Not together, you understand. I mean, that’d just be weird.
Those of you who follow this space with any regularity know that the good folks over at the Sequart Organization have seen fit to invite me into their fold here and there, so that I might contribute an essay or two on various pop culture topics of interest. Last year, it was New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics, edited by Joseph F. Berenato. Coming later this summer is The Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes, edited by Joe and Rich Handley.
Having not learned their lesson so far as what happens when you allow me to come over and puke in your punch bowl, Rich and Joe have taken complete leave of their senses and called upon me to contribute to not one but two more collections of Sequart essays.
(Overheard from the audience: “Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?”)
First up? A More Civilized Age: Exploring the Star Wars Expanded Universe. This will actually be the third of three such collections, with each book taking on a different aspect of the Star Wars mythos. The first book, A Long Time Ago: Exploring the Star Wars Cinematic Universe, will take a look at the films and television series set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, and the second volume, A Galaxy Far, Far Away: Exploring the Star Wars Comic Books, will take a deep dive at the various comics that have been published over the years, from Marvel’s original run beginning with the first movie up to the newest offerings.
As for the third book? A More Civilized Age will examine other aspects of the Star Wars franchise and fandom. My essay will take a look at how the films and everything else endures across different generations. Given that I’m raising two young padawan geeks, myself, this is a topic near and dear to my heart. 🙂
You can read all about each of the three books via the pages Sequart’s already set up:
edited by Rich Handley and Joseph F. Berenato; foreword by Scott Chernoff; essays by Jim Beard, Joseph F. Berenato, Jean-Francois Boivin, Joe Bongiorno, Nathan Butler, Steve D’Arcangelo, Julian Darius, Ian Dawe, Keith DeCandido, Kevin Dilmore, Rich Handley, Zaki Hasan, Rocko Jerome, Alex Newborn, David Pipgras, Matthew Sunrich, Lou Tambone, and Steven H. Wilson
edited by Rich Handley and Joseph F. Berenato; foreword by John Ostrander; essays by Jim Beard, Michael Beidler, Joseph F. Berenato, Jean-Francois Boivin, Joe Bongiorno, Christopher Cerasi, Steve D’Arcangelo, Ian Dawe, Win Scott Eckert, Matthew J. Elliott, Sabrina Fried, Glenn Greenberg, Steven Greenwood, Rich Handley, David McIntee, and Matthew Sunrich
edited by Rich Handley and Joseph F. Berenato; essays by Tim Zahn and Ryder Windham, Joe Berenato, Joe Bongiorno, Drew Campbell, Ian Dawe, Joseph Brandt Dilworth, Mario A. Escamilla (Kerk Korpil), Rich Handley, Rocko Jerome, David A McIntee, Alex Newborn, David Pipgras, Lou Tambone, Dayton Ward, Matt Wilkins, Ethan Wilson and Steven H. Wilson.
The three books will be released individually beginning later this year and on into 2016.
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!
In addition to all that Star Wars action, Rich and Joe are also returning to the Planet of the Apes. Instead of focusing on just the comics, this time they’re taking on all of those damned dirty apes with Bright Eyes, Ape City: Examining the Planet of the Apes Mythos. Everything from the films to the television series to novels will be examined, so you know…buckle up. My contribution to this tome will be an essay focusing on the 1974 live action television series, for which I confess to having a soft spot.
Bright Eyes, Ape City will be published sometime in 2016. I’m guessing around summer, a year or so after The Sacred Scrolls. Edited by Rich and Joe; forward by David Gerrold, essays Jim Beard, Corinna Bechko, Joseph F. Berenato, Stephen Bissette, Joseph Dilworth Jr., Robert Greenberger, Ed Gross, Rich Handley, Zaki Hasan, Jim Johnson, Neil Moxham, Dafna Pleban, Steven J. Roby, John Roche, Paul Simpson, and starring me as the Beaver.
Thanks very much to Rich, Joe, and Sequart for inviting me back to play. This should be fun.
(I guess I should probably get around to writing my essays, one of these days…..)