The Del Rey Star Wars panel took place at San Diego Comic-Con today. You can take a look at the full liveblog on StarWars.com, but here are a few highlights.
First, the big announcement. Christie Golden will be writing a novel adapting the Asajj Ventress/Quinlan Vos arc from the unproduced Season 7 of The Clone Wars!
This is great news for those of us that were disappointed by the show’s cancellation, especially after Dave Filoni teased this arc with some concept drawings a few months ago. It’s due out Summer 2015. No official title yet.
Pablo Hidalgo of the Lucasfilm Story Group said that there are no flashbacks in Rebels, and that’s not part of how Star Wars stories are told. We can put the Episode VII Leia flashback rumors to bed then I hope.
Shelly Shapiro, Star Wars editor at Del Rey, says that everyone is playing in the same sandbox now with the new canon. Things sound much more integrated with tighter collaboration between Del Rey, the Story Group and people working on Rebels.
Vanessa Marshall, voice of Hera on Rebels, has read A New Dawn and it’s informed some of her line readings for the show.
When asked about the Legends branding for the previous Expanded Universe, Shapiro said they wanted to show that those stories still meant something, and the word ‘legends’ is a way to do that. Hidalgo stresses that just because something isn’t canon doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have value.
The upcoming novel slate, and the comments about collaboration from this panel have me really hopeful for the future of Star Wars novels. Keep an eye out for Marvel Comics Star Wars news tomorrow!