Sunday Bonus SDCC ’14: Marvel to Publish Three Star Wars Comics in ’15…and other news.

This was a chore.  I STILL haven't built my Lego X-wing minifighter.

This was a chore. I STILL haven’t built my Lego X-wing minifighter.

Announced during the Cup O’ Joe panel today is the new on-going Star Wars series from Marvel Comics. It will be written by Jason Aaron and drawn by John Cassaday. That’s a big deal, since i really, really like Cassady as an artist. Signing him on rejuvenates a high level of interest for me in the project. Here’s a page of his preview art:

Aww, yeah.

Aww, yeah.

Also, it has just been announced at San Diego Comic Con that Kieron Gillen and Jason Aaron are the two new writers for two new Star Wars monthly titles to be published at Marvel Comics. Jason writing the Rebel Alliance, Kieron writing the Emperor and Darth Vader…

…which seems to suggest that there will be no Princess Leia book, as was rumored. Also, oddly, it suggests that there is no direct comics tie in coming to Star Wars: Rebels, the new animated series. That’s odd to me, considering the amount of hype behind it so far.

Still…seems to suggest, and fact are two different animals. Although there is no direct “Rebels” tie in, there Is a five issue Princess Leia book. The assignments are…”Star Wars,” written by Jason Aaron and drawn by John Cassaday set after Star Wars Episode IV. “Star Wars: Darth Vader” by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larocca also set after IV but from the Empire’s side. And a five issue mini “Star Wars: Princess Leia,” from writer Mark Waid and artist Terry Dodson, coping with the destruction of her home planet.

Some cover art to drool over…

More Cassady...

More Cassady…

...Adi Granov...

…Adi Granov…

...and Terry Dodson's Leia.

…and Terry Dodson’s Leia.

If you ARE interested in the animated series, Star Wars: Rebels, click here for the extended trailer. It actually looks pretty solid, but that is the kind of thing I would expect from a Disney driven animated project…especially their first out of the gate.

That’s a whole lot of comics and animation happening to revitalize the Star Wars license leading into the next film, Episode VII.

About the art…I went with the Mk III Fantasticar for a vehicle here, piloted by a Star Wars Twi’lek. Also note the Rebel Alliance Pilot Pony. Ben hanging on for dear life was easy enough to illustrate…I am more and more comfortable with his stony hide. Our hero, though…I’m still a bit displeased with her posture. She’s supposed to look wobbly and stiff…but something hasn’t sat right with me.

The real trouble? The damn laser beams. The laser beams coming toward you are a chore to illustrate, despite the lack of any need for real detail. Go figure.

Without logos.

Without logos.

After drawing it, I knew what logo ideas it cried out for. Since the management of school has typically been presented as a Corporate Empire and Darths…clearly only Rascals would defy it. Usually trouble that…but the problem with Rascals is, they are hard to get rid of.

Next Issue: Not So Good In The ‘Hood!

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