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What is the EU?
EU stands for Expanded Universe. It consists of novels, comics & videogames inspired by the Star Wars films. These stories often provide a background for established characters, create new characters or tell stories that take place in other eras of the SW universe.
Is the EU canon?
This is an oft-debated issue among fans. When the original films were released, they were accompanied by novelizations, a few related novels and comic book licensed through Marvel Comics. After the release of Return of the Jedi, published SW material gradually subsided until it disappeared altogether. Years passed in which it was believed that George Lucas would never complete the promised additional films.
In 1991, Dark Horse Comics picked up the license for Star Wars comics and began publishing new material. Del Ray books produced novels picking up the adventures in the post-Jedi period with stories approved by Lucas Licensing. Since it appeared that there would be no more films, many fans adopted the further adventures of Luke, Han & Leia as described in these books as an appropriate continuation of the story. Numerous authors worked together over the years to interpret the information provided in the films, comics and books that had come before them, resulting in a nearly 40-year addition to the story of the Star Wars universe.
When the prequel trilogy was released, it was obvious that George Lucas had discarded some of the material from the original novelizations and had disregarded nearly everything published after ROTJ's release. Expanded Universe authors worked to fit the changes into the books & comics. Arguments between fans over what was and was not considered canon became common.
With the new set of films being planned, Lucasfilm/Disney has announced that it does not consider the bulk of this material canon and will likely not consider it when producing the upcoming movies.
There are still those who are very passionate about this wealth of material and would like a place to discuss it. This forum intends to be a welcoming place for fans of SW. We do not expect that you will accept every product with Star Wars slapped on it. However, our tolerance for EU Sucks threads is pretty thin.
I've never read any Star Wars books. Where should I start?
Most agree that Timothy Zahn's Thrawn trilogy, which re-launched the saga in 1991 is the best place. It consists of Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising and The Last Command. Please check the timeline stickied on the forum's main page for hints at where to look for the time period that most interests you.
Can I discuss other Star Wars-related material here, such as comic books, cartoons and video games?
Absolutely. You may discuss nearly every aspect of Star Wars in this forum.
Can I start a role-playing thread here?
Yes. However, the threads must be within reason. This is not a role-playing forum.
What is BBY and ABY
BBY = Before the Battle of Yavin, ABY = After the Battle of Yavin
The Battle of Yavin is the destruction of the first Death Star at the end of A New Hope. Events in the Star WarsIt is the method used to date events in the Star Wars universe.
Sometimes I find a book or comic book for sale on a different release date than what is listed in the forum. Why aren't they accurate?:
The book release dates are based on Amazon.com's pre-order release date. The comics are from Darkhorse.com's release schedule. Both are subject to change...particularly the comics. :(
What are the current Star Wars comics being printed?:
Currently, there are several being written with an occasional one-shot or miniseries. Check the Comics Release Thread for details.
* Darth Vader: Set in the OT era. Vader searches for Luke Skywalker.
* Star Wars: Our heroes, set in the OT era.
* Kanan: The padawan adventures of Rebels' Kanan.
* Chewbacca: Solo-less exploits of the Wookiee
* Princess Leia: Our favorite heroine.