quinta-feira, 14 de novembro de 2013

terça-feira, 29 de outubro de 2013

Death Star novel

At the moment, I´m reading my first Star Wars novel, "Death Star", a great piece of work by writers Michael Reaves and Steve Perry.

As a fan, without any particular reason, I must confess that I never read a single novel of the greatest saga of all time. True... but, it´s never too late and here I am, with "Death Star" by my side and loving every single page of it.
In the EU of Star Wars, I was always a comic book explorer. I follow almost every single one of them, have a huge collection, I know the release dates, but I always left the novels aside. Until now. Now I´m "doomed", as 3PO says, I have a loooooooot to catch up!

Back to the book, so far I´m at page 72, starting chapter 11. But there was a passage that I particularly enjoyed and I want to share, ´cause talks about hyperspace and a condition named "hyper-rapture". And Darth Vader is part of it...


Darth Vader stood on the bridge of his warship, staring out through the forward viewport at the kaleidoscopic chaos of hyperspace. The effect, even moving at the relatively stately speed of a Star Destroyer, was akin to tumbling down an endless tunnel of amorphous, whirling patterns of light—starlight and nebulae smeared into impressionistic blotches by the ship´s superluminal speed. He knew that even experienced spacers and navy personnel often hesitated to look out at it. Standard operating procedure was to keep the thick slabs of transparisteel opaqued while traveling through the higher-dimensional universe. There was something profoundly wrong about hyperspace, composed as it was of more than the three spatial and one temporal dimensions that most sentient species were used to. Looking too long into hyperspace promised madness, so the stories went. He had never heard of anyone actually succumbing to "hyper-rapture", as it was called. Nevertheless, the legends persisted.
Vader enjoyed staring into it.

sábado, 26 de outubro de 2013

Star Wars and Shakespeare

“In time so long ago begins our play / In star-crossed galaxy far, far away.”
Author Ian Doescher put pen to paper to a very hard task, to give a Shakespearean vision of Star Wars. He was abble to finish the task to rejoice of many fans and curious alike, and the book is available for purchase since July.

Here´s a very interesting review from Maria Popova, in the Brain Pickings website.

The illustrations are from Nicolas Delort.

Gratitude to my friend Saki for sharing this book.

terça-feira, 25 de junho de 2013

Star Wars: Episode VII Casting Call Leaks

If you´re young, fit and talented, get your CVs to Disney now!!! 
According to Empire Online, here´s what´s going on:

"If you're waiting desperately for the casting announcements to begin for Star Wars: Episode VII, you may soon be in luck. A casting call for the film has gone out to agencies, and it lists seven character types that J.J. Abrams and his team are trying to fill for what are, reportedly, leading roles. Here are the sort of people they're after for these seven parts.

Late-teen female, independent, good sense of humour, fit.
Young twenty-something male, witty and smart, fit but not traditionally good looking.
A late twentysomething male, fit, handsome and confident.
Seventy-something male, with strong opinions and tough demeanour. Also doesn’ t need to be particularly fit.
A second young female, also late teens, tough, smart and fit.
Forty something male, fit, military type.
Thirtysomething male, intellectual. Apparently doesn’t need to be fit.

What can we conclude from this? Well, very little, but it does lend itself to wild speculation. There have been rumours that Michael Arndt's script has a female protagonist, which this does not contradict - although Bleeding Cool, who originally picked up the call, notes that this is not necessarily credit order, so that first role doesn't necessarily correspond to Luke Skywalker.
The calls for a cast that is largely "fit" makes it a safe call that there will be action, in case that were ever in doubt, and while we're wildly speculating it looks like any romance will be between very young women and slightly older men. There's no mention of prosthetics or performance capture here, so for the moment let's assume that these people are all playing human-looking beings rather than more alien / droid types."

segunda-feira, 24 de junho de 2013

quinta-feira, 6 de junho de 2013

Lego Ewok Village

As soon as I saw this I could only think "this is much more than a wishlist Lego, this is a must have"! So far, I can just be glad to admire this unique piece of great work by the Lego team who built this set. Here´s the video that shows some of the great features that can be found in the Ewok Village.

terça-feira, 21 de maio de 2013

Becoming Obi-Wan

Star Wars Rebels

"Production has begun on Star Wars Rebels, an exciting, all-new animated television series based on one of the greatest entertainment franchises of all time. Scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, it will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world. 

Leading the development of the series is a creative team of exceptional talent. Screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) is an executive producer on Star Wars Rebels and will write the premiere episode. He is joined by Dave Filoni as executive producer, who served as supervising director of the Emmy nominated Star Wars: The Clone Wars since 2008. Executive producer Greg Weisman brings with him a wealth of animation experience with credits such as Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Gargoyles."



terça-feira, 7 de maio de 2013

Illustrations by Liam Brazier

Yesterday I discovered 2 artists, Boneface and Liam Brazier, much by fault of the new QOTSA video. And its the second one that brought me to this post, because of his amazing illustrations of Star Wars, among many others.
I hope you enjoy to this aproach to the Force!


Descobri ontem 2 artistas que desconhecia completamente, Boneface e Liam Brazier, muito por culpa do novo vídeo dos QOTSA. E é este segundo nome que me trouxe até este post, devido às suas excelentes ilustrações do universo Star Wars, entre muitas outras que são igualmente fenomenais.
Espero que gostem desta abordagem à Força!

sábado, 4 de maio de 2013

May the 4th

May the 4th is Star Wars day for all the fans around the world! A special day, indeed.
Here are some offers/promos that many of us can take advantage of.

Lego promo:

Sideshow giveaway:

The official micro website, with lot of tips, cool stuff and amazing deals:

There´s much more around the galaxy, just let the Force guide you...
May the 4th be with you!

(My) Padawan Yas´Alex

sábado, 13 de abril de 2013

Cédric Delsaux - Dark Lens

Dark Lens

"Over the years, many artists have interpreted Star Wars in ways that extend well beyond anything we saw in the films. One of the most unique and intriguing interpretations that I have seen is in the work of Cedric Delsaux, who has cleverly integrated Star Wars characters and vehicles into stark urban, industrial - but unmistakably earthbound - environments. As novel and disruptive as his images are, they are also completely plausible."
George Lucas

Simply outstanding!...
Check out all the pictures in the artist´s official website.