The publishing division of Lucasfilm was featured at NYCC 2015 at a completely full panel. Several authors who are all working on the series Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens joined Pablo Hidalgo, LucasFilm’s Creative Executive. Hidalgo and the authors provided some insight into what to expect in regards to upcoming Star Wars comics, short stories, and novels.
Claudia Gray, one of the attendees of the panel and author of Lost Stars, will be writing a new novel that will be available in spring 2016. The new book, titled Star Wars: New Republic: Bloodline, takes place only six years before the events of The Force Awakens and promises to give some backstory to some of the new core characters.
Chuck Wendig, author of the fan favorite Star Wars: Aftermath, announced the titles of the next two parts of his Aftermath trilogy. The books, which are titled Aftermath: Life Debt and Aftermath: Empire’s End, will continue to connect the time between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
Also, the aliens that were recently featured in this Vanity Fair article will be getting their own stories. In November, Delilah Dawson will be writing an e-short story featuring Vazine (the woman in the center wearing black). Landry Walker, known for his work in comic books, will follow Dawson on December 1st with a collection of short stories called Star Wars: Stories From a Galaxy Far, Far Away – Aliens. The individual stories are titled as follows: High Noon on Jakku, All Creatures Great and Small, The Face of Evil, and The Crimson Corsair and the lost treasure of Count Dooku.
Greg Rucka was also in attendance and had a few things to say about his Shattered Empire series of comics. He stated that he has written Luke Skywalker to be very at peace, much the way Qui-Gonn Jinn is in The Phantom Menace. Rucka also stated that there would be some “fun stuff” regarding Leia and the Queen of Naboo in issue #3.
The panel seemed to be packed full of juicy information and I, personally, can’t wait to read all of the amazing Star Wars literature coming our way. Hidalgo also suggested that fans reread the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens after they see the movie. Easter eggs and references that may not make sense the first time around might become more apparent after having seen the movie. He won’t have to tell me twice!