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Our Recommended Disney Era Novels and Comics

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Ah yes, the C-word. After the Disney purchase of Lucasfilm in 2012… you know what? Let’s not go through all this again. Here’s a Wookieepedia article about canon.

Now, here are the Disney Era novels and comics we recommend. These are not necessarily the *best* or most important releases, but the ones we enjoyed the most. 

Note: this is a living document, so more releases will be added as we love them. Also, stories are arranged by relative time period- some span multiple eras! We trusted our feelings on it. 

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Star Wars: The Old Republic in 2019

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“The Old Republic” calls to mind many different feelings for people. For some, it’s modern Star Wars “done right,” with all of its action and original trilogy archetypes. It’s the anti-Prequel, prequel. Despite its roots in comic books and tabletop RPGs, other fans grimace at the mention of the era, with its oftentimes edgy imagery and “(video)gamification” of the Force: reducing the light and dark side to a point meter.

Although most of the stories set in The Old Republic have been folded into the Legends banner, the era lives on in the form of an online role-playing game, simply called Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR). I enjoy massively multiplayer online RPGs (or just ‘MMOs’ if you’re nasty), and played SWTOR when it launched in December of 2011. I enjoyed it for a few months in the same way I’ve enjoyed other Old Republic content, which is “kinda.” 

But recently, like many characters in Star Wars itself, I’ve been interested in the history of the galaxy. The Jedi, The Sith, The Old Republic, and the MMO that released 8 years ago, is still updated today, but seems to be absent from most Star Wars discourse….

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Building (or Rebuilding) a Collection of 3.75″ Star Wars Figures

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Ah, the 3.75″ Star Wars figures. For many, they represent the cornerstone of their collections, their introduction to collecting, and maybe even their youth. If you want a history lesson on the origins of the figures, and to see why they’re so important to so many fans, check out the Star Wars episode of Netflix’s The Toys That Made Us.

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My Signed Star Wars Comics Collection

After the Disney deal went through and the canon “rebooted,” I made a commitment to start fresh collecting Star Wars comics in earnest. I had a handful of original Marvel books and kept up with the Dark Horse titles for a few years, but I was never fully able to catch up (same with the novels, etc.). The continuity reorganization gave me a fresh starting point and as of this moment I’ve read pretty much every Star Wars comic published since the change. I love what Marvel, IDW, and the Lucasfilm Story Group have been doing with the comics, bringing in some of the absolute best talent in the industry to tell great stories that compliment the films. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet some of this talent at various conventions over the past few years, and it has been great to be able to let them know how much I appreciate the work they’ve been doing (and to get signatures for my collection). So that’s what this post is all about, just sharing the books I’ve had signed and my appreciation for the creators.

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Lindsey and Ryan’s TLJ reactions

Ryan and Lindsey, hot off their second viewing, share their impressions of The Last Jedi.

Music:

Black Flag – Nervous Breakdown

AFI – Still a Stranger

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Blockade Runner Pickups: Force Friday II edition

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This Force Friday was ridic; so much good stuff. This is my haul from just two stores :-O

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Blockade Runner Pickups August 14th – 20th 2017

Check out last week’s pickups here.

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Empire Strikes Back (Game Boy)

Grabbed this Game Boy ESB game (weirdly published by Ubi Soft) for our Power of the 90s: 1992 episode. I haven’t played much, but my first impression is that it’s fairly technically impressive for a Game Boy licensed game, but also has some oddly difficult platforming early on.

Star Wars Galaxy

With their bold artistic visions of the Star Wars universe by a variety of artists (including some of the biggest names in comics), the Galaxy card series showcased the Star Wars universe in ways we’d never seen before in 1993. This book chronicles the first three sets of the cards, which range from gorgeous and detailed to post-modern weirdness. I love it.

Weird 6″ figures

I’m really digging these 6″ 5POA figures I grabbed at Big Lots. Not bad for $6; they can almost hang with 6″ Black Series figures!

Star Wars: The Magic of Myth, Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu, RotJ Illustrated Edition

We have an awesome bookstore here in Denver called Kilgore Books that specializes in zines, weird literature, and sci-fi. Not only is their focus totally in my wheelhouse, but their prices are great too- I was able to grab these three books for about $16 total. Really stoked to find out what the heck a mindharp is! 

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Hassk Thug #2

I grabbed my first long-sought-after Hassk Triplet (or “thug” as the Hasbro packaging refers to him) a few weeks ago when Target initially started their Force Awakens toys clearance sales, but everyone knows that Takodana werewolves travel in threes, so I jumped at the opportunity to grab my second figure when I saw him swinging from the pegs the other day. Two dollars and thirty cents!

Glad Star Wars Sandwich Bags

I’m assuming these first released with The Force Awakens, but I’ve never noticed them in stores until now. The bags and packaging are super fun and this is the kind of stuff that is super fun to pull out of a storage box twenty years later. Plus, I figure these will double as handy weapons/accessories bags for my Last Jedi figures!

Darth Vader Backpack

IMG_0069A thoughtful coworker grabbed this for me from the Duty Free shop on the Canadian/U.S. border recently. I guess it was in a clearance bin, but her intuition served her well when she thought, “if it features Star Wars art, he’ll love it.” I do!