CWK Show #71: “Who’s in your top ten?”

Dan Z is joined by William Shakespeare’s Star Wars author,  Ian Doescher, & Star Wars superfan, Brian Sims. They open the show by talking about upcoming Storyteller Star Wars Christmas ornaments from Hallmark and share some difficult news from Rancho Obi-Wan. Marc Thompson discusses the art of recording Star Wars audio books, and in the Coffee Chat, they talk about a USA Today article looking at the top 40 Star Wars characters. They close out the show with email. This the podcast you’re looking for!

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CWK Show #68: “Way Back in the Day”

Dan Z is joined by YouTube and Star Wars superstar Chris Pirillo and Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels Co-host (and CWK blogger), Dennis Keithly. The hosts open the show with a number of topics, including talk on the Star Wars 40th anniversary action figures. Jason Brame stops by with a canon update, and Dan Z. gives the news, During the Coffee Chat, the hosts discuss George Lucas turning 73, and they close out the show with email. This is the podcast you’re looking for!

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LIVE: Star Wars Reads Day 2015, featuring Ian Doescher (142)

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Join us live at Star Wars Reads Day 2015! We talk with Scott Miller of the Midwest Garrison of the 501st, as well as James Kelly of the Madalorian Mercs, and have an exclusive interview with Ian Doescher.We also review some of the latest Hasbro The Force Awakens products. Live from Star Wars Reads Day, this is the podcast you’re looking for!

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Bard Wars

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A long, long time ago, in a galaxy known as high school, my senior English Lit class studied Hamlet by William Shakespeare.  As I read the play, the Star Wars nerd in me could not help but correlate the tale, chock full of spirits and sword fighting and murderous relatives, with George Lucas’s beloved space opera.  I had the idea that one day I would put on a production of Hamlet with the roles replaced by the appropriate Star Wars character.  Luke Skywalker would play the titular character, Darth Vader would be his murderous, scheming uncle, and Obi-Wan would take a turn as the ghost/Force spirit that was once his father.  The other positions could be filled by the various supporting cast members.  It was an interesting idea but unfortunately I never had the means nor the talent to make it.

Flash forward eighteen years (has it really been that long since I graduated?) and it turns out that I am not the only one to notice the connection between the Bard’s writings and the galaxy far, far away.  With his debut novel, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, author Ian Doescher gives a unique perspective on A New Hope by telling it through mimicry of the style of the most famous playwright in history.  He has since gone on to publish books for the entire movie saga, with the final tale Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge released just days after the “Force Friday” extravaganza.  To celebrate the finale, Doescher went on a multi-city book tour, and one of his stops was near my home in Cincinnati, Ohio. Read more

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CWK Co-host Dan Z’s Latest ‘Studying Skywalkers’ Looks at Author Ian Doescher

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For the latest installment of his ongoing series “Studying Skywalkers,” Coffee With Kenobi co-host Dan Z catches up with Ian Doescher, author of the William Shakespeare’s Star Wars series to discuss his recent book tour.

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BookChat: Ian Doescher’s Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge Book Tour (134)

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Join us live in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, as we catch up with author Ian Doescher on his William Shakespeare’s Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge book tour. Ian is joined by the St. Louis Shakespeare at Left Bank Books as they perform excerpts, discuss the writing of the books, and the influence of Shakespeare. Live from Left Bank Books, this is the podcast you’re looking for!

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Check Out CWK Co-host Dan Z’s Latest Article in Star Wars Insider #159

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Have you picked up the latest issue of Star Wars Insider? Well, be sure to grab a copy because Coffee With Kenobi co-host Dan Z has a new article that you won’t want to miss.

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Celebration Anaheim Day Three (99)

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Our day 3 coverage of Celebration Anaheim is here! We get to talk with more awesome Star wars fans, recap Day 2, live audio of the Rebels panel, talk with Danielle of Star Wars in the Classroom, get immediate reaction to the premiere of Rebels Season 2 with Chris Taylor of How Star Wars Conquered the Universe, Scott Murray of Assembly of Geeks, and Thomas Riddle of Star Wars in the Classrrom, and talk with William Shakespeare’s Star Wars author Ian Doescher. Live from the convention floor, this is the podcast you’re looking for!

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Book Review: William Shakespeare’s The Phantom of Menace: Star Wars Part the First

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Ian Doescher has answered the hope of many a fan of Star Wars and literature by turning his sizable literary talents to the Prequel films, and it starts with The Phantom of Menace. The first of the new trilogy of Doescher’s continuing take on Star Wars through Shakespearian language does not disappoint; Ian continues to bring soul, charm, wit, humor, and beautiful language to the growing series, and it is, as usual, a lot of fun.

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Rogues Report: Ian Doescher visits Housel Middle School

About a year and a half ago, I found myself with an open spot during Parent-teacher conferences and decided to pass the time by starting to read William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher.  Being a 6th grade Language Arts teacher and a lifelong fan of STAR WARS, I was immediately drawn to the subject matter and form of the book when it was announced, and after hearing Ian interviewed on COFFEE WITH KENOBI, I decided to purchase a copy for my classroom.

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