Category: Books + Comics

  • An Interview and a Box

    In writing these making of Star Wars books, I’ve become more or less adept at interviewing people: actors, heads of department, producers, directors, craftspeople, visual effects supervisors, et al. I’ve had a few people determined not to say a single thing, for fear of offending someone or of letting a secret out of the bag. […]

  • How To Spot a Ralph McQuarrie

    The easy answer is, look for an awe inspiring composition, a refined color palette, dynamic character poses, and original ideas. But my job in researching the Making of Return of the Jedi was to differentiate between a McQuarrie production illustration and his licensed artwork. Not so easy as it might sound, as they’re all stored […]

  • Jedi Paper Tricks

    Fumiaki Kawahata’s amazing Origami Yoda is a very busy paper Jedi. There is usually a pretty steady stream of people discovering him and then tweeting their friends: “Someone make me one of these!” Or “Hard to fold this looks!” And every once in a while the stream turns into a flood, as happened a few […]

  • Darth Wader

    Enjoy this quick cartoon based on a joke a little boy told me at San Diego Comic-Con. He was pretty proud of the pun and told me I should draw it (pushy little guy!). Katie Cook is a cartoonist and writer. She is kind of a big deal… to her cat. You can find her […]

  • Introducing… Jonathan Rinzler

    Editor’s Note: Even though it has been 35 years since Star Wars was released in theaters, and almost 30 since Return of the Jedi, we remain fascinated with untold stories and unseen assets that take us inside the production of the movies. Few people are more devoted to unearthing and telling these stories than Lucasfilm’s […]

  • Introducing… Leland Chee

    Editor’s Note: One of the biggest strengths of the Star Wars expanded universe – and something that sets it apart from similar franchises – is the fact that in its 30+ years of existence there’s never been a need for a reboot. Continuity has never become so out-of-whack that writers have been forced throw in […]

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