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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Force and Faith: Abundant Life Blooming in the Desert

The Star Wars community tends to boil things down to a lowest common denominator.  While we all have Wookieepedia bookmarked and a vast knowledge TIE fighter models, we find the conversations being whittled down to likes or dislikes, goods or bads.  We polarize our conversations instead of finding deeper levels of understanding through true understanding, dialog and compassion.  If you think I’m nuts, have you ever persuaded someone with your theory about who Snoke is?  When talking to someone with an opinion on midichlorians, have you changed your mind?  There is a call to something greater, though.

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Rogue One: Quiet, Calm, Powerful

No one thinks of “quiet” and “calm” when they think of Star Wars. No one. From the very first blast of the iconic John Williams’ score at the beginning of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, to the fantastic ships, weapons, thundering confrontations and larger than life characters, it’s a loud saga. Big. Booming. Atlas holding the sphere of the world and tossing it around like a ping-pong ball. But it has occurred to me recently, after my most recent viewing of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, that it is in simple, quiet moments and the characters who define them that I find the most power, more than any other Star Wars film.

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