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Saying good bye to the Star Wars Expanded Universe

It was a dark time for the galaxy. Although the evil Galactic Empire had been defeated during the events of “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” in 1983 there were no further developments in the world of “Star Wars.” The mythology created by George Lucas had faded away with no new movies driving interest fans of the galaxy far, far away were lost.

After 23 years the Dark Horse Comics era of Star Wars is drawing to a close.
Hugh Fleming
This cover to "Star Wars" #1 helped launch the last big era of Star Wars at Dark Horse Comics.
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Then in 1991 the Star Wars Universe began to expand. First in Heir to the Empire a novel by Timothy Zahn which was quickly followed by “Dark Empire” a comic book series by Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy published by Dark Horse Comics. This six part series kicked off one of the most creative eras in the history of Star Wars.

“Dark Empire” was the first in what would become thousands of stories spanning thousands of years published by Dark Horse. The new series first explored the time frame set after the original trilogy, but then later expanded to give a look at the past, present, and future that surrounded the original movies. This era became known as the Expanded Universe for the way it explored and filled out the galaxy created by Lucas.

But as they say all good things must come to an end. The Dark Horse Comics era of Star Wars is drawing to a close. The stories and characters written and drawn by some of the most creative people to ever make comics will no longer be a part of the Star Wars tapestry.

When the Walt Disney Company purchased Lucasfilm in 2012 they announced they would usher in a new era of movies and TV series. Marvel Comics, another recent acquisition of Disney, was later tabbed to create a new legacy of comic books stories, but their plans are to start over with new ideas and leave behind the stories that came before.

While the dark times from 1983 to 1991 will not return as Star Wars looks to get bigger with new stories and more mythology courtesy of Disney, but that means the 23 years of the Expanded Universe are coming to a close.

To give the Expanded Universe a proper good bye, The Comic Bug has assembled an amazing lineup of creators who played a part in narrating the events of the Expanded Universe and are working on some of the last books published by Dark Horse. On Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 1 pm - 3 pm, The Comic Bug is hosting the “Star Wars Expanded U. Send-Off.”

Appearing on Saturday will be the creative team of writer Brian Wood and artists Carlos D’Anda whose wildly successful “Star Wars” series concluded this past Wednesday with the twentieth issue. Joining them are Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman the creators behind “Star Wars: Legacy” a series that details the far future of the Star Wars Universe by chronicling the adventures of Han Solo’s great-granddaughter.

Also appearing is the artist who first introduced the double-bladed lightsaber Christian Gossett. In the pages of “Tales of the Jedi,” Gossett introduced a new take on the lightsaber that became so popular that Lucas gave the weapon to Darth Maul in the first of the “Star Wars” prequels.

Editor Barbara Kesel will be part of the action. Kesel is the editor who was responsible for bringing “Dark Empire” to Dark Horse in 1991.

The event will be complete with the perfect photo opportunity as The Comic Bug welcomes members of the Rebel Legion, a charitable organization that promotes and wears the most stunning costumes and armor from the Star Wars Galaxy.

To get more information on the event or to just RSVP visit The Comic Bug’s Facebook events page. The Comic Bug will also have plenty of comics in stock for purchase and to have signed by the creators.

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