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The Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

In celebration of Star Wars Day, StarWars.com have revealed “Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” a series of books and comics connected to the highly-anticipated movie.

“The Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker publishing program is there biggest and boldest film tie-in program yet,” Michael Siglain, Lucasfilm’s creative director of publishing, tells StarWars.com. “We’ve got exceptionally talented authors, artists, and publishers creating content for fans of all ages.

“While these titles will include some hints and Easter eggs for the new film, the majority of these titles will feature all-new stories set following the events of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  Our ‘Journey to’ books and comics will star Rey, Finn, Poe, Rose, and, of course, Leia, Chewie, the droids, and the First Order.

“Here, you’ll get a glimpse at both the state of the galaxy and some of the ongoing battles between the Resistance and the First Order.

“As fans prepare for The Rise of Skywalker and the epic conclusion to the Skywalker saga, these stories are not to be missed.”

Pre-orders for the line launch early next week. Until then, check out covers, descriptions, and release dates for every title below — and happy Star Wars Day!

…Check out the cover art.

The Art of Star Wars - The Rise of Skywalker
The Art of Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker
Star Wars - The Rise of Skywalker Poster
Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker Poster
The Art of Star Wars - The Rise of Skywalker Cover Art Hi Resolution
The Art of Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker Cover Art Hi Resolution
The Art of Star Wars - The Rise of Skywalker Kylo Ren
The Art of Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker Kylo Ren
The Journey to Star Wars - The Rise of Skywalker - Kylo Ren Cover Art
The Journey to Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker – Kylo Ren Cover Art
The Art of Star Wars - The Rise of Skywalker
The Art of Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker
The Journey to Star Wars - The Rise of Skywalker - Kylo Ren Cover
The Journey to Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker – Kylo Ren Cover
The Journey to Star Wars - The Rise of Skywalker - Resistance Reborn Cover
The Journey to Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker – Resistance Reborn Cover
Star Wars - The Rise of Skywalker Poster Banner
Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker Poster Banner
The Journey to Star Wars - The Rise of Skywalker - Rey Cover
The Journey to Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker – Rey Cover
The Journey to Star Wars - The Rise of Skywalker - Rey Cover Art
The Journey to Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker – Rey Cover Art
The Journey to Star Wars - The Rise of Skywalker - Resistance Reborn Cover
The Journey to Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker – Resistance Reborn Cover
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The Star Wars Saga ‘Triptych’ Art By John Guydo

The Bottleneck Gallery is beginning their Star Wars Day celebrations a bit early, with the release of these awesome Star Wars Orginal Trilogy triptych prints by John Guydo’

John’s Star Wars prints encapsulate the original film trilogy, taking notable characters and moments, highlighting the conflict between Luke Skywalker and friends versus the Empire. The verticality in John’s triptych creates thematic consistencies between all three prints, and ties together so many elements from the original trilogy.

The Star Wars Saga Triptych Art By John Guydo
The Star Wars Saga Triptych Art By John Guydo
The Star Wars Saga Triptych Art By John Guydo Star wars A New Hope
The Star Wars Saga Triptych Art By John Guydo Star wars A New Hope
The Star Wars Saga Triptych Art By John Guydo The Empire Strikes Back
The Star Wars Saga Triptych Art By John Guydo The Empire Strikes Back
The Star Wars Saga Triptych Art By John Guydo The Return of the Jedi
The Star Wars Saga Triptych Art By John Guydo The Return of the Jedi
The Star Wars Saga Triptych Art By John Guydo Variant
The Star Wars Saga Triptych Art By John Guydo Variant

John’s prints will be available as a timed edition release over at Bottleneckgallery.com. A limited edition variant set will also be available!

RIP Peter Mayhew – 1944 – 2019

Peter Mayhew, the actor best known for bringing Chewbacca to life, has sadly passed away at the age of 74.

One of Mayhew’s last public appearances was last month at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, where he had photo ops and signed autographs. RIP Peter Mayhew – 1944 – 20His family has posted this moving message on his Twitter page:

George Lucas said of Mayhew’s passing:

“Peter was a wonderful man. He was the closest any human being could be to a Wookiee: big heart, gentle nature — and I learned to always let him win. He was a good friend, and I’m saddened by his passing.”

The official statement from Star Wars, Lucasfilm and Kathleen Kennedy

Cast members and close friends, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford also offered condolences to Mayhew’s family and spoke highly of their experiences with working with the man behind the Chewbacca mask and costume:

Harrison Ford expressed his condolences in a statement sent to The Hollywood Reporter:

“Peter Mayhew was a kind and gentle man, possessed of great dignity and noble character. These aspects of his own personality, plus his wit and grace, he brought to Chewbacca. We were partners in film and friends in life for over 30 years and I loved him. He invested his soul in the character and brought great pleasure to the Star Wars audience. Chewbacca was an important part of the success of the films we made together.

He knew how important the fans of the franchise were to it’s continued success and he was devoted to them. I and millions of others will never forget Peter and what he gave us all. My thoughts are with his dear wife Angie and his children.

Rest easy, my dear friend.” 

Mark Hamill and Billy Dee Williams posted moving tributes on Twitter:

The Sequal Trilogy members who Peter also touched with kindness posted tributes on Social Media.

Jason Joiner paid a moving tribute on Facebook to Peter.

“We are so very sad to have to inform you all that Peter Mayhew who was Chewbacca in the Star Wars films passed away last night at his home in Texas. Peter was a real gentle giant and a very quiet, shy and beautiful person! A one-off!

The Chewbacca role was more Peter playing himself RIP Peter Mayhew – 1944 – 2019RIP Peter Mayhew – 1944 – 2019on-screen and the question of how much of Peter is Chewie and how much of Chewie is Peter will never be worked out as they really were one and the same. Peter loved playing Chewbacca as he could put away his shyness and become a roaring Wookiee when he needed to be. Meeting fans and especially the children that were into Star Wars and seeing the magic in their eyes when they got to meet Peter was something that drove him to attend public events and Comic Cons across the globe, which he continued to do up until last week.

As time went on Peter was finding it harder to take on the filming commitments of Chewbacca and even though you could never replace Peter he saw Chewie live on in the way that actor Ian Whyte played the character as Peter’s Stunt Double in The Force Awakens. Ian cared about how Peter portrayed Chewie and understood that Chewie was Peter and so he watched him and learned to become Peter as Chewie. Peter felt that the character was safe for future generations of Star Wars fans with Ian’s insight and care.

At 74 Peter lived to a great age for someone of his stature and this was down to the people that loved and helped him so much day to day as he grew older. Peter married his wife Angie in 1999 and from that time Peter has had a partner in life that he could share his amazing adventures and travel with. Later on Katie and Ryan, his children also helped to enable Peter to keep on the road and attend the events he so loved to visit.

In 2016 Peter set up The Peter Mayhew Foundation, a non-profit organisation devoted to the alleviation of disease, pain, suffering and the financial toll brought on by lives traumatic events. By providing its available resources directly to deserving children and adults in need, the foundation assists numerous charitable organisations in order to promote and boost their effectiveness and provide support where needed.

On a personal note, Peter was a wonderful and kind-hearted friend. When I was with him last month at The London Film and Comic Con I could see he was struggling and in some pain which was sad to see. However, I could also see the energy he received from being at the event and meeting all his fans! He was a very dear friend and ever since he attended his very first convention in the UK with us he has been very close to us all here.

Please take a look at the wonderful work Peter and his family are doing to help others.http://petermayhewfoundation.org If you feel like saying goodbye to Peter then please don’t buy flowers or gifts but instead make a difference and donate something and go here:http://petermayhewfoundation.org/make-a-donation.php The last roar of this Wookiee will echo around the galaxy forever! Goodbye old friend.
The Kurtz Joiner Archive

The team at MilnersBlog wish to send all our love and condolences to Angie and Peter’s three children at this sad time. He will be greatly missed and will always be fondly known as the mighty Chewbacca.

Rest in Peace Peter Mayhew aka Chewbacca
Rest in Peace Peter Mayhew aka Chewbacca

Image credit: @FarrawayAsh

The MoonPig ‘Giant’ Star Wars Card Mosaic

Everyone is gearing up for Star Wars Day 2109 on May the 4th when the world once again comes together to celebrate the Star Wars universe this May the Fourth, but what if you’ve got a company who is a massive Star Wars fan and wants to let his employees do something special for Star Wars Day! …Check out what they did…What a great employer.

The MoonPig Star Wars Day Card Mosaic - Stormtroopers
The MoonPig Star Wars Day Card Mosaic – Stormtroopers

UK’s leading online personalised cards, gifts and flowers provider Moonpig, who have recreated one of the series’ most iconic scenes in the form of a photomosaic of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader as they Face-Off in this mosaic of Moonpig Cards from The Empire Strikes Back.

Standing at over 16 feet high, the mosaic consists of 676 greetings cards taken from Moonpig’s Star Wars range. Once carefully arranged, a homage to the franchise classic The Empire Strikes Back is revealed. The mosaic depicts Luke Skywalker’s first showdown with Darth Vader, set on the floating metropolis of Cloud City in Episode V of the original saga.

The MoonPig Star Wars Mosaic - 01
The MoonPig Star Wars Mosaic – 01

Planned, developed, and built by the company’s most dedicated Star Wars fans, the artwork, which will now see all its cards recycled, took six hours to install at the Moonpig HQ. Employees were also encouraged to dress up for the day, allowing everyone to enjoy one of the film’s most celebrated scenes.

Moonpig’s Design Manager, Dale Boreham, who came up with the creative concept for the campaign, said of the completed artwork:
“I’m just one of a whole host of Star Wars fanatics in the Moonpig office. This year we wanted to say thank you to characters that have given us so much. And by using our own range of greetings cards, we felt this was a very Moonpig way of celebrating something we love. By choosing one of the most iconic scenes from the original trilogy, we want the hairs to stand up on the necks of dedicated Star Wars fans. For me, it immediately brings back nostalgic memories of watching the films for the very first time.”

The MoonPig Star Wars Day Card Mosaic - 2
The MoonPig Star Wars Day Card Mosaic – 2

Jo McClintock, Brand Director at Moonpig spoke of the motivational benefits of the mosaic:
“We aim to keep our employees motivated and invested in their work every day. Engaging in projects like this is a great way of doing that. Our Star Wars mosaic has brought the whole office together. It was fantastic to see so many people get involved, dressing up as their favourite characters and taking photos with our resident Stormtroopers.”

The MoonPig Star Wars Day Card Mosaic Final
The MoonPig Star Wars Day Card Mosaic Final

Full details on Moonpig’s May the Fourth celebration can be found on their blog.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Poster – FanArt

This Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker poster is so impressive, you’d be mistaken into thinking it was an ‘official’ The Rise of Skywalker Poster, but it’s just fan art, but it’s by no ordinary fan, Preedee Thinnakorn Na Ayudhya is a professional Advertising Image Manipulator and Retoucher with 10 Years experience in the industry and also did one for The Last Jedi.

Check out his super hi-res poster for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker FanArt Poster by Preedee Thinnakorn Na Ayudhya
Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker FanArt Poster by Preedee Thinnakorn Na Ayudhya