September 10th, 2006, 12:51 pm
Yesterday I had a VERY Stsr Warsy day. This'll take me a while to explain, so bear with me.
The One Man Star Wars Trilogy was in town.
Hmm, that was easier than I thought.
It seemed oddly surreal that such a popular, universal show would come right to my doorstep. You must understand that my town very rarely plays host to any kind of incredibly cultural event, and that this show stayed in town for not one, but two nights is the equivalent of E3 setting up in the field across from my house.
So the guy who does the show, a certain Charles Ross, was in Waterstones, a local bookshop, doing what they called a Q and A session, but in the end added up to his giving us a preview of the show, followed by a few questions being asked by the group of about twenty people assembled - most of whom were parents with young kids and a group of rowdy teenagers, there to laugh at the dork making sound effects snd running around with him arms flailing. And myself and my brother, of course.
I got to ask him a question - he informed us all that he'd got a license from Lucasfilm, and I enquired as to how he'd gone about it, thinking that it might be worthwhile myself should the comic ever take off in the galactic proportions we'd all like it to. He said that when they'd originally contacted him, he'd been terrified that they were planning on sueing him, and when they told him they wanted him to do Celebration III, he was very surprised - what's more, it was only after the show was getting to be REALLY big that they licenced him, meaning that he now gets to pay them a large sum of money every time he whilstes a very convincing R2-style whistle.
He also said that, because George Lucas is still alive, there's one man heading the Star Wars Empire, and so it's a lot easier to survive these things as a small, relatively unimportant artist. He said that his second show, the One Man Lord of the Rings, has a lot more copyright paperwork that makes it harder to perform, because Tolkien's dead that the company's headed by a board of directors.
So I'm going for the book now, totally conviced that I probably maybe might not get totally sued.
If I do, Totally Sued could always become a new sequel.
For those of you who don't visit the forum, my plans are to release all the comics in book form, special edition with extra comics and fun stuff, and that should be coming some time in the near future, after the current series is finished. This series will finish on September 25th, and we'll have some trailers before cracking on with a totally new series with totally new lead characters - Runt and Candy will be, you'll soon see, unavailable to head up the new series.
So after the Q and A session, I bought a Star Wars book - the second in the Legacy series, it featured Boba Fett on the colour, which immediately grabben my attention.
It is FANTASTIC. Boba, Correlian near-war, Sith, bounty hunting, and even Taris. Turns out Taris has got rebuilt exactly as it was before Malak's little attacks, and with the rebuilt upper and lower cities, so returned the pompous social system.
Then my brother bought Lego Star Wars, which I shall now review:
It's good. That's to be expected. It's fun and cute, and you'll probably enjoy it, but a dodgy fixed camera and the annoyance of not being able to move too far from your second played means that I do not find playing with an unable little brother much fun. I give it a solid 8/10 - it would have been more if multiplayer was less infuriating.
So later we all went to the show, my brother choosing to go in (my) Jedi costume (Well, it's a few strips of fabric I bought for a fanfilm I always plan on making but never seem to get round to). He felt quite stupid at first, as is to be expected, until at the end of the show, Charles Ross invited him up to the front of the stage and gave him a toy lightsaber for being so brave.
A detachment from the 501st was there too, and fun entailed - involving Darth Vader and two Stormtroopers picking on some poor guys and making them do stupid stuff.
The show itself is fantastic. If ever you get the chance to see it, go - just don't take someone who hasn't seen the films, as they won't have a clue what's going on. Also, try to avoid the first few rows, as all the ffffshing and csssshhhhing he has to do with him voice leads to a lot of projectile saliva - that's spit for those of you playing along at home. The show get s definate 9/10, for being so great.
So, my Star Wars day was pretty great, and there should be an encore soon when I splash out the cash necessary for the original trilogy DVDs that are being released Monday, I believe.