Artwork courtesy of Joshua Stolte
Welcome back to the Star Wars HoloNet Digest, a weekly feature where I bring you a recap of the latest news from the world of Star Wars. Whether it’s an Episode VII rumor or a noteworthy author interview, you’ll find it here. Let’s check the HoloNet and see what happened in the past week.
We begin this week by revisiting the proposed Lucas Cultural Museum. In case you forgot, the Presidio Trust, which manages San Francisco’s Presidio campus, is considering proposals for the use of a plot of land on its grounds. George Lucas is one of the people who submitted proposals, and his Cultural Arts Museum is one of the three finalists under consideration. In a new video posted exclusively on Mashable (and edited in part by Lucas himself), you can learn more about the art museum and what it would bring to the Presidio. The museum would feature many pieces of art from Lucas’ collection and use it to tell stories about the history of culture and entertainment. The most impactful art “tells the story of what our society aspires to,” Lucas says in the promotional video. What better way to celebrate Lucas’ contributions to culture and mythology –– as well as the contributions of his ancient and more recent predecessors –– than by bringing the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum from concept to reality?
On Monday, Del Rey announced a new literature outreach program that will reward readers for promoting Del Rey’s Star Wars books. The program is called the Star Wars Action Team, and you can sign up by clicking on that link. The Official Star Wars Blog explained how it works: “Once you have activated your account, start completing tasks assigned by Del Rey SWAT leaders. When each task is complete, you’ll acquire a certain amount of points. Points can be redeemed for some awesome Del Rey Star Wars–themed goodies, including posters, bookmarks, short-story samplers, bumper stickers, and of course, books.” If you’re a Star Wars literature fan, I’d recommend joining the Action Team. You’re essentially getting free stuff for doing what you’ve been doing anyway, and by helping Del Rey spread the word about its Star Wars books, you’re helping to build an audience for its future titles as well.
While we’re on the subject of future titles, Del Rey this week posted a chapter excerpt for Star Wars: Kenobi and a plot synopsis for Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion: Razor’s Edge, giving fans a better preview of these upcoming novels. Having read Kenobi, which was written by John Jackson Miller, I can definitely recommend picking it up when it is released on August 27. It’s one of the best EU novels I’ve read in a long time. Miller, a comic book writer who is relatively new to Star Wars prose, perfectly captures both Tatooine’s frontier spirit and Obi-Wan Kenobi’s emotional inter-trilogy mindset. As for Razor’s Edge, while I haven’t read it yet, that plot synopsis was certainly enough to pique my interest.
In preparation for San Diego Comic-Con, Del Rey shared sneak peeks at some of its convention giveaways on Facebook and Twitter. Freebies include posters promoting novels like Razor’s Edge and Kenobi and a free sampler booklet with excerpts from all the original novels they will publish in 2013 as well as some short stories published last year in Star Wars Insider magazine. These offerings are similar to what Del Rey gave fans at Celebration VI, although obviously for different books. In more good news for Star Wars fans attending SDCC, Del Rey will most likely be presenting a panel about its Star Wars books during that convention.
Speaking of conventions, Star Wars Celebration Europe II is fast approaching: only twenty-three days away as this HoloNet Digest hits the Internet. Late last week, we learned about programming that is sure to please fans of The Clone Wars. Even after winding down at the end of its fifth season, The Clone Wars lives on in the fan community, and now we know that it will live on at Celebration as well. The convention will feature special Director’s Cut screenings of the Season Five episodes “Revival,” “Eminence,” “Shades of Reason,” and “The Lawless” –– a.k.a. the Darth Maul story arc. Two screenings are currently scheduled, one for Friday at 5:00 p.m. and one for Saturday at the same time.
In addition to the screenings, fans attending Celebration Europe II will get the chance to hear from TCW supervising director Dave Filoni during the “Secrets of Star Wars: The Clone Wars” panel on Friday at 3:00 p.m. Pablo Hidalgo will moderate the panel on the Behind-the-Scenes stage, and Filoni will “share behind-the-scenes stories and answer questions about the ground-breaking production,” according to the panel description.
This may be a literature-oriented website, but we know that many of you have impressive Star Wars collections that go beyond books, comics, and magazines. Whether your collection is composed solely of literature or spans the product categories to become a veritable museum of memorabilia, the organizers of the Collecting Track at Celebration Europe II are interested in seeing it –– specifically, seeing it on display at the show. If you want to display your collection at Celebration Europe II, click here to contact the Collecting Track organizers.
Speaking from personal experience, I can never walk past the Celebration Collecting Track without experiencing collection envy. Part of me starts mentally tabulating prices for cool items that I see on display, and then another part of me remembers that I’m in college and can’t afford to try to out-collect the people whose inventories are on display. That being said, the Collecting Track can be fun to check out regardless of how big your collection is.
Eric Geller is a college student majoring in political science whose interests include technology, journalism, and of course Star Wars. He reviews The Clone Wars TV series and manages social media for Star Wars fan site TheForce.Net. He also co-hosts The ForceCast podcast. He is originally from the Washington, D.C. area.