ARCHIVED NEWS 2005
12/27/05 Dark Nest Trilogy
The final book in the Star Wars:
Dark Nest trilogy is out today. Swarm War finds the survivors of the
New Jedi Order on the brink of eternal war as the Killik attempt to enmesh all
races in a single hive mind. As Luke gathers the remaining Jedi for
battle, Leia's new Force skills are put to the test in a life-and-death struggle
against the insidious dark forces threatening to undermine galactic peace.
12/27/05 Added 'Star Wars: Galactic Phrase Book & Travel Guide' entry
cover image to History and
New Republic pages.
12/26/05 Added essay, "The
Language of Fear: Understanding the Artistic and Psychological Value of
Horror in Literature and Film" to Reckoning
12/26/05 The Horror!!
At long last, my essay "The
Language of Fear: Understanding Horror in Literature and Film" is up on the
12/22/05 Added link to
Hyperspace for online addition of Star Wars Adventure Journal
story "Uhl Eharl Khoehng." Made very minor changes to essay,
Fantasy: A Brief
12/21/05 Posted Latest News on the new
issue of The Baum Bugle. Added link to
for the Han Solo at Star's End newspaper strip adaptation.
Added cover image of
Republic #80, and
X-Wing: Rogue Leader #3.
12/21/05 Sound the Charge!
newest issue of The Baum Bugle is out and is chock full of great Ozian stuff
(kudos to editor Sean Duffley)!
First up is Peter E. Hanff in-depth examination of Baum's Queen Zixi of Ix
(considered by many to be his finest work) including early reviews of the
1905 serialization. Next up is Dick Rutter's exploration of Oz imagery
from other lands (complete with fascinating book illustrations from around the
world). Ruth Berman looks at the history of Ruth Plumly Thompson's 1925
entry The Lost King of Oz. Aside from the main articles are some
great features including Oz news, a calendar of upcoming Oz events, new items
and publications, a letters column and of course the Oz Bookshelf (edited by
yours truly) reviewing all the latest Oz books and comics. The Baum Bugle
can't be found on the newsstand, but it's a journal not even the casual fan
should be without. Membership is inexpensive and gives you discount on
books and merchandise as well as several other surprises. Interested ones
can apply online at: http://www.ozclub.org/.
Speaking of Baum and Oz, have you
visited Hungry Tiger
Press' site lately. They are now taking preorders for two exciting new
releases. Baum's Daughters of Destiny, a high-adventure story
unlike anything else he'd written, and now illustrated by famed artist Eric
Shanower! Note: This is a limited edition release! Also, the very
rare 1904 newspaper strips and picture book written and illustrated by The
Wonderful Wizard of Oz illustrator W.W. Denslow have been collected for the
first time under one book entitled The Scarecrow and Tin-Man of Oz.
Three New Titles...
...this week in Star Wars news are:
Republic #80, in which fugitive Jedi on the run from Order 66 head "Into the
Unknown." This concludes the story in #79 and acts as a prelude of sorts
to the upcoming Vader one-shot "Purge." Also out is Empire #38, wherein a
high-ranking Imperial officer discovers he is on "the wrong side of the war."
Also, X-Wing: Rogue Leader #3 is out. Fans of the old Star Wars newspaper
strips will be glad to see the adaptation of Han Solo at Star's End is
now online at
cover page for March Laumer books. Fixed chronology in
Deadly Desert section and included plot
synopses by Oz scholar, Stephen Teller.
12/14/05 Ahh, the good old
... of Star Wars comics!
Check out this great article on the Star Wars Marvel series written by John
Jackson Miller, author of the upcoming Knights of the Old Republic series
published by Dark Horse Comics. You can
read it here.
12/09/05 Review of Narnia
I managed to catch a midnight
showing of the Narnia film. Like many others who've read them, the
Narnia Chronicles is more than just a children's series of books, and for
good reason are they rightly renowned as one of the cornerstones of
fantasy literature. So for those of us who've read and embraced the
books, anticipation and hope for the first genuine film adaptation (both a
cartoon and BBC series predated it) ran as high as that for author Lewis'
friend J.R.R. Tolkien's adaptations. To set the record straight,
this film is not Lord of the Rings IV as some had hoped or feared
it might be.... To read the rest,
12/9/05 Added my review of
The Chronicles of Narnia:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
12/7/05 Added link to "Kella Rand, Reporting," an old Adventure Journal
now posted online at
12/07/05 Time to go to the
No fan of classic fantasy
literature should miss the upcoming Narnia film: The Lion, the Witch and the
Wardrobe. C.S. Lewis' seven-volume masterpiece stands alongside J.R.R.
Tolkien's The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings as some of the greatest
achievements in Fantasy Lit., and every indication is that Andrew Adamson's adaptation of the
first book is superb. The film opens this Friday nationwide.
11/30/05 Added upcoming 10/06 book about Darth Bane:
Path of Destruction, A Novel of the Old Republic. See
Latest News for
The Coming Destruction
The Official site has just
announced the release of the first book set in the ancient days of the Old
Republic. The Path of Destruction, A Novel of the Old Republic, by
Drew Karypyshyn. Set just prior to the Dark Horse mini-series, Jedi vs.
Sith, the book tells the tale of the Darth Bane, the sole remaining Sith
from the destroyed ancient order, who redefines the order and begins 'the rule
of two' a new tradition that will ensure the Sith's survival for the coming
millennium and the eventual rise of Darth Sidious which will bring about the
final revenge of the Sith and restoration of the dark empire. Set to be
released in October 2006.
11/26/05 In the Sith Era, altered dates
for The Knights of the Old Republic comics and game to more
accurately reflect dates in
#85. Added cover image of
Traviss story in
#85. In the Rise of the Empire
era, added the new Insider story and rearranged some placements following
Revenge of the Sith.
11/26/05 Go Inside...
...with the newest issue of Star
Wars Insider #85, which features an exclusive Vader story you don't want to
miss! "Two-Edged Sword" is both a sequel to Karen Traviss' story ("In His
Image") that appeared in Vader: the Guide (a great publication which you
might want to grab before they're all gone) and a standalone tale that delves
deeply into Vader's psyche as he is forced to confront life under the thrall of
the ever-betraying Emperor and the rebellion of a half dozen Dark Jedi cloned
from one of Palpatine's assassins!
11/23/05 Dark Lord!!
must-read sequel to Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith is finally out! Dark
Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader is written by James Luceno (Labyrinth of
Evil) tells the tale of the transition period of Anakin Skywalker into Darth
Vader. The story begins just as the Clone Wars end, and follows the
exploits of a group of Jedi Knights and their cadre of Clone troopers and
Commandos. But when Order 66 is given, the tide turns for all in vastly
unexpected ways. Enter Vader as he begins his assignment of hunting down
and destroying the Jedi Knights! His hatred of his former master has
burned into an obsession, and the new Sith Lord will stop at nothing to discover
the location of Obi-Wan's secret hideout!
Another new release which is also
set in this period is Underworld, the 3d volume of The Last of the
Jedi series which follows Obi-Wan and former padawan Ferus Olin on their
quest to save the Jedi Knights from the Emperor's ruthless dark side
11/22/05 Added link to Charlene Newcomb's popular Star Wars Adventure
Rendezvous with Destiny, which is now available on Hyperspace to
11/10/05 Added cover images of new Star Wars titles:
Rogue Squadron: Rogue Leader #2,
11/10/05 Into the Unknown
Finished your Star Wars DVD and are
hungry for more?! Curious what comes next? Run out to your local
comic book store or Borders and grab Republic #79: "Into the Unknown" for the
stories that take place immediately after Revenge of the Sith. You
won't be disappointed! And don't forget that in just twelve days we'll see
the release of the hardcover Dark Lord: The Rise of the Darth Vader which
occurs just a month after the events of ROTS!
11/09/05 Added cover images of upcoming Star Wars titles: Karen Traviss'
Republic Commando: Triple Zero,
Empire Volume 5: Allies and Adversaries,
Grievous and Jude Watson's
Last of the Jedi #4: Death on Naboo. Note, the latter is a
prototype image and may change slightly prior to release.
11/07/05 Added title of eight Clone Wars Trade paperback, The Last
Siege, The Final Truth (February release date) to the
Rise of the Empire and
11/02/05 After nearly four weeks of no phone service – hence no Internet access, I'm finally back
online. Posted updated cover images of
Dorothy #4 (in the Dark Side of Oz page),
as well as new Star Wars titles:
Clone Wars Adventures #4,
Empire #36 and
Republic #78. Added
review and cover
The New Essential Chronology. and fine-tuned certain dates based on
the chronology presented in that back (eg., Dooku's start of training at
age 13 is moved from 88 to 89 BBY; the game Knights of the Old Republic
is now set at 3856 BBY; Darth Maul: Saboteur was moved to 33 BBY; Outbound
Flight Project was moved to 27 BBY; dates are slightly altered in the
Era of Rebellion and
New Republic sections; LucasArts two Jedi
Knight games were moved to 12 and 14 ABY respectively). Added
continuity fix for
Marvel Annual #1. Added
continuity fix for
Jango Fett: Open Seasons
and date entry for issue 4. Added continuity fix for
Marvel #68. Added
continuity fix for
Young Jedi Knights: Fall of the Diversity Alliance. Fixed the
continuity notes for Jude Watson's
series and more narrowly delineated the time frames in the
Rise of the Empire/History
pages. Added link to online
Kadril and Frozen World of Ota strips. As per the New
Essential Chronology, the official dating system retains the BBY/ABY
standard. Thus, as year designations are strongly implied, this
timeline has eliminated the unnecessary abbreviation for "year" and
"years" (yr and yrs) from the date entries.
Well, after nearly four weeks of no
phone or Internet services, I'm back on the day after the domestic release of
Revenge of the Sith on DVD! Never one to be idle, there've been lots of
small changes and improvements to this site. So while you're petitioning
Lucasfilm for the Star Wars Extended Edition (if you've seen the deleted scenes
on disk 2 of ROTS you'll know know what I mean), check out the site and
drop me a
In other Star Wars news, the
hyperspace portion of the Official
Site is finally publishing the pre-Empire Strikes Back first comics
appearance of Boba Fett, Russ Manning's newspaper strip:
The Frozen World
of Ota! And for the first time ever, Archie Goodwin (written under the
pseudonym Russ Helm) and Alfredo Alcala's
Planet of Kadril
is finally being reprinted! And while this bizarre story is hardly
Goodwin's crowning achievement (it may be based it on work started by Mr.
Manning), it's great to finally see this strip available again as it hasn't seen
the light of day in twenty five years! Let's just hope Pablo and the guys
over at the official site figure out a way to reprint Manning's Sunday strips
(one of which has also never been reprinted)...
10/30/05 Basic Essentials
At long last, The New Essential
Chronology has been released and a welcome addition to your bookshelf it
will be! Much more than a guide, The New Essential Chronology
recounts the thousands of years of Star Wars history as has been told through
nearly thirty-years of film, television, books, comics, videogames and more.
To read the rest of this review,
10/20/05 The Rise of Vader
Vader fans should run out
and grab the latest issue of the ongoing Republic comic. Issue #78:
"Loyalties" begins a new story-arch focusing on Vader two weeks after the events
of Revenge of the Sith! The new Imperial officers are in for a
shock when the Emperor summons them to demonstrate how things will run in the
New Order, and their first meeting with the new Dark Lord demonstrates the point
... fatally. Fans of the Empire in full swing will enjoy Empire #36, first
of a five-parter called "The Wrong Side of the War." Lt. Janek Sunber begins to
question the ways of the Empire as he witnesses events that challenge his
conscience. At the same time, Luke Skywalker embarks on a dangerous
undercover mission that will bring him deep in Imperial territory.
Finally, Clone Wars fans rejoice! Issue 4 of the highly popular Clone Wars
Adventures is out and features four new stories done in the style of the
Dorothy, meet the Scarecrow...
fourth issue of the wildly controversial, yet stunningly gorgeous
photo-realistic comic Dorothy is out. The frightening origin of the
Scarecrow is revealed to Dorothy as the two companions journey through Oz
attempting to stave off a deadly illness that Dorothy has contracted from her
prior injury. For mature audiences only: contains strong language and
10/10/05 Made several minor updates to
Parallel Histories page in Oz site.
On Star Wars site, updated 0-3 year period in the
Era of Rebellion and
10/05/05 Lord of the Soundtracks
thedigitalbits.com has just
announced that Reprise Records will release a new 4 disc soundtrack The Lord
of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring: The Complete Recordings on 11/22 that
will contain all the music from that film. Three of the CD discs
will encompass the whole of the film, while the fourth disc will be a DVD which
will feature the entire 180 plus minutes in 5.1 surround sound! If this is
the Extended Edition soundtrack, then it's good news indeed and it's likely we
can look forward to sets for the following two films.
10/03/05 In the Royal Timeline of Oz,
changed dates for Harry Mongold's Button Bright of Oz and
Sawhorse of Oz. Button Bright has no specific time frame
mentioned and works better prior to
Lost Boy of Oz. Sawhorse
was originally written in 1973 and therefore could not have occurred eight
years later (as I'd originally had it).
On the Star Wars Timeline, added an
essay and continuity note on the unpublished Russ Manning newspaper strip
posthumously titled, "The
Depths of Kashyyyk." Added the proper title of the one-shot comic
"Star Wars: A Valentine Story" to the entry; it's actual title is
"Breaking the Ice." Several changes in the
Era of Rebellion have taken place.
I've moved "Weapons Master" to just before Splinter of the Mind's Eye.
Moved "River of Chaos" #1-4, the newspaper strips, "The Depths of Kashyyyk,"
and "The Constancia Affair," along with The Holiday Special to after
Star Wars Missions #8. Moved Tales #8: "Captain
Threepio" to after
Devilworlds #2: "The Pandora Effect." Moved Marvel #38:
"Riders in the Void" to before Star Wars 3D #3: "The Dark Side of
Dantooine." These changes and more were necessitated by Lucasfilm's
mandate that the Rebels departed their Yavin 4 base in six months.
While they were not able to settle on Echo Base on Hoth for many months to
come, the Rebels kept their fleet in space in the Hoth system or hidden in
temporary bases while Luke, Han, Leia and company continued to go on
missions. Thus, fewer time is available for stories to have taken
place in the six month timeframe following the destruction of the Death
Star. Any appropriate story that does not specifically state the
Rebels' base is on Yavin 4 has been moved to the post six month time
period after the departure of Yavin 4. Likely more changes are in
store as I continue to research this period again for the best possible
10/01/05 In Star Wars Timeline, added
placement and cover images of
X-Wing Rogue Leader #1, and
Empire #34 and #35.
9/26/05 Added cover image of
Star Wars Tales vol. 6
(which will include Tales #21-24). Added correct date for upcoming
Legacy series and title of second book in the
trilogy (thanks to Karen Traviss!). As of yet, Lumiya cannot be
Added new upcoming title by Mark E. Haas in the
Upcoming Releases section.
Updated info: A Million Miles from Oz is now available to order
from TOTLAF. Added J. L. Bell's new short Oz tale to the 1916 period of
the mainline timeline. Changed
a few lines in Time Travelers
and Lost Boy to make them better
fit with established continuity, and added to the notes. Added
of the Phanfasms to Appendices page.
Updated Reckoning page.
9/26/05 The Unseen Queen
The second book in the Star Wars:
Dark Nest trilogy is officially being released tomorrow. The Dark Nest
series details the years in the aftermath of the sanguinary Yuuzhan Vong war.
A new threat emerges from the Unknown Regions which finds the Chiss, a bizarre
insectoid race and a familiar but altered Jedi at the heart of a dangerously
chaotic and quickly unraveling situation that threatens to engulf the galaxy and
the Jedi in civil war!
9/22/05 Second Oz story up!
Lost Boy of Oz is up! The sequel to
Time Travelers of Oz, Lost Boy
picks up where the last left off as a lonely Button Bright takes off to discover
his true origins at last. The magic umbrella brings him back to his old
home in Philadelphia where his uncle's astounding revelations lead him on a wild
journey to the top of the Rainbow, gloomy Mt. Phantastico, distant Ev, and
finally back to Oz and the soul-scorching truth that will change Button Bright's
9/22/05 Added The Lost Boy of Oz
to Oz site. Gave that and
Time Travelers their own pages
with banner links to them on the New Oz Tales
page. Moved Emerald Ring to
Parallel Histories page.
9/20/05 On Star Wars Holocron page, added
link to author Karen Traviss' excellent essay on Continuity. Made
minor changes to the Guide to the Star Wars
9/18/05 Star Wars site: Rearranged the placements of New Jedi Order game
and Jedi: Aayla Secura comic in
History and Rise of the Empire
pages. Thanks to Alex Payne for the corrections!
9/15/05 Added new page to the Royal Timeline of Oz:
New Tales. Uploaded to this page is
the first of Paul Dana's two linked novellas,
Time Travelers in Oz
which deals with the pre-Dorothean history of Oz and Lurline's
9/15/05 New Page, New Stories!
After much deliberation, I've
decided to add a new page dedicated solely to new Oz stories!
New Oz Tales will feature well-written,
high-quality Oz stories that fit in with established continuity. I'm
pleased to announce that the first entry is Paul Dana's
Time Travelers of Oz, a
novella that uncovers the heretofore untold story of the enchantment of Oz!
Join Button-Bright and Ojo as they travel back into the mists of time to meet up
with Lurline and her fairy band who's plans may have unusual consequences.
Trouble is soon to follow as the rapacious Ugu teams up with the shape-shifting
Yookoohoo Mrs. Yoop who has set her sites on conquest!
9/14/05 Added link for
Lostworlds site. Added picture to Legacy
9/12/05 Death in the Stars
Star Wars fans may be happy
to note that there will be an upcoming novel in 2007 detailing the origins of
the Death Star penned by Steve Perry (Shadows of the Empire) and Michael
Reaves (Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter). For more information, check out
the article at
site. Likewise, fans of Dark Horse's Clone Wars Digests can
look forward to TWO more issues of that renowned journal!
9/9/05 Changed and updated the essays in the Oz
Reviews Archive page, added
continuity fix for Star Wars: Marvel 28: Whatever Happened to Jabba
the Hut? Added placement of upcoming ROTS follow-up,
9/8/05 Added two entries to the Oz site: In
Upcoming Releases, Mark E. Haas'
forthcoming The Emerald Mountain of Oz. To
Parallel Histories, the classic
pastiche Traleewu in
9/6/05 Added Latest News regarding new
online stories for Star Wars, Oz, and a link to preorder the upcoming
X-Files trade paperback.
9/6/05 The Reading Hour
Star Wars: Timothy Zahn's
Thrawn prequel story "Command Decision" is online at Hyperspace. Check it
here. Also the Clone Wars Volume 2 DVD will be released on
Oz: John Kennedy's Oz story
(A Grown-Up in Oz) from the Centennial Convention is now online. Check it
X-Files: Volume 3 of
Checker's new trade paperback collection of the X-Files comics will be released
in October. You can preorder it now
9/5/05 Added cover images of
Grievous #4 and
8/31/05 Made minor alteration to the placement of a story from
Tales #3 in between an Episode I Adventures (The
8/29/05 Added the Oz story An Ozian Odyssey by Richard Paul
Smyers to the mainline timeline of
The Royal Timeline of Oz. The story is of some significance as
it shows the connection Oz has to all other Fantasy universes, including
J. M. Barrie's Neverland, Tolkien's
even George Lucas' Star Wars Universe...
8/31/05 Apologies in Order...
...to anyone who sent me an email
addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org,
an address I've never used until today! I discovered your emails and
attempted to write back to you, but some of them are so old, you're no longer at
that email address. My apologies all around. Please
back here. And to Anthony Illot, the picture is from the 45 inch Buena
Vista record/cassette, Planet of the Hoojibs, which was an adaptation of
the Star Wars Marvel issue #55: Plif (which has since been reprinted in A
Long Time Ago... Volume 4).
8/21/05 The 1980 Star Wars comic strip "As
Long as We Live" is now available unformatted online at
Hyperspace.com. Added new online comic strip, "Evasive
Action: Recruitment," to History and
Rise of the Empire sections.
8/16/05 Updated Oz Timeline to include
Fionna Freckles manuscript, and the new edition of
Twinkle and Chubbins (containing
8/11/05 Updated Star Wars timeline to include covers of
Empire 32 and
8/10/05 Posted link to
Hyperspace Fiction section of the official Star Wars site regarding
the Adventure Journal story Turning Point being made available to
read online. Updated Royal Timeline to include cover images of the
new and old printing of Ted White/Marv Wolfman book,
The Oz Encounter and
and the Wooden Soldiers. Updated
My Missing List page (thanks Steve
Teller!) and Acknowledgments.
covers of the upcoming Last of
the Jedi books. Added mention regarding the short story "Ylesia"
(formerly an e-book) which has been reprinted in the new Troy Denning
book, Dark Nest I: The Joiner King.
Added link to new webstrip on the Official Star Wars site Hyperspace, Russ
Manning's 1980 classic "Bring
Me the Children"...
8/02/05 Added entry to the History and
Rise of the Empire sections for the Star Wars short story: "Medstar:
Intermezzo" (from Insider #83) and
8/01/05 Oz Convention Weekend
This Saturday I'll be at the
Munchkin convention in Princeton, NJ. There's little time left to get
tickets, but if you're interested, it's Friday to Sunday and here's the info:
7/30/05 Added link banner to several Oz pages. Added plot
synopses of the Star Wars Tales of the Jedi series:
The Golden Age of the Sith and
The Fall of the Sith Empire. Plot synopses provided by Karen
7/26/05 Added link from History and
Era of Rebellion sections to Hyperspace website where the Adventure
Journal story "Droid
Trouble" is now available.
7/26/05 The Force is on DVD
1st marks the debut of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith on DVD. Not
much is known on specs (such as if any extra scenes will be included) other
than, like prior releases, it will be a 2-disk set with special features such as
Deleted Scenes, a brand-new full-length documentary, featurettes on the prophecy
of the Chosen One and the other on stunt work; also included will be the 15 part
web-documentary, Making Revenge of the Sith and the Battlefront II demo.
You can also expect a Lucas commentary. Star Wars DVDs are known to be
among the best presentation disks on the market, so you can expect amazing
picture and sound quality! Note: The six-DVD box set which was expected
will in fact NOT be released this year according to the recent announcement made
by Steve Sansweet at Comic-Con. Tweaks and changes will likely accompany
that release but it will be some time before we hear word on any major changes
Verizon put me back on line so you can finally check out all my
latest updates for the past week! Added listing for the upcoming
trade: Clone Wars Volume 6: On the Fields of Battle in the
Rise of the Empire and
History sections. Added some cover images
and did some retooling to my new Reckoning
7/22/05 Well, you guys still aren't seeing my updates, but I just keep
adding them anyway. Let's see if Verizon shows up tomorrow to fix
the phones! I finally added
Reckoning (which replaces the lamely titled 'Personal Thoughts' page
which shows just how rushed I can sometimes be).
Reckoning is my "recommended reading" list
(focusing appropriately on Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Horror/Gothic/etc.). It's
also the place where I'll put my miscellaneous reviews, essays and various
musings. As I'm not prolific enough to keep a blog, it's a non-blog
blog. Or whatever. It's what it is. It's
Reckoning. To celebrate
Reckoning, I've completely overhauled my
It's less-than-satisfactory presentation (which has always plagued me
despite minor changes) has been entirely redone, and I've even rewritten a
large portion of it.
7/22/05 The Day of Reckoning has
Not surprisingly, I'm often
asked to make recommendations on good books I've read. So for some
time now, I've wanted a page for just that; and at last it's here.
Reckoning will be
a growing effort that lists my favorites and recommendations in the
Fantasy (fantasy, sci-fi, horror) field, with a proclivity towards the
has also replaced my personal thoughts page, so it will also
contain occasional essays, reviews and other dark matter... It's
what my blog would be if I had the time, energy and effort, and was
prolific enough to have one.
7/21/05 Trouble with Verizon phone lines prevented my recent two
updates from appearing on the dates updated. Let's hope it's cleared
up soon. Posted covers and titles for the upcoming
Star Wars: Dark Nest books II:
The Unseen Queen and III: The Swarm War.
7/18/05 Completed plot synopses for
The X-Files Chronology.
History sections of the Star Wars
Timeline to include the upcoming series Knights of the Old Republic.
Archived news from 7/04 to 12/04.
Updated Star Wars Adventure Journal stories that were printed in
Tales from the Empire and Tales from the New Republic.
7/16/05 New Plans Unfolding for
Star Wars is finished now that the final film has been released? Think
again. At the recent Comic-Con, Dark Horse finally announced their
plans for a major revamp! First off, the one-shot Purge will deal
with the aftermath of Order 66 and Vader's hunt of the Jedi. Next up,
Rogue Squadron returns with Luke at the helm in X-Wing: Rogue Leader.
Finally, Dark Horse's long-running series Empire, Republic and
Tales all come an end! But before you mourn their passing, in their
place will be a new batch of series: Knights of the Old Republic takes
place in the ancient past, 4,000 years before the film series and will bridge
the gap between the excellent Tales of
the Jedi series and the highly acclaimed computer game of the same name.
Never read these or played before? Fear not! The new series won't
leave you in the dark as new fans can jump right onboard with no prior
knowledge... Next up: Rebellion takes the place of
Empire spanning the years leading up to The Empire Strikes Back.
Once again, new fans are not left out and need no prior knowledge of Empire,
the Classic Star Wars or A Long Time Ago... series which precedes
in this era to enjoy these stories. And these are just the beginning!
To quote Jeremy Barlowe (Dark Horse editor/author) "No era will be left
untouched, no theme left unexplored, and no matter your level of Star Wars
fandom, be you casual or hardcore, you'll find something to stimulate your
imagination and remind you why you first fell in love with that galaxy far, far
away. 2005 may signal the end of the Star Wars film series, but for Dark
Horse and the rest of the Expanded Universe, it's only the beginning..."
For the complete story, go
and cover gallery
to include Einhorn's new book The Living House of Oz. Added
upcoming Star Wars: Empire story-arch ("The Wrong Side of the War"
and "A Model Officer") in the
Rebellion sections. Added upcoming Star Wars: Republic
story-arch, "The Hidden Enemy" to the
Rise of the
Empire sections. Added upcoming "Clone Wars Vol. 7: When They
Were Brothers" trade paperback to Obsession and 2005 Free Comic
Book Day titles. Added links to all the short fiction available
on the online Star Wars
Hyperspace site (which has been reprinting old Star Wars Adventure
Journal stories as well as short stories that have appeared in the
Insider magazine and elsewhere).
7/8/05 Updated "Latest News" section to indicate exact date of DVD
release of Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith,
The Wizard of Oz, and the third X-Files Mythology arc.
7/8/05 New DVD's
Oz: Reuters has posted
information on the 10/25 reissue of MGM's classic The Wizard of Oz which
may please some fans of L. Frank Baum and Oz film historians.
be available both as two- and three-disc sets, the latter boasting a new
documentary about "Oz" author L. Frank Baum, Warner Home Video said
Wednesday. They will be priced at $26.99 and $39.92, respectively. The
film was originally released on DVD in October 1999 as a single disc.
versions of the upcoming "Oz" DVDs will include a new digital transfer of
the original movie using Warner's proprietary "Ultra-Resolution"
technology. The soundtrack has been remastered as well. Special features
include a new commentary from historian John Fricke; four documentaries,
including one on the restoration process; outtakes and deleted scenes;
home movies made on the "Oz" set by composer Harold Arlen; and an "Oz
Jukebox" of recording session materials, radio shows and promo spots.
three-disc edition also includes four hours devoted to Baum; five pre-1939
"Oz" movies, the earliest of which dates to 1910; and reproductions of the
invitation and program for the film's premiere at Grauman's Chinese
Theatre in Hollywood.
Star Wars: November 8th will
see the release of the Revenge of the Sith as well as the 3-disk and
6disk box set. No specifics as of yet, but stay tuned. Update:
The actual street date, as announced by Lucasfilm is November 1st.
X-Files: The third volume of
the X-Files Mythology episodes will be released on 9/27.
7/6/05 Completed dates for
Season 7 of the
Updated latest new,
and cover gallery
to include Sherwood Smith's new book, The Emerald Wand of Oz.
7/5/05 Classic Children's
the first time in a long time, a major publisher has released a new Oz book by a
famous author that is also approved by the Baum Trust. Sherwood Smith has
penned the excellent The Emerald Wand of Oz, the first in a new series of
illustrated novels that builds on the Oz books of old. But you don't have
to know the old Oz stories to enjoy this refreshing fantasy about two opposite
siblings who get whisked away to a far-off land just as the witch-usurper
Bastinda has enchanted its rulers, Ozma and Glinda, and Dorothy is missing!
Whether your an Oz fan of old, or a new fan looking for something good to read
this summer, pick up The Emerald Wand of Oz!
6/29/05 The X-Files are Back!
Checker Publishing has been kind
enough to send me a review copy of their new trade paperback collection: The
X-Files: Volume One. This nicely-designed book picks up where Topps left
off, collecting the chilling standalone-stories that start with issues 13-19,
and the adaptations of the pilot episode and Squeeze. To read this
6/28/05 Added quote from
OzSquad author Steve Ahlquist and
links to his
published work online. Added OzSquad
cover images and corrected
issue numbers and author info.
Posted review of
The X-Files: Volume One by Checker Publishing.
6/27/05 Added several entries for
Seven Blue Mountains of Oz: Book 3: Zim Greenleaf of Oz on the
mainline timeline of The Royal
Timeline of Oz. Added footnotes and a
cover image for this book as well.
6/22/05 Provided plot summaries
for X-Files Season 3 episodes.
6/22/05 Provided short
plot summaries for X-Files
Season 2 episodes.
6/22/05 Website Updates
Thanks to the advice of Eddie
Beiles, I've added a page strictly for updates to this site. This way,
besides important news, regular visitors can see exactly what's been added or
altered and go right to it. This should hopefully keep me more diligent in
actually updating on a timely basis! You'll find the link to this page
right on this page, above the words "Latest News" and on the index page.
6/20/05 New website updates page added. Added cover images of
General Grievous #3 (in
and Republic #76 (in
CovergallerySith). Added Dorothy comics entry on
Dark Side of Oz page. Added cover
images of Dorothy 1-3 on Cover
images 4 page. Coming soon: X-Files Season II plot summaries.
6/15/05 Lost in Space anyone?
fortieth year anniversary of Lost in Space is upon us and to commemorate the
event is the long-awaited publication of Bill Mumy's (that's right, Will
Robinson himself) Lost in Space: Voyage to the Bottom of the Soul.
This is a 360 page graphic novel detailing the further adventures of the
Robinson family years after the events depicted in the highly-popular TV show.
Mumy's work had originally started to appear in the early 90's in the pages of
Innovation publisher, but halfway through the story-arc, the company folded and
the story (like the original TV series) ended without resolution. But the
original team has been gathered again and the story is complete! Due to
hit the presses in July of this year, you can order an advanced copy at the
new publisher's site
In further non-Star Wars news...
...for a change, I've began
updating the X-Files portion of the site to include brief (as in one paragraph)
plot synopses of each episode as an aid to readers/viewers needing to recall
which show is which. I've also finally begun to include some cover images
of of book adaptations and such. This is all still in its early stages
with much more to come.
6/13/05 Boba Fett? Boba
On TV, if everything goes according
to plan. George Lucas announced recently that the much beloved anti-hero
(as portrayed by Daniel Logan in Attack of the Clones) may be one of the
major players in the upcoming live-action TV series. Before that show airs
in 2007, however, there will be the 3D animated Clone Wars series. All
that's known thus far is that this will be a half-hour show that takes place
some time in the 3 years leading up to Revenge of the Sith, but details
as to its creators and network remain as yet unknown.
6/09/05 New Books
OZ: At long last, Melody
Grandy's third and final volume of the
Seven Blue Mountains of Oz series is out. Subtitled, Zim
Greenleaf of Oz, this large volume continues the adventures of Tip and Zim,
and also concludes stories from some of Melody's other works including Thorns
and Private Files in Oz. Illustrated by Grandy as well as Marcus Mebes
and Luciano Veccio.
Star Wars: Fan-favorite
Karen Traviss has written a sequel to the highly popular Republic Commando:
Hard Contact to be released in the Spring entitled: Republic Commando:
Triple Zero. And keep your eyes peeled for her short Darth Vader story
entitled In his Image which will appear exclusively in the upcoming
Vader - the Definitive Guide
(published by IDG Entertainment).
Note: Quantities of this
publication are limited!
6/07/05 DVDs Coming
Update: Expect the DVD release
to be on November 8th... No word yet on special features.
Expect Revenge of the Sith
to be released individually on DVD in November of this year. Also expect,
the following: a three film Prequel Trilogy DVD box set; and a six-film DVD box
set of the complete saga. All three releases will be available as
widescreen as well as fullscreen (WHY do they feel the need to keep releasing
fullscreen versions!?!). Nothing is yet known about these sets in terms of
whether or not these will be the Definitive releases or what (if any) extras
will be on them. Keep your eyes here for future updates on this!
6/05/05 How many times?
I'm at five and counting and have
decided to proffer forth a second review to examine what I think after having
seen it multiple times. For my original review,
here. I have to say that this film
is so densely layered, it requires at least a second viewing to
appreciate, but besides that it easily bears the brunt of multiple viewings
which is not a boast many films can make. It's the kind of film that
simply keeps on giving (especially for fans). Seeing it with different
people, fans and non-fans alike, however, also sheds an interesting perspective,
namely, just how well constructed REVENGE really is. Even those who
haven't paid all that much attention to Episodes I and II (or have missed one or
both) are able to follow the complex and quickly-moving storyline. And yet
the plot is never sacrificed for the sake of newbies. In fact, REVENGE is
chock full of plot (with several nods to older and EU fans). More
importantly, it's chock full of emotion. Don't believe the naysayers: the
cast really do some excellent work here, and they deserve the praise for it.
And with the exception of one very short scene, the dialogue is very good,
particularly Palpatine's, Obi-Wan's and Yoda's. There is complex material
here, with characters that are flawed and issues that aren't always clear cut.
While the original trilogy was pretty straightforward in terms of its heroes and
villains, that is not the case here. Sure, Palpatine is the Satan of the
entire mythology, but aside from him, everyone is unwittingly cast in gray, made
so by the deceptive shadow Sidious spreads over everything and everyone.
This in turn allows for some very interesting multiple-perspective POV's on
nearly every character and group: The Jedi, the Sith, the Senate, and the
Separatists. No wonder the Force is clouded! And although we know a
lot has been cut out (particularly some crucial development regarding the
Rebellion), the picture never suffers as a result (as say the LOTR films did).
The film moves in three distinct acts, and each one plays a crucial role that
builds to the climax of the overall story-arch. While I look forward to
seeing the extra footage (preferably reinserted into the film), REVENGE does
stand on its own. And as dark as the film gets in its final act, all of the
elements that fans of the original trilogy have come to love are here, namely
genuine humor and a sense of fun and adventure. Lucas has always been a
master at distilling classic film influences into his vision, and this one is no
different, containing some great horror movie elements and archetypes in the
forms of Sidious, Grievous (who I like more and more) and Vader. The final
battles with Yoda and Sidious and Anakin and Obi-Wan are some of the most
scenes in movie history! They just deliver in spades. REVENGE is
also gorgeous to look at and a powerhouse of a listen. William's score runs
the gamut from frenetic to downright heartbreaking. Truly a triumph of a
picture, the keystone to the saga, and a film Star Wars fans can be very proud
of. Each Star Wars film has its own unique feel and fans will debate
endlessly about which one is their favorite and why. After five viewings,
Revenge of the Sith remains my favorite. Still, it's a moot point
for the overall saga remains one of the greatest cinematic epics ever made, but
beyond that, Star Wars has achieved the status of modern mythology, something
scant few others (such as J.R.R. Tolkien) have managed to attain and deserve.
5/21/05 Revenge of the Sith
At long last, the final Star Wars
film debuts and Lucas sends the saga out with a huge bang and a surprising
amount of grief! Note: The following is spoiler heavy, so don't read if
you haven't yet seen the film.
Click here to read on...
5/18/05 Well, it's here...
Right now, the final Star Wars is
debuting all over the Easter Coast and the excitement is rather palpable among
the million faithful. Even the TV news, the acme of mediocrity is showing
newsclips of rabid fans lined up for what will likely promise an exciting and
truly climatic two-and-a-half hours detailing the choices and consequences of a
young man desperate to do what's right but ultimately failing in the end.
Yet sitting here writing this now, still several hours from seeing the film
(tomorrow evening at 7PM), I can't help but think about the issue of choice and
consequence and feel a somewhat bitter pang of disillusionment. No, I'm
not talking about the played-out fanboy vitriol regarding disappointment over
the prequels and nonsense about raped childhoods. I'm not even talking
about the films, per se, but rather what they represent in the cultural milieu
in which many of us grew up...
To read the rest of this essay, click here.
5/16/05 Life after Revenge of
Scott over at Theforce.net has
written an encouraging article about life after Star Wars. Check it out
5/11/05 New Interview and an
Check out a
from MTV.com where
Lucas discusses the link between Stormtroopers and Clonetroopers, the rumored
nine-film saga and the fate of Jar Jar.
Also, there's an interesting new
petition up that actually seeks to get a million signatures to ... thank
George Lucas for Star Wars! Novel concept and a refreshingly positive
on! Click here or on the Yoda
box to the right (Sign or sign not...)
5/9/05 Set your Calendars!
Mark off December 9th for The
Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe! Not yet
convinced that this may well be the next Lord of the Rings or Star
Wars, check out the trailers now at
http://www.narniafans.com/. For those who aren't yet aware, The
Chronicles of Narnia is a seven-book fantasy series written by
Tolkien-friend and fellow don and Professor (at Cambridge University) C.S.
Lewis. The books were published in the mid 1950's.
In other minor movie news, 10 days
until Revenge!!! Reviews have been highly positive and excitement
is running very high for the final Star Wars installment which may prove to be
what long-time fans have been waiting for since 1983.
5/5/05 Two Weeks to Go!
And don't forget this Saturday is
Free Comic Book Day, so head on down to your local comic book shop and grab your
free Star Wars comic!
5/4/05 New Page Debuts
Well, it's 5:00 AM and the
much-anticipated (and asked about) page is here:
Recommendations. At long last, Star Wars fans old and new (but
especially new) can attain help in figuring out what books and comics they
should pick up to begin their Star Wars journey with! No
doubt, some of my choices will be viewed as controversial, but with a list of
101 must-read Star Wars titles, I'm sure there's something for everyone to love
and hate. So, by all means drop me a line and let me know your top ten
titles (and why) and maybe I'll post it at a future date!
Also check out a snippet from Wired
Magazine's recent interview with George Lucas concerning a topic that is near
and dear to a particular theme of this site:
The Truth behind Fantasy.
4/27/05 Star Wars DVD news...
Expect the Revenge of the Sith
DVD to hit us in the Fall, which is a very early release date for a film of this
nature! Special FX for scenes not in the theatrical release are still
being completed. Whether these will appear as separate "deleted scenes" or
integrated into the films (which let's face it is where most of us want them) is
as yet unknown. Finally, we will be getting a 6-film DVD box set with
likely an additional disk for deleted scenes and other miscellanea. Lucas
has been quoted at CIII as saying he's happy with the films as they "are now".
Speculation on what exactly that means is rampant as his phraseology may mean
either the versions we've seen on DVD or later changes that he's made which
we've yet to see. There has long been speculation on altered scenes and
additionally filmed ones for all six films; and recent confirmation that Yoda
has been changed from the hideous puppet seen in Episode I to a much more
accurate version via CGI seems to confirm the latter of two interpretations.
Time will tell...
4/24/05 CIII Expanded Universe
News! A New Star Wars Era and The Return of Lumiya!
A panel recently closed
at Celebration 3 which revealed details on the new post-NJO book series.
In attendance were Aaron Allston, Sue Rostini, Karen Traviss, Leland
Chee, Shelly Shapiro, and Troy Denning.
The title of the series was announced as being "Legacy of the Force".
The era will be referred to as the "Legacy Era". The first book in the
series by Aaron Allston will be entitled "Betrayal". There will be a
hardback followed by two paperbacks, then that's repeated through the 9
books. The first is due in June 2006 with the others to follow every 3
months. The books will feature conflict stemming from "planetary
interests that threaten peace" and Luke will be plagued by visions of
"approaching darkness". Much of it will take place in the Outlands. The
book covers a 2 - 3 year span and the main characters will be in their
60s which the authors referred to as "the new 40s".
Returning characters will include all the majors plus Tenel Ka, Wedge,
Saba, and the female Sith from the Marvel comics (Lumiya!). Hobbie,
Tycho, and Corran Horn will also have roles. It was also hinted that
Anakin may return as a Force ghost. The biggest surprise was that Boba
Fett and the new Mandalorians will play a major role in the series.
Karen Traviss' book seems to be the one he will be most prominent in.
Also look for new characters along the way as well as the heroes being
in constant jeopardy. (They dodged questions on if there were more major
character deaths.) The "New Jedi" from the previous books will now
appear as "maturing Jedi" in their 20's. Also look for the mystery of
Vergere to be resolved and a storyline that will come full circle with
the prequel era.
The authors also revealed that they had their first meeting on the
series in November and have been corresponding closely on the plot ever
since. A few other items of interest emerged. Troy Denning revealed that
Kyle Katarn has a role in Dark Nest as well as the Chiss. Raynar will
reappear in the book as well. He's just been MIA, not dead. You will
also see the rebuilding of Coruscant and the restoration of the
government in this book. Denning also resolves Leia's status as a Jedi.
In other exciting news,
there will be a novel set 1,000 years before A New Hope detailing the
rise of Darth Bane which will leave off right where the comic begins
(Jedi vs. Sith)!
4/23/05 Lucas Appearance at CIII
and news on the upcoming TV series!
Update 4/24/05: Great news on
the TV show front! the upcoming live-action TV series from Lucasfilm.
- 100 episodes
- 1 hour each (most
- based on a spinoff
character (Let the speculation begin... Could this be Boba Fett?)
- Lucas will direct first
season (Also great news! It's like another huge Star Wars film! And with
Lucas doing the first season, there can be no EU naysayers!)
- write season one at one
time (The best way to do it to maintain consistency, continuity and
- film season one at one
time (Also a great idea!)
- takes place between
ROTS and ANH (Aaah! The news I've been waiting and hoping to hear! Now
fans will not have to worry about the writers screwing up the continuity
of the Expanded Universe! Great news indeed!!!)
See below for more!
George Lucas made his first
appearance at a Star Wars convention today and had the following exciting news
to report about the upcoming TV series:
Lucasfilm is now going to move into television. The first
series is 3-D animation, a regular series that will last 1/2 hour per episode
(this appears to be a continuation of Clone Wars stories).
He's also working on a spinoff TV series for characters that have appeared in
the films. It will be live-action, and based on what he called a "really great
idea." It will be structured much like Young Indy.
They will shoot the first year all at once, which also means writing the script
all at once. He will "get it started" then hand it off to others to carry on.
know we're doing a pilot television series now called Clone Wars," said Lucas.
"Well we're going to take that and turn it into a 3-D animated version full
series." Lucas described the episodes as being 30 minutes in length.
"We're also working on a spin-off series," he added, "with some characters who
have appeared before that will be a live action series. We're probably not going
to start that for about a year. Like on The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, we
want to write all the stories for the entire first season all at once. I'm going
to get it started, and hire the show runners and all of that, then I'll probably
Elaborating on the television series' setting in the chronology of the saga,
Lucas explained that the idea currently in development takes place between
Episodes III and IV. "There's none of the main characters from I, II, and III
(or IV, V and VI for that matter) in the..." he stopped in mid-sentence. "Well,
actually, that's not exactly true now that I think about it. We haven't really
started the TV show, so it's hard to answer. There's a lot of issues that are
connected, but you won't necessarily see a lot of the people that are
A fan asked the chances of exploring the KOTOR-era Jedi or the origins of the
Sith on TV, and Lucas stated that if the television projects are successful, he
would examine the possibility of moving elsewhere in the saga.
4/22/05 The Episode III/EU
As if fans of the Star Wars
Expanded Universe needed any further convincing that Lucas considers the EU
(short for Expanded Universe) part and parcel of his epic film series, the
identity of a character from the EU has been discovered in Revenge of the
Very Minor Spoilers
If you've read Timothy Zahn's
"Thrawn Trilogy" (Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command), you
might recall Chewbacca's childhood friend Salporin. Well that very same
Salporin makes his debut alongside Chewbacca in Revenge of the Sith!
This marks the third direct EU tie-in to the films thus far. TPM saw the
use of the name Coruscant (although the planet had long before been conceived it
was Zahn who had the honor of naming it in the aforementioned 'Thrawn Trilogy');
AOTC borrowed Jedi Twilek Aayla Secura, a character created by John Ostrander
and Jan Duursema, from the Dark Horse ongoing Star Wars series, Republic.
But the use of Salporin marks the first time a non-film character was utilized
based solely on a history devised from the EU. And Revenge of the Sith
may yet have more EU references to come. It is rumored that darksider,
Asajj Ventress will be mentioned by name (from the Clone Wars cartoons and Dark
Horse comics), and of course, Episode III was directly planned with the lead in
EU stories Labyrinth of Evil and Reversal of Fortune in mind.
4/15/05 Tickets Anyone!?
Long Island fans, want to
see the Star Wars film in the digital format? Well you can't, not unless
you trek into Manhattan that is. And with 22 guests and counting, that's
not going to happen for me. So if you'd like to meet the
webmaster of this site (that would be me, Joe), head on over to the Westbury UA theater in
Westbury, NY. I'll be the first in line for the 7:00 PM show. Come
and say Hi!
UA Westbury Stadium 12
7000 Brush Hollow Rd.
Westbury, NY 11590
4/9/05 Visions of Revenge
If you haven't yet, run out and
pick up Star Wars: Visionaries. Ten stories written and illustrated
by brilliant minds of Lucasfilm's art department and ILM are contained in the
book detailing the origins of General Grievous (by the man who first conceived
him), Durge, the return of Darth Maul and much more, including events leading up
to the final conflagration in Revenge of the Sith! Gorgeous art in wildly
varying styles accompanies these excellent and occasionally bizarre tales that
hearken back to the classic works of Moebius, Marvel's Epic and the glory days
of Heavy Metal magazine.
4/2/05 How broke are you?
So, how much did you spend on all
the new actions figures (they look great don't they?), toys, books and comics?!
Staying spoiler free? Reading ahead? Either way, it's an exciting
time to be a Star Wars fan again! EU fans, heads up: the bookstores aren't
too swift with cross-merchandising, so be sure to locate: Star Wars
Visionaries and the first book in Jude Watson's new The Last of the Jedi
series. Visionaries is written and illustrated by the very
co-creators of Revenge of the Sith. That's right, the art
department at LFL got the opportunity to tell (and illustrate) new stories set
in the SW Universe and the results are astounding! The Last of the Jedi
is the first story to take place after the close of Revenge of the Sith,
and it centers on Obi-Wan. Definitely check these two out!
3/31/05 Saturday is Star Wars
Just a reminder: Head to your
bookstores and toy stores this Saturday for Star Wars day. In particular,
check out Walmart, Toys R Us and Target for exclusive Star Wars merchandise.
Borders and Barnes and Noble will feature all of the newest Revenge of the Sith
material, including Matt Stover's adaptation (click
here for a great interview with him), the Making of book, and much much
3/27/05 New Server
Apologies for being down for a day,
I just transferred to a new Linux server (which affords me a lot more space) and
thanks to the helpful guys at
www.Successfulhosting.com, all has gone smoothly.
Fans of the Star Wars Expanded
Universe have had a lot to say for the last few days regarding the third season
of Clone Wars cartoons (known as Clone Wars: Volume II), and much of it bad due
to major continuity discrepancies with both the lead-in novel (Labyrinth
of Evil) and the online comic strip (Reversal
of Fortune). What are your thoughts? Do you have a fix? Or
is it just Infinities?
Write to me and let me know what you think.
3/18/05 Revenge of the 3D!
At ShoWest in Las Vegas yesterday,
George Lucas announced plans to re-release all six Star Wars films beginning
across theaters in 3D beginning the summer of '07 (the thirty year anniversary
of Episode IV: A New Hope, known to non-fans as 'the first Star Wars film')!
The interesting thing is that this isn't your father's 3D. Lucas has been
watching the evolution of 3D digital technology for years now and Texas
Instruments DLP prototype is the first one to meet his high standards.
According to Lucas, the 3D digital conversion actually outshines the original
film! On board with this idea are James Cameron (of Titanic, Aliens and
Terminator 2 fame), Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future trilogy) and Peter
Jackson who is also hoping to see Hobbits in 3D!
Update 3/21: Reuters posted
these quotes that should say a lot about the commitment being put towards this
"It's really a beautiful system, and one of the reasons I'm promoting it
today is I'm extremely anxious to reissue that old group of films I did so
long ago in a galaxy far away," Lucas said. "When you see some of this
test footage, it's shockingly good, and you can see how people would want
to go see it. It means we can repurpose a lot of old movies, and at the
same time it really gives a whole new dimension to the movies we're making
Jackson joined the others to lend his support to "one of the most exciting
developments in cinema in a long, long time. It's not just the use of
digital projection, which we all know is on the horizon," Jackson said.
"But that the particular technology can be used to create
three-dimensional movies that go far beyond the quality and the spectacle
of anything we've ever seen before. Forget the old days of wearing the red
and blue glasses and the eyestrain. All of that is behind us now. These
new active glasses that you're wearing and seeing 3-D with are a
breakthrough in technology."
Jackson screened remastered portions from the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy
that featured a looming Gollum and battle dust that virtually fell onto
"I'm a man on a mission when it comes to 3-D," Cameron said. "I will be
making all of my films in 3-D in the future. We need exhibition to come in
to own a big chunk of the (emerging 3-D) market."
3/17/05 Is the wait grievous?
intrigued by the upcoming new villain in Revenge of the Sith can have
there palettes' whetted by the release of Dark Horse's first issue of the four
part General Grievous... 2 years after the Clone Wars have begun,
several Jedi disobey direct orders from the Jedi Council to track down and
assassinate the mysterious and deadly General Grievous, a Jedi killer with the
blood of over 100 Jedi at his hands. But the General has plans of his own and
has just captured a most valuable prize, a cache of padawan younglings!
Queer Visitors Among Us
Few fans of the
Wizard of Oz are aware of the wonderful book series that L. Frank Baum began in
1900. Even fewer are aware of the fact that Baum also wrote a successful
ongoing newspaper strip involving his creations called Queer Visitors from
the Marvelous Land of Oz that ran from around 1904 to 1905. Scarecrow,
Tin Man, Lion and the Wogglebug (from Baum's second Oz fantasy) decide to pay a
surprise visit to Dorothy in Kansas, but trouble abounds as the American public
is not quite ready for these bizarre visitors from Oz! Now everyone can
enjoy these rare and exciting adventures again as Hungry Tiger Press' famed
author and illustrator Eric Shanower (Age of Bronze) has illustrated and
reformatted these strips into a new book entitled Visitors from Oz!
Available in hardcover and trade paperback editions with separate covers, this
new title contains all of Shanower's prior illustrations (from the long
out-of-print editions of The Third Book of Oz) as well as many new ones,
and also includes the rare Wogglebug Book from 1905, Baum's sequel to
the Queer Visitors strips and completely unedited for the first time
(note: as was common during this era, unpleasant racial slurs abound, and have
been kept intact, preserved for historical purposes). While both editions
of these gorgeous volumes include the complete text, the hardcover is limited to
250 and contains an additional 20 pages of material, including publicity
articles from 1904 and an informative afterward by Oz scholar, David Maxine.
Reserve your copy today by clicking
3/13/05 How many times?
The new Star Wars trailer is
causing quite a buzz among SW fandom, raising expectations to heights
not seen since before The Phantom Menace rolled out six years ago.
Fans have cited not only stunning visuals and stylistic camera-work, but
arresting dialogue from Supreme Chancellor Palpatine (played by Ian McDiarmid)
as he subtly lures Anakin to the dark side, intense glimpses of lightsaber and
space action, and a much darker tonal palette which sees many formerly
disenchanted fans of the epic series returning back to the fold with high hopes
that Lucas will see through on his promise to make the final part of the prequel
trilogy more for adults than prior episodes have been. And indeed, his
interview on 60 Minutes seems to confirm this as Lucas indicates that the film may in
fact receive a PG-13 rating. The 60 year old director mentions as well
that he would not bring his 5 or 6 year old to see it (a bold statement in and
of itself) and that he could trim some of the darker elements back, but he
doesn't want to. Kudos to that! For those who haven't seen it yet,
the trailer will appear before the film Robots in theaters as well as on
www.StarWars.com in a few days...
More Star Wars dates for you:
Starwars.com for details
on the upcoming trailer for Star Wars: Episode III.
In short, mark off your calendar for March 10th, 8PM on the FOX network, during
a show called The O.C., otherwise, head over to
Hyperspace around 9PM.
The trailer will also make a theatrical debut with the film Robots on
Those outside the US (or without Hyperspace) can wait until March 14th, as the
trailer will debut on the
Check out all the important Star
Wars dates below...
2/23/05 Rats in a Maze: No
escape from The Labyrinth of Evil
"The Board is set;
the pieces are in motion." Gandalf's line from that other final entry
in a major blockbuster trilogy is apt to describe the lead-in novel to this
May's final entry, Revenge of the Sith. James Luceno's Labyrinth
of Evil describes the diabolical machinations of dark lords, Darth
Sidious and Darth Tyrannus, aka, Count Dooku, as the final part of their
plan is set into action. Those who have been sleeping through the
last two Star Wars films are unlikely to recognize these characters and probably
don't even know what a Sith is...
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Not enough Star Wars for you...
Check out Jude Watson's Secrets of the Jedi...
Three Generations of Jedi: Three
Untold Secrets! Journey back in time to Qui-Gon's apprenticeship of
Obi-Wan as Qui-Gon tries to heal from the loss of a Jedi he forbiddingly fell in
love with. Then jump ahead to the end of the Clone Wars with Anakin who's
own secret love may prove his undoing...
2/20/05 Less than 3 months
till the final Star Wars film, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith!
1/20/05 You might notice
some minor cosmetic alternations to TimelineUniverse.net. It's all
part of the general overhaul this site is getting which should please some of
you. And yes, you likely noticed that Timeline X: The X-Files Chronology is on board with Seasons I, II
and III (which
I'm still at work on). Just thought you'd all like a peek.
There's a lot more ahead including Seasons IV to IX and cover galleries.
What with every episode on DVD (including Lone Gunmen next month) and a new
X-Files film in the works, what better time to re-open the X-Files.
1/18/04 Ok, here's some
important Star Wars dates you need to jot down on your calendars:
1) March 10: A new full-length trailer debuts on the Fox Network at 8PM
(check your local
listings for the times in your area) during the show, The O.C. After which
you can head to
Hyperspace to catch it there.
2) March 21: The first new episode of the Clone Wars cartoon, Season 2 on
3) March 22: Head to your favorite DVD store (or preorder on Amazon) the
first season of
Clone Wars Season One (episodes 1-20)! (Incidentally, The Phantom Menace
of the Clones
DVDs will also be available again on this day)
4) April 2: Head to your bookshops, comic book stores and toy shops for
all the new
Revenge of the Sith books, comics, toys and action figures! You want
novelization of ROTS by Matthew Stover, the Making of ROTS, Art of ROTS,
(which includes new illustrations and stories from the concept artists who made
the Visual Dictionary, Cross Sections, junior adaptation, graphic novel, Jude
of the Jedi (the first book to take place after ROTS!) and much, much
5) May 7: Free Comic Book Day! Go to your local comic book store
(or click on the link on
the right to find your local comic book store) to pick up a free Star Wars
comic. Note: This
will be a new previously unpublished story set right before Revenge of
6) May 19: The big one! Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
at a theater near you!
TimelineUniverse.net news!! At the advice of my publicist, excuse me
'media relations' (thank you
Carl) I've decided to let all of you know of my latest project for this site: The X-Files Chronology!
Armed with nine seasons of DVD's, and every book and comic published,
I'm close to completing the timeline of Season One. To my knowledge, no
other online timeline has dealt with the literary media in terms of its place
within the structure of the show. As there are numerous episode guides
available online and in print, I won't be doing yet another summary of each
episode's plot points. Instead I'm looking forward to providing you X-Philes
with an accurate and comprehensive chronology that will let you know what to
watch and read and when. Stay tuned here for further information...
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