Working on a new version of the Canon Wars site as I test out a different content management system. 

It's a lot of work, but by the end of it some things should be easier.  

Watch this space.


EU Completist Poodoo

Some EU Completists have, in desperation, apparently resorted to outright lies.

In a recent blog, I noted that I needed to find the Heir to the Empire inside flap blurb because someone on ForceCast referred to it has having a quote that might be noteworthy in reference to canon stuff.   I came across it (I thought) the other day.

Quoting from the forums at DarkHorse.com, as quoted from Wookieepedia:
Here is the science fiction publishing event of the year: the exciting continuation of the legendary Star Wars saga. Picking up where the movie trilogy left off, Heir to the Empire reveals the tumultuous events that take place after the most popular series in motion-picture history—masterfully told by Hugo Award-winning author Timothy Zahn.


The three Star Wars films form a spectacular saga of bold imaginations and high adventure. But the stories of its characters did not end there. Now for the first time, Lucasfilm Ltd., producer of the Star Wars movies, has authorized the continuation of this beloved story. In an astounding three-book cycle, Timothy Zahn continues the tale of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and the other characters made world famous by Star Wars, as he brilliantly expands upon George Lucas's stunning vision, "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away."

Heir to the Empire, Lucas's authorized canon sequel, begins five years after the end of Return of the Jedi {...}  The tale that emerges is a towering epic of action, invention, mystery, and spectacle on a galactic scale—in short, a story that is worthy of the name Star Wars.
"Egad", a purist might say, "Lucas's authorized canon sequel!?!?!?"

But that purist would be wrong.   I found it odd that I'd never heard that quote before, what with my whole exhaustive research thing going on.  Heir to the Empire was from 1991, after all, which would mean that I and every EU Completist I've dealt with had been missing it basically the whole time.

And, of course, I found the quote odd anyway.  At best it was an inadvertent misrepresentation . . . at worst, a dead quote.

But then the truth came to light.

It turned out that this quotation was a complete fabrication, a tweaked version of the original. 

Here is the original:

Huh . . . nothing about Lucas authorizing anything or anything being canon at all.

I'm very curious to know who falsified that . . . I'll skim through the Wookieepedia history when I have time. But for now, the point is moot. 

Desperation, along with fear, is a path to the Dark Side, it seems, but this example of wicked deception has been defeated.

Hat tip and thanks to Weechee of the DarkHorse.com forums, who originally posted that flap scan.


Filoni at ComicBookMovie.com

"How involved is George? Dave goes on to say:

"(He's) very specific. He'll get down to a line. He and I will
change lines of dialog all the time. It's something that he's taught me
to do as a director, which I've never really done before. Constantly
with the attitude of making it better. When he writes dialog for
Anakin, it's Anakin, there is no doubt. And we do that all throughout
the process. He'll watch it in a rough form, a grey proxy animation. He
is super hands on. He'll cut things right down to the frame and insert
shots but it's all with an attitude of 'I have to be absorbing it, the
director has to be absorbing it, I have to maintain that feeling of
Stars Wars....If (George) has an idea that's already been explored in
the expanded universe of comics and novels, I'll bring it up and kind
of refresh him on what that was and at that point we'll make a decision
on whether to go around or alongside it..."


Filoni at Dose.ca

"Was it intimidating to build a show in a universe where they fans know every single detail?"

it is, but as a fan, I know what they're going to think. I have to say,
even when they don't like something, I pretty much knew they weren't
going to like it ahead of time. People say, "Well, why don't you fix
it?" But see, it's not a matter of "that needs to be fixed" as much as
I know the tendencies of fans. I have to say, "I know that fans think
that this is the case, but this
is how it actually is." They need to go through a period of
understanding that. It's kind of like when I found out that Boba Fett
was a clone kid in Attack of the Clones;
I didn't know that. But as a fan, you have all these pre-conceived
notions about what he was or who he was. It's totally fair; Star Wars is a story that's gone on for 30-plus years and the fans feel very passionately about it; I
feel very passionately about it and so does my crew. I kind of enjoy
the back-and-forth; I feel it is your right as a fan to go
back-and-forth and say, "Hey!" Half the fun of Star Wars is debating it with other fans. They'll never admit to that but they love doing it."



Page Update

Shocked?  Me too.

But I've finally done an update to a page, but alas it was only to the Star Wars canon policy quote list.  And even then only the chronological one.  But it's a step.

Older Lucas Quote on TCW

Found an older Lucas quote the other day regarding The Clone Wars:

“This is a project we have been working on since the end of Revenge of the Sith, I have worked with animation before in film school and with The Land Before Time… I just felt it was time to explore that medium, and at the same time be able to explore a part of the Star Wars
[universe] that is so vast, that you can’t only deal with the Luke
Skywalker saga and the Anakin Skywalker saga, you get to deal with, in
the new shows, the minutiae of the Clone Wars, which has a built in

   - George Lucas, Flannelled One, Apr. 2008, "George Lucas Talks ‘Clone Wars’", Alex Weprin, BroadcastingCable.com