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A L L T H E N E W S F R O M T H E S TA R WA R S U N I V E R S E

SIR CHRISTOPHER LEE


27 MAY 1922 - 7 JUNE 2015

THE ACTOR BEHIND STAR WARS COUNT DOOKUONE OF HIS MANY ICONIC
ROLESPASSED AWAY ON 7TH JUNE 2015, AFTER A BRIEF ILLNESS.

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orn Christopher Frank Carandini He played the iconic vampire 10 times member of the production to have met
Lee in Belgravia, West London, he between 1958 and 1976, but it was during J.R.R. Tolkien in person, and faithfully
was the son of Lieutenant Colonel production of his rst Hammer lm, The reread The Lord of the Rings once a year.
Geoffrey Trollope Lee and Contessa Curse Of Frankenstein in 1957, that he forged In 1992, Lee appeared in Lucaslms
Estelle Marie. Moving to Switzerland after a lifelong friendship with Peter Cushing. The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles as Count
his parents separation, Lee became the They would go on to act together in 20 lms. Ottokar Graf Czernin, and was employed
step-cousin of James Bond author Ian Memorable projects such as The Wicker by George Lucas again when he cast Sir
Fleming as a result of his mothers second Man (1973), The Man With The Golden Gun Christopher as Count Dooku in 2002s
marriage, and later attended Wellington (1974), Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), and Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, a role he
College where his love of fencing began. Sleepy Hollow (1999) ensured that Lee would reprise in Star Wars: Revenge of the
During the Second World War, Lee had captured the imagination of more than one Sith (2005), before voicing the character in
numerous secondments, including a stint generation. When it came to casting the animated movie Star Wars: The Clone
with the Special Operations Executive and Saruman for The Lord of the Rings (2001- Wars (2008).
the Long Range Desert Patrol, which was 2003) and The Hobbit (2012-2014) trilogies, Sir Christopher even entered the world
the precursor of the SAS. Famously, he later who else could have played the duplicitous of heavy metal music, most notably with
declined to give any details of this service. sorcerer so well? Indeed, Lee was the only his symphonic metal album Charlemagne:
Lees screen acting By the Sword and the
career began in 1947 Cross, which won the
with a small part in
Terence Youngs gothic
SIR CHRISTOPHER LEE ON STAR WARS ! Spirit of Metal
award at the 2010
romance Corridor of In 1978, 24 years before appearing in a Star Wars lm, Sir Christopher Lee was Metal Hammer
Mirrors. Over the course asked about the success of Star Wars:The interest in Star Wars doesnt surprise Golden Gods awards.
of the next decade he me at all. Star Wars gave the public what it wantedand look at the response! A renaissance
acted in 30 lms, I dont think the interest just happened, either. Its been around a long time, but man, his death is not
building a body of work because of low budgets and bad scripts people just havent been getting what only a great loss to
that led to one of his they wanted all along. Im convinced that a well-made fantasy lm will be more Star Wars, but also
most infamous roles: popular than any other type. The enchanted world is still the most enchanting world to music, cinema, and
Count Dracula in the of all.Sir Christopher Lee, Famous Monsters #146, August 1978 the World in general.
Hammer Films series.

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preparing the First Order stormtrooper deal was that it had to be part [unnished] costumes? Were
armor for Celebration Anaheim, and kits, part completed. The body was to be selling this so that well
presenting it on the Celebration Stage the kits (all of the same parts as the full have different pri
price
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writer J.J. Abrams discussed the upcoming Graphics 2. They were the ones who really which is dye injectedto
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lm and brought on special guests before hammered out and engineered exactly how helmet thats actually the
sharing a new teaser trailer. The guests this thing would be vacuformed. The speed cream of the crop
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included cast members from astromechs to at which they did it was just astounding. berglass with h metal,
humans, and a special appearance by First DG: It was amazing for them to do something and completelyy nished
Order stormtroopers. The stormtroopers so quickly without ever having looked at it inside as a costume.
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wore armor made for the occasion by [in person] or worn it. Especially since the Really, we thought about
ANOVOS, a licensed provider of screen- original item is not made from what this is, multiple different levels that wed
accurate Star Wars costumes. It was the which is Vacuform. The original items are like to make accessible to fandom with
rst time we saw the new stormtrooper polyurethane. To translate the armor, to the point being, we want everyone to share
look from head to toe. make it look exactly the way it does using in this and have just as much fun, whether
a different material, is extremely difcult. theyre going for the highest level collectible
Star Wars Insider: Were both of you on to a casual collectible.
stage during The Force Awakens panel? As fans, all we saw of the armor until the
Joe Salcedo: That was kind of part of the panel were glimpses in the rst teaser Youve recently made an original trilogy
deal. When Lucaslm asked us to do the trailer. What sort of reference material stormtrooper kit available and its very
marketing, we said that we would do it as did you receive in order to create a screen- accessible in terms of pricing.
long as we actually got to literally participate. accurate replica? DG: The whole point is to bring it in line with
JS: Lucaslm was very generous with us. the 501st, where its kind of a rite of passage
How did ANOVOS rst get involved in the They gave us a lot of reference to work with. to build your own. We wanted to
marketing project? One of the things that was really important acknowledge that. They like to tailor their
Dana Gasser: It was an endeavor that came to Lucaslm was that this thing had to look outts. If its prebuilt, sometimes it doesnt
up when we were talking about what could spot on. They provided us with all the t correctly. Its like buying a suit off the peg.
be done for Celebration. There were some materials possible, including pictures of the You still have to bring it to the tailor to make
conversations with Lucaslm, ideas passed original, including, but not limited to, a lot it t properly.
back and forth, and we said, You know what, of the parts that were engineered from the JS: The nice thing is that Dana and I were
we can debut this outt and actually have it original production. They were shipped to active 501st members many, many years
available so people can physically see it. Its us so that we could use them for our pieces. ago. The reason why he and I got into it was
a collaboration with Lucaslm, ourselves, What you see here is an exact replica of the because theres a virtue in building. Theres
and other parties that helped and joined actual armor. something that comes out of the sense of
forces so that we could actually create it accomplishment, out of completing a kit.
and get it done quickly. There were ten stormtroopers on stage When we saw the response that was so
during the panel. Are those all the kits you incredibly strong to The Force Awakens kit,
What kind of time frame did you have? made or are there more? we wanted to do the same thing and release
DG: Basically, we got the approval to DG: Part of the big push about this reveal is a kit that was highly accessible. Not only to
nally do something like this right around that we wanted to make a statement. The the 501st, but to maybe inspire people
the end of December. If you look at the ten are just the tip of the iceberg. We actually outside of the 501st to get a kit, and then
manufacturing window between December coordinated with a lot of the local builders. have those people maybe reach out to the
and April and also count the Chinese New ANOVOS reached out to the 501st and said to 501st and actually help out the program and
Year, it really is a miracle that this was a them, How would you like an opportunity to grow the program that we originally came
success. We felt that there were a lot of be part of Star Wars history? And make a from ourselves. The price is really set to
challenges in front of us, but we knew if we statement and be part of the rst crowds inspire others whove never considered
fought hard enough, we would shake the to bring out the new The Force Awakens a kit before.
tree and something good would come out. trooper so the world can see it? They
We really didnt believe all of it would come graciously responded.
true, but it did come true and everything MORE TO SAY
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AN AUDIENCE WITH
The Markiewitz family,
A PRINCESS! What a lovely My family went to our first Celebration this year. For the
including their new
I had my lifelong dream of photo! I wonder
bundle of (Jedi) joy! Ahsoka Lives Day gathering, I wore hand-painted horns
meeting Princess Leia come how long it will be and headtails, which I originally made for a Shaak Ti
true on January 30, 2015, until Connor gets Halloween costume in middle school, says Jenifer Crooks.
when Carrie Fisher was a some stormtrooper armor of his own?
guest at the Salt Lake Wars came to my hometown
Comic Con Fan Xperience. INSPIRED BY THE FORCE of Olympia in 1977. Showing
Norma Jean, age five: I rst discovered the magic Ive been a fan of Star Wars for as long for 24 weeks, it was the most
Some boys in my of Star Wars at age ve. as I can remember. I grew up reading the popular movie in Olympias
neighborhood dressed up Almost 30 years later, original trilogy storybooks. Learning to history up to that time,
as Luke Skywalker and I anxiously waited in line read wasnt very easy for me and these attracting an enthusiastic
Darth Vader, and I got for over two hours to meet Star Wars books were among the rst audience of all ages. The
to be Princess Leia. Carrie, but it was well worth things I could read on my own. I now movie was shown so many
the wait. She was very kind enjoy reading a great deal, especially times that the projectionist
to each fan as she greeted Star Wars books. nally had to take a vacation!
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ASHLEY ECKSTEIN,
THE VOICE OF
AHSOKA TANO, ON
THE RETURN OF THE
CHARACTER TO STAR
WARS REBELS,
CELEBRATION
ANAHEIM, AND
PROVIDING FASHION
INSPIRATION FOR
KATHLEEN KENNEDY.
INTERVIEW BY AMY RATCLIFFE

S
tar Wars Insider: Star Wars Celebration
Anaheim opened with The Force Awakens
panel, and Kathleen Kennedy walked onto
the stage wearing Her Universes lightsaber
T-shirt. Did you know that was happening?
Ashley Eckstein: No, I had no idea that Kathleen
Kennedy was going to wear our T-shirt [laughs]. It
was such an exciting surprise. I did know that she
bought it, but I thought that she was wearing it to
dinner the night before. So I thought that she had
already worn it and the last thing I expected was for
her to walk out on stage in our tee. Its like when Kate
Middleton wears something and then everyone goes
crazy for it. Im so grateful, and I now call it the
Kathleen Kennedy shirt! I feel like she is an icon.
Not only is she a fangirl icon, but I feel like shes just
an icon for all fans. And if you see Kathleen Kennedy
wearing something, naturally in your head you think,
I now have to own a white blazer to pair with that T-shirt
because she looks so fantastic.

Her Universe offered several new items and styles at


Celebration. How did the new pin-up dresses go over?
It was great. The fans were incredibly supportive and
luckily we had a dressing room at the show. We had
long lines, but everyone was patient. This was our rst
foray into a lot more fashion-forward designs, so we
learned a lot and denitely got everyones feedback
good and badand were going to be improving on
that. It was a really exciting con; the lightsaber skirt
and cardigans were the most popular items.

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ASHLEY ECKSTEIN IS AHSOKA TANO

From left to
right: Ashley
I SAW THE REBELS
Eckstein; Ahsoka
emerges from her
PREMIERE EPISODE
Masters shadow;
the beginning:
FOR THE FIRST TIME
Ahsokas debut
appearance in
IN A ROOM WITH
the Star Wars: The
Clone Wars movie
A COUPLE OF
(2008)
THOUSAND PEOPLE!

What are some of the top highlights of


the rest of your Celebration experience?
The Star Wars Rebels panel with
everyoneespecially the surprise
appearance of Dee [Bradley Baker] and
I on stage and everyone nding out that
Captain Rex was coming back. Dee and
I were standing backstage when Rex
appeared on the trailer and just hearing
the crowd roar at that moment was so
exciting. It was so electric, and then to
walk out on stage together with him
was incredible.
And then there was the Rebels
premiere. That was the rst time Id seen
the episode and to watch it with a couple
thousand people in the room for the rst
time was really just surreal.
The third highlight was the Ahsoka
Lives Day. It was so special to see how the
fans still love Ahsoka and support her, and to see all
the little girls dressed as Ahsoka just melted my heart.
Honestly, I got goose bumps at the turnout.

How hard was it for you to keep the return of Ahsoka


under your hat?
It was a hard secret to keep. Ive known the secret for
about a year now, and its just been so tough because
I havent lied to the fans, but I cant tell the truth so
what do you really say? When friends would ask me
over and over again, Is Ahsoka going to be in Rebels?
Are we going to see Ahsoka again? I would just have
to say, Well, you know, shes still alive. Its kind of too
soon to tell. You know, theyre still writing Rebels. Who
knows? Maybe well see her one day.
But once Fulcrum came into the storyline, it was
harder to be vague. The fans who are so fantastic
pitched up Fulcrums voice and said, Okay, that sounds
like Ashley and the way that she speaks! I pretty
much went into hiding after that because
I didnt know what to say. I kind of
avoided interviews, all podcasts, really
all social media about the subject, until
after the nale aired because I didnt
know what to say about it, and I didnt
want to lie about it.

Shes not the only character from Clone Wars jumping


to Rebels. The Season Two trailer that premiered at
Celebration showed Captain Rex and Hondo Ohnaka.
What does it mean to you to see these characters
continue to live in Rebels?
Im also a huge fan of these characters in Star Wars
and so, as a fan, I became so invested in them. We
spent six seasons on The Clone Wars getting to know
these characters so deeplywe really did. Theyre
animated characters, but we became emotionally
attached to them. I cant say enough about
Captain Rex and what he means, but also
Hondo is a personal favorite of mine. So for

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FOR THE CLONE WARS TO
END LIKE IT DID MEANS SO
MUCH MORE FOR AHSOKA
AND REX TO COME BACK.

The Clone Wars to end like it did, kind of on a cliffhanger


and not knowing where these characters ended up, it
means so much for them to come back in Rebels because
we need more. We need more of their storylines, we
need to know where they went and what theyve been
doing, what happened to them.

Rex and Ahsoka have quite a history. What kind of


relationship do they have now?
They have a bond like family. They really spent so much
time side-by-side ghting in Clone Wars. I think Ahsoka
has such a special bond with Rex because he was kind of
like a mentor in a way, along with Anakineven though
she said in the show, So, if you are a captain and Im a
Jedi, then technically I outrank you, right? Rex quickly
put her in her place and said, Well, experience outranks
everything, and I think she respected him from day one
for that and admired that she had to earn his respect.
I think along with Anakin and the rest of the gang, its
like an older brother and a family member. So they
have a really, really tight bond and we dont know what
happened between them after she walked away from the
Clone Wars, but we do know that theyre both still alive,
and hopefully well get to nd out more about what
theyve been doing since.

Opposite page,
from left: Ezra and
Ahsoka make battle
plans; the return of
the (former) Jedi!

This page, left from


the top: The iconic
moment Fulcrums
identity was fnally
revealed to the
Ghost crew!

Left: Ashley models


a handy Wicket bag!

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This page, right, from Both Rex and Ahsoka were close with Anakin
top: Hera and Ahsoka; Skywalker, and Darth Vader is in the picture on
Ashley models the T-shirt Rebels along with them. Is Ahsoka aware of Darth
as worn by Kathleen Vader as a presence in the galaxy?
Kennedy at Celebration Darth Vader is a newer presence to the rebels. And,
Anaheim; Ahsoka in action what else can I say to that? [laughs] I cant say much
on the bridge of the Ghost. about Ahsoka and Vader and what she knows and
what she doesnt know. But I do know that once Dave
Opposite page, left Filoni told me that if Ahsoka and Darth Vader were to
to right: Ahsokas eventually confront each other, that it probably wouldnt
experiences have made be a good thing for Ahsoka. Dave said on the Rebels
her a much tougher panel that, obviously, its a natural progression for her
Togruta! Bonding story. If that does happenand I can honestly answer
with Chopper! you with if because I dont know that part of her story
I fear for her because of that looming advice Dave Filoni
once gave me.

If Vader is aware of who Ahsoka is, he probably


wouldnt like having such a strong reminder of the
person he used to be around.
Absolutely. He is the most powerful, and as powerful
as I think Ahsoka isand of course I am biasedits
still Darth Vader [laughs]. I dont know how well she
would fair. So well see.

We know Ahsoka is helping the rebels ght back


against the Empire. Will we learn more about her
specic role within the budding rebellion?
Ahsoka will continue to remain a mysterious
character. Shes a recurring character so shes not
going to be a main character in every single episode.
And Ahsoka has questions that she needs answered,
so well see her, but then shes also going to be
on her own journey getting her questions answered.

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I THINK KANAN AND EZRA
HAVE A BOND THAT IS LIKE
AHSOKA AND ANAKINS, IN
THAT IT IS UNBREAKABLE.

We saw Ahsoka walk away from the Jedi lifestyle, but


she likely received more training than Kanan. Will we
see Ezra wanting to learn from her?
I think Kanan and Ezra have a bond that is like Ahsoka
and Anakins in that it is unbreakable, and that cant be
replaced by Ahsoka. I think how I would almost describe
it is how Ahsoka was with Obi-Wan. Ahsoka and Anakin
were really close, but Obi-Wan was this wise adviser that
Ahsoka almost cowered to a little bit, because there was
so much respectlike he was the master to the master,
if that makes sense. There was like an extra level of
respect there; she was always on her best behavior
around Obi-Wan. She always watched her manners
and Ps and Qs, and she wasnt too snippy with Obi-Wan.
I almost think Ahsoka will be viewed by Ezra with a
sense of reverence of, She is this master to the master,

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This page, from top:
Ahsoka is reminded of her
own journey when she
meets Kanan and Ezra;
a thoughtful Ahsoka;
the return of Ahsoka
THERE ARE SO MANY
and the rebelsin
the explosive Season
LESSONS IVE LEARNED
Two opener!
FROM AHSOKA. I OFTEN
Opposite page, from
left: A strong, determined
THINK, WHAT WOULD
Ahsoka faces an uncertain
future; Ashley proudly
AHSOKA DO?
wears her Ahsoka Lives!
T-shirt.

essentially. Ahsokas not that, but Im just


saying, Ezra has more of a friendly relationship
with Kanan with the banter and the wisecracks.

She is the mentor now, and, in some ways, so


are you with the Rebels cast. What has it been
like to be a veteran in both areas?
Its so funny because I just experienced that at
Celebration. This was the rst Celebration for
the whole cast of Rebels. And so backstage
I was giving them advice like, Okay, heres
whats going to happen, and heres what we are
going to do and here is what to expect! They all
had several questions. Right before they walked
out on stage for the panel, they were like, Oh my
gosh, we cant believe all the fans out there, and
they were nervous. Its denitely like life imitates
art. I felt like AhsokaI was able to provide
advice because this was my fourth Celebration.

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Ahsoka has come such a long way
from the character we rst met in
2008. Have you learned any lessons
from her?
There are so many lessons that Ive
learned from Ahsoka. Sometimes it
feels silly to say that this animated
character has taught us so much,
but she really has. I look up to her.
I often think, What would Ahsoka do?
I feel like she has such a good heart
and such a good moral compass
that shell always choose whats
right, and I often keep that in mind.
But I think with Ahsoka in Rebels
shes now back with a sense of
condence. Its almost like when we
go to school for so many years and
then when we graduate, were out
in the real world. Its like Ahsoka is
now out in the real world, and we
now see her in her job and she is
very condent in it. I think thats
what we can take from her right
now in Rebels: Just be condent
in what youre doing and go forward
with the story. a

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BEHIND-THE-SCENES REPORT!

DAY 1
On Saturday, we kicked the day off
with the Star Wars Rebels panel!
Hosted by James Arnold Taylor,
the Rebelss panel included Dave
Filoni, Simon Kinberg, Freddie Prinze,

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Dave Filoni delighted us with a sneak peek When it was over, we werent sure if we could
of season two (the actors actually watched stand upespecially after seeing Rex and
it kneeling down on the oor). Hondo! Steve Blum pretended to administer
CPR! Much needed, as we all were blown away!

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DAVE
D FILONI
AVE F ILONI

We made
quite a team
on the red
carpet. Even
Chopper
looked pretty
good! We all
enjoyed the
screening.
It was the
perfect way
On our way to the Rebels season two premiere, we ran into to end such a
some friends (Hera and Zeb)! magical day!

Afterward, we attended a press conference, split up for individual interviews, and some of us
even got to play with an Imperial trooper helmet!

DAY 2
The day was full of surprises. First, Darth As we were
Makenna stopped by! nishing up, the
Rebel Legion paid
On Sunday, we us a visit with
returned for more good news!
an OfcialPix We were all made
autograph signing. honorary members
It was fun to meet right then and
so many cool fans! there! The day just
They seemed to kept getting better
Aaron Goins, Teresa Delgado, Dave
truly enjoy our and better!
Filoni, and myself.
work, which was
both gratifying and My voice-over agent, Pat I was also able to
inspiring. Star Wars Brady, got me situated Next, the Southern California Garrison of meet up with
fans are the best! for the day! Bless her! the 501st Legion arrived to make me an my Star Wars in
honorary member! Kevin Weir, my dear the Classroom
friend, inducted me, and I was in complete buddies! I got to
see Dan Zher,
shock. I lost it completely!
Cory Clubb, and
fellow Special
Ops Member,
John Morton!

I am deeply
grateful for
yet another
rewarding
Star Wars
experience.
I will be
celebrating
all year long!
Star Warss in the Classroom: Thomas Riddle,
Until next time!
With Michael Bender, Dave Filoni, Stacey Bender, and Danielle Lopez, Emily Morton,
May the Force
Kevin Weir. and myself.
be with you!
It meant the world to me that Dave Filoni was
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The fans waited many hours in a very long line. her Star Wars Bookworms podcast co-host,
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HE WAS FAST, FURIOUS AND
HE BLOWED UP REAL GOOD!
Ben Quadinaross asco at the Boonta
Eve Podrace was a throwaway joke in
The Phantom Menace, but it becomes
the basis for an action-packed hot-rod
adventure in this spin-off movie directed
by Furious 7s James Wan and starring
Vin Diesel as the ill-starred Ben Q. With
his team assembled, Ben wins a slew
of preliminary races, falls in love with
Wattos spitre daughter, Wendy, nally
wins pole position at the big race and
then his pod blows up at the starting line.

We ve analyzed
Weve d their attack, sir, and there is a danger.
Should I have your ship standing by?
MILD WORDS, DELIVERED TOO LATE!
Neither spin-off, prequel nor sequel, Simply the Bast is a same-quel. It takes
place at the exact same ti time as A New Hope. Our hero: Stylishly sideburned
Imperial General Moradm
Moradmin Bast. Hes a good soldier, but hes got a sixth sense,
a nagging intuition, some would call it, a bad feeling about this. The this
hes got a bad feeling about?
abo The Death Star.
Bast spends the lm on o a detective story-style quest to make sure the
battle station is, as advertised
adver by his old Academy roommate Admiral Motti,
the ultimate power in the universe. Bast sneaks Mission Impossible-style
into Darth Vaders cubicle of solitude and steals a set of Death Star plans.
Studying the plans, he n nally discovers the truthThere is a danger. He
marches up to Tarkin, teltells him the bad news and gets shot down by his
boss two minutes before the Death Star is blown to bits.

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JUST WHEN HE THOUGHT HE WAS
DONE WITH STAR WARS THEY
PULLED HIM BACK IN!
Meet Nien Nunb, Kendall Jenner-lipped co-pilot
to Lando Calrissian, hero of the rebellion and
suburban Dad? <NEEDLE SCRATCH!> Set 10
years after Return of the Jedi, this buddy comedy
from the team who brought you The Hangover
nds Nien Nunb enjoying his happy
retirement of mowing the lawn, taking
the kids to school and making the
occasional personal appearance
at Star Wars Celebration. But he
knows that somethings not
right. He misses the life.

WHEN PEOPLE SAY DREAMS DONT COME TRUE,


TELL THEM ABOUT PORKINS
Its the inspiring sports-movie tale of the big rebel that
could. Jek Porkins is a young dreamer with big dreams
and a bigger waistline, who is blackballed from the
Academy because he couldnt t through the hatch of
an AT-AT. Porkins joins the Rebellion, where he becomes
the plucky equipment manager and water boy for the
A-Team of Wedge, Biggs, and Puck Naeco. Porkins endears
himself to the guys with his grit and optimism, until, on
the eve of the Battle of Yavin, Wedge, Biggs, Puck, and
the rest of Red Squadron, go to Red Leaders ofce, and,
in a stirring display of loyalty, toss their orange ight suits
on Red Leaders desk and demand that Porkins be allowed
to join them on the Death Star raid

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that song you do!

A LONG TIME AGO IN A CANTINA FAR,


FAR AWAY.

Figrin Dan: A young Bith with a dream Modal Nodes. See how they audition creative mojo gone, Figrin Dan stays in
and a Kloo Horn, his career and life every Jizz-playing Bith in Mos Eisley, the Cantina, hiring a bunch of unkies
are going nowhere untillike Lennon Mos Espa, Mos Def, Mos Tavern, and and playing the only song that ever
meeting McCartneyhe crosses paths every Mos inbetween as they build a mattered to him over and over, while
with another young musical rebrand, killer band. Eventually, they break up Max and Sy nd wealth, happiness,
Max Rebo. Together, they form the when Maxs girlfriend, conceptual a steady gig, and ultimately their
nucleus of one of the most popular artist Sy Snootles, comes between demise in the court of Jabba the Hutt.
bands in the entire Outer Rimthe them. With his best friend and his

Sith-teen Candles

MEET THE EMPEROR OF AWKWARDNESS!


Judd Apatow directs this coming-of-age comedy about the excruciatingly
embarrassing Freaks And Geeks-style High School years of Palpatine, the
gawky nerd who would become Darth Sidious. Christopher McLovin
Mintz-Plasse plays the young geek, and Jonah Hill is his best buddy Mas Amedda.
At Naboo High, the two nerds try their best to t in and not make waves, but they
are humiliated on prom night (prom theme: Enchantment Under The Paonga Sea)
when Palpatine rips his best pants on Mas Ameddas horns. Palpatine is mercilessly
mocked by popular jock Sio Bibble (Bradley Cooper), and his cheerleader date Mon
Mothma (Isla Fisher).
HE HAD A NOSE FOR TROUBLE HE-SA THINK PEOPLE GONNA DIE
Quentin Tarantino directs this multi-part spin-off following the Hes been mocked hes been jeered hes been voted,
murderous exploits of Dr. Cornelius Evazanthe ugliest man the most annoying character in the history of lm and
in Mos Eisley. In true Tarantino style, each of the 12 lms tells hes not going to take it anymore. Ahmed Best returns with
the tale of how Evazan (Christoph Waltz), along with his sidekick a vengeance as Jar Jar Binks: Gungan with a gun, in this dark,
Ponda Baba (John Travolta) receives a death sentence in a violent, yet still somehow PG rated spin-off movie from director
different system though not in chronological order. Abel Ferrara. After making the critical mistake of Googling
himself, Jar Jar realizes the crushing futility of his existence
and throws himself headlong into a spiral of vice and crime.
He gets addicted to tongue-numbingsticking his mouth in
between turbine engines just for the plasma energy jolt that
takes his pain away. He joins the Naboo Police and lets his basest
impulses loose, picking ghts and shooting at perps without
even so much as an, exsqueeze me. In the ultimate abuse
of his badge, the Bombad Lieutenant goes on a rampage
through downtown Theed, meting out angry justice to anyone
who dares laugh at him which turns out to be everyone.
A FEW GOOD
GAMORREANS
JABBA DONT WANT NO SCRUBS
Michael Mann writes and directs this Dirty Dozen-style military
action-adventure following the legendary formation of the
Gamorrean dream team of Gartogg, Jubnuk, Rogua, and Ortugg,
from their days in the Gamorrean Military Academy (or West Pork)
to their string of adventures protecting Jabba the Hutt. In their nal
test before taking their place at Jabbas Palace, the Teenage Mutant
Ninja Porkers do battle with their arch-enemies the Ugnaughts
declaring war on them for the sole reason that people often mistake
them for one another.

WUHER & THE GONK


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FIGHTING CRIME ONE SCUM HIVE
AT A TIME Michael Price is an Emmy
Award-Winning writer on The
Starsky and Hutch, Crockett and Tubbs, Simpsons. He has also written
Tango and Cash. Add to this list of the greatest the LEGO Star Wars Specials.
buddy-cop-duos the one and only Wuher (Chris
Pratt) and the garbage-can-sized droid known
only as The Gonk (Benicio Del Toro). Years HAVE YOU?
before A New Hope, the unlikely pair of rookie
cops are thrown together by former bounty
hunter-turned-Coruscant Chief of Detectives
Cad Bane (Paul Giamatti). The gruff bartender-
to-be and the laconic droid-with-just-legs
become fast friends as they run roughshod
over Coruscants criminal element, trying to
bust an inter-terrestrial Death Sticks ring.
In a thrilling action climax set in the ruins
of the Jedi Temple, Gonk (who is one day
away from refurbishment) takes a blaster
bolt meant for Wuher. Devastated over the
loss of his partner and best friend, Wuher
quits the force and takes a bartending job light
years away from his old beat. At Chalmuns,
Wuher institutes a strict no droids policy
not out of hate, but out of a broken heart.
AS FAN FAVORITE CAPTAIN REX MAKES
THE LEAP FROM STAR WARS: THE CLONE
WARS TO STAR WARS REBELS, THE MAN
BEHIND HIS VOICE, DEE BRADLEY BAKER,
REVEALS ALL ABOUT LIFE AS A FAN!
INTERVIEW BY MARK NEWBOLD

What was your reaction to seeing Do you have a favorite scene? voice actors were quite safe to use the
Star Wars for the rst time? I was always particularly fascinated front entrance.
Its hard to adequately describe how with the Cantina and when Han Solo
exciting Star Wars was when it was met Greedo, who began speaking an What is the best gift that being involved
rst released. I was beyond excited. alien language with subtitles. That with Star Wars has given you?
I had already read the novelization blew my mind! Also, now that Im Its so wonderful to connect into
and the Time magazine feature. I was a dad, I nd Vaders nal moments something you loved as a kidthat
beyond pumped! Everyone seemed and his sacrice moving in a way inspired you and set an example of
to go nuts over Star Wars in a way I never did when I was younger. what creative people can create
that was unprecedented at the time. together. To help make that and tap
Can you reveal something that will into a global community of fans is an
What do you love about being a part surprise Star Wars fans? awesome feeling. Seeing Star Wars
of the Star Wars story? Everyone in the cast of the Season Five thrive to a degree Id never have
It is incredibly fun and exciting to be a nale of Clone Wars was in the dark as imagined in moviesThe Clone Wars,
part of the mythology of Star Wars and to the ending of that episode, except for the new Rebels series, as well as the
to experience fans excitement directly. Ashley (Ahsoka) and Matt (Anakin). The upcoming featuremakes the little
The best part is seeing a kid light up nal script page was blank and we were boy inside me so excited I can hardly
when they recognize my Captain Rex asked to leave the studio when it was stand it!
voice. I also admire the craft and recorded! It reminded me of the level
passion of those who build their of secrecy that surrounded The Empire What is your favorite Star Wars lm
costumes, especially the 501st! Strikes Back! I didnt know what was and why?
going to happen when it aired and I love watching them all (preferred
When did you rst become aware of loved that surprise! sequence: IV, V, I, II, III, then VI!).
Star Wars fandom? Im going to have to go with The
I wasnt involved with SW fandom Where did you sign your rst Star Empire Strikes Back. From the opening
until The Clone Wars got going. Before Wars autograph? overhead shot of Phil Tippetts
then, I was on my own. Our casts rst Probably at the rst Dallas convention tauntaun to the Imperial walkers battle
fan convention was in Dallas, Texas that we Clone Wars cast members scene to the nales exciting revelation,
(I think) and it was overwhelming to attended. Matt Lanter (Anakin) started it was a huge thrill to experience it with
see how many were involved in loving getting swamped by girls who recognized fresh eyes, not knowing what to expect.
this incredible world George Lucas him from a television series he had just I hope to avoid as much press about
and his friends created that I was now done. He had to sneak into the hotel The Force Awakens as possible so I can
a part of, too! through the back door! The rest of us be surprised again later this year! a

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INSIDER 29
AN ALL-NEW TALE

KINDRED
SPIRITS
A PREQUEL TO DARK DISCIPLE BY CHRISTIE
GOLDEN, WITH ART BY MAGALI VILLENEUVE
T
his enterprise is doomed to failure, Asajj Ventress raiders had murdered both her slave master and, later, Ky Narec,
muttered. Her hands were securely bound behind her, the Jedi who had taken her on as his Padawan. Her hand had
and she was sweltering beneath the blazing Florrum tightened on her lightsaber in anticipation.
sun in a long dark robe and heavy cloak. Dont get too free with that, Rhayme warned, nodding at the
Only if you blow it, Lassa Rhayme whispered back. weapon. Im not fond of high body counts. We kill when needed,
The blue-skinned Pantoran wore Ventresss clothes: black boots not for sport.
with blue protective shin plating, leggings, and a black, high- You sound like a Jedi, Ventress had said scornfully.
collared shirt beneath a tunic. There was more plating on the Dont insult me.
left shoulder and across the hips, and plenty of places to fasten Jiro, the pirate put in charge in Hondos absence, had been
a variety of gear. The pirate captain looked born to it. intrigued by Lassas proposition when contacted via hologram,
Ventress had no intention of blowing it, but she was denitely and permitted them to land in the at, rocky depression in front
having second thoughts about this scheme. of Hondos complex. The area was cluttered with debris. Somebody
Taking the bounty had seemed like a good idea at the time. had ferreted out this hideaway not too long ago, and it was
The job had appeared on the roster with an impressive number of denitely the worse for wear. Ventress had spotted the Steady On
credits attached to it, and Ventress had recently laid out a sizeable noteworthy for being completely intact amid the rubblebeing
amount for repairs to the Banshee. unloaded as they were escorted inside what remained of a large,
Seeking half-dozen skilled fighter pilots to serve as escort for multi-level complex at blasterpoint.
the cargo ship Steady On. No questions asked. Half payment upon Im beginning to think this wasnt such a good idea, Ventress
agreement, half upon safe delivery of Steady Ons cargo. continued as they walked through a triangular door and passed
Smugglers plus cargo equals pirates was an equation from sunlight into gloom.
Ventress had learned long ago, so the attack on the Steady On Hey there, no talking! One of the pirates shoved a blaster
was not unexpected. What was unexpected was getting rescued into Ventresss midsection. She gritted her teeth to keep from
by a second group of pirates, the Blood Bone Order, who Force-hurling the disgusting creature the length of
had also intended to plunder the freighter. the enormous and poorly named grand hall.
Weve been planning this for weeks, Lassa sa A few of the pirates were engaged in
Rhayme had told her. You can imagine VENTRESS HAD activities
a
ac
c such as drinking, irting with
my surprise when, upon the Opportunitys
arrival at the proper coordinates, the EXPECTED TO MISS HER the female members of the crew, ghting
about irting, betting on ghting, and the
only ships we saw were ghters oating
dead in space.
TWIN RED LIGHTSABERS, ne art of sliding off a chair completely
smashed. But there were others,
Ventress had been the only
survivor. Rhayme had brought the
BUT WAS GLAD NOW THAT THEY their cold gazes crawling over the
newcomers, who speared food with
wounded woman to the ships sickbay
and healed her injuries. She had also
HAD BEEN STOLEN. THE OLD ONES knives as if they were simply
practicing carving up esh. Jiro
towed the Banshee in for repairs.
Why? Ventress had
REMINDED HER OF DOOKU, awaited Ventress and Rhayme at the
far end. Seated at a long table on a
asked, curious. AND SHE FOUND SHE PREFERRED raised dais, he sprawled comfortably
When your ship was in such bad in an ornate chair that commanded
shape and you were still alive, I had a THE YELLOW LIGHT the best view.
hunch. It paid off. We found this. Rhayme He was one of the ugliest Weequays
had reached behind her back, withdrew OF THIS ONE. Ventress had ever seen, with a row of single
Ven
Ventresss lightsaber, and tossed it to her. locks of hair standing up in spikes on his overlarge
I can use your help recovering the Steady On. head and two longer braids trailing down his back. The
Ventress welcomed the familiar weight of the weapon in pirate who had brought in the two women handed him Ventresss
her hand. She had expected to miss her twin red lightsabers, but lightsaber. Jiro looked at it carefully, then at Ventress, and nally
was glad now that they had been stolen. The old ones reminded at Rhayme.
her too much of Dooku, and she found she preferred the yellow You must be someone special, to catch a Jedi. Howd you
light of this one. I might be willing to help youprovided I get to manage it?
keep a certain piece of cargo. The magnicent Captain Rhayme, and Lassa spat on the
What might that be? ground, sends her crew off to scout for news of ships to plunder.
That might be my business, Ventress had replied. Thats how I came across her. She gave Ventress a scornful look.
Rhaymes golden eyes had narrowed as she speculatively I found her pretty badly injured, from what or whom I dont know,
regarded the woman shed rescued. One item? but still alive. I took her back to my ship, healed her upenough
One item. to walk, at leastand contacted you.
She nodded. Help me get the freighter back, and whatever it Ventress gave Lassa a look that she hoped was both deant
is, its yours. and exhausted. Jiro leaned back in his chair, plunking lthy boots
Rhayme had sent a crew member to go undercover on the on the table. At the next table over, someone belched.
Steady On. He had reported back that Hondo Ohnaka, the pirate Ive heard of Lassa Rhayme. Sounds like shes not your
responsible for the theft, was currently not on the Florrum base; best pal.
only a skeleton crew led by an underling was unloading the Steady Hardly, Rhayme said, with just the proper amount of loathing,
On. Its a break for usHondos sharp, and a nasty piece of work, her lip curling slightly. Shes good, Ventress thought. That witch is
even for a Weequay. brutal. We boarded a Separatist ship once, and she stole its torture
Weequay. droid. Rhaymed always been harsh to her crew, but now... the
Now, you have my attention, Ventress said. I am... not bounty hunter shook her lavender head. Id do anything to get
fond of Weequays. out from under her thumb.
It was an understatement. Ventress despised the species, Like deserting your captain to join Hondos Gang, eh? How
with their leathery, wrinkled skin and sour dispositions. Weequay could we trust a turncoat?

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Rhayme smiled sweetly. Hondo gave you a second chance
when you turned on him, didnt he? Ventress stied a smile as
Jiros face darkened at the reminder. She and Lassa had done
their homework. Rhayme folded her arms.
LookIve got everything to lose and nothing to gain by lying.
Im giving you a Jedi. The ransom the Order will pay for her safe
return will be staggering. Plus... She placed her hands on the
table and brought her face close to his. Ill tell you everything you
need to know about Lassa Rhaymes plans. Hondo will come back
to nd that in his absence, you have defeated a dangerous pirate
captain, captured her ship, have a new loyal crewmember, and
a Jedi prisoner in the bargain. He just might make you second
in command.
Jiro considered this, removing his boots from the table and
leaning forward. Still, why not keep the Jedi yourself and collect
the bounty?
Ventresss patience had worn out. The more the Weequay
grilled them, the more likely he was to simply order both her and
Rhayme shot and claim all the glory himself. Time to shake things
up a bit.
The lightsaber sailed from Jiros hands into Ventresss just as
she spun around to catch it. She could not use it to cut her bonds
with her hands bound behind her, but she could ght. With a yell,
she sprang over Rhayme, turning in mid-air and angling the
lightsaber so precisely it singed Rhaymes lavender braid.
What cried Jiro, then dived for cover under the table.
Rhayme gasped and stared at Ventress. Her brilliant gold eyes
narrowed and she lunged for the nearest blaster, which happened
to belong to the pirate who had brought them in. Ventress was
therefore not displeased when Lassa used him as a shield while
ring at the Jedi.
The shots barely missed Ventress. Rhayme looked furious.
Her color was up and her white teeth were bared in a grimace of
pure hatred.
Oh, no. She thinks Ive turned on her.
It was a perfectly reasonable assumption. There had been
a time, not long ago, when it would have been the correct one.
But not today. Ventress would have to hope that Lassa Rhayme She casually fastened the lightsaber to her belt, as if there
would understand what she was doingand that Jiro wouldnt. was no question that it belonged to her. Jiro noticed the gesture,
With her back to Rhayme, Ventress used the Force to sense but let it go, doubtless reasoning that the amount the Gang would
the bolts coming and bat them away. She heard a yelp behind her, receive from the Jedi Council would more than compensate him
but it was decidedly not feminine. Good. She jumped onto the table, for a lost lightsaber.
whirling in a circle down its length and catching any stray arms So I take it were agreed? Rhayme continued. You get the
or torsos unfortunate enough to be in her lightsabers blazing bounty on the Jedi and accept me as a crewmember, and I tell
yellow path. you where to nd Lassa Rhaymes eet.
Stand down, Jedi! came Lassas clear, strong voice. Well, Jiro hedged, Its Hondo who has to make the
Has she caught on yet? One way or another, either to continue nal decision.
the plan or end it, Rhayme would have to stop Ventress. Two She took a seat without being invited, and again, Jiro did not
Weequays charged the table, raising their blasters. Ventress object. Im not surprised. Its his gang, after all. Ill wait. When
leaped to meet them, kicking out with both feet. The toe of each is he expected back?
boot caught a startled pirate under the chin. Their heads snapped That threw Jiro. He didnt say. But I could put in a few good
back and they crumpled, either unconscious or dead. words for you if you were to tell me where to nd this eet.
As she landed, a powerful kick in the small of her back sent So I could, ah, prep the ships and get them all ready-like.
her sprawling. Her lightsaber was snatched from her hands So you could send off your men now and take all the credit-like,
and a second later, pain blossomed in her wrists. Lassa Rhayme thought, amused. And likely try to kill me in the bargain.
Rhayme, pirate captain, planted a boot on her backVentress Rhayme pretended not to have come to this obvious conclusion.
shifted her head to one side and looked up, still uncertain as Thats a great idea! she said. Jiro visibly relaxed. Now... let
to whether Rhayme was friend or foe. Rhayme brought the me start by telling you how many ships Rhayme commands, what
humming tip of the lightsaber so close to Ventresss face that kind, and their names. She smiled. I think a drink might loosen
she was forced to squint against its brightness. my tongue... if youll
She struggled for breath, and nally gasped, I... yield. join me.
I didnt believe you were really able to capture her, Jiro said, Jiro gave her a lascivious look, reached for a no-doubt lthy
somewhat grudgingly, as the defeated Jedi was led away. mug, and sloshed a bright green liquid into it.
I am... impressed.
Rhaymes shoulder ached, and she would have several bruises
shortly, but shed had worse. No question, Jedi are tough to The lightsaber burns on Ventresss wrists were exquisitely
defeat. Im lucky shes not at her best. painful, but she didnt care. In taking Ventress down, Lassa had

32 INSIDER
Jiro, those sprawled snoring on the ground, and the few unloading
the Steady On off on a wild caranak chase. With gusto, Lassa
spun outrageous tales of the terrors the evil Captain Rhayme
perpetrated upon her hardworking crew, buying time for Ventress.
Jiro swallowed it all, apparently having decided that since she had
defeated a Jedi, Lassa was entirely trustworthy.
A movement caught Rhaymes eye. Ventresss slender, robed
gure blended so well with the shadows that she was easy to miss.
Shes very good, Rhayme thought.
So tell me more about this ale that your Captain Rhayme
hoards all to herself, Jiro prodded, plunking down his empty cup
and reaching for a rell.
Ale? Oh no, its Tevraki whiskey, Rhayme said, watching
Ventress out of the corner of her eye while smiling at Jiro. And
a ner thing has never touched your lips.
Jiro leered hopefully at the implied invitation. Ventress made
her way to the door and slipped outside. Lassa waited, continuing
to exchange suggestive remarks with Jiro. She gave it a few
minutes more, then unobtrusively placed both hands below the
table, pressed a button on her bracer, and gave Jiro a bright smile.
Well, I cant say this hasnt been fun, but I must be going. She
indicated the cup of green liquid. Thanks for the, ah... whatever
that was.
Jiros green eyes narrowed. Whatre you talking about?
My ride should be here right about... She cocked
her head, and was rewarded by the unmistakable
sound of a ship landing in the outside arena.
Now.
N
RHAYME WAVED Faster than she would have given him
credit for, considering the amount of
THE YELLOW, HUMMING alcohol he had imbibed, Jiro leaped over

BLADE AND CUT THE PIECE OF the table with a roar. Rhayme darted
away, pressing the switch on the
FURNITURE IN HALF. SHE LAUGHED. lightsaber. It activated with a snap-hiss,
almost startling her with its speed.
WHAT A GLORIOUS WEAPON! A sword was a sword, however, and
Lassa Rhayme knew how to use one.
sufciently damaged the stun cuffs so
Ventress could break freeand that
SHE SWUNG IT SIMPLY TO HEAR Jiro grabbed for a blaster someone had
left on the table, but Rhayme slammed
meant Lassa believed her. She could
take a little pain.
THE SOUND THAT the lightsaber down, slicing through both
blaster and table with as little effort as if
Once the doors to the grand hall closed IT MADE. she
sh were cutting through butter. Jiro growled
behind her and her escorts, Ventress wasted and threw
t a stool at her. Again, Rhayme waved
no time. She used the Force to shatter the the yellow, humming blade and cut the piece of
remains of the binders and extended her hands, palms furniture in half.
up, to each side. Two of the pirates slammed hard into the walls. She laughed with sheer delight. What a glorious weapon! She
She whirled on the third, who came at her with a st raised and swung it simply to hear the sound it made.
rotting teeth bared, and punched him in the throat. The fourth Which of you is the Jedi? blurted Jiro.
grabbed her arm. She twisted, using her momentum and the Force Jedi? came a smooth voice trembling with indignation. In my
to hurl him over her head, landing a blow to his jaw on his descent. hall? Again?
They all looked to be alive, but out cold. Better safe than Jiro and Rhayme whirled simultaneously to see Hondo Ohnaka
sorry, though. Ventress relieved the guards of their blasters, silhouetted in the triangular doorway. He carried an electrostaff
then paused. Rhayme had asked her to kill only when needed. which sparked magenta at both sharp ends and stood like an
Sighing, she set one blaster to stun, and gave the pirates a second aristocrat, head high, one hand on his hip, his duster billowing
shot of dreamland. about him. The effect was spoiled by the Kowakian monkey-lizard
Now to take over the Steady Onand make sure the item shed perched on his shoulder. Hondo strode forward, fairly vibrating
been hired to safeguard was still on board. with offense.
Jiro! You imbecile! What have you done? Where is my crew?
He completely ignored the woman holding the active lightsaber.
Once Lassa told Jiro where Captain Rhaymes eet was Rhayme stared from one to the other, unsure whether to attack
supposedly based, he, of course, decided immediately to take the or to burst out laughing.
initiative and send what ships were on Florrum to attack. Lassa Oh, hello, boss, Jiro said miserably. This lady here came
encouraged him to send all his men, but he stubbornly shook saying she wanted to defect from the Blood Bone Order and
his head. join us instead.
Hondo said he wanted the cargo unloaded, he insisted. Of course she does. Everyone knows Lassa Rhayme is a tyrant.
That was really too bad, but Lassa took comfort in knowing that Am I not correct? Hmm? He peered alertly at Rhayme, expecting
shed just sent all the intact ships on Florrum and every pirate but conrmation. She nodded wordlessly.

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Andshe brought usI mean
you, bossa Jedi shed captured.
Said we could hold her for ransom
and
Da-da-da-da! Hondo cut him off
with an imperious, irritated gesture.
I leave you alone for half a dayhalf
a day!and look what you have done.
No more ransoming Jedi! That
never ends well. Bad for business.
But... it was like this beautiful
fruit just fell, right into my lap!
Jiro pleaded.
Hondo sighed and placed two
ngers to his temple under his
helmet as if in pain. How many
times must I tell you, Jiro. You cannot
trust such unexpected gifts. Fruit
never falls into your lap unless you
shake the tree first! He looked at
Rhayme, spreading his arms in
a helpless manner. You see what
I have to deal with.
I certainly do, Rhayme said, not
without sympathy.
Now, then, and he turned to her,
what do you really want?
Rhayme sobered and drew herself
up, meeting his eyes evenly. To take
back whats mine. She pointed the
lightsaber at him. You stole my haul,
Hondo Ohnaka. You see... and she
smiled ercely. Im Lassa Rhayme.
You? The terrifying captain of the
Opportunity? He eyed her up and
down. Not what I expected. Not at
all. He clucked his tongue and shook
his head sadly. Little girl, he said,
did you think I had come alone?
And the hitherto empty chamber
echoed with the sound of weapons
being drawn.
Lassa smiled. Did you think
I did?
Sudden perplexed cries of pain
and anger came from the entrance
area of the grand hall, followed
by blaster re. Hondo turned to
look, and in that moment,
Lassa sprang.
LASSA BROUGHT THE
She brought the LIGHTSABER ARCING DOWN,
lightsaber arcing down,
but Hondo recovered in BUT HONDO RECOVERED IN TIME
time to block it with his
electrostaff. His eyes TO BLOCK IT WITH HIS ELECTROSTAFF. jarred her injured shoulder. Gritting her
narrowed behind his teeth, Lassa kicked out and up, and the
goggles. This is a ght HIS EYES NARROWED BEHIND electrostaff ew from Hondos hands.
you cannot win, my dear. Not bad, Hondo admitted. He
You may have the laser sword, HIS GOGGLES. recovered the weapon and vaulted up to
but you dont have the Force. join her, shoving one of the sparking ends
Dont need it. of the staff like a spear. She parried, but let
He swung the staff low, but him drive her down the table, pretending to be
she leaped up and it sliced only air. unsure of her footing. A smile curved his thin mouth,
A second jump brought her onto the and he feinted, dodging her blow and bringing the staff
table, and she swung with the lightsaber. down.At the last second, Rhayme swerved and dove
This time, he struck it hard and the impact for a blaster someone had left behind. In one graceful

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movement, she grabbed it, red at Hondo, and ung the what they signiedfamily afliation, social rank, personal
lightsaber toward the doorway. achievementsbut they all had them.
Ventressdont fail me... Thats because I have no loyalties other than to my crew,
Lassa said. They are my family. OtherwiseI belong only to
myself. I am my own woman.
Ventress had been using a combination of the Force and the Ventress nodded. She liked that. She thought of her own
pirates own blasters to methodically mow them down. It was tattoos, and how much they meant to her. Rhaymes unmarred
almost too easy. Shed already incapacitated the half-dozen who face obviously conveyed the same pride.
had been unloading the cargo ship, and Hondo had brought only Rhayme raised her glass. To successand perhaps,
another ten back with him. There was an ample supply of things to new friends.
hurl at thempitchers, a crate and the sharp-edged tools it was Asajj was surprised at her reaction. She didnt have
lled with, mugs, stools, even the pirates themselves could be friends. But shed grown to admire Lassa, and the other
used to knock their fellows down. It was good exercise, and woman had kept to every part of their bargain. And... she
Ventress welcomed the chance to work up a sweat while ghting was good company. Ventress said nothing, merely gave a
hated Weequays. Respectful of Rhaymes wishes, she didnt shoot eeting smile as their glasses clinked. The whiskey was
to kill, but several of them were on the ground writhing in pain deliciousa warm, slow comfort slipping down her throat.
from blaster shots to their arms or legs. Much better than what they serve in the bars on Thirteen-
Suddenly Ventress felt a quick, bright urgency in the Force. Thirteen, Ventress said. I could get used to drinking this.
She whirled, looking toward the far end of the hall, and saw her Why dont you? Lassa said. I can provide erratic but
lightsaber hurtling upward. protable income, bed and board, adventure, fair treatment,
It turned end over end, still lit. Some of Hondos pirates tried and the company of the woman who beat Hondo Ohnaka in
to grab it in mid-air, and paid with their ngers. Others, more single combat. She winked a golden eye.
wisely, dove out of the way. Ventress shot out her hand and the It sounded good. Very good. And for a long moment, Asajj
hilt smacked into her palm. She grinned as she sensed the tension Ventress was tempted. But then she thought of all the
in the remaining four pirates skyrocket. At that moment, she heard company she would bring along with her; the shades of the
the sound of another ship landing outside, and felt the presence dead, the remnants of dark memories, and a wariness that
of two-dozen life forms racing across the landing eld. would likely never fade. Ventress would never trust anyone,
She grinned, and set to. not really, not even this remarkable woman with whom she
had partnered for a brief time. She would always be alone,
and she accepted that.
Not so fast! Hondo warned as Lassa turned to re on him. While thats a ne offer, she said, I must decline.
He struck her full in the chest with the end of the electrostaff and She sensed Rhaymes genuine disappointment, but the
Lassa gasped, ailing helplessly as the jolts surged through her. Pantoran recovered quickly. If you ever change your mind,
She crumpled, gasping, and tumbled limply off the table, spasming the offer stands.
on the ground. And if you ever need a bounty hunter, Im not hard
He leaped lightly down and gazed at her. A good effort, to nd.
my dear. Im impressed. You almost lived up to your Deal. They shook hands. In the meantime, Rhayme
Rhayme lifted the blaster and aimed it directly at his chest. said,lets take a look at this item thats been so problematic.
reputation, Hondo nished. Ventress glanced at the box beside her. Part of the deal
Its set to kill, she warned him. Throw away the staff. was that I dont look at it.
Surely we can work this out like two civilized pirates, he Youve worked pretty hard for your bounty this time,
protested, but did as she ordered. Asajj. Go on. You can always say you were making sure it
Lassa got to her feet, still feeling the effects of the staff, but wasnt damaged in the ghting.
forcing herself not to show them. On your knees, hands behind Ventress considered that. Sheb does strike me as
your head. a dealer whod appreciate that concern.
Again, Hondo obeyed. Come now, Captain Rhayme, let us not The lock was easy to pick, and Ventress carefully lifted
be hasty. the lid. A small force eld in the box itself prevented
She stepped forward, placing the tip of the blaster between his unauthorized handling. Ventress was seldom moved by
eyes. You mocked me earlier. I think youve changed your tune. beauty alone, but this time, even her eyes widened as
Most certainly, he said. To his credit, his voice was Rhayme gasped softly.
completely calm. The object that had given her so much trouble was no
Im taking whats mine. gem, or weapon, but a simple statuette. A sea mammal
She red. with four ippers and an elongated muzzle was caught
in a moment of joyous freedom, its small gem eyes
sparkling, its sleek body curled beneath it so its tail
Hondo was rather charming, actually, Lassa said, nishing merged with the wave that formed the base. The stone
her account as she and Ventress sat in her cabin aboard the from which it was carved was a breathtaking shade of blue.
Opportunity. On the table beside the bounty hunter sat a The entire imageits sense of action, of grace and power
nondescript metal box about a third of a meter high. Of course and playfulness, its delight in movement, even its hue
I wasnt about to kill him, but he didnt know that. Itll be fun to seemed to Ventress to be a reection of the Pantoran woman
hear what sort of rumors hell spread. sitting before her.
Well done, Ventress said as Rhayme uncorked a bottle of A pirates lifebut not for me, she thought.
aged Tevraki whiskey. So... Ive been wondering something. A pity you cant keep it, Rhayme said.
Fire away. Ventress merely nodded. With unwonted gentleness,
You dont have any tattoos. Shed noticed it immediately upon she closed the lid and locked it.
meeting Rhayme. All the Pantorans Ventress had encountered I do my job, she said, and slid her glass over for
adorned their faces with bright yellow tattoos. She wasnt sure a rell. a

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THE MAKING OF DARK EMPIRE PART III BY MICHAEL KOGGE

INSIDER CONCLUDES ITS LOOK BACK AT THE ICONIC COMIC SERIES FROM THE EARLY 1990S.

I ARTIST IN JEOPARDY
n the beginning, there was for Marvel Comics Epic imprint to
the dark side and the light. release the title because the story
Right, from top: Those on the side of good, the was more adult than the previous
Cam Kennedys pencils guardians of peace and justice By March 1990, Kennedy had Marvel Star Wars series which
become more in the galaxy, followed the light. completed all of his painted pages had ended years before. But in
fully-formed as Tom Those who sought the heights of for issue one of Dark Empire based the previous May, Archie Goodwin,
Veitchs dialogue is power or desired the galaxy for on Veitchs script. The plan called the editor who had shepherded the
added by letterer themselves, embraced the
Todd Klein. dark. Over 25 millennia, in a
galaxy of long ago and far, far
away, devotees of each battled
in a seemingly eternal war of
noble Jedi against evil Sith. If
there was an intersection, it
was most often when a soldier
of the light was tempted and
turned to the dark, only to
meet an end in sorrow and
despair. For as a wise Master
once warned his young
apprentice, Once you start
down the dark path, forever
will it dominate your destiny.
In the mythological
tradition of storytelling,
warnings like these
foreshadowed future conicts.
The genius of Tom Veitch and
Cam Kennedys Dark Empire
was that they wove an entire
epic comic series around that
one line of dialogue. They
turned that wise Masters
young apprentice, Luke
Skywalker, to the dark side.
And the dark side nearly
won, taking the comic with it.

38 INSIDER
project (and who was also one of When contracts were not forthcoming watercolor painted pages would be
the great Star Wars comics writers), after a year of work and correspondence, nearly impossible for any other artist
departed Marvel for a move to DC. Kennedy informed Veitch and Lucaslms to replicate. Wilson and Veitch both
The new editors director of wrote to Kennedy in Scotland, begging
who replaced him publishing, Lucy him to stay on the project. But when the
didnt understand Wilson, that he contract still didnt appear a few months
Star Wars like would have to leave later, Kennedy said he couldnt wait any
Goodwin did, Dark Empire and longer, and Veitch recommended to
and consequently seek other work. Wilson other artists who could nish
failed to make This was a serious the series, among them Andy and Adam
Dark Empire a blow to the project, Kubert, who were just starting out in the
priority in Marvels for the unique style business, but would later become legends
publishing program. of Kennedys in their own right.

VISIONS OF THE FUTURE

P
otentially losing Kennedy as an
artist wasnt the only difculty
Veitch had to deal with to keep the
project aoat. Though Veitch had
rst approached Lucaslm about creating
a Star Wars comic back in November 1988,
in the intervening year Bantam Books had
acquired the license to publish Star Wars
novels. At rst, both sides were told not
to worry. The comics and the novels could
co-exist separately, as they had during
their previous incarnations. But soon it
became clear that Bantams novels would
be set in the same post-Return of the Jedi
time period as was Dark Empire, and the
events that happened in them might
interfere with or contradict what Veitch
had planned for his series. Fans would
undoubtedly question what was the
ofcial story and what was not. Sales
could be affected if one story was
dismissed in favor of the other. Therefore,
a continuity between the series needed
to be established in a way never before
realized for a licensed property.
At the time we did Dark Empire,
there wasnt as much weight paid to
an integrated universewere talking
early 1990s, before The Phantom Menace
had come outand some of the novels
[Splinter of the Minds Eye, ed.] had already
been retconned out of existence. It was all
being frantically created at the same
time, says Barbara Kesel, who would
later come aboard to edit Dark Empire.
I do remember a miniature freak-out
in the ofce when we learned that twins
were in the ofng for Leia, when our
story had focused more on the idea of
[a] child.
Lucaslm did not have a Keeper of
the Holocron or Story Group at the time,
so much of the handling of continuity fell
into the laps of Tom Veitch and the author
of the Bantam novels, Timothy Zahn. Like
any two artists (or any two fans), they each
had their own visions of what Star Wars
was and consequently where to take the

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story and the characters. Zahn
Right, from top: had made his reputation on
Dave Dormans military sci- novels, and took his
stunning pencil work trilogy of novels in that direction,
for the cover of the writing page-turners that focused
first issue; Boba Fett on an Imperial admirals ingenious
(and Dengar!) makes campaign to restore the Empire.
a surprise comeback. Veitch, too, respected the military
aspects of Star Wars, but his
Opposite page: background in philosophy and
The terrifying World theology (as a former Benedictine
Devastator makes monk) sparked his interest in its
its presence felt mythological and moral roots. As
on Mon Calamari. in all great stories, setting and
character are intricately linked
and in the case of Star Wars, it
appeared to Veitch that George
Lucas had created his ctional
universe to explore an individuals
spiritual development. Since the
original Star Wars trilogy was
about Luke Skywalker embracing
his connection to the good (or
light) side of the Force, thereby
redeeming his evil father, Veitch
perceived the next logical step
would be Lukes temptation by
the corrupting inuence of
ultimate power. This echoes many
of the great myths and biblical
stories, where in order to fully
comprehend and join the light,
a hero must venture into the
deepest regions of the dark.
The main inspiration comes As a veteran in comics, Gestapo, and even the dark angels
from C.G. Jung, who advises Veitch understood he was writing serving Satan. The attempt to
integrating the Shadow as for a visual medium that relied create a stable society based on
necessary to personal growth. on fantastical illustrations and the power of the dark side is what
Taking the heroic position of scenarios for its storytelling power. the Emperorand Star Warsis all
endlessly ghting the bad guys just Consequently, he resolved to risk about, Veitch wrote to Lucaslm.
leads to stasis. and even defeat. excess when scripting his panels Most importantly, he argued
In my opinion, both Obi-Wan and and images, as the Star Wars lms that Luke could learn about the
Yoda would have secret knowledge had, rather than play it safe. He dark side without being devoured
of the dark side, says Veitch. backed up the big visual moment by it. The secrets of the dark side
in issue onethe Force Stormby must be assimilated in order for the
explaining it was dark side to be nally conquered.
not a chaotic Otherwise there is only endless
super weapon, combat, endless war, numberless
but a function deaths. Here we are working with
of two powerful the principal thats described in
minds focused Jungian psychology as integration
on each other: of the Shadow. See into your
Luke and the Enemy and learn nally that he
Emperor. Its as has an aspect of yourself. This
if a wormhole in simple idea is the key to what Im
the Force had trying to do. Its there in the lms,
opened between and the relationship of Luke and
them, causing a his father. Ultimately it must
massive release be shown to be true in Lukes
of energy. In relationship to the Emperor
creating the and to the dark side.
darksiders Veitch recognized a
on Byss, he simple solution to prevent any
referenced such contradictions that could arise
societies as the between his series and Zahns:
Assassins Guild Dark Empire could be set shortly
under Hassan-I after Zahns trilogy and he would
Sabbah, Hitlers write an opening crawl to bridge

40 INSIDER
DARK HORSE COMICS
the two series. Lucaslm agreed.
This set a precedent for Star Wars A DARK HORSE TO OWNER MIKE RICHARDSON
continuity. Stories would be logged
on a timeline, which would give THE RESCUE SAID, CAM KENNEDY IS

W
direction for future artists and
writers, but not inhibit their talents hile the editorial THE BEST STAR WARS
and unique perspectives. This kind
of creative freedom was one of the
shift at Marvel put
the project in limbo, ARTIST IN COMICS.
reasons that the expanded Star Wars a new party inquired NOBODY ELSE EVEN
universe became so bold, interesting, with Lucaslm regarding the
and sometimes beautifully strange. Star Wars comic license. Dark COMES CLOSE.
By late 1990, however, Veitchs Horse Comics owner Mike
solutions might all be in vain if Dark Richardson had seen some of
Empire could not nd a sure path Cam Kennedys art for issue
to publication. one. At the San Diego Comic Con in
n 1990,
1990, he
199 approached
e app
pproa
pproa
oaache
ed L
Lucy
uccyy W
ucy Wilson
Wiillso
lssson
about acquiring Dark Empire for
publication. Dark Horse had great
success publishing comics based on
other movie projects, such as Aliens,
and felt they could do the same with Star
Wars. Moreover, Dark Horse was willing
to wait until Kennedy was nished with
his other projects and negotiate properly
for his services. Mike Richardson told
Lucy, Cam is just the best Star Wars
artist in comics. Nobody else even
comes close, Veitch wrote to Kennedy
in December 1990.
Though Marvel lobbied to continue
forward with the project, Lucaslm
decided to grant the Star Wars license
to Dark Horse, beginning a 23-year
chapter in Star Wars comics that
ended only recently.
More importantly, Dark Empire had
found a home.

CAM KENNEDYS
STAR WARS

T
he wait for Cam Kennedy to
rejoin the project proved worth
it. Though he had never watched
the Star Wars lms until he
became involved in the project, he
rendered the characters, the vehicles,
and the worlds of the galaxy so condently
and so completely in his own style of
painted watercolors that fans, critics,
and other major artists noticed. Original
Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie
even wrote that he looked at Kennedys
art with envy.
Kennedy himself warmly
recalls an encounter with one
of the industrys giants. I remember
speaking to Mbius, says Kennedy, of
the famous French artist, when we both
happened to be at a New York convention
and I had some of my Dark Empire pages
with me. He came over and said, Ahh, we
must exchange pages. And I said, Which
ones would you like? So he picked a page
and then he went and got one of his pages
and we swapped pages.

INSIDER 41
TOM VEITCH ON THE LIGHT AND
THE DARK

A
t the time we approached Lucaslm, it
was generally understood that there
would be no more Star Wars lms, and the
comics franchise was dead. Both Cam and
I saw that as a golden opportunity. Then, when Lucas
gave us carte blanche to imagine the post-Return
of the Jedi Star Wars universe, I leaped at the
opportunity to explore the mythological
underpinnings of the Forceboth the light side
and the dark side.
So, in the text pages for the very rst Dark Empire
comic, I wrote:
A Jedi, from the beginning, must do what most
men cannot: develop a sensitivity to the very
existence of the Force. He must actually feel it, feel
his oneness with it, feel it tangibly owing through
him, and then his conscious awareness must join the
Force, so that the knowledge available through the
Force becomes his own. At some point a Jedi learns
to abandon reliance on his own mind and its effort.
He learns to stretch out with his feelings, to let go
of his limited idea of himself, and to move with the
deeply instinctive levels of his being. By listening,
by becoming peaceful, by turning his attention to the
Force, he nds that place where his individuality is
joined to the knowledge and power of the Universe.
Opposed to this knowledge is the dark side, which
channels the Force through anger, the will-to-power,
unfettered violence, and instilling fear in the weak-
minded. Lukes father followed that path to power
and to his own destruction. Thus, as the lms made
clear, Luke Skywalker has both sides of the Force
The art of Dark Empire
advertised for itself. One didnt AN EMPIRE FOR
in him. I am thinking especially of the scene in The
Empire Strikes Back where Luke enters the cave
need to be a fan of Star Wars
or superhero comics to appreciate THE AGES

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on Dagobah and has a vision of Darth Vaderthen, it. Cams painted art was a striking
after decapitating Vader, discovers his own face new approach for comics, let alone hen issue one of Dark
behind Vaders mask! licensed comics, says former Empire premiered in
Master Yoda showed Luke that shadow of himself Dark Horse editor, Barbara Kesel. December 1991, three
so he would know that both the light side and the The intense colors and watercolor years after Veitch had
dark side of the Force were his (genetic) heritage. approach were so visually different sent his rst letter to Lucaslm, it
And Luke understood that in order to free himself from the average comics of the stunned the comics world, selling
and his familyhe had to penetrate that vision of time that the series would have hundreds of thousands of copies
himself and make it give up its secrets. stood out on the stands even both in issues and as collected
Thus it seemed to us (and to Archie Goodwin as without a good story. graphic novels. Filmmaker George
well), there would inevitably arise the story of what Lucas, an avid comic book art
happens when a Jedi Knight takes it upon himself collector himself, was so impressed
to enter and investigate the dark mind of his father.
Theoretically this could be an epic story exploring
the deeper meaning of Star Warsa character story

GEORGE LUCAS, AN AVID COMIC


beyond blasters, lightsaber duels, and explosive
warship battles among the stars.
But Master Yoda warned him it would not be easy.
His real strength would always be the light side of
BOOK ART COLLECTOR HIMSELF,
the Force: Remember, a Jedis strength ows from WAS SO IMPRESSED HE GAVE
COPIES OF DARK EMPIRE TO HIS
the Force. But beware. Anger, fear, aggression. The
dark side are they. Once you start down the dark
path, forever will it dominate your destiny. Luke
Luke do not do not underestimate the powers of
EMPLOYEES AS THE ANNUAL
the Emperor, or suffer your fathers fate you will. LUCASFILM CHRISTMAS GIFT.

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in addition to being From opposite
just right. page above, left
Dark Empire to right: Tom Veitchs
remains perhaps annotated scripts.
the most spectacular
Star Wars comic ever Left: Cam Kennedys
produced, and many distinctive style and
would argue that moody color palette
few other comics makes Dark Empire
since even come a standout amongst
close. But to Veitch, other comic
it isnt so much a book series.
spectacle as it is,
a character story
beyond blasters,
lightsaber duels,
and explosive
by it he gave copies of the graphic Tom loved the Star Wars warship battles among the stars.
novel away to his employees as the stories and wanted to add It is a story where even the greatest
annual Lucaslm Christmas gift. a vision of his own to the mythos. of galactic heroes, Luke Skywalker,
Most of all, its incredible success He embraced the idea of the comic must confront his dark side.
changed how licensed properties book as a novel and worked to And even Luke Skywalker must
were handled in the industry. In make it epic, Kesel says. Add in be redeemed. A
the past, publishers placed their the Dave Dorman covers, and you

MORE TO SAY
lower grade talent on licensed had a comic that fans just couldnt
comics because conventional ignore. It looked more grown-up
wisdom held that the logo would than the previous Marvel series Dark Empire is available from Marvel.
sell a book over the art or story. and gave off a sense that you
Dark Empire, however, took the should take it seriously, and fans The Light and Darkness War is out now.
opposite approach, with Veitch did. Star Wars fans were reaching
and Kennedy treating it as highly their adult years, so they responded Follow Michael Kogge online at
as they would their original work. favorably to the series, and comics www.michaelkogge.com or on
This made other top creators want themselves were growing up and twitter @michaelkogge.
to put their own indelible mark being taken more seriously. It was
on properties like Star Wars. the right project at the right time, HAVE YOU?
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UNDER THE MICROSCOPE:
A CLOSER LOOK AT
THEY ARE THE MYSTERIOUS CREATURES
WHOSE PRESENCE SIGNIFIES A BEINGS
CONNECTION TO THE FORCE, BUT IS
THERE MORE TO THE MIDI-CHLORIANS
THAN MEETS THE EYE?
WORDS: DAN ZEHR
MIDI-CHLORIANS
1 UNDER THE MICROSCOPE
999 was a banner year for Star Wars not purely spiritual; all things create it.
fans, as it saw the release of a brand This beautiful description of the harmony
new lm, The Phantom Menace. The and balance of the Force has biological
rst installment of the prequel trilogy A closer examination of what midi- implications as well.
brought us many wonderful new chlorians are reveals a fascinating, Many audience members (myself
characters, planets, and events that complex concept that beautifully blends included) did not immediately grasp the
added to the tapestry of our beloved many aspects of mythological, spiritual, organic nature of the Force, but George
saga. Finally, the story of Anakin and biological constructs into one term. Lucas had a cooperative, balanced idea
Skywalker would be told. The rst time audiences learned in mind all along. George Lucas once told
However, one scene in particular took of the existence of the Force, Obi-Wan noted Star Wars author J. W. Rinzler:
fandom by storm, as it introduced the Kenobi explained to a young Luke
polarizing term, midi-chlorians. Once Skywalker, The Force is what gives Im assuming that the midi-chlorians
Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn initiated the idea a Jedi his power; its an energy eld are a race that everybody knows about
of midi-chlorians to Anakin Skywalker, created by all things. It surrounds us, [in the world of Star Wars]. The way you
the questions began: What are midi- penetrates us, binds the galaxy interact and interface with this larger
chlorians, and what do they mean together. Based on this energy eld [the Force] is through the
for Star Wars? Is the Force explanation, the midi-chlorians, which are sensitive to
biological or genetic? What Force, from its the energy. They are at the core of your
about the spiritual onset, was life, which is the cell, the living cell.
aspects of the Force? They are in a symbiotic relationship
Why arent midi- with the cell. And then, because theyre
chlorians mentioned all interconnected as one, they can
in the original trilogy? communicate with the larger Force
eld. Thats how you deal with the Force.

Qui-Gon Jinn explained midi-chlorians


to Anakin Skywalker as, a microscopic
life form that resides within all living
cells. Without the midi-chlorians, life
could not exist, and we would have
no knowledge of the Force. They
continually speak to us, telling us
the will of the Force.
Insider asked four Star Wars experts
their opinion of what midi-chlorians are:
Kyle Newman (director of Fanboys),
Ian Doescher (author of William
Shakespeares Star Wars series), Paul
McDonald (author of The Star Wars
Heresies), and Cory Clubb (co-host
of the Coffee With Kenobi podcast).

INSIDER 45
HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN
clear that Luke, and subsequently Leia, Was it the courage he lacked or the privilege
are special because of their genetics. of Ben Kenobis mentorship? Further

MIDI-CHLORIANS?
Ian Doescher: Honestly, I try not to, but still, Yoda invokes these same mysteries
if I had to, I would probably say midi- on Dagobah, and we as viewers just believe
chlorians are a life-form/life-force that his wisdom and know what he says and does
Kyle Newman: I love midi- live in all things (kind of like atoms) is possible in the fact that Yoda himself
chlorians. Despite their biological and imbue all things with energy or, understands it. Fast forward to Qui-Gon
explanation in The Phantom Menace, if you will, with the Force. Jinns blood sample, and it may break
they still exist on a spiritual level. Just Paul McDonald: Fortunately, Qui-Gons down to something as simple as a test
because the Jedi can quantify them speech to Anakin in The Phantom Menace done for a newborn baby.
doesnt remove the magic from the is the perfect jumping off point for any

HOW DO MIDI-CHLORIANS
topic. The midi-chlorians are merely discussion about this. At no point are the
a conduit into this great and wondrous midi-chlorians and the Force said to be

ENHANCE THE MYTHOS?


energy eld. They are not the Force interchangeable, and they bear much the
itself; theyre just a way to commune same relationship as a radio merely picking
with it or tap into it. up a radio signal. Midi-chlorians are the
Luke reaches the apex of potential conduits, the bridge, to that mystical energy KN: From a storytelling/lmmaking
because of his hereditary line. Many eld weve been hearing about since the standpoint, it feels like George Lucas
revered it, respected it (Ackbar says, 1970s, not a contradiction of it. They are no included the notion of midi-chlorians
May the Force be with you, along more the Force than the speakers are the so there was a quantiable way to both
with others), but none could even come music they broadcast. recognize and justify Anakin to the
close to harnessing its unique attributes Cory Clubb: Something inside Luke Council. After all, the boy is a slave
other than a chosen few. Its extremely harnessed him to take down the Death Star. child outside of the Jedi normal search
patterns, and a fatherless Force mystery.
I always assumed that the Empire
collected or destroyed much
of this information and tech, further
submerging the Jedi into myth. By
eradicating their central temple, the
Emperor went right to the heart. The
Jedis entire infrastructure, their ability
to locate and train future generations,
was completely destroyed. It was akin
to the razing of the Alexandrian Library
one can only conjecture how much
knowledge was lost.
ID: The big question when The Phantom
Menace came out was, do we really need
midi-chlorians? Did we need an explanation
of what makes the Force what it is?
I think midi-chlorians enhance the
mythology of Star Wars primarily because
they help build the Star Wars universethey
expand it and add to our understanding of it.
I was recently on a convention panel about

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Left: Master
manipulator Sheev
Palpatine makes a
startling admission
to Anakin.

Left, opposite page:


The fnal story arc of
Star Wars: The Clone
Wars features Yoda
attempting to unravel
the mysteries of the
Force; Yoda, the
Jedi Master with
the highest
midi-chlorian
countuntil the
discovery of a certain
young slave boy on
the backwater planet
of Tatooine.

how, as an author, youyo create a world;


having more information
informa about midi-
chlorians adds to the world George I THINK MIDI-CHLORIANS ENHANCE THE MYTHOLOGY OF
STAR WARS, PRIMARILY BECAUSE THEY HELP EXPAND IT
Lucas created.
PM: The Phantom Me Menace is perhaps the
most deliberate exaexample of this. Qui-Gon
denes symbiosis as life forms living AND ADD TO OUR UNDERSTANDING OF IT.IAN DOESCHER
together for mutual advantage. This
theme runs like a th thread throughout the
lm, whether it is on the planetary scale

CAN MIDI-CHLORIANS
of the Naboo and the Gungans learning is spiritual in some way and approaches
to work together, or the microscopic one the world with our spiritual selves just

BE BOTH BIOLOGICAL
of the midi-chlorians and the Force as much as with our physical selves. If
likewise communicating.
communica we can do it, why cant midi-chlorians?

AND SPIRITUAL?
In Ethics for a New Millennium,the PM: Curiously, this is another unique spin
Dalai Lama states th that when the lens of in the Star Warssaga. In this particular
symbiosis is taken u up, We begin to see that mythology, the spiritual is the offspring
the universe we inha
inhabit can be understood KN: Some complain that there was no of the biological world. Physical life is the
in terms of a livinggo organism where each mention of midi-chlorians in the original very root of it, the thing that causes it to
cell works in balance
balanced cooperation with trilogy, so their existence in the prequels grow and expand. Not to mention the fact
every other cell to sustain
su the whole. is unnecessary... but in fact there was that it has been established since the
So symbiosis is perhaps the theme no need for midi-chlorians in the original original trilogy that Force ability is passed
of Star Wars, and George
G Lucas provided trilogy. Did Obi-Wan need to give Luke down through families and bloodlines, so
a solid, concrete memetaphor through a blood test the same way Qui-Gon took it only makes sense that there would be
the midi-chlorians. Anakins? No, Luke was a known quantity a certain connection between the two, as
CC: How do books help he us to understand, he had been overseeing his whole life opposed to an antagonism. This is summed
rather than folk tales
tale or storied wisdom? and the descendent of the Chosen One, up rather tellingly in The Power of Myth. In
Books are physical and a we can take the whereas Anakin was a complete enigma the words of Joseph Campbell, who was
knowledge and go o on; wisdom, likewise, to Qui-Gona vergence. And furthermore, an enormous inuence on George Lucas,
is protable to exper
experience, but is skewed to since The Phantom Menace is the rst part Spiritual life is the bouquet, the perfume,
ones opinion. Which enhances our existence of a much larger, ever-expanding saga, the owering and fulllment of a human life,
more? Neither. We go g on regardless, thus if the foundations needed to be established. not a supernatural virtue imposed upon it.
another aspect of theth Force was revealed, ID: I dont pretend to be an expert in And thats exactly what the Force is. That the
would it change our experience? Im not sure midi-chlorians, so my immediate answer biological and the mystical can nd a
midi-chlorians enhance
enha the mythology of Star to this question is: Arent we? Humans common ground, with one a potential ladder
Warss or not, but [they
[the do] raise more are embodied, eshy stuffwere highly leading to the other, can be seen as quite
questions to our own understanding of how functioning animals, but still biological spiritual indeed.
the Force works in the th Star Wars universe. animals. Yet, were also spiritual beings CC: As human beings we strive to
whether religious or not, each of us understand, and in doing so, we want proof,

INSIDER 47
MIDI-CHLORIANS ARE A PARADOXICAL BLEND OF ORGANIC
AND THE SPIRITUAL; THEY ARE A COMBINATION OF THE
BEST OF BOTH WORLDS.

but yet we also have the ability to coalescing ideologies from various
understand things that are greater or cultures and religious beliefs into
beyond ourselves. Our capacity to have a a cohesive blend of faith, genetics,
foot in both the spiritual realm as well as and biology. Further reection
the physical, personies our diversity and and analysis of midi-chlorians
connection to one another. I see this as the invites much discussion; all
same way with midi-chlorians; they exist the more reason to embrace
by way of understanding. Its not that the mythology that George
midi-chlorians are the Force Lucas created. a
itself, but that they are
vessels of it in
physical form.
Not parasites,
but something
like reies
attracted to
light or more
simply, wind
in a birds
feathers.
Imagine for just
a moment if Yoda had
done a midi-chlorian test on
Luke, would that have told him
different about Lukes ability
in the Force?

NOT CRUDE MATTER


Yoda famously stated on Dagobah,
Luminous beings are we. Not this crude
matter, and demonstrated more fully the
biological and spiritual connection that the
Force contains. His journey through
Season Six of The Clone Wars veried the
association as well. In fact, Yodas
teachings also echo that of a Buddhist

belief: Praying before a meal changes


the molecular makeup, making it more
wholesome and nutritious. There are
cultural implications for the spiritual
aspect of things changing the biological
chemistry of something. The likely truth
of this fully forms Lucass concept of This page: Anakin
midi-chlorians, and we are left with a Skywalker boasted
richer, more intriguing, understanding the highest known
of the Force. midi-chlorian count.
Midi-chlorians are a paradoxical blend
of the organic and spiritual; they are a
combination of the best of both worlds,

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ANALYSIS OF ICONIC STAR WARS
CHARACTERS. THIS ISSUE, ONE OF THE
SAGAS MOST COMPLICATED VILLAINS.

O
ften heroes are born of ideas, grand
notions of saviors. Heroes must face
down villains, the opponents over
whom the hero triumphs along their
epic journey. Sometimes, though, a
story focuses on the arc of a protagonist
who lacks usual heroic traits like nobility
and selessnessan anti-hero. The
simplest example is Anakin Skywalkers
descent into darkness in Revenge of the
Sith; he is no hero as that chapter of his
saga concludes. Since his tragic story
unfolded on screen, many more anti-
heroes have followed in his wake. One
of my favorites is assassin-turned-
bounty hunter Asajj Ventress, whose
path to greatness was far from typical.
When the Ultimate Star Wars
writing assignments were distributed,
I was excited to receive some of my
favorite characters, including Princess
Leia, Ahsoka Tano, and Asajj Ventress.
Condensing characters like Leia and Luke
Skywalker, while intimidating because of
their importance to the saga, actually
proved far simpler than the ladies from
Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Ultimate Star
Wars is intended to serve as a summary
of the canon events from the movies
and television shows. Within that scope,
both Luke and Leia have relatively tight
character arcs that play out over three
movies. Summarizing Ahsoka proved
easier than Asajj, even though Ventress
did not have quite the catalogue of episode
appearances. The sporadic nature of
her unfolding arc created part of the
challenge, but so did the fact that Asajj
Ventress started as an idea in George
Lucass imagination long before she
became a fascinating piece of Clone
Wars lore.

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SMALL BEGINNINGS
Star Wars has a long legacy of characters Concept art for a menacing Sith warrior make the cut for the second prequel movie,
evolving from small beginnings to become can be found in The Art of Star Wars Episode II: either. McCaig admits to being disappointed
impactful participants in the fabric of the Attack of the Clones. Villainous women were by the decision to move away from the female
saga. The most recognizable example is championed by Iain McCaig, also known for Sith conceptualization, but as with many good
Boba Fett, who began to take on a life of his his designs of Padm and Queen Amidala. ideas in Star Wars, these striking designs
own with the release of his action-gure prior In the book, McCaig discusses the creation would live to see another day.
to the theatrical debut of The Empire Strikes process for the Attack of the Clones new Sith: Asajj Ventress was given a name when
Back. From there, the bounty I felt this was a great opportunity to introduce the artwork was eshed out into a character
hunters tale is the stuff of a strong woman character, to give girl fans an (no longer a Sith) as part of the Clone Wars
legend, or rather spread across icon. While McCaig experimented with multi-media project from 2002-2005, which
a vast portion of the Legends stories as well female Sith variations like a Padm-inspired included the Star Wars: Clone Wars micro-
as playing a role in the prequel trilogy and dark queen and a medusa-like alien, Dermot series, books, and comics. It sought to tell
The Clone Wars television show. Other Power developed a vampiric, shaven-head stories within the timeline between Attack of
background characters, such as Aurra Sing warrior and martial arts-inspired alien with the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, giving depth
and Bossk, have earned more affection from dual blades. This was not the rst time a to the events that led to the fall of the Jedi
fans than was originally imagined for them. female villain had been tossed around in the Order and the rise of the Empire. The heroes
Asajj Ventresss origin is even more humble conceptual phase; a fearsome Sith witch of the Republic would face off with the
than a character developed to populate the appeared in The Phantom Menace concept art. conquering villains in Episode III, but as they
world-building; she started as a visual that The Sith witch was set aside in favor of Darth moved toward their ultimate defeat, new foes
did not make the original cut during the Maul, and the female Sith warriors did not were necessary to create surmountable
movie-making process. obstacles, affording the heroes some victories
along the way.

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Clockwise from A COLD-HEARTED HARPY
right: An attempted
takedown of Count Not every character in Star Wars will experience an
Dooku; the mysterious, arc, but when characters are used over an extended
alluring Ventress; number of stories across multiple mediums, arcs can
Ventress battles Ahsoka emerge. Asajj Ventress was a compelling presence.
Tano; proving a match She had an air of mystery and danger. She dueled Jedi
for Anakin Skywalker. standouts, Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi
with condence, delivering biting banter. A female
warrior ghting Jedi men hinted at chemistry similar
to ill-fated relationships that have arisen over the
centuries in literature. While professional creators
bounced Obi-Wan or Anakin against Asajj like int to
rock, fandom took those sparks and fanned the
ames. While Ventress created electricity in stories KATIE LUCAS SET OUT TO CREATE
from Gendy Tartakovskys Clone Wars to Jedi Trial
and Obsession, her personal story consisted mostly A STORY WHERE ASAJJ VENTRESS
of being an adversary.
Asajj Ventresss arc started to shine during the FINALLY OWNS HERSELF.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars television show when
writer Katie Lucas developed a fondness for the
character. In an interview with ComicBook.com
discussing the second trilogy of episodes she wrote
for the series, Lucas revealed, Ive really fallen for
Ventress, and here the audience gets to learn a lot
about her history. Shes an extremely complicated
character. Calling Ventress a cold-hearted harpy,
Lucas set out to create a story where she nally
owns herself. With her powers growing, Ventress
becomes seen as a threat to Sidiouss machinations
and her mentor, Count Dooku is ordered to kill her.
Inspired by Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Tank Girl,

GET TO KNOW ASAJJ VENTRESS


THE FORMER SITH ACOLYTE-TURNED-BOUNTY HUNTER PLAYS KEY ROLES IN SOMEE OF THE MOST
EXCITING EPISODES OF STAR WARS:THE CLONE WARS. HERE IS WHERE YOU CAN FIND HER:

The Hidden Enemy (Season 1, episode Ambush (Season 1, episode 1) Cloak of Darkness (Season 1, episode 9)
16) & Star Wars: The Clone Wars (movie) Ventress attempts to intimidate the Ventress liberates Nute
ute Gunray from
Asajj Ventress duels Obi-Wan Kenobi Toydarian King Katunko from allying Republic imprisonment,
ent, and duels Ahsoka
and Anakin Skywalker as she sets in with the Republic, but her efforts are Tano and Luminara Unduli to a stalemate
motion the events leading to the Battle thwarted by Yoda. in her escape.
of Christophsis, then faces off with the
two Jedi again after she has kidnapped
Rotta the Huttlet in a plot to turn Jabba
the Hutts forces against the Republic.

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Lucas expressed
an afnity for strong
female characters in several
interviews. She mapped that
sensibility into Ventresss storyline
in The Clone Wars, describing the
character as an expression of visceral
female rage.
Since around the turn of the century,
fan academics have been extoling the
inuence of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on
pop culture at conventions and in scholarly
writing in books like Fan Phenomena: Buffy
the Vampire Slayer. With Buffy showrunner
Joss Whedon now helming superhero
blockbusters and writer Jane Espenson
branching out to shows like the ABC hit
drama Once Upon a Time, the relevance of
Buffy the Vampire Slayer on the direction of
popular storytelling may continue to be a
topic for many years to come. The
long-running arcs of characters like
Cordelia, Faith, Drusilla, and Glory
created roadmaps for future storytellers
to understand that female characters do
not have to all be likeable or good in order
for an audience to root for them. Buffy and
Tank Girl inspired Katie Lucas to take a
villain, one who could have remained a
sort of pastiche of the female bad girl,
and elevate her to the status of anti-hero-
ine, a character who might do bad things,
but the audience still hopes she prevails.

ARC Troopers (Season 3, episode 2)


While General Grievouss droid army
invades Kamino to strike at the Republics
critical cloning facilities, Ventresss task is to
steal the original Jango Fett genetic sample.
She nearly succeeds, but Anakin stops her.

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A HERO REVEALED?
EALED?
Clockwise, from ASAJJ VENTRESSS PATH THUS FAR LEADS
right: At her most Over the course of The e Clone Wars run,
brutal; the betrayal Ventress crosses paths hs with a character TO A FORK IN THE ROAD.
of Captain Argyus; spawned from the early rly Sith witch
ready for redemption? concept art, Nightsister ter leader Moth
Mother
other
er T
Talzin.
alzin
zin
n.
Seeing the future A complicated historyy is woven n
bounty hunter as between the two formative
mative
a child made Ventress women that shapes our ur
a more sympathetic understanding of Ventress,tress,
character than she frst who had been born a
appeared; a skilled Nightsister and offered ed up to a crim
criminal
rimina
inall iin
n
warrior, Ventress is order to protect the future
uture of the matriarchal
powerful enough to clan. In her backstoryy the classic elements of
take on more than a hero archetype begin in to appear, which might
one Jedi. not be surprising given en Katie Lucass mentor
was her father, George ge Lucas.
So who is Asajj Ventress?
ntress? She is a
Nightsister sacriced d to slavery as a child,
then saved and trained ed by a Jedi mentor she
eventually loses. Where ere Luke had a mentor
and friends to keep his is path rmly entrenched
in the light side, Ventress
ress is left alone and gives
in to dark side temptations.
ations. As Sith do, Count
Dooku exploits her abilities
bilities for his own gain,
and the audience really lly gets to see glimpses
of her true self as she e is reborn a Nightsister.
Unlike the compact arcs rcs of the movies, The
Clone Wars gave Asajj Ventress the chance to
follow in the footsteps of Luke Skywalker, Anakin
Skywalker, and even Buffy Summers; Ventress
experiences multiple character journey cycles,
peeling back yet more layers over the course of
the television series. What we do know is that
nding a family in the Nightsisters would be
short-lived, and Dookusus retribution would cause
Asajj to be left alone, yet
et again, when her clan
is slaughtered by General
eral Grievouss army.
From there, we have ve clues of Asajjs new
path. Embarking on a life as a bounty hunter,
her empathy for fugitive ive Jedi Ahsoka Tano leads

Nightsisters, Monster & Witches of Massacre (Season 4, episode 19) Bounty (Season 4, episode 20)
the Mist (Season 3, episodes 12-14) Dooku dispatches Grievous to wipe out Following a new path as a bounty
Ventress returns to her homeworld of the Nightsister clan. Despite the witches hunter, Ventress joins a crew assembled
Dathomir, reuniting with the witch leader best efforts, Talzin and Ventress are the by Boba Fett to undertake a subterranean
Mother Talzin. After a failed attempt to only survivors. transport mission.
assassinate Count Dooku, Talzins
Nightsister magicks transform Savage
Opress into a fearsome warrior to mount
a second strike at the Sith Lord.

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to a remarka
remarkable turn of events when Ventress
allies with the
th Padawan, even offering critical
information to Ventresss longtime adversary,
Anakin Skyw
Skywalker that helps clear Ahsokas
name. While the creative team on The Clone
Wars had mumuch more in store for the
character, th
the show came to an end with a
tting heroic
heroic-arc style closure for its central
character, AAhsoka Tano. At Comic-Con
International: San Diego last summer, Dave
Internationa
Filoni reveal
revealed that Asajjs story would indeed
be continued in the form of the adult
novelization Dark Disciple, based on eight
episodes written
wr by Katie Lucas.
Asajj Ventresss
Ven path thus far leads to a
fork in the road
ro that has potential to branch in
any number of ways. There could be a heroic
rise or a trag
tragic fall. Either way, Star Wars has
done both papaths exceptionally well, and it will
be fascinating
fascinatin to see where the journey takes
her, and the new shades she will cast in our
collective understanding
un of how character
arcs can crea
create impactful stories.a

MORE TO SAY
Tricia Barr is co-author on Ultimate
Star Wars from DK Publishing. Connect
with her on Twitter @fangirlcantina.

HAVE YOU?

Brothers & Revenge (Season 4, To Catch a Jedi & The Wrong Jedi Dark Disciple (unproduced for television,
episodes 21-22) (Season 5 episodes 19-20) released as a book)
Maul and Opress wreak havoc in When Ahsoka is framed for treason, she A stunning new chapter for Asajj Ventress,
the criminal underworld. After they ees into the underbelly of Coruscant. proving that there is plenty of life in the
capture Obi-Wan, Ventress takes up Ventress makes an unlikely ally for the sultry avenger
the bounty posted by the Jedi Council fugitive Padawan, but she provides
and successfully rescues Kenobi from crucial clues that help Anakin clear
their clutches. his apprentices name.

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HES WORTH A LOT TO ME!


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Given this popularity, it was perhaps a still-boxed Boba Fett gure (thought
WHY ITS A CLASSIC no surprise that the Boba Fett action to be one of only a handful in mint condition
When he was rst introduced in The gure quickly became a highly sought- in existence in the world) sold for the
Empire Strikes Back (after an animated after product. The rst mail-away gure impressive bounty of 18,000 ($27,764)
appearance in the now infamous Star Wars for Empire in 1979 (before the lm was at a UK auction in January 2015.
Holiday Special of 1978), Boba Fett had to even released), Fett was originally
be one of the most mysterious Star Wars advertised as coming with a rocket-ring
charactersa factor that has surely jetpacka feature that was re-thought WHAT THEY SAID
helped make him such a fan favorite at the prototype stage due to safety Boba Fett stayed pretty true to the
over the years. concerns. The few prototype versions original design on paper, the ones
Little was known about Fett, except with that feature naturally became the that Ralph [McQuarrie] and I had
that he was a bounty hunter with a Holy Grail of Star Wars action gure- done. The character was originally
fearsome reputation (hence Darth Vaders collecting. Even Fett himself would a Supertrooper, all in white like the
admonition of, No disintegrations! be hard pushed to track one down! stormtroopers, but George decided to
before sending him after the Millennium The Boba Fett that nally made it make him a bounty hunter so I painted
Falcon), and was one of the few characters to retail may have lacked the ability to the suit up as a multi-colored, beat-up
that could get away with talking back to re projectiles, but for all that, it was outt. Loads of fun!Joe Johnston,
Vader. Other than that, Fett was a mystery. still a remarkably faithful reproduction ILM art director, co-designer of Boba
Was he perhaps the last of a Mandalorian of the character, arguably one of the best Fett, interview with Yahoo! Movies,
race killed off ghting the Empire or the gure designs at that point. Weapons and November 25, 2014
Jedi Knights? Or was he a stormtrooper accessories such as the wrist-mounted
deserter who became a bounty hunter? rocket and decorative, braided Wookiee I designed the nal version of Boba
Was there even a man beneath that armor, scalps on his shoulder were clearly visible, Fett. Ralph and I both worked together
or was Fett really a droid, or a woman? conrming there was a lot more to on preliminary designs, and we traded
Only George Lucas knew the answer, the bounty hunter than we even saw on ideas back and forth. I painted Bobas
and he didnt reveal all until the release the screen. outt and tried to make it look like
of Attack of the Clones in 2002. The popular gurewith its mysterious it was made of different pieces of
Designed by concept artists Joe Johnston markings, battle damage and trophies armor. It was a symmetrical design,
and Ralph McQuarrie, with armor built by encouraged kids imaginations. Now we but I painted it in such a way that it
production designer Norman Reynolds could all create Fetts origins and his looked like he had scavenged parts
UK art department, Boba Fett was originally adventures. Thats the beauty of Star and had done some personalizing of
screen-tested with his armor all in white Warseven a character who only had his costume; he had little trophies
as a super stormtrooper. His rst public a handful of lines could inspire. hanging from his belt, and he had
appearance in his painted armor was little braids of hair, almost like a
marching in the San Anselmo Country Fair collection of scalps.Joe Johnston,
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tar Wars: The Force Awakens is
coming this Christmas, but true
Star Wars fans wont want to set
a single foot inside the movie
theater without rst devouring the ofcial
story of what else happened in the galaxy
far, far away. Its all part of the Journey
to Star Wars: The Force Awakens program
from Disney Publishing Worldwide and
Lucaslm, encompassing multiple books
in both print and digital editions and
written for readers of all ages.
Each book in the program tells an
all-new adventure featuring familiar
faces and planets, while setting the
scene for the new movie. There are no
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Star Wars novels, marking the rst
true opportunity for fans to dig into the
stories and events that take place prior
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STAR WARS: AFTERMATH


BY CHUCK WENDIG (DEL REY)

Set immediately after the destruction of


the second Death Star during Return of the
Jedi, the novel helps establish the origins
of a new Imperial government following
the Empires crushing loss at Endor. The
Emperor and Darth Vader are rumored to
be dead, and most of the Empire descends
into chaos. While some planets celebrate
and others suffer under the iron rule of
Imperial factions, the Rebel Alliance

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continues to ght the remnants of its old enemy.
A lone rebel scout, however, uncovers a secret
Imperial meeting, ushering in big changes for the
future of the Star Wars galaxy.
Those movies opened up a world for me, the
critically-acclaimed Wendig (Blackbirds, Mockingbird,
Under the Empyrean Sky) told starwars.com. My love
of storytelling comes from them and from the galaxy
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Aftermath is the rst book of a planned trilogy.
Expect future books to further ll in the three
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This young adult novel is told from a unique perspective


as it follows two childhood friends on paths that lead
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Princess Leia Organa


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novel, set between the
events of The Empire
Strikes Back and Return
of the Jedi. Fans know
Leia is returning in The
Force Awakens, and in
this adventure she leads
a ragtag group of rebels
on a dangerous mission
against the Empire.

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SMUGGLERS RUN: A HAN
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BY GREG RUCKA
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Did you like seeing Han Solo back


in action in the trailer for The Force
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Wookiee co-pilot Chewbacca in
this junior novel, as they y the
Millennium Falcon on a top-secret
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BY JASON FRY (DISNEYLUCASFILM PRESS)

Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, and R2-D2 are stranded


on a mysterious planet in this junior novel set between
A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Luke, still
striving to follow Ben Kenobis example and live up
to his Jedi calling, faces his rst-ever duel with
a lightsaber.

Journey to Star Wars: The Force


Awakens isnt just novelsit
encompasses reference and activity
books, too. Star Wars: Absolutely
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lands on September 4. Two more
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Scheduled for release on


September 8, this book provides
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youll nd a giant 30 x 27 fold-
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the aps of the fold-out are even
more ships, including
the X-wing ghter, the Mon
Cal cruiser, and all-new ships
making their debuts in The
Force Awakens.

STAR WARS: DROID FACTORY


(STUDIO FUN INTERNATIONAL)

Due on November 3, this book is packed


with facts about the many different droids
of the Star Wars universe, from battle
droids to surgical specialists. Press-out
pieces and stickers let you make your own
mini models of BB-8, R2-D2, and C-3PO.
And when you mount your creation onto
one of the two wind-up bases included,
the droid will really get moving!

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AT LAST WE HAVE THE
MIGHTY CHEWBACCA
WATCH A WOOKIEE WARRIOR FACE OFF AGAINST THE EMPIRE IN STAR WARS: CHEWBACCA

C
hewbacca, the Wookiee co-pilot and things kick into gear when Chewie Need more proof of Duggans
of Han Solos smuggling ship crash-lands on a hostile, Imperially- devotion? As a kid in 1978, he dressed
Millennium Falcon, is one of the occupied planet. It is there that up as Chewbacca for Halloween (his
best-loved characters of the Star Chewbacca discovers that hes not sister dressed as Darth Vader). My love
Wars sagadespite never once uttering the only one in danger. Hes on an runs deep! he admits. But its been
a single word that audience members important personal mission when we great fun for me. I have all the love in
could understand (Chewieunlike Jabba rst meet him, and hes quickly caught the world for Chewie.
or Greedonever got subtitles)! Instead, up in the plight of his hosts, explains The rst issue of Star Wars: Chewbacca
Chewbaccas erce ghting spirit and his Duggan. He makes the choice to stay, is expected to land in comic stores and on
unshakeable, dog-like loyalty came and these people are very lucky he does. digital outlets this October.
across on screen through his expressive Zarro, a young and feisty girl in need,
body language and his growling, wailing, is among those who make a temporary

COMING UP!
snufing language of Shyriiwook. All alliance with the stranded Wookiee.
of which presents an extra layer of Zarro and her family are in trouble
challenges for a Chewbacca-centric with a local warlord who is enticing the
comic book, but its a mission that writer, Empire to the planet, says Duggan.
Gerry Duggan (Deadpool, 1872, Hulk) was With or without Chewie, Zarro is moving
enormously eager to accept. ahead with her own mini-rebellion. Thats
Star Wars: Chewbacca, coming on the the reason that he decides to stay. Zarro
heels of the miniseries Star Wars: Lando, is a new character, but shes not a damsel
is an all-new, limited-run adventure in distress. I would describe her more
starring the resourceful Wookiee who has as a hero in over her head.
sometimes been mistaken for a walking Phil Noto (Black Widow, X-23, Uncanny
carpet. Duggan promises that even if X-Force) brings his considerable talents
Chewie isnt delivering lines, his voice as the illustrator of the miniseries. This
will come through loud and clear. is the second comic Ive had the chance
While writing for Chewbacca, to collaborate on with Phil, says Duggan.
I needed to be very clear for our editors Hes been a great friend over the years,
and my collaborator, Duggan says. and hes one of the collaborators I owe my
My rst script was pretty dense in my career to. His talent is as limitless as his
descriptions and in explaining Chewies love for Star Wars. He would be mad at
intentions, but a note from the team at me for even thinking this, but I hold him
Lucaslm suggested that I parenthetically in the same regard as [Star Wars poster
translate each Wookiee line. So each artist] Drew Struzanhes that good.
Chewie roar is actually two lines in Wait until you get a peek at the work
the script. hes creating for Chewbacca. Once again,
Even though readers wont get to hes outdone himself. Duggan claims to
read the translated versions of Chewies be a big Chewbacca fan, but how big a fan
sentences, the act of writing out the is he exactly? According to Duggan, big
dialogue allowed Duggan to get into enough that he was tempted to commit
Star Wars #1 interior art by John Cassaday

Star Wars:Shattered Empire, part of


Chewbaccas head and provide the professional blackmail to secure the gig the Journey to The Force Awakens
motivations behind his actions. For the once he learned that Marvel had acquired publishing program, begins in
Shyriiwook lines, Duggan even needed the Star Wars license. I withheld my September. Written by Greg Rucka
to spell out the rumbling wails. Its Deadpool scripts until editor Jordan D. and illustrated by Marco Checchetto.
funny, because unlike the scripts for White had no choice but to invite me to The comic book mini-series will
feature lms or video games, comic play in a galaxy far, far away, he jokes. help tell the story of what happened
scripts need to very clearly lay out the Im attered to be invited to participate following the collapse of the Empire.
spelling, he says. So I had to spell in this Star Wars comic renaissance. And Heres Checchettos variant cover to
out Chewies roars for the letterer. on a personal note, my son is now the issue #1.
Star Wars: Chewbacca is set after perfect age to enjoy all the great things that
the destruction of the rst Death Star, are happening in the comics and the lms.

64 INSIDER
THE
VERY BEST
STAR WARS
COMICS!

Star Wars: Chewbacca variant cover art by Phil Noto

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INCOMING
THE LATEST STAR WARS GEAR YOULL WANT TO ADD TO YOUR COLLECTION! WORDS: JAMES BURNS
DISNEY INTERACTIVE

MOST
WANTED

DISNEY INFINITY 3.0 STAR players will travel to four locations and Innity 3.0 base, Ahsoka Tano and Anakin
WARS: TWILIGHT OF THE can explore the open worlds of Tatooine Skywalker collectible character gures,
REPUBLIC PLAYSET and Coruscant, battle droids on Geonosis, and a web code card that unlocks content
Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic is the and partake in an epic boss battle on for PC and mobile devices. Other collectible
rst of three Star Wars playsets to be Naboo. Along the way, players will use character gures coming this fall include
released later this year for Disney Innity the Force and master their lightsaber Darth Maul, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Yoda.
3.0: Play Without Limits. Developed skills as they ght alongside Ahsoka Two additional Star Wars playsets will be
by Ninja Theory, in partnership with Tano, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, available for Disney Innity 3.0 this holiday
Avalanche Software, the game will deliver and Yoda to save the Republic and defeat season, including Star Wars: Rise Against the
an authentic family-friendly Star Wars the Separatists. Empire and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
experience with enhanced combat system. The Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic Available: Fall 2015 for PC, Sony PS4,
Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic is set playset is included in the Disney Innity 3.0 Sony PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and
during the latter years of the Clone Wars; starter pack, which also includes the Disney Nintendo Wii U
GENTLE GIANT
STAR WARS: DROIDS R2-D2
AND BOBA FETT JUMBO FIGURES
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Some of the last action gures to come
from Star Wars in the 1980s were from
the animated TV show Star Wars: Droids.
Only one wave of gures were released,
which included R2-D2, an A-wing pilot,
Boba Fett, Jann Tosh, Jord Dusat, Kea
Moll, Kez-Iban, C-3PO, Sise Fromm,
Thall Joben, Tig Fromm, Uncle Gundy,
and Vlix (only released in Brazil). PROTOTYPE BOBA FETT
Gentle Giant has revisited some of MINI BUST
these Kenner action gures and has digitally In 1978, early concept art from Ralph
scanned them from mint 3 -inch Kenner McQuarrie and Joe Johnston showed
originals, reproducing them in 12-inch scale, notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett in
ensuring no detail has been overlooked. all-white armor. Later that year, Star
Following the release of C-3PO at Star Wars Wars sound designer Ben Burtt and
Celebration Anaheim, Gentle Giant brings Empire Strikes Back assistant lm editor
us two more gures from Star Wars: Droids Duwayne Dunham lmed a test detailing
as Comic-Con International: San Diego its weaponry and functionality; the colors
exclusives. To stand aside C-3PO, we get would later be developed by Johnston to
R2-D2 with pop-up lightsaber, as well as what has become Fetts denitive look.
infamous bounty hunter Boba Fett. Each Gentle Giant Ltd. is proud to bring you
comes complete with a jumbo replica of the prototype version of Boba Fett in Mini
the coin that came with the original gure Bust form. Digitally sculpted by master
on a vintage-inspired backing card, featuring artisans, using actual archival footage and
original photos and artwork. Designed with designs, Fett has been rendered using
the collector in mind, each gure comes the highest quality polystone, and hand-
in a re-sealable plastic outer clam shell painted. Each piece comes individually
to help protect and display this limited numbered and is paired with a matching
edition gure. certicate of authenticity.
Available: Q3 2015 Available: Q3 2015

3DLIGHTFX

3DLightFX brings Star Wars characters Darth Vader, Boba


Fett and Yoda to life as 3D LED battery operated nightlights.
Each light, which comes with a remote control and
20-minute timer function, looks great as a wall decoration
when switched off, but comes to life when illuminated.
These easy-to-install, cordless, battery operated lights
use LED bulbs, which mean they never get hot. Ideal for
kids young and old, each light comes with a fun wall sticker
to make it appear as if the character is breaking through
the wall, making them the perfect addition to give a room
character and originality.
Available: Now
Price: $39.95

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FANTASY FLIGHT GAMES

STAR WARS: ARMADA IMPERIAL-


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Navy, boasting enough repower to bring in the Galactic Civil War, the MC30c frigate cruiser, Home One, arrive to Star Wars:
wayward systems to heel under Imperial presented a lethal combination of speed, Armada in the Home One Expansion
rule. The Imperial-class Star Destroyer high-powered armament, and advanced Pack! Featuring one large-size, pre-
Expansion Pack brings this behemoth deector shields. Now, this fast and nimble painted miniature MC80 star cruiser,
battleship to your games of Star Wars: rebel ship arrives to Star Wars: Armada as two ship cards, three command dials,
Armada with one pre-painted miniature, a small-size vessel that can re as many and 14 upgrades, the Home One Expansion
two ship cards, three command dials, as ve attack dice from its left and right Pack gives the Rebel Alliance a ship that
18 upgrades, and all requisite tokens. hull zones. Youll also nd two command boasts battery armaments of six dice from
Additionally, its upgrades allow you to dials, ten upgrade cards, and all the tokens both its left and right hull zones, making
snare your foes with a tractor beam, and you need to defeat your enemies! it capable of trading blow for blow
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STAR WARS: ARMADA ROGUES


AND VILLAINS EXPANSION PACK
Han Solo, Boba Fett, and a handful
of the galaxys most notorious rogues
and villains race to the battleeld in
the Rogues and Villains Expansion Pack
for Star Wars: Armada!
Youll nd eight irregular squadrons,
including some of the Star Wars galaxys
most recognizable freighters, patrol craft,
and bombers, each of which can
be represented in your games by either
a non-unique squadron card or own by
an ace. Like the squadrons from the
Core Set and the rst wave of expansions,
these come unpainted, but are presented
in colors that complement their eets.
Available: Late Summer 2015
Price: $19.95

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STAR WARS: FORCE AND DESTINY RPG CORE
RULEBOOK
Use the full power of the Force in the epic adventures of the Force
and Destiny roleplaying game! You can travel the galaxy in
search of ancient Jedi
knowledge, protect the
downtrodden on your home
planet, or pilot a starship for
the Rebellion. Whatever your
path, the Force and Destiny
Core Rulebook contains all
the information players and
Game Masters need to launch
a roleplaying campaign set in
STAR WARS: ARMADA IMPERIAL RAIDER the Star Wars universe.
EXPANSION PACK The beautifully illustrated,
The Raider-class corvette is the Empires response to the 448-page Core Rulebook details
need for a designated anti-ghter vessel. The Imperial Raider everything from using the narrative
Expansion Pack brings this ships six, accurate, dual heavy dice system in combat and creating
laser cannons to Star Wars: Armada, where its utility against Force-sensitive characters, to the
snub-ghters and the disruptive effects of its ion cannon mythology of
emplacements, along with the efciency of its localized the Jedi Order and locations inside
command, make it a powerful addition to any Imperial eet. In Sith space. It is the fundamental
addition to its pre-painted, small-base Raider miniature, this book and launching point for any
expansion introduces eight upgrade cards, a command dial, Force and Destiny campaign.
speed dial, and all requisite tokens. Available: Late Summer 2015
Available: Late Summer 2015 Price: $59.95
Price: $19.95

PLASTICOLOR
PlastiColor has been a leader in licensed automotive
accessories for over 40 years. Although PlastiColor began
as a oor mat manufacturer, they also now produce many
other automotive products, many of which are available
with a Star Wars twist!
The new range of Star Wars products launched at
Comic-Con International: San Diego and includes:
Darth Vader Red Floor Mat ($39.99), Darth Vader Red
Utility Mat ($14.99), Endor Utility Mat ($29.99), Mos
Eisley Utility Mat ($29.99), Planet Hoth Utility Mat
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Utility Mat ($29.99), Mandalorian Utility Mat ($29.99),
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Lanyard ($4.99).
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LEGO
LEGO STAR WARS IMPERIAL ASSAULT CARRIER
Its the second half of the year, which means its time for
more new LEGO Star Wars sets! Amongst the ve new sets
available is the Imperial Assault Carrier which features
in Star Wars Rebels. With a built-in lifting handle,
the Imperial Assault Carrier transports TIE
ghters into battle. It also features twin
spring-loaded shooters and a rotating
gun turret with duel stud blaster, as well
as four mini-scale TIE ghters that can
each be deployed separately. There are
also ve minigures and their weapons,
including Agent Kallus, an Imperial
ofcer, Sabine Wren in Mandalorian outt
with helmet, two TIE pilots, and an Imperial
astromech droid.
Available: Now
Price: $129.99 (Pieces 1,216; Ages 9- 14)

COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO


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HALLMARK
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BOBBLE HEADS Hallmark releases a new Keepsake
C-3PO AND Ornament two-pack as a Comic-Con
PRINCESS LEIA event exclusive for 2015, featuring
AS BOUSHH droids that rst appeared in Star
Inspired by designer toys Wars: A New Hope. The humanoid
and stylized character protocol droid U-3PO served aboard
collectibles the world over, Princess Leias consular ship while
Funko continues its line the astromech droid R5-D4
of four-inch tall Pop! Vinyl was offered for sale by Jawa
bobble heads with two traders to moisture farmer
Comic-Con International: Owen Lars on Tatooine.
San Diego exclusives. Available: Comic-Con
Limited to 1,000 pieces International: San Diego
each, theres the chromed and New York Comic-Con
version of everybodys Price: $35.00 limited
favorite protocol droid, to 250 units per day
C-3PO, or Princess Leia as
bounty hunter Boushh BOBA FETT AND
without her helmet. HAN SOLO IN
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line of Hallmark itty
HIKARI INFRARED bittys continues with
BOBA FETT this exclusive 2015
Hikari, meaning light, is Comic-Con two-pack,
a highly collectible line of featuring the armored
clear Sofubi Vinyl Figures bounty hunter, Boba
from Funko. The Hikari Fett and his prisoner,
Infrared Boba Fett is an Han Solo as seen in
exclusive limited to 1,000 Star Wars: The Empire
pieces, stands at eight Strikes Back.
inches high and is sure Available: Comic-Con
to be very popular. These International: San
ultra-limited pieces come Diego and New York
with a hand-numbered Comic Con
card to prove authenticity. Price: $20.00
Available: Now limited to 300 units
Price: $80 each per day

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LEGO STAR WARS DEATH STAR FINAL DUEL
For original trilogy fans, re-enact the epic nal duel
between Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and Emperor
Palpatine from Return of the Jedi with the amazing LEGO
Star Wars re-creation of the Emperors throne room.
Packed with loads of great play features including
swing-out side-sections for easy play, opening
entrance doors, a new Force jump function,
collapsing stairs and bridge, reactor shaft, and
detachable throne section with rotating throne
and hidden Lightsaber pop-up functionthis
is a fantastic set that will delight all. Luke
Skywalker, Darth Vader, Emperor
Palpatine and two royal guards are
included, all with their respective weapons.
Available: Now

EXCLUSIVES!
SANTA CRUZ JAKKS
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ACIFI
FIC
Santa Cruz Skateboards How do
released the next round you top
of its exclusive edition last years
of decks especially for exclusive
Comic Con International: Shadow
San Diego. Each board Stormtrooper
design features a classic 31-inch
character from the original gure that
trilogy with new color- sold out at
ways of Darth Vader and Comic-Con
Boba Fett, an exclusive International:
new Tusken Raider San Diego
graphic, and nally, an in record
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of the R2-D2 board, answer is
previously only available to make
as a wood inlay. Get on two new
your boards and ride! exclusives
Available: Now for the 2015
show.

FIRST APPEARANCE BOBA FETT


ETT HOLOGRAM DARTH VADER
This 20-inch high, articulated, rst- Hologram Darth Vader features seven
appearance Boba Fett is based on his points of articulation and collector level
rst public showing as a member of deco to help recreate the hologram effect
the Star Wars delegation in the San of Vaders infamous command. If that
Anselmo Country Fair on September 24, wasnt enough, Vader lights up with a
1978, as he marched through the streets simple button activation thanks to LEDS
alongside Darth Vader. The armor was behind and below the gure in package.
worn by assistant lm editor Duwayne At 20 inches tall, this JAKKS Big Fig is
Dunham and featured several noticeable the rst time a Hologram Vader gure
differences, such as the brightly colored is in scale with the size of the actual
blue jump suit, yellow and red armor hologram from The Empire Strikes Back!
highlights, and the tribal marks on Now you can pose Vader on your desk, and
his helmet, all altered for his later let him give you orders just like he did in
lm appearances. the lm.
Available: Now Available: Now
Price: $50.00 Price: $60.00

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MEET THE STARS, SHOW THE
EVIDENCE, WIN THE BOUNTY!
STAR WARS INSIDER ' S BOUNTY
HUNTERS SECTION IS SPONSORED
BY KOTOBUKIYA. EACH ISSUE'S
WINNER WILL RECEIVE A
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A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE!


A long time ago on the west coast of America, Star Wars Celebration IV happened
in Los Angeles. My dad, my brother-in-law, several friends, and myself ew from
Alabama to experience the fun. Little did we know we would brush shoulders with
a future Star Wars director. Hot off the announcement that he was directing Star Trek,
J.J. Abrams was attending CIV with his sons. My brother-in-law and myself were
able to take a couple of quick pictures with him. As a lifelong Star Wars fan, this
picture ended up being something more amazing than I could have ever imagined.
We are all lucky to have such a huge Star Wars fan as J.J. Abrams directing
The Force Awakens!Michael Nipp, by email

! Star Wars: The Force Awakens'


ure sculptures
as J.J. looks at some fig J.J. Abrams meets Michael!
t, watches
her-in-law, Mat
Michael's brot

THE FRIENDLIEST
WOOKIEE!
My son and I attended our
rst Star Wars Weekends
last year at Disney World.
We had a fantastic time,
and to top it all off we even
got to meet Chewbacca
himself, Peter Mayhew!
Were really looking
forward to attending
again this year and meeting
some more Star Wars
celebrities.David Glading,
by email

72 INSIDER David and son meet the migh


ty Chewbacca, AKA Peter May
hew!
GREAT NATE!
Ive met quite a few Star
Wars celebrities. Living in
the Florida heat certainly
pays off! Ive met my hero,
Jeremy Bulloch, many times.
My favorite encounter with
him was when I was wearing
my homemade Boba Fett
costume. This was at
Celebration VI.
Just last year, at MegaCon
here in Orlando, I met one of
my favorite voice actors ever:
Phil LaMarr, the voice of Kit
Fisto and Bail Organa on Star
Wars: The Clone Wars and Star
Wars Rebels!
Just last week at Disneys
Hollywood Studios' Star Wars
Weekends, I waited in line all
night, so I could meet the one,
the only Steve Blumthe
voice of Zeb on Star Wars
Rebels! All three of them are
the nicest guys ever! Im so
glad I got to meet them!
Phil LaMarr catches up with
Nate Elliot, Florida, USA Nate!

Say, "Arrrgh!" Nate and Stev


e Blum enjoy a mighty
good growl together!

CALLING ALL BOUNTY HUNTERS!


WE WANT THE PHOTOS OF YOUR
ENCOUNTERS WITH STAR WARS STARS!
Have you met a Star Wars star at Celebration or Star Wars
Weekends? We want your photos! Please send your photos
and you could be rewarded with an amazing Kotobukiya
Star Wars statue! What have you got to lose? Write in to
the address on page 3 with your photos and tell us all
about your celebrity encounter!
h!
"Don't I know you?" Nate meets Jeremy Bulloc

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GIVING BACK
A
s the anticipatory bliss of Star bag signed by actor Peter Mayhew, and Californias coastline, those two points
Wars Celebration begins to a Star Wars pin mold from Variety, among are separated by over 500 miles (501,
give way to a second wave other gems. to be exact). Kevins journey physically
of excitement surrounding a The brainchild of three RebelsRick began at Rancho Obi-Wan located
just-announced The Force Awakens panel Chinn from Hoth Base in Australia and in San Franciscos North Bay, but
at Comic-Con International: San Diego both Suzi Stelling and Roman Bela from emotionally it started with the passing
(which will likely have already transpired Elstree Base in the United Kingdomthe of his beloved wife, Eileen, who sadly
by the time this column goes to print), charity dinner hosted 300 people who lost her battle with cancer nearly three
I wanted to send a shout-out to some packed the dining hall, including Peter years ago. Kevin resolved to honor
new friends I recently made in the Mayhew, Boba Fett actor Jeremy Bulloch, her memory by walking in his TK-172
Rebel Legion and the 501st, two well- and Lee Towersey, one of the fans from stormtrooper armor (Eileen was also a
established fan costuming groups devoted the R2-D2 Builders Club who constructed member of the 501st) from San Francisco
to bringing the characters of the Star Wars an R2-D2 for The Force Awakens. By all to San Diego
saga to our galaxy. accounts, the evening was a big success, And back.
First, I was honored to be introduced and just one more brilliant example of The rst half of the 1,000 mile journey
and welcomed to the Rebel Legions the incredible generosity, compassion, will take over a month, from June 6th
rst ever benet dinner at Celebration and dedication of our amazing Star Wars to July 9th, and will be in honor of his
Anaheim, a sold-out event that raised fan community. wife. The second half, Kevin explains,
over $8,000 for childrens charity, Variety. Those three attributes were also is for him. Its for me to heal, he says.
Through a series of rafes and auctions recently on full display with 501st Legion As one of many fans who Im sure would
for items donated by club members, member Kevin Doyle, who happened to like to join him in spirit, we wish you
celebrities, and Variety, guests and drop into Lucaslms headquarters in safe travels, Kevin, and may the Force
bidders could win a Star Wars: The Force San Francisco while taking a walka be with you.
A
Awakens crew jacket, several signed long walkto Comic-Con International:
X-wing helmets, a Chewbacca messenger San Diego! For those unfamiliar with Pete Vilmur, Editor, Bantha Tracks

Rebel Legion members


Rick Chinn and Roman
Bela ank Dak actor
John Morton, who signed
one of the donated X-wing
helmets auctioned off
at the Rebel Legion
Charity Dinner.

A one-of-a-kind Star
Wars heart pins
mold donated by
Variety for the charity
dinner auction.
Kevin Doyle pushes his
100-plus pound cart
(containing supplies for
his thousand-mile
journey) across the Gol
den Gate Bridge toward
Lucaslm headquarters
in San Francisco.
He says the helmet onl
y goes on for special
moments during the trip
, such as crossing a
landmark bridge.

501st member Kevin Doyle


(TK-172) stops by the
Yoda Fountain in front of
Lucaslm headquarters
after walking 40 miles from
Rancho Obi-Wan in San
Franciscos North Bay.
Just 960 miles left to go!

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Collector Chris Salton stands alongside a few
pieces from his vast Star Wars collection, which
hes been building since he was six. I love that
Star Wars is growing so much, and with the new
movies on the way and a hit TV show, Im very
proud to say the Force is strong with us, he
says. Well agree with you on that, Chris!

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The Skywalker twins made
us miss our plane and it was
totally worth it, read the email
this Celebration image was
attached to from Guy Davis of
Plano, Texas. Like many families,
Guys is a cross-generational
family in their love of Star Wars Let the Wookiees win! Members from the the Great Lakes Base of the
he saw the original in 1977, and Rebel Legion, including all three Wookiees: Marcus Gau (Tarfful), Chris
his son, Grant remembers the Blackstock (Chewbacca), and Jamie Arielle (Gungi), were recently
Special Editions in 1997 as his presented with medals at the Arnold Fencing Classic in Columbus, Ohio.
earliest Star Wars memory. The identity of the Boushh costumer remains safely anonymous.

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This tattoo art of a Dia de los Muertos-inspired Princess Leia, by Vancouver artist Stephen Shaw, includes some
cryptic coordinates that arent to the Rebel base, but a more earthbound Star Wars-friendly location. Can you
guess where? (Hint: If you went to the recent Star Wars Celebration, you probably stopped by!)
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GUIDELINES
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illustrations,
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and there is no
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Tracy Doering (aka Sabe Sprocket and Hot Nerd Girl) is one of the newest P.O. Box 29901,
members of Star Wars Steampunk Universe, a costuming group who fans may San Francisco,
have met at the Steampunk Star Wars panel at Celebration Anaheim. I caught up with CA 94129
Chris Dude Vader Canole, Raina Steamy Leia Schmolesky, Shaylor Baron Von Maul
Duranleau, Nathan Captain Solo Seekerman, Michael Luke Steamwalker Ward, and
James and Noah Graham (father and son, Lando and Chance Chronos) at the Celebration
cantina for some, ahem, steamed blue milk. (Photos by Kansas Johnson)

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AY S
A M R I BR TE
AD FAV ACTS
F
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I V E S F A R S
R LTIMATE STAR STAR WARS: BOOK,
R W A W
A KS U MING
S ONTRIBUTI ORED THE FO HERE ARE FIVE FACTS
T N G TO D RT H CO
ROM C -AUTH NOW.
FRESH F Y HAS ALSO CO YOU NEED TO K RIENDS!
RA NG RF
ADAM B TELY EVERY THI TO DAZZLE YOU
ABSOLU SURE ONE OF THE MOST
POWERFUL CRIME
COUNT DOOKU, ZIRO LORDS IN THE GALAXY
THE HUTT, AND CADE IS FEMALE
BANE ARE ALL VOICED My favorite scoundrels in the Star Wars universe are the Hutts. s.
BY THE SAME ACTOR Their gluttony, completely disloyal self-interest, and twistedlyy
dark sense of humor all make them wonderful characters for
storytelling. The Clone Wars has given us so many great villains ns
It still amazes me that Count Dooku, Ziro the Hutt, and Cade and lots of strong female characters, but among the most
Bane (as well as many background characters) are all voiced over-looked in the female category is Gardulla the Hutt.
by actor Corey Burton. The voices of these villainous Star Wars: The Hutt Grand Council is controlled by the heads of the ve
The Clone Wars characterswho are among my favoritesall ruling clans: Gorga, Oruba, Arok, Marlo, and Jabba. But it is
sound entirely different from each other! The talented Burton gambler
mbler and slaver Gardulla who governs the council as JabbJabbasas

has had a distinguished career. er. His television work includes representative,
i while
hil h i on T
he remains Tatooine.
i Sh the
She iis th
h
he
the voices of both Toadwort and Gruffy Gummi in The Gummi one-time owner of Anakin and Shmi Skywalker, and d
Bears, Dracula in Marvels Avengers
vengers Assemble as well as Ultimate a temporary captor of Ziro the Hutt. Shes a sly
Spider-Man, and Captain Hook ok in Jake and the Never Land gangster you should never turn your back on!
Pirates! He has voiced minor characters in major Disney
animated features, too, includingding Aladdin (1992), The Hunchback
of Notre Dame
me (1996), and Atlantis:
Atllantis:
lantis The Lost Empire (2001).
(2001) He
even recordeded a line for rebel
rebe
el pilot Derek Hobbie Klivian
in The Empirere Strikes Back!

80 INSIDER
KENNERS VINTAGE CANTINA ACTION FIGURES ARE ALL
NOW CANON... SORT OF!
Among Kenners earliest Star Wars ves Missing in Action. We nd a
action gures was a group of ve aliens blue Snaggletooth in season ves
attributed to the Cantina scene in A New Revival, and a more loosely inspired
Hope. They included Hammerhead red Snaggletooth, named Katt Mol,
(since re-named Momaw Nadon), in season fours Padawan Lost. We
a red Snaggletooth (Zutton), a Blue rst encounter a Kenner version of
Snaggletooth (a rare Sears exclusive), Hammerhead in the premier of Star
Walrus Man (Ponda Baba), and Greedo. Wars Rebels.
Though much loved by fans and collectors, At the recent Celebration Anaheim,
these gures were highly stylized and bore Dave Filoni nally revealed an unnished
questionable resemblance to their on- scene from Clone Wars that included
screen counterparts. Fortunately for not only a Kenner-styled Walrus Man
fandom, supervising director Dave Filoni and Hammerhead, but also a blue
is a fan of these gures as well, and Snaggletooth riding in a speeder
brought them into canon via Clone Wars. with a green jump-suited Rodian
We rst see a blue-and-orange-suited who closely resembles the original
Walrus Man on the planet Abafar in season Greedo action gure.

BOTH
B OTH ANAKIN AND LUKE DISOBEY THEIR JEDI MASTERS
TO SAVE SOMEONE, BUT THE CHOICES LEAD
AD IN
OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS
In Revenge of the SSith, Anakin Skywalker destroy his father. Though they both h try to
tries to save Padm
Padm from dying in save someone close to them, the motivation
childbirth. His cho
choice, however, is made behind their mirrored choices leadss down
out of selshness, out of fear and greed. two different pathsAnakin to darknesskness
He is willing to sacri
sac ce everyone else and Luke to the light.
around him in order
orde to satisfy his own Lukes willingness to sacrice himself
imself
desire. His choice mirrors that of his son, for Anakin is the key, and awakens in
Luke, who later seeks
se to save Anakin. In Darth Vader the opportunity to rebootoot
contrast, however, Lukes sacrice is his original choice. In his youth,
seless. Luke is willing
w to die for Anakin Anakin decided to join Palpatine as
(Vader), and even to fail in the process. the Sith electrocuted the Jedi Mace
Not only did An
Anakin turn his back Windu. But now, as Palpatine grips his
on the Jedi teachings
teach with his choice, but Jedi son Luke in the thralls of that
likewise Luke didisregards the instructions same Force Lightning, Vader chooses es
of Obi-Wan and Yoda
Y when he refuses to self-sacrice and love.

C-3PO BARES HIS SOUL IN THE PREQUELS


C-3PO is the
h only l character to appear in all six
(soon to be seven) Star Wars lms. In Episode I
Star Wars saga. Warwick Davis, who plays
Wicket, as well as the Rodian Wald, shows
MORE TO SAY
we do actually see beneath C-3POs outer his true face during the podrace in Episode I, Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You
casing, but otherwise, Anthony Daniels, the as the gambler Weazel. Actor Ray Park, Need to Know is available now!
actor who breathed life into the droid, nearly legendary for his role as Darth Maul, also
spent his entire Star Wars career hidden behind appears toward the end of The Phantom Menace, HAVE YOU?
C-3POs golden mask. However, in Episodes II sans makeup and horns, as a Naboo soldier.
and III Daniels had an opportunity to play Dannl Ahmed Best (Jar Jar) appears in the esh as
Faytonni, a background character on Coruscant. Achk Med-Beq in Episode II. Finally, Jeremy
In both lms, we nally see Daniels face on Bulloch (Boba Fett) appears as pilot Jeremoch
screen for the rst time. Colton in Revenge of the Sith, and Lieutenant
Daniels isnt the only actor unmasked in the Sheckil in The Empire Strikes Back.

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