Friday, June 6, 2014

BEA 2014: The Star Wars Report: Rebels, LEGOS, Jeffrey Brown & More

If you've read our last two articles plucked from the labyrinthian alleys of Book Expo America, you are starting to get the idea of how intensive this show gets, especially if you are looking for fun news to bring back home and share with the masses! We keep a running list in our heads of the topics we are gunning for, but we always make sure to scan everything we can, as there are surprises everywhere. It's like a live DVD Easter Egg hunt. One topic we have NO PROBLEM spotting around the show is Star Wars, which has no signs of slowing down, what with the new Rebels cartoon getting ready to air, and Jeffrey Brown's emencely popular children's book series (read mostly by adults I'm sure) going strong, as just 2 examples. With new films on the horizon, publishers know where to put their time and effort! We've got a lot to show you so let's get started...

Photography by Galaxia Siandre

NOTE: Look for the publisher's name after the title to help you track down the book. We've also added links (when we can) so you can jump right into Amazon and buy the books without all the hunting! Also note that Amazon's prices jump up once the book is released, so take advantage of pre-order prices.

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Abrams): In this funny, uncannily wise portrait of the dynamics of a sixth-grade class and of the greatness that sometimes comes in unlikely packages, Dwight, a loser, talks to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. If that weren’t strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prescient. Origami Yoda predicts the date of a pop quiz, guesses who stole the classroom Shakespeare bust, and saves a classmate from popularity-crushing embarrassment with some well-timed advice. Dwight’s classmate Tommy wonders how Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless. With contributions from his puzzled classmates, he assembles the case file that forms this novel.

So far the series is 4 volumes deep with a bonus crafty book to round things out.

Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy (Abrams): For the first time, Lucasfilm has opened its Archives to present the complete storyboards for the original Star Wars trilogy—the world-changing A New Hope and its operatic sequels, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi—as well as never-before-published art from early conceptual and deleted scenes.
From the opening chase above Tatooine in A New Hope to the Battle of Endor in Jedi, this book presents the visual inspiration behind now-iconic moments. Readers can finally see a full set of storyboards by legendary artist Joe Johnston, as well as early boards for Episode IV by Alex Tavoularis and for Episode V by Ivor Beddoes, rarely seen Episode VI boards by Roy Carnon, and Ralph McQuarrie’s never-before-seen storyboards for Episode V.

Star Wars Crochet (Baker and Taylor)

Star Wars Book Set: The Jedi Path and Book of the Sith (Chronicle): Due out August 2014 - This box set brings the light and dark sides of the Force together for the first time. The Jedi Path is the ancient training manual that has educated and enlightened generations of Jedi, including Yoda, Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Luke Skywalker. They have handwritten their comments into this text, the only remaining copy in existence. Book of Sith is a compilation of six legendary dark texts gathered and bound together by Darth Sidious, and featuring comments from Darth Vader, Mace Windu, Darth Maul, and others. This deluxe edition contains an exclusive portfolio with two prints, each depicting a prominent figure from either side of the Force. With these two titles, students of the Force can study and more fully understand the complex powers of good and evil.

Star Wars - the Bounty Hunter Code (from the Files of Boba Fett) (Chronicle): Due out August 2014 - An illustrated guide for all bounty hunters, containing the secrets of the hunt of this misunderstood profession. As well as the bounty hunter philosophy, it also includes discussions of armour and weaponry.

Star Wars Costumes (Chronicle): Due out October 2014 - Who can forget the first time Darth Vader marched onto Princess Leia's ship, in his black cape and mask? Or the white hard-body suit of the stormtroopers? Or Leia's outfit as Jabba's slave? These costumes—like so many that adorned the characters of that galaxy far, far away—have become iconic. For the first time, the Lucasfilm Archives is granting full access to the original costumes of episodes IV, V, and VI, allowing them to be revealed in never-before-seen detail. In over 200 new costume photographs, sketches, and behind-the-scenes photos and notes, based on new interviews, fans will get a fresh perspective on the creation of the clothes and costume props that brought these much-loved characters to life. Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy affords both new and longtime Star Wars fans an intimate look at the unforgettable costumes from this classic series.

Goodnight Darth Vader (Chronicle): Due out this July - It's bedtime in the Star Wars galaxy, and Darth Vader's parenting skills are tested anew in this delightful follow-up to the breakout New York Times bestsellers Darth Vader™ and Son and Vader's™ Little Princess. In this Episode, the Sith Lord must soothe his rambunctious twins, Luke and Leia—who are not ready to sleep and who insist on a story. As Vader reads, the book looks in on favorite creatures, droids, and characters, such as Yoda, R2-D2, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Maul, Admiral Ackbar, Boba Fett, and many others as they tuck in, yawn, and settle down to dream. As ever, Jeffrey Brown's charming illustrations and humor glow throughout, playing on children's book conventions to enchant adults and kids alike.

More Jeffrey Brown Star Wars Books

Star Wars: Can You Spot a Jedi? (DK): DK's Star Wars Readers are packed full of images, new information, familiar character poses, and fascinating facts to engage young fans. Imaginative heroes and villains and exciting adventure themes, combined with DK's nonfiction approach, encourage reluctant readers.

Can You Spot a Jedi? Now young readers will identify their favorite Star Wars character and vehicles in this all new Level 1 reader, Star Wars: Can You Spot a Jedi? With simple sentences and a picture glossary, children will learn to read and begin their journey through the Star Wars galaxy.

Star Wars: Sith Wars (DK): Venture deep into the dark side and discover the world of the evil Sith. Find out more about incredible Sith powers and ruthless plots to take over the galaxy with this all-new DK Adventures: Star Wars: Sith Wars! Good books build great readers. Created in consultation with literacy experts, DK Adventures will appeal to proficient readers who have a love of reading for both information and pleasure.

Star Wars: What Makes A Monster? (DK): From the acklay to wampas, banthas to the sarlacc, young readers will travel to a galaxy far, far away to meet the scariest monsters from the Star Wars universe. DK Adventures: Star Wars®: What Makes a Monster? explores where these creepy creatures come from, what they live on, and all about those who have battled them and lived to tell the tale!

Angry Birds Star Wars Character Encyclopedia (DK): A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…a group of desperate rebel birds faced off against the galactic menace: the Empire's Evil Pigtroopers! Now you can find out everything there is to know about Ham Solo and his fleet of Rebel birds in DK's Angry Birds Star Wars Character Encyclopedia. Featuring fun character profiles packed full of interesting facts about every Angry Birds Star Wars character from Lard Vader and his Pigtroopers to C-3PYolk and R2-EGG2. Dig deeper into the world of Angry Birds Star Wars and learn about the important battles and key locations from the Empire's ultimate weapon, the Pig Star, to the deserts of Tatooine.

Star Wars in 100 Scenes (DK): Due out August 2014 - Relive the most dramatic and iconic moments from the epic six-part saga, Star Wars, one spread at a time in DK's Star Wars in 100 Scenes. Presented in chronological movie order, every hand picked scene is explored and explained. Learn in-depth facts about the key characters, droids, vehicles, and locations of each scene. Bits of real-world information are scattered throughout to give insight into the behind-the scenes world of the Star Wars saga.

...And there were some giant LEGO people, as is the custom on my home world. 

LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary: Updated and Expanded (DK): Complete with 48 additional pages and updated throughout to show all of the new sets and innovations from LEGO® Star Wars®, LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary: Update and Expanded provides detailed and annotated photography giving insight into the characters, locations, creatures, and spacecraft of the LEGO galaxy far, far away. Young Padawans will learn the ins and outs about their favorite vehicles, weapons, and minifigures such as Anakin, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and Darth Vader.

LEGO Star Wars: The Dark Side (DK): Due out August, 2014 - Witness Darth Vader battling Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker, meet the Sith and all of Darth Vader's minifigure subjects, and explore the Death Star and all of the Sith starships. Turn the pages to find facts and information about your favorite LEGO Star Wars minifigures and vehicles from the dark side in action-packed situations and discover everything there is to know about the legendary Darth Vader. With new and exciting photography and an evil exclusive minifigure, LEGO Star Wars: The Dark Side will have you questioning on which side your allegiances lie.

Lego Star Wars Return of the Jedi (DK): Due out July, 2014 - Get your child hooked on reading with this new Level 3 DK Reader. In LEGO[registered] Star WarsT: Return of the Jedi, Level 3 readers will follow the climactic last battle between the rebel forces and the Empire. Returning characters include Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia and the villainous Darth Vader. This thrilling finale to the Star Wars saga features Jabba the Hutt and a battle to destroy the second Death Star. Level 3 Readers are perfect for children just starting to read alone and has more complex sentence structure, information boxes, alphabetical glossary and a comprehensive index. Designed to help your child gain confidence while reading along, this fun-packed Star Wars Reader is an out-of-this-world read. And don't forget, there's a galaxy full of DK Star Wars books to collect.

Star Wars Rebels The Visual Guide (DK): Due out July, 2014 - Travel the galaxy far, far away and experience Star Wars® Rebels firsthand with the companion to the new Star Wars animated series, Star Wars® Rebels. Featuring key scenes and iconic moments, you'll learn the ins and outs of the rebel legion. With tons of interesting facts and information about your favorite characters, weapons, vehicles, and locations from the new TV show, Star Wars® Rebels: The Visual Guide is the ultimate guide for the ultimate fan!

We spotted one cover for this at the show and a completely different cover online, but it's more likely the cover with the happy band of rebels will be the one used for final production.

We also spotted this lil graphic on the wall at DK and looked up the event...

Last year, Star Wars authors and costumed volunteers participated in over 2,000 Star Wars Reads Day events across North America and, for the first time, around the world. On October 11 of this year, Star Wars fans, authors, and artists will again come together in this multi-publisher initiative that celebrates reading and Star Wars. Participating publishing partners include Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, Disney Book Group, DK, Klutz, Quirk Books, Random House Audio, Scholastic, and Workman Publishing.

"With the debut of our new animated series Star Wars Rebels launching on Disney XD this Fall, and the upcoming theatrical release of Episode VII in 2015, our third Star Wars Reads Day comes at an exciting time," says Carol Roeder, Director of Lucasfilm Franchise Publishing, Disney Publishing Worldwide.

The following authors are confirmed to participate in official Star Wars Reads Day events: Chris Alexander (Star Wars Origami), Tom Angleberger (Origami Yoda series), Jeffrey Brown (Goodnight Darth Vader, Star Wars: Jedi Academy), Troy Denning (Star Wars: Crucible), Ian Doescher (William Shakespeare's Star Wars, William Shakespeare's Empire Striketh Back, William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return), Jason Fry (LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary: Updated and Expanded, Star Wars in 100 Scenes), Daniel Lipkowitz (LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles), John Jackson Miller (Star Wars: Kenobi), Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas (Star Wars: Death Star Owner's Technical Manual), Daniel Wallace (The Bounty Hunter Code, The Jedi Path), and Ryder Windham (Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide, Star Wars Rebels Junior Novel).

An official Star Wars event kit (free of charge), including reproducible activity sheets and trivia, is available here as a printable PDF in color and black and white.

For updates and more information, follow Star Wars Reads Day on Facebook.

Back into it with our new friends at Fun Studio...

Star Wars Rebels: Rebel Journal by Ezra Bridger (Fun Studio): Due out October 2014- Based on the Star Wars Rebels television series, this book follows the adventures of Ezra Bridger through a replica of his own journal. In addition, sixteen pages in the end of the journal invite would-be rebels to continue the adventure with their own words and drawings. Experience the adventures of one of the main characters from Star Wars Rebels through their own writings and sketches. Find out the thoughts and secrets behind the action in episodes from season one of Star Wars Rebels. Plus there exists an extra section in the back of the journal to record your own secret codes and plans for strengthening the rebellion!

Fun Studio says the next book will be Sabine's journal, complete with pictures she's taken of her graphitti work in dangerous places!

Star Wars: A Galactic Pop-up Adventure (Orchard): A brand-new explosive, interactive, pop-off-the-page book about George Lucas's STAR WARS movies from NY TIMES bestseller Matthew Reinhart! Reinhart has created another spectacular pop-up book for George Lucas's epic STAR WARS movies! The NEW YORK TIMES bestselling pop-up artist and engineer has created a brand-new 3-D experience, packed with a variety of novelty features -- pop-ups, working lightsabers, pull tabs, and other interactive looks at the exciting and popular movies. This new look at STARS WARS explores the characters, stories, vehicles, droids, and more in the three prequel movies and the Clone Wars. It's a stunning book that will impress all fans of STAR WARS and gives a whole new perspective to the universe.

William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy: The Royal Box Set: Includes William Shakespeare's Star Wars, The Empire Striketh Back, The Jedi Doth Return, and poster (Quirk): Due out October 2014 - Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome Stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything. Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations--William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.

Star Wars: Jedi Academy #2: Return of the Padawan (Scholastic): Due out July 2014 - It's time to return to middle school in a galaxy far, far away. . . .

After surviving his first year at Jedi Academy, Roan Novachez thought his second year would be a breeze. He couldn't have been more wrong. Roan feels like he's drifting apart from his friends, and it's only made worse when Roan discovers he's not the amazing pilot he thought he'd be. When the school bullies take him under their wing, he decides they aren't so bad after all--or are they?

This year, Roan will have to face alien poetry tests, menacing robots, food fights, flight simulation class, online bullies, more lightsaber duels, and worst of all . . . a girl who is mad at him. This incredible, original story captures all of the humor, awkwardness, fun, and frustrations of middle school--all told through one boy's comics, journal entries, letters, sketches, e-mails, and more.

No internals for this one, but they did give us some pins and a poster!

Star Wars Episodes I-VI Poster-A-Page (Disney): Due out September 2014 - Star Wars is an ever deepening, timeless, mythological tale of good versus evil, set in a galaxy far, far away. Filled with noble Jedi Knights, fearsome creatures, and cruel villains, the epic space fantasy introduced "the Force" into the global vocabulary, along with characters such as evil Darth Vader, wise old Yoda, idealistic Luke Skywalker, and lovable Chewbacca. The epic Star Wars saga continues to grow and expand, captivating new generations with its exotic worlds, iconic themes and unforgettable stories.

Star Wars: Rebels - Rogue Heroes Poster-A-Page (Disney)

We also spotted 2015 calendars at Trends International sporting some amazing art! You'll find the "art" calendar HERE, the "premium" wall calendar HERE,  the "standee" calendar HERE, and the "oversized" wall calendar HERE. All are due out in August.

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