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Star Wars Rebels Offers Up A Four-Minute Sneak Peek

Moving forward, everything Disney and Lucasfilm produce is going to be a part of the official Star Wars canon, and the first piece we’re going to get is the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels. Okay, the novel Star Wars: A New Dawn (which tells the story of how two of the Rebels crew first comes together) is first up, but reading is hard. Though we’re still a few months off from seeing this, we now have another sneak peek of the series.

Set in the “Dark Period” that falls between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, Rebels tells the story of the seeds of what will ultimately become the Rebel Alliance of the original trilogy. As the Galactic Empire tightens its grip on the galaxy, pockets of rebellion appear, including the one featured in Rebels.

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Star Wars Characters Get A Long Shadow Flat Design Makeover

Star WarsOver the course of the next few years, and by few I mean between now and 2020, a massive tidal wave of Star Wars is about to crash down on top of us. Between the animated series Star Wars Rebels, J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, and the standalone movies directed by the likes of Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank, it makes sense that long dormant fandoms are being reignited and celebrated. Nowhere is that more clear than in the world of fan art, and these flat look renderings of your favorite characters from that far, far away galaxy are pretty damn fantastic.

This is an aesthetic approach that’s very popular in the graphic design world right now. It’s a simple, minimalistic approach that offers clean lines and uncluttered presentations. Artist Filipe Carvalho has translated all of the most iconic of the Star Wars characters, and we all know there are a ton of iconic characters in the franchise. Presented in this style, he takes each individual’s defining visual characteristics and distills his or her appearance down to the most basic identifying elements.

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See What Jason Momoa’s Drax Would Have Looked Like In Guardians Of The Galaxy

Back when Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa was in line for James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, it seemed like a perfect fit. A big, hulking actor taking on the part of Drax, a big, hulking half-alien. Made perfect sense. Gunn’s eventual decision to go with WWE superstar Dave Bautista appeared to come out of a left field galaxy, but we all know how successful that decision ended up being. Still, one has to wonder what might have been, and with the stellar concept art below, now we know.


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Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf: The Revised Star Wars Canon Kicks Off With A New Dawn

As much as we love science fiction on TV, on the big screen, on the comics page, and in video game form, there’s just something irreplaceable about digging into a good book. There’s no shortage of new sci-fi adventures hitting shelves on a regular basis, but GFR is your one-stop shop to keep up with what’s hitting shelves in a given week. Here’s what’s new on the Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf!

NewDawn“Star Wars: A New Dawn” by John Jackson Miller

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

’The war is over. The Separatists have been defeated, and the Jedi rebellion has been foiled. We stand on the threshold of a new beginning.’ — Emperor Palpatine

For a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights brought peace and order to the Galactic Republic, aided by their connection to the mystical energy field known as the Force. But they were betrayed — and the entire galaxy has paid the price. It is the Age of the Empire.

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Disney’s PuppetCopter Takes Marionettes To The Sky

puppetcopterI had absolutely no idea that Disney has a research lab, or more accurately, labs. I can’t help but be impressed, and a little scared. It turns out that while the main lab is in Zurich, Switzerland, right next to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH), there are a bunch of labs scattered around the U.S. too, including in Boston. Many of these labs focus on artificial intelligence, animation and graphics, and robotics. Recently, the House of Mouse filed a patent for an “Aerial Display System With Marionettes Articulated and Supported by Airborne Devices”—in other words, a helicopter that controls marionettes.

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Poster Gives You Two Options: Hunt Or Be Hunted

The Walking DeadAMC’s The Walking Dead has always been a grim affair. From the very first episode when Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) wakes up to find that zombies have taken over the world and has to shoot a little girl zombie in the head, you know that this is not a happy-go-lucky, everybody-hug-and-laugh kind of situation. What we’ve seen thus far from the upcoming season 5 of the massive hit, including this new poster, they’re trying to even top themselves in that regard.

This new image is purportedly the main poster for the upcoming installment, and as you can extrapolate from what you see here, sailing is probably not going to get any smoother for our intrepid band of survivors. Evoking a predator/prey dynamic with the “Hunt or be Hunted” tagline, fans are likely in for a brutal, bloody time.