Star Wars

Revenge of the Valkyrie

Revenge of the Valkyrie

The most recent sketch challenge for The Ghost Empire Collective.

The theme was Star Wars and Music.

I have always thought that operas were the blockbusters of their time with ostentatious sets and over the top special effects. The Ring Cycle by Wagner was The Lord of the Rings movies of its time. (JRR. Tolkien denied he was influenced by The Ring Cycle)

I got the idea because I had just watched Wagner & Me with Stephen Fry discussing Richard Wagner (and the controversy over his legacy). (I never knew that Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria was built in honor of Wagner’s work.)

Of course the Bugs Bunny cartoon What’s Opera Doc is also a tribute to Wagner.

I think Princess Leia is a great Brünnhilde.

This sketch also has a dash of Aida. I can never get The Grand March tune from that one out of my head.

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Revenge of the Jesse

Revenge of the JessseNote: This cartoon is a bit of a spoiler.

This was the first idea that came to mind as I watched the finale. I did a sketch and promptly dropped into an inescapable deadline vortex. I am still in a deep hole from a deadline standpoint, but finished this while on vacation in NYC.

So this is a bit late, but since it is a commentary on the last episode, hopefully those who looked forward to seeing Felina have already watched it. Note: There is imagery in the background that refers to the Breaking Bad podcast and what Gilligan had hoped to do.

Perhaps this cartoon will inspire people to wear Jesse’s slave outfit at cons instead of Princess Leia’s. No? I thought not…

Star Wars 2015 in the Disney Universe

This is my reaction to the Disney purchase of Lucasfilms… I would so go to see this movie.

It is funny because I loved these old Disney movies. I even read the Escape from Witch Mountain novelization. I am not sure many remember The Cat from Outer Space, but I liked that so much at the time that I made a beaded collar for my cat Piewacket (I named her after the cat in my other favorite movie at the time, but spelled it wrong-no internet back then or DVDs) so she looked like the cat in the movie. She did not appreciate my efforts and had it torn up in a day (she was notorious for her rather irascible personality, being named after a witch’s cat was appropriate).

There are a lot of weird parallels between the Witch Mountain movies and Star Wars. They even have Christopher Lee in common…

I have done a lot of Star Wars art in the past for West End Games back in the 90s, too bad they did not have a Return from Witch Mountain module…
By the way, if you think the Bette Davis thing is a stretch, they are currently recreating dead actors digitally so who knows who will appear in these movies…
UPDATE: I saw these today on Design Taxi from the Conan show: http://designtaxi.com/news/354211/Disney-Star-Wars-Episode-7-Movie-Posters-Leaked/