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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A Spark of Rebellion – SWR #148

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On this week’s podcast RileyBethany,and Mark give their thoughts on the premier episode of Star Wars Rebels, and read your emails!

  • We check in on the darker turn of the “Save the EU” campaign
  • Teresa and Aaron from Star Wars Bookworms call in from New York Comic Con
  • How awesome was the Kanan-reveals-lightsaber moment?
  • Spoiler alert, it’s very awesome.

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Spark of Rebellion (or Riff-Raff, Street Rat) – Rebels Roundtable #1

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Star Wars: Rebels begins! We take a look at the premiere “film,” Spark of Rebellion.

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The Star Wars Report’s Rebels Roundtable has been gearing up for the launch of Rebels for about a year now, whether on social media like Facebook and Twitter or in podcast form during our coverage of The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions and our series of Data Burst and mini-interview episodes with the team. Needless to say, we were all excited to be introduced to the crew of the Ghost when Spark of Rebellion finally arrived.

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Join Johnathan, Jen, Berent, and Nathan as they discuss the premiere. Did the “film” (er, double-length episode) live up to our expectations? Is Ezra really a thinly-veiled Aladdin rip-off? Did they really just name the capital city of Lothal “Capital City?” All this and things that actually matter in this episode, as Rebels Roundtable finally covers what it was born to cover: Rebels.

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Vindication (Part 1 of 2) – SWBTF #144

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Zayne’s path has come to an end, will he finally get Vindication? Or will his Master, Lucien, be the one? Masterminds, Warriors, Covenants, Mandalorians, and Sith relics. All this and more! All on the next Star Wars Beyond the Films. YOUR Star Wars discussion podcast! YOUR Podcast of Legends! YOUR ticket to that Galaxy far, far away!

This week true believers, Beyonders, Fanboys, Fangirls, respected aliens around the galaxy, The Champion of the Multiverse; Mark Hurliman, and your Count of 2 Continuities; Nathan P. Butler, sit down to discuss Dark Horse Comic’s Knights of the Old Republic: Vindication by John Jackson Miller. So 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!KotORVindication-TPB Continue reading