Thursday, January 13, 2011

Link roundup

1. The lousy storytelling in the Star Wars prequels still gets a lot of press, but really, isn't that old news? What I'd like to know is why the Clone Wars cartoons are so bad (and by bad, I mean boring characters in boring plots) and bereft of fresh ideas. It doesn't even pass the laugh test that the major new villain is a Darth Maul clone named "Savage Opress." I can't believe that the problem with the show is that the people working on it have no fresh, exciting ideas. I'd definitely like to know what the problem is, though. At least at the shops I visit in LA, the pegs are absolutely clogged with Star Wars figures, while competing lines of toys fly off the shelves. So it doesn't seem like my family is alone in being unimpressed with Lucas's recent offerings.

2. Emerald City Comicon 2011 screen print poster by Dean Trippe.

3. Mike Mitchell talks about being a late bloomer as a talented artist. Relatedly, Chrissie Wellington didn't discover until her mid 20's that she was an (extremely) talented endurance athlete.