COUNTDOWN TO STAR WARS EPISODE SEVEN – 265 DAYS

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Counting down the 265 days until The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.

In the days leading up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, And There Came A Day will present links, images, videos, art, memories, laughs, theories and thoughts leading up to the big day… which happens to be on my birthday!  ENJOY and may the Force be with you, always… or at least until 12.18.15!

MAKES A GOOD STORY

Today, an infographic appeared online detailing what is now “official” Star Wars canon. All of the stories, books, television shows and comic books listed here are now considered part of The Story of Star Wars.

This is not, however, a complete list as we also know the new Marvel Comics Star Wars stories are also included in The Story of Star Wars and that there are over 30 other books, games, comics, et al, to be released prior to December 18.

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State Of The Union Penned By A High School Sophomore

I’ve graded many, many papers in my day. I’ve grading work written by freshmen to seniors in high school and I’ve read some really solid material. Breathtakingly good stuff. Writing so terrific it made me wonder what I could ever possibly teach certain students.

Then there’s the other stuff I’ve read. The, ummmm, not-so-good stuff. Really shaky material. Breathtakingly bad stuff. Writing so terrible it made me wonder what other career I could pursue.

Yesterday, The Cinnamon Girl read me excerpts from a State of the Union address that was published in The New Yorker. The conceit is it was ghost written for the President by a high school sophomore working on a typical high school sophomore deadline having started writing the thing the night before.

You can look at the whole text HERE. I’ve pulled out a few excerpts below. The entire piece is worth your time. It’s hysterical.

“This State of the Union address will address the union about the state of the economy, foreign policy, and the general state of this country.”

“Over all, the union is very sturdy, thanks due to the countless efforts by citizens of the United States, of which there are fifty in all, including New Mexico, California, Maine, Iowa, West Virginia, East Virginia, and so on.”

“In conclusion, the United States is a great country that is responsible for great things, including the iPhone, Beyoncé, and all-you-can-eat Chinese buffets. And let’s not forget one Mr. George Washington, who, as was stated earlier, was the first President of the United States of America.”

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COUNTDOWN TO STAR WARS EPISODE SEVEN – 266 DAYS

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Counting down the 266 days until The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.

In the days leading up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, And There Came A Day will present links, images, videos, art, memories, laughs, theories and thoughts leading up to the big day… which happens to be on my birthday!  ENJOY and may the Force be with you, always… or at least until 12.18.15!

YOUR FOUL STENCH

When Star Wars was shooting, Mark Hamill seemed to sense something special. It’s not that he anticipated what a hit the movie would be… who could have anticipated that? But, as a movie fan, he loved shooting in England and appreciated the caliber of supporting cast George Lucas had put in his film, stealing as much time as he could with Alec Guiness and Peter Cushing.

Here is Hamill and Cushing conversing off set, though their characters never share a single scene together.

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COUNTDOWN TO STAR WARS EPISODE SEVEN – 267 DAYS

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Counting down the 267 days until The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.

In the days leading up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, And There Came A Day will present links, images, videos, art, memories, laughs, theories and thoughts leading up to the big day… which happens to be on my birthday!  ENJOY and may the Force be with you, always… or at least until 12.18.15!

THE ICE IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE

Sometimes even the Dark Lord of the Sith meets his match, in this case it’s Hoth-like ice.

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COUNTDOWN TO STAR WARS EPISODE SEVEN – 268 DAYS

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Counting down the 268 days until The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.

In the days leading up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, And There Came A Day will present links, images, videos, art, memories, laughs, theories and thoughts leading up to the big day… which happens to be on my birthday!  ENJOY and may the Force be with you, always… or at least until 12.18.15!

RIGHT WITH YOU, BOSS

Yesterday, Countdown discussed Rogue One, the first of the Disney produced movies that will feature stories tangentially related to the “main” Star Wars universe.

Entertainment Weekly, in a piece you can read HERE, details all you need to know about Rogue Squadron and its connection to the Star Wars universe.

I don’t know that the movie will feature stories about Wedge Antilles, but it could do a lot worse than to do so!

Wedge Antilles. Drawing from Entertainment Weekly (ew.com).

Wedge Antilles. Drawing from Entertainment Weekly (ew.com).

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: March 18 – March 24, 2015 / A Tie – BATGIRL #40 SUPERMAN #39

I am a comic book collector and happy to be one. I might say “proud” if I hadn’t, over a year ago, switched to reading digital as opposed to print comics. I feel a bit robbed of the tactile sensations of the hobby – of the turn of the page, the sneaking look to the panel a page over, the bagging and shorting and stacking and filing. Though I read my comics in a different medium than I used to, I still treat each Wednesday (comic book delivery day to specialty shops around the country) as different from the other days of the week. I subscribe and now, rather than go to the comic store to be handed the books pulled for my “Hold Slot,” I click a button on my iPad and watch them download.

Then I read them.

Rare is the week that I don’t read them all between Wednesdays and some weeks I have, well… let’s just say more comic books in my digital downloads than a grown man should. Comic book legend Will Eisner (creator of The Spirit) is one of the most influential men even to put pencil to drawing board in the pursuit of making comics. So influential was he that the industry awards (think the Oscars or the Emmys or the Grammys) are named The Eisner Awards. He called comic books “sequential art,” perhaps because he became embarrassed by his profession when he had to admit what he did for a living. This is my weekly reaction to the comics I read.

I read 10 comics last week: Superman #39, Chrononauts #1, Amazing Spider-Man #16.1, All New X-Men #39, Batman Eternal #50,  Batgirl #40, Batgirl: Endgame #1, Princess Leia #2, Batman/Superman #20 and Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #4.

The best comics I read last week were Batgirl #40 and Superman #39. It was a very, very good week!

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As it turns out, what I want from superhero comic books is that the superheroes featured in them are actually heroic. In two very different comics this week, I got just that from the title characters. The creative teams on Batgirl and Superman are really clicking right now. On the one hand, in the case of Superman, that is all about to change as the title is about to have a creator shift. On the other, in the case of Batgirl, my hope is we can settle in for a long ride from the current creative team.

Batgirl has been a terrific read since co-writers Brendan Fletcher and Cameron Stewart took over scripting. It’s been amazing to look at since the highly talented (and fun Twitter follow) Babs Tarr began penciling it. From the moment the book moved the protagonist to the Burnside neighborhood of Gotham City, redesigned her costume and gave her an outlook on life more suited to a happy 20-something than a damaged character with a 50+ year publishing history, this has been a wonderfully fun book to read. It’s not that the team isn’t taking on some real issues – they are. And it isn’t that they’ve not put the character in real jeopardy – they have. What works here is that it is clear that the creative team knows Batgirl, loves Batgirl and has a plan for Batgirl. That that plan seems to include giving back the Oracle persona to the DC universe in a creative and remarkable way is just icing on the cake.

If you’re not reading Batgirl, you don’t love comics enough. Period.

Superman #39 is Geoff Johns’ swan song as the writer on this title. He’s been matched with John Romita, jr for this run and they’ve been a great team. Anyone who’s read one of my weekly picks before knows I love Johns and I am very sorry to see him leave the book if only for one scene he wrote this month. In fact, Superman #39 is the co-pick of the week because of one line spoken by a powerless Superman: “You think I only step in front of guns because I’m bullet-proof?”

If there is line that better explains who Superman is and can be, I’ve never read it.

Bravo, Mr. Johns. Bravo.

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COUNTDOWN TO STAR WARS EPISODE SEVEN – 269 DAYS

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Counting down the 269 days until The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.

In the days leading up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, And There Came A Day will present links, images, videos, art, memories, laughs, theories and thoughts leading up to the big day… which happens to be on my birthday!  ENJOY and may the Force be with you, always… or at least until 12.18.15!

TOM CRUISE > STAR WARS?

As mentioned in a Countdown last week, the first Star Wars spin-off movie will be entitled Rogue One and will release in 2016. It’s very cool title and refers to Rogue Squadron, the contingent of X-Wing pilots to which Luke Skywalker famously belonged. Yesterday, Paramount Pictures released the preview to the new Mission: Impossible movie which is subtitled Rogue Nation. Coincidence? Surely. And with the amount of time between the release of these two movies, neither company will feel a need to back off its title.

You can view the Rogue Nation trailer HERE.

You can view the Rogue One trailer currently only in dreams.

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