Star Wars Comics Take Stage as Greg Weisman to Discuss Marvel’s “Kanan: The Last Padawan” at Long Beach Comic Expo

Writer Greg Weisman will discuss Marvel’s fourth Star Wars comic “Kanan — The Last Padawan,” in a 90-minute panel Sunday at the Long Beach Comic Expo.

(Image courtesy of Greg Weisman.)

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Hosted by The Hollywood Reporter’s Aaron Couch, the two will talk about the upcoming first issue of the series — due out in April — and how the comic book developed out of “Rebels” and “The Clone Wars.” More importantly, they’ll examine where the series, in canon and illustrated by Pepe Larraz, will take Kanan Jarrus aka Caleb Dume after the fall of the Jedi and ahead of the events in “A New Hope.”

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CWK Co-host Cory Clubb Appears on the Latest Bantha Banter!

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On the latest episode of Bantha Banter: A Star Wars Chat Show, our very own Cory Clubb sits down with Jeff to discuss how Cory discovered the Galaxy Far, Far Away, what he thinks of the writing, and what order the films should be shown in to the unenlightened. Also, the Secret Origins of Coffee With Kenobi! Listen here!

Coffee With Kenobi Show # 32: Star Wars and Relationships (81)

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In today’s show, our wives, Deanna Z & Hollie Clubb join us to discuss Star Wars and relationships. We have a great time talking with them, as we break down this timely topic, just in time for Valentine’s Day. We hope you will enjoy the conversation as much as we have sharing it with each of you.  We will also discuss casting news for the spin off films, Celebration announcements, and we also have the next offering of  “Your Espresso Shot with The Bearded Trio” featuring Rob Wainfur. This is the Podcast you’re looking for!

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Coffee With Kenobi Show # 31: A New Hope (80)

 

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In today’s show, the previously mentioned Scott Murray joins us to discuss Star Wars, a New Hope. We continue our journey of looking at the 6 existing films in reverse order.  Scott Nafziger joins us in the studio as we also announce exciting news for Coffee With Kenobi and the Celebration Anaheim Podcasting stage,look at the latest 6 inch Black Series figures, and have the latest Espresso Shot with the Bearded Trio, featuring Rob Wainfur. This is the Podcast you’re looking for!

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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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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.)

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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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Marvel’s New Star Wars Comics Just 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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Review of Marvel’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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A Million Copies, a Multitude of Covers Means Marvel’s Monthly “Star Wars” May Be Record Breaking

matt_at_logo_3With 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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