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Friday December 08, 2006
Homing Beacon #176

The latest Homing Beacon has arrived and today we get to talk about the Rose Bowl Parade! As Star Wars turns 30 in 2007, and the anniversary year will begin on New Year's Day 2007 in Pasadena, California as Star Wars for the first time will be in the Tournament of Roses Parade, viewed by millions of people in person and around the world!

The parade will feature 200 costumed, marching 501st stormtroopers who are being flown in from more than 20 countries and all over North America for this once-in-a-lifetime gathering. Accompanying the costumed marchers would be the world-famous Grambling State University Tiger Marching Band from Louisiana, also in costume.

Though the Imperial ranks capture the pageantry and glory of the Star Wars saga, the theme of the 2007 parade is "Our Good Nature," and to best reflect that ideal, some of the most environmentally-conscious denizens of the far-away galaxy will be represented in the parade.

Stay tuned on for behind-the-scenes features on the float designers, 501st members, the marching band, the float queens, Mikey the Ewok and more during the whole month of December leading up to the parade!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Friday December 08, 2006
Path to the Force - Episode 134

Today we have Episode 134 of Star Wars Galaxies-Path to the Force which has been created by Nathan Ciprick. You will be able to access these stories through the Comics section. Check out the latest episode!

Star Wars Galaxies-Path to the Force-Episode 134

Be sure to check back next week for the one-hundred and thirty-fifth episode of Star Wars Galaxies-Path to the Force. Then join us every week as we continue to follow the adventures of the Wookiee E'nac from the Star Wars Galaxies videogame in the form of Gamics!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Wednesday December 06, 2006
March 2007 Comics

Star Wars Legacy 10.jpg (48388 bytes)The Official Star Wars Site has provided a look at more Dark Horse Comics for Star Wars fans this March. Once bitter enemies, Imperials loyal to the deposed Emperor Roan Fel meet with representatives from the remnants of the Galactic Alliance to discuss joining forces against the Sith. However, two spies have been thrown into the mix, each with different orders, their determination to complete their missions putting them on an explosive collision course. Meanwhile, Cade Skywalker remains missing, yet still pursued by those bent on ignoring his desire to be left alone.

Will a new alliance be forged to defeat Darth Krayt's minions, or will betrayal shatter the galaxy's last best hope for freedom? Will Skywalker's refuge be discovered? More importantly, what will happen to those who find him? Find out in this pivotal issue of Star Wars Legacy! Issue #10 is by John Ostrander, Colin Wilson, and Brad Anderson, with cover art by Dave Ross. It is scheduled for release on March 14.

Meanwhile, in the distant past of the Star Wars galaxy, the "Days of Fear" story arc reaches its explosive conclusion in a story of dangerous visions, unheeded warnings, and decisions made too late! Fugitive Padawan Zayne Carrick faces his darkest moments so far as a desperate attempt to avert a cataclysmic disaster drives him into the arms of his enemies. Zayne puts his life on the line in an attempt to save those who don't even realize the grave fate they face, but will his sacrifice be in vain? Meanwhile, the small-time con Gryph has happened upon big-time profit, but if he doesn't keep his greed in check, this seeming success story could quickly turn tragic!

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #15 is by John Jackson Miller and Brian Ching and Michael Atiyeh. It is scheduled for release on March 28.

Skipping ahead to May, you can look forward to the second collection of Knights of the Old Republic, with the trade paperback edition of "Flashpoint" by John Jackson Miller, Brian Ching, Dustin Weaver, Harvey Tolbao, Michael Atiyeh and Jay David Ramos.

Nearly 4,000 years before the Death Star, fugitive Padawan Zayne Carrick's quest to clear his name for the alleged murder of his fellow Jedi-in-training brings him head to head with the galaxy's most feared fighting force--the Mandalorians!

Along with a petty crook named Gryph and Elbee the grouchy droid, Zayne is a passenger aboard the Last Resort, a renegade ship piloted by the senile genius Camper and his fierce protector Jarael. Together, this motley crew will face kidnappings, hijackings, maniacal scientists, Mandalorian traitors, bumbling bounty-hunting brothers, and a few really big explosions.

Collecting issues #7-12 of the ongoing comic book series Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, this volume launches our heroes into one of the most outrageous and exciting adventures since Luke Skywalker learned the ways of the Force!

Each month, the Star Wars 30th Anniversary Collection series will bring readers a limited-edition hardcover of the best of Dark Horse's Star Wars graphic novels. Available only through Direct Market retail outlets, each volume's print run is limited to initial orders and will not be reprinted.

The third volume collects the Darth Maul series by Ron Marz, Jan Duursema, Rick Maygar and Dave McCaig. In the days before Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi's first fateful mission to Naboo, Darth Sidious discovers a threat to his plan for galactic domination -- the nefarious criminal organization Black Sun. Unwilling to tolerate such opposition to his Imperial ambitions, the Sith lord sends his apprentice Darth Maul to deal with this cartel of space mobsters.

Step by deadly step Maul infiltrates Black Sun, eliminating its lieutenants and working his way into its inner sanctum. Yet those who rule this society of evil do not intend to be vanquished so easily. It's all-out action as the darkest forces in the galaxy vie for power in a battle that will have dire consequences for the future of the Republic.

Also in May is the second volume of the popular Star Wars: Panel to Panel. Subtitled "Expanding the Universe," this all-new volume spotlights not only the stunning work of comics' greatest artists, but also the legion of characters Dark Horse has contributed to Star Wars' Expanded Universe--characters who have not only carried the romance and adventure of the galaxy far, far away far beyond the events in the films, but those who have made the jump from the pages of comic books to television and the silver screen! Every Star Wars fan will cherish this look back, forward, and beyond!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Tuesday December 05, 2006
Art of Ralph McQuarrie International Art Competition

The Art of Ralph McQuarrie web site is announcing a Call for Entries to all illustrators, designers and budding artists alike to submit their best, original works to the Art of Ralph McQuarrie International Art Competition. Academy Award winning designer Ralph McQuarrie is best known for his unforgettable work on the Star Wars Trilogy. Entries for the competition will be accepted starting July of 2006 with the final deadline in March of 2007. Winners will be announced in May of 2007 on the official Ralph McQuarrie website. Submission guidelines, prizes, and official rules can be found at

Submissions will be evaluated and judged by our featured judges - Ralph McQuarrie and Doug Chiang. In addition to the his work on the Star Wars Trilogy, Mr. McQuarrie's other films include Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Cocoon, for which he received an Academy Award. As a contemporary to Ralph McQuarrie, Production Designer Doug Chiang continued that excellence on such films as the Star Wars Prequels, Forrest Gump, Polar Express, War of the Worlds and received both an Academy Award and British Academy Award for his work on Death Becomes Her.

"I've received so many requests to evaluate artists portfolios that I thought this would be a great way to gain exposure for the incredible work that is out there," says Mr. McQuarrie. The contest will accept works in conventional and digital formats.

The Art of Ralph McQuarrie International Art Competition is dedicated to showcasing new and talented graphic artists and designers. If you think you've got what it takes to be an award-winning, cinematic designer, then visit the official website at

Posted by: Jedi Power

Tuesday December 05, 2006
Join the Jedi Order Contest

Only 9 days left!! Could one of you be the next to Join the Jedi Order? A newly launched user-generated site called is hosting a contest, where you can enter to win some awesome prizes including:

The Grand Prize Winner will receive a 3-day/2-night trip to the Kennedy Space Center for two, including:

Round-trip air
Zero Gravity ride on the 'Weightless Wonder'
Hotel Accommodations
Rental car
$1,000 spending cash 

The six First Place Prizes will receive a $500 Jedi signing bonus. And the 24 runners-up will receive a one year membership to Hyperspace: The Official Star Wars Fan Club. All you need to do is submit a digital video explaining (or, even better, showing) why you’re the biggest Nerfherder in America.


HERE'S HOW TO ENTER: Beginning 3:00 PM ET on 11/2/06, visit and follow the on-screen directions to complete an Official Entry Form and upload a video resume with your answer(s) to at least one of the six interview questions showing why you deserve to be employed as a Jedi Knight (the "Video"). Video must not exceed 60 seconds in length. Video file must be 100MB or smaller and in MOV (Quicktime), WMV (Windows Media), AVI and MPEG-4 file format. Entries must be received by 11:59AM ET on 12/14/06. All entrants must be registered users of (the "Site"). All entrants must agree to the Terms of Submission outlined in Rule #4; noncompliance with this or any other Official Rule will result in disqualification. By submitting your entry, you acknowledge that you have read and understood these Official Rules, and you accept and agree to abide by the Official Rules together with the Terms of Use of the Site. To the extent that the Official Rules and Terms of Use for the Site are inconsistent, then the provisions of the Official Rules shall govern. Additionally, you agree that you have all rights, approvals and/or consents necessary to submit the Video on the terms provided in these Official Rules and your Video does not violate the rights of any other person or entity or any law. Any Video, which in the sole opinion of Sponsor, is deemed inappropriate (e.g., defamation, nudity, gratuitous violence, inappropriate language, etc.) or inconsistent with the theme or image of the promotion will result in disqualification. All entries should be in English. You may enter more than once; however, each entry must be accompanied by a unique Video. Decisions of judges are final.

Be sure to get those entries in!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Monday December 04, 2006
Path to the Force - Episode 133

Today we have Episode 133 of Star Wars Galaxies-Path to the Force which has been created by Nathan Ciprick. You will be able to access these stories through the Comics section. Check out the latest episode!

Star Wars Galaxies-Path to the Force-Episode 133

Be sure to check back later this week for the one-hundred and thirty-fourth episode of Star Wars Galaxies-Path to the Force. Then join us every week as we continue to follow the adventures of the Wookiee E'nac from the Star Wars Galaxies videogame in the form of Gamics!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Friday December 01, 2006
LucasArts Reveals Future Star Wars Game Plans has an interview about the video game incarnations of Star Wars, now that the movies are done, has revealed some great future LucasArts lineup details. Nextgen got Nancy MacIntyre, VP of global sales and marketing, to talk about how LucasArts sees the Star Wars future. Turns out that aside from planned TV projects they take upcoming games very serious.

She said: “We feel like it’s really important to make each Star Wars game an event, she explains. “Our fans want a logical progression of the Star Wars story line, so we are committed to only two Star Wars experiences a year [starting in 2007].”

She adds, “There will be one mega one like Star Wars ’07 and another that might be somewhat more specific, for more of a specific Star Wars audience. So in 2007 our primary goal will be Star Wars ’07 and you will see us do add-ons to our Star Wars Galaxies (MMO) and you will likely see us do some sort of Star Wars handheld game.”

MacIntyre continues, “We’ve also got Star Wars franchises like Knights of the Old Republic and BattleFront that we will not leave behind. It’s very important to us that we grow those franchises.”

As for what other future games will be based on: “In 2008 and 2009 we start to run into the Star Wars animated series and potentially the Star Wars live action TV series.”

It will be good to see these game franchises continue and I look forward to games based on the two television series! It is still an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Friday December 01, 2006
The Art of Ralph McQuarrie

Dreams and Visions press is pleased to announce the forthcoming release of The Art of Ralph McQuarrie, an oversize, 400-page career-spanning retrospective of the most influential conceptual artist of the past 30 years.

This long awaited volume finally offers readers a glimpse at Ralph McQuarrie's previously unseen artwork, including his early technical illustrations, science-fiction book cover and interior art, movie posters, commercial work, film and television work, personal pieces, and the largest single-volume collection of his original artwork for the Star Wars Trilogy (making up one-third of the books content).

The Art of Ralph McQuarrie is fully annotated, including comments and anecdotes from Ralph himself, and also features a brand new foreword by George Lucas, an introduction by art director and production designer Doug Chiang, and appreciations from visual effects supervisor Ken Ralston and actor Anthony Daniels.

No Ralph McQuarrie fan, Star Wars fan, or art aficionado will want to pass up this truly remarkable volume. Strictly limited to a single print run of 2000 copies (including 250 signed and numbered and 52 deluxe leatherbound editions).

Available exclusively through dreams and visions press, The Art of Ralph McQuarrie is scheduled to debut at Star Wars Celebration IV, May 24-28, 2007
in Los Angeles, CA, with pre-orders shipping upon the book's arrival in April of 2007. 

Pre-sales will be accepted beginning on January 1st, 2007, with more detailed information to follow on

Publication date: April 2007
The Art of Ralph McQuarrie
Ralph McQuarrie with Stan Stice and John David Scoleri
ISBN: 0-9791580-0-1
Binding: Smythsewn Hardcover
Dimensions: 15" x 11-3/4"
Page count: 400pp
Limited to 2000 copies in three states, including:
€ Unsigned slipcased hardcover, $125
€ 250-copy numbered, slipcased hardcover (signed by Ralph McQuarrie, Doug
Chiang and Ken Ralston), $300
€ 52-copy lettered, leatherbound edition in a deluxe presentation box
(signed by Ralph McQuarrie, Doug Chiang, Ken Ralston and Anthony Daniels),
Price TBD

For further information contact:
John Scoleri
(408) 244-9199

Be sure to see some of Ralph's Star Wars work in our The Art of Ralph McQuarrie section!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Friday December 01, 2006
Path to the Force - Episode 132

Today we have Episode 132 of Star Wars Galaxies-Path to the Force which has been created by Nathan Ciprick. You will be able to access these stories through the Comics section. Check out the latest episode!

Star Wars Galaxies-Path to the Force-Episode 132 - E'nac is in the Hall of Fame!

Be sure to check back next week for the one-hundred and thirty-third episode of Star Wars Galaxies-Path to the Force. Then join us every week as we continue to follow the adventures of the Wookiee E'nac from the Star Wars Galaxies videogame in the form of Gamics!

Posted by: Jedi Power