Saturday, July 23, 2016

SDCC 2016: Marvel Cup O'Joe Star Wars Highlights

By: Dominic Jones

Relatively speaking, it has been a light weekend for Star Wars news here at San Diego Comic Con. There have been a few book announcements and Hasbro unveiled their new slate of action figures for this year, but in comparison to previous years it hasn't been much.  This trend continued at the Marvel Cup O'Joe Panel where Star Wars writer Jason Aaron, Darth Vader writer Kieron Gillen, and editor C.B. Cebulski joined Marvel's Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, and a few other Marvel creatives, on stage to talk about what's to come in Marvel comics.  While both writers shared some details about their work in the galaxy far, far away, there were no announcements regarding what will be replacing Darth Vader (which wraps up with issue #25) as an ongoing series or what mini series will come after the current six issue Han Solo series.

Despite the lack of announcements, both Aaron and Gillen did share some interesting insight into what it's like working on Star Wars stories and the process of creating the story with the Lucasfilm Story Group.

Both began by giving updates on their current series,

Later in the panel, during the Q&A, a fan asked about what it's like working with Lucasfilm,

Marvel editor C.B Cebulski was also on the panel and chimed in at this point about an encounter he had with the maker himself, George Lucas, at the opening of Disneyland Shanghai,

And finally, both Gillen and Aaron shared other tidbits about the experience of working on Star Wars,

Even though there was no announcements, we did get some interesting information out of this panel. Mainly that George Lucas is keeping up with the Marvel comics!  When the picture of him buying them in Midtown Comics in New York popped up online a few months ago, I assumed it was staged and that George was buying something else!  Now, it seems he was actually there to buy them.

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