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Star Wars Reads Day: The Empire Invades!

Greetings Bothans! What follows is a post about some adventures had at this past weekend’s Star Wars Reads Day! Many of you will already be familiar with Paul DePaola who writes for a number of Star Wars fan sites and is also a podcaster, but be sure to check out his geek site Fanboys Talking! With that, I’ll let Paul take it away! ~ Bethany Blanton

The third annual Star Wars Reads event was held on Saturday, October 12th.  Troopers from all over the Empire showed up at their local book stores and libraries to celebrate literacy and reading.  I attended the event as a member of the 501st Legion, “trooping” my local Barnes & Noble as a Sandtrooper.

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Crystal Crisis: A Legacy Refracted

Greetings Bothans! What follows is a post about the recent Star Wars: The Clone Wars Crystal Crisis arc by friend of the Star Wars Report, Joseph Tavano! Be sure to check out Joseph’s new website RetroZap, a pop culture and narrative art site which currently has some of his thoughts on Star Wars Rebels. Without further ado, I’ll turn it over to Joseph! ~ Bethany Blanton

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In 1985, there existed a fully formed concept for The Clone Wars. It was conceived entirely in my five-year-old mind. I envisioned the Jedi overrun by scores of doppelgangers sent forth by their Dark Side enemies, invading the universe and attacking the true Jedi from within. I imagined the Clone Wars to be a hall-of-mirrors nightmare across the galaxy where nothing could be trusted and danger was omnipresent.

When The Clone Wars was finally realized on screen, I was way off the mark. And yet, that’s an aspect of Star Wars I love more and more as the Galaxy Far, Far Away grows and matures. One of the best things that Lucasfilm has managed to do is to keep Star Wars moving in new directions virtually no one would have predicted. With every new installment, audiences get to cast off preconceived notions and fastidious theories for an inspired, radically unique story that is not afraid to go down roads less traveled.

Dave Filoni and the writing team of The Clone Wars kept this trailblazing spirit alive for over six seasons, chronicling the events of a three-year war that transpired in a way no one would have ever predicted. Ten years ago, we were left to assume that the wars were going to be a nonstop conflict similar to the battle on Geonosis in Attack of the Clones. Clone troopers versus battle droids. Blaster fire everywhere. Lightsabers leading the way through the fog of war. And, in their tour of duty, Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi would become brothers-in-arms, inseparable throughout their legendary adventures across the galaxy.

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Book Reviews for Star Wars Reads Day

Greetings Bothans!

What follows is a set of short reviews of Star Wars books from Mitchell Stein over at MickeyMindset.com! He prepped these in preparation of the upcoming Star Wars Reads Day.
Be sure to check out your local libraries, bookstores, etc. for Star Wars Reads Day events!
With that, I’ll turn it over to Mitchell! ~ Bethany

Mitchell Stein- Greetings Star Wars fans! In honor of Star Wars Reads Day this weekend, I am reviewing three awesome new books from Disney/Lucasfilm and DK Publishing! Today I am taking a look at Star Wars Rebels: The Visual GuideStar Wars Blueprintsand Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded. All of these books follow in DK’s line of encyclopedias, which also includes other franchises such as Disney, Pixar, Muppets, Lego, Doctor Who, and a whole lot more! Be sure to check out some of DK’s other Star Wars books as well.

Without any further ado, let’s cut to the review shall we?

Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide

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Based off the Star Wars Rebels television show on Disney XD, this guide gives a look at every character and location based in the series with a break-down analysis of pretty much every object and weapon that’s included in the show. I’ve given this book a re-read after watching the premiere episode of Rebels, and I find myself appreciating this book far more than before I viewed the episode. It also includes some behind-the-scenes look at how the series is made from story-boards to animation and an introduction by series creator Dave Filoni. It’s a must have for any Star Wars Rebels fans.

Star Wars Blueprints

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There’s a whole bunch of books in this series, but the book I am specifically talking about features Darth Vader on it’s cover, and to be honest isn’t actually much of a book. Inside this box of Darth Vader, it includes five awesome posters of blueprints on the creation of the characters and vehicles including R2-D2 and C3PO, the Death Star, Darth Vader, The Millennium Falcon, and various other weapons and vehicles. I probably would have preferred an actual book with photos of blue-prints, but this one is pretty cool too. I would definitely suggest checking this one out as well.

Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded

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This is by far the largest and most in-depth book on the Star Wars franchise. The book is split into two parts, the original classic trilogy and the prequels and everything is categorized alphabetically and by it’s significance in story. It breaks down every subject in every possible way with multiple photos, break-down analysis and quotes which makes it one of my favorite Star Wars books to date!

Be sure to check out these books and more this weekend during Star Wars Reads! There is no try, only read!

Mitchell Stein is a major Star Wars/Disney/Muppet/Marvel fan. He co-operates the website The Mickey Mindset (link: mickeymindset.comwhere he celebrates all these and more, daily! Be sure to check it out and like them on Facebook! (facebook.com/TheMickeyMindset)

LEGENDS: The Imperial Handbook

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Dragon Con 2014: An Hour with Sam Witwer

Greetings all! Bethany Blanton of the Star Wars Report here to give you more coverage of Dragon Con! What follows is a recap of the Sam Witwer panel at Dragon Con this year, but first I’ll quickly tell you how my brother and I met Sam.

Riley and I first met Sam Witwer at Dragon Con a few years ago, where he was kind enough to take the time to do an interview with us. He’s an awesome Star Wars fan who is passionate about the franchise. One of Riley’s highlights of this year’s convention was when, while in conversation with him later, Sam mentioned listening to the Star Wars Report. Yes, Riley’s face at that moment did make me laugh. :)

This year saw me, Teresa, Riley, and Aaron all together again for Dragon Con! While the convention is over, we are still releasing coverage of it including photos, event coverage, and panel recaps like this one. Dragon Con has so much wonderful content from Marvel panels to parties, from Doctor Who to My Little Pony, and of course the Star Wars track, which had panels, parties, a costume contest, a trivia contest, and more. Riley and I attended the Sam Witwer panel on Sunday morning. Moderated by Bryan Young, this panel was more like a conversation with Sam, Bryan, and the audience than a panel. Sam was cool and entertaining as usual.

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