2013 Year in Review: Comics – SWBTF #103

Comics, digests, trade paperbacks, omnibuses, and more, all 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, The Defender of the EU; Mark Hurliman, and your EU Guru; Nathan P. Butler, sit down to discuss all of the Comics that came out in the year 2013. Strap in and tighten your crash webbing Fandom, Star Wars Beyond the Films is setting off on another rapid-fire trip into the galaxy far, far away!

What all did the Expanded Universe provide this year? Your hosts run the gauntlet of releases that came out in 2013.

Comics that began earlier but ended this year:
Purge: The Tyrant’s Fist
Agent of the Empire: Hard Targets
Dawn of the Jedi: The Prisoner of Bogan
Began and ended in 2013:
Dark Times (Fire Carrier, A Spark Remains)
Star Wars Vol. 2 (In the Shadow of Yavin, From the Ruins of Alderaan)
Legacy Vol. 2 (Prisoner of the Floating World, Outcasts of the Broken Ring)
Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin
Began this year and continues into 2014:
Dawn of the Jedi: Force War
The Star Wars
Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows
Digests:
The Clone Wars: Defenders of the Lost Temple
The Clone Wars: The Smuggler’s Code
Ewoks: Shadows of Endor
TPBs:
Blood Ties: Boba Fett is Dead
Omnibus: Infinities
Omnibus: Wild Space Vol. 1 and 2
Legacy, Book 1 (0 1/2 , 1 – 19)
Agent of the Empire: Hard Targets
Dawn of the Jedi: Prisoner of Bogan
Omnibus: KOTOR Vol. 1 and 2
Star Wars Vol. 2: In the Shadow of Yavin

So how did your hosts measure the 2013 year in review? And what new prizes do they have in store for you this week? That’s right! Their MONTH LONG GIVE-A-WAY contest is full swing folks! To learn more you’ll have to listen to the whole episode!

Once again, your dynamic duo cover entirely too much Expanded Universe Comic action 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 sit back, hang on, enjoy the show, and may the Force be with you!

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The Meaning of Sithmas

 The Meaning of Sithmas

Since 2009 I have been celebrating Sithmas. At least that’s how long I’ve been calling it that. I have probably been doing it for far longer, but I know that’s the first time I started calling it Sithmas. Many people get caught up in words like Christmas, and Happy Holidays, and what is considered politically correct to use and say during this time of year.

I for one have never been that hung up on it, I say do what feels right to you. And for me, I have always celebrated Christmas with a bit of Star Wars mixed in. So for me, I have started to say Merry Sithmas instead. It’s just an expression of my Fandom during the Holiday season. I have always shared my love for Star Wars through the Holidays, well year round really, ever since the first time I was given a Han Solo figure, the wonder of what Star Wars goodie might I get this year, or give when it comes to my Children, has been a part of Christmas that I look forward to. But this time of year even Star Wars meme’s take on a festive feel, so why not Christmas. Each year my family pulls out the Ornament box, and along with all the keepsake ornaments like baby’s first Christmas and so on and so forth are my Star Wars ones that I bought from Hallmark over the years. And a few from other places. But these always go up. Every year. Even before I started saying Merry Sithmas, we had a Sithmas Tree and I never even realized it.

Another aspect of Sithmas is wearing something Star Wars. Or at least I like to always have a Star Wars T-shirt on under whatever I’m wearing. ‘Star Wars to the core’ as I like to call it. With my gear on and usually a marathon of Star Wars playing on one of the TVs in the house the stage is set. For me Sithmas is all about sharing my love for Star Wars with my loved ones, family, and friends. Discussing the films, the tv shows, and their impact on the books, the many possible outcomes that could spin from the new additions to the franchise are some of my favorite things to discuss with my Father. He and I both enjoy reading the novels, but he doesn’t read as much comics, so he always has questions about what fits where. And this tends to get others in the room involved, next thing we know we’re explaining what happened during the New Jedi Order with some friend or family member who isn’t as into Star Wars as we are. But Christmas is a time of gathering and what better place to share our love for Star Wars!

And Sithmas will only continue to get better as me move towards 2015 and Star Wars Episode VII. While the future of the Star Wars Expanded Universe might be shaky, the fact that Sithmas 2015 will be one of the best to come in a Century fills me with a warm glow that I can only image a Jedi must feel when walking in the caves of Ilum.

Will you be celebrating Sithmas this year?

Merry Sithmas!

Merry Sithmas!

Mark Hurliman

Christmas in the Stars – Ghosts of Christmas Past?

The “Christmas in the Stars.” collaboration comes to a close. (sad face) It was so awesome to work with so many good friends from around the Star Wars fan-site community. We finish with “Ghosts of Christmas Past?” a story from our very own Aaron Goins.

Enjoy!

-Riley Blanton – Founder, Executive Editor - starwarsreport.com

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I remember it like it was yesterday. It was Christmas Day. I can still feel the energy. All the kids had received amazing Star Wars gifts and I was no exception. I had gotten a Luke with lightsaber, the new bad guy, and even a Millennium Falcon!

My family had made it kind of a tradition to go see a movie the afternoon after opening our gifts. This year we decided to go see the new Star Wars movie. Of course we did. It had been years since the original Star Wars had come out and this new one was all anyone was talking about.

I had already seen the movie a few times because it had been out for a little while by Christmas, but this day was the perfect day to see it again. My family didn’t mind taking me again because they knew how big of a fan I was. Also I think they really wanted to go because the movie was that fantastic.

I remember sitting in the theater next to my dad with butterflies in my stomach like I was seeing it for the first time. When the opening crawl came up… was that a tear in my eye? No… it was just a movie.

But this was Star Wars! Star Wars was back!

It had everything I loved about the original and more. Some old characters I loved and new characters I was going to love. Even R2-D2 was back! Space battles, aliens, mysterious bad guys, and oh my goodness that final lightsaber battle. And the cliffhanger! I can’t believe they just left us hanging like that!

I walked out of that theater already planning on seeing the movie again and wondering what the next one was going to be like. This was the best Christmas ever and it was a great time to be a Star Wars fan! Star Wars Episode VIII couldn’t come fast enough.

Wait… am I remembering this correctly? Oh… this is the future…

Aaron Goins

Christmas in the Stars – Away in a Taun Taun

The the “Christmas in the Stars.” collaboration continues! I’m so glad to be working with so many good friends from around the Star Wars fan-site community. Over the next few days there will be a short, daily guest blog post about a favorite Star Wars memory from a friend of us here at the Star Wars Report. We continue with “Away in a Taun Taun” a story from our own Teresa Delgado of Fangirl Next Door.

Enjoy!

-Riley Blanton – Founder, Exective Editor - starwarsreport.com

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Star Wars and Christmas, there is nothing else that comes more naturally for me than those two things. I have not always been the Fangirl I am today and while I liked Star Wars there was a time when I did not collect it and my toys of choice were not Star Wars related (BLASPHEMY I know!)

I really began collecting Star Wars figures when the Unleashed line was coming out (2008) as well as Galactic Heroes (at that time they were made by Playskool). Soon after that I started collecting all sorts of things and books became a huge staple of my collection.

Christmas 2010 was a magical Christmas for me. I received two of the coolest things I have ever been given and they remain to this day staples in my collection. These 2 items were things I had seen but had never even bothered to ask anyone for. I vaguely remember showing them to people online but never thought in a million years I would get them. Keep in mind that in 2010 I was 25 years old and the excitement that came out of me on that Christmas day was something I had not experienced since I was a 2-3 years old and got my Care Bear pajamas and Teddy Ruxpin.

The first of the two was a HUGE BOX and when I opened it all I saw was this big squishy mass of grey. As I pulled it out I realized that it was in fact….the Taun Taun sleeping bag. I immediately had to take it out of it’s plastic un-zip it and smell inside to make sure it did not smell and then climb in it. I wish I had pictures of that moment. The next moment was when I opened another box and inside was the collector’s editon of The Jedi Path. That moment might have been an even bigger moment than the Taun Taun. I opened it up, took off all the plastic and pushed the button…the lights turned on the sound effects played and up rose the book out of its vault. It was an unreal experience. The Jedi Path remains one of my all time favorite books and that vault was the coolest way to present this book nerd with a book ever.

It was after that Christmas that my book collecting took off and now I am 28 almost 29 and books are something I ask for every Christmas, including this year. Christmas is such a wonderful time for Star Wars, I could go on and on but I have one more thing that is tradition for me with Star Wars and I will stop. I now have an all Star Wars Christmas tree. It is black with multi colored lights and it is where I hang all my Hallmark Star Wars ornaments, this way they don’t have to fight for a spot on the big tree.

Merry Christmas everyone I hope your holidays are filled with Star Wars Magic.

Teresa Delgado
Fangirl Next Door
Fangirls Going Rogue
Jedi News UK
@icecoldpenguin

Christmas in the Stars – Endoring Memories!

The the “Christmas in the Stars.” collaboration continues! I’m so glad to be working with so many good friends from around the Star Wars fan-site community. Over the next few days there will be a short, daily guest blog post about a favorite Star Wars memory from a friend of us here at the Star Wars Report. We continue with “Endoring Memories!” a story from our own Karl LaClair of The Wampa’s Lair podcast.

Enjoy!

-Riley Blanton – Founder, Executive Editor - starwarsreport.com

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Endoring Memories!

Whenever I think back on my favorite memories of Star Wars surrounding the Christmas season it’s never to what sort of Star Wars I got on Christmas morning. While it was always exciting to receive a Star Wars present for Christmas, my fondest memory always revolves around the tradition of setting up our Christmas tree.

Back before I owned any of the Star Wars movies on VHS (yes, I’m that old!) the only way I could watch them was when they were on TV. Each year they would play the Star Wars Trilogy on the Sci-Fi channel around Christmas time and each year our family would have either The Empire Strikes Back or Return of the Jedi on in the background while we decorated the tree. Growing up in upstate NY we typically had a decent amount of snow on the ground the week before Christmas. So my brothers and I would run outside after we had finished the tree to recreate the Battle of Hoth. We used our bright red toboggan as the Snowspeeder to race down the hill away from the imaginary AT-AT walkers in pursuit. We even set up huge tree branches pointing into the sky to represent the Ion cannon. That’s right, at our Echo Base we had more than one!

But I have to say even more than our Battle of Hoth reenactments, what I remember most fondly about those early years of my Star Wars love expressed at Christmas was actually using the tree to play with my action figures. The Christmas tree would double as an excellent Endor as I used the figures to jump from tree branch to tree branch to avoid the AT-ST walkers gunning for them from beneath the tree. These adventures that started in the tree would often spill over to the mantle over the fireplace. I would use my Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, and rebel soldier figures to scale the stone face of the fireplace where they would then camp out on the high ground on the mantle to fire down on the Stormtroopers who would be in pursuit. Needless to say, these everyday Christmas decorations became tools in my imaginary world. And I loved it!

Karl LaClair

Wampa’s Lair podcast.