Posted on Thursday, August 25th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Star Wars Bits:
- Artist Andy Fairhurst reveals a new trilogy of Star Wars posters.
- Carrie Fisher continues to be a national treasure at the Chicago Comic-Con.
- Star Wars items go up for auction courtesy of Cancer Gets Lost.
- The story of how the Lucasfilm Story Group was formed.
- An interview with Star Wars: Aliens of the Galaxy author Jason Fry.
- A look at the creation of a Poe Dameron helmet replica.
- New details on the next batch of Star Wars Battlefront DLC.
- The latest wacky theory about what’s going on with Rey.
- Amazing behind-the-scenes images from the original 1977 Star Wars.
- Updates and insights on Marvel’s Poe Dameron comic series.
- Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End gets a new release date.
Artist Andy Fairhurst has created a new series of posters for Bottleneck Gallery featuring Padme Amidala, Leia Organa, and Rey with each Star Wars heroine standing before an army of Clone Troopers/Imperial Stormtroopers/First Order Stormtroopers while something round and significant hovers in the air. This set comes in a limited edition of only 325, costs $100, and is on sale right now. You can take a closer look at the art by perusing the gallery below.
Cancer Gets Lost was first founded in 2012 as part of an initiative to auction off props and items from the television series Lost to raise money to fund childhood cancer research. Since then, they have expanded their boundaries to all kinds of geek-friendly properties and their latest auction has a healthy amount of Star Wars stuff up for bidding. You can peruse the listings to sort through the various art prints, comic books, toys, and limited edition merchandise that is available. And don’t feel too guilty if you want to spend $400 on a copy of that famous Star Wars: The Force Awakens table read photo signed by JJ Abrams, Bryan Burk, Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, and Anthony Daniels – it’s going to a great cause, after all.
There are few things as brutally honest and entertaining as a Carrie Fisher Q&A, so her her hour-long panel at the Wizard World Chicago Comic-Con (via Star Wars News Net) is a must-watch. Like Mark Hamill, Fisher has embraced her place in the pop culture pantheon, but like Harrison Ford, she’s not afraid to poke Star Wars in the ribs when it deserves it. One highlight found her talking about whether or not Harrison Ford is funny in real life:
Harrison is witty, he is not funny. There’s a big difference. Funny is about people pleasing, Harrison is definitely not a people pleasing.
And then she got real, explaining that her and Leia both became who they are because they were neglected by their fathers:
What generally does stuff like that in this universe is issues with your father. I don’t think it’s any different there. I have to say I was neglected by my father in both universes and you don’t want to screw with me in either one.
You really should watch the whole thing, especially if you’re as obsessed with Fisher’s dog, Gary, as I am.
Lucasfilm creative executive Rayne Roberts was a guest on an episode of the Black Girl Nerds podcast (via Screenrant), where she discussed the formation of the Lucasfilm Story Group, which oversees the larger Star Wars universe across movies, television, comics, and video games. Of course, it all originated with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy:
I’ve spoken to [Kathleen Kennedy] about it, and what her initial idea was when she came into the company was, you know, she’d produced countless big franchise movies over her career, and a lot of times she’d noticed that there would be these ancillary books or supporting materials that would be developed to support these films, and the people that would go make those were not the same people who had been involved in making the movies, and there was this kind of disconnect. And so she was very intentional about saying, ‘I want to create a central development team that has their hands in everything, so that all of the various media can be really intuitively and intentionally connected.’
While the choice to remove the original expanded universe from canon was controversial, most of the new stories that have arrived since the formation of the story group have been pretty damn good. If you’re going to have an interconnected and sprawling universe, you might as well do it right.