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!
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
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.
October 24, 2007
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!
HarperCollins has sent a quick video preview of several of the book’s amazing spreads!
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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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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September 24, 2007
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.
September 17, 2007
Wired magazine’s Geekdad gives Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy by Matthew Reinhart a glowing (as in lightsaber) review. Check it out here:
I cannot express to you how wickedly cool we all think it is, even the Tweener who doesn’t think anything is cool. The 5-year-old asked to see it again for a bedtime story and complained that it was too short once my wife was done opening the more than 35 pop-ups.
We’re big fans of of pop-up books around here, and this one is in a class all of its own. The detail is simply stunning, with a level of intricacy I have never seen before. Think pop-ups on top of pop-ups, and when we opened the last page and Luke and Vader’s light sabers actually lit up, well, let’s just call it a slam dunk success for some quick and geeky family entertainment.
Read the full review here:
Geeks of the Galaxy Take Note
Read more about the book on starwars.com:
First Look: Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy
September 9, 2007
This hand-crafted item was found in a hobby store in California specializing in miniature items for doll houses. It is a tiny copy of the Shadows of the Empire paperback, with front, back and spine, and printed interior pages. Now your Star Wars action figures can read about their Expanded Universe adventures.
August 27, 2007
Fan board The EU Cantina interviews Lucas Books Editor Sue Rostoni about a typical day on the job, working closely with authors and her thoughts on Death Star.
How much say do you have with what the writers write or what direction they take?
I work mainly with Del Rey (Shelly Shapiro) and Dark Horse (Randy Stradley and Jeremy Barlow). The writers work with the various editors to establish direction and storyline. I don’t have a lot of input into the comic storylines unless questions come up and then we hash them out as a team. For the novels, Shelly and I and the authors work together directly to come up with storylines. In some cases an author will approach Del Rey with a specific area he or she would like to explore. It if seems like a good idea to Shelly and me, we’ll work with the author to develop a story proposal. In other cases, Shelly and/or I will l have an idea for a book and then we’ll discuss possible authors and approach the one we want, at which time we work together to develop the story. It’s very much a team-oriented process for the most part.
Read the full interview here:
Q&A With Editor Sue Rostoni
Be sure to keep up with Rostoni on her blog here on Blogs.starwars.com.