MATT-AT: From Pages to Podcasts for the Star Hoppers of Star Wars

With the first issue of Marvel’s “Star Wars” on the shelves and a second- and third-printing soon to follow, readers like you are gearing up for next month’s debut of the publisher’s “Darth Vader” series, too.

For many readers, this is the first time they’ve experienced Marvel publishing “Star Wars” titles. For other, older readers for whom the late 1970s is not just passages in a history book, it’s a return of sorts.

The original Marvel run began in 1977 and lasted through 1986, encompassing 107 issues that, for the longest time, was the only entre to the Saga amid the Original Trilogy years until the Expanded Universe took root and proliferated. The tales in the series were wild, amazing and, in some cases, so shockingly weird that they’ve become absurdist masterpieces.

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Coffee With Kenobi Show # 30: Vintage Kenner Star Wars Collectibles (77)

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In today’s show, Mark Bellomo, author of The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Star Wars Action Figures, 1977-1985 joins us to talk about our topic for Show # 30, vintage Kenner Star Wars action figures. We also are joined by Lillian Skye of the Star Wars Underworld, as she talks about some exciting analysis she discovered in her classroom. We will also discuss 3D versions of the Prequels and other Celebration news, Disneyland discounts, new Star Wars headphones, and much more. We also have the next offering of  “Your Espresso Shot with The Bearded Trio” featuring Rob Wainfur.

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Announcing the Geek Out Loud Podcasting Fundraiser for CURE Childhood Cancer

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The Geek Out Loud podcasting network otherwise known as the GOLiverse is teaming up with CURE to fight childhood cancer this Saturday January 24th, 2015.

CURE Childhood Cancer is an organization that has been around since 1975. They are dedicated to curing Childhood Cancer in our lifetime. All the funds they generate go to research specifically targeted at the cancers that effect children. They also lend support to the families and the patients affected by these illnesses.

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MATT-AT: New Friends & Old Foes, New Destinations & Familar Places Abound in April Star Wars Comics

matt_at_logo_3Marvel’s solicitations for its April issues of “Star Wars” comics are out with new clues, new destinations, old friends and old enemies. There are returns to planets integral to the saga, too, along with the debut of “Kanan — The Last Padawan,” which bridges events between the end of “Revenge of the Sith” and the beginning of “Star Wars: Rebels.”

(Cover to "Kanan -- The Last Padawn" No. 1/Marvel.)

(“Kanan” No. 1/Marvel.)

("Darth Vader" No. 4/Marvel.)

(“Darth Vader” No. 4/Marvel.)

The new monthly series begins April 1 with a $3.99 32-page first issue written by Greg Weisman, the writer and executive producer ofthe first season of “Rebels,” and drawn by artist Pepe Larraz. It’s the fist chapter in how then-Caleb Dume — padawan to Jedi Master Depa Billaba — survived Order 66 to become the cocksure Kanan Jarrus.

The issue’s cover is drawn by Mark Brooks and there is also a variant cover by Skottie Young, another variant focusing on the “Rebels” show, a blank variant and another to be announced.

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MATT-AT: Star Wars Comics As Relevant to Canon As the Films

matt_at_logo_3In a short video promoting the release of “Star Wars” No. 1 by Marvel Entertainment, editor-in-chief Axel Alonso has said the events in the comic, released Jan. 14, are as relevant “as anything you’ll see on the big screen.” The comic, written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by John Cassaday, is setting sales records, surpassing more than a million copies.

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MATT-AT: Review of Marvel Entertainment’s “Star Wars” No. 1

Note: This review is spoiler-free. 

Marvel Entertainment, in collaboration with the Lucasfilm Story Group, had the better part of 2014 to plan, outline and populate the Star Wars canon with the bevy of new series, the first of which, “Star Wars,” is out Jan. 14.

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Amanda Connor variant cover.

The collaboration has paid off in ways that even casual fans of the original trilogy can appreciate, which is no small feat given the complexity of not just capturing the characters’ original essence, but also adding to it for readers new and established, as well as the Star Wars canon, too.

Reading “Star Wars” No. 1 is like watching a movie: It grabs you from the opening crawl and holds you all the way through to the cliffhangar ending (as if there could be any other!).

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MATT-AT: A Million Copies, a Multitude of Covers Means Marvel’s Monthly “Star Wars” May Be Record Breaking

With at least 65 confirmed variant covers and more than 1 million copies being printed, it’s not hypberbole to call this week’s release of “Star Wars” No. 1 by Marvel Entertainment an event not seen in years — if not decades — for comics and Saga fans.

The series, which marks the return of the lucrative Lucasfilm property back to Marvel after a 29-year absence, is being celebrated with a comics mega-event, a Jan. 14 debut so anticipated and desired, it’s poised to become the best-selling title since 1999, when “Pokemon: The Electric Tale of Pikachu” No. 4 sold a million copies, as did Batman No. 500 in 1993, according to John Jackson Miller, who curates Comichron, a website that analyzes sales and demands for comics.

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Side-by-side comparison of Third Eye Comics’ variant with “X-Men” No. 1 from 1991.

While the release isn’t likely to reach the heights that Marvel’s 1991 relaunch of the X-Men that sold 8 million copies, it is on par with 1977’s original “Star Wars” No. 1 issue, which came out came out a few weeks before the film and, within a short time, went platinum, albeit unexpectly.

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Coffee With Kenobi Show # 29: A Look Back at 2014 (73)

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In today’s show we get to share a cup of coffee with Rob Wainfur of the Bearded Trio, as we take a look back at 2014 in Star Wars and discuss what we are most looking forward to in 2015.  We will also introduce our topic for Show # 30.

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Coffee With Kenobi Show # 28: Steve Sansweet Discusses The Force Awakens & Rancho Recruiting (71)

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In today’s show,  Steve Sansweet drops by to talk about being a Rancho Recruiter, and joins us to talk about our topic for Show # 28, your reactions to The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer.  We also are joined by Thomas Riddle and Wes Dodgens of Star Wars in the Classroom to discuss great things happening with Star Wars Rebels.  We will also discuss character names for The Force Awakens, the premiere of Season 2 of Rebels, the return of Frank Oz, and Celebration news, as well as the next offering of  “Your Espresso Shot with The Bearded Trio” featuring Rob Wainfur. Stay tuned for two exciting announcements as well.  This is the Podcast you’re looking for!

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STAR WARS COMICS: A Sneak Peak at “Star Wars: Princess Leia” No. 1 Due in March

(Variant cover of "Princess Leia" No. 1/Marvel Entertainment)

(Variant cover of “Princess Leia” No. 1/Marvel Entertainment)

The official Star Wars website has a truncated sneak peak of some pages from Marvel Entertainment’s upcoming “Star Wars: Princess Leia” mini-series, including art from illustrator Terry Dodson.

To see what Dodson’s artistic stylings are like, and take a walk down memory lane to a certain award ceremony on a moon near Yavin, check out StarWars.com. The issue, penned by Mark Waid, is out in March at comic shops and will feature at least 10 variant covers, for now.