Star Wars HoloNet Digest #17: May 29 – June 5, 2013


Eric Logo Hologram

Artwork courtesy of Joshua Stolte

Welcome back to the Star Wars HoloNet Digest, a weekly feature where I bring you a recap of the latest news from the world of Star Wars. Whether it’s an Episode VII rumor or a noteworthy author interview, you’ll find it here. Let’s check the HoloNet and see what happened in the past week.

We’ll start off with an event that is near and dear to all of our hearts here at Unbound Worlds and Random House. The second annual Star Wars Reads Day will be held on Saturday, October 5th, according to an announcement on Star Wars Reads Day brings together publishers, authors, and fans for a celebration of literature –– and Star Wars literature in particular. Last year, during the first Star Wars Day, there were over 1,200 local events, some of which featured appearances by the thirty Star Wars authors who traveled the United States to promote reading and the galaxy far, far away. Random House imprint Del Rey, comic publisher Dark Horse, and DK Publishing are among the many companies that will be organizing and participating in the 2013 event.

I wasn’t able to attend an event last year (nor will I be able to this year) because I attend college in the middle of nowhere, but if an event comes to a bookstore or library near you, I would definitely recommend stopping by. I wrote a post for Unbound Worlds last Fall explaining why the event is so important. The short version: it stimulates community and promotes literacy, both of which are just as valuable in the Internet age as they’ve ever been. Long live Star Wars Reads Day!

In other book news, this week saw the release of Jason Fry’s reference book Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Essential Guide. This DK publication covers all 108 episodes of the recently-canceled animated TV series, from 2008’s “Ambush” to this March’s “The Wrong Jedi.” Two days ago, on the book’s release day, Fry participated in a Twitter chat with DK’s social media team and interested fans. You can check out a recap of that chat right here.

In pleasing but unsurprising news, the results are in and the winner of the Yahoo! Movies  Summer Movie Showdown is…Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The first installment in the greatest film franchise in history beat 2008’s The Dark Knight 61% to 39% in the final round, which ended this week. The showdown originally featured thirty-two movies, and Star Wars beat Jaws, Iron Man, and The Avengers to reach the final confrontation with Christopher Nolan’s 2008 smash-hit. You can check out the full results here. This just goes to show that when it comes to summer movie successes, it’s nigh impossible to beat the grand-daddy of the format, the original Star Wars film.

Star Wars gamers who own iPads will be happy to know that Knights of the Old Republic is now available for the Apple tablet. The announcement noted that KOTOR, a fan-favorite multi-platform roleplaying game, is about to celebrate its tenth anniversary. The game was first released on July 15, 2003, and it quickly became one of the best-selling and best-reviewed Star Wars games of all time. Now, game developer Aspyr is honoring that success by porting the game to iPad. You can buy it for yourself in the iTunes App Store for $9.99.

Are you bummed that Lucasfilm postponed the 3D re-releases of Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith? Having seen previews of the 3D conversions of both films at last summer’s Celebration VI, I know I certainly am. All is not lost, however, as the official Star Wars Celebration website recently announced that Celebration Europe II attendees will get the chance to watch Episode II in 3D at a screening that’s exclusive to the event in Germany this July. The free screening will be available throughout the convention. So far, there has been no word on Episode II’s U.S. 3D re-release, and mum’s still the word about Episode III.

That’s just the start for the Celebration II news this week. The Celebration website also took the wraps off the Art Show that is coming to Germany, featuring the work of artists like Joe Corroney, Matt Busch, Chris Trevas, and Spencer Brinkerhoff III. Even if you’re not going to the convention, it’s worth taking a look at the gallery of exclusive prints that these artists are bringing to Germany. Speaking of things you’ll be able to buy at Celebration Europe II, action figure aficionados should take note of Hasbro’s exclusive convention offering: a Boba Fett action figure from its new Black Series line. You can check out that item on the CEII Exhibitor Exclusives page.

I mentioned last week that Her Universe founder and The Clone Wars star Ashley Eckstein will be attending Celebration Europe II, and this week we have information about the Her Universe collection that Eckstein will be debuting at the show. Among her many new products are a great new Rogue Squadron dress, an R2-D2 hoodie, and a t-shirt with the phrase “May the Force be with you” in numerous languages presented in the style of the films’ opening crawl. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Ashley Eckstein and her company may be the best things to happen to female sci-fi fans in a long time. Her Universe’s exclusive new CEII offerings make great gifts for your female significant other, and if she’s attending the convention with you, she’ll be able to get styling tips from Eckstein at the Her Universe booth.

Eric Geller is a college student majoring in political science whose interests include technology, journalism, and of course Star Wars. He reviews The Clone Wars TV series and manages social media for Star Wars fan site TheForce.Net. He also co-hosts The ForceCast podcast. He is originally from the Washington, D.C. area.