All geeks love two things: Star Wars and cleverly designed infographics. The folks over at Bloomberg finally put those two things together with Star Wars: The Force Accounted. It’s much cooler than the title suggests. Head over there to see exactly how much time we see the Force being used and by whom and what powers. We get breakdowns of who says MTFBWY and even a detailed description of the methodology which is just as geeky as the rest of the article.
Rumor has it there’s a new Star Wars movie coming out in a month and while geeks everywhere struggle to not lose their minds counting down the days we’re also trying to find ways to distract ourselves. Over at the Comixology podcast, Matt and Kara are holding a Star Wars comic book club and the first session focuses on the original Marvel comic book of Star Wars. Launched in 1977 just a few months after the movie came out, the first six issues retold the original film and then went into some strange, we-didn’t-know-anything-about-Empire-Strikes-Back territory.
The first comic book club only covered these original six issues and I thought it was easier to present my thoughts visually and here on Gabbing Geek as well. It was strange to read these issues–not only because it recreates a movie we’ve all seen so many times, but also because it retells that movie through the strange conventions of 1970s comics. And the things it has to translate onto the page (like Artoo’s whistles or Chewbacca’s howls) definitely presented some issues to the creative team. So jump after the break to see 20 thoughts I had upon reading this comic book.
Star Wars fans have reveled in some of the mistakes in the original movie. You can see Kenny Baker’s (the actor who played R2D2) legs behind the droid in some scenes. The stormtrooper who hits his head on a door in the Death Star (hmmm…weren’t they all supposed to be the same height?). Heck, here’s a nearly twelve minute video of all the mistakes you can find in Episode IV. But the biggest mistake of them all, Luke calling out “Carrie!” after destroying the Death Star instead of “Leia!,” has just been refuted by an extremely credible source. Find out the details after the break.
Our latest podcast looks back at the San Diego Comic Con with a fun twist! Give it a listen right this very second or jump after the break to find out more! So much geek news!
Truth be told that about this time every year, I get a little nostalgic. It’s in the beginning of July, and (almost to the date) one month before my 6 year wedding anniversary. Not that any of you care about that – because, seriously, we get enough of that crap on Facebook. But the nostalgia usually leads me to thinking about our awesome R2D2 groom’s cake – unto which was destroyed by everyone eating it (I have to admit, it was delicious). But it got me thinking, who else out there is keeping the Star Wars wedding cake theme alive? The answer? PLENTY! Check out some of the best Star Wars themed wedding cakes from a galaxy far far away:
Episode 42 of Gabbing Geek has a great conversation about Jurassic World, our Watchmen book club, and a fun Star Wars Episode VII betting game. Give it a listen right now or jump after the break to read more!
There is a serious injustice happening right now in the Toy industry. I’m not talking about how we’ve strayed from making toys indestructible (have you ever tried to break a Lincoln Log?), or how craftsmanship is a thing of the past. Nor am I talking about how most toys now-a-days have some kind of mechanical battery operated mechanism which leaves nothing left for imagination. No – the injustice I speak of is something that’s always been there, yet I’m so damn fed up with it – and that’s gederfication and blatant sexism in the toy industry.
May 4th is one of the best days to dress up as your favorite Star Wars character – and thanks to the Star Wars celebration that happened last month, we have a lot of Star Wars cosplay to cover. Check out some of our favorites, and let us know what you think? Especially when you see the George Lucas… I mean, can we say doppleganger or what?
Hopefully you were able to see all the amazing cosplay that came out of the Star Wars Celebration this past month. But if you missed it, never fear, Cosplay Boom captured it, along with the touching stories of the people who spend numerous amounts of hours to recreate the characters from a galaxy far far away. Many of the costumes look like they were plucked straight out of the film, but some of the most creative examples are those that blend a cosplayer’s varied passions into one outfit – like the famous Hip-Hop Stormtrooper pictured above.
You’ll want to grab a tissue or at least have your handy “IT WAS ALLERGIES” excuse ready to go, because this video is amazing:
Papercraft is one of the most intricate forms of art. All the little tiny slice and dices are enough to make any regular exacto knife user pull their hair out. But Etsy shop owner WillPigg makes it look so effortless and beautiful. You have to check out his amazing creations. All of his creations are hand cut to order, and they are mesmerizing. Check out more of Will’s work after the break: