It wouldn’t be a Star Wars Celebration if we didn’t get some fantastic publishing panels and Celebration Orlando did not disappoint. The big headliner was the Lucasfilm Publishing Panel on Friday featuring creators from across all aspects of Star Wars publishing followed by spotlight panels for Del Rey and Marvel on Saturday. What did we learn? Well actually quite a lot. Everything just didn’t quite happen when and how you might have expected.
Lucasfilm officially announced the “Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi” campaign; a clear follow up to their “Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens” campaign from last year. (Get your #JtTLJ hashtags ready.) Expect to see a looooot of the same for what we saw with JtTFA in terms of supplemental material when it launches in September. The biggest announcements, oddly enough, had to do with the same character. Delilah Dawson will be writing a Phasma book for Del Rey and Kelly Thompson and Marco Chechetto are doing a Captain Phasma comic for Marvel. Phasma will be back story for everyone’s favorite shiny stormtrooper while Captain Phasma will cover how she gets off of Starkiller Base. It’s an interesting choice to have two major parts of JtTLJ focused on the same character and seems like a good indicator that Phasma will have more of a role in The Last Jedi. (more…)