Michael Heilemann takes to the books to explore the origins of our favorite Wookiee.
The ‘lost’ Star Wars artwork of Ralph McQuarrie will be on display at Celebration. The pieces – discovered due to a furnace repair too late to make The Art of Ralph McQuarrie – include “design work on characters, creatures, spacecraft, weapons and worlds.”
Let them eat slime. This Jabba cake is appropriately disgusting yet totally hand-made. Pretty impressive.
Don’t strain yourself.Is Star Wars science fiction or fantasy? It’s sci-fantasy. Duh.
Listicles. Princess Leia is one of Yahoo’s lethal ladies; The prequels bottom out io9’s list of science fiction prequels, beating out even You-Know-Who’s Dune books on their scale of crappiness. Ouch.
Road trip! If you missed it, The Vader Project is now in Pittsburgh.
The StarWars.com crew did some digging and unearthed several Holiday Special props and other detris – even an animatic reel of the cartoon. There’s also a handful of old articles – one on the art directors and concept art, kicking off with Ralph McQuarrie and an interview with Patty Maloney, who played Lumpawarrump, and Stan Winston on Wookiee makeup/costuming. And finally, learn to draw Chewie’s family.
Try not to be totally surprised that Star Wars is #2 on Cracked’s list of seven terrible early versions of great movies. After reading the early drafts, some of the prequels less-stellar quirks make a lot more sense.
The official site updates (!!) with Ralph McQuarrie Exclusives at Celebration Japan: Two prints, a Lawrence Noble painting based on McQuarrie’s original poster concept, and a second go at Art of Ralph McQuarrie from Dreams & Visions Press.
In other Celebration Japan art news, Rebelscum has previews of Tsuneo Sanda’s prints.
Galactica.tv showcases concept paintings done by Ralph McQuarrie for the original pilot script of Battlestar Galactica. Apparently the cylons were originally going to be the creation of an insect race? (via)
- TFN has some thoughts from Dreams & Visions Press’ Paul Bateman on the influences of Ralph McQuarrie and other concept artists in the film’s trailer.
- It’s been copyrighted off Youtube, but the bootleg clip from Star Wars weekends lives on at io9.
- Look for TV Guide’s The Clone Wars special in August.