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Star Wars Craft book on the way! [19 Sep 2008|12:20pm]

bonniegrrl


I'm writing a Star Wars Craft book for Lucas Books/Random House (due out in 2010) so if you all want to see specific things in the book, feel free to let me know. I'd like to have all kinds of projects for craftsters at different skill levels from kids to adults.

I'm really excited about writing the book. I've been posting craft projects on the kids section of Starwars.com for years, as well as doing Star Wars craft tutorials at various sci-fi and craft festivals. So I think you all will get a kick out of some of the crafts that will be featured in the book.

Here's the mention of the book on Starwars.com:
The Publishing Horizon: The Next Three Years
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A small poll: [09 Aug 2008|08:11pm]

darth_balls
[ mood | quixotic ]

What would you do if you had a night off and your options were down to playing xbox 360 or reading a book...

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Coruscant Nights [05 Jul 2008|07:27am]

darth_balls
Has anyone read the Michael Reeves sequel to Shadowhunter?
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Allegiance [29 Jun 2008|07:25pm]

darth_balls
[ mood | bouncy ]

Well, I am over one hundred pages into the book now. I just picked it back up Thursday night and have been reading it off and on in between chores this weekend. I was wrong about the book. It is likely going to be finished by the end of my five day weekend this week, which is really good for me as I am a slow reader.

Just a curious question: Everyone (I assume) has their own favorite spot to read. Mine is on the crappy torn up couch in my living room where it is usually pretty quiet (we have no tv in there right now). I don't know if saying it is my favorite place for reading, but it is the one place in the house where I get the most reading done.

What is your favorite place(s)?

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Movin on Movin on... [31 May 2008|07:38am]

darth_balls
[ mood | anxious ]

I just finished Darth Bane Path of Destruction and am now starting Allegiance. I am having a bit of a rough start with it. I mean I am looking forward to reading about the time that Mara Jade was the Emperor's Hand but the beginning is a little dry for my taste. This why I have so many Star Wars novels on my shelves started and not finished.

After I get done with Allegiance I will likely be buying Darth Bane Rule of Two and then Death Star. Really what I want to do is finish reading the X-Wing series. I had bought the second book before coming across the first of the series and was confused; after reading the first one and then moving on to number two it all started making sense; plus when I read Wedge's Gamble the first time my reading comprehension fell apart at about the time that the Alliance was conquering Coruscant but the second time... much better.

Has anyone read the Legacy of the Force collection yet? Does it require that you have read everything up to the point of the series or can you just drop right in? I may just go ahead and buy them all and read them when I get to them in the order. That is what I had started trying to do years ago was read the entire Universe in order. How's that working out? Not too good! LOL

My big, huge problem is that there are so many of the novels that I want to read, but I don't have a lot of time (or energy) after work during the week to read and I am left with the weekends. I also need for it to be quiet so I don't get distracted cuz that happens easily.

I tell you on novel that I am dying to read is Order 66 by Karen Traviss! OMG! That book is going to be amazing. I can't wait for September 16th! That is what is so awesome about this summer, you have Star Wars releases back to back to back. I mean starting in August you have the release of Clone Wars followed a month later by BOTH Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Order 66 on September 16th.

I can't wait...

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It's a MAD MAD MAD MAD Galaxy [10 Nov 2007|03:23pm]

bonniegrrl


Known as Mad magazine's "Maddest Writer" Dick DeBartolo's writing has been published in over 350 back-to-back issues since 1966. He's got plenty to say about the long history the magazine has in spoofing the Star Wars saga since it debuted in 1977. For starwars.com, I caught up with DeBartolo to talk about his favorite Star Wars moments from the very beginning as well as the new book MAD about Star Wars.

How did it feel to have George Lucas write a fan letter to MAD magazine calling you the "George Bernard Shaw of comic satire?"

I was so thrilled with that letter I have it framed and hanging on the wall in my apartment. And I have a copy in my wallet! Would you like to see it? And it came at the most incredible time. It arrived just before MAD received a letter from the attorneys for George Lucas. They said they were suing MAD because of copyright infringement concerning the Star Wars satire. So Bill Gaines, the publisher of MAD at the time, simply wrote on the bottom of the lawyer's letter something like: "Gee, George liked it!" And he attached a copy of the letter George had sent to MAD complimenting myself and Mort Drucker, the artist of the satire. Needless to say we never heard from Lucas' attorneys ever again! And we've done all sorts of Star Wars-related satires since then. I was thrilled again when in his foreword to the new book MAD about Star Wars, George writes: "Perhaps most importantly, I have always defended MAD from my lawyers!"

Read the full interview here:
It's a MAD MAD MAD MAD Galaxy
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MAD About Star Wars [24 Oct 2007|05:54pm]

bonniegrrl


Available now from Del Rey Books is MAD About Star Wars, a compilation of some of the best MAD Star Wars parodies of the past 30 years, collected and annotated by author Jonathan Bresman.

Here's an exclusive interview with Bresman about his work at MAD on the Star Wars tribute book as well as a video showing his brief stint working at ILM when he had to dress as Jar Jar being chased down by a truck driven by sound design guru Ben Burtt.

"We're not really actors, so in order to get the performance of true fear of being chased by a battle tank that Ben Burtt wanted, Ben decided at one point to get into a pickup truck and chase us. What was so particularly scary about that was, even though we didn't think he intended to run us over, Ben was so keen on getting the shot, he really wasn't watching as he drove, he really was leaning out the window of the driver's side door, looking through a camcorder, and pressing down on the gas pedal in the general direction of us.

So we spent a lot of time dodging the pickup truck and also -- there were scenes where we have to dive as if we're being run over by the battle tank. George has this herd of cattle up in the hills of Skywalker Ranch that tend to leave lots of fecal matter in, so there we were diving through cow poodoo, as it were, to help George get the shot. So, that was one of the stranger things I did for Lucasfilm."

Check out the VIDEO here:
MAD About Star Wars: Jar Jar Chasedown


Full interview here:
The Usual Gang of Jediots: MAD About Star Wars
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You Can Draw: Star Wars at Celebration Europe [19 Jul 2007|01:57pm]

bonniegrrl


As usual, Matt Busch, Tom Hodges and myself had a blast meeting all of you at our latest book signing at Celebration Europe in London. We signed books, chatted with Star Wars fans and young artists, and of course Vader's Imperial forces crashed the event to make sure we were behaving ourselves.

Thanks again to DK Publishing (Lucinda, you rock!) for setting up the signing at Saturday and Sunday! We had so much fun meeting all of you!

Be sure to look for us at Comic-Con in San Diego in a week! ;-)

- Bonnie Burton, author You Can Draw: Star Wars


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You Can Draw: Star Wars Book Updates [10 Jul 2007|04:15pm]

bonniegrrl
Check out the last video listed so far in the You Can Draw Star Wars webisodes. Host and illustrator Matt Busch does a brilliant spoof on "Behind the Music" that I have to say is pretty darn funny.
Watch it here.

Also the book also got an awesome plug in the Pop Candy blog in USA Today.
Read it here!
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My "Star Wars Fanboy Field Guide" in new comic book [06 Jul 2007|03:52pm]

bonniegrrl


Be sure to pick up the new comic book anthology The Girls' Guide to Guys' Stuff from Friends of Lulu. Inside you'll find my "Star Wars Fan Boy Field Guide," illustrated by the talented Star Wars artist Cynthia Cummens.

The 176-page anthology features comics by over 50 female cartoonists presenting their takes on guys and their interests. The book will be available in comic shops in July.

Pre-orders are being taken here at the Friends of Lulu site.

Also be sure to check out the The Girls' Guide to Guys' Stuff Myspace profile here.
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Yay trillian! [09 Jun 2007|05:07pm]

darth_balls
[ mood | bouncy ]

I have finally gotten my trillian account acting right again. Yay for instant messaging:) I need to get some more buddies though so anyone who would like to add me or chat hit me up. Sn is aquadvl.

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Paperback swap [08 Jun 2007|11:39am]

darth_balls
[ mood | awake ]

Hey, I just joined paperbackswap.com. There are tons of Starwars novels on there and there is no cost to join.

If anyone is interested in bookswapping, I encourage you to join.

Happy Reading

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First Look: Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy [10 May 2007|02:22pm]

bonniegrrl


Now the excitement and action of the Star Wars saga, can be experienced in pop-up form thanks to the upcoming book Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy by Matthew Reinhart, due to hit shelves this October from Scholastic.

Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy is a three-dimensional, moving encyclopedia to the characters, planets, creatures, vehicles and technologies that appear in the original trilogy. The book is crammed with over 37 different pop-ups which include large central pop-ups to tiny mini-pop-up flaps. Each spread is a separate chapter devoted to different aspects of the Star Wars universe.

"The first spread is devoted to the planets of the galaxy, like Tatooine, Alderaan, Bespin and even the Death Star," Reinhart reveals. "In fact, a huge AT-AT plods forward on the page, re-enacting the savage battle of Hoth! Each chapter details other aspects of galaxy such as: Sentient Species and Beasts, The Rebellion versus the Empire, Rogues and Scoundrels, Galactic Vehicles, and even The Power of the Force with a completely three-dimensional helmet of the Dark Lord of the Sith himself and illuminated lightsabers! I don't want to give away too many of the surprises, but trust me, just about everybody and everything important is inside the book."

Read all about it here:
First Look: Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy
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STAR WARS Drawing Video (Speed Painting with Matt Busch) [24 Apr 2007|10:29am]

bonniegrrl


Highlights from the new series, hosted by Matt Busch. Current Episodes can be downloaded here.

The entire collection will also be offered as a limited edition DVD / FREE giveaway at the upcoming CELEBRATION IV in Los Angeles, courtesy of Lucasfilm and DK Publishing!

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO:
How To Draw STAR WARS (Speed Painting with Matt Busch)
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"This is a Happy Little Interrogation Droid" [18 Apr 2007|10:06am]

bonniegrrl
Check out the Bob Ross-style tutorial on how to paint a beautiful Star Wars painting. Artist Matt Busch's shows us in his latest webisode (Ep 6) to promote the You Can Draw Star Wars book how to paint in the opaque style as he channels the late, great '70s artist Bob Ross.

He also shows off his drumming skills. And there's a cameo from R2-D2!
Watch it here: Episode VI

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And if you have no idea who Bob Ross is, check out this video here.
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CRAFT Magazine Reviews You Can Draw Star Wars [17 Apr 2007|05:44pm]

bonniegrrl


BOOK REVIEW: You Can Draw Star Wars by Bonnie Burton


As a kid I was always taught the importance of picking up a pencil to draw. You Can Draw Star Wars by Bonnie Burton is a new book that's refreshed my memory about the art of drawing and makes it more even more fun by learning how to draw all the Star Wars characters. You'll learn the important foundations of illustration, most especially form and proportion which is reinforced throughout the book. Each character or spaceship, includes a vellum overlay of a rough pencil drawing sketch over the finish piece so you can see how they come together. Illustrators Matt Busch and Tom Hodges do an amazing job of inspiring you with detailed imagery, yet also draw out all the simple steps you need to do to get there. There are also basic design principles that are taught such as color basics, shading and light, perspective, and more. There's also lots of fun trivia in the book such as the design of the Millennium Falcon is based on a hamburger! Who knew! This is the perfect book for anyone, young or old to be inspired and pick up a pencil to learn how to draw Star Wars.

About the Author: Bonnie Burton is an avid crafter and works on the Star Wars Kids site creating some super cute Star Wars kids craft projects, such as her famous Yoda doll project. Come and meet Bonnie at the Maker Faire, May 19-20 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds where she'll be teaching some cool Star Wars kids crafts!


SOURCE: CRAFT zine
craftzine
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More complaints.... [08 Mar 2007|10:40pm]

ausouthcore
x-posted to starwars and swgeeks

I hate to keep complaining, but here it goes....


I was just reading about the Legacy of the Force series and what's going on in it, and I'm really disappointed. (I'm currently in the middle of reading all the novels in Chronological Order and am only through the Han Solo Trilogy although i have previously read ll the novels prior to the NJO and over half of the NJO books) Apparently the galaxy has been tossed into civil war again. I don't know any more details other than that, but it really disappoints me. I know they were looking to keep the action going in the star wars universe, but seriously, this seems to completely take away what the movies are all about which is: Good triumphs over Evil. As much as I didn't like the Yuzzahn Vong books at first, at least they took a threat from outside the Galaxy that sort of solidified the New Republic as a whole. There has to be an end to it somewhere. George Lucas meant for it to end with the good guys winning, but what's happened now is endless war. I was REALLLY hoping they would set an end to it all with Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, C3PO, Artoo would establish peace, and a new empire that would live in peace for another 1000 years. These authors have made that impossible, and with the comics going 120 years ABY that really makes it impossible. I'm extremely disappointed with LucasBooks and I just wish there was something I could do to let them know that at least one Star Wars fan is deeply disappointed in the direction they have gone. Killing off of the main movie characters in a less than peaceful manner is disappointing as well...if they were so desperate to keep novels going and not get boring then they should have gone far into the future. I also think that the series format they are using now isn't as desirable as the one book at a time format(with a few series within) that they used up until the NJO series. I'm sure many fans love the things they are a doing, but to me there does have to be an end, not an endless amount of stories (which ensures that a lot of bad books will be realeased as has happened with the star trek series). Am I the only one that feels this way?
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[06 Mar 2007|12:54am]

ausouthcore
I haven't posted anything in a while, I've been busy with a lot of other things but i just had to come on and say this:

I hate everything about the Star Wars Legacy comics. I have always felt that the comic book format was a terrible thing for the "canon" material. This particular series is juat all together awful. It puts events out in the future of the series that are just ridiculous. It makes me very very angry to see the events that these authors are witing into the Star Wars universe. I don't know what else to say. Please tell me I'm not the only one.
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Star Wars on BoingBoingBoing podcast 10! [28 Feb 2007|11:12am]

bonniegrrl


Episode #10 of the Boing Boing Boing podcast is out! I am the guest for this edition and I chat with Mark and Xeni about working for Lucasfilm and my writing on grrl.com, as well as my just-released book You Can Draw Star Wars. In the podcast, we probe the universe (and my brain), asking...
  • Do Woookies have to wear hairnets in the Lucasfilm cafeteria?
  • What is a "bathrobe Jedi"?
  • Is laser graffitti terrorism?
  • Will there ever be another Star Wars film?
  • If you discover LED art in a public place, should you blow it up?
  • What is R2-D2 trying to tell me?

CLICK for more info and to listen to the Podcast!

(originally blogged boingboing_net)
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Learn How to Draw Star Wars at WonderCon [23 Feb 2007|02:48pm]

bonniegrrl
Come to Wondercon (in San Francisco) on Friday, March 2 to meet myself and the illustrators of You Can Draw: Star Wars!

Friday, March 2, 1-2pm -- Learn How to Draw Star Wars --
Meet author Bonnie Burton and Star Wars artists Matt Busch and Tom Hodges, who just produced You Can Draw: Star Wars for DK Publishing. Young artists and artists of all ages can learn to draw Star Wars characters with instructions and tips from Hodges and Busch, and coaching from Burton. The book, You Can Draw: Star Wars, features tutorials on how to draw major characters from the entire saga including Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Darth Maul, Darth Vader, Padmé Amidala, Princess Leia, Emperor Palpatine, Yoda, Jabba the Hutt, C-3PO and R2-D2, just to name a few. Room 236

More info here:
http://www.comic-con.org/wc/wc07_prog_fri.php
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