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Coffee With Kenobi’s Dan Z Talks to ‘Rogue One’ Comic Writer Jody Houser

Coffee With Kenobi’s Dan Z Talks to ‘Rogue One’ Comic Writer Jody Houser

In case you missed it, Coffee With Kenobi co-host Dan Z talked to Rogue One comics writer Jody Houser for StarWars.com. You can read an excerpt of the interview below:

The time-honored tradition of Star Wars being adapted into comic book form is continuing this April with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The six-issue limited series will be written by Jody Houser and feature art from Emilio Laiso, and it promises a little something extra: Houser will be including additional scenes from the novelization and elements not in the final film, which means more of our new favorite heroes and villains. StarWars.com emailed with Houser about writing the eagerly awaited adaptation, the promise of additional scenes, and which pieces of Star Wars storytelling made her a huge fan. (Plus, thanks to our rebel spies, we have a first look at the cover of issue #2.)

StarWars.com: When did you find out you would be writing the adaptation of Rogue One, and how did that impact your first viewing of the film?

Jody Houser: I was offered the job before Halloween, so the movie was pretty much always in the workbox for me. I read the script more than a week before the film hit theaters, so when I saw it opening night with a group of friends (85 friends, actually!) I was in writer mode the whole time.

StarWars.com: What is the process of adapting a feature film to the world of comic books, and what does the medium do to enhance the storytelling process?

Jody Houser: The most important thing to me is to make sure the story I’m telling fits the medium, rather than trying to force the medium to bend to the story. For a comic like Rogue One, that means a lot of outlining, figuring out what goes in each issue, on each page, and how to streamline scenes to better fit the comic format. Not to mention figuring out the best way to incorporate new material.

You can read the rest of the interview, and check out the cover for Rogue One #2, on StarWars.com.

Be sure to check out Dan’s other writings for the official site here.

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