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The world of Star Wars is about to take a big jump. The Skywalker saga — the story of Anakin and those who followed from The Phantom Menace to the upcoming The Rise of Skywalker — is ending this year. Disney+ is bringing not only The Mandalorian, but an entirely new set of Star Wars content as fans await whatever future trilogies bring. That means the door is wide open for those operating in the spin-off realms of video games, comics, and novels to break ground in these interstellar tales. Naturally, this meant that SYFY WIRE attended the Lucasfilm Publishing panel at New York Comic Con 2019 to get the latest on the Star Wars literature coming down the pike.
Authors including Cavan Scott (Adventures in Wild Space), George Mann (Star Wars: Myths & Fables), Justina Ireland (Lando's Luck), Katie Cook (Search Your Feelings), Greg Pak, Charles Soule, Matthew Reinhart, Christian Blauvelt (Be More Lando), and Zoraida Córdova (A Crash of Fate) spoke on the NYCC panel about their contributions to the canon and the future of the written Star Wars universe. After discussing how not to get eaten by Ewoks (and other survival wisdom) along with their personal reasons for loving Star Wars, the panel moved on to the newness.
Fans have known that colon-laden books like Force Collector, Star Wars: The Secrets of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary, R2-D2 is Lost, I Am C-3PO, and Shadow Fall were on the way, but now even more titles join this roster. Ireland's Spark of the Resistance tells more of the story between Episode VIII and Episode IX featuring Poe, porgs, Rose, and Rey, while Reinhart's The Ultimate Pop-Up Galaxy displayed a fancy spread complete with walking AT-ATs and flying Millennium Falcon.
Project Luminous is still secretly on its way, with Marvel, Del Rey, and IDW all hush-hush until January.
Rae Carson will be handling the (expanded) novelization of The Rise of Skywalker, Blauvelt is writing a kids' book called Use the Force, Mann is doing a book of spooky fables called Dark Legends (featuring the Grand Inquisitor), and Ireland is contributing to middle-grade novel Clone Wars Anthology (along with SYFY WIRE's own Preeti Chhibber).
Soule will be starting up a new Star Wars comic series in January, picking up immediately after Empire Strikes Back. Pak, on the other hand, is helming Darth Vader #1 starting in February. Conflicting viewpoints never felt so right. Finally, Timothy Zahn's Thrawn: The Ascendancy Trilogy will be giving all of the fan service when it comes out next May:
And don't forget about the mysterious Rise of Kylo Ren comic on its way right before The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on Dec. 20.
Click here for SYFY WIRE’s full coverage of New York Comic Con 2019, including up-to-the-minute news, exclusive interviews, and videos.