GBBP 79: J.W. Rinzler


The Great Big Beautiful Podcast, Episode 79: J.W. Rinzler

This week, it’s a good old-fashioned Star Wars geekout with J.W. Rinzler. Aside from maybe George Lucas, there’s no one else in the industry who’s as steeped in Star Wars history as Rinzler. He wrote the seminal making-of books for the original trilogy, had behind-the-scenes access during the prequels for his Making of Revenge of the Sith, edited the gorgeous Star Wars Storyboards books, and penned the stunning The Star Wars – Dark Horse’s graphic novel adaptation of Lucas’s original rough draft of the screenplay from 1974.

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In this episode, we chat about his unprecedented access behind the curtain, his work on the Making of The Force Awakens book, Star Wars Detours (and other unseen-by-fans stuff),  the existence of pre-Special Edition cuts of the original trilogy, George Lucas, fan theories, his short film Riddle of the Black Cat, and Edgar Allan Poe.

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Jamie is a publishing/book nerd who makes a living by wrangling words together into some sense of coherence. When he's not knee deep in a convoluted grammatical mess of a sentence, he's likely on an adventure with his two adorable ragamuffins. You can check out more of his ramblings on The Roarbots,, and Babble.