. (page 62)

If you are interested in Clone Wars continuity check out page 75.

Author Sean Stewart made his participation in writing Star Wars novels contingent on Lucasfilm giving him permission to write a Yoda novel. (page 118)

Asajj Ventress was originally slated to die in the novel Labyrinth of Evil. (page 121) The ERC says, “…though that story would ultimately be told elsewhere.”  Curious comment since her death has yet to be depicted in any media.  Is this comment a clue that her death has already been determined but we are just yet to see it?  I’m probably thinking way too much into this.

The ERC claims that events in Season 5 of The Clone Wars will show Lucas’s true vision for the roots of the Rebel Alliance and will take precedence over Starkiller’s involvement. (page 161) I wonder how definitive this will be and will future writers be able to retcon a way that both stories can still fit.

A Squib character named Mace Windu debuted in 1996 in a short story that was not written by Troy Denning.

George Lucas had something to say about Mara Jade having a telepathic link as a means of communication with the Emperor.  In a July 1994 memo he said that this power should be unique to Mara and not a common Force power. (page 253)  There are actually multiple instances in the ERC where Lucas put in his two cents about a project.  He even had involvement in shaping the direction of the New Jedi Order books. (page 369)  So there you go people who say GL doesn’t care about the books.

Great picture of Luke facing off against Luuke from The Last Command on page 307.

I love that there is now a really nice portrait of Allana Solo. (page 416)

I was really hoping for a Ben Skywalker portrait and how is it after 18 years we still don’t have a good image of Gantoris?  I need to start a petition or something.

This book is awesome.  Go buy it.

Aaron Goins

X-Wing Omnibus Vol 1 – SWBTF #41

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Star Wars: Omnibus: X-Wing Rogue Squadron, Volume 1, on the next Star Wars Beyond the Films, YOUR Star Wars discussion podcast! YOUR ticket to the EU!

This week true believers, Beyonders, Fanboys, Fangirls, respected aliens around the galaxy, your EU Guru; Nathan P. Butler, and The Defender of the EU; Mark Hurliman sit down to discuss the first volume of the three volume X-Wing Rogue Squadron Omnibus series. Strap in and tighten the crash webbing; Mark’s piloting this episode! Star Wars Beyond the Films is setting off on a rapid-fire trip to a galaxy far, far away!
In this week’s episode jumps in with the Star Wars 2012 Del Rey Convention Exclusive Sampler Contest. Be sure to listen to the show to learn how to win it!

This episode covers the issues collected in the the Star Wars: Omnibus- X-Wing Rogue Squadron Vol. 1: (Be sure to check out the links for some epic cover art)

First question out of the gate: where does the first volume of the X-Wing Omnibus lie in the timeline? Nathan has singles whereas Mark has the Omnibus collection. Apparently there are some minor differences along the way. They talk about the different art styles used in the various stories. They discuss a movie character’s death in Rogue Leader.  Apparently Sullustan are the Red Shirts of the SWEU.
Mark points out that we see a different side to Tycho in Rogue Leader. Nathan and Mark both felt the second story in the Omnibus felt so off in style it was practically off-putting. Nathan mentions Derek Hobbie Klivian, which leads to a correction in printing. As well as some crazy in atmosphere flight tactics. They talk story arcs, character progression, fighter combat, and much, much more.

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Once again, your dynamic duo cover entirely too much EU-goodness in their ONE hour, but don’t worry, give it a go; you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you might even get a little education on the EU while you’re at it. But no matter how you slice it and dice it, you’ll be having another adventure Beyond the Films. So once again, sit back, hang on, enjoy the show and may the Force be with you!

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Ashley Eckstein at Star Wars Reads Day [Interview] – SWR #66

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This past Saturday was Star Wars Reads Day. I attended the event at my local Little Shop Of Stories in Decatur GA. where I had a BLAST! There I also had the pleasure if interviewing Ashley Eckstein.

As the voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Ashley has proven her voice acting chops as the plucky and determined padawan of Anakin Skywalker.

However, her talent doesn’t stop there. She has proven herself as a successful entrepreneur with the launch of her own company, Her Universe. Through Her Universe, she creates merchandise for female sci-fi fans. But, she does much more than that. She has led the charge as a representative of fan-girls everywhere who are stepping into the spotlight and being heard, recognized and rewarded.

Below is a written excerpt of my interview with Ashley, but be sure to jump to the bottom of this page to download and listen to the podcast which features the interview in its entirety.

Riley: How have you enjoyed Star Wars Reads Day so far?

Ashley: It’s been a blast! This is such an amazing bookshop, and such an amazing event. I mean, to have over 1,200 events For Star Wars Reads Day is such a cool thing.

Riley: Yes, it was fascinating to see how at first I’d heard about it and just thought “well that seems interesting”. Then I kept hearing more and more people talking about it.

Ashley: Absolutely, I definitely try to encourage reading, especially with young kids. If you read about something you love, it makes it so much easier, especially with Star Wars. It’s such an amazing story, to me it’s a story of hope and a story of good overcoming evil.

Riley: Recently on the Her Universe page you posted “What an AWESOME post written by Dave Filoni! He also addresses those crazy rumors about The Clone Wars being canceled! This is definitely a MUST READ!” (Read the post here.) Is there a feeling within The Clone Wars cast that “This is coming to an end.”? Because it may not be canceled, but I do kind of get a sense of finality as we start delving deeper into the Clone Wars stories.

Ashley: Well I think you kind of just said it. It’s not that The Clone Wars is coming to an end because we’re still going. I mean, I just recorded an episode the other day so that’s why I wanted to point out Dave’s blog post because you hear all these rumors and we’re still working away. So, don’t believe everything you read.

Riley: But it was on the internet!

Ashley: (Laughs) I know! But it shows what the fans are paying attention to is the fact that we are getting closer to (Star Wars) Episode 3 and that is the story that our show is telling. The story between Episode 2 and Episode 3 so as we get closer to Episode 3, “What’s going to happen?” And I don’t even have that answer. I don’t know what eventually happens to Ahsoka, I honestly don’t.

The interview continues in the audio podcast below. Stay tuned as Ashley discusses:

  • Ahsoka’s development as a character
  • The Clone Wars going into syndication
  • Ashley’s Celebration video diaries
  • Her Universe and how it’s unique in the female fandom

This episode of the Star Wars Report is brought to you by Toy Hutt, be sure to check out their awesome Twitter and Facebook pages!!

HUGE thanks to Ashley for making the time in her busy schedule to do this interview. I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to interview a number of actors and few have been as professional and accommodating as she was. So Ashley, if you’re reading this, thank you so much!

Riley Blanton

Host of the Star Wars Report podcast, Tech enthusiast, former CAP cadet. Opinions are my own and do not represent those of… well… other people.

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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