The Star Wars Canon Dispatch: June 2017

The Star Wars Canon Dispatch
June 2017

Welcome to The Star Wars Canon Dispatch, an unofficial monthly contextual look at the monthly releases in Star Wars storytelling.  It was a comic heavy month, but some great additions to the narrative universe.

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The Star Wars Canon Dispatch: Celebration 2017 Edition

As with many of our Star Wars Celebrations, this one was full of new Star Wars canon titles.  I’m not sure if I have captured all of them here, but I have done my best to compile all the previews of new Star Wars stories. Read more

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The Chance Cube – Episode XXXI: A Store Owner’s Perspective

Episode XXXI: A Store Owner’s Perspective

Jason, Amanda, and Kim discuss all the Star Wars: Destiny news, analyze Lone Operative (SR49), and dive into our show topic, “A Store Owner’s Perspective,” where we are joined by Ruben Sanchez to talk to Rob, owner of One-Eyed Jacques in Richmond, VA. We also award this week’s giveaway, and kick off next week’s giveaway!

So stick with us, and don’t leave your Destiny to chance…

You can check out this episode here.

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Mercurial Swift And Narrative Layers in Aftermath

Mercurial Swift And Narrative Layers in Aftermath

Please note, the following contains minor spoilers for Aftermath, Aftermath: Life Debt, and Aftermath: Empire’s End.

When Aftermath first came out, it was met with mixed reviews.  The narrative structure, the density of the story, and the style employed by Chuck Wendig did not always sit well with everyone.  There was also a feeling that it just was not impactful enough, considering that we have so little post-Return of the Jedi knowledge in the canon at the moment.  Little did we know what seeds were being planted in this novel that would unfold throughout the series.  Meet Mercurial Swift, who will serve as our example of narrative layers in this trilogy. Read more

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Star Wars Canon You May Have Missed

a.k.a. Star Wars Canon for Kids

Spoiler Warning: This articles contains spoilers for Servants of the Empire, Adventures in Wild Space, Finn’s Story, Rey’s Story, Leia and the Great Island Escape, and Luke and the Lost Jedi Temple.

If you follow the release of Star Wars canon media, you are undoubtedly familiar with the Marvel comic series, the major novels (i.e. Aftermath, Catalyst, etc.), and the more popular young adult books (i.e. Lost Stars, Ahoska), but there is a “class” of material you may be less familiar with.  I always find myself, being somewhat of a canon completionist, wondering if books for “children” are worth investing in, and for the many of the releases, they tend to retell iconic scenes from the films, prepping the younger readers to be absorbed into the larger Star Wars universe.  However, here are a few of the stories that have deep ties into the canon that you don’t want to miss! Read more

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The Star Wars Canon Dispatch: January 2017

The Star Wars Canon Dispatch
January 2017

Welcome to The Star Wars Canon Dispatch, an unofficial monthly contextual look at the recent and upcoming releases in Star Wars storytelling.


Recent Releases (December 16 – January 15)

 “Voices of the Empire”
Merle Lafferty
Short Story in Star Wars Insider #170
December 20, 2016

Time Frame: Between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope.

Canon Influence: This short story shows us some of the ways people inside the Empire communicated secret information to the opposing side.  We see the discovery of the kyber crystals on Jedha.

Companion Stories: This story ties in to the narrative of both Catalyst and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

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Book Review: Narrative Equality in Star Wars Galactic Maps

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Narrative Equality in Star Wars Galactic Maps

Please note, the following article has mild spoilers for several Star Wars canon books and comics, including but not limited to Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir, Lords of the Sith, Lost Stars, and Shattered Empire.

The excitement around new Star Wars narratives seems in direct proportion to the narrative weight that we as fans give those stories. A new Star Wars film is typically seen as the pinnacle of storytelling, with the animated television shows coming behind, also with a lot of excitement and media coverage. New novels are a milestone in their own right while comics fizzle in and out. Short stories often find themselves lacking coverage and reference books rarely make a dent. But… entertain me for a minute, as we explore how a particular reference book, Star Wars Galactic Maps by Emil Fortune and Tim McDonagh, a brand new “Illustrated Atlas of the Star Wars Universe,” brings to light elements from all these mediums in one single printed history of the galaxy, providing some narrative equality across all storytelling vehicles.

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