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In honor of today’s big Disney/Star Wars news

30 Oct

by Mike Hansen

If you haven’t heard the BIG NEWS, read this first.

Here’s a feature from 1990’s Marvel Age Preview #1, a preview of Star Wars: Dark Empire, the Star Wars project that (even before the Timothy Zahn novels) brought the property back to life. Unfortunately for Marvel, Dark Horse ended up with the Star Wars license and published Dark Empire, creating one of 1991’s biggest hits in comics and Dark Horse’s biggest license scoop since the Aliens/Predator/Terminator trifecta.

(click to embiggen)Marvel Age Preview #1 p 21 Star Wars Dark Empire preview

Back when I worked at Dark Horse, I was Assistant Editor on several Star Wars titles for a couple years. I got my first professional writing credit on a Star Wars Handbook, too, giving me my first taste of creative freedom (I got to invent a lot of material for the project) – and POWER… I still get shivers thinking about the many days I was stuck at the color photocopier, making confidential reference copies for all of the Episode I creators.

Fun Friday Foto(s)

15 Jun

by Mike Hansen

I found this online the other day, but I can’t remember the source – if anyone knows, feel free to post a comment or email…

Slave Leia Pillow Fight

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And one more – because in my Marvel comics, Wolverine always smokes. Always.

Wolverine Smokes

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Have a great weekend!

Today’s All Day Comic: the genius Transformers parody, Incredible Change-Bots!

25 May

by Orion Tippens

Incredible Change-Bots

Writer/Artist: Jeffrey Brown

Top Shelf Comics

Vol. 1 – Sept. 2007, 146 pages

Vol. 2 – March. 2011, 146 pages

Incredible Change-Bots cover

More than just machines!

Finally, a story about fighting robots with all of the emotional depth and drama that comes with the consequences of personal change…into vehicles.

And within that tale, questions arise. Did the Incredible Change-Bots evolve from word processors? Can Shootertron handle a sudden existential crisis? Can a robot police car and a robot truck explore their forbidden love? Can Big Rig become a credible leader to his gang of Awesomebots? Can’t we all just get along? Answers to those and more happen in this epic two-part graphic novel.

change-bots banter

YES. THIS. This x 1 million.

Incredible Change-Bots is the underrated work of Jeffrey Brown, better known for his self-reflecting autobiographical works including Clumsy and Unlikely and the recent hit Darth Vader and Son. Brown carries a unique sense of dry wit often focused on the observed irony and melodrama of the mundane. For the visuals, he keeps it simple and fun with everything crudely hand-drawn, sticking to the basics of a bored child stuck in after-school detention.  For Incredible Change-Bots, Brown adds all of that to this colossal parody of the Transformers.

The story is simple: the Awesomebots (led by Big Rig) fight against the Fantasticons (led by Shootertron). The Change-Bots engage in their lengthy conflict carried over from their war-ravaged planet of Electrotronocybercircuitron over the usual reasons: Continue reading

STAR WARS and Me (Part 1)

22 Sep
Opening logo to the Star Wars films

The movie heard 'round the world. (Image via Wikipedia)

by Mike Hansen

 

No, I haven’t bought the new Star Wars Blu-Ray box set yet. I’m sure I will at some point; the extras alone make it sound worth it.

I can’t be mad at George Lucas for continuing to make money off of Star Wars – after all, Star Wars is responsible for Continue reading

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