Category Archives: Books

Pre-Order The new Dawn of the jedi Novel

Del Rey Books is releasing a tie-in hardcover novel to Dark Horse Comics’ ongoing Dawn of the Jedi series on May 7, called Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi — Into the Void. The series is set 36,000 years before the events of the original Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope and concerns itself with the events that led to the foundation of the Jedi Order. 

On the planet Tython, the ancient Je’daii order was founded. And at the feet of its wise Masters, Lanoree Brock learned the mysteries and methods of the Force—and found her calling as one of its most powerful disciples. But as strongly as the Force flowed within Lanoree and her parents, it remained absent in her brother, who grew to despise and shun the Je’daii, and whose training in its ancient ways ended in tragedy.

Now, from her solitary life as a Ranger keeping order across the galaxy, Lanoree has been summoned by the Je’daii Council on a matter of utmost urgency. The leader of a fanatical cult, obsessed with traveling beyond the reaches of known space, is bent on opening a cosmic gateway using dreaded dark matter as the key—risking a cataclysmic reaction that will consume the entire star system. But more shocking to Lanoree than even the prospect of total galactic annihilation, is the decision of her Je’daii Masters to task her with the mission of preventing it. Until a staggering revelation makes clear why she was chosen: The brilliant, dangerous madman she must track down and stop at any cost is the brother whose death she has long grieved—and whose life she must now fear.”


You can pre-order the book now at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com

Megascifi.com – Robotech Community

As I was searching the inter-webs this morning I came across an interview  with writer James Luceno. Robotech fans first encountered Jim’s work from when he coauthored the Robotech Novelizations with Brian Daley, the two of them shared the pseudonym Jack McKinney. Star Wars fans will know of him from Darth Plagueis and Dark Lord – The Rise of Darth Vader many more novels. You can read the interview here:

Interview

and a very cool time line:

The art of Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles

If your anything like me you love Robotech! Luckily for us the folks over at Harmony Gold are still (slowly) producing Robotech material. 2013 looks to be the release date for “Love, Live, Alive”, a modern remake of the original Japanese animated movie and it looks like a lot of the original voice actors from the next generation series will be involved. So at least we have something to look forward too from an animation stand point. Rumor had it Harmony was planning on continuing the Shadow Chronicles, but I haven’t heard much about that.

Palladium books is releasing a couple new supplements, Genesis Pits which will be out around Christmas and UEEF Marines for their Robotech RPG Line. In other book related news, Robotech.com has released a Shadow Chronicles art book. Here is the description:

The Art of ROBOTECH: The Shadow Chronicles
The long-awaited comeback film Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles picks up directly from the pioneering space opera that first aired on television in 1985. The breathtaking animated movie combines the talents of artists, producers, musicians, and actors from around the globe, from Los Angeles and Tokyoto Seoul and Prague. Now, all the art – both classic designs from Robotech’s Japanese heritage and modern digital production techniques from The Shadow Chronicles – that went into putting Robotechnology and Protoculture back on the screen has been collected into this stellar new full-color book from Stone Bridge Press. Everything fans seek in a film companion is right here:

– an inside look at the evolution of Robotech and the anime industry over three decades
– plot guides for the TV series and the movie
– in-depth character, mecha, and vessel profiles
– over 100 pages of concept art and production design
– detailed mecha and vessel statistics
– hundreds of full-color images, many never-before released
– a glossary of Robotech terms
– production commentary from director Tommy Yune
– foreword by original Robotech producer Carl Macek


Thats it for now from the Robotech War front, I do plan on doing a review of the Genesis Pits source book when I pick up a copy.

Stan Lee’s Fireside editions! 1974-1979

The other night the wife and I where at Barnes and noble killing some time and I found a book I wanted to share with you. Going through the clearance section of the store I picked this book up for $5! This over sized trade collects various Hulk comics (along with Avengers and Fantastic Four issues) with an introduction by Stan Lee before a few of the stories story. This gives the reader a bit of insight  behind the story. It is  the coolest book I’ve seen in quite a while, The behind the scenes articles by Stan Lee makes it much more than another collected edition. Unfortunately the book doesnt list the issue numbers of the comics that appear in it, which does bother the collector in me, but for a first time reader of a character I can see why it wasn’t included or more importantly not necessary.

Wiki description: “The Marvel Fireside Books Series was a series of full-color trade paperbacks featuring Marvel Comics stories and characters co-published by Marvel and the Simon & Schuster division Fireside Books from 1974 to 1979.
The series enabled fans of the old comics to have access to the stories without having to pay exorbitant prices for the original back issues. It introduced new readers to the work of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and other Marvel creators, and packaged the material in a traditional book format that carried more caché than the flimsy pamphlet style of a typical comic book. Many of the books featured painted covers illustrated by such artists as Bob Larkin, John Romita, Sr., and Earl Norem. In this way, the series was an antecedent to the now common practice of packaging “classic” stories into archival editions and trade paperback collections including Marvel’s 1998 book Grandson of Origins of Marvel Comics.

Publishing History: Marvel Publisher Stan Lee came up with the idea of compiling the origins of some of their most popular characters in a book format similar to Jules Feiffer’s 1965 book The Great Comic Book Heroes. Teaming up with Fireside, a young-adult imprint of Simon & Schuster, Marvel initially produced Origins of Marvel Comics in 1974, featuring the origins of the Fantastic Four, Hulk, Spider-Man, Thor, and Doctor Strange. Like the books to follow, Origins featured a foreword by Lee, and short introductions to each section, which followed the format of presenting the character’s origin followed by a contemporary story by current Marvel contributors.
Origins of Marvel Comics was followed in 1975 with Sons of Origins of Marvel Comics, featuring the origins of the X-Men, Iron Man, The Avengers, Daredevil, Nick Fury, The Watcher, and the Silver Surfer.
The two Origins books were followed by Bring on the Bad Guys, origins of a selection of Marvel villains; and The Superhero Women, featuring some of Marvel’s most popular female superheroes. Eventually, the series began straying away from origin stories and published collections of classic stories with individual characters such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, The Hulk, Captain America, and Doctor Strange.
One of the Marvel Fireside Books superhero story editions was not a reprint but was an original story. 1978’s The Silver Surfer, by Stan Lee, with art by Kirby and Joe Sinnott, was a new take on the late 1960s icon; and is considered by many to be one of the first true “graphic novels.”[citation needed]
In conjunction with their reprint collections, Marvel and Fireside also produced a number of activity and game books, how-to books, and even a cookbook, again all featuring Marvel characters. The most well-known and popular book of this kind was 1978’s How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way, which is still in print.
Marvel/Fireside published 24 different books, many with multiple printings in both hardcover and paperback.”

Now my plan is to try and find the rest of this series of books to add to my book shelf. If you have or have read any of these titles let me know what you think! 

Del Rey – new Star Wars titles announced

 Del Rey Star Wars announcement from the New York Comic Con: (Via Facebook)
– New Han Solo novel written by James S. A. Correy. Part of the new “Rebels” series of stand alone novels       set in the Classic era.
– New KENOBI (tentative title) novel by John Jackson Miller. Novel is set after the events of Episode III. Promotional artwork seen here by Chris Scalf.
I love all of the upcoming Star Wars novels from Del Rey, it will be nice to have a larger variaty of titles to choose from.