Category: Books + Comics

  • Paper Trails

    In honor of the upcoming Star Wars Reads Day, a few random reminiscences on some of my own memorable book experiences: Reading Tom Swift Jr. in the back seat while driving across Nebraska in July on a family vacation No AC, no Interstates, just heat and dust and the adventures of a young man with cool future technology. My first real introduction to the wonders of science fiction.

  • DK Star Wars Books: Essential reference for writing, doodling and paper folding

    If you don’t know who I am, let me just explain that I am a professional Star Wars nerd. See, I took took several nerdy things – origami, doodling, a love of Star Wars and a painful history of middle school disasters – and put them together to came up with a book, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. It’s about an earthbound sixth grader who makes an Origami Yoda and brings it to school to (hopefully) avert some of those disasters.

  • From the Hobart Street News to Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection – Part 1

    As some of you know, I’ve been a writer all of my life, emphasis on all. In the summer of my eighth year, I hand printed copies of a flier called the Hobart Street News to try to sell to neighbors on my block in Philadelphia. I charged a nickel, sold two or three to friends of my folks, and decided to go out of business after the second issue—predating by decades a similar fate for too many American newspapers. But the reason that I became a writer was that first I was a reader.

  • Laying Out Jedi

    This one’s going to be short, as I’m on little sleep these days. Mornings and weekends, I continue to do the book map of The Making of Return of the Jedi, and am up to the ILM chapters. I’m really trying to use photos as large as I can. I feel that The Making of The Empire Strikes Back had too many photos on a page and the result was, often, a lot of clutter. Some of these photos for Return of the Jedi are so great, I want readers to be able to dive into them: George Lucas and […]

  • Making Visual Sense of the Making of Jedi But Making No Sense At All…

    Well, I’m off to NYC next week to work with Abrams on a yet-to-be-announced book. Some fans, or at least one I’ve noticed online, have already guess at its subject, but I’m forbidden to announce it. Still too early, but it’ll be out spring of next year. Also spending a fair amount of time on another undisclosed project, very exciting, but way, way too early to announce—it’s presently scheduled for early 2014. Sorry to tease, but it’s like working in a different time zone, toiling away on material that has no verbal or public forum. I guess there are a […]

  • Back to School Reading for Kids of All Ages

    It’s that time of year again.  The summer holidays are over and it’s time for the kids to head back to school.  This can be a sad time for kids because their vacation is over, but it should also be an exciting time because they will be learning all new things this year!  A great way to get kids excited for school and learning is to get some fun reading material into their hands.  They are going to be doing book reports, why not use Star Wars themed books?  Here are some fun Star Wars books for readers of all […]

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