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Star Wars Expanded Universe No Longer Canon

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Star Wars Expanded Universe No Longer Canon

In a news post on the official Star Wars site, Lucasfilm has announced that the Expanded Universe – the books, comics and video games that have been produced in the past 35 years – are no longer part of the official Star Wars canon.

While Lucasfilm always strived to keep the stories created for the EU consistent with our film and television content as well as internally consistent, Lucas always made it clear that he was not beholden to the EU.

Now it’s official: The six films have been set as the canon, with upcoming films to further expand on the story’s universe.

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Comic Issues #162 – Watch the Throne

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Comic Issues #162 – Watch the Throne

The Throne of Geekdom rages on this month and your heroes and heroine are here to throw out their reactions to the thrilling upsets and the disappointing defeats.  Listen in as the crew make their Round 2 picks and see who’s already on track for the best predictions!

After the dust settles on the Throne the crew quickly talk about the nerdy hot spots they’d like to travel to, and some great stuff to watch on Netflix.  Join in on the fun and don’t forget to vote every weekday in the Throne of Geekdom!

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New MMO from SOE teased in Reddit AMA

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New MMO from SOE teased in Reddit AMA

The MMO world was abuzz on Friday after John Smedley, President of Sony Online Entertainment, teased a new unannounced MMO from the team during an “Ask Me Anything” on the Everquest Next subreddit.

At first, Smedley sent out a heart attack to Star Wars fans after one response seemed to suggest a new game, perhaps even a sequel to the much-missed Star Wars Galaxies.

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Comic Issues #152 – Star Wars NOW!

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Comic Issues #152 – Star Wars NOW!

The day we knew was coming is finally here, after the acquisition of Star Wars by Disney it was only a matter of time until every aspect of the company would be controlled by the mouse; including the comic rights.  Announced just this past Friday, beginning in 2015 Marvel Comics will be the sole publisher of Star Wars comics thus ending a 23 year relationship with indie darling, Dark Horse Comics.

The news stirs up mixed feelings with Anthony and Elizabeth as they’re joined by J. Bear in Andrew’s absence due to the plague.  Although Disney has the right to do with what they please with their toys the crew can’t help but feel jaded about Dark Horse’s loss.  Let us know what you think about the move in the comment section below or on our Facebook or Twitter pages!

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Review: Dark Horse’s “The Star Wars” issues 1 and 2

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Review: Dark Horse’s “The Star Wars” issues 1 and 2

This series is based on a great idea: take George Lucas’s unpublished rough draft of Star Wars, and turn it into a “What If” story. There are a few familiar concepts and a lot of familiar names, but the Star Wars universe you know has been turned upside down and made into a completely different saga. It’s a chance for readers to see the story that was never told, a look at what Star Wars might have been.

That’s the theory, anyway. In practice, it’s surprisingly hard to read.

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To Timidly Go: Are Sci-Fi Film Tropes Holding Back Sci-Fi Gaming?

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To Timidly Go: Are Sci-Fi Film Tropes Holding Back Sci-Fi Gaming?

With souped-up graphics and processing power, Playstation 4 and Xbox One will bring us one step closer to truly “cinematic” video games. But could game developers’ long quest to emulate silver-screen cool actually limit the creative potential of next-generation console titles?

This question came to mind after the recent burst of publicity for Destiny and Titanfall, two of the “most anticipated” next-gen games. They are also both science fiction titles — a gaming genre that leans especially heavily on Hollywood-derived tropes.

A quick glance at the current console era shows just how often such games mimic cinematic sci-fi — and how limiting that approach can be when designers with a blank virtual slate fall back on the constrained conventions of film.

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[Review] William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

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[Review] William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

When I first saw the cover for this book, I thought it was just someone’s clever illustration of Darth Vader drawn in Shakespearean clothing in a wood-cut style. I thought it was very pretty. Then I noticed the amazon link and realized that it’s a real book. Ian Doescher rewrote Star Wars, the entire movie, in Shakespearean English. And lo, mine eyes did stop and stare in awe!

(Okay, I’ll quit that now, and leave the iambic pentameter to the experts. Verily.)

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For Star Wars Fans, Is No News Good News? Why a little less info could be great for the franchise and its followers

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For Star Wars Fans, Is No News Good News?  Why a little less info could be great for the franchise and its followers

When Walt Disney executives refused to release new Star Wars: Episode VII details during last weekend’s D23 conference, millions of (fan) voices suddenly cried out in terror.

In the audience, there were boos and moans of disappointment; on social sites like Twitter, there was an outpouring of indignant rage.

“How are they not even announcing the title of Episode VII? Why isn’t JJ on stage right now? So lame,” one tweeter huffed. Another quipped that “Disney proves they understand the modern Star Wars fan by disappointing them and taking their money.”

Now hold on a minute. Is this just pent-up anticipation, or has the D23 reaction from Star Wars fans crossed a line into something more like “entitlement”? The most outraged complaints seem to assume not only that Disney has an obligation to release new Episode VII details whenever we expect them, but that failing to do so somehow bodes poorly for the quality of the final film.

The past several decades of geek/fan cultural ascendancy (spurred in no small part by Star Wars fandom) have surely contributed to this response. Expectations for constant streams of pre-release news are at all time highs — thanks not just to Hollywood but the gaming and tech industries, too.

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Emperor Palpatine Returns in Star Wars 7?

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Emperor Palpatine Returns in Star Wars 7?

Thanks to The Latino Review, the Internet is running rampant with rumors that Emperor Palpatine is retuning for the new Star Wars movies, due to start 2015. And if it is true that pure evil is coming back to fight our heroes, it’s said that he will not be a clone, but rather perhaps a spirit ghost, or whatever else they come up with as long as he’s pure Palpatine.

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Comic Issues #131 – Book Geeks and Geeky Books

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Comic Issues #131 – Book Geeks and Geeky Books

In this extra-special episode, the podcast crew starts out with a dramatic reading of Star Wars! Shakespeare-style! With sound effects!

This week Comic Issues presents a books-only podcast. (Well, we talked about comic books too, we couldn’t help it.) What better way to kick off the episode than with Ian Doescher’s amazing book “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars.” Join our heroes and heroine and special guest Leland from Movie Issues as they fight their way through Shakespearean English in a trash compactor, and ponder the eternal question: what the heck was MacGyver’s real job anyway?

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