Tuesday, 21 October 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CARRIE FISHER!


Last seen in the STAR WARS universe strangling Jabba the Hutt and helping to bring down a second dreaded Death Star, Princess Leia Organa will surely be returning for more of the same evil-fighting duties for EPISODE VII. The happiest of Birthday Greetings goes out today to her famous inhabiter,  Carrie Fisher- we hope she, and her canine compadre Gary, enjoyed her recent filmic return to a galaxy far, far away...


For more on Princess Leia, don't forget that her latest adventure in the LEGENDS publishing realm, Martha Well's Razor's Edge, set between EPISODEs IV and V, is out this week in UK paperback from ARROW BOOKS. Check out our original review here: STAR WARS AFICIONADO MAGAZINE: AFICIONADO REVIEW: 'RAZOR'S EDGE' NOVEL

Get it here: Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge Star Wars Empire & Rebellion: Amazon.co.uk: Martha Wells: Books

Monday, 20 October 2014

THE POSTER ART OF 'STAR WARS' - DAY EIGHT: BEYOND TOMORROWLAND WITH 'STAR TOURS'!


To celebrate the UK release (14th October, 2014) of the beautiful new STAR WARS ART: POSTERS book, compiled by J.W. Rinzler, published by ABRAMS BOOKS, AFICIONADO presents some if its favourite art/poster pieces linked to the six films, and beyond...

Taking passengers on the ride of their lives through ice asteroids and space battles involving Rebel and Imperial forces, the charming simulator adventure that is STAR TOURS remains as popular with visitors and STAR WARS fans to the DISNEY themes parks as it did back with its original launch in the late eighties. And this tour poster art, for the Japanese Disneyland Tomorrowland area, would be a fine encapsulation of everything guest travellers would soon participate in, with Artoo and Threepio, our overall guides to the STAR WARS universe inside the spaceport/droid holding facility, greeting visitors as they go into the infinite and exciting domains of George Lucas's classic universe...


Get hold of STAR WARS ART: POSTERS here: Star Wars Art: Posters: Amazon.co.uk: Drew Struzan, Lucasfilm Ltd, Roger Kastel: Books

Sunday, 19 October 2014

THE POSTER ART OF 'STAR WARS' - DAY SEVEN: A NEXT OF KIN TO CHAOS!


In celebration of the newly released and beautiful new STAR WARS ART: POSTERS book, compiled by J.W. Rinzler, published by ABRAMS, AFICIONADO presents some of its favourite art/poster pieces linked to the six films, and beyond...

Now officially canon recognised as a character within the STAR WARS universe, deadly Sith apprentice to Count Dooku, Asajj Ventress, would make a fine onscreen debut within the hugely popular CLONE WARS micro-series and the later 2008 onwards series. Here she's the centrepiece of some lovely work by Matt Busch for the souvenir program cover of one of the early STAR WARS FAN DAY events that took place in Texas, USA.

Matt Busch official site: "The Rock Star of Illustration" -Real Detroit Weekly


Get hold of STAR WARS ART: POSTERS here: Star Wars Art: Posters: Amazon.co.uk: Drew Struzan, Lucasfilm Ltd, Roger Kastel: Books




Saturday, 18 October 2014

THE POSTER ART OF 'STAR WARS' - DAY SIX: PAWNS IN THE GAME!


In celebration of this week's UK release (14th October) of the beautiful new STAR WARS ART: POSTERS book, compiled by J. W. Rinzler, published by ABRAMS BOOKS, AFICIONADO presents some of its favourite art/poster pieces linked to the six films, and beyond...

The connective fibre-tissues between the Prequels and the Classic Trilogy fascinatingly get one step nearer with the evolution of the Clone Trooper legions towards their final destiny integrated as part of Emperor Palpatine's Imperial Stormtroopers. A huge success with their first appearance in EPISODE II, the use of one of the revised soldiers for this EPISODE III character teaser poster, specially blurred to give the appearance of spirited motion into battle, proved a wise marketing decision.


Get hold of STAR WARS ART: POSTERS here: Star Wars Art: Posters: Amaezon.co.uk: Drew Struzan, Lucasfilm Ltd, Roger Kastel: Books

Friday, 17 October 2014

THE POSTER ART OF 'STAR WARS' - DAY FIVE: JEDI COUNTER-ATTACK!


In celebration of this week's release (14th October) of the beautiful new STAR WARS ART: POSTERS book, compiled by J.W. Rinzler, published by ABRAMS BOOKS, AFICIONADO presents some of its favourite art/poster pieces linked to the six films, and beyond...

Amidst the warfare of the desert world of Geonosis, Jedi Master Yoda leads the call to lightsaber arms in pushing the promotion of EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES onto DVD and video (yes, video- remember that!) for Christmas 2002, in this notable LUCASFILM/FOX photo composite specifically focusing on the epic scale of the story and its use of the Jedi, rather than the previous burgeoning secret relationship between Anakin and Padme.


Get hold of STAR WARS ART: POSTERS here: Star Wars Art: Posters: Amazon.co.uk: Drew Struzan, Lucasfilm Ltd, Roger Kastel: Books

Thursday, 16 October 2014

THE POSTER ART OF 'STAR WARS' - DAY FOUR: PORTRAIT OF A SITH!


In celebration of this week's UK release (14th October) of the beautiful new STAR WARS ART: POSTERS book, compiled by J.W. Rinzler, published by ABRAMS BOOKS, AFICIONADO presents some of its favourite art/poster pieces linked to the six films, and beyond...

Darth Maul, the fearless and lethal Sith Warrior craving the death of any Jedi whose path he encounters, would soon become a screen legend for STAR WARS villainy when "born" with EPISODE I. His original and striking art evolution, courtesy of Iain McCaig (recently back in the LUCASFILM fold as an adviser on EPISODE VII), would be used as part of a poster promotion in Finland, when the successful THE ART OF STAR WARS exhibition, encapsulating the first four films of the saga, would enter the European stage of its touring run in the early 2000s.

Website: the art of iain mccaig


Get hold of STAR WARS ART: POSTERS here: Star Wars Art: Posters: Amazon.co.uk: Drew Struzan, Lucasfilm Ltd, Roger Kastel: Books

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

THE POSTER ART OF 'STAR WARS' - DAY THREE - BLUE BLADE, DARK HEART?


In countdown to this week's UK release (14th October) of the beautiful new STAR WARS ART: POSTERS book, compiled by J.W. Rinzler, published by ABRAMS BOOKS, AFICIONADO presents some of its favourite art/poster pieces linked to the six films, and beyond...

This atmospheric concept art poster, likely a teaser idea, to the then title-in-flux RETURN OF THE JEDI brings a welcome air of dark mystery to the character of Luke Skywalker, importantly raising the question of whether our hero may now be treading too perilously close to the Dark Side after his previous grim, revelations-packed encounter with Darth Vader at Bespin...


Get hold of STAR WARS ART: POSTERS here: Star Wars Art: Posters: Amazon.co.uk: Drew Struzan, Lucasfilm Ltd, Roger Kastel: Books

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

THE POSTER ART OF 'STAR WARS' - DAY TWO: TIMES OF ICE AND FIRE!


In countdown to this week's UK release (14th October) of the beautiful new STAR WARS ART: POSTERS book, compiled by J.W. Rinzler, published by ABRAMS BOOKS, AFICIONADO presents some of its favourite art/poster pieces linked to the six films, and beyond...

The cold and haunting climes of the isolated ice world of Hoth are the backdrop for the key characters and events trailblazing into 1980 with the release of the first, and so far best, STAR WARS sequel: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.This concept piece, by artist unknown, would be the genesis to what would form the ultimate and evocative, deliberately GONE WITH THE WIND-esque art created by Roger Kastel for the film's first theatrical poster. Dig that purple snowgear, Luke!

Image: via STAR WARS Archives


Get hold of STAR WARS ART: POSTERS here: Star Wars Art: Posters: Amazon.co.uk: Drew Struzan, Lucasfilm Ltd, Roger Kastel: Books

Monday, 13 October 2014

THE POSTER ART OF 'STAR WARS' - DAY ONE: SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE!


In countdown celebration to this week's UK release (14th October) of the beautiful new STAR WARS ART: POSTERS book, compiled by J.W. Rinzler, published by ABRAMS BOOKS, AFICIONADO presents some of its favourite art/poster pieces linked to the six films, and beyond...

Kicking things off in explosive style is this superbly romantic image which inhabited continued US theatrical release screenings publicity (though presented in diminished B/W newspapers) into 1978, from Dan Goozee, showing Luke and Leia, against a backdrop of space conflict, swinging into battle against the cruel-looking Darth Vader. Beneath them, the kind of combat-fierce Imperial Stormtroopers legions we're likely to see in the upcoming EPISODE VII.

Website: DAN GOOZEE


Get hold of STAR WARS ART: POSTERS here: Star Wars Art: Posters: Amazon.co.uk: Drew Struzan, Lucasfilm Ltd, Roger Kastel: Books


Sunday, 12 October 2014

CLASSIC ART: COMETH THE DARK LORD!

Art by Carmine Infantino, inks by Bob Wiacek.

He'd been much missed after the acclaimed six-part film adaptation had been concluded, but everyone's favourite black-suited baddie, Darth Vader, would eventually return in top villainous form to the STAR WARS universe of MARVEL COMICS for the exciting conclusion to Archie Goodwin and Carmine Infantino's Space Wheel storyline.

The new MARVEL range launching in January looks set to continue the classic traditions, with ambitious storylines exploring our heroes and villains even more closely:
SDCC 2014: Inside Marvel's New Star Wars Comics - Exclusive | StarWars.com
Star Wars #1 Variant Cover By Joe Quesada - First Look! | StarWars.com

And Darth Vader will also be making a welcome reappearance in a new, specially created scene set to be included within the ABC TV US screening of STAR WARS REBELS opening episode, this October 26th, 2014 (7pm). Here's hoping the UK gets it, too! Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion With Darth Vader Coming to ABC | StarWars.com
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