he era of Star Wars Legends produced more books and comics than the average fan will read in their lifetime. An impressive roster of writers and artists contributed to the stories that expanded the Star Wars universe during a time when a handful of movies made up the majority of content available to consume.
Several authors not only left their marks on the galaxy far, far away forever, but are also still interacting with the universe and the fans who adore it years after finishing their most noteworthy Star Wars projects.
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Knights of the Old Republic comics’ original release, Jared and Freddy of the Legends Lookback podcast sat down with John Jackson Miller himself to discuss all things KOTOR -- and so much more.
“I’m glad I was able to finish KOTOR and not have somebody else come along and finish it for me,” he said. But he still couldn’t have done it alone. “It’s an immense amount of work that was involved … unsung heroes in all this: Michael Atiyeh... he did every issue but one.”
And Atiyeh is just one of over a dozen artists that worked on the series over the years. A comic wouldn’t be a comic without the art. Having a solid story to go along with it certainly helps.
Speaking to his writing process and whether or not he knew the whole story before he started telling it, Miller also briefly mentioned the novel he worked on last year.
“I’d just finished writing my ‘pandemic novel’ I guess it would be. I’d written 130,000 words. Longest novel I’d ever written. I got to the end of it, was ready to send it and said ‘Oh wait … there’s another thousand words that belong in this book.’”
He added that you often don’t know every part of a story until you’ve already written it. “The story will reveal itself to you as much as it does to the reader.”
Our hosts couldn’t finish out the interview without asking about the KOTOR character Griff -- or rather, Miller’s iconic Griff puppet.
“I don’t costume,” he said, mentioning his Memphis fans. “It’s not my skill. I costumed only one time.”
It did not go well.
However, his fans wanted to dress him up as one of his characters for a convention. And he gave them a condition for doing so they took fully to heart.
But that’s too good of a story to reveal in full here.
You can listen to the full interview with John Jackson Miller on the latest Legends Lookback episode now wherever you get your podcasts.
John Jackson Miller also joined The Living Force for an interview last year.