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The saga continues...


Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Executive Editor J. W. Rinzler
Creative Executive Pablo Hidalgo
tagline, 1980 Image Archives Stacey Leong, Matthew
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FACING THE
PRESS!
4 INSIDER
AN OVERVIEW OF THE STAR
A
s I write this, the For l
sleeping. It wont wake up for

WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS another week, and eager fans are
soaking up every new tidbit from
the lms cast and crew about Star Wars:

GLOBAL PRESS CONFERENCE The Force Awakens. On December 6,


director J.J. Abrams was joined by
Lawrence Kasdan, Kathleen Kennedy,
by Amy Ratcliffe Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega,
Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita
Nyongo, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford
at a global press conference moderated by
Mindy Kaling, and they delivered tidbits
aplenty. Kaling joked that shes not
necessarily well known for being a huge
Star Wars fan, but she is part of our
fandom and shes also a friend of Abrams.
She brought her own offbeat questions to
the table and took queries from the
audience of journalists in attendance.
Though well have a full report in our next
issue, we couldnt wait to share some
highlights from the event. From Carrie
Fishers comments on petitioning to get
her dog, Gary, a role in the movie, to
Abrams insight on accepting the
monumental task of directing the rst
new Star Wars movie in 10 years, the
question and answer session was lively
and peppered with laughter. Isaac,
Boyega, and Christie even took a moment
to perform a brief but rousing a cappella
version of Led Zeppelins Kashmir.
Christie chose the rock tune as Captain
Phasmas entrance song. Naturally. The
impromptu vocal jam session was certainly
one of the most entertaining moments of
the press conference, but there were more
informative answers, too. Here are some
of the insights we learned:

IT WAS MORE THAN A JOB


Abrams feels fortunate to be a part of
this project. Kaling asked him why he took
the job because, as she pointedly asked,
Arent you rich? He answered, This is a
project that I felt incredibly lucky to be
asked to be part of. The process of this
movie, to a person on the crew, to a person
on the cast, was that this was not a job. It
was nothing that any one of us took on
because it was a gig that was available. It
was something that felt like a true passion
and something that every single person
brought much more to than any of us could
have expected, so I do, honestly, feel
honored to be a part of it.

THEYRE WORKING TOGETHER ON


FUTURE FILMS
With Episode VII complete, its time to turn
attention toward the next installments of
the sequel trilogy. Kennedy said theyre
looking forward together. We havent
mapped out every single detail yet, but

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obviously everybody is talking to one The Force Awakens is introducing new of A New Hope, at the medal ceremony,
another and working together and that characters to the saga and developing one of Guatemalas claims to fame is that
collaboration, I think, is what is going to the histories for those characters has that last shot, where the ships are leaving
guarantee that everybody has a say in been synergistic. Christie said she and you see the temples, was shot in
how we move forward with this, she was heartened by the genuine creative Guatemala. Then for me, the fact that
said. J.J. and Rian [Johnson] have experience of working with Abrams I was born there and thats a rebel base,
already talked at length because Rian on who Phasma was. Isaac said and Im playing a Resistance ghter,
is about to start shooting Episode VIII. the collaboration with Abrams and a rebel ghter, I thought, Maybe Poe was
Then Colin [Trevorrow] will start working Lucaslm, has been one of the coolest there. Thats where hes from. And then
with Rian and spend a lot of time on the set things about working on the lm. He this comic book comes out, called
with him. said it was like playing in a sandbox Shattered Empire, where Poes parents
together. He cited a particular example: ended up going to Yavin 4 and making
BUILDING BACKSTORIES HAS BEEN I was talking about where Poe could sweet love. That probably marks the
A COLLABORATIVE PROCESS have been from. The thing is, at the end rst time the phrase making sweet love

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has been used in a Star Wars all the vocabulary that everyone is THEY WERE INSPIRED BY THE PAST
press conference. familiar with in Star Wars and the John Boyega looked at Ford and Mark
dark side but [while] also adding a Hamills audition tapes on YouTube
KYLO REN DOESNT OWN A kind of recklessness or something to help tap into the right Star Wars-
DAY PLANNER thats untidy about it. I think people esque energy, Christie was taken
The dark side followers weve met so normally associate the dark side with with Princess Leia. I was about six
far in the Star Wars universe tend to being organized and in control and when I saw the lm, she said.
be an organized group with militaristic calm and in command, Driver said. I remember being so struck by the
sensibilities. Thats not the case with Abrams said Kasdan wanted to character of Princess Leia and thinking
Kylo Ren. After teasing about the villain do something that felt a little bit even then, in my child mind, This seems
being a great cook and a Scorpio, Driver different with Kylo Ren. Theres different than the other women I see in
opened up about the character. I think never been a character like Kylo in films, and feeling very inspired by that.
hes very unpolished and unnished, and the saga, Kasdan said, He hasnt And inspired by a woman with such
I think what J.J. and Larry did [was keep] got [it] together. tenacity, and being so strong-minded.

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REVIEWS
Well be hearing your thoughts on The Force Awakens
next issue, but heres what the critics said!

This is a classic. A humongous piece


of cinema.
The Times

Boy, has the Force awoken A triumph of


escapism and the most exhilarating lm
yet in this mighty franchise.
The Daily Mail

All I can say is The Force Awakens evokes


magical memories of 1977s Star Wars
Episode IV: A New Hope, with plenty of
humour, action, drama, and heart.
The Daily Mirror

Exciting and brimming with energy


and its own kind of generosity.
The Guardian

The Force is back. Big time. Star Wars:


The Force Awakens pumps new energy and
life into a hallowed franchise in a way that
both resurrects old pleasures and points
in promising new directions.
The Hollywood Reporter

It seamlessly balances cosy favorites


and new kinetic wows.
The New York Times

BRITISH PM PRAISES
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

M
P Oliver Downdon, whose UK constituency
includes Elstree, home to the production of
the original Star Wars movie in 1977, asked
David Cameron to pledge support just as
the movie reached cinemas.
The Prime Minister said, This is not only very
exciting for children, and I have to say, quite a lot
of parents who are looking forward to this lm,
but this is a lm being made in Britain, with many
British actors, with some brilliant British technicians
showing the strength of the British lm industry.
And I would say this, but also, backed by the British
government and British taxpayers, with the excellent
resources that we provide. And let me just say, to my
honorable friend, as Ive worked with him for so many
years, in so many different ways, I know that he will
never join the dark side!

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HAND OVER
YOUR CREDITS!
S
ome Star Wars fans might be able to compete
against Jabba the Hutt when it comes to offering
rewards to bounty hunters. The Nielsen research
rm recently delivered on the spending habits
of fans. They report Star Wars fans are 9% more likely
than the average American to be part of households
with $70,000 or more in annual income, and that they
spend more than the average moviegoer across the
combined product categories of personal care, food, auto,
and technology. In more precise numbers, fans spend
$4,300 vs. $4,100 each year for non-fans. Marketing
partnerships for The Force Awakens t right into those

AN EARLY TRIP TO JAKKU


categories with product tie-ins such as Cover Girl
cosmetics, snacks from Popchips and Kraft, and Chrysler
car commercials. Advertising ran the gamut and was

T
aimed at different age ranges. echnology has advanced signicantly since the early 2000s,
Given the reach of Star Wars and the fact that its been and that means promotion for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
part of pop culture and merchandising for almost 40 years, hasnt been like anything wed seen before. If the push
its perhaps not too surprising to nd out that, statistically into various corners of the marketplace was impressive
speaking, Star Wars has a wide reach. It connects with a for The Phantom Menace, it was most impressive with Episode VII.
variety of demographics. Graham Gee, general manager Google played a role in one of the unique endeavors with Google
for home entertainment at Nielsen, said, The size of Cardboard. Google Cardboard is a low-cost, but effective virtual
the fanhood is so large that I wouldnt say there are reality platform. Like the name implies, it does involve cardboard;
demographics with no fans. In other words, no particular Its a fold-out mount with focal length lenses that ts over a mobile
group is immune. phone. Paired with third party apps, Google Cardboard works as a
Gee commented on how some of the brands leaned into device that can take you to other worlds or galaxies. Lucaslms
that by going bigger rather than narrowing their focus. ILMxLAB studio and the Story Group worked with Google and
Its not surprising that you see products geared toward Verizon to transport users to Jakku using Google Cardboard.
families, he said. Learning how effective the techniques The sets were available in patterns for BB-8, R2-D2, Kylo Ren,
and partnerships have been isnt an overnight evaluation. or First Order Stormtrooper and were given away by Verizon and
Nielsen has studying to do in the months ahead to grasp Google Store. Once set-up was complete (a simple process that took
the impact and reach of various campaigns. One area mere minutes), Google Cardboard worked with the Star Wars app to
in which Star Wars fans have been spending money? On deliver Jakku Spy in the weeks before the arrival of the lm. Though
the existing lms. Sales have spiked on the digital front the technology is outwardly reminiscent of retro View Master toys,
in the months leading into The Force Awakens. Amazon its much more sophisticated. The system brought users into The
reports large increases in sales of the Star Wars saga Force Awakens with sights and sounds from the lm, including
digital bundle through Amazon Video. The rst six lms messages from BB-8. ILMxLAB used a mix of techniques to execute
were released digitally in April 2015. The week tickets the project in a convincing format; they blended digital images with
went on sale for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (on October photography and included real characters and sets from the lm.
20) saw a 300% increase in sales over the week prior. By The 360-degree range of vision made the experience immersive
November 29, there was a more than 400% increase in and allowed fans to step foot on Jakku before The Force Awakens
sales of the digital bundle compared to the week before even hit theaters. They became part of the story, and it was as easy
The Force Awakens tickets were available. The numbers as looking through fancy cardboard. If they can go this far now,
reached even higher over Thanksgiving weekend. Amazon imagine what theyll be able to do by the time Episode VIII is here!
also reports seeing peaks across Star Wars merchandise,
particularly LEGO play sets.

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INSIDER LOVES
ALL THE COOL STUFF WEVE SEEN SINCE LAST ISSUE!
PACK TO THE FUTURE!

A
new Star Wars lm would not
be complete without a new
set of cards from TOPPS and
their rst card series from
The Force Awakens does not disappoint.
Along with the usual character cards
we get a plethora of stills from the
lm along with behind-the-scenes
images, concepts, sketch cards, rare
rst time autographs, and First Order
stormtrooper costume pieces too!
Series 1 of The Force Awakens Trading
Cards consists of 100 base cards and
over 100 insert cards.

Dont miss the set of high end


plastic cards depicting images
from both the prequel and
original trilogies. This high end
set features lots of numbered
parallels and patterns to chase.
Star Wars High Tek Collector
Cards also feature on-card
autographs from over 60
signers, including 6 rst-time
signers.

The popular Star Wars Galactic


Connexions gets a second
series. Consisting of 75
characters and vehicles, as well
as an all-new lightsaber purple
disc, the Galactic Connexions
are available exclusively now at
Walmart and Walmart.com

THE
E COLD SIDE OF THE FORCE!

E
ven though
its still winter,
we love the
amazing Star
Wars Lightsaber
Lollies in vibrant
sweet strawberry
red or a zingy lemon
& lime green. They
are really worth
ghting over, but
even better to eat
so be sure you stock
up when you visit your
local supermarket!

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DISNEY INFINITY 3.0 EXPANDS

T
he arrival of a new Star Wars lm wasnt the
only exciting aspect about The Force Awakens.
With the movie nally in theaters and the story
out in the world, products tied to the plot were
releasedproducts like Disney Innity 3.0s The Force
Awakens playset and gures. The latest version of
the game was released in August and added the Star
Wars universe to the interactive platform. Characters
such as Luke Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, Darth Vader,
and Yoda were made available so players could hop
across all eras of the Star Wars universe. And with the
new lm, Finn, Rey, Poe Dameron, and Kylo Ren have
joined the fray.
Disney set up a preview of the characters prior
to the release at a press conference for The Force
Awakens, and though they showed off Reys abilities,
Kylo Ren was off limits. They were worried seeing
him in action would spoil aspects of the lm. The
curtain of secrecy didnt stop John Boyega from
talking about reprising his roles for the game though.
Boyega explained how he got to revisit the role of
Finn twice, once for the Star Tours attraction at
Disney Parks and once for Disney Innity 3.0. He
was exuberant when discussing his involvement
with Innity. Its been fun to be a playable character.
I get to play with myself. [Laughs] Its been amazing.
The characters in Disney Innity are more childlike
versions of the characters in the movie so that was
very cool. He paused to demonstrate a line from
the game: Im Finn, and Im in charge now.
THE

Abrams The Art of Star Wars: The Force


Awakens is available now!
ART
THE

AWAKENS
THE AMAZING ART THAT ESTABLISHED
THE STUNNING LOOK OF
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, REVEALED.

The Millennium Falcon speeds through the interior


of a downed Star Destroyer, with TIE ighters in
hot pursuit! Art by Doug Chiang.
Resistance pilot helmets. Art by Glyn Dillon.

The Resistance arrives! Art by James Clyne.


Rey.
Art by Glyn Dillon.

Poe Dameron.
Art by Glyn Dillon.
HURID-327.
Art by Luke Fisher.

Rey and her speeder.


Art by Yanick Dusseault
and Iain McCaig.
Captain Phasma.
Art by Dermot Power.
An early iteration of Finn.
a First Order stormtrooper. Art by Glyn Dillon.
Art by Christian Alzmann.
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THE TALE OF
BUILDING THE
ROYAL STARSHIP
HASBROS VERSION OF QUEEN
AMIDALAS SLEEK STARSHIP
BOASTS AN INNOVATIVE
STORY BEHIND ITS CREATION.

A
t over three feet long, the sounds, and a hyperdrive
Naboo Royal Starship was spinning up. The hyperdrive
the largest new ship Hasbro block is two sided, with one
had done since the original side being damaged. Putting
movies and it was packed the hyperdrive in its slot one
with features. Two panels open to way or the other causes included Federation droid ghter,
expose the interior of the ship and a different sounds to be played. which is mounted on a handle to
boarding ramp slides out. The main A small elevator enables droids to move allow a child to y it around, you can
cockpit has a throne for the Queen between three different levels. The nose shoot the Queens ship with a laser.
and four cockpit chairs as well as a cone has a secret compartment that When struck in the right place (think
captains console. hides an escape pod that can hold one Laser Tag here), the ship will emit
Four buttons on the back of the ship gure and an astromech droid. some battle sounds and a back panel
cause it to emit several different sounds, But the coolest feature is the infrared blows off the ship, throwing any droid
such as an R2 unit beep, laser and battle sensors on the back of the ship. With the mounted there into space.

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HASBRO USED THE 3D
PRINTING PROCESS ON
TOYS FOR THE PHANTOM
MENACE, INCLUDING
THE QUEENS ROYAL
STARSHIP.

3D printer technology
of today can make parts out
A toy this complicated of only one material. So, building
was difcult to engineer. a plastic toy is within their ability, but
But in the late 90s, when spitting out anything complicated, like
the Queens Ship was being a Smartphone, for example, is well
developed, new tools were coming beyond the technology for now. Also,
online in the industry to help the 3D printing is a very slow process.
engineers and designers. printer for their home, but the A plastic toy being made in a production
Computer Aided Drafting technology has been around since molding facility would spit out a part
(CAD) had been around for the 80s. The process has completely every few seconds. A similar part made
a while, but 3D CAD, in changed the toy industry. While no with a 3D printer might well take an
which designers build vintage toys were ever developed hour, or several hours, to print.
virtual 3D models, was using 3D printing, Hasbro did use There are many types of printing,
just taking hold. In addition, the process on toys for The Phantom but the earliest one developed was
this virtual model building begged Menace, including the Naboo Royal known as Stereolithography or SLA.
for technologies like 3D printing in Starship. But before we get into It worked by using a photopolymer,
order for the designers to turn their how it aided the Hasbro designers, which is a material that is liquid until
screen model into a real-world object. lets take a look at the history of struck with a laser that cures it into
Three-D printing is a buzz word we 3D printing. a hard plastic. The machines have a
hear a lot about today, mostly due to First, what 3D printing isnt; it isnt large vat of liquid with a tray inside
prices dropping to the point where its like a Star Trek replicator where you put that can move up and down. A laser
now feasible for someone to buy a in a design and out pops a product. The is mounted to a head that can move

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horizontally and is controlled
Below, left to right: by a computer. The tray moves
A typical SLA machine; to a position where just a thin
an FDM machine layer of the liquid covers its 3D PRINTING PROCESSES HAVE
at work. surface. The laser then traces
Opposite page, from one layer of the part to be built, CHANGED THE TOY INDUSTRY.
below left: Prototypes hardening the liquid into a solid.
of the Queens throne, The tray then moves down
some hyperdrives, and allowing another thin layer of
a wall section of the liquid to ow over the newly
ship; four prototypes hardened plastic. The laser
of the escape pod. traces the next layer and the
process repeats with layer
after layer being built until
the part is nished.
A second popular type
of 3D printing is called Fused
Deposition Modeling or FDM.
This is typical of the home works more like an ink-jet very time consuming and
systems that are on the market printer with a nozzle that heats involve craftsmen making
today, such as the MakerBot. up a plastic and ejects it onto parts out of wood, plastic
It works similarly to SLA with the building part. sheets or out of wax or clay.
a tray moving vertically as the There are a few other types With 3D printing, the parts come
machine builds up layer upon of 3D printing, some of which out precast and many iterations
layer of material. Rather than use a powered base where the can be created during the
a liquid material, the FDM material is heated in a process design process. The Queens
called sintering. These types of Ship for Episode I is a good
machines can even create parts example of 3D printing being
out of metal. used to make a Star Wars toy.
Three-D printing processes Four prototypes of the
have changed the toy industry escape pod can be seen
by allowing engineers and on the right. On the left,
designers to make quick is a part as it would come
samples right from their directly off the SLA machine.
computer les. In the past, These parts usually have a
this process would have been yellow tint. The other three

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are painted in various colors indicating have allowed the engineer to test the t to the large expense of production
that Hasbro was considering several between the two halves to insure it was tooling. The result is a better
different color schemes for the pod. correct and would work in production. and cheaper toy that comes to
As can be seen on the two right-most In the past, something as market faster. Its amazing that
prototypes, the top hatch was attached. complicated as the Naboo Royal these prototypes, showing the
These 3D prints allowed the designers Starship would have been brought process, have survived to today.
to test t the hatch to ensure everything to life with the highly manual process Other companies like Gentle Giant
lined up and the hatch closed properly. of model and pattern building. With have taken these processes even
Another set of SLA prototypes can be 3D printing, the models were created further, using scanning techniques
seen above, including the Queens inside the computer with physical to build computer models of actors
throne, some hyperdrives and a wall models taking a day to build rather faces. But more on that in another
section of the ship. The two hyperdrive than weeks. This allowed the Jedi Toy Box. a
pieces on the left of the picture are the designers to quickly experiment
two halves (one is face-down) of that with designs, doing multiple passes Words: Cj Fawcett
part of the toy. This prototype would and nding errors before committing Photos: themanwhoshotlukeskywalker,

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A
t Celebration III, my rst Star
Wars convention, all of the books
panels werestanding-room-only Left: Author
events. For example, one panel Claudia Gray.
I attended featured Matthew Stover
previewing his upcoming novelization of Opposite page, right:
Revenge of the Sith. Fans of the Expanded Leia faces Tarkin, just
Universe, now called Legends, were keen prior to the destruction
to see more from the author of New Jedi of Alderaan.
Order: Traitor and Shatterpoint. Many of
the panels attendees were regulars from
message boards, with tags hung on our
lanyards that identied our forum
usernames. One by one, fans went to the
microphone, and it became apparent from
the parade of insightful questions how
much about storytellingpoint of view,
characterization, dialoguethe audience
had absorbed through interaction with the
great storytellers writing Star Wars
novels. This is as true of Star Wars
authors and their wonderful stories now
as it was then.
Today, the fandom discussion of Star
Wars reading has moved into the realm of
blogs and social media. Singing the
praises for Lost Stars on Twitter at rst
was a lonely proposition, as most people
had chosen other Journey to The Force avoid some of the more obvious choices Gamesmakers refuse to give Katniss and
Awakens books to tackle rst. Dave Baril, like The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, or Peeta a fatal star-crossed lovers ending
for example, had started with Del Reys Catcher in the Rye. The common thread that series also does not offer a fairy-tale
Aftermath and DK Publishings Absolutely across all of these novels is morally conclusion, either. Again, Return of the
Everything You Need To Know. Others complex stories about nding ones self Jedi has parallels to the conceits of
purely glowing reviews convinced Baril through personal challenge within larger YA storytelling by offering a tangible
to give Lost Stars a try. frameworks of social-political upheaval victory for the underdog rebellion that
Unfortunately, some fans had initially in the storytelling setting. A New Hope and succeeds in blowing up the second Death
bypassed Lost Stars because it was all the Star Wars movies that followed it Star, but only an abstract validation of
labeled as Young Adult. Too often the work within similar conceits. Luke and Padms belief there was good
YA designation means books are Outside of Star Wars fandom, YA novels in Darth Vader. It is not surprising to
immediately and wronglydismissed have proven tremendously successful with observe that a return to the YA spirit of
as lesser quality or unworthy of grown-up readers of all generations. One of the the Star Wars movies is nding great
consumption. Renery 29s article on interesting elements of modern popular payoff in the marketplace, whether with
30 Young Adult Books Every Actual Adult YA, which straddles the teen-adult longtime books fans or rst-time Star
Should Read includes a list of well- demographic quite successfully, is the Wars readers.
written, engaging, thematically complex avoidance of what many consider standard Ultimately, word of mouth unites Lost
books that are likely to appeal to readers young audience endings. For example, Stars with more and more readers every
of any age, including classics such as The Hunger Games turns Shakespeares day, with newly minted teenage and adult
The Book Thief and A Wrinkle in Time, and Romeo & Juliet on its head when the Star Wars fans discovering the book.

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At New York Comic Con, Claudia Gray
announced her new adult Star Wars novel,
New Republic: Bloodline set six years I ASKED IF THE IDEALISTIC GIRL COULD JOIN THE EMPIRE
before The Force Awakens, which makes it
a perfect time to get to know her and her WHILE THE CYNICAL GUY JOINS THE REBELS. THE BOOK
approach to storytelling.
BEGAN TO TAKE SHAPE FROM THERE.
Star Wars Insider: What are your
earliest Star Wars memories?
Claudia Gray: The movie came out
when I was seven years old, so while Were you given an objective for Lost Stars? shapes their reactions to the government
I vividly remember loving it, going to The basic concept was Romeo & Juliet they serve as Imperial ofcers. Did you
see it repeatedly (four times, I think), meets Star Wars, with childhood friends create the valley kindred and second-
and playing variations on Star Wars falling in love; the idealistic girl would wave cultures rst, devise a backstory
with all my friends, its hard to pick join the rebels, and the dark, cynical that built a foundation for the ending you
out a specic memory or memories guy would join the Empire. I asked if wanted, or was the process more organic?
as being the very earliest. Surely the the idealistic girl could join the Empire The fundamental question at the
X-wing simulator I made in my closet while the cynical guy joined the rebels. beginning was, Why would a good person
has to be from the rst year or two. The editor loved that idea, and the book serve the Empire? At the beginning, that
One thing that still stands out in our began to take shape from there. In the loyalty can be a matter of believing in the
family history was right after The Empire end, I hope it came out less Romeo & government, hearing only propaganda
Strikes Backmy brother and I would get Juliet, more Casablanca. It felt important about the other side, etc.but at a certain
different action gures, to make sure we for the war to shape every stage of point, that persons fundamental values
got the widest array of them. I allowed my their romance. have to come into play. So the culture of
brother to take Lando to school, where he the valley kindred began to take shape
shamefully traded my Landofor a lowly Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell grow up as from the question of what values would
Hoth ranger, no less! We continue to citizens of the Empire. The worldbuilding keep someone in Imperial service, namely
bicker about this. We are in our forties. around their home planet, Jelucan, a very strong belief in honor and duty.
Then you ask what kind of culture
wouldnt mix well with that, and you get
the more materialistic, hedonistic second-
wavers. Thane and Ciena very naturally
took shape along with those societies.

Thane is an easily recognizable Star Wars


archetype: a person who isnt inclined
to trust authority in the vein of Han Solo
or Anakin Skywalker. Likewise, Ciena
has similarities with the prequel trilogy
Jedi, both blinded by a sense of duty.
How did you tackle the ne line of
keeping her character sympathetic
yet tragically awed?
Cienas honor matters to her so much; she
swore an oath to the Empire, has managed
to actually do some real good in itsservice,
and cares deeply about her friends who
serve alongside her. Also, the impact of
the rst Death Stars destruction had to be

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Fans have often wondered about
the personal impact of Alderaans
From left to right: destruction. Lost Stars reveals how
Darth Vader makes his the Death Stars rst target affects
presence felt on the individuals. Nash Windriders reaction
Death Star; Mon as an Alderaanian was a twist, but once it
Mothma leads the was revealed, it made sense. How did you
rebels on Home One. decide to make an Alderaanian into
an Imperial zealot?
On Netix, theres a documentary called
Crazy Love. Its about a man and woman
who were dating in the 1960s or so. She
began to drift away from him; he attacked
her with acid, mutilating her face and
nearly blinding her. He went to prison.
When he was released, they got married
this man she never really loved before
and hardly even seems to love now.
Interpretations of the movie and the real-
life relationship will differ, but what
I took from it is that sometimes we will
cling so tightly to the very thing that hurt
us, because thats the only way we can
make ourselves believe we didnt really
huge for her. She lost one of the most get hurt that badly. Forgiving the
important people in her life there, wrongdoing can sometimes be the rst
meaning that she was never going to step to minimizing it. You hide the scar,
think well of the Rebel Alliance. Giving then you deny the scar. After Alderaans
her a strong, relatable reason for destruction, Nash has nothing left but
distrusting the rebels helps us the Empire. So the Empire has to
understand why shed stand with become everything to him, or else hes
the Empire. completely destroyed.

WOULDNT WE ALL BE FREAKED OUT BY VADERS


PRESENCE? HES A SEVEN-FOOT-TALL GUY WITH BLACK
ARMOR, AND A TENDENCY TO STRANGLE PEOPLE WHO
DISPLEASE HIM.

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Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, who
teach each other to be more cautious
and more humble, respectively all the
way to Han and Leia, where he helps her
down from her pedestal to have fun and
she helps him discover the less cynical,
more noble side to his character. (To
some extent, Thane and Cienas love story
is star-crossed because they cant reach
that point of synthesis, even though they
have made each other better in so many
ways.) In my opinion, human beings are
almost hard-wired to respond to that
kind of a story. We love ction precisely
because it can offer the kind of satisfying
resolution reality is so stingy with.

What are your thoughts on the relationship


between fandom and creators in this
evolving age of social media?
Ive been really lucky so far; my
interactions with fans have been
overwhelmingly positive. But I think
Mon Mothmas encounter with Darth Vaders ominous presence is you have to keep listening to your
Thane brought a lovely touch of something that Ciena feels physically internal creative impulses, making
humanity to a larger-than-life whenever he is near. What inspired your stuff out of your own imagination, and
character. Why did you want to use portrayal of her interactions with Vader? have faith that somebody out there is
her in Thanes evolution as a rebel? Wouldnt we all be freaked out in Darth going to get what youre going for. Im
I always loved Mon Mothma. She is Vaders presence? Hes a seven-foot-tall also a huge fangirl, but I keep my fannish
the only other woman we ever get to guy with black armor, heavy breathing, identity separate from my professional
know in the Rebellion besides Princess and a tendency to strangle people who one. Sometimes I just want to play like
Leia, so I always wanted to know displease him. Thats as ominous as any other kid in the sandbox. If I didnt
what she was like and see more of it gets. have the joy of being a fan, it would take
her. So it was exciting to have a chance a lot of the fun out of being a creator. a
to write her! Also, at that point, I needed YA and romance have become
a mentor gure for Thane while hes synonymous, and for many it is one
struggling with ghting against of the key ingredients of Star Wars. Why
Ciena, but I wanted the scene to have
humor instead of being purely sad.
do you think romantic stories captivate
audiences?
MORE TO SAY
Giving Thane a retroactively At its best, romance is fundamentally a Connect with Claudia Gray and Tricia Barr on
embarrassing moment with the head story about synthesis. Two forceseven if Twitter: @claudiagray and @fangirlcantina.
of the entire Rebellion seemed to t theyre oppositescombine and become
the bill. stronger together. Thats true from HAVE YOU?

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THE AMAZING STORY smartphone. They landed on a
robot ball that you could control by
BEHIND THE MUST-HAVE swiping your nger across a phones
screen. CEO Paul Berberian, was the
STAR WARS TOY! pairs mentor in the program and came
on board full time when the company began.

B
B-8 is one of the coolest new We launched a product that most In mid-summer of 2014, Berberian,rian,
an
characters from Star Wars: people didnt think would sell, says recognizing that Sphero was reallyy an n
The Force Awakens. Fans love Berberian. It was an expensive item entertainment company, was able to to get
the unique, little droid. Back sold only in consumer electronic and them involved in a joint program rununn by
in September, the Sphero BB-8 was specialty stores. Part of the success is Techstars and Disney. On the rst day ay
one of the most popular items during that the toy was embraced by the of the program, they met with Bob Iger,ger,
Force Friday, rolling under many education market in order to teach kids the CEO of Disney. After seeing Spheros
heros
ross
Christmas trees over the holiday about programming and technology product, Iger pulled out his smart p phonene
season. The toy is a marvelous piece and it is used in thousands of classrooms and showed them some photos from m thehe
e
of technology, made by a relatively across the world. set of The Force Awakens. Recognizing
zing
ng
new and small company that Spheros product wass
out of Boulder, Colorado, already half way to a BB-88
named Sphero. toy, Iger asked them if they
eyy
The company was could make it.
established in 2010 out That evening, we wentt back
bacck
of a business incubator and made a prototype of what
wh
call Techstars. A couple is now selling on shelves, sayss
of entrepreneurs, Ian Berberian. They showed itt to
Bernstein and Adam nd a
Iger and several others and
Wilson, had the idea for licensing agreement was soon
making a robot that was followed. Because they hadad seen
controlled by a ero
only a still image, the Sphero

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team had to make some assumptions basic idea. The head, which is a non-
about how BB-8 moved. We eventually electronic representation of BBs
got to see more imagery and some videos head, is held on with magnets to a
of the puppeteers using it, says Paul, stem rising off the main platform.
and we realized we were pretty close The key to stability, however, is the
to a dead ringer. gyroscope. A gyroscope is essentially
So how does the little guy work? Think a wheel spinning on an axel. The
The basic mechanics arent that a of interesting thing about gyroscopes
complicated. Inside the sealed ball in on hamste is that, due to complex physics, the
e r
is a small platform to which two
wheels are mounted. The wheels balls of those axel tends to want to always stay
pointing in the same direction it was
are independently controlled by the b and you clear pointing when the wheel started
two separate motors with drive asic hav spinning. The gyroscope inside BB
gears that can drive them in forward,
reverse, or one in each direction. BB-8 idea of ho e helps him always know which way
is down. A computer monitoring the
work w
A weight keeps the wheels held down
against the inside of the sphere. When
s. gyroscope and using that information
to help drive the wheels is what enables
the wheels spin, they move the ball. BB to be responsive to the controls.
Depending on the speed and direction of But the real magic is in a sophisticated
the wheels, BB will move straight, turn, control system that Sphero has developed
or spin about in circles. Think of a hamster that makes BB-8 work so smoothly.
in one of those clear balls and you have the Berberian explains, One of the things

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PROCE
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Wheel

GYROSCOPE

MOTOR

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youll notice is if you put
BB-8 on a hard surface

B-8 r,
and the motors
are off, hell just
B
u se acte on rock and then

ca ar d t
eventually stop.

Be a ch cuse en i its But then we turn


on our control
is ro fo y wh ing system and he
t
he nali esign ts.
will resist being
p
S rso d en
rocked. He
will try to do
pe e to vem a maneuver to
m o stop rocking. Youll
ca m see him do a little
animation to try to
stabilize himself. Hell
also look around over time
and wont sit idle. We put so
many hours into trying to make that
look cool. It feels kind of alive. It has a little
mind of its own.
Because BB-8 is a character, Sphero
really focused on personality when it came
to designing its movements. The developers
have a personality animation engine. Much like
a CGI artist for The Force Awakens might, the
designers would animate certain actions for
BB-8 in the computer. That animation would
then go through a translation mechanism to
map the movement to the physical world so
the real life toy would mimic the animation.
If it sometimes seems like BBs actions are
life-like, this is why. Real people animated
him, so its more than just some mathematical
algorithms happening under the dome.
As mentioned, BB-8 was a huge success
on Force Friday. The toy sold out in hours
and demand continues to be high. It was off
the charts, said Berberian. We thought we
were ordering a lot of units when we loaded
up the stores. But we misjudged by a factor of
three, and probably even thats conservative.
The reviews for the toy have been stellar,
with many calling BB-8 the hot toy of the 2015
Holiday season.
Berberian chalks up the success to the
fans. Theyre super passionate, super loyal,
incredibly enthusiastic, and generally just a
blast to be with. We love them. The fan base
for Star Wars adds to the mystique around the
story and the franchise. Because theres such
a strong following, it builds up this excitement
and anticipation. Its just a bunch of people
having a blast with a common story they all
share. Its truly magical. a

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Opposite page:
John Madden
andd Tom Voegeli
prepare to hit
record and make
Star Wars history!

This page, from


topp: Matt Buschs art
for Highbridge Audios
20113 Light Side CD
releease of the radio
drama; Fantastic Films

J
ohn Madden and Tom heralds the audio
Voegeli arent typically drama on the cover
two names one identies of its June 1981 issue.
with Star Wars. John In an increasingly
Madden is the lm director visual world,
whose 1999 movie, Shakespeare even back then,
in Love, garnered huge success only a Star Wars radio
at the Academy Awards , production would have
winning Best Picture. the power to feature
Tom Voegeli is a Grammy on the cover of
and Peabody Award-winning a magazine.
producer for National Public Radio
(NPR) and American Public Media.
Together, they were the director
and producer, respectively, of
all three Star Wars radio dramas
produced for NPR in the 1980s
and 90s. With the help of writer
Brian Daley, they were tasked
with expanding the story of the
Star Wars lms and communicating
them in a medium never before
used for a lm of the size and
scope of Star Wars in the audio
drama format.
To commemorate 35 years
of the radio adaptation of A New
Hope, Madden and Voegeli spoke
to Insiders Bryan Young about how
they got involved, how they look

INSIDER 37
back on it now, and whether or not
This spread: theyd ever go back to a galaxy far, WE WERE RE-DRAWING THE EXPERIENCE OF THE
Topps trading cards far away.
2013 set used art FILM IN PEOPLES HEADS, WHICH IS A RATHER
by fan favorite Star How did the two of you get the job
Wars artists, Randy in the rst place? INTERESTING WAY OF USING RADIO,
Martinez and Matt Tom Voegeli: Before we did the
Busch, to interpret rst thirteen episodes, there had RATHER DIFFERENT FROM WHAT RADIO DRAMA
key scenes from the been an attempt by the BBC to do
radio drama. something. Theyd proposed some NORMALLY IS.JOHN MADDEN
Martinezs art was scripts to Lucaslm that Lucaslm
used for the Dark didnt like at all because they took
Side variant of too much liberty with the material. how we started going. Lucaslm embryonic radio drama project
the CD cover So George Lucas, as a USC suggested the writer, a guy named called Earplay. The idea was to
(opposite page). graduate, had given the rights Brian Daley, who was kind of in create ten or fteen radio dramas
to do these radio adaptations to their stable. So Brian came in. a year that were specically
KUSC in Los Angeles, [Lucas was I looked at a fellow, John Madden, commissioned from prominent
an alumnus of the university and as we had actually done radio writers to breathe life back into
KUSC was its radio station]. KUSC drama together. radio drama, which is essentially
then brought in NPR and they were John Madden: In 1975, I rst came an art form that died in the U.S. when
very interested in doing this. They to America to take up a job to work radio went commercial. Commercial
put together the team and thats for and develop a script for an

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jus e t c so
o any
a f rm off What connections did you have to Star
national radio drama just didnt exist. Wars before working on it? Presumably, was in Minneapolis. I just went
I was recruited from the BBC radio you saw the movie when it came out? along to the mall with everybody
drama department, where I was working Tom Voegeli: No, I didnt right away. else and saw it, and I remember
at that point, to come and set up a script I remember, frankly, it had had such the occasion incredibly vividly; it
department, with a guy called Howard incredible buzz, which is dangerous was really not like anything youd
Gelman. We started to produce radio if you dont see the movie right away; ever seen before. It had an
drama out of Madison or more usually if you see it a month later, it never lives astonishing kind of grit and there
Minneapolis. We were producing radio up to its buzz. And I remember thinking was an exhilaration in watching it,
drama in a way that was wildly more that I wasnt blown away by Star Wars. which had to do with its effects, its
sophisticated than, say, the BBC were I had no real connections to it before technology, and its storytelling and
doing because we didnt have any the radio adaptations were done. its sense of humor; I remember being
dedicated studios or anything to work John Madden: It was everywhere, incredibly responsive to it. It was just
with, so we worked out of a recording and, like most people remember a proper full blown sort of cinematic
facility with multitrack technology and where they were when Kennedy revolution, is what it felt like. I would
were able to produce a complexity of was shot, or whatever, I can remember count myself a fan at that point.
sound that was very sophisticated the rst time I saw Star Wars, which
to people.

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Left: Tom Voegeli,
John Madden, and the
writer of the Star Wars
audio productions,
the much-missed
Brian Daley.

Below:
Cast-members
Anthony Daniels
(C-3PO), Bernard
Behrens (Ben
(Obi-Wan) Kenobi),
Perry King (Han Solo),
and Mark Hamill
(Luke Skywalker).

Right: Luke and


Biggs reunited!

What made radio important and


a challenge for Star Wars?
John Madden: Radio, obviously, famously, THE LIBERTIES BRIAN DALEY TOOK AND THE ADDITIONAL
is an extraordinarily imaginative medium
because youre suggesting worlds. There SCENES THAT HE PROPOSED PLEASED LUCASFILM.
are no rules in a radio drama until the
nal word is spoken. Its something of a TOM VOEGELI
clich now, but it remains true, that the
world it invokes is something thats done
in collaboration with the listener, because
you have to provide the landscape of the had certain fantastically strong cues for heads, which is a very interesting way
story yourself and imagine the people you that in the conventional sense because, of using radio, rather different from
are dealing with and so forth. Star Wars through Lucaslm, we had access to all what radio drama normally is. Youre
was a very unusual beast in the sense of Ben Burtts sound effects and all of the not usually referencing another piece
we were providing a set of imagery and music. We were essentially re-drawing of work in quite the way we were there.
circumstance that was already very vividly the experience of the lm in peoples
imprinted on your mind from the lm. We

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What was working with Ben Burtt like?
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night, and I remember part of my job, him. But I remember thinking that he would be additional, and then John
I felt, was to convince him that the effects must have got a memo from somebody and I responded to that. There was a fair
would never leave my hands. I actually saying, I was going to show up on Monday amount of back and forth, but Brian was
put all the tapes in a suitcase and bought and copy all these effectshe must pretty much on target. Lucaslm liked his
a seat for them on the plane. Cellists do have been mortied by that! I did spend work. The liberties that he took and the
that. They put their cello in a seat and they some time just saying, I promise you, additional scenes that he proposed
strap it in. Thats what I did with those. personally, forget about whats in the basically pleased them. There were a
And I promised they would never ever contract, of what was to be done with couple of scenes they didnt want to add
leave my hands; I would never copy them, the effects, that I wont let you down! in, but mostly, whatever the ideas he had
which I never ever did. were so much within the Star Wars bible
Later on, I had the whole set of effects What about the adaptation itself and that we were able to do it. The places
on the worst technology ever made in working with Brian Daley? where we needed help was with the action
audio, which was the DAT (Digital Audio Tom Voegeli: Brian proposed the stuff. The classic worst line in audio
Tape); when I eventually got rid of those, breakdown of the scripts, what would
thinking I didnt want to have them,

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Left: Luke inds his
target during the
inal attack on the
Death Star.

Below: An expanded
scene as heard in
the radio drama as
Luke pilots his
T-16 Skyhopper.

drama is, This gun in my left hand


is loaded, right? How you work
through those kinds of problems
where youre not seeing whats
going on, you need a little help with.
But mostly that was John actually
working with Brian. Once he
proposed what the episodes would
be and did a rough draft of the
script, most of the back and forth
was between John as the director
and Brian.
John Madden: It was a very good
experience working with him. He
had a personality that suited the
assignment brilliantly. He was
the best kind of Star Wars geek.
He knew everything about the story,
the characters, and the situation. He
was not short of ideas and ways of
writing things. I seem to remember
him having to be held back from a se ,
some of his ideas initially, because l i s y,
he possibly exceeded the brief or a oe
ole ORE TO S
there was some brand control that lot
l t off fun
f doing
d i that
th t with h him.
ith hi a he Star Wars audio dramas are available
had to be enforced at a certain point, Next issue, Madden and Voegeli discuss from HighBridge Audio.
but thats not because he was their favorite scenes, those hardest You can follow Bryan Young on
particularly rebellious; he was just to adapt, and how they re-cast such Twitter @swankmotron.
taking his part seriously, which is to iconic roles. Plus, John Madden talks
be inventive for another medium. He about the possibility of the prequels HAVE YOU?
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INSIDER 45
HERO OF THE
CLONE WARS
W
hile the prequel
trilogy lms contain
many steps of the
Heros Journey for Obi-Wan
Kenobi, further stages in his
path are revealed in The Clone
Wars. Yoda, Mace Windu, and
even Jar Jar Binks receive
similar treatment in the
animated television series,
bringing to fans a deeper
understanding of the events
that shaped the characters
choices. Here is a selection of
is centered and focusedwho can worlds. Obi-Wan does not actually episodes that expand on these
Clockwise from forget the moment he kneels and witness Anakins life as a slave characters journeys.
above: The irst meditates while Darth Maul paces for himself, or the mother he leaves
encounter with Jar Jar and stares when their battle is behind. As Qui-Gon argues EPISODES 212-214: THE
Binks; taking on Darth disrupted by laser gates?and passionately on Anakins behalf MANDALORE PLOT, VOYAGE
Maul and Savage actor Liam Neeson brought an before the Jedi Council, Obi-Wan OF TEMPTATION, AND
Opress; a tense moment aura of tempered passion to the initially questions the young DUCHESS OF MANDALORE
on Geonosis; armored role that made him a favorite, prodigys role as a Jedi; he refuses When the two Jedi are sent to
up during the early especially with female fans. His the call to adventure, along with his help root out treason within
stages of the Clone dedication to the ways of the Force future Padawan. the government of the pacist
Wars; Qui-Gon are revealed through wise counsel, Duchess Satine, Obi-Wan admits
introduces Anakin such as Your focus determines Obi-Wan: Do not defy the council, to Anakin that, years earlier as
to Obi-Wan. your reality, or his calm Master. Not again. a Padawan, he had harbored
acceptance of Jar Jar Binks romantic feelings for her,
mischief upon crossing paths with Qui-Gon: I shall do what I must, but had chosen to follow his
the Gungan in the swamps of Obi-Wan. commitment to the Jedi.
Naboo. Qui-Gon cautions Obi-Wan,
who spouts Master Yodas lesson of Some fanss EPISODES 415-418:
being mindful of the future, with interpreted DECEPTION, FRIENDS AND
a reminder to not do so at the romantic ENEMIES, THE BOX, AND
expense of the moment. Qui-Gon chemistry CRISIS ON NABOO
saves a queen, accepts a between the Jed ed
Jedi di To uncover a plot to kidnap
handmaiden and Gungan outcast Master and Shmihmi
hm Chancellor Palpatine,
as part of his mission, breaks Skywalker. Obi-Wan fakes his
bread with slaves, and assuages Established Sta tar
Star death and goes
a mothers fears for her sons future Wars fans undercover
before facing off with a new Sith foe watching The as the bounty
during the escape from Tatooine. Phantom Menace acece hunter Rako
Although he serves the role of were already stssteeped
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mentor, Qui-Gon bridges the divide in the classic Jos
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46 INSIDER
risking both his moral compass with Duchess Satine Kryze played out as Naboo and the Gungans can win the Battle
as a Jedi and Anakins trust. canon in The Clone Wars. of Theed. Yet, Qui-Gons death begins
But the importance of Qui-Gons a chain of events that pushes the Jedi Order
EPISODES 502-505: A WAR interaction with Shmi and her son is that he ever further from their proper role of
ON TWO FRONTS, FRONT serves as a lens to enable the audience to peacekeepers. Over the course of Attack of
RUNNERS, THE SOFT WAR, connect with them, and more importantly to the Clones and into Revenge of the Sith, the
AND TIPPING POINTS believe there is something special about Jedi Orders identity crisis is revealed through
Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Ahsoka Anakin Skywalker. He is not merely teeming Jedi Masters Yoda and Mace Windu, but Obi-
assist the people of Onderon in with midi-chlorians; Wan Kenobi
their uprising against the tyrant his role to bring embodies the
presiding over the Separatist balance to the Force profound moral
occupation of their planet, has been foretold by OBI-WAN KENOBI EMBODIES conict created by
sowing the seeds of methods a prophecy. Obi-Wan, the galactic war.
later used by the Rebellion having remained THE PROFOUND MORAL Qui-Gon Jinn may
against the evil Empire. cautious about have been Anakin
Anakin for most of CONFLICT CREATED BY Skywalkers rst
EPISODES 501 & 514-516: The Phantom Menace, supernatural mentor,
REVIVAL, EMI
EMINENCE, agrees to train the THE GALACTIC WAR. but it becomes
SHADES OF REA REASON, AND boy as Qui-Gon lies obvious as the Sith
THE LAWLESS mortally wounded by machinations unfold
Feeling responsib
responsible for failing a Sith Lords blade. In that Palpatine has
to kill him on Nab
Naboo a decade Obi-Wans heroic cycle, he has crossed the been a guiding inuence not only for Anakin,
earlier, Obi-Wan ppursues Darth threshold from his ordinary worldone but also in corrupting the values of the Jedi
Maul, Savage Opress,
Opr and their where he would train under his Master, Order. While Anakin enters his Woman As
Shadow Collective across the submit to a Jedi trial, and eventually rise Temptress phase as he journeys to Naboo
galaxy, only to bri
bring Duchess to the position of Knight in the usual routines with Padm Amidala, Obi-Wan has a Meeting
Satine into the cro
crosshairs of of the Old Republics Jedi Order into a With a Goddess in Kaminoan Taun We, who
Mauls cruel plans for revenge. new adventure far beyond anything for which informs Kenobi of the existence of a vast
his life to that point could possibly have clone army. Meanwhile Palpatine and Dooku
EPISODES 608-60
608-609: THE prepared him. continue to manipulate events in such a way
DISAPPEARED: PA PARTS I-II that the Jedi are compelled to compromise
A diplomatic mission
miss to their moral principles and decide that they
Bardotta showcas
showcases the wisdom THE CLONE WARS can no longer simply protect, but must ght
and patience of Jedi
Je Master a war. Revenge of the Sith and later The
Mace Windu and thet political I can only protect you. I cannot ght a war for Clone Wars television series bring to the
capabilities and cunning
c of you, Qui-Gon tells Queen Amidala. The duel fore how blinkered the Jedi Order has
Representative Ja
Jar Jar Binks. with Darth Maul serves as a diversion so the become, including Obi-Wan. At times Obi-Wan

EPISODES 610-61
610-613: THE LOST
ONE, VOICES, DESTINY,
AND SACRIFICE
The discovery of the
t lightsaber
of long-dead Jedi Master Sifo-
Dyas leads Yoda on
o a perilous
quest that reconnects
reconn him with
spirit of Qui-
the incorporeal sp
Gon Jinn, who guides
gui him to the
mysterious Force Priestesses
and new lessons about
a the true
nature of the Forc
Force.

INSIDER 47
the Force through death, but is
unable to communicate this to the Counter-clockwise
AS IT SHOULD BE WITH WELL-DESIGNED MYTHIC Jedi Order. Late in the Clone Wars, from top: Obi-Wan
Qui-Gon makes contact with Yoda takes one last look at
CHARACTERS, OBI-WANS GREATEST STRENGTH through the Force, leading him on a Anakin Skywalker; the
spiritual journey of discovery. Jedi and the Duchess:
IS ALSO HIS GREATEST WEAKNESS. Ultimately, Yoda foresees the end of Obi-Wan and Satine
the Jedi Order, yet also the path to rekindle their romance;
hope for the future. Through Yodas joining battle with
teachings after Revenge of the Sith, the rebels of Onderon.
channels his former Jedi Master, sympathetic toward Cienas as revealed in the Tantive IV
questioning the Jedi Councils steadfastness. Both characters conference room after the decision
decisions regarding the war, eventually reach the point in their to separate the newborn twins into
Anakins training, and the journey where they must atone. For hiding, Obi-Wan gains a deeper
Chancellor, but ultimately he Ciena, she must accept the truth of understanding of the Force. A
stays rigidly attached to the the Empires evil. At the start of changed man, he returns to the
Orders mission and the Councils Obi-Wans showdown with Anakin normal world, a very different
judgment. Then again, perhaps on Mustafar, the Jedi declares his world from the one where he
Obi-Wans instincts had been allegiance to the Republic, to started his journey. Now Obi-Wan is
right about training Anakin in democracy. The closing moments living as a hermit in the very desert
the rst place; and yet when the of Revenge of the Sith reveal that where Anakin grew up a slave. There
time came, he did what was asked Obi-Wan has shed his allegiance to is no triumph in Obi-Wans arc, only
of him. the Republic and now simply serves perseverancebut perhaps that is
As it should be with well- the Force. This is his Ultimate Boon, among the hardest tests of a human
designed mythic characters, Obi- to transcend from a Jedi of the being, and why he is loved by so many
Wans greatest strengthhis faith Republic to a Jedi who serves the as a hero of Star Wars. a
in the Jedi and, more importantly, Force.This fulllment of his cycle
in his Jedi brother Anakinis also brings Obi-Wan full circle to the MORE TO SAY
his greatest weakness. His rigid teachings of his Master. In Attack of Tricia Barr is co-author of Ultimate Star
and unwavering trust in the system the Clones, Qui-Gons voice calling Wars and author of the award-winning
into which he was born is echoed to Anakin as he massacres the space opera Wynde.
in Ciena Rees honor-bound loyalty Tusken Raiders hints at the Follow her on Twitter @fangirlcantina
in Star Wars: Lost Stars, although possibility that the Jedi Master has
some readers have been less formed a deeper connection with
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INTERVIEW: MARK NEWBOLD

What was your reaction to Where did you sign


seeing Star Wars for the your very rst Star
very rst time? Wars autograph?
I was completely amazed In the National Exhibition
by it. Theres two things Centre in Birmingham,
about Star Wars that are in the UK. I do quite enjoy
really very powerful. One it. Its weird, in a way.
is the technology, a lot of Ive just nished the run
it was new; and secondly, of something, Im writing
the storytelling was based something and I can just
on Joseph Campbell and sit here and meet people
the structure of myth. You and think about my writing.
get that in movies anyway, One time I was at one of
but George Lucas really the conventions and John
studied it. Star Wars has Mollo, the designer of the
such a hold on people, costumes, was standing
young and old. In the there with his Oscars.
end, its old fashioned, I thought, What must it
mythical storytelling. be like? He said that it
was bizarre to see people
What do you love about wearing those costumes
being a Star Wars celebrity? I think I was blown away by the that he designed.
I suppose the most important thing technology of it, which was sort
is when Im teaching and dealing of extraordinary. Now people Whats the best gift being in
with younger peopleits a way probably look down on it but then Star Wars has given to you?
to start a conversation. it was powerful. The pride of my children! My
daughters boyfriends Mom was
When did you rst become aware Could you reveal something about just blown away because I was in
of Star Wars fandom? yourself that would surprise a Star it. That sort of thing where people
I was in Stratford Upon Avon, Wars fan? say, Thats so cool, because to
performing Shakespeare, and As well as being in Star Wars, I was me it was just a gig!
I walked out after a performance in a series called Space: 1999, and in
and this American lady said, Oh 1999 I was headhunted and became Which is your favorite
my God! Were you in Star Wars? a professor of public understanding Star Wars lm?
And she wrote to me two days of science in a think tank in Brussels. The one Im in! a
later saying she enjoyed
the Shakespeare, but what
a thing it was, Star Wars.
Shed already seen it 27
times and this was in 1977.

Do you have a
favorite scene?
No, not really. I think what
I was amazed by was the
battle at the end of A New
Hope. I havent seen it
since. Ive seen bits of it
while the kids are watching.

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T
he night was young, and Bazine sand-dusted oor, calling her all manner to keep her occupied. Shed been waiting
Netal was hunting. Curled up of names, but she only yawned and looked for this new contact for hours and was
on a stool in formtting black away. He clearly was not the man she was already bored, and the men could smell it
that matched her eyes, lips, and looking for. His friends hurried up to him, on her. Another one appeared at the edge
hair, she scanned the room for took one look at Bazine, and muttered of her table, ngers stroking his blaster.
her contact and found only fools. Clumsy dark promises as they carried him out, You lonely, sweetness? he asked,
admirers frequently took her cold stare the man squealing like a Huttlet the entire ipping a toothpick with his tongue.
for an invitation. In her line of work, being time. She eased farther into the shadowy She looked him up and down. The
beautiful was often a boon. But it was also corner, swirling the drink in her glass slight human junker presented neither
an inconvenience. with fastidious, black-tipped ngers. threat nor enticement. Denitely not
Good evening, my lady. She hadnt tasted the drink, of course. her man. He looked her up and down in
She looked up and frowned. Shed She never did. return. High-heeled wedge boots, black
noted this witless Devaronian earlier, Drinks could be poisoned at any moment. leather leggings clinging to shapely legs,
when hed suffered a spectacular loss Shed already poisoned one tonight. The tight-tting jacket that concealed armor
at sabacc. Now, reeking of liquor and effects wouldnt be obvious until her mark and weapons, not that he couldve known
overcondence, he reached for her knee, was safely back home, contentedly sleeping. that, nor could he know that the severe
slurring something about the heat of He wouldnt wake up again. And then her black bob was a wig. When his eyes
the desert sands and the curves of her comlink would bing softly, letting her know reached her stark, chiseled face again,
bountiful dunes. Before his lthy ngers her unknown employer was pleased and he leered. Because you look . . . lonely.
could touch her, she snapped his wrist had deposited creds in her account. And you look like a diseased mynock.
like a twig. He screamed and fell to the What Bazine needed now was a new job Move along. She waved a hand at him and

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scooted farther back in her booth, kicking pickup lines under their breath. She rhythmically behind them. She paused
her legs up onto the table to discourage knew this bar, and she knew all the other beside door number three. Her back to
further disturbances. mercs, and she recognized most of these the wall, she leaned an ear against the
You think youre too good for me? lowlifes, even if they didnt recognize her, plasteel and heard nothing within. She
he sputtered, reaching for his blaster thanks to a rotating gallery of disguises. knocked twice, quick, and slowed her
with a shaking hand. But she had never before had any suitors breathing as she waited, blaster held
Of course not. I know Im too good attempt to gain her attention by dropping aloft, for a response. None came.
for you. a room key in her glass. How inhospitable.
With one simple but elegant kick, Her eyes cut left and right before her Blaster in one hand, old-fashioned
she struck a nerve cluster in his thigh that elbow shot out, knocking the drink over. key in the other, ready to run or shoot, she
sent him sprawling onto the rough oor. Oops. unlocked the door and nudged it open with
This man had no friends to pick him back She hooked a nger through the key one boot. She had expected blasterre, an
up. He had no choice but to crawl away ring, doing her best not to smudge the enemys cackle, or the smooth sounds of
on hands and knees, cursing her. matte-black rishi eel ink she wore a jatz band and a fools compliments, but
That, at least, made her smile a little. painted on her forengers to cloak her what she got was utter silence. Slipping a
A waitress appeared, wiping a wet ngerprints. ROOM 3, the tag read. Could be small mirror from one of her pockets, she
rag across the table as she watched the an invitation. Could be the job. Either way, used it to scout the room through the
junkers retreat. she was going to nd out. Sliding off her open door.
You keep openly maiming the stool, she stood and stretched, readjusting A lone gure sat on the disheveled
customers and Suli wont let you in the her severe but exquisite outt as she bed, utterly still. Even in the low light,
door, the orange-eyed Duros girl said. subtly checked her weapons. Snub-nosed she could tell it was a protocol droid,
They cant tip with broken bones. blaster: check. Slender blade: check. and not one of the new, fancy ones. This
ew credit chips
Bazine tossed a few one was skeletal an and missing an arm,
on the table. Its not my fault Sulis the barest sketch of a sentient being.
establishment attracts ts scoundrels, Ooda. The rest of the room m was slightly off,
ed come to an
It was as close as shed towels on the oor anda chairs askew,
odded and scooped
apology, and Ooda nodded as if the person who od left her the key
whod
up the creds, which was as close as had done so on his o or her way out.
eness. They had
shed come to forgiveness. snub-nosed Hello? she call led, voice pitched low
called,
an unspoken agreement, ent, these to sound inviting.
two, even though theydyd been blaster: check. There was no answer. She didnt
in the same orbit for know if shhe was more intrigued
she
years. It was slender blade: or annoyed. Sure, shed
the same
arrangement
al
al
check. small thermal beeen bored in the bar
been
an
nd waiting for a
and
Bazine had with all the
detonators hidden in the misssion, but she
mission,
her acquaintances: no o preferrred her work like
preferred
asking questions and d wedges of her she preferr red her clothes: tidy,
preferred
no getting friendly. no nonsense, a good t, and ready
Oh, and Suli said to tell you boots: check. to burn if she had tto run.
hed be here soon. She slipped the m mirror back in its
Ooda turned to go,, and Bazine called pocket and took up h her blade. Both
after her, Who? weapons drawn, she e stepped into the
The Duros shruggedged as she walked room, ready for the worst.
w
nt want to know.
away. Didnt ask, dont The rusty protoco
protocolol droids head slowly
reement with Suli,
Bazine had an agreement ratcheted up to scan n her face.
too. Hed send jobs herer way, and in return Greetings, Bazine
Bazin ne Netal, it said in
she acted as unofcial bouncer, quietly Small thermal detonators hidden in the a dull, heartless monotone. I have a job
removing anyone who caused trouble. wedges of her boots: check. Seven for you. Do you accept?
Even the most violent drunks would throwing knives sewn into her jacket: Bazine didnt answer immediately.
follow her outside for the promise of a check. Whatever the hotel guest hoped She was waiting for further details.
kiss. Technically speaking, she had told to pay her for, they were going to be What she got was a countdown.
the cantina owner that shed wait to maim surprised by her bag of tricks. Ten. Nine. Eight.
the customers until they were out back She headed for the long hallway that She moved closer to the
in a private alley. She scanned the bar for housed the beyond-loathsome toilet and droid and waved her blaster.
Suli, made eye contact, and gave the the door to the stairs. Shed never visited Stop. Tell me more.
barest nod to indicate understanding. the bars second-oor lodging area, The droid stood, a painful,
The night wore on, and her contact knowing it was used only by the dancing squealing affair.
didnt show. Shed gently rebuffed girls and high rollers, whether together or Accept or reject.
seven more scoundrels and watched separately. The stairway was narrow and Seven. Six.
twice as many bad hands at sabacc stank of sweat and worse, and she drew In Bazines experience, any
before something clattered in her glass, her blaster as she edged upward, careful countdown that began at ten
splashing amber liquid onto the stained not to touch the lthy banisters. and ended with zero involved
table. Her head jerked up, hunting for the Aiming her blaster down each side of an explosion. She had exactly
source of the interruption. The scenery the hallway, she found nothing worth six seconds to decide which
had not changed. Not a single new pair of shooting. Identical numbered doors was more dangerous: taking
eyes watched her; nor were any strangers marched down the sand-colored paneling, an unknown job from an
circling her table as they practiced bad various sounds whispering or thumping unidentied
unidentied source delivered

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in a singular manner, or waiting to see faction hunting for
fo the case. Your
how much an exploding rustbucket droid adversary will be cunning and likewise
could damage the cantinaand just well appointed, kknown only by the code
how much of a hit her armor could take. name Narglatch. Remain undetected,
Five. Four. Three. and get rid of any
anyone who opposes you.
Fine. Ill take the job. I accept. Well cover your ttracks. Good luck. She
Just shut up with the counting. was about to tell the voice where it could
The droid went silent and sat down shove its Narglatch,
Narglat but it added, almost
heavily on the bed as if the act of too low to hear, Oh, yes. And the droid
formulating an answer were exhausting. will self-destruct in thirty seconds.
Your acceptance has been recorded. Considering that
th Sulis cantina was
Stand by. With a whir and a shudder, the basis of her ccurrent operations
the droid projected a shaky hologram to on Chaaktil, she wasnt
w willing to assume
hover a meter in front of Bazines face. that the droids se
self-destruct mechanism
The gure was cloaked, naturally, and would be a small,
small self-limited affair
its voice was so well modulated that via EM grenade. G Grabbing it by the
Bazine couldnt guess at its species, remaining arm, sshe spun in a circle,
age, or gender. lobbing the pile of
o rusted metal toward
Bazine Netal. You the window with a all her strength. The
will retrieve a steel case cheap glass shattered
shatt as the droid
last possessed by plunged to the da
dark, empty street.
Imperial stormtrooper Bazine followed iti out the window,
TK-1472. Human name: d
scuttled down a drainpipe, and took off.
Jor Tribulus. Tribulus th explosion lit up the
By the time the
was most recently night, she was ru
running full-tilt on her
documented as a patient way to the spacep
spaceport, leaving nothing
at Vashka City Medcenter behind but a discarded
disc black wig.
One. His records are Whoever her new
n employer was,
stored in the facilitys data they were very... dramatic. a
banks under the highest
level of encryption.
Current whereabouts
unknown, but we suspect MORE TO SAY
he remains on Vashka, Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon by
possibly suffering from Delilah S. Dawson is now avaliable as
psychological instability. an ebook by Del Rey.
Retrieve the case and send
an encrypted message on HAVE YOU?
this device using the provided
main planetary booster.
The droids arm swung out,
rusted ngers creaking open
to reveal a comm so slender
and high-tech, it wouldve more
than paid for the average job,
even one that took her offworld.
Bazines eyes narrowed.
Whats the pay?
The holographic gure
paused as if it could hear her,
even though it was obviously
a recording. Youll
be curious about the payout.
Deliver this case, and you
wont have to work
again. She frowned,
and the gure
gure chuckled
darkly. But you will
anyway, wont you? Old
habits die hard. You may keep
the comm.
The hologram ended, and
the gure disappeared.
Bazine took the comm, sliding
it into place behind her ear.
One more thing, Ms. Netal, the
voice whispered, sharp and clear
through the speaker. There is another

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S
SIMON PEGG ON BEING A
LIFELONG STAR WARS FAN
AND PLAYING UNKAR PLUTT
IN STAR WARS: THE
FORCE AWAKENS !

56 INSIDER
FAR AWAY!
ON GETTING THE ROLE
OF UNKAR PLUTT...
would thi
would think,
k h itits him
i ffrom St
Star Trek,
and my own conscience was saying that
might spoil it. Then we discussed the idea
of me playing a character that was in full
prosthetic makeup, which meant I could
Ive done ve lms with J.J. Abrams; one have my space cake and eat it.
with him as a producer. When I heard he
was doing Star Wars, I was immediately
on the phone to him, because as a Star ON A LIFELONG LOVE
Trek alumnus, I was kind of concerned
with what was going to happen. I thought OF STAR WARS
maybe I could be a voice or something
because being in it as me with my face It starts about 37 years ago for me
would be a little too meta. I imagine people when I rst saw Star Wars; it pretty much
changed my life completely. It shaped
my childhood in terms of what I was
interested in and engendered the love of
lm that I have, and my career is a result
of that. So really I have to thank Star Wars
for putting me here in a way, because its
what fueled my imagination and got me
interested in this business.

ON SUITING UP FOR
STAR WARS
We did all the close-up work at Pinewood
because the mask had to be glued to my
face, so the articulation was there. We
couldnt do that in Abu Dhabi because of
the heat, so we used the pull-over mask,
which is nevertheless still as much
rubber. Then theres sort of a fat suit and
rubber gloves. It was extremely hot and
worryingly, at times, claustrophobic. My
heart rate would go up a little bit and
I would just have to keep going, Its Star
Wars! Its Star Wars! But this is what you
do. You get into ridiculous outts and
makeups and you suffer because its so
much better if its real, if youre there,
and if its a genuine thing that is
interacting with actors, not just a digital
creation. So I was prepared to suffer
without complaint as I melted inside
this silicone prison!

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great lengths in terms of how hes
shooting the movie, in terms of
ON BEING AN ON-SET shooting on lm, the music, and
the design.
STAR WARS EXPERT He wants it to feel like part of
that universe, part of that series,
Its funny having conversations with and not something separate. Being
people about what-happened-when part of it, you feel that straight away.
because Im pretty good with my Star You know what this is and I think
Wars knowledge. Every now and again, when you watch the movies they will
Ill get asked about something and Im feel very much like Star Wars. You
able to go, Well, actually, I think youll will see that in the physical effects
nd in The Empire Strikes Back that... element, the practical sets, the
Its a place where you can just wield makeups and the masks. All these
that nerdiness with pride. things are present and that makes
a huge difference. When you see
computer-generated stuff, if its
obviously computer generated, it
ON BEING IMPRESSED stops you from thinking about how
they did it because you have an
BY THE CREATURES... abstract idea of how they do that.
Someone does this in a room and
Yes. Amazing stuff. I love the fact then that appears. That is somehow
that they got in some of the guys less awe inspiring and less
from War Horse to do some of the impressive
p than seeing g a real,
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ON THE CRUCIAL
REALIZED. THIS IS
ELEMENTS
NTS
ME WITHIN THE
ENVIRONMENT THAT
The main part rt of J.J.s mission
missioon
statement about
bout making these
movies was to continue what the rst

MADE ME WANT TO
three lms set up. This lm is the
sequel to Return ed ,
Jedi,
turn of the Jedi

BE AN ACTOR
he prequels
obviously. The pre
requels happened
before the rst three lms in n terms
terms
ol gy. So this llm
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VI. To do that, J J. has gone
J. goone to

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ON DIRECTOR J.J. ABRAMS...
J.J.s from the right generation. Hes a man who
was inspired by it and who grew up on it. Like me,
he was the right age when it came out; we were its
absolute target audience. He understands it fully.
He understands it as a fan as well as a creative.
Hes just absolutely the right man for the job. As
well as that, you have someone who, on set, is a
complete delight to work with. Hes very, very keen.
His sets are happy productive places where
everybody is inspired and active and involved and
he does that by leading from the head down. J.J.
sets an incredible example on set. Youre always in
no doubt that this is a fun place but its a place of
hard work, and thats really important when youre
lmmaking. It should never be too serious; it
should never be arduous and it should never be
easy. J.J. totally has exactly the right approach to
lmmaking and thats whats needed to make
this lm.

ON A DREAM COME TRUE.


Theres not a register that it can possibly be
measured on. Its my childhood dream realized.
This is me within the environment that made
me want to be a lm actor. It doesnt get any
cooler than that. To be able to hug Chewie and
lean on R2-D2, and talk to Carrie Fisher and
Mark Hamillthese are the things that I dreamt
of as a kid. I use to fantasize about getting to do
that stuff and here I am doing it. Its not lost on
me, I assure you, by any means. I pinch myself
on a daily basis and not for fun. a

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ADVENTURES IN WILD SPACE IS A NEW STAR WARS SERIES FOR JUNIOR READERS

A
n all-new
series of
junior novels
is set to debut
in the UK, exploring the
dangers that lurk at the
fringes of the civilized
galaxy. Adventures in Wild
Space: The Escape, by
Cavan Scott, is a special
prequel to the series,
publishing on February
25 in conjunction with the
2016 World Book Day.
Milo and Lina Graf are
the children of frontier
explorers, who nd
themselves caught up
in an adventure beyond
their understanding
when their parents are
kidnapped by agents of
the Galactic Empire. The
Escape tells the story
of the capture, which
left Milo and Lina on a
remote planet and sets in
motion their bold plan to
track the Empire across
the uncharted expanse of
Wild Space.
In partnership with
schools all over the UK,
World Book Day distributes more than Adventures in Wild Space truly begins in Adventures in Wild Space: The Nest
14 million 1 book tokens to children March with The Snare, the rst book in the continues the series. Milo and Lina follow
in the UK and Ireland. These are series. On the planet Thune, Milo and Lina a mysterious signal to a jungle planet. The
redeemable at local bookshops for hope to pick up their parents trail, but the world is owned by a ruthless big game
1 World Book Day books, including villainous Captain Korda gets there rst hunter, and something terrifying is lying in
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Meanwhile, Marvels reprint collections
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OMNIBUS
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CHEWBACCA (Black Widow). The mighty Chewbacca


stars in a never-before-seen adventure becomes his greatest ally in helping him

T
his trade paperback collects all set shortly after the destruction of the get home and simultaneously striking a
ve issues of the original limited rst Death Star. When the fan-favorite blow against the Empires occupiers.
series by writer Gerry Duggan Wookiee warrior crash lands on an This 112-page collection is available from
(Deadpool) and artist Phil Noto Imperially-held planet, a young girl February 24.

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LOST YEARS
parallel stories: the present-day
mission to a mysterious planet ravaged
by an apocalyptic war, and a series of
ashbacks explaining how Obi-Wan
and Anakin forged their current bond
as teacher and student. The mystery
of whats on that world and how they
EXPERIENCE AN UNTOLD CHAPTER OF STAR WARS HISTORY IN get through it should hopefully feel
both familiar and fresh, says
OBI-WAN AND ANAKIN Soule. Theres almost a
steampunk element to it, plus

W
hen Qui-Gon Jinn lots of bizarre creatures. Im
passed away at the end a huge fan of post-apocalyptic
of Star Wars: Episode I stories [and] I would say this
The Phantom Menace, story has things in common with
Obi-Wan Kenobi promised his dying tales like that. Its a neat place
Master that he would train Anakin to put Star Wars characters.
Skywalker as his Jedi Padawan. In We are building a new world
the next movie, ten years had gone by. for this series, adds Checchetto.
So what happened in the meantime? Im a realistic penciler, so its
Thats the question that the new important for me that its all
limited series Obi-Wan and Anakin believable. The best thing is
sets out to answer. In this adventure that everything will be new. Its
by writer Charles Soule (Star Wars: a great challenge. And as for
Lando) and artist Marco Checchetto the ashback tale? Much of it
(Star Wars: Shattered Empire), is set in the Jedi Temple on
Anakin has a few years of Jedi Coruscant, with guest appearances
training under his belt but still by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
has a lot to learn. When he and and members of the Jedi Council.
Obi-Wan are called upon to assist I felt it was important to show
the people of a remote planet, something of what it was like for
their relationship is pushed to Anakin in the Temple as a young
breaking point. person, says Soule. I love writing
Anakin is about 12 or 13 years Star Wars characters, and its fun
old at this point, Soule explained to feel their voices locking in.
to Marvel.com. His skills have
advanced rapidly, and hes a tough
kidI mean, he was born into
slavery on Tatooineand so he
brings a certain perspective to
the world that most of the other series falls somewhere between
Padawans dont really share. Then we the Jake Lloyd of Episode I and
have Obi-Wan Kenobi. He didnt really the Hayden Christensen of
know what he was getting into, and Episode II. At rst, I tried to do
Anakin is not the easiest student, a younger version of Hayden
especially at this age. I think thats a Christensen, Checchetto says.
pretty rich place from which to build But the result wasnt satisfying
a story, especially since we know the to me, and it would have been
tragic place where it all ends up. difcult to replicate it on each
For Checchetto, illustrating movie page. So I created a hybrid
characters like Obi-Wan and Anakin version of Anakin. Explains
is a distinctly different challenge than Soule, Anakin and Obi-Wan
rendering super heroes and other comic are both at a point in this story
book characters. Super heroes are born where they are asking serious
on paper without a specic face, but Star questions about their path going
Wars was born on the big screen, he says. forward. Im writing Obi-Wan in
The readers of the Star Wars comic more of a samurai archetype; he
books know Han Solo very well, and is very controlled, and incredibly
he has Harrison Fords face. The hard skilled. Anakin, on the other
part is being able to make the actors hand, is power without wisdom,
recognizable and keep your art style like a little tiger cub that can also
so they are integrated with everything do magic and has a laser sword
else, like stormtroopers, aliens, ships, that can cut through anything
and environments. Theyre a volatile mix.
That goes double for a character The ve-issue run of Obi-
like Anakin, who at the time of this Wan and Anakin tells two

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THERE HAS BEEN AN AWAKENING
CAN YOU FEEL IT?
S
ince the last issue, it seems the multiple Star Wars concerts
theres been an awakening that have been staged there) and
of The Force Awakens- shuttled to the venue, with those
related photo and artwork costumed fans boarding the rst
submissions to Bantha Tracks! Check shuttle to allow them extra time
out the following pages for some to suit up. They will be occupying
great TFA-inspired costumes, the front row of a special
artwork, and collections. bleacher section designated for
all 230 fans, optimum
Los Angeles World Premiere, positioning to see and interact
December 14, 2015 with the celebs as they enter the
As Im writing this column from my red carpet. Following the
hotel room on the eve of the world arrivals of the celebs and
premiere of The Force Awakens in lmmakers, the fans will be
Los Angeles, I can almost feel the escorted to one of three theaters
seismic vibrations of excitement showing the lm simultaneously,
(tremors in the Force or a small including the new spiritual
earthquake?) rising from the street home of Star Wars premieres,
below and not just any old street, The Force Awakens World Premiere sign stands ready to Disneys El Capitan, as well as
mind you, but Hollywood Boulevard, be hung to welcome guests to the lavish red carpeted the original Chinese Theater,
home of the three theaters that will event in Los Angeles on December 14. and Dolby Theater, the former
be screening the premiere of which famously hosted one of
simultaneously: the El Capitan, the entry point. Of course, we wish we the opening day screenings of the original
Chinese Theater, and the Dolby Theater. could invite all Star Wars fans to what Star Wars on May 25, 1977.
While plans for the premiere are super will certainly be the premiere of the year, Following the screening will be a
-secret and decidedly need-to-know but due to the timing of invitations (for reception to take place within the tented
(meaning I barely know anything), the security reasons), we could invite only red carpet spanning the length of several
fact that this column will print a few days those fans who we knew would be able blocks, and lled with spectacles galore,
after the premiere allows me to share to attend without having to book last- from original screen-used costumes to
what I know (and hopefully some of this minute travel, hotel, etc, which could photo-ops with characters and interactive
will still be news by the time you read it). be prohibitively expensive. The majority activities and of course the opportunity
Because Im in the unique position of tickets, therefore, went to regional fan to rub elbows with the lms cast and crew.
to report on the fan presence planned groups such as the local 501st Legion, Around midnight the event is to wind down,
for the premiere, heres the skinny on Rebel Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, Saber sending what I hope are at least a couple
what fans can expect tomorrow: Guild, Star Wars Steampunk Universe hundred fans home with a whole new Star
230 fans (28 in TFA-inspired costumes and a few others. Those fans have all been Wars adventure to process (and keep
and 202 sporting their nest Star Wars told to keep the invitations under their secret for three daysah, the burdens
chic) will witness the spectacle on helmets, which no doubt is forcing a few of fandom).
the red carpet from a bleacher to power down their social activities to
section located at the avoid temptation. Yours in the Force!
The plan is for all the fans to meet up
at the Hollywood Bowl parking lot (another Pete Vilmur, Bantha Tracks editor
venue with a bit of Star Wars history given

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The fan bleachers which
lined the entrance to the
redd carpett go up.

A drizzly night fails to dampen the pageantry


of what is to come when the main entrance to
the blocks-long red carpet opens to guests the
following day.

Even a day before opening to guests, the interior of the tented red carpet spanning a length of Hollywood Blvd. was effectively
otherworldly and dramatic in its scope.

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One of the founders of the
BB-8 Builders Club (an
offshoot of the R2 Builders
Club), Carl Cunningham poses
C
with his collection of everything
w
BB-8, which also happens to be
B
tthe name of his Facebook group:
Everything BB-8 started as a
Facebook Group in April 2015 as a
F
place to share photos and stories
p
as well as news and information
a
on collectibles, artwork and other
o
miscellaneous things related to
m
tthe fan-favorite new Star Wars
droid, BB-8!
d

This is the rst time Halloween came before the release


of a new Star Wars movie, so these costumes were based
on the limited footage of the trailers, says Alex Chen. We
tried to pose based on that limited footage as well as used our
own imagination.

Jorge Coln from Puerto Rico created an outstanding


artwork of Rey and BB-8 with wood burning and acrylic
paint on a big slab of cap prieto wood. It is almost 6 tall!

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envelope art,
comics,
illustrations,
news, stories,
meeting
information,
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Jeff Parks submitted this photo of submitted become
daughters Riley and her friend Kiley the property of
from the recent Long Beach Comic Con. Bantha Tracks.
Stunning and highly stylized ink drawing of The Force (Photo by Brandon Jackson) No compensation
Awakens by New Hampshire fan Ben Foster. will be given
Members of the Texas Garrison of for voluntary
the 501st Legion visited super-fan submissions,
Daniel Fleetwood after he received and there is no
a rare rst viewing of The Force guarantee of
Awakens at his home. Star Wars publication.
fans were saddened to learn that Submissions to
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Members from Rebel Legions submission must
Sunrider Base in Southern include the
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Ren whose identity for now shall and a statement
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REX THE HAVOC SQUAD COMMANDER
If ARC-77 is the style, Rex (or CT-7567) is
the substance. Rexs storyas chronicled
in The CloneWars and StarWars Rebels
is the classic StarWarsjourney as ltered
through the life of a clone. We see Rex
evolve over a period of years, going from
a template soldier to an individual who
cares about his friends--both clone and
non-cloneand develops a bond with
Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano. (A And
how delightful is it to see a clone troop per,
bred for war and destruction, mentor a
teenage Jedi?)
And as with so many great Star Wars
characters, Rex carries a dark legacy but
overcomes it in the end. Built, like all the
clones, by Palpatine e
to destroy the Jedi The commander of Havoc Squad can The Old Republic (TOR) videogame, the
and aid in his epitomize the Republics ideals or serve as commanders sex, species, personality,
conquest, Rex their ruthless, underhanded protector. She and name are all customizable. Whatever
instead escape es or he can take bribes and extort the victims the choice, though, the commander is the
participation
ti n in of war; boldly, valiantly lead strikes on absolute best of the best, leading an elite
Order 66. There are Imperial superweapons; run Havoc Squad squad to defend the Republic at any cost.
a thousand storiess with gruff good humor or Full disclosure: I worked on TOR, but
that can be told abo out rigid discipline; and I didnt write for the trooper, so I gure Im
the Clone Army. sacrice friendships allowed this one! TOR has a ne selection
But Rexs story for the greater good. of soldiers to choose from, reallyI could
was the one that Better known as easily have gone with Jace Malcom or
Star Wars needed the trooper player Piercebut no one else represents the
to showcase character from elite ghting forces of the old Republic
the triumph and the StarWars: like the CO of Havoc.
tragedy of those
troopers.

SABINE WRE
StarWars Rebels doesnt often
dive deep into the background
of Sabine Wren. But before
Sabine was a rebel, she was an
Imperial cadet, trained in weapons
and combat and to be loyal to the Empire. One could argue
that makes her an ex-soldier, but she still puts the same
military skills and mindset to use ghting her former
masters with the Ghost crew. At the same time, she
totally embraces a degree of freedom, creativity, and
anti-authoritarianism at odds with strict regulation
and hierarchy.
Its this contradiction that makes Sabine
most interesting to me as a soldier. Shes
the rebellions own internal struggle in
microcosm--a military weapon with the soul
of an artist and an idealistic child forced into a
violent galaxy. Sure, shes not a traditional infantry
soldier... who among the rebels really is?

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