Archive for December, 2015

SWPAS Annual Report And The Way Forward

December 29, 2015

WordPress just sent the annual report about SWPAS’s views and where they came from and the site’s most popular posts in 2015.

SWPAS got 350,000 views with the busiest day (surprise!) December 18. The most popular post of 2015 was the TFA Open Thread/Reax on December 18. #2 was the “Prequel Fans Have Heard The Dog Whistle” post in July, #3 was the post about Lucas’s interview with Charlie Rose in November, #4 was the post on Anthony Daniels’s comments on the prequels, and #5 was basically an impromptu open thread about the goings-on at Celebration Anaheim back in April.

The top referring sites were Facebook and starwars.com.

Most visitors are from the U.S., the UK, and Canada. Finland, Germany, Slovakia, France, Spain, Australia, Brazil, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Poland, Mexico, New Zealand, and Vietnam are representing in strong numbers. I am however amazed at what other corners of the Earth prequel fans are lurking: Kazakhstan, Burkina Faso, Mongolia, Cambodia…it’s crazy. To my readers in Syria, Afghanistan, and Somalia, stay safe out there! I need all of the eyeballs I can get!

The top five commenters for 2015 were Stefan Kraft, Susan Bowes, Adam D. Bram, Hunk A Junk, and andywylde77.

And now for what’s in store for 2016. Regardless of how you feel about TFA, SWPAS is a pro-prequel site for anyone who loves the prequels, period. I let people say their piece in the open discussion thread and thankfully it didn’t turn into WWIII. I wish I could say the same about the Facebook page, where I’ve had to ban several trolls over the past week or so and even delete a post because it was getting out of hand. If you ever wonder why I have a low opinion about other fans, try getting called an a–hat on Christmas Eve by a total stranger. I am considering starting a separate SWPAS discussion group that’s members only. In any case though this is about celebrating the prequels and promoting them and I hope fans of all stripes feel comfortable here.

I also have in mind a project that I will announce soon.

Thanks everyone!

Interesting Stuff To Read

December 29, 2015

The SW Prequel Frames Tumblr has posted a series of fascinating articles about TPM, AOTC, and other prequel-y things lately (which I’ve just caught up with).

Bryan Young posted on How Stuff Works the 10 Times TFA Nods The Star Wars Prequels. He said in a comment on another FB page that he had to narrow it down from 20. Go figure!

Update On Fan Appreciation Video

December 29, 2015

I mentioned back in November Susan Bowes’s plans for a fan appreciation video for George Lucas and his work on the prequel trilogy. She has moved the deadline to mid-January, so there is still time to get a video clip to her. Her e-mail address is susanbowes@optonline.com.

I’ll Just Leave These Here

December 26, 2015

A couple of Dec. 24 tweets from Jett Lucas, George’s son, that are interesting and a bit poignant:

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I’m fine with moisture evaporators and trade talks but I see his point ;).

Charlie Rose’s YouTube channel posted yesterday some video of his interview with George Lucas.  They’re relevant when you connect it with the tweets.

 

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2015

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“John Carter” & Star Wars

December 24, 2015

Bryan Young posted another chapter in his Cinema Behind Star Wars series, this time the influence the John Carter series of books by Edgar Rice Burroughs had on Star Wars, as well as the influence AOTC in particular had on the ill-fated “John Carter” film released in 2012:

In fact, when the film came out, comparisons were drawn to Attack of the Clones almost instantly. Both Tatooine and Geonosis share the barren landscape of Barsoom and both movies share a massive arena battle, which was something described in the original books more than 100 years ago. The Nexu could very well be inspired by John Carter’s calot, Woola.

Awesome Indie T-Shirt Designs

December 23, 2015

Check out this amazing Anakin t-shirt…there’s a second Anakin design, plus designs with other prequel characters and characters from all of the other SW films. Only twenty bucks.

Thanks to LadyJediScientist for finding all of this stuff on Etsy!

Prequels’ Influence On “Madoka Magica”

December 23, 2015

I am not an expert or fan of anime so I’ll take this essay‘s word for it when it discusses the prequels’ influence on a popular anime series:

Another trait that Anakin Skywalker and Homura Akemi share is that over their story arcs, they become more selfish as the story contnues. In The Phantom Menace Anakin selflessly gives to Padmé, Qui-Gon and Jar Jar without any thought of reward. In Revenge of the Sith, Anakin selfishly tries to save Padmé because it’s not about her, it’s really about him.

Nickel Review: Art of Coloring Star Wars: 100 Images To Inspire Creativity and Relaxation

December 22, 2015

I ordered a copy of this new Star Wars “adult” coloring book, which is some kind of new trend. The book is actually a hardcover, not the soft heavy paper covers you normally find with kiddie coloring books.

As the title says there’s at least 100 line art images of characters and symbols from Eps I-VI. Some are kind of simple, others are really elaborate and getting some of those colored with regular ol’ Crayolas or markers would be kind of challenging. A lot of the pieces are unique, while others are older line art mixed in with new elements. Art nouveau and mandalas seem to be the most common styles.

A lot of the art is beautiful. An enterprising and skilled fan could photocopy one of the images, color it, and scan it to use on “personal” items like t-shirts or mugs or whatever. I think there’s a fair representation of the prequels in the book. After all, it’s probably the only place you can find an art nouveau rendition of Sebulba or Jar Jar.

Art supply stores like Michaels or Aaron Brothers might have it in stock. Otherwise you can order it from Amazon, Walmart, and other fine retailers.

Check Out My Cool Custom Shoes

December 20, 2015

Via Death Star Doll on Etsy.com, I recently had a pair of flats custom-made with an Anakin and Padmé theme. One shoe is inspired by Padmé’s dress in the dinner/fireplace scene in AOTC and the other inspired by Anakin’s Jedi robes.

Pic from Death Star Doll