SDCC 2018: Queen’s Shadow Revealed and More from the Lucasfilm Publishing Panel

Check out new books and covers along with insights from some of the biggest Star Wars authors.

Today at San Diego Comic-Con, fans were treated to something akin to a Jedi Council of Star Wars authors. Lucasfilm creative director Michael Siglain hosted a mega-panel featuring 13 (!) Star Wars writers, whose talents span novels, comics, and children’s literature. They discussed projects past and present — and also revealed some major new titles in the works. See below for some of our favorite insights and anecdotes from the panel, along with covers and details for many freshly-revealed titles.

The cover of the book The Mighty Chewbacca in the Forest of Fear!, by Tom Angleberger, shows Chewbacca with a tooka cat on his back running alongside K-2SO and Mayvlin Trillick.

Tom Angleberger on watching the films and writing out Chewie’s growls and grunts: “I felt like I started to understand Chewbacca. Like, ‘I know exactly how he’s going to growl in this situation.’ And the fact that he was playing off against Kaytoo who was going to just babble on about everything, that just made it so much fun.”

Rae Carson on getting into Qi’ra’s head for Most Wanted without having seen Solo: A Star Wars Story“I did get to read the screenplay, which I loved, and I connected with Qi’ra instantly. I know what it’s like to be an ambitious woman in an occasionally hostile world, so I was like, ‘Girl, I gotcha. We can do this.’ The cool thing about working with Lucasfilm and Star Wars is you have this well of creative talent at your disposal. And I used that. I asked a thousand questions about Qi’ra. I wanted to nail that character.”

The cover of the comic Star Wars Poe Dameron, which features Poe, BB-8, General Organa, and others.

Charles Soule on wrapping up his Poe Dameron comic series with issue #31: “The original publishing plan was for it to stop much earlier, and then it got an extension, and then it got another extension. We were like, ‘People really sort of dig this book.’…The reason that we’re going so far as we are with it is because of you guys. You guys embraced it, you like it, you talk about it, you tell your friends about it. So, thank you very much. I loved writing Poe, it’s been a blast.”

Charles Soule on the state of the galaxy at the end of Poe Dameron, which is set after The Last Jedi“The galaxy is devoid of help for the Resistance, and they’re just four starships. They’re in a tough spot. So that’s where we are when the series wraps up. I won’t say it’s not a happy ending, but it’s a tough ol’ galaxy out there. It really is.”

Daniel José Older on his favorite aspect of writing Last Shot“Trash talk. Han and Lando are both really amazing at trash talking in really different ways.”

Daniel José Older on capturing Han in his 20s: “All I had to do was think back on my own mid-20s and the terrible mistakes I made and give them to Han. There we are, literature.”

The cover of the book Are You Scared, Darth Vader?, by Adam Rex, shows Darth Vader standing with his arms folded in the middle of a foggy forest.

Adam Rex on sharing the book with his four-year-old son, who was not a Star Wars fan: “Now he loves Star Wars, and I think my book was what made him feel like he could handle Vader, and maybe feel like he could handle Star Wars, too.”

The cover of the book Thrawn: Alliances, by Timothy Zahn, shows Darth Vader holding his lightsaber and standing behind Thrawn.

Timothy Zahn on Thrawn facing his future and Vader facing his past in Thrawn: Alliances“Palpatine tends to have ulterior motives under his ulterior motives. Part of it in this is one is a question of whether Thrawn is completely loyal to him, a question Darth Vader also has. But also a question of, Vader has a past, as we all know, and has Vader completely disassociated himself from Anakin Skywalker and the Jedi.”

Timothy Zahn on an essential part of writing Anakin Skywalker: “You can’t do a good Anakin story without Padmé.”

Katie Cook on the character she enjoys most: “My favorite character to draw is probably Chewbacca. Because he’s so lovable…and will rip your arms off.”

Jody Houser on adapting Thrawn for Marvel: “It’s just been fantastic. And I’m glad [Timothy Zahn] liked what we did!”

See below for new covers and details on upcoming Star Wars books!

The cover of the book Jedi Academy: The Principal Strikes Back, by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, shows Yoda standing next to three students, sitting at desks, looking up at a large droid behind them.

The cover of the book Search Your Feelings shows Darth Vader reaching out to Luke who clings to a platform.

Star Wars: Search Your Feelings
Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press
Authors: Calliope Glass & Caitlin Kennedy
Artist: Katie Cook
On-Sale: 10/2/18
Happy, hopeful, lonely, sad,
Excited, anxious, guilty, mad.
The galaxy is an emotional place.
Feelings are still felt way out there in space.
You are not alone, so don’t be blue.
Just search your feelings. You know it to be true!

Katie Cook on what’s different about Search Your Feelings: “It was fun because almost everything is a double-page spread in this one. I got to take really iconic moments from the movies and have an entire page to play with.”

The cover of the book Lando's Luck, by Justina Ireland. Lando smiles while standing in front of the Millennium Falcon.

Star Wars: Lando’s Luck
Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press
Author: Justina Ireland
Artist: Annie Wu
On-Sale: 10/2/18
Description: An all-new adventure starring Lando Calrissian and L3-37 onboard the Millennium Falcon. When a smuggling scheme goes wrong, Lando faces an opportunity to do what’s right–or do what’s best for Lando. If he’s lucky, he can do both! A “Flight of the Falcon” tie-in!

Justina Ireland on the story of Lando’s Luck: “This is Lando back when he is captain of the Millennium Falcon….He and L3 go on some adventures and they get into some shenanigans, because it wouldn’t be a Lando book without shenanigans. It’s for younger readers, so it’s going to be a more fun Lando. And there’s going to be some pew pew pew in there!”

The cover of the book Choose Your Destiny: A Luke & Leia Adventure, written by Cavan Scott and illustrated by Elsa Charretier, shows Luke wielding a lightsaber with Leia and R2-D2 in the background.

Star Wars: Choose Your Destiny (Book 2): A Luke & Leia Adventure
Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press
Author: Cavan Scott
Artist: Elsa Charretier
On-Sale: 10/2/18
Description: Join Luke, Leia, and R2-D2 as they attempt to steal the Millennium Falcon and sneak past Mon Mothma to go on a rogue mission for the Rebellion after the destruction of the first Death Star. With over twenty possible outcomes, you’ll have to think like a real rebel to keep Luke and Leia safe from pirates, Imperials, and so much more! A “Flight of the Falcon” tie-in!

Star Wars: Millennium Falcon: A 3D Owner’s Guide
Publisher: becker&mayer!
Authors: Ryder Windham and Cole Horton
Artists: Chris Trevas and Chris Reiff
On-Sale: 11/6/18
Description: This 3D Owner’s Guide provides a pilot’s insight into every facet of the infamous Millennium Falcon. Each page details the technology and provides notes and commentary from the many crew members who have piloted the Falcon. Each page of this owner’s manual is die-cut so they fit together to create a three-dimensional model of the fastest ship in the galaxy embedded within the book. And now, it has been updated to include material from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, making this is the ultimate interactive guide to the ultimate Star Wars ship! A “Flight of the Falcon” tie-in!

The cover of the book Pirate's Price, by Lou Anders, shows Chewbacca and Han standing on the ramp of the Millennium Falcon looking down at Hondo Ohnaka, who desperately clings to it.

Star Wars: Pirate’s Prices
Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press
Author: Lou Anders
Artist: Annie Wu
On-Sale: 1/8/19
Description: Board the Millennium Falcon for exciting tales about Han and Chewie’s adventures with the infamous pirate Hondo Ohnaka – including their first meeting! A “Flight of the Falcon” tie-in!

The cover of the book Women of the Galaxy, written by Amy Ratcliffe and illustrated by multiple female artists, shows Rey wielding a lightsaber.

Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Author: Amy Ratcliffe
Artists: Alice X. Zhang, Amy Beth Christenson, Annie Stoll, Annie Wu, Christina Chung, Cryssy Cheung, Eli Baumgartner, Elsa Charretier, Geneva Bowers, Jennifer Aberin Johnson, Jen Bartel, Jenny Parks, Karen Hallion, Little Corvus, Sara Alfageeh, Sara Kipin, Sarah Wilkinson, and Viv Tanner
On-Sale: 10/30/18
Description: They are heroes and villains, Sith and Jedi, senators and scoundrels, mothers, mercenaries, artists, pilots. . . . The women of the Star Wars galaxy drive its stories and saga forward at every level. This beautifully illustrated, fully authorized book profiles 75 fascinating female characters from across films, fiction, comics, animation, and games. Featuring Leia Organa, Rey, Ahsoka Tano, Iden Versio, Jyn Erso, Rose Tico, Maz Kanata, and many more, each character is explored through key story beats, fresh insights, and behind-the-scenes details by author Amy Ratcliffe. Also showcasing more than 100 all-new illustrations by a dynamic range of female and non-binary artists, here is an inspiring celebration of the characters that help create a galaxy far, far away.

Amy Ratcliffe on the rich variety of characters in Women of the Galaxy“Something that’s wonderful about this book too is, it’s heroes, it’s Imperials, it’s everybody….It’s just so cool to me to see them depicted in individual artists’ styles.”

Star Wars: Queen’s Shadow
Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press
Author: E.K. Johnston
On-Sale: 3/5/19
Description: Padmé Amidala served Naboo well as its queen, but now she is ready to begin a new chapter in her life. Then the newly-elected queen asks Padmé to serve Naboo in a new capacity–as its senator. With the help of her devoted handmaidens, Padmé must figure out how to navigate the treacherous waters of politics and forge a new identity beyond the queen’s shadow.

E.K. Johnston on Queen’s Shadow: “It’s the story of Padmé changing from a queen to senator and the person right behind her and all the other handmaidens behind Padmé.”

Star Wars: Tales from Vader’s Castle
Publisher: IDW
Author: Creepy Cavan Scott
Artist: Derek Charm, Chris Fenoglio, Kelley Jones, Corin Howell, Robert Hack, and Charles Paul Wilson III. Featuring variant covers by the frightening Francesco Francavilla
On-Sale: October 2018
Description: Join a ragtag band of rebels in this weekly 5-issue mini-series filled with eerie adventures from across the Star Wars saga. Told in the shadow of Vader’s castle, these spooky stories feature Hera, Kanan, and Chopper; Han Solo and Chewbacca; the Ewoks; and, of course, Darth Vader, himself! Beware the Tales from Vader’s Castle!

Cavan Scott on the setup of his spooky mini-series Tales from Vader’s Castle“You know how you get those spooky Halloween stories where a car breaks down and there’s a creepy castle on a hill. Well, imagine a spaceship landing on a lava planet and the only place is a castle on a hill.”

The cover of an issue of Marvel's comic book series Darth Vader shows the back of Darth Vader as he stands on a rocky shore looking across a river of lava toward a castle.

Charles Soule on his comic’s trip to Vader’s castle: “It’s all been building to this. From the very beginning of the series, this was always going to be the big huge arc we were building to, which is where does he get that castle?”

The cover of the book Solo: A Star Wars Story shows characters from the story above an image of the Millennium Falcon fleeing TIE fighters.

Solo: A Star Wars Story Novelization
Publisher: Del Rey
Author: Mur Lafferty
On-Sale: 9/4/18
Description: The story of the film, expanded to include scenes from alternate versions of the script and additional content, giving deeper insights into Han’s years in the Imperial Navy, Qi’ra’s past, and the beginnings of the Rebellion.

Michael Siglain on what to expect from the Solo: A Star Wars Story novelization: “Much like what we did with The Last Jedi novelization, this expands the story that you’ve seen. There are additional scenes, deleted scenes, all these scenes, and we’re really happy with it.”

Solo: A Star Wars Story Comic Mini-series
Publisher: Marvel
Author: Robbie Thompson
Artist: Will Sliney, cover art by Phil Noto & Leonard Kirk
On-Sale: October 2018
Description: A new five-issue mini-series featuring backstory and scenes not shown in the film! After leaving the Imperial Navy, a young Han Solo seeks adventure by joining a gang of galactic mercenaries—including a 196-year-old Wookiee named Chewbacca and a notorious gambler named Lando Calrissian. But there’s more to the story of the galaxy’s most beloved scoundrel than what you saw in theaters. What happened when Han was an Imperial cadet? Why does Beckett trust him? And what is the connection between the woman who stole Han’s heart and one of Han’s closest friends?

Michael Siglain on why Marvel’s comic adaption is a must-read: “Read this one closely, because you don’t know where this one is going to head to and connect to in the future.”

On the cover of the Marvel comic book issue Age of Republic: Darth Maul, Darth Maul wields his double-bladed lightsaber.

New Marvel Comics!
Age of Republic – Written by Jody Houser
Age of Rebellion – Written by Greg Pak
Age of Resistance – Written by Tom Taylor
On-sale: Beginning December 2018
Description: Journey through the entire Star Wars saga with Age of Republic, Age of Rebellion, and Age of Resistance, a 30-issue maxi-series chronicling the most iconic heroes & villains from across the galaxy. This epic Marvel Comics event starts in December with Age of Republic: Qui-Gon #1 and Age of Republic: Darth Maul #1.

Jody Houser on the Age of Republic series, which focuses on iconic heroes and villains of the prequel era: “It’s going to be four months, eight issues, and each month is going to have a hero story and a villain story.” Release order: Qui-Gon Jinn and Darth Maul; Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jango Fett; Anakin Skywalker and Count Dooku; and Padmé Amidala and General Grievous. 

Star Wars: Master & Apprentice
Publisher: Del Rey
Author: Claudia Gray
On-Sale: 2/26/19
Description: Set before the events of The Phantom Menace, this thrilling new novel from bestselling author Claudia Gray (Bloodline), stars Qui-Gon Jinn & Obi-Wan Kenobi on a dangerous mission for the Jedi!

Dan Brooks is Lucasfilm’s senior content strategist of online, the editor of, and a writer. He loves Star Wars, ELO, and the New York Rangers, Jets, and Yankees. Follow him on Twitter @dan_brooks where he rants about all these things.