ello there! Here you can find everything you need to know about a very special, celebratory, cross-platform event happening across the entire company at Youtini.
What Are We Doing?
We’re cranking out a full week of podcasts, Youtube videos, written content, and some special surprises all about the man, myth, and legend—Obi-Wan Kenobi. With the all-new tv-show hitting Disney Plus on May 27th, we are pregaming with a swath of Kenobi-related content from Legends to Canon, film to comics and everything in between.
Why Are We Doing This?
Beyond the highly anticipated limited series starring EWAN MCGREGOR (and Ewan McGregor’s beard) and the 20th anniversary of Episode II, there is lots of Kenobi content on the horizon!
Brotherhood, an adult novel by Mike Chen, published by Del Rey, is fresh off the press, having been released on May 10th. It features Obi-Wan and Anakin in the aftermath of Attack of the Clones. Anakin’s been newly appointed to Jedi Knighthood, Obi-Wan is getting used to his new seat on the Jedi Council, and the galaxy has just erupted into civil war! Find out what we think in both our written and video reviews—there’s so much more to say about Mike Chen’s debut Star Wars novel.
Marvel's Star Wars: Obi-Wan
In the comics side of things, Star Wars: Obi-Wan #1 just hit the pull list on May 4th, 2022. Written by Christopher Cantwell, drawn by Ario Anindito, and published by Marvel, Star Wars: Obi-Wan is a frame narrative about old, grizzled Alec Guinness’s Ben Kenobi reflecting back on a handful of misadventures in his Jedi days gone by. Beginning in his youngling days in the temple and extending through his hermit years, it’s a groundbreaking comic foraying into never-before-told territory in the life of the Jedi we’ve all known and loved since 1977 (or whenever you first encountered the galaxy far, far away).
Kenobi: The Essential Legends Collection Edition
Not to be outdone, even the Legends universe has a new release with Kenobi by John Jackson Miller receiving an Essential Legends Collection treatment. It hit the shelves on April 5th in the large-and-in-charge trade paperback form factor with stunning cover art by Gregory Manchess. You can pick up your copy here! We talked all about the past, present, and future of the ELC initiative in Episode 157 of The Living Force, starring Jared from Legends Lookback—there were memes you won’t want to miss.
To build hype for all the Obi-Wan fun, we’re donning May 16th-21st Kenobi Week here at Youtini! Here’s how you can join in.
Kenobi Character Spotlight -- The Living Force
Kicking things off is Youtini’s flagship show, The Living Force. Monday night on YouTube.com/youtini, you’re invited to join Corey, Eric, Wes, and self-proclaimed greatest Obi-Wan fanboy in the galaxy, Dr. Charles Hanckel, in a character-centric deep dive unlike anything they’ve ever done before. Who’s the best Obi-Wan performance: Alec Guinness? Ewan McGregor? James Arnold Taylor? What’s their favorite Kenobi book? Best Kenobi moment in all of Star Wars storytelling? They’re going to hash it all out and you won’t want to miss it.
Date & Time: 5/16 @ 8pm EST.
From the Journals of Obi-Wan Kenobi — The Cosmic Force
Wednesday night, our comics-focused show, The Cosmic Force, is covering From the Journals of Obi-Wan Kenobi, a compilation of Obi-Wan side stories from 2015’s mainline Star Wars comic from Marvel. Emma, Tyler, Caleb, Timothy, and even you, the listener, sit down with the trade paperback from the early days of Canon storytelling for insight into what Obi-Wan was up to all those years on Tatooine. Catch The Cosmic Force at 8 PM EST to see Caleb’s handmade Jedi robes or in your podcast catcher of choice for the audio-only, on-the-go experience.
Date & Time: 5/18 @ 8pm EST.
Kenobi — Legends Lookback
Thursday is bound to get wild and wacky as Jared, Freddy, Emily, and Rick take us back to a more civilized age—2014! The crew is giving John Jackson Miller’s foundational masterpiece a closer look. Joining the gang is Emma from The Cosmic Force for her first-ever read-through of Miller’s seminal novel. Saddle up your eopies and fuel up your landspeeders as you join the Legends folk for one of the absolute greatest Star Wars stories ever told.
Date & Time: 5/19 @ 9:30pm EST.
That’s not all! Wes from The Living Force is going to be playing the 2003 X-Box classic, Star Wars: Obi-Wan, on Friday night for a throwback on Youtini’s Game Knights. Trevor and José had to get in on the action with a nitty-gritty, deep dive into the Kenobi’s Tatooine sabbatical. The Star Wars Archives’ special, Kenobi Week episode titled, “The Ben Years,'' will release exclusively to our Patrons—so you’ll want to join our illustrious Patreon to get in on the action!
Launching an all-new season of our tv-review show, Bounty Hunt, a crew of Youtini’s Star Wars aficionados are teaming up for an Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney Plus hype show on Sunday. They’ll review the trailers, speculate on what’s to come, and salivate at the beauty that is Ewan McGregor donning the Jedi robes once again.
Beyond our staple podcasts, we’ve got even more Obi-Wan hype crammed into the week. We’re revamping our Obi-Wan Kenobi Reading Guide, this time with an exclusive YouTube video!
You’ll have to wait and see what other surprises we have in store (there will be surprises).
How to Join!
What can you do to get ready?
Take another peek at the trailers for McGregor’s return to the role, and join in the hype in our Discord channel dedicated to the topic. Check out this fantastic interview with Christopher Cantwell, author of Marvel’s Obi-Wan. https://www.starwars.com/news/marvel-obi-wan
See you on Monday!