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Archived News-October 2006


Week 3

Friday October 20, 2006
The Birth of Boba Fett

The Official Star Wars Site has a great article about the origins of everyone's favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett. True to his enigmatic character, facts about Boba Fett remain as shifty as the sands of the Dune Sea. Before Attack of the Clones, the origin of Fett had long been a subject of controversy -- was he a vestige of the Clone Armies, a Mandalorian mercenary, or a super-stormtrooper? Was he once called Jaster Mereel? Did he in fact survive the treacherous Pit of Carkoon? While some of these questions have been answered by the prequels and framers of the Expanded Universe, the character's cinematic debut is still open for debate -- is Episode II to be considered the film that launched the Fett character, or Empire? And let's not forget about his cameo in the retro-fitted Star Wars Special Edition....

As for Fett's first public unveiling, tradition holds that Boba was first revealed to audiences as an animated character in 1978's televised "Star Wars Holiday Special". However, digging through the records at Skywalker Ranch, a different story emerges -- Fett had in fact made a public appearance nearly two months before the Holiday Special on a scorching hot day in the streets of San Anselmo, a small town just north of San Francisco. Be sure to go and read the rest of this article which includes several early concepts of Boba Fett.


Posted by: Jedi Power

Friday October 20, 2006
Path to the Force - Episode 120

Today we have Episode 120 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 120

Be sure to check back next week for the one-hundred and twenty-first 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 October 19, 2006
Featured Artist Holly Freeman-Holly's Sketches Poster 1

Featured Artist Holly Freeman has started sending in a breakdown of how her posters were created by providing early sketches and things that influenced her work. She has also provided commentary on the sketches. Here is some of the article created by Holly:

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Poster 1

Please note that the D'Kullia drawing and the picture of Angelina Jolie go together, as well as the pictures of Halle Berry and Umi... The Egyptian/African Art inspired Velexa's look: I remember my mom and dad had this beautiful abstract carving of a man and woman that had rather elongated faces and bodies.

My characters' physical features are all based on real people or other comic book heroes, slightly tweaked. Umi is inspired by Halle Berry; D'Kullia by Angelina Jolie; Crovax was inspired by Thanos. Even some of the creatures in the adventure were inspired from other resources such as D&D or Magic. I try to be inspired or influenced by them and not copy them. I also try to use the imaginations and descriptions of my friends for their specific characters.

Be sure to read the rest of the article about Poster 1 in the Holly's Sketches section. Thanks Holly for a great walkthrough of how this poster came to be! Enjoy!


Posted by: Jedi Power

Wednesday October 18, 2006
Featured Artist Kevin Graham in Topps

Featured Artist Kevin Graham has been selected to do sketch cards for Topps in their Lord of the Rings Masterpieces Series card set. Here is a word from Kevin:

Although Itís not Star Wars art I wanted to share with you some of my Lord of the Rings Masterpieces Sketch Cards I finished recently for Topps. I am hoping that Topps comes out with a new Star Wars set soon, possibly a 30th Anniversary set so I can do sketches for that.

Anyways I was honored to get the chance to do sketch cards for Lord of the Rings. As you may have seen from my other work on this site or my own site I mostly do highly detailed pointillism drawings. Well I had do steer away from that a bit to do these cards as I only had 13 days to do 356 cards. I got very sick during this time but managed to get the cards done an hour before I had to ship them back to Topps. They later asked me to do an additional 100 cards. So my total for the project is 456. I had a blast doing them. The is suppose to come out October 25th.

I have since been asked to do sketch cards for Dr. Who and CSI. You can see the cards here: http://www.strictlyink.com/06si/sketchers_kevin.html

Shortly I will be doing The Wizard of Oz and another Poster Set for Breyagent who produces the Oz set. I will be doing special sketch cards for all these series. The cards I will be doing are very unique and I hope you get the chance to come across them. You can find out more info on my sketch cards and my art at: http://www.kevingrahamart.com

If you Join my Newsletter you have a chance to win a free sketch card which I give 1 away each week. I hope you enjoy the samples I have provided and thank you for your support.

This is fantastic news for Kevin. I know he worked himself to the bone to get all of these cards done and in on time. We can only hope that Topps will ask him to do cards for a future Star Wars set. Don't forget to see Kevin's Star Wars work but for now, here are some samples the cards Topps will be using. Enjoy!

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Posted by: Jedi Power

Wednesday October 18, 2006
Featured Artist Craig Burt-Painting by Numbers 11

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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"Arena Screama"

This is an old one; painted in the year 2000 according to it's date! Back in the days when I had a good quality tube of Yellow Ochre. That's a great color for doing the Geonosis landscapes. I should buy another good tube, liked the color very much.

1. Is the very start of the painting. I think it was a photo from an Episode II Toy Fair, though I can't be sure from this distance. At the time I thought it was just illustrating the uses of the figures, but now, I doubt a Mace figure would have been made with that expression on his face and it looks more like a mock-up to throw people off the scent as to what might be coming up. But then, I don't know anything about the toys.

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


Posted by: Jedi Power

Tuesday October 17, 2006
Path to the Force - Episode 119

Today we have Episode 119 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 119

Be sure to check back later this week for the one-hundred and twentieth 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