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Week 1

Friday August 04, 2006
Going On Vacation

There will not be any updates until the end of next week, but I will be back on a regular schedule Friday August 11th. I will be on vacation with my family and will not be near a computer. I hope you will join me on the 11th for more great news and special features. Speaking of special features, starting on August 14th we will begin "Commercials Week" here at Galactic Voyage. So be ready to see all of those old cheesy commercials from the 1970's that some of you may remember if you are old enough. Take care!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Friday August 04, 2006
Homing Beacon #167

The latest Homing Beacon has arrived and today we get to talk about Javva the Hutt. Look closely in the end credits of the Star Wars prequels and you might spot an unusual tribute. Listed amongst the cast and crew is Javva the Hutt, the employee-adopted cafe that has been fueling artists at Industrial Light & Magic since May 23, 1997. Since relocating from the Marin County facility to the new San Francisco campus, Javva proprietor Michael Smith brews coffee not only for ILM, but for employees at LucasArts and Lucasfilm, as well as George Lucas himself.

"George's preferred coffee drink is a large mocha," Smith smiles. "But most people here live for their lattes."

While working at Skywalker Ranch 1989 to 1992, Smith became friends with corporate facility manager Ralph O'Rear who asked him if he'd like to officially caffeinate the visual effects artists responsible for the prequels. Smith jumped at the chance and has been the ILM barista ever since.

"My daughter Lily actually came up with the name Javva the Hutt," Smith recalls. "She was six years old at the time. It took about three months to get approval from Lucasfilm to use the name and image of Jabba."

Since then, fictional Javva the Hutt cafes have popped up in comics, cartoons and even films. But Smith doesn't mind a bit. "I don't care because I know there is only one real Javva the Hutt."

Having the cafe immortalized on the big screen wasn't too shabby either. "Along with all the great support I received over the years from ILM employees, one of my biggest patrons is producer Rick McCallum," Smith says. "He was the one who pushed for me to be put in the end credits."

When the company relocated to the Presidio, Lucas made sure Javva the Hutt was part of the move, much to the employees' delight. Smith warns, however, that you probably shouldn't thank the filmmaker by insisting on a free cup of Joe. "One time someone who had ordered a drink told me to put it on George's tab," Smith laughs. "The guy didn't realize that George was standing right behind him. I don't think I've ever seen anyone turn red so quickly."

Posted by: Jedi Power

Friday August 04, 2006
Path to the Force - Episode 101

Today we have Episode 101 of Star Wars Galaxies-Path to the Force which has been created by Nathan Ciprick. You will be able to access these stories through the Comics section. Check out the latest episode!

Star Wars Galaxies-Path to the Force-Episode 101

Be sure to check back on Friday next week for the one-hundred and second episode of Star Wars Galaxies-Path to the Force. Then join us every week as we continue to follow the adventures of the Wookiee E'nac from the Star Wars Galaxies videogame in the form of Gamics!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Thursday August 03, 2006
Movies Section Update

Today I have updated the Movies Section with two new Fan Films. They are both from the line of Star Wars Kid videos, but I thought that these were two of the best ones that had been created. If you haven't seen any of the Star Wars Kid videos before or even if you have, I am sure you will get a good laugh from the Star Wars Kid-A New Hope and the Star Wars Kid-Drunken Jedi Master videos! Enjoy!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Thursday August 03, 2006
Featured Artist Craig Burt-Painting by Numbers 5

Featured Artist Craig Burt has sent in another breakdown of one of his paintings that provides us with a look into how the picture came about. Here is some of the article created by Craig:

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"Federation Folly"

This painting is relatively simple in concept and execution, which is why, I guess, I can't find much in the way of images to illustrate it's progression - there weren't any. There could have been a bunch of photos of the the Jedi and the droids included, but, since no figure was drawn directly from a photo there was no point in including them. There would have been a few such photos used to define the details for the characters - take your pick which ones to use. Though, I do remember the Episode II Visual Dictionary was a great help in adding the elements of the Battle Droids.

Be sure to read the rest of the article about "Federation Folly" in the Painting by Numbers section. Thanks Craig for another great walkthrough of how this image came about! Enjoy!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Wednesday August 02, 2006
Official Links Updated

Today I have updated the Official Links section with nine new links to websites featuring people who are involved with Star Wars. I also updated a couple of broken links and some other sites have faded away. I have also placed them in a better order to make them easier to find.

If you have links to any Official Web Sites for actors, artists, writers, etc. please send them in so we can share them with everyone. Please send the links to official site links. Thank you for your help and contribution to Galactic Voyage! Together, we can make Galactic Voyage one of the best fan sites on the Internet.

Posted by: Jedi Power

Tuesday August 01, 2006
More New Fan Art

Brendan Mudryk sent in a cool new Fan Art creation. Brendan's piece is entitled "Star Wars Battle." Thanks Brendan! This and other pieces can be found over at the Fan Art section on Page 4. Enjoy!

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Posted by: Jedi Power