Milford Hutsell

Milford Hutsell

The actor who first brought the legendary Wookiee Chewbacca to life is returning to Star Wars Celebration Chicago this year, and he’s bringing along quite a crew.
Peter Mayhew

Peter Mayhew

Peter Mayhew will once again join old friends and excited fans to celebrate more than 40 years of his iconic character, Han Solo’s best friend and loyal co-pilot, Chewie. Donald Faison Jason Isaacs Meet Mayhew at the Topps autograph area along with newcomer Donald Faison, the actor behind the swaggering Rodian ace pilot Hype Fazon on Star Wars Resistance, and Jason Isaacs, the voice of the Grand Inquisitor on Star Wars Rebels.
Vanessa Marshall

Vanessa Marshall

Reuniting with her Star Wars family will be Vanessa Marshall, who played Hera Syndulla on Star Wars Rebels. Also making her Star Wars Celebration debut will be Myrna Velasco, who brings an effervescent energy to Torra Doza on Star Wars Resistance; Michael Pennington, Moff Jerjerrod in Return of the Jedi; and Tom Kane, a veteran actor from Star Wars: The Clone Wars who lent his voice to many characters including the narrator at the start of each episode and Master Yoda. Kane will be joined by his former co-stars Catherine Taber, the actor behind Padmé Amidala, and Dee Bradley Baker, who gave life to an army of clones on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and has added his voice to several other projects including Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars Resistance. Temuera Morrison

Temuera Morrison

And the father of all clones, actor Temuera Morrison, who played Jango Fett and Commander Cody in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith respectively, will also be there. Check back on for more Star Wars Celebration Chicago updates! Star Wars Celebration Chicago will take place April 11-15 at McCormick Place. Visit for tickets and more info! All Star Wars, all the time.

If Rey and Kylo Ren had grown up together, would they have joined forces for an epic game of dodgeball? Would Poe have been a hotshot video gamer teaching a hapless Finn the basics of virtual space battles?

The cover of Rey and Pals by Jeffrey Brown.

These are some of the questions running through the mind of Jeffrey Brown, the author and illustrator behind the forthcoming Rey and Pals. Told in the style of his bestselling series Darth Vader and Son and Vader’s Little Princess, the new book will feature pint-sized versions of Rey, Kylo Ren, Finn, Poe Dameron, Rose Tico, and other characters from the sequel trilogy and the hilarious hijinks that ensue in some very relatable situations.

Today, Brown answers a few questions about his creative process and reveals some charming new sketches from the forthcoming book. Fans were first introduced to your imaginative style with the Darth Vader and Son series. When you’re taking characters fans already know and love and restyling them as children, what do you define as the essential details and pieces to make sure that, for example, Rey still looks and feels like Rey? How do you capture the personality and costume details so the kid version is immediately recognizable?

Jeffrey Brown: The first step is to simplify, and boil the look of the character down to a few elements. Some of the costumes have a lot of detail, but if I draw too much detail in a costume, it doesn’t gel with the cartoony look of the characters’ faces — especially when I’m drawing Rey as a little kid. The other thing to focus on is body language and expressions. Rey is someone who dives right in, and can be very decisive and isn’t afraid to try and fail. So when I’m drawing her I’m imagining when kids are like that, trying to capture that feeling with how she stands or walks or gets into mischief. It also comes with time. I have to live with the characters quite a bit, watching the movies over and over while drawing and sketching them, so by the time I’m creating the final artwork, they’ve developed their own look and feel. Tell us a little about your process for writing one of these books, marrying some real-world scenarios children encounter everyday with Star Wars references and characters. What inspires the situations that you end up including in your stories? 

Jeffrey Brown: It’s always a mix of starting with a character or scene I want to draw — or both, in the case of a giant spread set in Maz’s castle — or thinking of a real-life situation and finding the right Star Wars moment to filter that through. For example, I grew up playing role-playing games, and my older son has started playing them with friends now, so I came up with some of the characters playing something like Dungeons & Krayt Dragons. Overall, the process starts with coming up with a ton of ideas — almost 200 for this book! Some are clear from the start, some get re-worked and recycled, left for later. And some I know aren’t likely to make the cut, because they’re too dark or don’t have the right tone, but I draw them anyway. By the time I’m creating the final art, all the concepts seem obvious and immediate, and sometimes I forget just how much work it was for us (myself and the editors and Chronicle and Lucasfilm) to craft the ideas. Can you give us a sneak peek of your work on the book?

Jeffrey Brown: Yes, and you don’t even need Bothan spies to share!

A sketch from Rey and Pals.

The mirror sketch was one of my first handful ideas. I was telling my older son to brush his teeth way back when I drew Vader’s Little Princess, and now I’m always telling my younger son. I think if you’re a kid it must seem like the scene on Ahch-to, you’re always having to brush your teeth over and over!

Face sketches from Rey and Pals.

These character heads are for the end sheets. It was a fun solution for the first book, but even more fun this time with so many more characters to choose from.

Associate Editor Kristin Baver is a writer and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Do you know a fan who’s most impressive? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver all about them.

Guests will enjoy California-inspired cuisine, delicious beverages, special entertainment and more during this limited-time celebration at Disney California Adventure Park

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2019) –The popular Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival returns to the Disneyland Resort March 1 to April 23, 2019, with flavors and fare inspired by the Golden State. Guests of all ages will discover the beauty and celebrate the bounty of California with unforgettable cuisine, beverages and entertainment at this culinary festival in Disney California Adventure Park. With experiences happening daily during the limited-time event,* guests will always find something tasty to try and fun to do as they explore the uniquely Disney festival.

The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival features tempting items for the whole family to enjoy, including unique food and beverage offerings at 14 different Festival Marketplaces. Each location’s menu is inspired by fresh, California-grown ingredients. Guests will also discover locally brewed craft beers, wine and spirits from all across the region. Guests may choose to purchase the Sip and Savor Pass** to get the best value as they taste their way through the Festival Marketplaces and participating locations.

On the Backlot Stage in Hollywood Land on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, guests will discover culinary demonstrations by some of the most celebrated chefs in the industry, who will share their go-to recipes and insider tips for preparing sensational dishes. Family-friendly seminars on these days are presented by Chef Daniella Malfitano, who will demonstrate how preparing and sharing a meal can be a wonderful way to spend time together as a family. Guests of all ages will get inspired or even discover a new interest during these presentations.

Another guest-favorite returning to the festival daily is the Junior Chef experience, with hands-on fun led by Chef Goofy, for children ages 3 to 11. Aspiring young chefs follow a recipe and mix a variety of ingredients to create magical treats that end with a tasty surprise. The Junior Chef experience is open for fun several times daily on the Backlot Stage in Hollywood Land.

Live music, entertainment and special activities will also bring a “California vibe” to each day of the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival.

Guests looking for more palate-pleasing experiences will want to try the festival’s signature events, including new offerings such as the Dinner with Disney Chefs and Winemaker Receptions at Carthay Circle Restaurant. Favorite signature events are also back this year, including Sweet Sundays. Additional signature events at this year’s Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival include:

  • Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri at Palisades Stage in Paradise Gardens Park (March 9)
  • MacMurray Ranch Vineyards Winemaker Reception with Kate MacMurray at Carthay Circle Restaurant (March 22)
  • Dinner with Disney Chefs at The Vineyard Room at Wine Country Trattoria (March 28)
  • Silverado Vineyards Winemaker Reception with Jonathan Emmerich at Carthay Circle Restaurant (April 19)

Many of the Disney California Food & Wine Festival events are included with admission to Disney California Adventure park. Special signature events, demonstrations and seminars will require a separate fee. Additional details and reservations for the select signature events and seminars can be made at Guests may also check for the latest information and schedules as they become available, at

In addition, the Disneyland Resort is offering special, limited-time ticket and hotel offers during the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival, making this an ideal time for guests to visit the park. Guests may find more information at

*Separate admission to Disney California Adventure Park is required. Additional fees for select events, demonstrations and seminars may be required. Space is limited for all such ticketed events; advance reservations are recommended. Full payment may be due at time of booking, and cancellation fees may apply.  No refunds, credit or date or time changes. Guests must be 21 years of age or over to consume alcohol and to participate in some events; valid photo ID required. Subject to restrictions and change or cancellation without notice.

**Sip and Savor Pass entitlements may only be redeemed during regular Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival operating hours, and the Pass expires on April 23, 2019. A Pass has eight (8) coupons and each coupon may be redeemed for one (1) food or non-alcoholic beverage item at participating Festival locations. Excludes novelties including souvenir tumblers. No discounts apply. Nonrefundable, nontransferable, may not be redeemed for cash (in whole or in part), no substitutions and no change given. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Separate Theme Park admission required.


About the Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year- round.

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Star Wars Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2019

Sith sabers are red, (some) lightsabers are blue, you should always say “I know” to an “I love you.”

As Rose Tico reminds us, it isn’t about fighting what you hate; Star Wars is a story about family, friendship, and fighting to save what you love. This Valentine’s Day, celebrate your own galactic romance, galentine, bromance, or any other love in your life with a gift that says, “Yoda one for me.”

Lovepop cards.

Rebel heart

Yoda makes a mischievous cupid and BB-8’s rolling into romance in a new set of Lovepop pop-up cards. Find more beautifully engineered Star Wars designs at

A Star Wars shirt featuring Chewbacca.

Fifth Sun shirts.

Lost without Chew

Propose plans to take over the galaxy, pay homage to your favorite co-pilot, or say it simply with “I know” on a Fifth Sun T-shirt.

A Star Wars bouquet.

I can arrange that!

Instead of the traditional bouquet, grab a gaggle of plush characters from Seven20, fashioned after the ground forces in the Battle of Endor or your favorite worshipfulness and scruffy-looking nerfherder.

Star Wars pajamas for the family.

All wings report in

You love your family, and snuggling up in Hanna Andersson matching PJs for a Star Wars marathon is the best Valentine’s Day plan we can imagine.

A W&P baking set.

A fully-baked plan

Move over, root leaf stew. Make your own sweet treats with this W&P baking set.

A C-3PO watch.

Hurry up, goldenrod!

This droid counterpart is fluent in over six million forms of communication, including telling time with this Invicta watch.

A Star Wars bracelet.

Jewelry fit for a general

Wear your heart on your sleeve and proclaim your love on your wrist with a subtle, expandable SalesOne charm bracelet with silhouettes of one of our favorite power couples: Leia Organa and Han Solo. A Swarovski crystal Yoda.

When 900 years old you reach, look as good you will not!

Size matters not when Yoda sparkles in 291 Swarovski crystal facets and rests on a cane made of metal with brown varnish in this special collection.

A Luke Skywalker Hasbro The Black Series action figure.

Star Wars The Black Series Archive collection.

From the Jedi Archives

The avid toy collector in your life will rejoice now that Hasbro’s The Black Series Archive selections have hit shelves, revisiting classic 6-inch action figures with stunning new paint technology. 

A Star Wars puzzle.

That’s not impossible!

A Buffalo Games puzzle with 1,000 pieces? We used to put together jigsaw puzzles of womprats back home. They weren’t much bigger. All Star Wars, all the time.

Star Wars Resistance is here! The animated series follows Kazuda “Kaz” Xiono, a young pilot recruited by the Resistance and tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order. Visit following each episode for “Bucket’s List Extra,” an expansion of our weekly fun-facts video series Bucket’s List. In this installment, we look at “The First Order Occupation.”

Bucket’s List Extra – “The First Order Occupation”

Kaz and BB-8 talk with Synara on Star Wars Resistance.

1. Great, Kaz. Great.

Kaz tends to think with his stomach. This is the second time he’s grasped for straws while lying to Synara by talking about food. The first: trying to explain a targeting computer component was a food steamer in “Synara’s Score.”

Colossus ID concept art for Star Wars Resistance.

An alien shows its ID to stormtroopers on the Colossus in Star Wars Resistance.

2. Badge story.

The Colossus identification badge design is based on the ID badges worn by employees at the Letterman Digital Arts Center, where Lucasfilm Animation is based.

Stormtroopers come to Yeager's garage in Star Wars Resistance.

3. Stormtroopers, you’re on!

The first act originally ended with the scene of the stormtroopers in Yeager’s garage, but this was moved earlier in the edit, in part to keep the drama focused on Synara’s story.

Opeepit is accosted in First Order Occupation, an episode of Star Wars Resistance.

4. The Opeepit saga.

The elevator scene was a late addition during editing, adding a fun bit of closure to Opeepit’s drama of having had his floor scrubber confiscated.

An escape pod blasts off from a Star Destroyer in Star Wars: A New Hope.

An escape pod blasts off from the Colossus in Star Wars Resistance.

5. Pod cast.

The shot of Synara’s pod launching is a visual nod to the launch of the escape pod in Star Wars: A New Hope, which was one of the very first shots ever completed by Industrial Light & Magic.

Concept art from First Order Occupation, an episode of Star Wars Resistance.

6. That’s no coral reef.

As Synara’s escape pod flits away from the Colossus, we get our first — albeit murky — look at just how big the station is below the surface of the water. 

Kaz, having just launched Synara in an escape pod from the Colossus in Star Wars Resistance.

7. Don’t open that door.

The Aurebesh warning text on the escape pod hatch reads “POD DEPLOYED DO NOT OPEN.”

In case you missed this week’s Bucket’s List video, check it out below!

Bucket’s List

Star Wars Resistance airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel. All Star Wars, all the time.

It was in the fourth mile of a 22.4 mile hat trick (when foolhardy runners attempt to run a 5K race, a 10K race, and a half marathon back-to-back-to-back) that I tripped and ate the pavement.

I had been running for just a couple of years in 2015, increasing my miles to get to the point where I should clock a strong 9:30-per-mile average on the 13.1 mile course. Complete was my training; I was sure I was ready.

I breezed through the 5K, sailing through the finish line in just over 31 minutes, an easy warm up for the bigger races to come. You know, sometimes I amaze even myself. But in the 10K later that day, I hit a snag. Or more specifically, my shoe caught on an uneven sidewalk and I went down like an AT-AT bested by a rebel’s tow cable. My glasses flew off my face and I slammed into the asphalt as I tried to catch myself mid-fall.

I hopped back up. Denial is an ally almost as powerful as the Force, so with the help of a friend who picked up my glasses and shoved them back onto my nose, I continued on. Once the embarrassment subsided I started to realize that my hand was numb, but I was intent on finishing the race.

As a kid, my favorite Star Wars character was easily Han Solo. He had the best one-liners, an enviable self-assurance and unabashedly cocky attitude backed by real achievements (like, say, making the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs), and a blind perseverance that gave him the courage to charge headfirst through a hallway full of stormtroopers or fly straight into an asteroid field. He was rough around the edges, and could talk his way out of almost any situation, and I wanted to be just like him.

And here I was, in mile four, talking my way out of stopping despite my bloody hand. You don’t need arms to run, I reasoned. My feet were fine. I was upright and propelled by adrenaline and sheer determination.

I crossed the finish line with a smile and headed to the medical tent to get some ice. There, I discovered that when I skinned my palm I had also bashed my leg, leaving an angry black bruise and a rapidly-swelling lump where my knee had been. Fortunately, nothing was broken, according to the doctor who poked and prodded at my injuries. He assured me that with some rest and a wrap to quell the swelling, I could run the half marathon the next day if I felt up to it.

As stubborn as a scoundrel who feels he has something to prove, I popped a couple Aleve and procured an Ace bandage. Despite being hobbled, I managed to walk/run the course clocking a 10:47-minute-mile, over a minute off my training time.

Now, four years after falling on my face, I’m running not only my first runDisney half marathon, but I’m going to tackle another hat trick over Star Wars Rival Run Weekend in April. For me, it’s not about the shiny medals I can collect, although I do love a reward and a free shirt. And it’s not just because I’ll get to run through the Walt Disney World Resort, although there’s a special kind of energy on race day when you’re surrounded by other runners and spectators cheering you on.

I’ve kept up with running at a more leisurely pace over the intermittent years, but I’ve often wondered if I could get back into shape and beat my time sans injury. Maybe, like Han Solo, I’m going back to what I know. I’m definitely as stubborn as a scruffy-lookin’ nerf herder. And, if I’m being honest, I just don’t like to lose, even when the only person I’m really racing is myself.

This year, I’m going to keep up with my training runs — 3 miles a day, several mornings a week — and log my regularly-scheduled long runs each weekend as I build up to 13.1 miles over the next several months, adding one mile at a time. The plan is simple — to try to beat Past Kristin’s time and finish what I started without falling down this time, avoiding all sidewalks and asteroid fields along the way.

There’s still time to complete your training! Learn more about Star Wars Rival Run Weekend taking place April 4-7, 2019 at Walt Disney World Resort on the runDisney site.

Associate Editor Kristin Baver is a writer and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Do you know a fan who’s most impressive? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver all about them.

One of the most valuable lessons in the Star Wars saga is that looks can be deceiving. Whether it’s the princess who rescues her own rescuers, or the kindly face that turns out to be the vilest evil, what you initially see in Star Wars (and in life) isn’t always what you get.

It’s a powerful, yet simple truth that is exemplified in Yoda. Diminutive as he may be, he’s the Jedi Master who stands tallest among the galaxy’s guardians of peace and justice. His duel with Count Dooku, as seen in “Size Matters Not,” offers a perfect opportunity for you to talk with your Padawan about why they would do well to not make assumptions based on initial appearances.

Princess Leia Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures guide for parents.

Click to open as a downloadable/printable PDF.

They’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about our little green friend with Galaxy of Adventures Fun Facts before undergoing their trivia trials: three questions about Yoda.

For more on Galaxy of Adventures, visit Star Wars Kids on, and

Fun, we hope you have. And as always, may the Force be with you. All Star Wars, all the time.

Winterfest 2019 poster with breweries-HopCat

Winter’s best beer fest is this Friday and Saturday. Here’s what you need to know.

Going to Winterfest? You already know that you should eat a big meal beforehand and snack whenever you can at the event, play some games or do some shopping at the local vendor booths in between sipping suds from the dozens and dozens of local breweries pouring unlimited 3 oz. samples, and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

But here are some things you may have missed:

  1. Head to HopCat or Tomlinson Tap Room with your printed ticket to get your wristband before Winterfest so you can breeze on in to the event through the Pre-Banded Only entry lanes at any of the three entrances.
  2. A dwindling number of tickets are available online. They’re $10 cheaper before the fest, so if you don’t have yours, get them now. Got ’em? Tell your friends or family so they don’t miss out. If the event doesn’t sell out as it has in years past, tickets will be available at the south west gate.
  3. We’ve added a third entrance to make entry even easier for everyone. The north, south west, and south entrances are marked with stars on the fest map. And don’t be hesitant about wearing your jacket: Our charity partner, Joy’s House, will have volunteers running TWO coat checks this year in exchange for smiles, donations, or both.
  4. We can’t emphasize this enough: Check the FAQ for answers to pretty much everything we’ve been asked about the event, ESPECIALLY info on DD drop-off and parking. (You are getting a ride home from someone sober, right???) Your ride can drive right into the Fairgrounds and drop you off or pick you up right next to the event.
  5. Support your local breweries even further: Swing by the Drink Indiana Beer booth for great beer gear to keep you warm through cold fronts.

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Cheers, and thank you for your support of Indiana’s local breweries and their brewers’ guild! Have fun and be safe this weekend.

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Several new guests, including the talents behind a fan-favorite Force wielder and the galaxy’s most infamous bounty hunter, have been confirmed for the Topps autograph area at Star Wars Celebration Chicago!

Ashley Eckstein

Ashley Eckstein

Ashley Eckstein, who portrayed Ahsoka Tano — Anakin Skywalker’s gifted apprentice turned rebel warrior — in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, is headed to the five-day fan event. Eckstein is also the founder of the Her Universe, a groundbreaking fangirl fashion company and lifestyle brand.

Daniel Logan

Daniel Logan

Jett Lucas Ken Leung Katy Kartwheel John Ratzenberger

Joining Eckstein to meet and sign for fans is a galaxy of Star Wars veterans, including: Daniel Logan, the actor who brought young Boba Fett to life in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: The Clone Wars; Jett Lucas, who played Padawan Zett Jukassa in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith; Ken Leung, who portrayed Admiral Statura in Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Katy Kartwheel, an actor and circus performer who played HURID-327 in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and was a creature performer in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story, including the body of Rio; and finally, John Ratzenberger, who is known the beloved Cliff in Cheers and can be seen as Major Derlin in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

Stay tuned to for more Star Wars Celebration Chicago updates!

Star Wars Celebration Chicago will take place April 11-15 at McCormick Place. Visit for tickets and more info! All Star Wars, all the time.

As we prepare to make our first pilgrimage to the fringes of Wild Space and journey to the planet of Batuu, when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort later this year, there’s a galaxy of books and comics coming to shelves featuring stories that intersect with the inhabitants of the far-flung world.

Meet Dok-Ondar, the infamous Ithorian who deals in rare antiquities, find out why General Leia Organa takes an interest in Black Spire Outpost, and indulge in myths and fables from a galaxy far, far away, plus other stories set on the Outer Rim locale. is pleased to announce the first six titles that will help introduce fans to the planet of Batuu:

The cover for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Marvel comic.

Marvel Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge miniseries
Written by Ethan Sacks
Art by Will Sliney
Issue #1 available: April 24, 2019

Black Spire Outpost has long been frequented by smugglers, merchants, and travelers from every corner of the galaxy looking to make their score on the infamous black market — or experience the exotic thrills the remote world of Batuu alone has to offer. Aliens like the infamous Dok-Ondar, a proprietor of rare and one-of-a-kind antiquities, thrive on the unique opportunities which abound on the lawless outpost at the very edge of Wild Space in this all-new miniseries from Marvel writer Ethan Sacks (Old Man Hawkeye) and artist Will Sliney (Solo: A Star Wars Story).

The cover for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Black Spire.

Black Spire (Del Rey)
Written by Delilah Dawson
Available: September 3, 2019

In this novel, a prequel to the Disney Parks experience, General Leia Organa dispatches her top spy to Batuu in a desperate search for Resistance allies.

The cover for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge A Crash of Fate.

A Crash of Fate (Disney Lucasfilm Press)
Written by Zoraida Cordova
Available: August 6, 2019

In this Young Adult novel, Izzy and Jules were best friends until Izzy’s family abruptly left Batuu when she was six. Now she’s back, and Jules, the boy who never left, is unsure what to make of her. While on the run from vengeful smugglers and an angry pirate, the two friends will come to terms with who they are, and what they mean to each other.

The cover for Star Wars: Myths and Fables

Star Wars: Myths & Fables (Disney Lucasfilm Press)
Written by George Mann
Illustrations by Grant Griffin
Available: August 6, 2019

In this middle grade novel, hear the thrilling space tales, fables, and myths that are told in a galaxy far, far away. The book features two stories that take place on the remote Outer Rim world of Batuu, plus many other untold tales from the edge of the galaxy, lushly illustrated in a style that pays homage to real-world children’s classics.

Read an exclusive excerpt from the tale “The Knight & the Dragon” below!

A Tusken raider is seen in an illustration featured in Star Wars Myths and Fables.

There was once a tribe of nomadic people on the distant, dusty planet of Tatooine who, for many months, had been terrorized by a fearsome dragon.

These were a simple people, with simple needs, who had for generations eked out an uncomplicated existence on the harsh desert sands, trading with the other tribes for water and sustenance, salvaging the wreckage left behind by those careless few who shared their world—those others whose lives unfolded in the noisy cities and spaceports, who tried ineffectively to hold back the sand rather than embrace its gifts.

The desert folk had little cause to visit those teeming cities, however, and although they had once roamed the rolling dunes in great caravans, they had found a place to settle. They were at one with the land and knew that the desert itself would provide them with everything they might need.

So it was that these Sand People came to establish a village of their own, a place they might call home.

For many months the village flourished, and food and water proved bountiful as the desert offered up its gifts. The villagers, once so used to their endless migration across the sands, grew complacent and comfortable. Yet in their ignorance, they knew not that they had awoken the wrath of a great dragon, Krayt, that made its nest amongst the nearby dunes and called that domain its own.

Krayt was sly and knew that the people of the sand were in no way its equal in battle or cunning, so it devised a plan to rid itself of them. Just as the desert had provided for the villagers, it would provide, too, for the dragon. The people of the sand were numerous, and the dragon ever hungry; if it rationed them carefully, the villagers would sustain it for many months to come. Soon enough, it would reclaim its domain from those interlopers—once they were all inside its belly—but dragons are long-lived and lazy, and Krayt saw no need to hurry.

Thus, it chose to begin with the villager’s plump livestock, which they held in large corrals on the outskirts of the village. Only then, when the entire herd had been consumed, would the dragon enjoy the taste of that which it so craved: people.

So began a campaign of nightly terror as the dragon—so large that the beat of its wings alone was enough to stir the sand into great storms that ravaged the villagers’ tents—descended upon the village to snatch at the mewling beasts in their pens before hurrying away, back to its sandy lair, to feast. The villagers cowered at the mere sight of such a terrible beast, and in their fear, they made no move to try to prevent the dragon’s attacks.

On the fifth day, however, the villagers were growing desperate, for they knew that if the dragon continued, soon there would be no livestock left in the pens to feed their children. That night, ten of the village’s most trusted warriors took up their arms and went to stand guard over the pens, in the belief that, together, they might prove strong enough to scare the beast into fleeing, or even to slay it.

As it had each night before, the dragon came with the setting suns—a vast and horrifying silhouette, stark against the reddening sky. On huge wings it soared, sweeping low over the heads of the villagers, wheeling above them as they raised their weapons and took aim. Yet their weapons were ineffective and did not so much as scratch the beast. Far from dissuaded, it brushed the villagers aside with a flick of its wing and once more sailed away into the night with a squealing animal for its supper.

In such a way it continued for many days, until the villagers’ livestock had all been consumed, and the Sand People themselves lived in fear of what the dragon Krayt might do when it returned to discover the pens empty.

Krayt, though, had planned for such an eventuality and had secretly willed that day to come, because to a dragon, there is no sweeter meal than a helpless villager.

That night the dragon returned to the village to find the livestock pens had been abandoned. With a cackle of malicious glee, it turned to the village and beat its wings until the tents were swept away in a blizzard of sand and the people cowering beneath were revealed. For a moment the dragon seemed to linger, and then, licking its lips, it selected a young boy, whom it plucked from his mother’s arms and carried away into the night.

The boy was not the last of his peers to be lost in such a fashion, for Krayt soon developed quite a taste for children. The villagers took to hiding their young in pits beneath the shifting sands, but the dragon was wise and had seen such tricks before. It dug up the children like wriggling worms, one to feast upon each night.

The villagers could stand for this no longer and elected a warrior from amongst their number, whom they armed with their most precious weapons, adorned with their strongest armor, and sent out into the desert to stir the dragon from its nest. This warrior carried vengeance in her heart, for she knew the dragon must pay for the lives it had stolen, and she boldly claimed that she would soon return with the beast’s head as a trophy of her victory. The villagers cheered as she strode off toward the horizon, and in their hearts, for the first time in months, they carried hope for the future….

You can expect these books and even more titles coming this fall including a Galaxy’s Edge kids comic from IDW Publishing, home of the critically-acclaimed Star Wars Adventures and Tales from Vader’s Castle, to transport readers to the mysterious world of Batuu in an action-packed adventure for readers of all ages. There will also be an official Galaxy’s Edge cookbook from Insight Editions, featuring some of the exotic cuisine created for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge as well as dishes drawn from the saga’s history, written for home cooks of all ages and skill levels by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel, New York Times bestselling author of A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Cookbook and The World of Warcraft Cookbook, with Marc Sumerak (Star Wars: Droidography). All Star Wars, all the time.

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