Among geeks, it is rare to find someone who has not read a Star Wars book of some sort.
Some of us bought the three-pack Whitman polybags of Marvel’s original adaptation.
Others might have read the illustrated guides published by Dorling-Kindersley.
Younger readers might have enjoyed the Jedi Academy series by Jeffrey Brown.
No matter what the source, there are a lot of Star Wars books out there, aimed at a growing fandom which wants to know more about the Star Wars universe, or who want to escape to a galaxy far, far away.
To celebrate, Lucasfilm, in partnership with their many publishing licensees, inaugurated “Star Wars Reads Day” in 2012. The tradition continues next weekend, as stores, libraries, and schools across the world host events to promote reading and escapism!
The biggest site will, of course, be New York Comic Con, with various Star Wars literary panels scheduled. Can’t make it to Javits? Books of Wonder and Bank Street Bookstore are hosting signings in New York City. Here’s a partial list:
In the U.S., many Barnes & Noble stores will host events.
Comics shops? Um… it looks like Marvel, Diamond, and ComicsPro have dropped the ball once again (this is the FOURTH annual Star Wars Reads Day, after all), although Marvel is participating, just not at comics shops.
Lucasfilm has produced lots of cool giveaways, activity sheets (both old school and new), and advertisements, so comics shops might want to consider participating next year, as it’s an event in early October which can be used to promote Halloween Comic Fest, Black Friday, and holiday shopping. Given the many creators who have contributed to the mythos, it’s not too difficult to find one nearby!
So, what should you read?
Well, I’m not expert, more of a dilettante who occasionally uses Wookiepedia to scratch an itch.
That said, here are some cool books to enjoy:
- Tag & Bink Were Here. It’s “Hope & Crosby On The Road” meets “Forrest Gump” by way of “Zelig”! Out of print, as this was published by Dark Horse.
- Millennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual. Remember those Haynes auto repair manuals? Well, there’s one for the YT-1300! This is the sort of thing I love! There’s an in-universe history of the make and model. and very detailed schematics for every nook and cranny (including the head and sleeping quarters)! There’s another manual for the Death Star!
- The Origami Yoda series. A social outcast at a middle school uses an origami Yoda to offer advice to his fellow students. Is something strange and magical going on? (Of course!)
- Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars and Sculpting a Galaxy: Inside the Star Wars Model Shop. I recommend the deluxe editions, which come with all sorts of amazing extras!
- Star Wars: Darth Vader: A 3-D Reconstruction Log. A board book for big kids! Flipping each page reveals a layer of Darth Vader’s armor! Lots of detail!
- And new stuff that goes on sale December 18th!
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