In addition to the new live-action series Boba Fett’s book After its premiere this week on Disney +, DK Publishing has also released a new themed self-help book titled Star Wars: Be More Boba Fett.
To celebrate this current rebirth of Boba Fett, I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with Be more Boba Fett author Joseph James Franco on his lifelong Star Wars fandom, how he came to write the book and what fans can expect from it, and of course what he thinks about it Boba Fett’s book until now.
Mike Celestino, Laughing Place: What was your history with Star Wars before writing this book?
Joseph Jay Franco: [I’ve been a] longtime fan. When I was young I grew up seeing the original movies, collecting toys – which I never stopped, reading the comics and certain novels over the years, and eventually working in the industry. edition, where I ended up finding a job at DK in 2011. [I] We worked on it for ten years, where we published tons of great Star Wars reference books. Star Wars was a [big] Part of my life: [I] i got the imperial emblem tattoo when i was 18. I’m still obsessed with all things [Star Wars], and it was just a great opportunity to come and meet me.
LP: How was Be More Boba Fett born for you as an author?
Franco: I always liked the reference and the non-fiction [books], and that Be more… series they started a few years ago at DK – I thought they were good little snippets [of] wisdom of different characters. I joked with [them] about, ‘If they do a Boba Fett, let me know.’ I threw this out years ago before the character returned in The Mandalorian, so when I heard they were falling into a Be more Boba Fett in the post schedule i just saw the planets line up and took my photo, wrote an outline. I know some of the editors there. I sent it and they liked it enough to send it to Lucasfilm. It was a great opportunity for me as a longtime fan that my first published book was a Boba Fett book which is pretty awesome.
LP: What can other Boba Fett fans expect to find inside? Be more Boba Fett if they get it back?
Franco: I think what’s great about Boba Fett is – especially in the early films – that he showed how he could work for both Darth Vader and Jabba the Hutt, and work the system. So the book, for me, is about great freelance advice. I was a freelance writer for a few years. It’s all about the hustle and bustle – going out and getting things done, so the advice comes in very handy… and also to the world. This is how these books are written: it’s a bit of good advice for anyone at the same time. [and Star Wars elements].
LP: I was surprised at how genuine and applicable the tips for becoming an independent contractor are in this book.
Franco: Yeah, that’s how they line up the books: being both a bit in the world with obviously some references and nods to certain things, but also very practical advice from a point of view. [of the characters]. Therefore the [Be More Yoda is] to be zen, and [Be More Vader] is to be dominant. And [Be More Boba Fett] really applied to all areas, I thought. It was really a lot of fun trying to match the quotes and the awesome pictures with these tips.
LP: How is Be more Boba Fett different or similar to Be more Vader, Be more Yoda, Be more Lando, or other DK’s books Be more… series?
Franco: It’s similar in that it’s hints from a character perspective. [Be More Leia] is the other about being a rebellious big girl, and they’re all great. The thing about [Be More Boba Fett] is, as a lot of fans like me know, Boba Fett is awesome. The first scene that came to me was when he landed on the skiff [in Return of the Jedi] and Luke cuts [Fett’s blaster with] his saber, on how things go wrong no matter how you plan. That’s how I started to write the thing. Again, I think this kind of advice applies so universally – and Boba Fett is so awesome – that I just thought that’s what makes this book really fun. It’s a big moment for him too, with the show being released.
LP: Your bio on the publisher’s site says that your “devotion to the return of Boba Fett has never wavered,” so I have to ask you what you think of Boba Fett’s current rebirth, and what do you think of the first one. episode of Boba Fett’s book?
Franco: I won’t give any spoilers to fans who haven’t seen it, but I’m very happy. There are elements in the [first] episode that I have been waiting to see for years. I’m sure you feel the same. I’m all about [Boba Fett] Renaissance. I know things are going to change from what we thought maybe would happen years and years ago, but it’s just this big moment. [I loved] these two good tips in The Mandalorien, where you know [Fett] was there, but “Was that just a reference or was it going to become something else – this big thing?” I’m all about it coming back, and I’m so excited to keep watching, because it’s just good stuff.
Star Wars: Be More Boba Fett is available now wherever books are sold. The audio version of this interview is featured in the premiere of the third season of the Star Wars podcast from Laughing Place. “Who is the Bossk?” “
Mike is the senior reporter for Laughing Place in Southern California, editorial director for Star Wars content and host of the weekly “Who’s the Bossk?” Star Wars Podcast. He has been fascinated by Disney theme parks and storytelling in general his entire life and resides in Burbank, California with his beloved wife and cats.