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If projections hold, Marvel’s 2015 comic book, Star Wars #1, written by Jason Aaron with artwork by John Cassaday, will be the best-selling comic book in the past two decades. Rumor has it a million copies of the book could be sold when it’s released on January 14.

Part of the reason for that is Marvel will be telling a new story about what Luke, Han, Leia and the group did between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back — that’s largely an unexplored few years in Star Wars lore. Another reason is Marvel is going straight Nineties with the variant covers. At least a dozen variant covers of the comic will be released on newsstands, and several retailers have commissioned their own variants to be sold only in their stores, bringing the total over 30! It’s going to be a huge event.

Below, we’ve complied all of the Star Wars 1 variants we’ve found so far. Check them out below. Read More »

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Two of the actresses in Star Wars Episode VII are in the news, as is Star Wars Rebels, George Lucas and more. Read about all this in this edition of Star Wars Bits.

  • Lupita Nyong’o posted an image of herself in the Star Wars Episode VII crew hat.
  • Actress Christina Chong has finished filming Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Watch two featurettes about Star Wars Rebels featuring new footage and making of information.
  • Alex Ross reveals a variant cover of the new Marvel Comics Star Wars #1.
  • George Lucas has some harsh words for the Hollywood studio system.
  • Star Wars Episode VII made Abu Dhabi a hot filming spot.
  • German TV is getting an all Star Wars TV station in December.

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MondoCon schedule

Movie heaven comes to Austin, Texas during the third week of September. Not only is that when Fantastic Fest is happening (much more on that in the coming days) but the fine folks at Mondo are simultaneously hosting their first convention, MondoCon. But no, this isn’t going to be just a place to buy posters. As discussed a few months back, MondoCon will be a gathering for everything a movie fan or collector could desire.

Mondo has just released the full programming line-up, as well as a few small glimpses at the goodies. Among the highlights? A mini-gallery exhibition of work based on The Iron Giant, including that film’s score available on vinyl. The lost score to 2001: A Space Odyssey will be on sale along with a panel discussion. A never-made 1983 U.S. Godzilla film will be revealed through storyboards and concept images. Plus a screening of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre with live score, the world premiere of a documentary on the 2000AD comic brand and much more.

And that’s just part of it. Will there be posters? You bet. Lots of surprise posters along with the first Alex Ross Mondo poster. Will there be guests? Tons, including newly annoucned names like Bryan Lee O’Malley, JC Richard and William Stout.

The event takes place September 20-21 in Austin and tickets are still on sale. Below, read the full programming press release. Read More »

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If Matt Reeves has done his job right with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and we think he has, the film will drive people back to the original series. Viewers should be so curious about what comes next that the new film will turn people on to not only the 1968 original, but its sequels as well. Artist Alex Ross is doing that, too. He’s releasing four brand new Planet of the Apes posters based on covers of the Boom Studios Comic Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm. They’ll first be available at San Diego Comic-Con via Acme Archives. Check out the Alex Ross Planet of the Apes posters below. Read More »

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Fans hoping to return from San Diego Comic-Con with a big stack of awesome stuff for their walls shouldn’t have a problem. All the usual suspects in the poster world will be on hand selling limited edition screenprints and several major pop culture properties are offering awesome, but not limited posters, too. We already showcased Marvel’s offerings and now we’ve got a few more.

First up is a major surprise. Poster legend Drew Struzan has done a piece for DreamWorks’ upcoming How To Train Your Dragon 2. Next, there’s a poster for Edgar Wright’s The World’s End by Tommy Lee Edwards and then a Walking Dead poster by another legend, Alex Ross. Check them all out below. Read More »

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