June 9th, 2009
Back when the original Star Wars movies got a remastering for DVD in the mid-2000s, one of the things I wondered if they’d change or update was the lightsaber fight between Vader and Obi-Wan on the Death Star.
By that point, the prequels had firmly established a balletic lightsaber combat style that in comparison, made the original duel from 1977 look pretty dull.
The original has its own sort of tension, to be sure — but I still couldn’t help but wonder what a version of that scene shot in the fighting style of the later movies (or even the higher intensity of Empire or Return of the Jedi) might look like.
Well, now someone’s gone and made just that! Check out this fan film:
It feels much more like the Vader of any other movie Vader is in.
BONUS LINK: There are a million Star Wars fan films out there. I haven’t seen the vast majority of them. But one that I have, and that I think is well done, is VADER: SHARDS OF THE PAST.
BONUS LINK 2: This is a pretty deep rabbit hole to fall down, but one Czech fan’s passion project for years has been hand-reassembling a perfect version of the three original Star Wars movies.
Perfection is defined in this case as:
Petr “Harmy” Harmáček’s quixotic quest to composite, remaster, and integrate scenes, shots, and even individual frames from various DVDs, laserdiscs, Blu-rays, film prints, deleted scenes, and the like has resulted in The Despecialized Edition.
(You can also read about it on Wikipedia.)
I am back from the Alaska Robotics Mini-Con & Comics Camp in Juneau, Alaska!
It was a great time. But here is one very specific thing that was fun! Celebrated likeness-capturer Scott Campbell had the idea for a group of artists to break into groups and draw portraits of each other.
Here is Scott hard at work on some of them (with bonus Raina Telgemeier):
And here are a bunch of Scott’s portraits, next to a bunch of other people’s portraits of him:
I didn’t have the presence of mind to take pictures of all the ones I drew. But here are the ones people drew of me! I love seeing all the different styles and perspectives. Click any image for a closer look.
1. Kerstin LaCross @Kerstinlacross
2. Mike Grover @mikegrovercomics
3. Colin Anderson
4. Tony Cliff @TangoCharlie
5. Scott Campbell @scottlava
6. Averyl Veliz @averylveliz
7. Chris Yates @superyates
8. Hollis Kitchin @hollis_kitchin
9. Payton Francis
10. Megan Baehr @nonesuchmegan
11. Haley Boros @hihaleyboros
…For reference, I actually look like this:
This weekend I’ll be returning to the Alaska Robotics Mini-Con in Juneau!
On Friday night there’s a variety show at the Mendenhall Valley Library, and I’ll be part of it, doing a li’l slideshow.
Then, on Saturday, I’ll be tabling at the convention at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.
Then I’ll be going off to Comics Camp for a few days!
Not in Juneau? Near Huntington Beach instead? NO PROBLEM.
Later in May — the weekend of the 18th — I’ll also be at the first-ever NCSFest (National Cartoonists Society Festival) in Huntington Beach!
At both locations I will have FRIENDSHIP APLENTY. It will be a good time!