A Note Re Comics Coverage

September 14, 2017

I have been reading Star Wars comics since 1978, at first when they were published by Marvel, then for 20 years with Dark Horse, and back again with Marvel when it regained the license a few years ago.  Last week I picked up IDW’s young readers comic.

Today Marvel’s Star Wars editor and a Marvel creator I’d never heard of blocked me on Twitter.  I have never interacted with these people.  I’ve never criticized them; in fact the only thing I’ve ever criticized about Marvel’s run on Twitter is Dr. Aphra and that’s not a topic I dwell upon very much.  So it’s not because of anything I’ve done to them or anyone else at Marvel.  The only reason I can figure out is that I follow a reviewer who has been very critical of the publisher and a lot of the people who work for it.  I only know this because everyone else who follows this guy, including people who disagree with him, were blocked at the same time.

One can do whatever she wants with her account, but it was really insulting to be blocked purely because of who I’m following; whose business is it anyway?  If Marvel’s Star Wars editor thinks that little of me after 39 years of loyalty to Star Wars comics–longer than this young lady has been alive by the way–then I’m just going to have to cut the cord.  I’m not buying Marvel comics anymore and I will not review or promote anything they do.  (But I’ll be happy to keep buying IDW’s series.)  Dark Horse’s people were always kind, respectful, enthusiastic, and great with the fans.  Marvel has a serious siege mentality that is alienating comics readers and sales are falling throughout the industry.

I’m not posting this to flounce but to let you know what kind of people they are and about the kind of disturbing dynamics that are happening on social media if you “step out of line” or associate with the “wrong” people.

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Star Words & More TPM Love

September 14, 2017

Matril is getting close to the end of TPM with her series with Qui-Gon’s final words:

Does Obi-Wan believe at this point that he is the Chosen One? Maybe not. I think he wants to believe it, because otherwise Qui-Gon wasted his last words and last wishes. He’s certainly going to honor that dying wish with all his might.

And here we have the establishment of an awfully shaky apprenticeship for Anakin. Obi-Wan, barely done being a Padawan himself, driven not by any particular connection to Anakin but out of devotion to his lost master; charged with the training of possibly the most important potential Jedi who ever lived. No big deal. No major issue if he fails, except perhaps the Force falling permanently out of balance. But Qui-Gon begged for his promise — there’s that word again! — and Obi-Wan is determined to follow through.

Meanwhile, the Star Wars Show invited on NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney who says TPM is his favorite SW film:


 
Finally, the Ministry of Cinema updated with a short trailer billing a new episodic series based off its documentary “The Prequels Strike Back.” The first episode will be up on Oct. 6:

HasCon News

September 11, 2017

Hasbro’s convention HasCon was over the past weekend in Providence, RI and while most of the Star Wars action was about The Last Jedi, a few bits of prequel-related news came out.

First off, here’s Ahsoka and Padmé in the Forces of Destiny line:

This post from Collectors Cantina indicates there will be an Ahsoka with loth cat and an AOTC Padmé “before the holidays.” So there are at least two sets on the way.

The Force Guide has an interview with Hasbro’s Star Wars team and here’s a money quote about what to expect in the future in terms of prequel merchandise:

TFG: So for the Black Series 6”, a lot of the prequel characters and Clone Wars characters have been great additions, like Qui-Gon and Captain Rex. Will we be seeing more of those prequel and Clone Wars characters going forward?

SE: Yeah. 2019 is 20 years of The Phantom Menace. We’ve been talking about it a lot, actually, at this convention. The love for the prequels has kind of gone through this sort of—hate has kind of gone into, like, love again. There’s a lot of memes out there, and Hayden Christensen had a good response when he made an appearance, I think it was at Celebration. We’re seeing a little bit of love coming back for the prequels, so we’ll share some love on that, I’m sure, going forward.

I TOLD you this stuff would make a difference.

 

Prequels Strike Back To Get A Sequel?

September 10, 2017

The main page of the 2016 documentary’s site seems to indicate that.  Sign up for the newsletter to find out more!

Upcoming Book: The Physics of Star Wars

September 10, 2017

Naboo News posted about an upcoming book examining the physics of the Star Wars universe.  It excerpted part of an interview with the author where he talks about Naboo:

Johnson says the movie implies that Naboo has water from surface to surface, right through the core, and in principle, it’s possible to have a planet like that, but as he thought more about it, that led to certain implications. For example, how the temperatures for the freezing and boiling points of water change when it’s under a lot of pressure. For Naboo, the water at the bottom would be under a lot of pressure, and more likely to freeze.

“If you do that, what is the radius of the planet able to be before the deepest water is under so much pressure it turns to ice? One of the reasons I enjoyed writing this section is I just naively did the calculations and said, ‘OK, how deep is the water?’ But then I thought: ‘Wait a second, as you go closer to the center there’s less of a force of gravity because there’s less stuff,’” says Johnson. “If you go to the perfect center of a planet there’s no force of gravity because on all sides it would be pulling it towards it, so there’s no force of gravity. This means that the pressure behaves in a more complicated fashion as compared to my initial approach.”

Then he had to redo his calculations.

More Star Words

September 8, 2017

This time it’s from the conclusion to TPM’s big action scene:

And what a great line; what a great delivery. Steady but carrying an edge of contempt. Taking all his threats and throwing them back in his face. I love, too, that Padmé is physically much smaller, yet somehow manages to stare down her foe. Just a fantastic moment all around. The other battles of Episode I’s finale are, arguably, more fun to watch, more eye-catching and intense. But this ending might be the most satisfying. After all the Viceroy’s confident taunts, he must admit defeat in the face of a fierce, tiny fourteen-year-old queen.

 

Video: What If Anakin Went To Utapau

September 8, 2017

I haven’t highlighted The Prequels Channel on YouTube (though I have it under the blogroll links) because it posts videos very frequently.  But I thought I’d highlight this “what if” video:

NASCAR Driver Talks TPM

September 3, 2017

NASCAR racer Ryan Blaney was quoted in an interview about how he became a Star Wars fan:

“I was probably six or seven when Phantom Menace came out,” Blaney said to FanSided via email. “That’s the age as a kid when you start figuring out what you like and don’t like. I enjoyed it right away and saw Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith right when they came out. I discovered the originals when I was a little bit older, and it’s always something I’ve been intrigued by. I did enjoy it right away, and it was pretty cool how it worked out because it was unique timing that I was able to get into it at an early age when your mind is developing.””

Anakin and Obi-Wan Reunited On Clone Wars Conversations

September 2, 2017

Check out part one of James Arnold Taylor’s chat with Matt Lanter on his Clone Wars Conversations web series.

TPM Still One Of The “Leggiest” Blockbusters

September 2, 2017

Believe me, it probably made Forbes’s Scott Mendelson cry to realize this:

As George Lucas said when promoting Attack of the Clones(paraphrasing): “I made More American Graffiti, I know what happens when people don’t like a sequel, no one goes.” But audiences did go and see The Phantom Menace in theaters that summer. More importantly, at least to the conventional wisdom that folks hated the movie as much as the hardcore fan base did, that movie didn’t just snag a huge total box office sum 18.5 years ago. It played all summer long, becoming one of the leggiest blockbusters of the modern era.

Just to add to this, TPM was playing somewhere in the Washington, D.C. metro area from May 1999 to January 2000. This includes its initial run, the discount theater/drafthouse run, and the charity run in December 1999 that in some places extended past the new year. I’m aware of contractual obligations some theaters had to run it so many weeks at a minimum but just because it was there didn’t mean people weren’t seeing it.