Thursday, 31 May 2018

Star Wars-"Death in the City of Bone" recoloured -Part 4

Start off with a bitesize Boba to serve as a front part image for post-Taken from a 80's newspaper strip -art by Al Williamson -kinda tempted to colour the whole of Al's run on Star Wars newspaper stories but maybe that would be too ambitious -I'll mull over the idea ... but back to "Death in the City of Bone" from early 1983- the first story to feature Mandalore Story by David Michelinie , Art by Gene Day and Tom Palmer (I'll feature a few videos about them in a second)letters by Joe Rosen -and my colours -really doing this for fun and practice.. but onto part 4
I look forward to colouring stories explosive conclusion -I'll get to work on that over the weekend.
But I thought I'd feature the guys responsible for this story  rather than rap on about Star Wars as  well there's plenty of people doing that already  I'll start with a interview with David  who wrote  a epic run on the original Marvel Star Wars run -especially loved his work with Walt Simeonson and Tom in early 80's and Shira Brie was a early comic crush -I remember I copied the whole of "Coffin in the Clouds" when I was about 12 or 13  in pencils used to to try and draw Al's stuff too...

First part of a talk by Dave Sim about his friend and mentor Gene Day whose work I first saw in Star Wars 68 and 69 -followed by his very last story Indiana Jones # 3 I think -had no idea that he'd died as I was reading the Marvel UK reprints ( I think he was only 31 seems so tragic as he was innovative )-but a few years later saw his Master of Kung Fu from the 70's reprinted in Action Force(alongside Paul Gulacy and Mike Zeck) and thought hey I know that name -that's the dude who drew Fenn Shysa on Mandalore with his trademark double spreads - I knew he was special - I hope I'm not doing any disservice colouring these stories but I've loved them since I was a kid and the thought of Rebellion on Mandalore really did wonders for the imagination -always my canon -like to think Fenn Rau is a nod to all that.But Gene(or rather Howard) is the Indie King as Dave explains... The Legend that is Tom Palmer -someone who inked some of the greatest comics Neil Adams X Men and Avengers from the late 60's (read the reprints before they were re-coloured back in early 90's)if a title had Toms inks it had a seal of quality but nice to actually see the man himself. Found this awesome site today so you can check out Tom's work through the years featuring pages from many other comics legends  on pencils.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018


Jason (or Joe depending on  whether you saw Japanese version) the Han Solo of Battle of the Planets (complete episode within playlist) always thought he was cooler than Mark - must be a drag walking around with #2 written on T-shirt. Usual nostalgic mess and righteous noises Joe Pesci meets the Rainbow gang ,AND the first thing I ever saw on TVS after it took over from Southern -I Just wish I could find the full length 70's version of Animal Magic theme though.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Twelve Easy Parsecs

-The Lowdown-Fine  the kid did good -movie served function had a nice set of locations and variation of styles -I'd see all these one off movies as a piece of a puzzle , rather if we see Alden again in Lando or Boba but Solo 2 no point. better everyone gets story told

Better than The Last Jedi -although very different in it's objective -eventually Last Jedi and Force Awakens questions will be answered -I'm thinking Rey is the result of The Emperor tinkering with midichlorians and cloning om Jakku -and Snoke or his entire species Palpatine made contact with them before death- her parents were junkers but not her real folk as she's a clone... Planet of the Snokes they could be hive mind species -bloody millions of them most likely wrong but it's fun to theorize . No spoilers has a nice pattern starts off as a noir-moves onto war on Mimbian kind of like trench warfare , then western with train heist, then it becomes Pike City always dug those guys(even though bad guys-good scum like Vorcha lol) Lando was like Chuck Berry and maybe a little bit of Little Richard  so he did well enough for his own spin off.Wonderful performance from whole cast although seemed there was no time to grieve.Ben & Boba next I'd go Spaghetti western on this one -no helmet removing -better to focus on the legend rather than the man itself -the characters trying to escape him could be the movies protagonists Fett himself the movies motive like Yul in Westworld . Sound advice.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Revolution Summer 2018

Summers here and time is right for... ? (Depends on State visit.)
I hope last RS playlist confused people  seemed to get more hits than usual  Harley Davidson 1 Logo  to a warped mind that might equal Amerika First -but I'll always be Earth First  (you never know when Extra Terrestrials will in invade  ) Killer live playlist precursor to Trooperpalooza on another blog  -all good stuff in Johnsville.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Star Wars "Death in the City of Bone" re-coloured Part 3

More of Leia and Fenn Shysa's adventure on Mandalore re-coloured by me Art by Gene Day & Tom Palmer

Total nightmare this page -thought I'd  use paint bucket and alternate between layers and background in order to colour in the prison bars (interesting experiment Gene was trying out here-I guess he was trying to show events through Tobbi's eyes perhaps?) but I either have to work out how to colour in multiple layers or colour the way I've been doing and not rely on shortcuts- can't believe I coloured the Black Major in it's entire form without layers -would of been so much better  with layers
 Oooh bugger! just noticed 3PO's wiring (which are various colours  -I'll come back to this one  once 'I've completed rest of story-sorted now)

Enter Tobbi Dala !

That's more like it.... love these wraparound pages -- my laser bolts aint  too straight - but I'm human not software  I've noticed how colourists have worked out how to do laser blasts over the years -but they'll never top my  explosions . About 8 or 9 pages to go I'll try and stick with it through the Summer

Onto  "Olie  A Star Wars Story "
or the original Captain Obvious- (b4 that unfunny advert that copped his nick name) whatever happened to Ric after a Phantom Menace? I checked Wookipedia  seems like his story ended- but he must of been kicking around during The Clone Wars and beyond He totally deserves his own spin off movie in my opinion  could point out obvious things throughout movie (such as  Palpatines true identity- maybe that's how he met demise) Ralph's the best hope he gets a chance to reprise role

. Who is this guy? is it just an empty suit of Armour or A Mando bodyguard -or the Fettser himself?
I noticed Voss has foot soldiers but not half as cool as this dude- trying to avoid spoilers is gonna be tricky next few days - I won't go by reviews which  seems positive on the whole but not earthshaking -I just expect an interesting  and fun Space Western -nothing too heavy  I get a feeling all these films will have loose connections would like to see Jyn again perhaps characters in Solo will bump into her either in Kenobi or future movie- Ms Nest is only 16 apparently sounds about right for a gang -she's also signed up for more movies The fate of  the mighty Boushh So I guess he's still alive -would like to see these events put into a RPG game or something they seem to be random snippets from a much bigger story nice to see Skorr the Bounty Hunter from Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson's newspapers strips hanging about in background too... Jaxxon too

Tuesday, 8 May 2018


I always figured Kojak was well into Ska .. trouble with this is they screened Kojak at a un-earthly hour if you're 4 or 5 -must of seen a few of the though at the time At least I got to seeing Starsky & Hutch on regular basis as that would be a Friday so I was allowed to watch that.. back to earth (after last playlist) almost .

Friday, 4 May 2018

Thee 4th

Howard Chaykin (I know he don't like his own Star Wars art -But this panel Rocks!"... SW playlist -funny sad musical vibrant, educational  possibly nerdy but sports to me is the ultimate nerding

Tuesday, 1 May 2018


Always liked Gloster Jets -I guess  it might of been the first -although Me262 saw far more action  these would of been  used more so in The Korean War -which fingers crossed is finally over at long last.
Started off with a Batman theme but strayed into other avenues of coolness ...
Next playlist is beyond the nerd as it's May the Fourth soon look forward to posting that one.