Three Sith Moon

In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Preparations are underway for Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney World
  • Star Wars Weekends and Disney Star Wars characters may be on their way out
  • Watch an adorable video of BB-8‘s big day rolling around Disneyland
  • Take a peek at the Star Wars and Darth Vader annuals coming from Marvel Comics
  • Will the Star Wars books and comics become required reading for the movies?
  • New Force Awakens merch offers a new look at characters like Tasu Leech
  • Jimmy Vee has been spotted on the set of Star Wars: Episode VIII
  • The first set photos from Star Wars: Rogue One have hit the web

(Header image: “Three Sith Moon” by 6amcrisis; buy the shirt here.)
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Star Wars: Shattered Empire - Kes Dameron

What happened in the thirty years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens? Disney’s epic multi-platform Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens book series has begun to be unleashed promising to fill in that gap through a mix of novels, comics, children’s books and young adult stories, all considered as official Star Wars canon.

We’ve already told you about the first novel, Star Wars: Aftermath. The comic book prequel miniseries Star Wars: Shattered Empire hit stores today, and while we had some information as to what the four issue story was about, we now finally have a good idea of how it connects to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. They’ve been keeping the connection out of the marketing for the book thus far — find out now after the jump.

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Star Wars Futurama

What better way to ease back into the workweek than with a bounty of new Star Wars nuggets? After the jump:

  • The Star Wars Facebook page has the perfect response to an ignorant comment
  • The city of Reykjavík names a street after Darth Vader
  • Has Star Wars: Rogue One cast British actor Regé-Jean Page?
  • A new theory about whom Felicity Jones is playing in Rogue One
  • See the cover of the Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company novel
  • Disney XD serves up a clip from the Star Wars Rebels Season 2 premiere
  • Star Wars: Shattered Empire gets another variant team and more artists

(Header image: “Future Wars” by DC Visual Arts. Buy the t-shirt at Neatoshop.)


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Star Wars 9 cover

This week isn’t done quite yet, and neither is the steady stream of Star Wars news. After the jump:

  • Star Wars Celebration Europe is already sold out for Saturday
  • Disney Infinity 3.0 developer on bringing Star Wars Rebels characters to life
  • Star Wars Rebels may have finally set a return date
  • Get details on the rest of the Disney Store’s plans for Force Friday
  • Just how much money is Star Wars: The Force Awakens gonna make?
  • Captain Phasma (and for some reason Jar Jar) cover a German Star Wars magazine
  • Find out what the new First Order star destroyer is called
  • Take a peek inside the pages of Star Wars #9
  • See gorgeous art from the Battle of Jakku DLC for Star Wars Battlefront
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Shattered Empire Phil Noto variant

At this point, every Star Wars reveal just seems to raise more questions. Case in point: We now know what the cover of Star Wars: Shattered Empire #2 will look like — and it’s just making us wonder who the hell the mystery woman is on the cover. Get your first look at this new Star Wars character after the jump.  Read More »

Marvel cosplay comic book covers

If you’ve ever been to Comic-Con, WonderCon or any kind of pop culture convention with fans dressed up as their favorite characters from the realms of fantasy and sci-fi, then you’ve likely seen some pretty impressive cosplaying, some even coming close to looking like the real thing. And now some Marvel cosplayers will get as close to being a real superhero as they can.

Marvel has announced a new Cosplay Variant program that will take 20 impressive Marvel cosplayers and put them on the cover of their respective character’s comic books. And you can see what almost all of them look like below! Read More »

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Empire sticker

We’re not quite done with Star Wars D23 stuff, but there’s non-D23 stuff here, too. After the jump:

  • Find out where to get the cheeky car decal seen above
  • Watch highlights from the Star Wars D23 panel
  • J.J. Abrams explains why anyone would even want to join the First Order
  • … and gushes about Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma
  • Oscar Isaac talks about growing up in a Star Wars-obsessed family
  • Daisy Ridley looks pleased as punch with her Drew Struzan Episode VII poster
  • Learn a tiny bit more about Episode VII‘s Constable Zuvio
  • Ooh and ahh over Sideshow‘s deluxe edition Boba Fett figure
  • Get details on the limited-edition Darth Vader PlayStation 4 console

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Star Wars Battlefront

Had enough Star Wars yet this week? Surely not. After the jump:

  • Check out another new image from Star Wars: Battlefront
  • … and get details on the game’s just-announced “Supremacy” mode
  • The Battlefront tie-in novel Twilight Company gets an official synopsis
  • Ooh and aah over the pretty colors of the Star Wars CoverGirl makeup collection
  • … and find out which other brands are partnering with Lucasfilm for The Force Awakens
  • Go inside ILM‘s VR and augmented reality think tank, xLab (Rogue One‘s Gareth Edwards is a fan)
  • An anonymous insider reports from a John Williams recording session
  • Force Awakens returns to Skellig Michael for more shooting this fall
  • Are the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3.75″ toys hinting at something?
  • See a preview of Kanan: The Last Padawan #5 and Star Wars #8
  • Shattered Empire #1 gets pushed back a week (boo), and reveals a variant cover (yay!)

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Star Wars Shattered Empire

The second Death Star has been destroyed. The Emperor is dead. The galaxy celebrates. What happens next?

That’s exactly what the forthcoming comic book Star Wars: Shattered Empire will set out to answer as one of many new stories coming this fall as part of the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens publishing program. The comic book picks up immediately after the Battle of Endor, showing that the destruction of the second Death Star wasn’t exactly an easy happy ending, and it certainly wasn’t the absolute end of the Empire either.

Find out what we learned about Star Wars Shattered Empire from an interview with series writer Greg Rucka that we break down after the jump! Read More »