Saturday, July 20, 2019

'The Rise Of Kylo Ren' Comic Series Coming From Charles Soule

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By: Benjamin Hart

Yesterday at San Diego Comic-Con we were treated to several exciting announcements at the Lucasfilm Publishing panel! We're going to be getting lots of amazing Star Wars books and comics over the next few months, and many of which will tie directly into Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker. The most thrilling of which will be a comic series focused on Kylo Ren and the Knights of Ren.
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Friday, July 19, 2019

Recap Of The Lucasfilm Publishing Panel At #SDCC

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By: Benjamin Hart

We've had a busy day of Star Wars panels at San Diego Comic-Con today, and it's not over yet! The Lucasfilm Publishing panel was just held moments ago at the convention and we were treated to some intriguing insight and exciting reveals. Our very own Dominic Jones was there to report back on all that was talked about.

The panelists included E.K. Johnston, Charles Soule, Timothy Zahn, Katie Cook, Zoraida Cordova, Kevin Schinik, Lou Anders, Delilah Dawson, George Mann, Cavam Scott, Rebecca Roahorse, and Michael Siglain. The creators shared their experiences writing and enjoying Star Wars, and we even got a big reveal at the end. 
You can read through Dominic's live recap of the panel via Twitter below:




















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Recap Of ILMxLAB Panel At #SDCC

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By: Benjamin Hart

Virtual reality fans rejoice! The ILMxLAB panel at San Diego Comic-Con concluded moments ago and our very own Dominic Jones was there to give us the lowdown on everything that was revealed.
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Artwork Revealed From 'The Rise Of Skywalker' Prelude Comic 'Allegiance'

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By: Benjamin Hart

For everyone itching to learn more about Sequel Trilogy era, especially the time period leading up to Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, an upcoming comic series is about to make you very happy.
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Everything Revealed At The Star Wars Hasbro Panel At #SDCC

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By: Benjamin Hart

San Diego Comic-Con is underway right now and our very own Dominic Jones is there to report back on all the exciting Star Wars reveals! The Hasbro panel just concluded, and with it we got an assortment of announcements that are sure to have collectors clutching their wallets tightly.
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The SWU Podcast LIVE | 19/07/19

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On this episode Chris and Ben are joined by Dominic live from San Diego Comic-Con to discuss all the Star Wars happenings at the convention. Dominic details his experience so far, breaking down the massive Lucasfilm pavilion, including the Evolution of the Stormtrooper exhibit, as well as Lucas Museum Of Narrative Art panel, which revealed an assortment of amazing things that will be on display within. Furthermore, they touch on some of the latest news, including award nominations for Star Wars Resistance & more, an amazing Darth Maul Hot Toys figure, and news regarding the second season of The Mandalorian. And to top it all off, Chris and Dominic present a live report from Galaxy's Edge inside Disneyland where they discuss their experience at the new attraction. Listen for all that and much more!
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Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Lucas Museum Of Narrative Art Previewed At SDCC

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By: Dominic Jones

There may not be a better place to kick off the promotion for the upcoming Lucas Museum of Narrative Art than San Diego Comic Con.  The annual convention, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year, has been, in many ways, celebrating narrative art in all its forms for five decades.  With this in mind, three of the curators working Star Wars creator George Lucas and his wife Melody Hobson, the co-founders of the museum, took the stage at SDCC today to give us our first glimpse into the collection that will be featured at the museum when it opens in Los Angeles in a couple of years.
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Emmys Nominate 'Star Wars Resistance' And 'Vader Immortal' For Awards

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By: Benjamin Hart

The awards news just keeps coming! After receiving word that Solo: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars Resistance had picked up nominations from the 45th annual Saturn Awards, it has now been announced that Star Wars has acquired two more award nominations, this time from the Emmys!
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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Check Out The 'Star Wars' Displays At SDCC 2019

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By: Dominic Jones

San Diego Comic Con is here again, and with it comes lots of Star Wars fun for fans in attendance to check out.  These include displays of movie props, as well as new Star Wars products that are either already available or soon will be.  The annual Wednesday preview night gave us our first opportunity to check out what was on the show floor, and this year's displays do not disappoint.  Much of the focus is on the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker later this year, but there is also plenty celebrating the rest of the beloved saga.
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'Solo: A Star Wars Story' And 'Star Wars Resistance' Earn Saturn Award Nominations

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By: Benjamin Hart

If you thought awards season was over, you were wrong! The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films has unveiled the nominees for the 45th annual Saturn Awards, and two Star Wars productions got well deserved nods.
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Hot Toys Unveils 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Darth Maul Figure

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By: Benjamin Hart

Easily one of the biggest surprises to come out of Solo: A Star Wars Story was the shocking cameo by Darth Maul near the end of the film. The Zabrak Sith Lord was presumed dead over 20 years ago when he was cut in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. His subsequent appearances in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels confirmed otherwise, and Solo doubled down on Maul's extended life expectancy.

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New 'Thrawn: Treason' Excerpt & Artwork Revealed, Featuring Eli Vanto

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By: Benjamin Hart

Star Wars readers, especially those who are fans of Grand Admiral Thrawn, are in for a treat soon! Thrawn: Treason, the third novel in Timothy Zahn's newest Thrawn trilogy, is set for release later this month, and Del Rey is already doing their part to hype up its reveal. Treason is a direct follow up to last year's Thrawn: Alliances and will once again focus on Mitth'raw'nuruodo as he crosses paths with Emperor Palpatine, Director Orson Krennic, as well as Eli Vanto, a fan favorite character we haven't heard from since he appeared in this first Thrawn novel.


In preparation for Thrawn: Treason's early release at San Diego Comic Con later this week, Del Rey has unveiled a new excerpt from the book, as well as a piece of artwork created by Darren Tan. Both the art and excerpt feature Eli Vanto alongside Admiral Ar'alani of the Chiss Ascendancy. You can check out both the excerpt and the artwork below, courtesy of i09:




It had all started out well enough, Lieutenant Eli Vanto thought as he paged through yet another data listing filled with delicate Chiss script. Thrawn had told him that the Chiss Ascendancy had vital need of his talents and abilities, and that he’d arranged for Eli to be quietly released from his current duty aboard the Chimaera. Eli had accepted the new assignment and left Imperial space, arriving at the rendezvous point Thrawn had sent him to full of hope and expectation, with the excitement of the unknown tingling through him.

I am Admiral Ar’alani of the Chiss Defense Fleet, the blue-skinned woman had greeted him from the bridge of her ship. Are you he?

I am he, Eli had confirmed, making sure to fill his voice with the mix of confidence and respect that had served him well during his years in the Imperial fleet. I am Eli Vanto. I bring greetings to you from Mitth’raw’nuruodo. He believes I can be of some use to the Chiss Ascendancy.

Welcome, Eli Vanto, she’d replied. Let us learn together if he was correct.

That had been over a year ago. In retrospect, Eli thought a little sourly, he should have realized from Ar’alani’s neutral words and tone that she wasn’t impressed.

His first act aboard the Steadfast was to receive demotion from Imperial commander to Chiss Defense Fleet lieutenant. No real surprise there—different militaries would hardly have equivalent rank systems. His second act was to be dropped into an intensive course in Cheunh, the main Chiss language. Again, no surprise—though many aboard spoke the Sy Bisti trade language Eli was fluent in, it was certainly unreasonable to expect everyone to bend to the needs of a single crew member. Especially a newcomer and an alien.

But in and through all of that, Eli had expected to be put onto some kind of leadership or command track. Instead, he’d been dumped down here in the analysis department, sifting data, looking for patterns, and making predictions.

It was something he was very good at. Even Thrawn, with all his tactical and strategic genius, had recognized Eli’s superiority at such things, and had utilized his skills to their fullest. In retrospect, it wasn’t all that surprising that he’d passed that information on to Ar’alani.

The problem was that as far as Eli could tell, none of the data he’d been tasked to analyze meant anything at all.

They weren’t listings of ship movements or cargo or smuggling manifests. They weren’t groups of personnel, or alien troops, or alien operations. They weren’t even anything internal to the Steadfast, patterns of power usage or data flow or something else designed to spot flaws in ship’s functions or to predict imminent system failures.

To be honest, the whole thing felt like busywork. Eli had always hated busywork.

Still, Ar’alani struck him as a subtle sort of person. Maybe this was a test of his patience, or his willingness to enthusiastically obey even orders that seemed to make no sense. He’d certainly gone through a lot of such scenarios with Thrawn.

And really, it wasn’t like the tour had been all routine. There’d been a seriously nasty skirmish with the Grysks and some of their allies near the Imperial edge of the Unknown Regions, which had made for a very interesting couple of days. After the excitement subsided, he’d hoped things might pick up a little.

To his disappointment, they hadn’t. In fact, in many ways they’d actually slowed down.

Which wasn’t to say the Steadfast wasn’t in danger. On the contrary, it was in about as much danger right now as it had ever been.

The intercom at his station gave a little three-tone warble. “Lieutenant Ivant, report to the bridge immediately,” First Officer Khresh’s voice came over the speaker.

“Acknowledged,” Eli called back, mentally rolling his eyes. The vast majority of Chiss names were composed of multiple syllables in three distinct parts, the first of which identified the person’s family, the second of which was the given name, and the third of which reflected some social factor Eli hadn’t yet figured out. Since using multisyllable titles all the time could seriously bog down conversations—and worse, timely military orders—the normal convention was to use core names for everything except in the most formal situations.

But there were a few exceptions to the norm. Admiral Ar’alani herself, for one, apparently had only a two-part name and no core name at all. The ship’s navigators, the young Chiss girls gifted with Third Sight who used their ability to guide the Steadfast through hyperspace, also followed that pattern. Eli also hadn’t figured out why they got the same naming convention as senior flag officers.

Early on, Ar’alani had explained to her officers and crew that Eli was another such exception, and that he should be addressed as Lieutenant Vanto or Lieutenant Eli’van’to. But for most of them the explanation didn’t seem to have taken. Someone had taken Ar’alani’s conversion of Eli Vanto into a standard three-part Chiss name, then created a core name out of the middle of it, and the name had stuck.

At first, Eli had wondered if it was a subtle insult, either to him or to the admiral who’d brought this alien into their midst. But Ar’alani hadn’t taken offense at the flouting of her order, at least not in public, and eventually Eli decided to treat it as their way of accepting him as one of their own.

And it could have been worse. If he’d been unwise enough to tell them his middle initial—N—the name might have become Invant, which was way too close to Infant for comfort.

He was halfway to the bridge, passing the standard green- and blue-rimmed compartment doors, when the double-red-rimmed door to the navigation ready room a dozen meters in front of him slid open. One of the navigators stepped out into the corridor and turned toward the bridge.

Normally, seeing the back of a navigator’s head wouldn’t have given Eli a clue as to who she was. All of the Steadfast’s navigators were girls, nearly all of them between the ages of seven and fourteen, when Third Sight was at its strongest. On top of that, they tended to keep to themselves, and in all his time aboard he’d only met three of the five.

Vah’nya was the exception to all the rules. She was twenty-two years old, and unlike the children who shared her job she felt perfectly comfortable mixing with the rest of the adults aboard. Eli had seen and talked with her on a number of occasions, and had found her congenial company.

“Navigator Vah’nya,” he called.

She turned to face him, a small smile touching her lips as she saw who it was. “Hello, Lieutenant Eli,” she said. “What brings you to this part of the ship?”

“I’ve been ordered to the bridge,” he said, eyeing her closely. Not just good company, but also highly intriguing. Though her Third Sight was slowly fading, as it did with all navigators, even at twenty-two she still had greater skill than all but one or two of the younger girls.

He’d looked into it a bit, and as far as he could tell no one knew why her ability had lasted this long. But then, with the whole Chiss navigation system a deep, black secret, it wasn’t surprising that it hadn’t been very well studied.

On top of all of Vah’nya’s other interesting qualities, she was the only person aboard he’d been able to persuade to call him by his real name. That alone would have earned her high marks in his book.

“Ah,” she said. “So you were not merely coming to see me?”

“No, not at all,” Eli said, feeling his face warming. He wasn’t entirely sure of the protocol regarding fraternization among the officers and crew, and he had no intention of learning about it the hard way.

“Too sad,” Vah’nya said, in a tone that could have been mild sarcasm or complete sincerity. “Did Junior Commander Velbb say what it was about?” she added as the two of them continued forward.

“Actually, it wasn’t Commander Velbb,” Eli told her. “The order came from Senior Captain Khresh.”

“Really?” she said, frowning. “That is unusual.”

“I know.” Eli gestured to her. “What about you? Are you coming on watch?”

“Yes,” she said. “Though I feel I’m unlikely to be needed.”

Eli wrinkled his nose. She had that right. Barely three hours after the Steadfast arrived in this system, Ar’alani had ordered a hard shutdown of the entire ship, a stage below even dark stealth mode, cutting unnecessary power use and all emissions, including active sensors. She’d given the ship one final burst from the drive, and from that moment on they’d been drifting, dark and silent, through the loose asteroid belt three hundred million kilometers from the system’s sun.

That had been nearly a week ago. Eli had checked the ship’s position, and studied the passive sensor reports, and he still had no idea what they were doing here. His best guess was that they were still following the ship they’d been tracking ever since leaving the Unknown Regions and that Ar’alani was afraid of spooking it.

As well she might. They were a long way from Chiss space and the various vague threats arrayed against them. This was a system deep within the Galactic Empire.

And the threats here were anything but vague.


Thrawn: Treason will be available for purchase at the Del Rey booth during San Diego Comic Con with an exclusive cover. The novel will be widely released on July 23rd!



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Sunday, July 14, 2019

The IPC Podcast LIVE #246 | Spider-Man: Far From Home

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On this episode Zac and Ben are joined by longtime friend Jake Damon to discuss Spider-Man: Far From Home and make a special announcement about the future of IPC! The guys jump straight into SPOILERS from Far From Home, discussing the big reveals and surprises cameos. The also break down various elements of the film, including Peter Parker's continued story, the introduction of Mysterio, the (various) love stories, the action, the humor, and much more. They also reveal how they rank Far From Home with the rest of Spidey's feature film outings and speculate about what's next for the web head. And in the news they touch on the newly revealed Sith Trooper from Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker. Listen for all that and much more!

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Jon Favreau Confirms Season Two Of 'The Mandalorian' Is Already In Development

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By: Benjamin Hart

We may not know too much about Star Wars: The Mandalorian right now, but one thing just became abundantly clear: it's getting a second season. While we anxiously await the premiere of the first set of episodes on Disney+ in November, writer and executive producer Jon Favreau has now confirmed that production on season two of The Mandalorian has already begun.
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Behind The Scenes Look At The Lucas Museum Of Narrative Art Coming To SDCC

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By: Benjamin Hart

It's been a while since we've heard any news about the Lucas Museum Of Narrative Art, but we now have an exciting update that should certainly be of interest to attendees of San Diego Comic Con.
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