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

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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The Star Wars Canon Dispatch: December 2016

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The Star Wars Canon Dispatch
December 2016

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


Recent Releases (November 15 – December 15)

Catalyst: A Rogue One Story
James Luceno
Novel by Del Rey
November 15, 2016

Time Frame: Covering a span of time between Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and Episode IV: A New Hope.  To be more specific, the story spans the time about a year after the beginning of the clone war and ends just prior to the novel Tarken.

Canon Influence: This novel serves as a foundation for the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  While the movie itself focuses on Jyn Erso, this Catalyst focuses on her father and his relationship with Orson Krennic. Read more

Kyber Crystals and the Path to Rogue One

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Kyber Crystals and the Path to Rogue One

Please note, the following article has mild spoilers for Ahoska and Catalyst.

In many forms of storytelling, stories are developed in a linear fashion. We have a starting point and the narrative moves forward from there.  The current state of Star Wars storytelling has a very different challenge in front of it.  They have various immovable pieces of narrative, namely the six episodic films that preceded the establishment of the canon, along with the content of The Clone Wars television series.  The team has built narrative forward, but perhaps the most interesting is the narratives crafted within these stories.  A big element that has been retrofit into the canon is kyber crystals.

The concept of crystals inside of lightsabers originated in the legends line of storytelling. While these stories are not canon, “There is always a bit of truth in legends.”  Crystals are never mentioned in any of the episodic films, however, it seems that the crystals are finally making their big screen debut in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This is why I wanted to take this moment to look at how the narrative of the kyber crystal has developed. Read more

The Star Wars Canon Dispatch: November 2016

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The Star Wars Canon Dispatch
November 2016

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

Recent Releases (October 16 – November 15)

Rebels 7“Ocean Rescue” – Rebels Magazine, No. 7
Martin Fisher, writer / Bob Molesworth, artist

Time Frame: Between Episodes III: Revenge of the Sith and IV: A New Hope, during the era of Star Wars Rebels, likely between Seasons 1 and 2.

Canon Influence: We got to see a bit of Sabine’s history come through in this story, a brief glimpse at what happened to her when she was in the Imperial Academy.  The stories in this comic strip are becoming more relevant as the issues go on, which is very exciting to see.

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Classic Trilogy Perspective, Part 3: Return of the Jedi – Beware the Power of the Dark Side

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Classic Trilogy Perspective, Part 3:
Return of the Jedi – Beware the Power of the Dark Side

Beware the Power of the Dark Side

Continuing our look at this unique trilogy of retellings of the classic trilogy, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi — Beware the Power of the Dark Side by Tom Angleberger, is perhaps one of the more interesting takes of the three. As in Part 1 and Part 2, I will be asking the following questions:

(1) What scenes or elements have been added to the narrative we know from the film?
(2) What knowledge from other canon narratives are part of this tale?
(3) How has this book influenced or altered our understanding of the film?

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Classic Trilogy Perspective, Part 2: The Empire Strikes Back – So You Want To Be A Jedi?

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Classic Trilogy Perspective, Part 2:
The Empire Strikes Back – So You Want To Be A Jedi?

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Continuing our look at this unique trilogy of retellings of the classic trilogy, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back — So You Want to Be a Jedi by Adam Gidwitz, is perhaps one of the more interesting takes of the three. As in Part 1, I will be asking the following questions:

(1) What scenes or elements have been added to the narrative we know from the film?
(2) What knowledge from other canon narratives are part of this tale?
(3) How has this book influenced or altered our understanding of the film?

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