The Popverse team is roaming the halls of Star Wars Celebration, and we're having a really awesome time running around the convention floor, attending panels, and checking out all the amazing experiences that Celebration has to offer.
Join us as we sit in on a panel all about The High Republic, with some really cool guests including Claudia Gray, Justina Ireland, and Charles Soule! But that is not all-- there will be High Republic news announced at this panel, so make sure to stay tuned as we bring you live coverage on this page.
The official panel description from the Star Wars Celebration website reads, “"Centuries before the Skywalker saga there was The High Republic! Join moderator and Star Wars: The High Republic Show host Krystina Arielle, along with luminous authors Claudia Gray, Justina Ireland, Daniel José Older, Cavan Scott, and Charles Soule, along with Lucasfilm’s James Waugh and Michael Siglain, for an in-depth conversation about the golden age of the Jedi. Including all-new announcements and reveals from Phase II: Quest of the Jedi!"
Popverse will be liveblogging the entire panel as it happens, so keep an eye on this page to follow along with what's happening at The High Republic: For Light and Life live, or come back later to this page to read a moment-by-moment breakdown of all of the best bits of the panel.
If you want to follow along with Popverse as we romp around Star Wars Celebration and share the coolest stuff, check out the roundup of our Star Wars Celebration 2022 coverage.
Our live coverage of this event has finished.
We're here early getting a good seat. Come back at 3pm Pacific time once the panel begins.
Panel is starting!!
Host Krystina Arielle (High Republic Show) has kicked off the panel, teasing (LOTS of new reveals).
The whole panel is now on stage talking about the "bold" Project Luminous and "trying new things."
"It's too soon for us to take a victory lap. We're just getting started. This is just the tip of the iceberg."
Charles Soule, on writing wide and specific stories with The High Republic "We were given an incredible opportunity when we were starting to build The High Republic. There were no rules at the point..."
This panel includes authors Claudia Gray, Justina Ireland, Daniel José Older, Cavan Scott, and Charles Soule, along with Lucasfilm's James Waugh and Michael Siglain
"Star Wars is for everybody, and if you're not reflecting real people in this fantasy world, that's a problem," Justina Ireland points out to applause.
When asked about his overall experience writing these books, Daniel José Older responds "We had a really really great time. And it was hard because we were separated... we had to resort to zoom, and we did out best... this really saved me from the period of these past couple years which have been so very hard... That's part of what helped me keep going."
"From a creative standpoint, this is one of the most exciting things I have ever done," Charles Soule shares, specifically pointing out the collaborative aspect of the process.
"What one person builds, everyone gets to build upon," Claudia Gray points out. Daniel José Older follows up by shouting out the incredible artists that work on this project. Charles Soule chimes in and thanks the marketers and all of the different teams that are often unseen and unthanked working on making the High Republic a success.
"We knew that we were always going to end with the destruction of Starlight. We knew that we were going to end with the heroes losing, which is not something we usually do," Michael Siglain says about the ending of Phase One.
"It's not just a case of doing a bloodbath for bloodbath's sake... this was a step that everyone who is left (there are a few), it's going to effect them," Cavan Scott explains when asked about the sad endings for so many favorite characters.
"If it doesn't really rip you apart, you know you haven't written it correctly," Claudia Gray adds.
When asked if there's an underappreciated character to keep an eye on, Charles Soule responds Burryaga, Daniel José Older responds Arkoff, Claudia Gray responds Nan, Justina Ireland says Bell Zettifar .
Marc thompson and Kristin Baver join the panel as new creators in the High Republic.
Kristin Baver shares the cover of her newest book The Art of the High Republic, as well as an interior page image.
"Phase Two is an all-new jumping on point." Michael Siglain says about Phase Two.
"I think what's been great about this process is having those worldbuilding conversations," James Waugh shares.
It's time for Phase Two y'all.
Daniel José Older hints at learning more about Arkoff in an upcoming manga. Art by Tomio Ogata.
Charles Soule teases his new Porter Engle comic The Blade-- "This is going to explore why he is the way he is, why he went off and was a cool. He's very much a gunslinger Jedi in this. He travels with his sister.. This story is one of the most epic things I've ever written."
"It's a tragedy, but a really cool one," Soule continues.
The Battle of Jedha, an all new audiobook original written by George Mann, audio released January 3rd 2023.
They just announced that every audience member gets a free High Republic poster (illustrated by the great Phil Noto)
"We're super excited about the future of The High Republic. It's a bright future ahead... until Cavan kills everybody," James Waugh says.
One last sneak peek at the end of the panel-- check out The Nameless-- The Jedi should be scared. (photo to come in a minute or so.