Category: Books + Comics

  • The Star Wars logo.

    SWCVI: The Holocron Keeper at Celebration

    It has been five years since I last attended attended a Star Wars Celebration and I am more excited than ever to be making the trip to Orlando this year. With the big event just around the corner, here are some of the places you’ll definitely be able to find me.

  • Director Richard Marquand, Harrison Ford, and visual effects supervisor Richard Edlund have a discussion in a behind-the-scenes image from Return of the Jedi.

    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. […]

  • Three silhouettes enter a large arched doorway at the end of a long, dimly lit hall.

    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 […]

  • A cartoon character Darth Vader wears pool floaties and a pink swim cap. He says, "Hehe! I didn't know the Deathstar had a pool!". A caption reads: Darth Wader.

    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 […]

  • A signed photo with the caption "To George Lucas, 'Our First Shot'".

    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 […]

  • Leland Chee, Star Wars' continuity database manager, play with a Star Wars force trainer.

    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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