Friday, December 18, 2015

Link Round-Up: Star Wars

Bill​ and I had a LOT of fun illustrating this on-point Portland Mercury​ essay by Bobby​ Roberts about what you need to know going into THE FORCE AWAKENS (spoiler alert: NOT A DAMN THING).

Pencils by Mike Russell and colors by Bill Mudron
Created as an illustration for the article "Star Wars Is for Everyone"


35 Artists Who Made Star Wars EVEN BETTER

3D-Printed Robotic Arm Leads The Force In Star Wars Fashion Collection

The Art Of 1313, A Star Wars Game We Never Got To Play

Fan Art Friday: STAR WARS VII The Force Awakens on DeviantArt

Jeff Carlisle created a series of AMAZING seek-and-find (Where’s Waldo) style posters for each of the major battles in the original Star Wars trilogy. He calls them the The Epic Battles series, and you can explore them in-depth on the Disney website.

Lord of the Rings inspired Lightsaber would be perfect for Legolas Jedi cosplay

Man Recklessly Unboxes Star Wars Toys to Play With Them IRL

Ovadia & Sons, and Todd Snyder Reimagine Iconic Looks From Star Wars.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Wallpapers

Star Wars Nerd Designs Killer Flags for More Than 100 of the Saga’s Planets

This Star Wars superfan built a life-size X-Wing fighter

Articles & Analysis

5 Things the Star Wars Prequels Did Right

74 Things Every Great Star Wars Movie Needs

The big problem with Star Wars, according to Francis Ford Coppola.

The Cartoonification of the 'Star Wars' Blaster Is Space Western Heresy: How have firearms in 'Star Wars' gone from a major threat to a child's toy?

Dissecting Leigh Brackett’s Rough Draft for The Empire Strikes Back.

Everyone Loves Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Because Han Solo is the Hero.

Four Reasons Daisy Ridley Is Ready to Be Star Wars' First Female Protagonist

How Backstory Almost Totally Fucked Up the Star Wars Franchise

How Star Wars could become Disney’s next cash cow

How Star Wars Will Change Hollywood (Again)

How Lightsabers Finally Realized George Lucas' Original Vision

How to Watch Star Wars If You’ve Never Seen It Before

In Defense of Whiny Anakin

J.J. Abrams Has a Great Message for Everyone in appealing to Young Girls.

J.J. Abrams is all wrong about women and Star Wars

Milo Yiannopolous argues "Star Wars Is Garbage" at

Of Course There Are Black Stormtroopers in Star Wars: Fans objecting to John Boyega in The Force Awakens' teaser aren't just close-minded; they misunderstand the galaxy far, far away.

The Radicalization of Luke Skywalker: A Jedi’s Path to Jihad.

Star Wars' Abrams leads move from CGI to reality

Star Wars And Space Nazis: Hasn’t Evil Evolved By Now?

Star Wars As A Gateway Drug

Star Wars’s Jar Jar Binks – what went wrong?

What if people hate "The Force Awakens" ?

What Should Star Wars Fans Be Called? Trekkies have been rubbing their fandom in 'Star Wars' fans' faces for far too long. It's time to take fandom back.

Which Generation Owns Star Wars Nostalgia? Ours.  Period.

Why Star Wars means so much to so many

Why The Politics Of The Star Wars Universe Makes No Sense

Beyond the Movies

The 10 best Star Wars board games, as chosen by GamesRadar.

The Best Star Wars Board Games Ranked

Drinks On Monday Presents: The NPR Dramatization of Star Wars! 13 chapters, one released each weekday from Tuesday, 12/1 to Thursday, 12/17. Available on iTunes.

Remembering the Dark, Gritty Star Wars TV Show That Never Happened (Yet)

Star Wars and sports is a match made in a galaxy far, far away

Yahoo Tech counts down The Best and Worst Star Wars Video Games.

Box Office News & Analysis

How Star Wars Conquered the Galaxy: The economic power of the franchise.

Star Wars and the companies who will make billions

Star Wars Could Break Box Office Records After This News

Star Wars expectations build, so can it beat Avatar at the box office?

Star Wars Fans, Awakened by The Force, Turn Out in Droves

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Must Earn $1.5 Billion to Be Considered a Success and the Burden Terrifies J.J. Abrams

Star Wars: The meaning, magic and marketing mojo


Star Wars: what would you do if you could use the Force?

There’s a raging controversy over Princess Leia’s bikini.


7-year-old absolutely destroys the cast of Star Wars in trivia.

Building a Galaxy With Code: Use Javascript with Star Wars

Google gets in on the Star Wars fun with clutch of interactive Easter eggs

How to Make a Star Wars BB-8 Cake

Spotify will use music preferences to find your perfect 'Star Wars' match

Star Wars: Jedi lightsaber enthusiasts master art

Star Wars mashed with Biggie Smalls has a force all its own

Fan Theories

5 Star Wars Fan Theories That Are Too Good Not to Be True

The 7 craziest Star Wars: The Force Awakens fan theories

8 Of The Craziest Star Wars: The Force Awakens Fan Theories.

10 Crackpot Story Theories for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The 10 Most Fascinating Star Wars: The Force Awakens Fan Theories

Are The Star Wars Prequels Secretly Brilliant?

C-3PO is Star Wars‘ real hero. This video explains.

A Crazy Theory About How Darth Vader Might Fit Into Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Fan Theories That Don't Involve Luke Being Kylo Ren

Jar Jar Binks Sith Theory EXPLAINED!

Obi-Wan Kenobi, a Manipulative Monster, Was the Real Villain of Star Wars

The plot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as predicted by Internet fan theories

Reddit considers The Fett jetpacks, a small plot point you probably didn’t notice.

Stephen Colbert Presents His Own Star Wars: The Force Awakens Fan Theory

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Our 10 Favorite Fan Theories

This Star Wars Expanded Universe Story Proves That Luke Is the Worst Jedi Master

Thoughts on popular “The Force Awakens” fan theories

Who Would Win in a Fight Between Han Solo and Indiana Jones?

Human Interest Pieces

I'm Charley, an Adult Who Finally Watched Star Wars

Star Wars: A 6-Year-Old Fan Sees the Big Picture and Awakens

Star Wars Fever Extends to an Ancient Irish Island

Three generations of Alex Irvine’s family share a love of all things Star Wars: Irvine, a fantasy and science fiction writer, was introduced to 'Star Wars' by his dad, told 'Star Wars' bedtime stories to his children, and now is taking his whole family to see 'The Force Awakens.'


Carrie Fischer In Stupid Hair Again!” Princess Leia And Ellen Give Away Tickets

How to cope if The Force Awakens really is crap: a five step guide.

The Hypothetical Star Wars Holiday Special

The Onion Reports: Fan Just Going To Keep Open Mind About Whether New ‘Star Wars’ Best Or Worst Movie Ever

Screen Rant on 10 Best Star Wars Parodies.

XKCD on Star Wars and the passage of time


Every single Star Wars vehicle from the original trilogy, sized.

The Planets and Moons of Star Wars to Scale - Space Facts

Star Wars: every scene from every movie charted

Star Wars: the further impact of the Force

Star Wars: The Force Accounted

Star Wars: Their Careers Awaken The professional trajectories of the original cast


Carrie Fisher: | Express | Good Morning America | The Guardian | The Telegraph | Time | Vox | WSJ

Daisy Ridley: CinemaBlend | Clevver | Collider | DailyMail | Gulf News | Interview Magazine | LA Times | PopSugar | Refinery29  | The Review | THE ROCK FATHER | Telegraph

Gwendoline Christie: Collider | ComingSoon | Contactmusic | DailyMail | Entertainment Weekly | Hollywood Reporter | HuffPo | Interview Magazine | MarySue | Refinery29 |  | Variety

Harrison Ford: BBC |  | Fox31 | Junkee | Mashable | RollingStone

J.J. Abrams: 60 Minutes | AV Club | Entertainment Weekly | Howard Stern Show | IGN | LA Times | Mashable | | SlashFilm | VanityFair 

John Boyega: CBR | CNN | CinemaBlend | Fox31 | Good Morning America | Google | GQ | MovieWeb | Yahoo!

Lawrence Kasdan: Crave | IGN | The Los Angeles Times | VanityFair

Lupita Nyong’o: ComingSoon | ContactMusic | Elle UK | Entertainment Weekly | Fox31  | The Guardian | The Guardian | Refinery29

Mark Hamill: Collider | Empire | TheGuardian

Oscar Isaac: ContactMusic | ET | Fox31 | GQ | MovieFone | TimeOut | Yahoo Movies

Anthony Daniels reflects on four decades of playing C-3PO

Carrie Fisher on Her Return to Star Wars

Carrie Fisher press tour for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been spectacular

Carrie Fisher Takes Over Star Wars Red Carpet with Curse-Filled Q&A

Everything You Need to Know About  Stars John Boyega and Daisy Ridley

Gwendoline Christie on Why Her Star Wars Costume Is a 'Step Forward' for Women

Harrison Ford on an emotional Han Solo and the meaning of "Chewie, we’re home"

How Josh Lee & Matt Denton Made BB-8 Into A Robot Icon

J.J. Abrams on going old school and how Star Wars differs from Star Trek.

Jimmy Kimmel Interviews The Star Wars Cast & The Results Are Absolutely Hilarious

Mark Hamill Talks Keeping Death Star-Sized Star Wars Secrets interviews J. J Abrams about Jar Jar and The Force Awakens.

Oscar Isaac Says Your Star Wars Theories Are Totally Wrong

Star Wars actor Harrison Ford has said he felt no nostalgia when he returned to the role of Han Solo for the first time in more than 30 years.

Star Wars Nerds Have Made George Lucas and J.J. Abrams’ Lives a Living Hell … but he’s still defending the whole Greedo shot first decision.

Star Wars The Force Awakens cast share saga memories

Vulture interviews Lawrence Kasdan, writer for the new Star Wars movies.

Watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens World Premiere Cast Interviews

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Where is Luke Skywalker? J.J. Abrams and Mark Hamill grapple with the question

The women of Star Wars speak out about their new Empire

Lists & Rankings

6 Reasons Star Wars Is So Much Better Than Star Trek

10 of the worst changes to the Star Wars trilogy after their original theatrical release

The 13 Craziest Goddamn Rumors About Star Wars: The Force Awakens

16 Underappreciated Heroes Who Saved the Galaxy.

16 ways Star Wars could have been VERY different

74 Things Every Great Star Wars Movie Needs

The Best Star Wars References in the History of Rap Music

The Star Wars movies, ranked by Entertainment Weekly

Rebel Pilots Who Helped Blow Up the First Death Star, Ranked

RollingStone picks the 30 Best Star Wars Moments

RollingStone picks the 50 Best Star Wars Characters

Star Wars Lightsabers, Ranked by Vulture.

Top 10 Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi moments


10 Awesome Star Wars Toys and Games

12 Star Wars-Inspired Gadgets

15 gifts for Star Wars fans

17 gifts for every type of Star Wars fan.

BB-8, Fully Kinetic Ring Jewelry.

Best Star Wars Gifts of 2015

Collectible Star Wars stamps glow under ultraviolet light

The force of flavor is strong with Star Wars ice cream.

Nerdist suggests Holiday Gifts for Star Wars Fans.

Star Wars condoms keep your saber covered

Star Wars-inspired designs you can actually wear, by top fashion labels

Star Wars Kama Sutra Book Is Surprisingly SFW

Star Wars Moleskine Notebooks

Top Star Wars gifts for big kids


Astronaut Tim Peake will watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens in space

Berlin church plans Star Wars Christmas service

Fox News Contributor Gets Death Threats for Mocking Star Wars

Giraffe Relative Named After Queen Amidala

People Boycott The Force Awakens Because It Promotes “White Genocide”

Quentin Tarantino Accuses Disney of "Extortion" Over Star Wars Booking

Rare Star Wars toys fetch $500,000 at auction

Opinions & Editorials

23 reasons Star Wars is better than Star Trek or Is it the other way around?

Disgruntled Star Wars fans threaten 'spoiler jihad': Why they need to just chill out

Ewoks are scary, and other lessons I learned from a Star Wars spin-off film

It’s An Awkward Time To Be A Star Wars Fan

Kill Your Parents – Why It's Good That George Lucas Was Kept Away From The New Star Wars Film Trilogy, accord to NME.

My Three-Year-Old Just Wrecked Star Wars for Me

Star Wars & Game of Thrones: Who has the better armor?

Stop bashing the Star Wars prequels, they're simply not that bad

We're Facing Star Wars Overload, And It Scares the Crap Out Of Me

Why didn't Princess Leia become a Jedi?

Why I wish I hadn't sold my Star Wars toys

Why Star Wars: The Force Awakens won't sweep the Oscars 

Posters (Fan Art)

Minimalistic Posters With Stars Wars Characters by Alp.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens international posters

Star Wars: The Force Awakens new BB-8 poster

Star Wars Landscapes Created by Rich Davies.


Carrie Fisher Warns Daisy Ridley Not to Let Star Wars Put Her in Any Gold Bikinis

Damien Walter on the science fiction that inspired George Lucas’s Star Wars.

The Daring Genesis of J.J. Abrams’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens

In pictures: inside the Force Awakens Stormtrooper dressing room

Major Female Villain in The Force Awakens Was Originally a Man

Puzzlewood 'magical' site for Star Wars filming

You’ll Never Guess the Actor Behind Star Wars Droid BB-8’s Voice

Premiere Coverage

11 Spoiler-Free Fan Reactions From The Star Wars Premiere

Droids and dresses on the LA premiere red carpet – in pictures

In pictures: Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere
"JJ Did It": Spoiler-Free Fan and Critic Reactions to the Premiere

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Dressed as Yoda for the Star Wars Premiere

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Premieres Around the World

4 biggest takeaways from last night's Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere

Joseph Gordon-Levitt won the premiere by showing up in his Yoda pajamas

Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere looks backward with nostalgia 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens world premiere brings Hollywood to a standstill

Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere was the biggest thing Hollywood has seen

Star Wars The Force Awakens World Premiere Gallery


The 10 Most Important Star Wars Characters You Don't Know By Name

Everything You Need to Know About Star Wars Canon That's Not in the Movies

Here Are the 90 Characters Who’ve Died in Star Wars

A History of Star Wars in 10 Objects

How Chuck Wendig's Star Wars: Aftermath sets the stage for Force Awakens

The Key Thing You Need To Know About The Main Players

Relegated to Legend: The Stories We Lose in a New 'Star Wars' Timeline

Return of the Ham: Watching Return of the Jedi for the First Time.

Star Wars: A Complete Chronology Of The New Canon

The Ultimate Star Wars Dictionary for Dummies


Ars TechnicaAVClub | Atlantic  | Chicago Sun-TimesCNet | The Daily Beast | Digital Spy | Entertainment Weekly | Esquire | Forbes | Fox411 | Hollywood Reporter | IGN | Indiewire | io9 | KotakuThe London Times | NPR | New Republic | New York Times | New Yorker | Popular Science  | | Slate | Techcrunch | The Guardian | USA TODAY | Vanity Fair | Variety | The Verge | Washington Post | Wired

Attack of the Clones Is a Wish-Fulfillment Checklist Gone Horribly Wrong

The First Spoiler-Free Impressions of The Force Awakens from the Premiere

The Force Awakens reactions: So far, it's looking like a love fest

Should You Take Your Kid to See Star Wars?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Reportedly Passes the Bechdel Test

What Stars and Fans Are Saying about Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Writing for the NYTimes, Manohla Dargis lauds Abrams, a longstanding "Star Wars" fan, as the perfect choice to bring the series into the twenty first century: "Mr. Abrams may be as worshipful as any "Star Wars" obsessive, but in "The Force Awakens" he's made a movie that goes for old-fashioned escapism even as it presents a futuristic vision of a pluralistic world that his audience already lives in. He hasn't made a film only for true believers; he has made a film for everyone."

Kate Muir of The London Times agrees with the sentiment, arguing that "while George Lucas came up with the brilliant idea, Abrams is a better action director, and takes 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' into more sophisticated territory."

Science & Technology

5 Reasons Star Wars Spaceships Make Absolutely No Sense

This astronomer made scientifically accurate Star Wars renderings

The Bioethics of Star Wars Spoilers

Government Scientists Neither Confirm Nor Deny Star Wars Starkiller Research

How the Star Wars Planets Stack Up Against Our Own

I Calculated the Mass of a Star Wars Blaster Bolt for You

Is It Possible to Build a Lightsaber?

It’s a Trap: Emperor Palpatine’s Poison Pill by Zachary Feinstein: “In this paper we study the financial repercussions of the destruction of two fully armed and operational moon-sized battle stations (“Death Stars”) in a 4-year period and the dissolution of the galactic government in Star Wars.”

NASA Thinks C-3PO Might Actually Work in Space. But BB-8? Not So Much

The Physics of Star Wars’ BB-8 Bouncing Around the Millennium Falcon

Raytheon Pitches New Weapons To Fix Star Wars Military Flaws

The Science of Star Wars: From light speed to hyper drives to lightsabers and autonomous robots, Star Wars was certainly way ahead of its time despite occurring a long time ago.

See the Star Wars Worlds Exoplanet Scientists Can't Help But Love

Three Ways a Starkiller in the New Star Wars Could Work

Want to Build a Death Star? NASA Says Use an Asteroid

Why Ewoks are the Most Realistic Aliens in Star Wars

Social Impact

Apple and Star Wars explain why much of the world around you looks the way it does

The folly of Empire: how Star Wars menaced Hollywood

How Daisy Ridley & John Boyega are changing Star Wars – and our world

How do wookiees breed? the big Star Wars questions answered: We search for science fact in the world’s most popular science fiction.

How Star Wars and the internet changed movie trailers

How Star Wars Helped Create President Reagan

How Star Wars' Insane Toy Frenzy Changed Movies Forever

I Never Wanted to Be Leia: What Han Solo Taught Two Women About Gender and Sexuality: "Yes, Han Solo is a sexy beast. But that doesn’t mean we all have to lust after him. We can be sexy beasts too, if we want."

The influence of Star Wars on Apple’s classic design, and vice versa

The Kernel remembers The world before Star Wars

Meet the First Person Who Realized Star Wars Would Change the World


12 of the weirdest, funniest, and most adorable Star Wars videos on YouTube.

The Cast Shows Us How to Properly Play With Their Action Figures

Harrison Ford Demos His Star Wars Injury Using a Han Solo Doll.

The Verge created an impressive 10 minute supercut of every time Chewbacca speaks in the original Star Wars trilogy.

Watch All Six Star Wars Films In Just Three Minutes

Watch Star Wars Fans Put On A Stormtrooper Show at a Soccer Match

Watch the Original Star Wars Trilogy as it was before George Lucas Screwed It Up

Videos: Animation

Star Wars in 30 seconds, re-enacted by bunnies.

Videos: Music

Oscar Isaac Covers Bill Murray’s Star Wars Theme Song, Crushes It

Star Wars Theme (Guitar Orchestra) by Cooper Carter

This Adele-Star Wars Mashup Is What the Galaxy Needs Right Now

Ultimate Star Wars Medley by PlayerPiano

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