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John Jackson Miller Interview – SWBW #5

Before we release our regular May episode we are happy to bring you a special interview episode. We were thrilled to be able to interview prolific Star Wars writer John Jackson Miller! He is the writer of various Star Wars books and comics including Knights of the Old Republic, Lost Tribe of the Sith, Knight Errant, and the upcoming novel Kenobi.

At the top of the interview we discussed his personal Star Wars fandom and how it lead to a career in comics. He also shared his thoughts on the upcoming Rebels animated series and why he is excited for it. Other subjects that came up in the conversation were new and old Star Trek and Doctor Who.

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Looking Forward to 2013 – SWBTF #55

Dawn of the Jedi, Scoundrels, The Last Jedi, 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, your EU Guru; Nathan P. Butler, and The Defender of the EU; Mark Hurliman, sit down to discuss what’s coming up this year (2013) in Star Wars. Strap in and tighten your crash webbing, Star Wars Beyond the Films is setting off on another rapid-fire trip into the galaxy far, far away!

The White House, the Death Star, and the ideas that connect the two. Nathan explains all of this, and why it’s interesting beyond it being Star Wars.

April

June

July

August

  • ?? – The Essential Characters

September

October

*Publisher’s Note: At time of recording the June, 26th release of Star Wars The Clone Wars (TV digest) The Smuggler’s Code (Comic Digest)was still an unknown.

Once again, your dynamic duo cover entirely too much upcoming Star Wars 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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Knight Errant: The Kerra Holt Story – SWBTF #46

Knight Errant, John Jackson Miller, Kerra Holt, Sith Space, and how many artists it took to bring it all to life, 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, your EU Guru; Nathan P. Butler, and The Defender of the EU; Mark Hurliman, sit down to discuss the harrowing trip into the heart of darkness that becomes Kerra Holt’s tale.  So strap in and tighten your crash webbing, Star Wars Beyond the Films is setting off on another rapid-fire trip into the galaxy far, far away!

The hosts layout the stories that build the Knight Errant story. Nathan ponders if Knight Errant could be considered one of the darkest, and most depressing stories of the entire Expanded Universe.

They continue to discuss the art styles used, and how the characters were drawn from issue to issue. Mark likes the fact that the Sith’s history is starting to be explored more and more in the EU.  The setting allows for a darker story than most  story arcs. When the series reached Deluge, drug addiction played into the story, adding an element that hadn’t been seen since Legacy, and Cade Skywalker’s Death Stick addiction. Another Dark Side story brought to you by Dark Horse.

They also discuss John Jackson Miller’s style, and how he threads plots throughout certain series. In fact both felt that Miller still has more story to tell. Perhaps it is too soon to call Knight Errant finished? Your hosts both think so.

In terms of artists, Nathan points out how many different artists were involved with this series, as well as the varying styles from each artist. This isn’t always a good thing; as you will find out.

Nathan also points out that there WAS a model used for Kerra’s likeness back at Celebration V, unlike other works like Dark Empire which seemed to use likenesses such as Bruce Willis. This SHOULD have made Kerra’s look in the comic more concrete, and yet…. it did not.

How well does the Knight Errant novel tie into the comic series and vice-verse? Which arc was best? Which served the overall plot better; the comics, or the book?

They also looked at the covers of the comic series and chose their best and worst of.

Best Cover:
Escape #2

Honorable Mention:
Aflame #3

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Once again, your dynamic duo ponder entirely too much errant Knight 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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Han Dies First – SWBTF #30

Greetings Fanboys, Fangirls, EU Fans, and returning Beyonders!
And welcome to Star Wars Beyond the Films!

This week, true believers, your EU Guru Nathan P. Butler, and The Defender of the EU Mark Hurliman, take you on a wild adventure as they explore the recent news that came out of San Diego Comic Con 2012 (SDCC), and how it effects your EU.

 

Some things that were recently discussed at SDCC:

  • Vader’s Little Princess (like Vader and Son)
  • A Galactic Pop-Up Adventure like Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy
  • Darth Maul: Death Sentence  (comic series)
  • Lost Tribe of the Sith: Spiral (comic series)
  • Agent of the  Empire: Hard Targets (comic series)
  • Dawn of the Jedi: Prisoner of Bogan (comic series)
  • Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void by Tim Lebbon(new novel)
  • Mercy Kill (Hardcover -comes out this month)
  • Star Wars by Brian Wood (ongoing comic series; THE ONE TO WATCH)
  • Essential Readers Companion (Essential Guide)
  • The Old Republic: Annihilation by Karpyshyn (novel)
  • Scoundrels by Zahn (novel)

 

  • Last of the Jedi (standalone novel)Ever since Emperor Palpatine’s Order  66–which called for the execution of all Jedi–Jax Pavan is the last  Knight around to fight the dark side of the Force.  Together with his  droid I-5, Jax has eluded Vader time and again, all the while wreaking  havoc against the Empire through the underground resistance on  Coruscant. But now the Rebel’s leader on the city-planet has been  captured, and it’s up to the Last Jedi to ride again…possibly for one  final adventure.”

 

 

 

 

  • Crucible (Spring 2013)

Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia have spent a lifetime  fighting wars, bringing the Jedi back from extinction, raising families,  and saving the galaxy more times than they can count. They’ve earned  the right to rest on their laurels and let the younger generation  shoulder the burden–but fate has another adventure in store for our  heroes, a quest only they can tackle and hope to survive…”

 

 

 

 

Crucible leads Mark into pondering a death of one of the Big 3. He explains why readers would get more out of witnessing the deaths of the Big 3 and the reactions of the rest of the cast, compared to the idea that it should happen off page. Han dies first?

There will also be 5 – 8 issues per year from the following comic series:

We will get 5 issues per year of:

There will also be TWO ongoing series:

  • Star Wars
  • Untitled

We will get 8 issues per year of a new ongoing series that has not yet been given a title. We’re betting this is the same series as above.

There are no current plans to bring back Invasion, The Old Republic, or Jedi… This causes Mark to rant a bit.

Knight Errant is ending after Escape. Blood Ties is ending after Boba Fett is Dead. Lost Tribe of the Sith is ending after Spiral.

 

Nathan focuses on the marketing and the term “accessible” and what that means. And Mark ponders the need to explore some of the most mined parts of the saga in the name of accessibility. Have we not had retcons, but instead Reboots this whole time?  The hosts are all for new stories. And Nathan lays out the gauntlet of stories set between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back right where the new “Star Wars” series plans to start. It makes it hard to envision this series NOT causing a continuity flubbup. Mark explains how you can’t add minutes to a day, and calls a spade a spade. In a “what?!” Rant that sets both hosts into a fun little moment.

Randy Stradley writes about Invasion-

There are lots of reasons why some series don’t go where we thought they  would (disappointing sales, writer’s get stalled on where to take  stories, other higher profile projects takeover the publishing slot, and  so on), and I’m not going to list the reasons for our decisions for  ending or continuing any given series.

I will say this: feedback  from comics retailers and bookstore buyers (the people who actually  order our books) indicates overwhelmingly that they want more titles  that are accessible to casual fans. For instance, Dawn of the Jedi and Legacy, each being at relatively continuity-free ends of the timeline are good fits. The new Star Wars series, which is designed so that readers need know nothing more than what happened in A New Hope is another good jumping on point.

This doesn’t mean that everything  we publish will fall into those kinds of categories, but it is a fact  that the more accessible titles (or those which focus on important movie  characters) sell better than those that require readers to be familiar  with Expanded Universe continuity. We totally get that hardcore or  longtime fans would like more exploration of the “between times,” but  the fact is that sales of those projects don’t come up to the levels of  the more accessible story lines. Every decision we make is a balancing  act between art and commerce. That’s why I have said — and will  continue to say — that telling a good story is far more important than  connecting the dots between existing continuity landmarks. A really good  story is always receive more consideration from me than one that exists  primarily to fill-in the blanks.

Does it make fitting the stories more difficult to fit together when the newer materials ignore previous stories due to how obscure they are? Nathan and Mark try hard not to rant and rave, as they discuss all the various things that came from SDCC.

Wait… the EU isn’t a part of Star Wars?! The hosts ponder a great many things this week. They also focus on the marketing choices by Dark Horse and Del Rey.

There is a lot going on this week. A must listen episode if ever the dynamic duo have ever recorded one.

What happened to the Star Wars that I used to know…?

 

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2011 Year in Review: The Books – SWBTF #2

Welcome back to this, the second episode of Star Wars Beyond the Films!

On this episode, Nathan and Mark discuss the books and characters of the Star Wars expanded universe from 2011!

They enjoyed Shadow Games, and that gives me an excuse to use this picture of Dash Rendar……

The discussion runs at a fast and furious rate on such topics as: Jaden Korr, Crosscurrent, Knight Errant, Deceived, Ben Skywalker, the Fate of the Jedi series, how authors handle various scenarios and characters differently; has “the ship sailed” on books focusing solely on “the Big Three”?

What authors do you like, and do you prefer their writing when it’s centered around certain characters or time periods?

What about their point of view on the Force? And how it affects their writing? What do you like learning about in the Star Wars expanded universe?

Do you like clone stories?

New characters vs old? How can someone, as a writer, learn to incorporate both?

Being a writer must be hard!

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