To Mars!


Pocket Universe Productions has tapped me to write, create, and showrun the all-new JOHN CARTER OF MARS®: THE AUDIO SERIES, based on the novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs and officially licensed and authorized by his estate, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.

I couldn’t be more excited. Stay tuned to this website and sign-up at for more updates. The future is bright!

The Rise of Skywalker wins the 2021 Scribe Award for best Young Adult novel!


Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker Junior Novel: Kogge, Michael:  9781368054263: Books

Some incredible news!

My novel THE RISE OF SKYWALKER: A JUNIOR NOVEL has won the 2021 Scribe Award for best Young Adult/Middle-Grade novel from the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers!

Very thrilled and humbled given the competition. The Scribe Award is the most prestigious award for tie-ins in the publishing industry, judged by peers in the field. You can watch the announcement here.

Many thanks to the IAMTW for this honor!

Jedi Writing Challenge — Win Signed Star Wars Books!


ATTENTION ALL JEDI PADAWANS AND APPRENTICES! In these challenging times, one must continue to learn, read, and write. These skills will help you make the future bright.

For a chance to win a signed book from Star Wars authors Michael Kogge (The Rise of Skywalker: A Junior Novel, Rebels, Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts Spellbinding Guide) and Kevin Shinick (Force Collector, Chewie and the Porgs), write a grade-appropriate essay to the following question:

Who is your favorite hero (or villain) in the Star Wars saga and why? Explain and use details.

Requirements: Grades K-2 = a few sentences, Grades 3-4 = 2 paragraphs, Grades 5-6 = 3 paragraphs, Grades 7-8 = 3-5 paragraphs.

Prize: The top three essays in each grade category will win signed a Star Wars book by author Michael Kogge and/or Kevin Shinick. (Book titles sent based on author selection and availability.)

Last date of entry: Monday, May the 4th, 2020, 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

Entries Must Include: 1) first and last name, 2) school grade and age, 3) shipping address, 4) school and teacher (or home-school), 5) essay (photo attachments okay, no movies please).

Entries may be posted online, so don’t place last names on any photos.

Email entries to: by deadline.

Teachers: If this is part of your lesson plan, please select the best essays in class to send. Individual students: You may also enter yourself.

Start writing—and may the Force be with you!

Game of Thrones – The Storyboards


My latest book, Game of Thrones: The Storyboards, has just been released. It showcases the beautiful storyboards by artist William Simpson for the first seven seasons of HBO’s groundbreaking fantasy series.

The book describes Will’s process and demonstrates how many of the series’ imaginative visuals began with the strokes of his pencil!

The Last Jedi – #1 Bestseller in the UK!


Star Wars: The Last Jedi rockets to chart top spot

The Force is strong with my junior novel of Star Wars: The Last Jedi! It rocketed to the number one spot in the UK Official Top 50 of all books in its April 17 debut.

Thanks to all the fans in the United Kingdom for adding this tome to their Jedi libraries. I hope you enjoy it!

Read more at The Bookseller, the UK’s leading publishing news site.

The Last Jedi – Now Available!


My newest Star Wars book, The Last Jedi: A Junior Novel, has arrived! It continues the adventures of Rey, Finn, and Poe from The Force Awakens: A Junior Novel, and features exclusive scenes not seen in the film or any other book adaptation. It’s also available as an audiobook with classic Star Wars sound effects and John Williams’s incredible score.

Barnes & Noble/Bookstar Studio City, CA signing – Sat. July 15 at 1pm!


I’ll be signing copies of my graphic novel Empire of the Wolf at Barnes & Noble/Bookstar in Studio City, CA on Saturday, July 15, at 1pm.

Please come by, grab a book, and say hi on Saturday!

Barnes & Noble/Bookstar Studio City
Studio City Theatre
12136 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604

Rancho Cucamonga Library Star Wars Day – Sat. May 26!


The Rancho Cucamonga Library has invited me to their celebration of Star Wars books and the 40th anniversary of Star Wars on Saturday, May 26th, starting at 11am. I’ll be signing my books and joining actress Julie Dolan (the voice of Princess Leia on Star Wars Rebels) and fellow author Cecil Castellucci in a tribute to Princess Leia with host Allen Callaci at 1.15pm.

Come join us for a great Star Wars-themed day! This is one of the biggest events for the Rancho Cucamonga Library, and it’s guaranteed fun.

Star Wars Reads Day at Paul A. Blane Library
12505 Cultural Center Drive
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
Saturday, May 26, 2017 from 11am-5.45pm

Barnes & Noble Glendora, CA signing – Sat. May 20 at 2pm!


I’ll be signing copies of my graphic novel Empire of the Wolf at Barnes & Noble in Glendora, CA on Saturday, May 20, at 2pm.

Please come by, grab a book, and say hi on Saturday!

Barnes & Noble, Glendora
1315 E Gladstone Street
Glendora, CA 91740

Star Wars Celebration 2017


If you’re in Orlando, I’ll be appearing on two panels on Friday April 14, 2017 at Star Wars Celebration.

Friday 4/14/17 Panels
4:30-5:30pm: Lucasfilm Publishing Writers’ Rountable, Behind-The-Scenes Stage – W304, 3rd Floor.

7.30pm-8.30pmInside Star Wars Insider, Star Wars Collectors’ Stage – W307, 3rd Floor.

I’m also assisting the live-stage reading of Smuggler’s Revenge, a new audio adventure directed by Kyle Newman and starring David Collins as Han Solo and Catherine Taber as Princess Leia, along with Warwick Davis and many Star Wars regulars in supporting roles! It’s on Saturday April 15, 2017 from 7-8pm on the Celebration Stage – Chapin Theater, 3rd Floor. Should be a ton of fun!