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The Essential Reader’s Companion: Star Wars   by Pablo Hidalgo
On Sale Date: October 2, 2012
9780345511195, 0345511190
$29.95 USD, $35.00 CAD
Trade Paperback
Fiction / Science Fiction / Space Opera

Sales Restrictions: US, Canada, open market
Series: Star Wars: Essential Guides
496 pages
7.400 in W | 9.200 in H | 1.200 in T | 2.813 lb Wt
188mm W | 234mm H | 30mm T | 1,276g Wt
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The legendary motion picture Star Wars has spawned two big-screen sequels and three prequels-and decades of bestselling fiction. From the original movie tie-in novel through the monumental Fate of the Jedi series, legions of devoted readers have helped expand science fiction's most celebrated film saga into a page-turning print sensation. Now, for the first time, a comprehensive overview of these sweeping Star Wars adventures is presented in one beautifully illustrated volume.

Star Wars: The Essential Reader's Companion spans the entire galaxy of published Star Wars fiction-movie novelizations, original stand alone and series novels, short stories, eBook novellas, young adult titles, and comics-and features:

• a concise synopsis of each story, including key characters and planets
• exclusive behind-the-scenes facts and anecdotes about authors, plot and character development, continuity notes, and significance in the Star Wars Expanded Universe
• details on which novels are linked to Star Wars comic books from Dark Horse and Marvel
• a chronological listing of titles, spanning the 25,000-year history of the Star Wars universe and placing each story in its proper context
• more than one hundred full-color original paintings throughout by some of fans' favorite artists

Whether skimming through fateful eras from the Old Republic to the New Jedi Order; delving deep into the ancient history of the Lost Tribe of the Sith or the tumultuous Clone Wars; crossing paths-and lightsabers-with Dark Lords such as Plagueis or Bane, Sidious or Vader; helming the Millennium Falcon with Han Solo; or mastering the Force with Luke Skywalker, this one-of-a-kind, one-stop reference is a must for fans looking to maximize their knowledge of the sprawling Star Wars Expanded Universe.
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Pablo Hidalgo is the brand communications manager at Lucasfilm, a resident Star Wars authority who helps ensure consistency across a wide array of Star Wars projects. He lives with his wife in San Francisco, California.

Jeff Carlisle is a freelance illustrator and concept designer who has spent a good portion of the last decade in a Galaxy Far, Far Away. He has designed or illustrated for various Star Wars projects, such as books, magazines, web comics, role-playing and miniatures games, trading cards, posters, art prints, sketch cards, and even paper airplanes.

Joe Corroney has been professionally creating Star Wars artwork for books, games, trading cards, comic books, posters, and magazines since 1997. Currently, in addition to Star Wars, he's illustrating for IDW's True Blood and Star Trek ongoing comic book series. Joe runs a full-time illustration studio where he's also developing his creator-owned comic book series.

Brian Rood is a freelance illustrator who spends most of his time creating new artwork for the Star Wars galaxy. His work can be found on numerous licensed Star Wars products, including toy packaging, Blu-ray packaging, trading cards, and a large assortment of Star Wars fine art reproductions with ACME Archives Direct. He lives in Southeast Michigan with his wife and two awesome children.

Chris Scalf grew up in Michigan, the middle child of a single mother. He didn't have much so he thrived on his imagination. He began drawing his favorite moments from the science fiction and monster shows he loved watching on TV. Eventually a high school crush led to marriage and Chris's desire to provide for his new family by making a living as an artist. In 2006 Chris was hired to paint his first Star Wars project, the R2-D2 mailboxes for the USPS. Today, Chris spreads his work between commercial art and advertising and the genre art he loved so much as a kid. He still lives in Michigan with his wife and daughter.

Darren Tan was born and raised in Malaysia where he grew up drawing spaceships, dinosaurs, and the stuff of his imagination, which was fueled by movies and computer games. Inspired by these, he went on to study animation and later graduated as a computer animator from Sheridan College, Canada. After a brief stint in 3-D animation, he decided to trade in polygons for a Wacom tablet. Now he works as a digital concept artist at Imaginary Friends Studios and is enjoying getting paid for his hobby. Apart from his passion for art and Star Wars, he is also a big fan of The Lord of the Rings and enjoys delving into medieval and church history. He now lives with his beautiful wife in sunny Singapore.

Chris Trevas is a freelance illustrator for Star Wars books, games, trading cards, packaging, and many other products. His book credits include four Star Wars: Essential Guides for Del Rey as well as several Star Wars technical guides and blueprints.
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G.I. Joe vs. Cobra by Hidalgo, Pablo
7/7/2009, 9780345516428, $25.00, Trade Paperback, Comics & Graphic Novels
The Complete Star Wars® Encyclopedia by Sansweet, Stephen J.
12/9/2008, 9780345477637, $125.00, Hardcover, Fiction
The Essential Guide to Warfare: Star Wars by Fry, Jason
4/3/2012, 9780345477620, $30.00, Trade Paperback, Fiction
The Essential Atlas: Star Wars by Wallace, Daniel
8/18/2009, 9780345477644, $30.00, Trade Paperback, Fiction
Jedi vs. Sith: Star Wars: The Essential Guide to the Force by Windham, Ryder
11/27/2007, 9780345493347, $30.00, Trade Paperback, Fiction
Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Alien Species by Lewis, Ann Margaret
10/31/2006, 9780345477606, $28.00, Trade Paperback, Fiction
Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Droids by Wallace, Daniel
6/27/2006, 9780345477590, $25.95, Trade Paperback, Fiction
Star Wars: The New Essential Chronology by Wallace, Daniel
10/25/2005, 9780345449016, $24.95, Trade Paperback, Fiction
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Marketing: Promotion on Facebook and Twitter

Feature on Suvudu.com

Feature on sci-fi mobile site

Feature on StarWars.com and Star Wars Books Facebook page

Feature in the Suvudu and Del Rey Star Wars e-newsletters

Author website: www.starwars.com

Online content available for accounts

Convention promotion at New York Comic Con (10/11), San Diego Comic Con (7/12), and Star Wars Celebration VI (8/12)

Publicity: National/local review and feature print attention

Online review and feature attention
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MORE THAN 625,000 ESSENTIAL GUIDES IN PRINT: Del Rey’s previous Essential Guides have been hugely popular, and backlist tremendously.

MORE THAN THIRTY-FIVE YEARS OF STAR WARS FICTION! This is the first Essential Guide dedicated to the hundreds of novels, young adult novels, short stories, and eBook novellas that make up the Star Wars Expanded Universe.

NOT JUST A GUIDE: This book will offer fun and interesting tidbits and behind-the-scenes info alongside certain entries, giving more value than your typical, straightforward reference source.

CHECKLIST FOR BACKLIST POTENTIAL! This book will include a checklist of all of the titles, including all of our Bantam/Del Rey backlist of Star Wars novels.

ESTABLISHED AUTHOR: Pablo Hidalgo is an established Star Wars author and Lucasfilm insider. He will bring behind-the-scenes knowledge to this book that others could not.

ENDURING POPULARITY: Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Cartoon Network, the Star Wars: The Old Republic video game, and the Blu-Ray release of all six movies all were a big success. Excitement builds for the upcoming 3-D theatrical release of The Phantom Menace in February 2012 along with anticipation of our Star Wars novels, such as Darth Plagueis and Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse, proves that Star Wars is more popular than ever.

BEAUTIFUL YODA COVER by popular artist Paul Youll has readers excited.

Copyright © 2012 by Lucasfilm, Ltd. & ® or (TM) where indicated.

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