NY Magazine Ranks MAD About Star Wars

November 20, 2007

Reading New York magazine’s weekly Approval Matrix is like reading a Who’s Who List of what’s hot and what’s completely lame both for cultural elitists and pop culture junkies.

Lucky for us, even though the editors weren’t too keen on the punishment for the man who stole items from the Indiana Jones movie set (which made the Highbrow/Despicable side of the Matrix), we were thrilled to see our favorite book MAD About Star Wars in the Brilliant/Lowbrow end of the Approval Matrix.

Check it out here:
The Approval Matrix for Nov. 19, 2007 (New York magazine)

Be sure to read our interviews on Starwars.com with the folks that make MAD About Star Wars so… MAD!

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Star Wars Pinball at MAD Offices

November 6, 2007

When MAD magazine’s “Maddest Writer” Dick Debartolo gave Part 5 of his multi-part video tour of the MAD offices in New York, we could help but notice their vintage Star Wars pinball machine. Here’s what Dick had to say about the artifact in the MAD magazine conference room:

Another piece of very important office equipment is the pinball machine. We come in here and we do lunch. What we do is actually gamble to see who’s going to eat. Each day only one employee is allowed to leave the building for lunch. So you have to win that game in order to leave the building.

Watch the video here:
VIDEO: Mad Office Tour — Part 5
(Watch ALL the tour video clips here.)

Be sure to read our interviews with the MAD staffers responsible for the new MAD magazine tribute book to Star Wars
The Usual Gang of Jediots: MAD About Star Wars


Win a Trip to Rancho Obi-Wan from Harper Collins

October 24, 2007

While watching our “Visits to Rancho Obi-Wan” video series you find yourself wishing you were best friends with Lucasfilm Director of Fan Relations Stephen Sansweet so you too could visit this Star Wars collectors mecca in person?

To celebrate the release of the upcoming book Star Wars Vault by Stephen Sansweet and Pete Vilmur, you can click here to go to HarperCollins.com and enter to win a trip for two to the one and only Rancho Obi-Wan, courtesy of Vault author Stephen Sansweet. Two runners-up will receive a copies of The Star Wars Vault.


Virtual Peek at Star Wars Vault

October 24, 2007

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The French publisher of the upcoming Star Wars Vault by Steve Sansweet and Pete Vilmur (October 30 in the U.S.) just launched a website which allows readers to virtually browse through several spreads of the book. The cool functionality of the site even allows you to pull out some of the inserts which are featured within.

The site is completely in French, but if you go here and click the link, you’ll be taken to their landing page (download is a little slow, but worth the wait!). Go ahead and click the top tab at left to thumb through the book (and make sure to pull out the inserts!).

StarWarsShop is selling an exclusive version of Star Wars Vault signed by both authors — head on over to check it out!

UPDATE!

HarperCollins has sent a quick video preview of several of the book’s amazing spreads!

[splashcast QOIG6552NQ]


“Colbert Report” Star Wars Pop-up Book Cameo

October 4, 2007

In the Oct. 3 epsiode of “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert dared ask the question who would be brave enough to release their book the same day (Oct. 9) as his new soon-to-be bestseller —
I Am America (And So Can You!)

Author Paul Krugman may have recently changed the publication date for his new book The Conscience of a Liberal to Oct. 15, but one of our favorite authors Matthew Reinhart is still prepared for the challenge with his book — Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy.

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Star Wars in License! magazine

September 27, 2007

Fans eager to read more about what’s in store with Lucas Books and Lucas Licensing should check out the latest issue of License! magazine for some interesting Star Wars-related features.

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20 Things Star Wars Fans Have to Look Forward To

September 24, 2007

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WizardWorld.com recently posted a list of 20 things Star Wars fans have to look forward to in the future, including the CG animated Clone Wars series, the live-action TV series, The Force Unleashed video game, Fanboys, Hasbro’s Star Wars Mighty Muggs, and a whole bunch more to keep your Force-sense tingling. Head on over to WizardWorld.com to check it out.