SWCE 2016: Star Wars Publishing Panel Liveblog

Get the latest info on all the new books and comics set in a galaxy far, far away!

StarWars.com Team July 16, 20165:01 am

That’s it! Thanks for joining us!

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“We’re really proud, really happy with these books,” says Siglain.

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Here are the covers!

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There will be a Rogue One publishing program!

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Jason Fry wrote Star Wars: Paint by Numbers, and coloring book for older fans. 

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Wilkins is excited about two upcoming Insiders. September is a Star Wars Rebels special, and December will be a Rogue One special!

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(Jedi tip: Refresh to see the gallery above!)

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A new Where’s the Wookiee book is in the works!

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More Adventures in Wild Space books. “There’s going to be some extraordinary and cool stuff in them.”

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What else is everyone working on?

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More new titles! The Ahsoka book, announced yesterday, Jedi Academy: A New Class, Topps Return of the Jedi cards, and more!

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January/February will see the return of Blade Squadron! It’s called “Blade Squadron: Jakku.” Mark Williams and David Williams writing with Chris Trevas on art. The events of this story tie into Aftermath: Empire’s End

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Issue #170, out just before Christmas, will feature “Voices of the Empire” — a short story that ties into Rogue One. It’s written by Mur Laffert with art by Jason Chan.

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Issue #169, “Turning Point” is set just after Return of the Jedi. It will be written by Jason Hugh.

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It will be in issue #168, and is called Blade Squadron: Kuat By Mark Williams and David Williams, art by Chris Trevas. 

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One new story will tie in with Aftermath: Life Debt, coming early September.

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Star Wars Insider editor Jonathan Wilkins now discussing upcoming short stories!

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(See the gallery above for a look at some of the covers revealed!)

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Darth Vader, Rebel Hunter is a Star Wars Rebels book for young readers. Vile Villains is a sticker book (includes over 1,000!), and you create the book by placing the stickers.

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The book will come with prints of concept art from The Force Awakens! “Year by Year is my favorite Star Wars book ever published,” says Matt Martin. “It’s an incredible piece of history.” 

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Beecroft says this was Jonathan Rinzler’s pet project, and he pushed DK to include as much as possible. “Just getting the clearances for everything was an enormous job.” It brings the story up to 2016, covering The Force Awakens and Rogue One.

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Year by Year shows what happened in the real-world. Books published, films released, awards won, video games, comics, and TV. “It covers every single event.”

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“I always really love the way that you can up with new ideas in Star Wars. There’s so much to explore in the universe.”

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“I think we made a lot of revelations,” DK editor Simon Beecroft says of the cantina map.

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But there’s more than The Force Awakens — the podrace from Episode I is mapped out, the cantina, and lots more from across the saga.

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Also will feature Starkiller Base!

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Complete Locations will debut new cross-section illustrations for The Force Awakens, include Maz’s castle and Rey’s AT-AT home.

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Now showing covers for Complete Locations, Year by Year, Darth Vader Rebel Hunter, and Star Wars Vile Villains from DK.

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“This is my favorite book to work on so far this year,” says Matt Martin of the Story Group. “It’s been really exciting to work on something like this…I think there are a couple of illustrations that will be the first time a character has been visually represented, which is awesome.”

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Showing a map of Starkiller Base. Highly detailed and very story heavy. 

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The Galactic Atlas is coming later this year. It’s big! There are 600-700 individuals illustrations. The idea is that maps of Star Wars universe have been discovered; they were drawn by an Ithorian artist.

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More titles coming for kids — sticker books for the original trilogy and The Force Awakens, filled with over 100 stickers, all made from new illustrations.

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More titles coming include the most comprehensive Ralph McQuarrie book, with never-before-seen concept art, and more.

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“I really like pushing myself in a new format that I’ve
never tried before,” Fry says. “I’m really excited and I hope kids
out there will be too.” More books coming focusing on Leia and Poe.

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Next is another new title for kids a bit older. The art style is more painterly, the stories more complex. The first book is called Luke and Lost Jedi Temple, written by Jason Fry and adapted from one of his earlier books.

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First discussed is a series for younglings. Books with a refined art style that retell classic scenes. “Perfect for Padawans to get into a galaxy far,
far away,” says Siglain.

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Lucasfilm’s creative director of publishing, Michael Siglain, is on stage with Star Wars authors and editors.

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Hi! We’re live at the Star Wars publishing panel! 

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