Archive for 2010

Stache Wars for Charity! Team | November 19, 2010

Clone Wars Producer Cary Silver’s mustache!Lando Calrissian isn’t the only one with a righteous mustache! Lucasfilm Animation and Skywalker Sound are on a mustache mission of the best kind — to fight cancer in kids!

The Mustaches VS Cancer is a 2-month mustache-a-thon where each participant brings in donations to help fight cancer, benefiting Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).

Lucasfilm Animation and Skywalker Sound are in a friendly competition to see which team can raise the most money during the mustache-a-thon. Donate money to support your favorite team below.

Lucasfilm Animation Team Name:
Landos Disciples

Skywalker Sound Team Name:
Sound People… or Worse

The idea behind Mustaches vs. Cancer is to have an event in which many people can participate with a minimal amount of commitment (a mustache in no way hinders your daily life, it can only enhance it). Essentially all anyone needs to do is grow a mustache and take a picture of it every week (or everyday if you’re really enthusiastic) and upload it on our web site to track your progress and your Magnum P.I. likeness. All the donors need to do, is pick their favorite mustachioed face(s) via our web site, and sponsor their efforts.

So, if you can convince one of your nearly-facial-hairless friends to get started, you can make sure that the seven surprisingly colored hairs on his upper lip grow to a surprisingly disgusting length by donating to their efforts and encouraging them to keep going. What happens if they shave even though their bringing in money? They will no longer have any friends, family, or pets that like them. Because that’s just crazy.

Read more about this here:

Kids Can’t Grow Mustaches and They Shouldn’t Have Cancer Either

Let the Stache Wars begin!

Young Girl Bullied For Liking Star Wars

Bonnie Burton | November 18, 2010

Recently, columnist and mom Carrie Goldman wrote an essay in Chicago Now about bullying in schools and why parents should start teaching their children as soon as 1st grade how to deal with being bullied. She spoke from the heart, not just because it’s an issue all parents must grapple with, but because her own young daughter Katie was being bullied FOR LIKING STAR WARS!?!

Here’s the excerpt from her article Anti-Bullying Starts in First Grade:

She wailed, “The first grade boys are teasing me at lunch because I have a Star Wars water bottle. They say it’s only for boys. Every day they make fun of me for drinking out of it. I want them to stop, so I’ll just bring a pink water bottle.”

I hugged her hard and felt my heart sink. Such a tender young age, and already she is embarrassed about the water bottle that brought her so much excitement and joy a few months ago.

Is this how it starts? Do kids find someone who does something differently and start to beat it out of her, first with words and sneers? Must my daughter conform to be accepted?

As any Star Wars fan worth his or her weight in midichlorians can tell you, there is no one single “type” of Star Wars fan. Star Wars fans are both genders, all ages, all races and all nationalities.

And not only are there millions of women who love Star Wars, there famous, talented women who love Star Wars like pop star Lady Gaga, country/pop singer Taylor Swift, actress Megan Fox, actress/producer Drew Barrymore, actress/producer/writer Tina Fey, actress Michelle Ryan, comedian/actress Margaret Cho, award-winning actress Helen Mirren, MTV’s own Liz Lee, 90210 actress AnnaLynne McCord, supermodel & reality TV star Adrianne Curry, actress & gamer goddess Felicia Day, Jane Wiedlin from The Go-Go’s, singer Tanya Donelly, Jenny Conlee from The Decemberists, MSNBC news host Rachel Maddow, not to mention all the cool gamer gals in Team Unicorn! And that’s just to name only a few!

Let’s not forget our awesome female actresses in our films & The Clone Wars animated TV series who also love the franchise such as Ahsoka Tano actress Ashley Eckstein (who loved Star Wars so much she started her own sci-fi themed fashion line Her Universe), Aurra Sing actress Jaime King, Padmé Amidala actress Catherine Taber, Barriss Offee actress Meredith Salenger, Asajj Ventress actress Nika Futterman, Shaak Ti actress Tasia Valenza, Duchess Satine actress Anna Graves… just to name a few.

My point is, ladies love Star Wars too, and we should all support their right to geek out just like the guys. Little girls need to know they have every right to pick up a lightsaber as the rest of us.

Star Wars itself is full of strong, independent female characters who wouldn’t have taken any guff from 1st grade boys who clearly don’t know their Star Wars characters.

It’s these female characters like Ahsoka Tano, Princess Leia, Senator Amidala, Aurra Sing, Asajj Ventress, Mon Mothma, Aayla Secura, Barriss Offee, Luminara Unduli, Mara Jade, Darth Talon, Sy Snootles, Zam Wesell, Jocasta Nu, Ackmena, Jaina Solo — and many MANY more — who little girls (and us big girls) can learn a lot from when it comes to being ourselves and fighting for what we believe in.

Kids can be cruel. They’re just trying to figure who they are and the friends they want to hang with. They want to be themselves, but they don’t want to be made fun of for being different. Sometimes standing up for what you love isn’t as easy as it looks when you have a gang of little girls snickering at you or a bunch of boys calling you names for liking something they think is just for them.

I should know. Not only was I bullied all through school for loving Star Wars, Doctor Who and anything else with an awesome robot in it; I decided to write a book about it for other girls who have to deal with bullying called Girls Against Girls: Why We Are Mean to Each Other and How We Can Change.

But here’s how WE as Star Wars fans can help RIGHT NOW:

  • Support your kids/nieces/nephews when they say they love Star Wars and The Clone Wars — even if it’s a character you don’t happen to like — *cough*Jar Jar*cough*

  • Pay attention to younglings when they look depressed. They might be suffering from bullying at school and could use a Yoda-like ear to talk to.
  • Make sure your younglings understand that Star Wars is for guys AND gals.
  • Finally, show your support of young Katie who was bullied for having a Star Wars water bottle at school by leaving comments here on the article that started it all and here on this blog entry calling for more geek girl support. Katie’s mom is reading all these supportive comments to her, and I bet she’d love to hear your Jedi-like words of wisdom.

  • If you’re on Twitter, show your support of Katie liking Star Wars with the hashtag #MayTheForceBeWithKatie

UPDATE: So many people are leaving supportive comments so they made a second page to leave comments here.

May the Force be with guys AND girls…. always.

“Super Sabacc Challenge” Art by Nathan Hamill Team | November 18, 2010

Art by Nathan Hamill

Artist Nathan Hamill recently blogged about a cool piece of custom Star Wars game-themed art he made for So Analog’s “10-DOH!” Show. chats with Nathan about his art piece and how it came about.

What is the So Analog’s “10-DOH!” Show all about?

So Analog is a series of resin figures made by Squid Kids Inc. that focus on “old tech items that everyone used to use,” such as video game cartridges, floppy discs and cassettes tapes. They asked several artists to customize these blank resins however we saw fit to be included in a show at Designer Con 2010 in Pasadena. Based on the pieces I’ve seen, I’m really looking forward to it.

What’s the backstory on your Super Sabacc Challenge art piece?

I love Nintendo. I’ve been a fan since I was five or six. The NES was a huge part of growing up for most people my age. We ate, slept and breathed these games. They permeated our psyches. I saw Tetris pieces falling from the sky and tried to arrange them correctly on the side of the school bus and school buildings. Star Wars was another childhood love so it seemed a good fit. Two great tastes…

What is it about “old school” gaming that makes it so cool?

There’s a certain charm in their design. The developers and composers had work with limitations in technology that made them extremely inventive. I enjoy modern games as well but 8-bit and 16-bit games have a purity and beautiful simplicity that I miss. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to The Past and Super Metroid battle over the title of greatest video game of all time in a no holds barred arena in my mind. But there will never be a winner. The fight is eternal.

Be sure and check out Nathan’s official site at

Typography of the Force Team | November 17, 2010

Fast Co Design recently blogged about some impressive Star Wars art made from letters, numbers and keyboard symbols in Nerdgasm! Star Wars Drawings Made Only With Type.

If you like these, check out more Star Wars font art here:
May the Font Be With You.

Mondo Star Wars Cantina Print Team | November 17, 2010

“A Wretched Hive” by Martin Ansin

Collectors and fans who’d like to add something a little different to their Star Wars art collection should check out this new series of art prints from Mondo.

Mondo is the Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art boutique, featuring designs from world famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek and Universal Monsters.

These prints are VERY limited in run and are snatched up by collectors quickly, selling out in mere minutes. So if you want to know which prints are on sale and when, follow MondoNews on Twitter!

Here’s the most recent print “A Wretched Hive” by Martin Ansin. Regular (Copper) Ed. of 360 / Variant (Metallic Silver) Ed. of 150, 24″x36″.

Here’s what Ansin said about the print:

“I’ve always liked that scene in Reign Of Fire where these post-apocalyptic survivors re-enact Star Wars scenes for their children; in the future, the stories that we really like have become legends. For this poster I tried to do something similar, but in the opposite direction in time. I wanted to see how the cantina scene would look if it had been illustrated for an old book, if Star Wars was a traditional epic adventure sharing space with King Arthur and Beowulf. Who knows, maybe sometime in the future it will.”

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Clone Trooper Training Room Recreated in LEGO

Bonnie Burton | November 16, 2010

A fan recreated the training room from The Clone Wars episode “Clone Cadets” in LEGO form — complete with downed robots and weapons!

It all begins on the planet Kamino, where the training of clones who have been bred to be perfect soldiers occur. These cadets must first be subjected to intense physical and mental training before heading off to war. Five headstrong clones of Domino squad struggle to complete their training. These cadets — Hevy, Cutup, Droidbait, Fives and Echo — seem to be a “bad batch” and are unable to work as a team. They’re given a final training run to prove their mettle and the clones finally learn to work together…

Check out more photos here:
Domino Squad Final Run

SOURCE: Technabob

NMANews Animates Wicked Lasers Lightsaber C&D Team | November 16, 2010

NMANews has a cool way of making news even more entertaining with an animated reenactment. We blogged about their Steve Jobs Lightsaber Battle in Antennagate, and now none other than the Maker is the subject of their most recent video newscast about the Cease & Desist from Lucasfilm against Wicked Lasers.

WATCH VIDEO: Wicked Lasers defeats the dark forces of George Lucas (via NMANews)

Major Empire Spoiler Actually Dropped in 1977

Pete Vilmur | November 15, 2010

Little Shoppe of Horrors #4

A lot of buzz has surrounded a recent post at concerning an alleged major spoiler leak made two years before The Empire Strikes Back was released. The article, which we’ve identified as having appeared in the July 24, 1978 issue of The San Francisco Examiner, relays comments made by Dave Prowse (Darth Vader) claiming that the sequel would reveal that Darth Vader is in fact Luke’s father. Actually, it turns out, this little rumor had been dropped several months earlier in a fanzine called Little Shoppe of Horrors #4 (April 1978), which featured an exclusive (and lengthy) Prowse interview (reprint copies can be found on eBay, which is where we picked up ours thanks to a tip from SW bibliographer Bob Miller).

Among the passages of the interview, which, according to the author, were collected between October and December, 1977 (including a public discussion at the Horror Elite Convention in October), were these sentences, which seem to mirror the comments made in the SF Examiner interview:

“In the next film, there is going to be a confrontation between Luke and Darth Vader and they then discover that Darth Vader never killed his father, that Darth Vader IS his father. So son can’t kill father, and father can’t kill son — so Darth Vader lives into the next sequel.”

Excerpt from LSOH #4

So, it would appear the original Retroist post title – “Yes, They Did Have Star Wars Spoilers Back in 1978” was almost correct. Actually, they go as far back as October, 1977.

Rare ILM Behind-the-Scenes Photos at Vanity Fair

Pete Vilmur | November 12, 2010

With tonight’s premiere of the new ILM documentary Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible on Encore, has posted several rare behind-the-scenes photos from films worked on by ILM’s Dennis Muren –

Eight-time Oscar winner Dennis Muren is the first visual-effects artist to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Ahead of Encore’s November 12 documentary about Industrial Light & Magic—the visual-effects arm of Lucasfilm where he is creative director—Muren shares behind-the-scenes photos from five of his famous projects: Terminator 2, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Jurassic Park, and E.T.

The new documentary airs Nov. 12 at 9 pm on Encore.

Head on over to to check out the photos, and see the interview with documentary director Leslie Iwerks.

Mondo Chewbacca Print Team | November 11, 2010

“Attack Position” by Rich Kelly

Collectors and fans who’d like to add something a little different to their Star Wars art collection should check out this new series of art prints from Mondo.

Mondo is the Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art boutique, featuring designs from world famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek and Universal Monsters.

These prints are VERY limited in run and are snatched up by collectors quickly, selling out in mere minutes. So if you want to know which prints are on sale and when, follow MondoNews on Twitter!

Here’s the most recent print “Attack Position” by artist Rich Kelly. It’s a hand-numbered, 24″ x 36″ screen print. Edition of 400. Printed by D&L Screen Printing.

Here’s what Kelly said about the print:

“When I was approached with this project, a considerable amount of artistic liberty was encouraged. After re-watching the original trilogy and observing how Chewbacca interacted with the rest of the characters, I realized that on more than one occasion he was basically used for comic relief with Han. Even during some of the battle scenes he seems to be fumbling around a bit.

As a kid, I definitely remember thinking of him as a major force to be reckoned with. Therefore, I decided I wanted to depict “Chewie” as one bad dude; kicking ass and taking names. Endor came to mind as an appropriate environment, with Chewbacca gliding down a fallen tree, about to attack a couple of unsuspecting stormtroopers.”

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