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Creating The Worlds Of Star Wars: 365 Days by John Knoll with JW Rinzler (book review).

May 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Creating The Worlds Of Star Wars: 365 Days by John Knoll with JW Rinzler (book review).

In assembling ‘Creating The Worlds Of Star Wars: 365 Days’, John Knoll set himself an enormous task. Over the course of 365 pages, he takes one photo for each day each detailing a different aspect of the production of the first six ‘Star Wars’ films. Focusing mainly on the Special FX and having access to […]

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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: The Original Topps Trading Card Series Volume Two by Gary Gerani (book review).

May 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: The Original Topps Trading Card Series Volume Two by Gary Gerani (book review).

Following on from Abrams’ collected Topps trading cards for both ‘Star Wars’ the original movie and the ‘Star Wars Galaxy’ art cards comes the second volume of cards from the 80s. This time around it’s the turn of ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ to be given the ‘Original Topps Trading Card Series’ treatment. If you’re familiar […]

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Star Wars Galaxy: The Original Topps Trading Card Series by Gary Gerani (book review).

April 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Star Wars Galaxy: The Original Topps Trading Card Series by Gary Gerani (book review).

After the delight of being able to read and appreciate ‘Star Wars: The Art Of The Force Awakens’, I was grateful to look at another book from publisher Abrams. This is ‘Star Wars Galaxy: The Original Topps Trading Card Series’, an anthology of collected artwork from the trading card sets of the same name, printed […]

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Star Wars: Battlefront: Twilight Company by Alexander Freed (book review).

January 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: Battlefront: Twilight Company by Alexander Freed (book review).

‘Star Wars: Battlefront’ has been a phenomenally successful game for Electronic Arts in conjunction with Dice and Lucasfilm. By the end of March 2016, it is expected to have shifted some 13 million copies and has already broken the PS4’s record for the most downloaded game. Like many ‘Star Wars’ fans, I took part in […]

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster (book review).

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster (book review).

I’ve tried to be spoiler-free for this review, but I do recommend you watch ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ before looking at the novel and this review. You will get a lot more enjoyment out of seeing the film first and reading the book second. Alan Dean Foster is a name to conjure with. Author […]

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The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Phil Szostak (book review).

January 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Phil Szostak (book review).

In late October 2012, just after Disney announced the acquisition of Lucasfilm and that ‘Star Wars Episode VII’ would be coming soon, Doug Chiang reached out to Production Designer Rick Carter (‘Jurassic Park’, ‘Avatar’, ‘Lincoln’) about the possibility of working on a new ‘Star Wars’ film. By January 2013, Carter was on-board with Chiang and […]

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Doctor Who: The Time Lord Letters by Justin Richards (book review).

January 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: The Time Lord Letters by Justin Richards (book review).

2015’s ‘Doctor Who’ whimsical hardback cash-in title is ‘The Time Lord Letters’ in which Justin Richards imagines letters written by the Doctor and some of his friends concerning events across his personal history. These letters usually refer to moments from stories that took place across ‘Doctor Who’s fifty year history. Richards is a good choice […]

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens (a film review by John Rivers).

January 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (a film review by John Rivers).

After some three years of waiting, speculation and rumour ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ finally arrives on cinema screens. Created at a cost of $200m and reuniting Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill alongside a new cast of characters, the film had a lot to prove. This is simply the biggest franchise re-launch of […]

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Star Wars: Jedi Master Magazine (magazine review).

December 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: Jedi Master Magazine (magazine review).

I can’t deny that this is a pretty kick-ass looking painting of Yoda flying towards me on the cover of ‘Star Wars: Jedi Master’ magazine, a new monthly American publication from Titan Comics and Disney aimed at pre-teen kids. As a youngster, I would have been attracted to the cover alone. The on-going theme throughout […]

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Luke Skywalker Can’t Read And Other Geeky Truths by Ryan Britt (book review).

December 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
Luke Skywalker Can’t Read And Other Geeky Truths by Ryan Britt (book review).

Ryan Britt is an essayist who has specialised in writing on the idiosyncrasies of SF and Fantasy culture. In ‘Luke Skywalker Can’t Read And Other Geeky Truths’, Britt examines particular films and TV series from the eighties, nineties and noughties in relation to his own experiences of growing-up. From him and his father watching ‘Barbarella’ […]

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