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Boba Fett: Death by Walking Stick

At the 2006 Ohio Star Wars Collectors Club Summer Social, I picked up an original 42-illustration sequence from the 1993 Software Toolworks’ Star Wars Chess computer game.

I had this game for the first computer I purchased as an adult – an IBM PS/2 with a 486 processor – and while I rarely played full games, there was much fun to be had just setting up and watching all the animated battles, like R2-D2 taking on a Scout Walker, or C-3PO knocking off the Emperor. The game was released during the Dark Times, shortly after my move to Florida, so, as with other bits of Star Wars‘ re-emergence into pop culture in the early 1990s, my memories of playing it are tied to strong emotions and a particular sense of time and place.

The pencil drawings I purchased illustrate Boba Fett’s death at the hands of Yoda, as seen at the 4:24 mark of this compilation clip.

At the time, I didn’t have the means to compile these into a video, but I was looking at these drawings today and realized that’s a much easier process than it was five years ago, so, here you go: (Looks best at 720p.)

Each element of the battle was animated separately – so Yoda and the laser blasts and even the crater at the end are not seen on these pages.

Each drawing is on a 10.5 x 12.5 sheet of paper, which is slightly larger than my scanner will handle, so to keep things aligned, the leftmost few inches of each page fell outside the scanned area. In most cases, this was blank, although there are a few pages with reference numbers that aren’t visible here, and there may be one drawing toward the end where a few bits of the explosion go out of frame.

I also created a version which holds each frame for a second to allow for a little closer look:

The sheet which begins the video came with the set and – for the viewers who noticed that there are drawings numbered 1, 1a, and 1b – clarifies that there are actually 42 all together.

January 14, 2012 Posted by | 1990s, geek, science fiction, video games | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Boba flakes out.

Boba Fett paper snowflake

Click for a larger version.


My crafting skills are fair at best, and I haven’t folded a paper snowflake in years, but after seeing the link to Anthony Herrera’s Star Wars templates on GeekDad, I gave the Boba Fett a whirl. (Note: The Boba Fett design actually came from Matters of Grey, which inspired Anthony’s creations.)

December 15, 2011 Posted by | 1980s, eighties, Film, geek, science fiction | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Jim Solo, Captain of the Millennium Awesome.

Scott D.M. Simmons is a talented artist – check out his contributions to the Topps Widevision series of The Clone Wars sketch cards – and a super nice guy who’s clearly having fun with his work.

So when he started taking commissions for holiday gifts, I was struck with a lightning bolt of inspiration and shot him an email asking about commissioning a Star Wars sketch with a personal twist as a present for my friend Jim.

Or perhaps we should now call him Jim Solo:

See, Boba WOULDN'T let the Wookiee win, and this is what he got.

Chewbacca and the best backpack full of Life Day ornaments ever.

Not only is that a good likeness of Jim (right downto the ILM baseball cap he often sports), but I love Scott’s idea to have Chewie lugging around the busted-up Boba Fett armor.

Thanks, Scott – and Happy Life Day, Jim!

December 29, 2009 Posted by | 1980s, eighties, Film, geek, Ohio | , , , , | 2 Comments

Terribly Odd, Terrifically Neat

Last year, my friend Jim sent me a signed, limited edition Boba Fett print of this piece by Orlando artist Terribly Odd:

As it happened, the last night of our recent Florida trip coincided with the artist’s “Terribly Oddio” show at Uberbot in Winter Park, which Jim was planning to shoot, so Jenn & Kelsey & I figured it would be a fun way to spend an hour or two.

We were right.

I think my favorite piece was the They Might Be Giants-inspired one seen in the left side of this picture by Jim:


There was a similarly great take on the Guns-n-Roses “Appetite For Destruction” cover, and a tribute to Ohio-born Devo, seen here on display at Terribly Odd’s booth at last weekend’s FX convention:

Terribly Odd at FX Orlando 2009 by Jim Carchidi

Terribly Odd at FX Orlando 2009 by Jim Carchidi

That’s the artist (Terribly? Mr. Odd? I mean, I met him, but are we on a first-adverb basis?) on the right.

We talked for a couple minutes at the show, and he mentioned being invited to this year’s Crazy 4 Cult show at gallery 1988, which is, needless to say – and yet I will say it – Terribly Awesome.

Speaking of the FX show, Jim went and shot his usual impressive bunch of celebrity & pop culture photos, including:

KITT toy, FX Orlando 2009 by Jim Carchidi

KITT toy, FX Orlando 2009 by Jim Carchidi

A K.I.T.T. car just like the one my brothers had when we were kids: I assume the rubber band is there because those doors popped off with ridiculous ease. I also recall that pressing the rear license plate triggered several sound bites, and a sliding switch on the bottom of the car that enabled you to speed up or slow down the speech for accuracy. (Of course, it was usually used for humorous effect, to make K.I.T.T. sound like either the fourth Chipmunk or like he was prepping to deliver the “Sheeeee’s myyyyy buuuuuuutterfly” line for the Young Guns peyote trip scene.)

And, at my request, since I’m a “Firefly” fan, a couple pictures of visiting guests Jewel Staite and Morena Baccarin:

Jewel Staite, FX Orlando 2009 by Jim Carchidi

Jewel Staite, FX Orlando 2009 by Jim Carchidi

Morena Baccarin, FX Orlando 2009 by Jim Carchidi

Morena Baccarin, FX Orlando 2009 by Jim Carchidi

It’s funny: Jim said despite this year’s impressive guest list (Leonard Nimoy & Jonathan Frakes were also there), attendance at FX seemed significantly lower than past cons. I haven’t been to the show since 1997 or 1998, back when it was kind of heading into the downturn that would leave it overshadowed by MegaCon for much of the past decade. I wish I could have been there for this one, though.

April 21, 2009 Posted by | 1980s, Current Affairs, eighties, Film, geek, science fiction, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment


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