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Welcome SWR’s Newest Podcast: Ion Cannon!

Riley, Mark, and I have known the hosts of Ion Cannon, William Devereux, Stephen Rice, and Tom Christopher, for several years, dating back to before Star Wars Celebration V (where we met William and Stephen). We are very excited to be welcoming them the Star Wars Report family officially along with their podcast Ion Cannon! Check out some pictures of us all hanging out at SWCV and SWCA after the podcast description!

As an introduction to the podcast itself, the Ion Cannon Podcast is a review show, unique to the Star Wars Report as it covers more generally and broadly all types of current Star Wars cannon. (For more in depth reviews of books and non-film material, check out Star Wars Beyond the Films. For more in depth reviews of books and comics, check out Star Wars Bookworms, and for more in depth reviews of Star Wars Rebels, check out The Star Wars Report’s Rebels Roundtable!)

The Ion Cannon Podcast is your source for entertainment reviews from a galaxy far, far away, including books, video games, comics, films, television shows, and more. In each episode, Tom, Stephen, and William analyze a particular film, episode of a television series, novel, comic, or game with an eye on the story and how it relates to the larger Star Wars canon. The format is a casual roundtable discussion, and they frequently bring on guests from the community for an additional perspective.

Ion Cannon started in 2008 as We Talk Clones, a show dedicated to reviewing episodes of The Clone Wars animated series. Before long, they expanded to review other Star Wars television works and the occasional book or video game. In 2014, they rebranded the show to Ion Cannon to signal their focus on the canonical Star Wars story in all its forms. While episodes occasionally include news, event coverage, and interviews, these are typically reserved for special occasions.

Tom, Stephen, and William are well-versed in the Star Wars canon, and they’ve been involved in the Star Wars community for many years. Combined, the award-winning hosts have decades of experience in storytelling, writing, art, video game design, tech, and much more.

Star Wars Celebration V back in 2010!

We waited in line together to see George Lucas!

We waited in line together to see George Lucas!

We recorded a podcast episode together which quickly devolved into silliness!

We recorded a podcast episode together which quickly devolved into silliness!

We had fun hanging out with them at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim earlier this year!


The whole crew!

The whole crew!



If this isn't a picture of fun then I don't know what is.

If this isn’t a picture of fun then I don’t know what is.

William and Mark when they first met.

William and Mark when they first met.

Without further ado, I bid you welcome the newest member of the Star Wars Report family!

Star Wars: R2-D2’s Droid Workshop Review

Review: Star Wars: R2-D2’s Droid Workshop (or, Pinocchio Wishes He Were This Cool)

This happens to be my first review of a children’s book. I must also admit to feeling a tad of trepidation; I skipped that whole ‘reading children’s books’ (or indeed reading any books) as a kid, so I wasn’t sure if I would be up to it. However, my sister happens to have some small humans that she’s rearing free range: a brace of nieces and a nephew. So I thought it a brilliant idea to try this book (entitled Star Wars: R2-D2’s Droid Workshop by Egmont Publishing) on them. I know, right? Who ever had the thought of it? It’ll be the next big thing, I’m sure of it. I had in mind to sit them down to play over the weekend, only for an hour or so – it’s not that I don’t like them it’s just, well, they’re kind of annoying sometimes. We’d sit down, do all the activities, make our wee Artoo, have fun, laugh, then kindly tuck them away in a cupboard at the end of it and I’d play with Artoo on my own. However, with children (and with errant padawans if certain TV shows have taught us anything), nothing ever quite goes according to plan. If you’re reading this and have kids, or have kids in the family, I’m sure you know this feeling. If you don’t happen to have kids: you few, you happy few, you lucky sods.

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A New Dawn with Vanessa Marshall – SWBW #33

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If you could get any guest to help review the novel A New Dawn, who would it be? Vanessa Marshall, right?

We did that.

Vanessa Marshall, the voice of Hera Syndulla, joined us for the entire episode and we were crazy excited.

  • NYCC. We talk with Vanessa about her experience at New York Comic Con and give our own favorite moments.
  • A new Kanan comic is coming from Marvel! And will we ever get Teresa’s wanted Wicket/Kitwarr team-up comic?
  • The Emperor’s new name. We know it and we talk about it.
  • We save the best for last. A full review of the novel A New Dawn with Star Wars Rebels actor, Vanessa Marshall!

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Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy

Get Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy book on the 28th of this month!


By Brandon Alinger  Forewords by John Mollo, Aggie Rogers & Nilo Rodis-Jamero
Photographs by Joseph McDonald
9½ x 12¾ in  226 pp  Hardcover  ISBN: 9781452138053

Who can forget the first time Darth Vader marched onto Princess Leia’s ship in his
enigmatic black mask and cape? Or the moment when Leia pulled back her hood to
reveal the face of a young princess in grave danger? The costumes of the original Star
Wars trilogy were memorable, be it the well-worn armor of bounty hunter Boba Fett, the
imposing presence of a line of faceless Stormtroopers, or Leia’s outfit as Jabba’s slave.
These costumes—like so many that adorned the characters of the galaxy far, far away—
have become iconic. In Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy, for the first time, the
Lucasfilm Archives has granted full access to the original costumes of A New Hope, The
Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, allowing them to be revealed in never-beforeseen
detail. This lavishly illustrated volume pairs all-new photography with original sketches
and artwork by Ralph McQuarrie, John Mollo, and Nilo Rodis-Jamero, and new interviews
with the costume designers, fabricators and dressers.

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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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