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Review of the new Marvel STAR WARS comics.

First off, clearly the best thing about the new Marvel STAR WARS is that Marvel and the industry act like everything they do is a big deal.  Every issue of 4 titles has alternate covers by big names, which gets them all press.  Also, when they put out a promo poster, it goes out to stores not just cons, and 3rd party media reports on it so I know to get out to the store.

What is weird about this is that Dark Horse clearly needed STAR WARS more than Marvel does.  I don’t know the stats, but I can only assume that STAR WARS was a huge percentage of Dark Horse’s revenue.  It isn’t their fault if they couldn’t get the media coverage.  But it is their fault if they couldn’t get word to someone as tuned in as me, which they often did not.

But onto the actual content:

STAR WARS #1:
In the book’s opening crawl it says the Rebels are on the offensive throughout the galaxy after destroying the Death Star.  If they mean that the way I am reading it, the Rebels are a much stronger and more conventional military force than they were in the previous (now non-canon) version of the STAR WARS Universe.  I think this is poor word choice, not a different direction.

The art is very basic.  Surprising for the hype I mentioned above.

Darth Vader uses stormtroopers for shields.  Regardless of whether you think this is out of character, he has always used his lightsaber.  I am not sure why they would write this.  The fact that Vader is a bad dude was adequately established 38 years ago.

STAR WARS #2:
There is some really fun dialog here if you accept that this is the really the first meeting of Luke and Vader.

Luke takes to a speeder bike to gain an edge during combat.  I like this on several levels:
1          It acknowledges Luke’s pre-Episode-IV skills.
2          The scene totally works.
3          It fits, rather than contradicts, how Luke seemed to have pre-existing knowledge of Imperial speeder bike controls in Return of the Jedi.

STAR WARS #3:
Again they say the Rebels are on the offensive…

They say the weapons factory we have been fighting over for several issues is the “largest weapons factory in the Galaxy”, but nothing about it seems to back that up.  For as badly as the Rebels’ plan is going, not a lot of defenders have show up.  It is not drawn in any way that produces awe.  And when our heroes stumble upon the slave pens, there are dozens not hundreds or thousands in need of rescue.

The art is still not great.

I like Luke shooting stormtroopers in the back.  STAR WARS has been criticized for making the armed opposition to evil appear too clean.  This bit of the necessary evil to stay alive against a greater evil is the best kind of gritty reality.

I don’t like Vader force pushing stromtroopers just to clear a path.  For all of his established evil, he only wastes Imperial assets when he is punishing failure.  (Which presumably sharpens the surviving assets.)

I am not a fan of the alien from Enemy Mine appearing in a background shot where any existing STAR WARS species could have fit just as easily.  I assume this is a lazy artist, not a misguided writer.  I wonder if I looked back where I twice observed the art being poor if “lazy” would have been a better label.

I do like the use—and translation—of Aurabesh (the in-universe alphabet).  This is what is going to happen with the old Expanded Universe:  It did such a good job of defining so many things that needed it, that it is going to slowly creep back in.

STAR WARS #4:
When Jabba meets Vader, this author doesn’t need to lower and shame the character like the author of Shadows of the Empire did.  (In that story, a very poor writer had to prop up his creations by debasing established continuity.  That is an old and irrelevant debate, but it makes the better writing here stand out.)

There is talk of “a” Death Star.  Even among characters that know there are or will be two, that would be an odd choice of words.
COINCIDENCE!  Coincidence was the bane of the old Expanded Universe.  Our heroes are always in the wrong place at exactly the right time to always be the one’s to solve the Galaxy’s problems.  And with a galaxy to spread out in, people randomly bump into people they know with a frequency that would be high for a medium sized town.
Here Luke, Vader, and Boba Fett just happen to land on Tatooine on the same day.  At least one of those visits has no cause and effect relationship with the others.

Luke arrives on Tatooine in an X-Wing, even though his visit is totally personal.
Do the Rebels just let members in good standing take any ship they want?
Even if that were true, is an armed starfighter the best choice for this trip?
[This point bridges #4 and #5]

STAR WARS #5:
So Luke has come to Tatooine to find answers to how he should feel about the events in Episode IV.  THIS HAS BEEN DONE!
People are all mad about the Han’s Wife Reveal in #6.  But at least that is new.  The problem with throwing away the old Expanded Universe isn’t that those stories were so good (some of them were steaming piles of shit:  Ruins of Dantooine, The Glove of Darth Vader and its sequels).  The problem is we are going to read the same stuff we have already read.
For all the surface level fans out there:  In an issue of STAR WARS in 3D, released 28 years ago, Luke was all angst-y about the events in Episode IV.  He went to Tatooine to find his answers.  He ends up giving the Lars farm to a guy who had been making a living through violence.  The guy takes up farming and everyone feels good in three dimensions.
So now I have to read Luke’s angst-y trip to Tatooine again, in lazy 2D art.  If you think that is needed for the new canon, why not just reprint it and declare it canon.
The answer, of course, is they think they can write it better.  I will let you know how they do on their first apples-to-apples test.

Boba Fett kills a guy after the guy gives him the answers he wants IN PUBLIC.  I guess no one will ever give Boba Fett answers again.  His career is over.  (Kind of a problem since this story is set before The Empire Strikes Back.)

The Ganath Cloud and the Moddell Sector creep back into canon.  Probably more that I don’t have memorized.  (Don’t worry, I have a geography database far more robust than the published Atlas.)

Han is going on a trip to find a new base (which ends up being Hoth).  Been done.

The Han and Liea interaction is pretty good.

STAR WARS #1-5 overall:
The art never impressed.  I wanted to say the writing was good, but the number of frames it took him to destroy Boba Fett is impressively sad.

Had I stopped after issue #4, I would have given the writing a B+ and the art a C-

Princess Leia #1:
All of these start with the opening crawl—which I like when the content of the crawl is good.

Luke talks about the deaths in Episode IV.  He singles out Leia’s parents, ignoring the Yavin pilots whose friends are around him and who died doing something heroic.

I enjoyed seeing Leia taking orders from Dodona.  “Princess” is not a Rebel title.  “General” is.

Why is there a statue of the Organas on Yavin?  Regardless of how common the knowledge of their support for the cause is, who has time to carve a statue in a rebel base?

I like that they drew Leia shorter that another woman.  Carrie Fisher is very short.

The one hologram showing another hologram makes no sense.  This may sound nit-picky, but that fact that I thought about means it pushed me out of the story.

Princess Leia #2:
For some reason, the Empire is going to target surviving Alderaanians.  I have no idea why this would be.

Why does R2-D2 have a shock whip?

There is some great bad guy dialog.

Princess Leia #3:
There is a mention that the size of the bounties on our heroes heads would effect the speed with which the Imperials would catch up to them.  Presumably Imperial troops do what they do, and don’t receive bonuses.  Again, this doesn’t effect the story, but it made me step back and shake my head instead of staying immersed in the story.

The story points out that you can’t trust someone who betrays your enemies.  This is kind of grey area that detractors claim STAR WARS lacks, so I applaud it.

R2 uses that weapon again.  Am I missing something?  I have only seen Episode III about three times.

There is some inexplicable art where R2 appears to have one of those chemical glow sticks like he is going to a rave.

A new character has been wearing Luke’s outfit from the award ceremony throughout the three issues.  I can’t decide if I should praise that (he clearly got it on Rebel base where we meet this character) or let it bug me (I keep thinking she is Luke when I turn the page.)

Oh, which reminds me.  The story is about Leia, a new female, and (for no explained or explicable reason) R2-D2.  Marvel specifically said this was for female readers.  If a female reader with half my STAR WARS knowledge asks me to change this revue, I will do so.

Leia #1-3 overall:
I don’t understand the quest (Empire targeting Alderaanians.)  But everything else except R2’s weapon is pretty good.  If you could convince me those two things could be blamed on an editor, and if I give it some extra points for targeting an audience I think it is important to target and who is not me, I might give this an A-.
As is stands, I’d like to give it an “Incomplete” until they explain the plot to me.  A “D” sounds harsh, but I really don’t understand the evil act that forces the quest.
As for the art, it only struck me the two times I mentioned, B+.

Darth Vader #1:
There is some art that don’t know what it is.  A close shot of something?

Jabba’s palace has no creatures from the Special Edition.  This made me smile and creates hope for the future.

Darth Vader travels by Star Destroyer from Coruscant (which I assume is still in the Galactic Core) to Tatooine (which I assume is still in the Outer Rim, it is certainly the “planet … farthest from” “a bright center to the universe”) in one day.
This means nothing to you.  But it is ether the ruination of the new canon or the first thing in the new canon to need a retcon.
You see, if you can go from the Core to the Outer Rim in a day, that means you can cross the entire Galaxy in two days.  That means that no territory can ever be held or expanded in any military conflict, because every planet is a potential front line every day.
There is no more reason to trade with near planets than far planets, since all are easily reachable.  The same it true of immigration and colonization.  Imagine the stories they can’t tell because all points are equally reachable.
There certainly can’t be any unexplored planets.  If you can cross the Galaxy in two days, a route to everywhere would be found within a year.
Actually, this won’t be retconned.  It will be ignored, just like it was in the old continuity.  When stuff needs to take time to get to, it will.  When it convenient for travel to be instantaneous, it will be.  The solution to this kind of thing is to hire someone like me.  There are at least two people like me on the “Story Group.”  Not sure how they missed this.

Speaking of the Story Group, this issue directly references the activities on Cymoon from the comics STAR WARS #1-3 that I reviewed for you above.  That kind of immediate tie in is fun for people like me reading everything pretty close to the order in which it is printed.  It also means there shouldn’t be conflicts even between stories being written simultaneously.

(BTW, isn’t it stupid that we have a comic just called “STAR WARS” for the FORTH TIME?  How is anyone supposed to know what anyone is talking about?)

Also on the topic of continuity, this book demonstrates how much easier it is going to be to write this new Expanded Universe.  The Prequels are now fixed objects.

General Tagge is alive in this continuity!  And he picks up right where Tarkin left off:  bossing around Darth Vader, the disappointing apprentice of the Emperor!  Surface fans are not going to like this, but trust me this is so right.

Vader kills a village of Sand People just because he is in the neighborhood.  I think I prefer efficient Imperial Vader to angst-y Anakin/Vader.  But there is now a full generation of Prequel fans out there.

There is unclear art throughout this book.

Darth Vader #2:
They introduce the title of Grand General for Tagge.  While new, this is clearly meant to evoke the title of Grand Admiral.  A reference to one of the best characters form the old Expanded Universe.  I am surprised at how fast this is happening.

These books are told from pro-Imperial point of view, which is really fun.  The crawl is pro-Imperial.  We are made to care about a dying Imperial pilot.

The art here really sucks.  Tagge is in the movie.  Trace him if you don’t know how to draw.

Darth Vader #3:
Again the art is so bad I don’t know what I am looking at.

It seems early in the new continuity to have Vader on a quest with a protocol droid, an astromech droid, and a lady tough enough to talk back to him.  We don’t need to stretch this far for a call back in issue #3.

Darth Vader #4 and #5:
I hope you can see from the other issues how much work I put into this, because nothing good or bad jumped out at me from 4 or 5.

Vader #1-5 overall:
Other than the one line about travel time, there is nothing I can say is “wrong” with the writing.  I give this an A.  I can’t give the A+ because even though the Story Group should have caught it, any writer should have some idea how many stories he ruined with that line.
As for the art, I would have rather had stick figures that I could tell what they were doing than multiple frames of unidentified activity.  This isn’t a class where anyone who can proportion a human right gets an A.  Grading this compared to professionals, I have to give this an F.

Kanan:  The Last Padawan #1
This book seems to directly reference the old continuity, saying that Depa Belaba emerged from whatever she emerged from.  (She went crazy in Shatterpoint, which is the best book ever.)  It then seems to read that she was on the Counsel after that.  (She was before.)

This was a very easy read.  It is not because it is written for kids (it is “rated T”).  But it could be because there isn’t much content.

Kanan:  The Last Padawan #2
The only thing I noted here is a repeat of the travel time problem above, adding to the therory that the Story Group is the problem, not the individual authors.

Kanan #1-2 Overall:
I don’t think I will assign any letter grades at this time.  The sample is too small, and frankly only the most hard core fans are going to read this one anyway.



 

Surrendered Jawa

Looking through some old pictures for a non-Jawa project, I came across these:
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This is one of only 2 Jawas I have given away.  I meant for this one to allow a friend to take her own Jawa pics.  Now she is not talking to me.  I hope she didn't throw him away.

Pit passes to the stock car race.

Just in time to make LJ friends with mrshellion, Jason was asked if he wanted to go to the stock car race at the Milwaukee Mile, complete with pit passes.
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Lined up at the start.
P1010004 croppedAction shot.  I felt kind of bad, having the ability to walk around where-ever, because I knew someone who knew someone.  Meanwhile, people who spent good money for crappy seats could see me wandering around like a privileged idiot.  I know how much that bothers me at STAR WARS events.P1010016 cropped
We did get to see a crash.  Not right in front of us, but where we could see it.  I considered collecting flaming bits of sticker that blew our way, but the real fans didn't seem to care so I guess that is not a thing.
P1010017 croppedP1010026 croppedLater, in the pit.
P1010028 croppedChecking out the cars with Chris Sturdevant.  (To those of you who don't know him, I sometimes refer to him as my Not-Nerd-Friend.)  His friend works on one of the cars, and gave us the passes, but was gone before we could find him.
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While I am glad I got to see the race, I have to say I didn't really get it.  Points of confusion:

1.  I am told this was not a "NASCAR" event, but yet I had heard of some of the drivers.

2.  Why were there no visible attempts to pass?  If that is normal, why would you watch?

3.  Why do environmentalists not protest this?

loss of Jawa focus

I have been doing a lot of non-Jawa posts lately.  Mostly personal stories that I want to put on Facebook, but they are too long for that format so I save them here and Personal Message them to the person they are aimed at on Facebook.

If you can see them, I hope they aren't annoying.  If you can't see them, ask if you can be in one of the groups that can.

I felt a need to preseve this.

This was an exchange on Facebook today, starting with a post from the official STAR WARS Books page (by their intern).  I am kind of at a loss what to say, since I am not going to go back and change the names.  If you know me, you will understand.  If you don't have time to read it all, just search down to my comment, and marvel at the things people continue to boast about after me.  Ask me sometime about the advice my grandpa gave as I left for college (and how the internet essentially makes it impossible to follow).

(Obviously Rochelle Hamel's comments are exempt from my observation, if she means what I think she means.)

Monday returns as it ever does. This weekend I
happened upon a Star Wars book at a tag sale that I'd never seen
before. STAR WARS: BOOK ONE by Paul and Hollace Davids, a Barnes and
Noble collection of three short stories:

THE GLOVE OF DARTH VADER
THE LOST CITY OF THE JEDI
ZORBA THE HUTT'S REVENGE

The stories are all partially illustrated with ink drawings. The seller
only wanted $1 for it, though I certainly would have paid more. There's
nothing better than a diamond in the rough discovery like this one.

So, this week's question: What's the best Star Wars related find you've ever come across at a tag/estate sale, used bookstore, etc?

Enjoy the week everyone. (Darth Internous)



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  • Kevin Michael Good luck reading those, it was a struggle for me to get through the Jedi Prince series.

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  • Rob Nesbitt A
    buddy got me a copy of dark force rising years ago at a garage sale,
    first book I'd read since I was a kid, got me and another buddy back
    into it, havn't stopped reading star wars since

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  • Al Jam a
    star wars millineam falcon, lego version, HUGE, with interior capacity,
    at thrift store. five bucks. Two days later, got broken in to my car
    and it was stolen.

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  • John Parker I think its very cool that you found this. I have it myself only I paid 25 for it.

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  • Jacob Clark That is a great book. I remember reading it when I was a kid.

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  • Star Wars Books I
    read through it this weekend. Not sure I was the target audience, but I
    like the cover and the artwork. I'll probably give it to a young cousin
    or something. (Darth Internous)

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  • John Parker Yeah it was different but it will be a good gift.

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  • Keenan Chesnick I
    once found the 3 Thrawn Trilogy books at a second store, hard cover,
    early edition and bought them for 4 dollars. I was probably 12-13 at the
    time and read those books until the overs almost fell off. Started my
    Star Wars reading obessesion.

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  • Kevin Michael Well
    you can definitely make a well-written series of junior novels that
    have appeal to an adult fan (eg: everything that Jude Watson wrote).
    Jedi Prince was just terrible on both levels. The covers are very nice
    in this series, artwork by Drew Struzan!

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  • Stacie Schmidt I
    picked up a really nice hardback copy of of Heir to the Empire at a
    library book sale earlier this year. I debated on getting it, but I'd
    never seen out of a library before so for $2 it was mine!

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  • Stephen Allen I got Force Unleashed 2 ($40 bucks at the time) for $20 from a GameStop and it was in the first games case

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  • Bradley Lynn Perry Those
    three book are the first star wars books i ever read. They were
    available in my middle school library, and i read them over and over. I
    can't believe you bought them all for $1.

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  • Adam Gillis Searched
    and searched for a hardcover with dust jacket Shadows of the Empire,
    never could find one. Then one day I went to a used book store I
    frequent, and there it was, on display first edition like it was waiting
    for me. I was Beyond excited.

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  • Adam O'Brien VECTOR PRIME hardcover, in great condition for five bucks!!!

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  • R Keith Adams those
    books are kinda lame... they're 6 of them... 1. the glove of darth
    vader, 2. the lost city of the jedi, 3. zorba the hutt's revenge, 4.
    mission from mount yoda, 5. queen of the empire, and 6. prophets of the
    dark side. my third grader just enjoyed tham again. LOL!

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  • David Griffiths I just got it last week. Paid £6 for the book but £13 for it to be shipped from USA to the UK.

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  • Matthew Martin Probably
    a tie between the hardcover Wildlife of Star Wars the same month it
    came out and the WEG Tales of the Jedi Companion in 2002, both for half
    cover price at Half Price Books locations.

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  • Adam O'Brien Also
    found some of the clone wars era hardcovers, all for six dollars each.
    All the Karen Traviss ones and also my favourite clone wars one:
    SHATTERPOINT. A really good read that one.

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  • Stacie Schmidt Tosche
    Station recently did a reread + review of the Jedi Prince series. I'd
    read them when I was younger but forgotten how ... non-canonical they
    are? And exceedingly ridiculous!

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  • Douglas Shortt I remember those book. they were good. I read them like five time each. and also theirs more

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  • Jim McCue Jr. The
    best thing I have found at a yard sale was the Darth Vader
    bust/telephone. It is in 100% working order. Paid a whopping $5 for
    it....

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  • Oscar Franceschini My
    girlfriend's grandmother gave me a dozen of the Burger King Star Wars
    glasses from the '70s and '80 because according to her, I was into "all
    that space stuff".

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  • Trevor Wright Copies of the screen play for 4-6.
    Paid like five bucks.

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  • Scott Mobley I
    love it when I find SFBC books in the clearance section at Half Price
    Books (Texas chain). Can't beat getting those for $1 or $3, lol!

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  • Shaun M Stanley We
    have recently gotten a 2nd & Charles (Owned by Books-A-Million
    Sells a lot of used books, movies, music, and games) where I live. I
    have picked up a lot of the old Essential Guides To.. from the mid to
    late 90s for a few dollars each. I never owned them as a kid. I was
    always borrowing them from friends. Spent hours hour looking through
    those books. Brought back a lot of nostalgia.

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  • T.j. Higgins Splinter of the minds eye first edition hardback for a quarter.

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  • Kevin Michael "Maybe
    so, but Lando's offered me a lease on a piece of sky near Cloud City.
    I've always dreamed of having a place of my own, and I figure it's about
    time Chewie and I built my dream sky house." -Han Solo, from the Glove
    of Darth Vader. ugh.

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  • Podcasting's Brock Darth Internous has shown us his age with this post... Internous (lol when I read your name, btw) check out this page: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Jedi_Prince
    . The 6 books in the series in their original paperback form have some
    nice cover artwork. I still use bookmarks they sold at Barnes &
    Noble in the mid-1990s featuring the cover art. At the time of their
    release the Jedi Prince were some of the only new Star Wars books
    available, and especially for that reading level. This is before Young
    Jedi Knights, before Jude Watson.

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Jedi Princeleft Jedi Prince (along with The Glove of Darth Vader, The Trioculus Saga, or the Son...

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  • Izak Pornovets All 9 legacy of the force books 15 cents a piece at a yard sale. I was in love.

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  • Chris Day Earlier this year I got the first three books of the new Jedi order for 2 bucks at a yard sale

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  • Tom Brower Already
    had .. And an outdated technology.. But when an elder neighbor died
    recently I bought his (mint condition casing) original SW vcr movies.

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  • Star Wars Books @Oscar that's awesome and I hope you still have them. @Podcasting Brock yep, only 25. (Darth Internous)

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  • Josh Peimer Maybe
    you guys could tell us what's going to happen with the EU and new books
    re: new movies? We will understand if you can't yet, but it would be
    great if LucasBooks would acknowledge that there is a thing that's going
    to happen, you'll have to manage it, and we will then have to deal with
    it.

    In other words, start a open dialog if you can...

    I don't mean this in a negative way. The only people who care more about it than us are you folks.

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  • Scott Burr 75 loose but mint in baggies figures with all weapons and accessories plus 2 loose but mint speeder bikes for $50

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  • Lizzy Roubos The Jedi Prince series was pretty cute... way, way way back when it was released. Yikes, that takes me back!

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  • Omar Cervantes All the star wars books I have I got at goodwill . Never paid more then 3 bucks for them .

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  • Aaron Moore I picked up the same Book 1 &2 a couple weeks ago, and found a first printing of Star Wars in hardback this weekend

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  • Jordan Foyil Rogue
    planet, star by star, courtship of P.L., allegiance, the phantom
    menace, vector of the past. All hardcover at the goodwill just
    marinating....great find

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  • Will Eveland I loved those growing up. Still have that hard back.

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  • Sam Cook Captain Planet fought the Imperial Remnant in those books.

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  • Tristan Rennie I got these years ago, and to put it bluntly, you paid too much...

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  • James Hodgkiss I found the entire Thrawn Trilogy at a village fete, and the Hand of Thrawn duology at a charity shop.

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  • Craig Queen I found the gold dustjacket Star Wars hardcover from 1977 at a used book store for 3.49...worth a fortune!

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  • Lawrence T Miller Splinter
    of the minds eye. I had read this story a couple of times when i was
    younger and loved it so much it was my first Star Wars story but i then
    lost it. As i got older i hunted and hunted for this book but never
    could find it. Then one day a very close friend of mines brother had
    some boxes laying around at her house with some old Star Ears
    collectibles in it and their i found the book that i loved so much from
    my childhood that started me on the fabulous Star Wars journey that i
    still continue today at age 41. Even though i didn't pay for the book
    its still be a great journey to be reunited with this book.

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  • Rob Landers I
    came across such a diamond in the ruff; it was a two book series
    featuring Kyle Katarn. They are by Dark Horse and deal with Kyle's
    farher's legacy and the Valley of the Jedi. They are in a used bookstore
    and I have hidden them under some encyclopedias at the back of the
    store so nobody finds them but me when I get paid mesh shahs ha ha...
    Uh..,.. Ha. So can anyone tell me about them?

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Lawrence T Miller Sorry Star Wars not Star ears lol.

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  • Tom Pfarrer vintage
    hoth rebel at my old flea market for $1. Plus a box full of vintage
    vehicle parts and figures. Near complete x-wing, vader, greedo, and
    chewbacca.

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  • George Kostal Not
    really a used bookstore but I picked up Vortex and The Force Unleashed
    II novelization hardcovers for under $3 each when Borders was closing.

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  • Lucas Cox A box set of the Star Wars Jedi Apprentice series. But that was a long time ago...

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  • Andrew Kennedy Star wars soundtrack on vinyl at a 2nd hand furniture store

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  • Mike DeRose My
    father read these stories to me as a child. It forever cemented my
    love for Star Wars (even though they are not part of the official
    story). They hold a special place in my heart.

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  • Rob Hataway I would not have paid one dollar for those awful books.

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  • Dai Anne I've got an original print of a ROTJ comic novelization I found for about $3 at a used book shop.

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  • Brett Garvin Millenium Falcon lego set, still in plastic, for $10..

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  • Ty Simmons First edition splinter of the minds eye for ten cents in great shape.

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  • Michael Gnizak My mom found me one for .50 cents called: Splinter of the Mind's Eye.

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  • Hector Rios Jr. There's
    too many to list. I'm always finding books at my local library's used
    bookstore or their semi-annul book sale. Just recently, I've found
    paperback copies of Allegiance, Choices of One, Shadow Games,
    Crosscurrent, and Tales of The Bounty Hunters. ALL FOR 25 CENTS EACH.
    Can't beat that.

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  • Matthew Martin @Rob--Actually,
    there are three of those books dealing with Kyle Katarn: Soldier for
    the Empire, Rebel Agent, and Jedi Knight. A brief check of Amazon
    suggests that Soldier and Jedi aren't too uncommon, but Rebel Agent's
    getting harder to find.

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  • Harris Banneck I
    find lots of great Star Wars books at thrift stores. The best ones I
    found were Labyrinth of Evil, the Han Solo Trilogy, The Last Command,
    and Kevin J. Anderson's Jedi Academy Trilogy (in one volume).

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  • Joel M. Jackson When
    I was in Jr. High, I went to a 5k race at a town near my parent's
    house. They happened to be doing an entire festival with a library book
    sale and everything. While there I found a collection of marvel comics
    put into a small paper back. It had the story of Han and Chewie doing
    the Kessel run and some other great stories. Good stuff!

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  • Aaron Keanini The
    one that starter my Expanded Universe journey in the right place: Heir
    to the Empire, the first of the EU and still one of the best. $1.25 at
    Goodwill. Since then, which was about 2004, I have read about 45 Star
    Wars books and loved every second of it

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  • Chris Kemp Those were the first Star Wars books I read, after finding them in fourth grade

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  • Daniel Ramirez A vlack tshirt that says darth maul and has a picture of his face.

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  • Mike Young these books were my first star wars books i ever read!

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  • Sam Whittaker Holiday Special at a comic book store in Grand Rapids MI where I'm from. Say what you will, but it's a piece of history.

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  • Andrew Agosto Darth Bane: Path of Destruction at a used book store. It's what really got me started exploring and enjoying the EU.

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  • Shirley Bendyna I forget the title, but it has the characters all done up in oregami.

    Oragami.....? <.<

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  • Jeremiah Gagnon WOW its been a while since I read Zorba......6th grade was almost too long ago.

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  • Jeremy Jimenez The
    first Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels. That was my first true
    EU literary experience, after SOTE for N64 piqued my interest in SW.
    I've never looked back.

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  • Joseph Ramos Shadows of the Empire for 1 dollar at the Moreno Valley Mall!

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  • Kevin Davis I
    rescued quite a few Hardbacks and Paperbacks from a Thrift Store once. I
    bet I bought 20 books in all. $1 for the HB and $.50 for the PB's.
    Added them to my collection.

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  • Josh Smithrud I
    actually found that same Barnes and Noble collection at a Half Price
    Books clearance sale about a year ago, gave it to my little sister. My
    best find, however, was a signed copy of the Phantom Menace (Hardcover)
    at my local Half Price Books.

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  • Timea A. Talaber One
    trip to a used bookstore got me (among other things) a signed copy of
    Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice and a signed copy of The Phantom Menace!
    Random, amazing finds!

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  • John Golombecki Found
    a copy of Time Magazine from 1980 with a Vader painting on the cover.
    Great six page article about the upcoming Empire Movie. Also had a
    little snippet of George's 9-Part Space Opera.

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  • Joshua Prideaux The
    only piece of the EU that has been disregarded and doesn't fit in
    chronologically. Cities under Yavin 4, jedi princes and han and leia
    marrying on yavin 2 years after rotj. Plus hans floating bespin bachelor
    pad. The covers were great and they had pictures inside.

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  • Ivan Garczynski I
    found a 12 audio cassette unabridged Heir to the Empire. The company
    that made it denies any knowledge, and Tim Zahn says mine is the only
    one he has ever seen.


  • Ivan Garczynski Now
    that I read back and see people went for cheapness instead of
    hard-to-find-ness, how about the foreign book GIVE AWAY at Celebration
    II. I walked off with literally as many books as I could carry
    (blistered my hands with the shopping bags.) Focused on the authors who
    sign in Wisconsin a lot: Zahn, Anderson, Alston, Stackpole, Salvatore.
    Also got a German edition of The Assult on Hoth which has etched
    rather than painted dice (the American dice rub off on your hands).


  • Will Giacinto I found hard back, first prints of the Han solo trilogy, the old one from the 70's. The trilogy for $1.00.

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  • Casey Brown Ironically it was the same book, for the same price lol.

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  • Galen Kelsey I was able to get Star Wars: Book One at a garage sale for 25 cents. I also got Star Wars: Book Two at the same garage sale.

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  • Galen Kelsey Almost
    forgot. The local library was getting rid of old books so I was able to
    get the Thrawn Trilogy and The Truce at Bakura for free.

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  • Rochelle Hamel Read all those. There are more. I also found them in a used bookstore.

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  • Rochelle Hamel PS, found an autographed copy of the first paperback edition of Star Wars at a garage sale for a quarter. I prize that one!

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  • John Tiberius Andrews First edition Shadows of the Empire Hardcover for $3 at a used book store in perfect condition


Horror Con

I end up typing this story a lot, and since Facebook has done away with anyplace to refer people to see long stories, I will put it here, even though Jason stays firmly in my pocket the whole time.

Some friends and I went to Wizard World Chicago, and stayed in a hotel across the street that was hosting a horror con. I've never seen a horror movie, so this had little impact on me. 

We kept riding the elevator with "famous" peopl
e.  I could tell by the way others reacted, and the way they carried themselves. The guy who played Pin Head. The guy who played Captain Spaulding. (My friends told me who they were after they got off.)

So I am riding the elevator trying to read a take out menu, and this big guy keeps bumping me or brushing the menu just enough to bug me. He keeps smiling at me, and I can't tell if he is expecting me to be flattered or waiting for me to punch him.

After he gets off my friends ask me why Kane Hodder/Jason Voorhees was fucking with me. I told them that I didn't even know who it was and was wondering why either Diamond Dallas Page or a random nobody was fucking with me. They were curious why I would assume some guy messing with me on an elevator would be Diamond Dallas Page, like that would be normal.

My friends later admitted that they were glad Kane Hodder and I did not fight in the elevator, as they figure if two big guys fight in a closed space, the little people would get injured.

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The black Dalek is thecorsetdiary.

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Jason was ignored by Sector 2 Control.
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But he introduced himself the the pilots.
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Orlando FL, 8/21/2012

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Jason felt bad about helping with the sleeping death spell, so he rushed ahead to warn Snow White.
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He then took up mining.
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Orlando FL, 8/22/2012

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Few know that "one small jawa" is a key ingredient in sleeping death spells.  Even the Magic Mirror seems shocked.

This next shot is dedicated to supernonamegirl.  Not that she is wicked fairy or anything, but because she really likes this film.  And sewing.

Orlando FL, 8/21/2012