Star Wars Comics Review: Doctor Aphra #11

This review of Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #11 contains minor spoilers.

Doctor Aphra is overwhelmed, overworked and underpaid. In other words, she’s in her element.

But the ambiguously moral archeologist with an eye for profit must contend with far more than she would have liked in the pages of Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #11, given her efforts to remain dead to Darth Vader are unraveling and there’s little she can do to stop it.

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Melinda’s Brew: Silent Running

Melinda's Brew

On a recent trip out to LA to visit my daughter, Erin, I was passing the time on the four-hour flight doing puzzles in the paper and crossword puzzle book I brought along. The flight attendant came by to bring us passengers a snack and beverage. I looked up from what I was doing to take my tea and goodies, and as she passed, I espied a special treat showing on a fellow passenger’s tablet screen. [He was sitting across the aisle and one row up from me.]

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Melinda’s Brew: The Race Is On!

Melinda's Brew

Dodging laser fire … Eluding capture – and becoming the main course of an almost 10-foot tall behemoth … Oh my gosh! Is that Darth Vader off to the side ready to use his Force powers on you? … There’s BB-8 up ahead, beckoning you to join him for a photo op. What’s going on here? If you didn’t know better, Read more

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Darth Vader: Bad Guy, but Good Dad?

With Father’s Day coming up next week I was thinking about what makes that day special. If any dads are like me, on Father’s Day they prefer to have alone time. A lot of alone time. That’s the difference between dads and moms: on Mother’s Day moms seem to want to spend a lot of quality time with their kids. On Father’s Day I want a nap. But a weird thing happens when I’m not around my kids: I start to miss them. How many times has someone said to enjoy your kids while they are young because they won’t stay young forever? And is there anything a father wouldn’t do to protect his children? Now imagine how Darth Vader felt when he found out his child (and later children) was alive and he had missed out on his son’s childhood and the most evil person in the galaxy may want his son dead. I would imagine he was filled with some desire to spend time with his son, make up for lost time, and do anything to protect him. Is Darth Vader really so different than other fathers?

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Growing Up With Star Wars: After 40 Years, the Journey Continues

The day is almost here and honestly, it’s hard to believe that Star Wars (A New Hope) is celebrating its 40th anniversary. What’s even harder to fathom, is the realization that I’ve grown up right alongside it―we’ve gotten old!

It was the first film that I’m aware of that played in the theater for a full year, giving it the title “blockbuster.” Strangely enough, I still remember going to the theater to see it for the first time. My brother was just super excited, and I was experiencing the movie theater for the very first time. Yes, Star Wars was my first film experience―and it’s left its mark on me. Read more

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Coffee With Kenobi Show #67: “As long as I get to be Face”

Dan Z is joined by Comics With Kenobi co-host & Marvin Dog Media CEO, Jeff McGee, and the Senior Digital Editor of Men’s Fitness, Mike Rodio. The hosts start the show with talk on the upcoming Darth Vader comic and the pros and cons of a new Darth Vader story. Then they discuss the Star Wars 1/2 marathon and what kind of prep is involved. 

Tom Gross gives the news, and during the Coffee Chat, the hosts discuss a unique angle featured in Luke’s training on Dagobah, and they close out the show with email. This is the podcast you’re looking for!

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A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy Not So Far Away – A Guest Blog by Ted Davey

It’s hard to believe, but Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope turns forty this year. It seems like only yesterday that I was tromping around my backyard pretending to be Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. Actually, I was doing that yesterday, but I mean as an 8-year old kid back in 1977.

A New Hope is a period piece and other than Luke and Han’s hairstyles it’s easy to forget that this film was released in the late 1970’s. While it’s never a bad time to be a Star Wars fan nothing compares to how good it is today. Every time I hear someone complain about Legends versus canon, or points out some imperfection from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, I want to turn to that person and say you have no idea just how amazing the Star Wars landscape is right now.

Whether it’s the films, novels, television, costumes, or toys all of it is so much more incredible that what we had back in my day.

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ScreenUsed Hosts 2nd Annual Movie Prop and Wardrobe Auction at Silicon Valley Comic Con April 23, 2017, Pre-Bidding Now Live

ScreenUsed, industry leader in the field of original film and television production memorabilia sales, will host its second annual live and online auction in partnership with Steve Wozniak’s second annual Silicon Valley Comic Con on Sunday, April 23, the final day of the Con at the San Jose Convention Center. Online viewing and pre-bidding on lots will begin on April 3 and run through April 23 at Noon PST when the auction begins. Most of the 191 auction lots will be available for viewing throughout the SVCC weekend in the ScreenUsed Auction Exhibit Hall before the simultaneous live and online auction begins at Noon PST on Sunday, April 23, 2017.

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Witness The Rise Of A Dark Lord In DARTH VADER #1 – Coming in June!

Witness The Rise Of A Dark Lord In DARTH VADER #1 – Coming in June!
Charles Soule & Giuseppe Camuncoli Bring You Darth Vader As You’ve Never Seen Before!

New York, NY—March 13, 2017 — The most fearsome villain in the entire galaxy returns for an all-new series! Today, Marvel Entertainment and Lucasfilm Ltd. are pleased to announce a new beginning for one of the most popular Star Wars™ comic book series! This June, prepare for DARTH VADER #1 – the all-new ongoing series coming to a comic shop near you! Superstar writer Charles Soule (Poe Dameron, Astonishing X-Men) will team with chartbusting artist Giuseppe Camuncoli (Amazing Spider-Man) to chronicle the epic rise of one of the greatest villains in all of fiction!

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Cassian Andor and Sinjir Rath Velus – Good Guys Doing Bad Things

Cassian Andor

With Chuck Wendig’s Empire’s End arriving this month, I decided to review Aftermath and Aftermath: Life Debt. After my first read, I found these post-Return of the Jedi stories entertaining and engaging. For one, getting some details on how the galaxy evolved after the death of the Emperor and Darth Vader was fascinating. The new canon provides little description of this era. Therefore, I was trying to read these stories just a little closer this time around. One of the things I paid extra attention to was the character of Sinjir Rath Velus, the former Imperial loyalty officer. One aspect of Sinjir’s character struck me: he was willing to do bad for the greater good. This reminded me of Cassian Andor, who confessed to Jyn Erso that he had done terrible things on behalf of the Rebellion. This raises the question, where does the Rebellion draw the line?

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