Fire All Canons!

Fire All Canons! July 20, 2019

Having recently finished a draft of a book chapter about canon in Star Wars (both in the fictional universe and in the franchise, and the relationship between the two) it was nice to have discussion of Star Wars be so frequent online in recent months, and especially to have The Phantom Menace get particular attention. The official Star Wars website had lots of content that was thought-provoking, and I’ll share some of that here, as well as much else…

When fandom is the problem

A short tribute video focused on Jedi and Sith

When Star Wars and Homeland Security cross paths

A collection of recent posts from the Star Wars website:

Our Favorite Memories of the Release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

20 Timeless Quotes From Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

From a Certain Point of View: What’s the Best Scene in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace?

6 of Padmé Amidala’s Greatest Moments

‘All Films Are Personal’: An Oral History of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace

20 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Making of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

6 Reasons The Phantom Menace Is a Great First Star Wars For Kids

Marvel’s Star Wars Begins a New Era with Issue 68 – First Look

Vanity Fair Reveals Exclusive Look at Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

We Visited Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and We Love It

Hear the New John Williams Suite from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

10 of the Best Force Moments

My Star Wars Adventures Writing Adventure

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – Dark Temple, a Prequel Comic to the Game, Is Coming This September

Lessons from the Star Wars Saga: Anyone Can Be A Hero

From a Certain Point of View: Which Side is More Powerful — the Empire or the Rebels?

From a Certain Point of View: Who is the Most Underrated Jedi in Star Wars?

Snoke, Kylo Ren, Rey, and Rose to Star in Marvel’s Age of Resistance – First Look

Star Wars Joins the Landmark Marvel Comics #1000

See the New Sith Trooper from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker at SDCC 2019

Some Snoke backstory is coming our way!

Kyber Crystals at Galaxy’s Edge

IO9 also had a lot more, including:

Alderaanian wolfcats finally become canon

The best thing the Phantom Menace brought to Star Wars

Find out what made someone wish for more prequels

A short animated clip about Han Solo’s development from scoundrel to hero

Looking back on 20 years

Willrow Hood

Ahsoka Tano supercut

George Lucas at the first screening of Star Wars

I recently learned that George Lucas wrote long lists of names, some of which he came back to long after his earliest notes. And so that primed me to appreciate the IO9 piece about the names in The Rise of Skywalker. They also had another piece specifically about animal names in the franchise.

Han may or may not have shot first, but Boba Fett straight up murdered someone.

Rise of Skywalker may feel like a different genre

The Marvel approach won’t work for Star Wars

When expectation and reality clash

A comic that feels like opening a time capsule from the 80s

The revelations in a new Tie Fighter book

From game to film

Fan-made X-Wing game


The legacy of Solo

Will Brooker, in his book Using the Force, talks about “bashers” and “gushers” and the inability of most in one camp to persuade those in the other, or find common ground, or really understand them. There is a parallel to talking across religious differences, I’m sure you’ll agree…but if you don’t, can I persuade you?

Why I Shouldn’t Be Fired for Teaching Comics

The Sacred in Fantastic Fandom was released. Here’s a link so you can order a copy!

When did popular culture become homework?

A. David Lewis on Dr. Yinsen

Loss and Found: Retribution, Restoration, and Relationships in Avengers: Endgame

Hello From The Magic Tavern explores canon in a fascinating way

A podcast related to canon:

And on that other kind of canon

The Bible’s Formation: Beyond a “Binder” Mentality

Text-Collections and an Emergent NT Canon

Who was behind deciding what became part of the Hebrew Bible?

How we got the Good Book

AJR Book Note on Before the Bible

Book Review ~ The Other Side: Apocryphal Perspectives on Ancient Christian “Orthodoxies”

Theological Interpretation of Scripture and Biblical Criticism: Childs and Wellhausen

Where Text and Canon Meet: An Interview with John Meade and Peter Gurry

New Book on Eusebius’ Canon Tables

Revelation 22: the end of the end of the canon of Scripture

The Mesopotamian canon is a thing, too, in case you didn’t know. Art history has one too:

Finally, a conference that touches on canon in the context of censorship. Apologies for not sharing it before the deadline for submissions passed on the call for papers!

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  • John MacDonald

    I really hope they make a sequel to Solo, if for no other reason than to develop the Maul story line. I would also like to know why Maul didn’t die after being cut in half, while Snoke died right away when it happened to him?

  • Gary

    Ok, I’m going to get beat up for this, so I will refrain from commenting more…but at least it is worth a discussion. I’m old school, and old. So when I saw,
    “Why I shouldn’t be fired for teaching comics.”

    I saw the following,
    “Over the last several years, a number of courses have been added to the curriculum which seem of dubious academic value, dedicated to the espousal of a political agenda, trivial, inane, or some combination of the above. A review of the current catalogue by departments is revealing.”

    As a parent I would probably be responsible for paying the following,

    “Direct costs are the charges set and billed by Butler University for tuition, housing, meals, and fees.
    Tuition: $41,370
    Estimated Housing and Meals: $14,300*
    Fees: $990
    Total Direct Costs: $56,660”

    So…my reactionary comment. I would object to paying that kind of money for my kid to be taking a course in comics. When I was in college, we had so-called “extension classes”, which were usually free, or at a minimal cost to cover expenses, which fell in this category – fun, educational, but hardly part of actually getting an academic degree. So I agree, don’t fire the instructor, but move the classes into the “extension” category. With academic professors moving toward lower class loads and higher salaries, please don’t require parents to pay sky-high tuitions for classes that are more entertainment than academic. Our kids need to get a job after graduation, not go to comic con (which is going on now) as a profession!

  • John MacDonald

    This filter that keeps intercepting my posts is getting ridiculous!