Lorne Peterson, one of the key members of Industrial Light & Magic, the visionary company who created the effects for the Stars Wars films, takes the reader through 30 years of intergalactic adventures.
From characters like Darth Maul and Yoda, to places like Naboo and Dexter’s Diner, to creatures like Jabba the Hutt and Ewoks, this book chronicles every character, weapon, starship, droid, creature, and alien in the Star Wars universe. This volume collects 30 years’ worth of information on the Star Wars universe, ranging from science and technology to history and geography, culture and biography to ecology and cosmology. If you need brushing up on how Exar Kun nearly destroyed the Jedi academy or when Han Solo first met Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian, open this book. When we think of Star Wars, we think of the huge sets and pioneering visual effects, but the series also contains some of the most original and lavish costumes in film. This book is an inside, intimate account of the creation of one of the most popular Star Wars movies.
This is a detailed visual exploration of the characters and storylines from the Star Wars galaxy. Kaminski presents the history of how Star Wars was written, from its beginnings as a science fiction fairy tale to its development over three decades into the epic that has become ubiquitous. The Star Wars films continue to revolutionize science fiction, creating new standards for cinematographic excellence, and permeating pop culture internationally. The authors team up again to explore the deeper side of Star Wars and its Expanded Universe. Philosopher Lao Tzu, a Chinese philosopher 2500 years ago and was the probable author of the Tao te Ching. The Jedi Ken Roku or ‘Way of the Jedi’ is presented here as the oldest Jedi mystical and philosophical treatise available to modern readers. This book uses George Lucas’ series and the universal discoveries of the Buddha to illuminate each other in playful and unexpectedly rewarding ways.
Galipeau applies depth psychology to the Star Wars epic, exploring the wealth of symbolic meaning embedded in this intergalactic adventure story.
This is the official companion volume to the landmark exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. From the books and movies that inspired George Lucas to imagine the Star Wars universe, to early screenplay drafts that were never filmed, to short biographies of many people who made key contributions to the movies’ success, Star Wars FAQ explores every aspect of the original Star Wars trilogy. From the sun-baked deserts of Tatooine to the frost-bitten landscape of Hoth to the misty swamps of Dagobah, this is the guide to the 100 most fascinating worlds of the huge Star Wars universe. This book enables readers to explore the inner workings of the spaceships and vehicles of all six Star Wars movies, including a new cross-section artworks and lots of new photos. This all-new Essential Guide features detailed profiles of more than 130 characters from across the Star Wars galaxy, including favorites such as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, Mara Jade, Jango Fett, Count Dooku, Anakin Skywalker, Zam Wesell and more. This is complete coverage of the novels from the New Jedi Order and all of the classic movies, books, comics, TV specials, games, and the rest of the Star Wars universe.
This comprehensive and lavishly illustrated overview includes beings from all six of the classic movies–plus the novels, cartoon series, comics, and video games. From the beat-up landspeeders that whisk travelers between desert towns on Tatooine to Jabba the Hutt’s luxurious sail barge and the elegant Naboo Royal Starship, the vehicles and vessels in the Star Wars universe are an essential part of the saga. The Force, Obi-Wan Kenobi says, “surrounds us, it penetrates us, it binds the galaxy together.” And this is at the core of the Star Wars series. This is the revised and expanded edition, featuring 40 new pages to help explain every detail about the Star Wars films and continually expanding collections of books, novels, comics and media. The Star Wars series creates a compelling universe, with complex characters and engaging storytelling. The instant and huge success of Star Wars took its creators by surprise, but they rose to the occasion and created a large and still-growing franchise with books, trading cards, magazines, video games, and merchandise. This is the book that provided George Lucas the focus and path he needed to create the Star Wars saga.
Marvel’s Civil War is one of my favorite comic book stories of all time, and definitely my favorite Marvel 616 story to be sure. After a rookie super-hero group inadvertently causes the death of over 900 civilians while fighting dangerous super criminals, the US government enacts the Superhuman Registration Act, requiring all metahumans to register with the US government to be trained and regulated much like police officers, revealing their identities and full extent of their powers in the process. Anyway, I had some free time and I thought to myself, what would happen if the same thing happened in the DC Universe?
A government boogieman herself, Waller will undoubtedly side with Registration, using all the resources at her disposal to help the government enforce the new law with extreme prejudice. Driven by his own conscience, Ray truly believes registration is the right step for the metahuman community. A little naive on the complexities involved in politics, ten-year-old Billy sees the issue as one of black and white. Booster has never been one to lay low, believing the new law provides a perfect opportunity to have his time in the sun, he sides with Registration.
After registration becomes law, the government reinstates the active military status of all Metahumans who had once been part of the service.
A public figure along side Beast Boy as former leader of the Teen Titans, and current member of the Justice League, Cyborg truly believes that Registration is the next logical step in superhuman politics.
Swayed by her friendship with Cyborg and Beast Boy, as well as an unwillingness to stoop to the shadows and stand in outright defiance of the law and the will of the American people, Donna reluctantly stands with the Registration, against many of her long time friends. With his identity already known to the public, and with sensibilities that lean in the direction of registration, Elongated Man takes a stand on the side of superhuman reform. Believing that the new law makes perfect sense, Firestorm serves as an ambassador for the cause of registration those on the fence. With his identity out in the open, his seat as the mayor of Star city, and strong liberal political views, Oliver Queen makes the toughest decision of his life, and gives his support to the registration cause.
Believing in the general idea of the new law, this husband and wife team side with their pro-registration colleagues from the JSA. An old patriot, Jay just can’t see himself fighting against the country he’s fought so long to protect. Believing the new law to be a perfect opportunity to gain the upper hand against many a superhuman foe, Lex gives his undying support to the US Government, developing weapons, soldiers, and prisons to take down and contain rogue heroes who refuse to obey the new law. Contracted by the government and wanting to stay on the right side of the law, Doc Magnus devotes his Metal Men to the side of Registration, even if some of them have doubts themselves.
Having worked as a metahuman agent for the president in the past, Power Girl was wary of the government’s plans.
Red Tornado believes that the registration act is the most effective way to make this country safe for his daughter Traya.
Finding it hard to sympathize with anti-registration sentiment, Stargirl takes a black and white stance on the issue on the side of registration.
At the beck and call of Amanda Waller, these supervillains are forced into the service of the government under penalty of death.
Generally believing in the good of the idea, Ted sides with registration, sort of comforted by the presence of his long time friend Booster Gold. Already off the grid, Cassandra sides with her mentors Batman and Barbara Gordon as well as the rest of her newfound Bat-family. Unphased and almost indifferent about the new law, at first Batman cares little if others use him as a rally point for the superhuman resistance, he’ll continue to do what he’s always done, protect the innocent from the shadows.
Not about to unmask willingly, Black lightning tries to continue the good fight, while dodging the government sanctioned cape-hunters, and pro-registration heroes.
Young and headstrong, Jaime doesn’t want to risk the public attention of unmasking, or the safety to his family and friends.
Not about to unmask willingly, Bumblebee tries to continue the good fight, while dodging the government sanctioned cape-hunters, and pro-registration heroes.
Sympathetic to the plight of anti-registration heroes, Gang Buster comes out of retirement to aid the resistance.
Approached by Cadmus Labs to lead the official government led hunt for anti-registration heroes, Guardian actively refuses to hunt down his friends and colleagues and if forced to go on the run.
Even with his identity already made public, Guy is indifferent for the most part about Earth politics. The Superhuman Registration Act just doesn’t sit right with Hal’s gut, and Hal always trusts his gut.
Not about to unmask willingly, Metamorpho tries to continue the good fight, while dodging the government sanctioned cape-hunters, and pro-registration heroes. Usually adopting a different point of view than her father, Natasha stays true to form in joining the resistance, feeling it’s wrong for the government to demand that superheroes reveal their secret identities and become public servants. A leading light for the resistance, Nightwing has adopted much of Batman’s ideology but little of his reserved nature. Siding with her fellow members of the Bat family, Oracle is no stranger when it comes to siding against the government.
Not one to let others tell him what to do, Plas joins up with the resistance, confident that if he sticks with Batman, everything will turn out alright.
A tad reluctant himself to break ranks with the law, Tim’s loyalty to Batman far outweighs any misgivings he may have. Never one to play by the rules anyway, Roy wholeheartedly believes that the new law is wrong, and he’ll fight against it with all his might. Not about to unmask willingly, Sandman tries to continue the good fight, while dodging the government sanctioned cape-hunters, and pro-registration heroes. Following Dick Grayson’s lead, Starfire pledges her loyalty and her super human power to the resitance. The new law is all part of a massive conspiracy that’s been building for hundreds of years. Not about to unmask willingly, The Ray tries to continue the good fight, while dodging the government sanctioned cape-hunters, and pro-registration heroes.

Conflicted over siding against his long time mentor Barry Allen, Wally is also conflicted about his feelings towards the new law. Not about to unmask willingly, Wildcat tries to continue the good fight, while dodging the government sanctioned cape-hunters, and pro-registration heroes. Not one to let others make her decisions for her, already unmasked to begin with, Cassandra sympathizes with her friends and tries to continue the good fight, while dodging the government sanctioned cape-hunters, and pro-registration heroes.
Independent and strong willed, Black Canary sees little good in disrupting things from how they’ve always been.
Not wanting to be drawn into a strictly American issue, Wonder Woman withdraws to Paradise Island.
Conflicted on which side has the moral high ground, and further conflicted with whom he should place his loyalty between Hal and John, Kyle struggles with what to do during this Civil War. An officer of the law, and also a staunch believer in the power of masked crime fighters, Jim Gordan struggles on which side to take. Not about to be a government stooge dispatched to hunt down his friends in allies, nor is he willing to actively work against the American government or the American people, Superman remains decidedly neutral in this conflict. The laws of the surface dwellers rarely have any effect on Aquaman or his kingdom, he decides not to get himself or Atlantis involved in American politics. Not wanting to take a side, J’onn chooses rather to remain neutral than fight against his friends on one side or another. After the instant reaction of the road trip, Ben and Evan are joined by Steve to give Civil War another go ’round.
And what kind of weight can this movie carry in the light of  current American political situations? Ben and Evan take another road trip to the movies, this time to see Captain America: Civil War, featuring the screen debut of Black Panther and Spider-Man and the biggest collection of Marvel heroes on the screen yet! In Retro Movie Missions the Retronauts fire the Retro-rockets on their Retro-starship to take a look back at some retro-movies! Join Captain Ben, Sergeant Steve, and Ensign Evan as they explore the Disney sci-fi movie BLACK HOLE! With the new Star Wars teaser release, Ben, Steve, and Evan talk about their thoughts of the teaser and address some items from the mailbag! Ben and Evan are joined by three friends to take another trip to the theater…this time to see BATMAN v. People FOR Superman recognize that he’s pretty much all powerful, from X-Ray vision to impervious skin. Think about it: Superman is the ultimate in racial privilege, while Batman is the ultimate in financial privilege. Striped away of alien strength and 1% wealth, if they met on the field of battle (a dark alley or an actual field of corn?) Batman’s core personality probably gives him an edge in the fight.
If it was completely unexpected — in other words, Batman was attacking Superman with no foreknowledge, Batman absolutely could assassinate Superman. So this arguing about who can best the other in battle is, in truth, a pretty useless exercise. People FOR Superman appreciate his ideals, his strength, not just of ARMS, but of character. People AGAINST Batman argue that he is someone who has taken the law into his own hands, become judge and jury, and may have a moral code against guns or killing (depending on the current writer) but who is a paranoid psychopathic law unto himself. People attracted to Batman’s positive qualities look to a man who has overcome the lose of his parents in a tragic death in front of his eyes.
And both are characters who, while there are some flaws in their character, and there may be flaws in the presentation of their stories at time, can be looked up to. If you relate to Superman more, it’s because you see someone with great power who uses it responsibly (if not perfectly) to make the world a better place. I believe that, while I may be missing some nuances and perhaps some specifics (please, if I’ve missed YOUR reasons for loving one character or the other, sound off below) this is why both of these characters have resonated with fans for three quarters of a century! From Star Wars to X-Files to Heroes, old heroes have been making a return…and they make their return, well, older! In this episode we take a look at some of our favorite and not so favorite returns and what those returns bring with them!
The government’s finally going to reveal what Fox Mulder has been waiting for all these years .
The X-Files has returned, and Steve and Ben WERE pretty excited…and now they are ready to wade through the final three episodes! A monster of the week, a supernatural FBI tale, and a mythology episode again give a pretty good sampling of what the X-Files was all about, but how did it live up to the X-Files’ legacy?
Join Captain Ben, Sergeant Steve, and Ensign Evan as they explore Jim Henson’s classic movie LABYRINTH! A transmedia project about an secret group of multi-generational warriors in the never-ending battle against evil, League of the Gray is part Buffy the Vampire Slayer and part Golden Girls!
Ben talks with Sandy Brownlee, the mastermind behind this web series, about the project’s origins, its future, and how people can help this transmedia project come to fruition!
The X-Files has returned, and Steve and Ben are pretty excited…although we have different reactions to SOME of these first three episodes of X-Files season 10.
With a mythology episode, a mystery episode, and a humor episode, the first three episodes of this six episode series give a pretty good sampling of what the X-Files was all about, but how did it live up to the X-Files’ legacy? Also, Ben and Steve welcome Evan officially into the fold as the fourth “strange alien”! For a holiday treat, we read Charles Dickens’ precursor to A Christmas Carol, The Goblins Who Stole a Sexton, a chapter from The Pickwick Papers. This episode has conversation on the way, conversation in the theater before the movie started, some parking lot conversation after the movie, and commentary on the drive home! Ben is joined by four of his five kids to talk about their thoughts and reactions to the Star Wars prequel trilogy!
Ben and Steve are joined by Evan David to discuss some of their favorite “very special Christmas” episodes of TV shows, movies, and comics! Ben and Steve open up the listener feedback mailbag and discuss a few responses to our recent episodes. Ben and Steve take a look back at all 19 Jaws movies, from Jaws to Jaws 4: The Revenge, from Cyberjaws to Jaws in NY, from the prequels to the reboot to the return to the original continuity in this year’s Jaws 19!
Joined by The Static Blade’s Evan David, Ben, Steve, and their guest talk about their top ten favorite animated series of all time. The three sci-fi guys are together again, taking a look at the top ten biggest money making movies of all time. The cinematic series created a mythic tale of good and evil, aspirations, betrayal and redemption. Rinzler had total access to the Lucasfilm Archives and its huge stash of never-before-published interviews, photos, production notes, facts and anecdotes. The collection provides in detail the conception and development of the movie that changed culture.
40 new pages help to explain every detail about Star Wars from the millennia-spanning history of George Lucas’s long ago, far away galaxy to the Star Wars movies and ever-expanding range of books, novels, comics, and media. Collected in this exquisite volume are the intricate and beautiful fashions that have appeared in all six Star Wars films — from military gear to royal gowns and the now iconic costumes of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader. The characters, costumes, droids, and gadgetry of the Star Wars universe is brought to life in vivid detail. Catch up on all the secrets, from the volcano planet and buzz droid weaponry to the transformation of Anakin Skywalker into Darth Vader. DK’s Eyewitness style brings the characters, costumes, droids, and gadgetry of the Star Wars universe to life in vivid visual detail.
The illustrated guide is structured chronologically and packed full of information about key characters, plots and action from the Star Wars movie saga, The Clone Wars, and Rebels. Arnold has covered decades of movie making and is obviously genuinely impressed with the scale of the production.
This is the softcover collection of the official adaptation of George Lucas’s rough-draft screenplay for what would become Star Wars, the film that changed the movie industry and the world. The films feature many complex themes ranging from good versus evil and moral development and corruption to religious faith and pragmatism, forgiveness and redemption, and many others. There are new takes on familiar topics, such as wondering if The Force has to have a dark side. Written in 101 entries that follow through the six movies, the author lays out unique observations and discussions of the movies from a Christian spiritual and theological point of view. From the Force to the dark side, the issues discussed in the films have a moral and spiritual complexity that, if paid attention to, can help us better understand our place in the world and our relation to others and to God. Later sections discuss such subjects as the three pillars, becoming an apprentice, and advanced lightsaber techniques.
It has informed Jedi training, beliefs and practices for millennia, having been preserved in the earliest holocroms of Cobar Jacash for over 100,000 years.
The Dharma of Star Wars offers a new take, from A New Hope all the way up to Revenge of the Sith. Along the way, it uncovers stories and details often missed by other histories of this series. Visually explore more than 50 essential Star Wars spacecraft and landcraft, including the TIE bomber, Imperial shuttle, A-wing, B-wing, and more. The Guide features updated entries that cover more than 150 ships, along with new, full-color illustrations. This essay collection offers a fascinating and unauthorized psychological analysis of every aspect of George Lucas’s richly rendered galaxy.

The art created for these projects continues to expand the limits and celebrate the iconography of the Star Wars galaxy. The scholar, writer, and teacher, had a profound influence on millions of people—most notably George Lucas. It draws together data from films, radio dramas, novels, short stories, computer games, and more, running the full gamut of this vast galaxy. Now readers will travel back to a time when when thugs and criminals ruled the planet, and Kenobi must decide if fighting injustice is worth risking revealing himself to those who would hunt him down and see him dead. Though it's not "canon" it was written right before Disney took over and tells an awesome story where Obi-Wan is like a mysterious cowboy hero!
Naturally, there are many different reactions to the new law throughout the superhuman community.
So I made some lists, thought through a little bit of a possible story, and here’s what I came up with! These individuals side with the United States Government, and have chosen to register themselves in accordance with the new law, reveal their secret identities to the government, and become legally licensed and officially deputized Super Heroes.
While saddened at the prospect of fighting old friends, he lends his full support to the cause of registration. While he does sympathize with those who want to keep their identity a secret, Beast Boy believes that registration is the next step to be taken in a changing world. This includes former airman Captain Atom, whose sense of loyalty to his country far outweighs any nagging doubts about the new law. A step that needs to be made by all, if the American people are to truly put their trust in heroes again. Second-guessing himself at every turn, Ollie must fight an internal battle as well as an external one, and that against one of his best friends, Hal Jordan. He sides with registration, taking some small comfort from the presence of Barry Allen and his friends from the JSA. A former marine, John’s beliefs and sense of duty bind him heart and soul to the cause of registration.
Terrific believes that unless the registration act is put in place to check the growing number of metahumans, the world is in for disaster.
After long talks with many a mentor, she decides to plant her flag on the side of Registration. These heroes have chosen not to comply with the new law, but instead to become fugitives, while at the same time continuing their hero work. He joins the resistance partly in support of Hal Jordan, and partly just to stick it to the man. Hal becomes an active leader for the resistance, lending his power, and his voice to the cause.
Nightwing presses forward with boldness and conviction, leading the resistance members against the registered heroes. But seeing his friends like Dick, Roy, and Starfire in trouble, Wally hesitantly lends his Super Speed to the resistance.
Like Douglas Adams’ Deep Thought, when answering the question of life, the universe, and everything, he had an answer, but the answer came with another question.
He could rule the world with an almost literal iron fist, but he chooses instead to help people.
Steve, and Evan talk about the career of animator Don Bluth, looking back on their favorite memories from Bluth’s body of work, and on some of their least favorite work from him, from his work at Disney to his arcade video games to Fievel and The Land Before Time to Titan AE! And don’t forget to check out The Crossover Network for more holiday podcast episodes!
Night’s latest film, which seems to be not just a return to form but a return to passion.
The text gives voice to the engineers, designers and artists who created vivid, exotic and enduring locales and sets. He shares insider details about the models developed, along with computer graphics that created pioneering scenes and effects and opened new galaxies in film making. Packed full of interesting facts about the world of Star Wars merchandise and fandom, astonishing pieces of art, and full-color photographs.
Every costume is displayed in intimate detail, from preproduction sketches to the final creations.
Highly defined, annotated photography shows and explains the culture, background, and technology of this continuing epic struggle between good and evil.
Highly defined, annotated photography shows and explains the culture, background, and technology of the Star Wars trilogy. We see familiar characters and places as they were conceived and the evolution into the groundbreaking film. The essays here tackle the philosophical questions from these blockbuster films including: Was Anakin predestined to fall to the Dark Side?
There’s a feminist critique of the portrayal of women, questioning, for example, the deeper meaning of being chained to a slug. McDowell argues that Star Wars creator George Lucas intended the films to be entertainment and a vehicle for moral education. Full-color cross-section artwork presents in-depth examinations of each craft’s weapon systems, engines, hyperdrives, cockpits, and construction secrets. This new volume encompasses detailed profiles and statistics of crafts from five movies, the bestselling novels of the New Jedi Order, comics, TV specials, and games. To Campbell, mythology was the “song of the universe, the music of the spheres.” With Bill Moyers, one of America’s most prominent journalists, as his interviewer, The Power of Myth touches on subjects from modern marriage to virgin births, from Jesus to John Lennon, offering a brilliant combination of intelligence and wit.
It includes the science, technology, history, geography; culture and biography of the Star Wars universe.
Some support the law, others actively defy it, thus Marvel’s heroes are thrown into a Civil War against each other, resulting in some great story telling opportunities with intense action and drama!
No stranger to hunting down former allies when they step outside the law, he gives his full and unwavering support to Registration. Catwoman bides her time and sticks close to the Bat-family, hoping to ride out the Civil War unscathed. Hard times lay ahead with Hal forced to turn against two of his best friends, Barry Allen and Oliver Queen. He recognizes his power is a gift, but it is not just a gift for him, and he makes sacrifices everyday to help people who cannot help themselves. So he’s perfectly willing to create plans to kill every single one of his best friends, even though they ARE friends and he is AGAINST (mostly) killing.
It includes the birth and evolution of the characters, budget battles, grueling shoots, and the young film visionaries — Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg and Brian DePalma – who shared their talents in the effort. Fans will enjoy detailed revelations of Star Wars secrets like how a Stormtrooper’s equipment works, what the insides of a light saber look like, and what Sand People keep in their bandoliers. Rinzler details the drama and wizardry behind what many fans feel is the best of the Star Wars Saga. Here, he explores such themes as suffering, mindfulness, karma and transcending the dark side. You’ll even find the modifications Han Solo and Chewbacca made on the Millennium Falcon to make it one of the fastest vessels in the galaxy and the secrets of the Imperial All Terrain Armored Transport Walker, possibly the most formidable military vehicle ever built.
The fully illustrated, alphabetical reference covers every character from Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader to such obscure ones as Tnun Bdu. Superman becomes just another farmer raised in the flyover states with a strong work ethic. For Superman, he could DO more, but it would involve creating a world that would no longer relate to our own if the storytelling took it to its logical conclusion. Jackson, provide commentary on their experiences during principal photography, while writer-director George Lucas and producer Rick McCallum contribute their thoughts on Star Wars costume design.
Key objects from the movies have been re-photographed and some even re-created by expert consultants from Industrial Light and Magic.
Following his The Making of Star Wars, Rinzler again made use of his unlimited access to the Lucasfilm Archives.
Why would the citizens and protectors of a democratic Republic allow it to descend into a tyrannical empire? The result is a comprehensive behind-the-scenes look at the trials and triumphs, risks and close calls, inspiration, perspiration, and imagination that went into every detail of this cinematic masterpiece. One of the book’s highlights is a transcription of a day spent following Irwin Kershner filming on the carbon freezing chamber set. Star Wars quickly moved out of the theatres to become one of the most lucrative, influential, and interactive franchises of all time.
The reader can follow the evolution of the script, the challenges of shooting the epic battle in icy Norway.
Veteran journalist Chris Taylor traces the series from the difficult birth of the original film through its sequels, the franchise’s death and rebirth, the prequels, and the preparations for a new trilogy.
Oh, and there’s the development of new key characters: Lando Calrissian, Boba Fett and, of course, Yoda, Jedi master. Taylor shows how Star Wars has infused culture as a well-told story with enough substance to influence politics in other countries and spread a universally accepted spirituality.

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