Tag: Star Wars
May 04, 2012
Hey there Star Wars fans! Today is Star Wars Day. Perfect opportunity to showcase some of our awesome Star Wars books/products!
This light hearted book is perfect for any Dad—Star Wars fan or not. A comic about the life of Darth Vader and his difficulties raising a son, Jeffrey Brown explores a different side of the Star Wars world—one I am sure that everyone wishes to see more of. An ideal book to share with your own Dad or child, this is a book that both celebrates Star Wars Day and one that will have a permanent place on your bookshelf.
What better way to celebrate Star Wars Day than with these awesome, fun recipes? It really is a win-win situation: show your love of Star Wars with these adorable cookie cutters AND get a rewarding (and delicious) treat at the end. A perfect activity for both kids and adults to show their Star Wars appreciation, it really doesn’t get any better than this!
Today is probably the only day you can get away with speaking in Wookiee without people shooting you strange looks. If you always wished to learn another language and the real ones just aren’t cutting it (or if you are me they are just too difficult for you) this book provides the perfect opportunity to hone those language skills of yours and put them to good use. Also, the language will come in handy for interpretation purposes during those Star Wars movie marathons, or if you want that added authenticity for your Chewbacca Halloween costume.
If you don’t have the attention span to sit through 4+ hours of Star Wars movies to celebrate Star Wars Day, perhaps you will instead pull out your “Star Wars: The Old Republic” video game and celebrate this culturally produced holiday with your own presence in the Star Wars world. Want to see how it was created? This book delves into the process and provides an inside look into one of our culture’s most beloved franchises. A must buy for any self-professed (or in the closet) Star Wars fan.
HUGE thanks to Melissa our new awesome intern for this blog post! It's her first and certainly not her last!!
Gift & Stationery / September 30, 2011
Two of your favourite things, am I right?
Well, now they have joined forces...
A long time ago… (last week)
In a galaxy far far away … (Downtown Vancouver)
We were presented with several brand new Star Wars books and products from several publishers which prompted someone to ask, “Is 2011 a Star Wars anniversary year?”
Silly, sales reps – EVERY year is a Star Wars anniversary year.
And no day better exemplifies that than today. May Fourth.
And while we’d like to think that the book industry is the omni-present gatekeeper of culture and higher learning, we can’t all publish the Atwoods, the Ondaatjes and the Gladwells. Which is fine by me. This intern here loves the quirky titles that spin off of pop culture icons. I’ll take the Zombies, the Bathroom Readers and the Darcy Romance line any day.
But that’s a blog post meant for another time.
Today it’s all about the George Lucas Empire – in book form.
Here’s a look at a couple of my favourites that have made their way to my desk.
These Star Wars themed recipes are great for all ages and feature scenes from each Star Wars episode using the recipes found inside.
Do you remember all the sea life in the backdrop of Naboo during Episode 1? Or the various animals running around Tatooine? Me neither –but if you ever wanted to impress your friends at your next Star Wars marathon by yelling out “WHOA! Check out that Geejaw” during Return of the Jedi then yeah, this book is for you.
Ok, I’m guilty here. I didn’t actually know there were Star Wars comics. But after flipping through some of the cover art in this collectible postcard set I have to say that I am intrigued and will be picking a couple up. Of particular note – Star Wars Purge: Last Stand of the Jedi looks pretty bad *ss.
The concept art and lighting tests found within this book are amazing. It reminds me of the robots and monsters I used to draw as a kid except those were never made into a multi-billion dollar franchise. Maybe I should pick up a (shameless plug alert!) Doodle Sketchbook from the nearest indie book retailer…
At first glance I thought this book was something my 7 year old nephew might enjoy, but after flipping through the book I realized that this one is fun for the whole family. The sounds will keep anyone entertained (except for my pod mates who cringe at hearing lasers and Darth Vader breathing every 15 seconds) but the real value is in the behind the scenes look at what inspired Lucas and Ben Burtt to create Wookie language and speeder sounds.
After a quick review, I’ve decided I need to find a way to sneak these books out of the office for a closer read, I better practice my Jedi wave… “These are not the books you are looking for.”
Vancouver Then and Now
Thunder Bay ISBN 9781592239177
It would be criminal for me not to include this as my favourite Raincoast title from 2010. The comparative photographs in this book are quite simply stunning and they offer such a unique view of our city and the constant state of change it's in. I'm looking forward to the release of 'Vancouver Then and Then and Now' in a few decades!
The Sounds of Star Wars
J. W. Rinzler
Chronicle Books ISBN 9780811875462
The fact that relatively new technology allows this book to be able to contain more than 250 sound effects from the Star Wars films should be enough to make it a favourite, but the illustrations and insights from those involved in the sound design of these movies puts it way over the top.
Harbour Publishing ISBN 9781550174670
Coastal Fishes of the Pacific Northwest*
Andy Lamb and Phil Edgell
Harbour Publishing ISBN 9781550174717
The former offers a great insider's view of the fishing industry in British Columbia, written by the son of the author of my favourite fishing book of all time, Bright Waters, Bright Fish published in 1980. The latter offers a great reference and learning tool about all of the different types of fish in the waters around here, caught byvcommercial and sportfisher men alike.
(* Please note: Still Fishin' and Coastal Fishes of the Pacific Northwest are published and distributed by Harbour Publishing. Bookstores can currently order both these books from Raincoast's wholesale division BookExpress).
Bob Kronbauer is one of Vancouver's biggest fans. He's the founding editor of VancouverIsAwesome.com, a blog turned incorporated not-for-profit organization dedicated to the study, promotion and preservation of Vancouver arts and culture. Bob is also a published fine art photographer (his first book, Beach Glass, was published by Holy Water in 2004 [ISBN 0-9548238-0-X]) and portrait photographer for local and international magazines. As a jack of a few trades Bob also works on curatorial projects and art direction and has completed projects for Nike, Kangol and Poketo to name a few. He wears a lot of hats but above all considers himself a modern day storyteller.
Film / September 24, 2010
OK, confession time: There are some pretty big nerds at Raincoast — myself included — and so it was no surprise that joyous wookie roars echoed around the office when the much-anticipated The Sounds of Star Wars arrived on our desks!
In this illustrated history (it contains more than 300 photographs from the series!), legendary sound designer Ben Burtt explains the sounds of the Star Wars universe — from the first films to the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars series — and an attached sound module with an exterior speaker (and headphone jack) lets you listen to the sound effects! Woo!
And if you are a fan of Stars Wars (and who isn't?), make sure you watch this AMAZING 6 minute film about the book and the guys who created the all those incredible sounds:
Also available from Chronicle Books:
This NEVER happens on my commute to work...
Are you obsessed enough with Star Wars to re-enact it on the subway?
But if you're only mildly obsessed with Star Wars you could also pick up the Star Wars Poster Book, The Star Wars Wookie Cookies Cookbook, and The Wildlife of Star Wars and leave the custom at home...