As we near the epic conclusion of the Skywalker saga with Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, a panel of legendary Star Wars creators gathered at San Diego Comic-Con to reveal what's in store for the galaxy far, far, away. Here's what we can tell you, expect a lot of movie tie-ins!
Moderated by Lucasfilm's Michael Siglain and Jennifer Heddle, we got the juicy details on everything fans can expect in this upcoming year. Siglain and Heddle were joined by panelists Lou Anders, Pirate's Price), Katie Cook (Creatures Big & Small), Zoraida Córdova (A Crash of Fate), Delilah Dawson (Black Spire), E. K. Johnston (Queen's Shadow), George Mann (Myths & Fables), Brian Rood (The Skywalker Saga), Cavan Scott (Dooku: Jedi Lost), Kevin Shinick (Force Collector), Charles Soule (Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith), Timothy Zahn (Thrawn: Treason), and Rebecca Roanhorse (Resistance Reborn).
What a crew!
The panel kicked off with Siglain asking the panelists what Star Wars meant to them. Several of the panelists said that for them, Star Wars is family. It's not only a universe you watch and experience with your family but it helps you create your own sense of family.
The authors and artists then shared their favorite characters. Artist Katie Cook says her favorite character to draw is Chewbacca because he has such a variety of emotions to depict. As a writer, Rebecca Roanhorse says she loves writing Poe, "I know him really well and one day you will too, and that's all that I'm allowed to say."
The new Galaxy's Edge theme park at Disneyland offered the authors new and challenging ways to introduce new stories and adventures for a beloved cast of characters. Lou Anders, who wrote Pirate's Price, said the hardest thing for him was standing in line and not shouting, "I wrote the book about this ride!"
Now we get into what is coming up next from Lucasfilm Publishing. The upcoming titles the authors discussed, like Resistance Reborn, Force Collector, Allegiance were all previously announced as part of Lucasfilm's Star Wars day celebrations.
There were massive, epic teases for Project Luminous, the highly anticipated but very secretive project from Charles Soule and Cavan Scott. The collaboration was first announced at the Star Wars Celebration in Chicago this past April. Soule gave some cryptic details about Project Luminous on his blog. Which is to say that it is a thing, that is very big and is coming in 2020.
While we didn't get any information on Project Luminous, Lucasfilm Publishing and Soule did release the cover for his four-issue Marvel movie tie-in comic called The Rise of Kylo-Ren. You can see the cover below, which Soule just posted to his Twitter.
With Resistance Reborn author Rebecca Roanhorse gives us a look at how Poe, Rey, Leia, and Finn work to rebuild the Resistance after their defeat at the hands of the First Order in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This adult fiction novel from publisher Del Rey will be available on 11/12/19. Roanhorse was unable to reveal much about the book at SDCC, but Siglain did call it required reading as it fills in some gaps between episodes eight and nine!
Shinick's Force Collector will introduce us to a new character, a restless teenager (aren't they all) who sets out to discover what his mysterious Force powers have in common with those of the fabled Jedi. Fans can expect this series to hit shelves and digital stores on November 19.
A four-issue Marvel miniseries by writer Ethan Sacks and artist Luke Ross takes place after the events that destroyed Starkiller Base. The series, which begins with the release of issue #1 on October 9, will follow Leia as she helps get the Resistance to safety while forging an alliance with the Mon Calamari.
One thing is for sure from today's panel, fans can expect to hear and see a lot more from the Star Wars universe before The Rise of Skywalker's release in theatres on Dec. 20. Hopefully, we'll hear what Project Luminous is about before then!
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