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Journey into the Art of Star Wars Rebels, Oct 1st, 2019!

19 Feb

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Dark Horse Books and Lucasfilm proudly present the official look inside one of the galaxy’s most beloved shows in The Art of Star Wars Rebels (Amazon pre-order link). This book is going to be an incredible hardcover amassing art and creator commentary chronicling four seasons of adventure in a galaxy far, far away, and I am one who has put in an order right away.

No animated series has stayed faithful to the defining vision which visits “The Force” in The Clone Wars and what it represented in the original trilogy. It manages to go beyond, if not surpass, in my opinion. The last few episodes of the final season of Rebels ventures into new territory similar to Yoda’s adventure with Clone Wars: Lost Missions, and to anxiously wait for this book may well shed light in what Dave Filoni had in mind when those episodes were written.

From the Press Release:

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Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms Videogame Teaser Trailer & Art Updates

23 Jul

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By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

When considering I have been a playing a lot of Codename Entertainment‘s Crusaders of the Lost Idols lately, the thought of how this fantasy themed side-scroller can become more challenging crossed my mind. The game play is simple: kill monsters for experience points to level up the characters and buy better equipment so they can walk through a dungeon unscathed. The harder part is in how to arrange the party of warriors so the team can dole out the most damage.

I am definitely curious in looking at this Victoria, BC based company’s next game, Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms. Will it be the same game, or be better? Crusaders on Steam is in beta for a long time, and I suspect that’s because the producers have been testing this version out for some time, before deciding to finally wrap it around a franchise property for wider appeal. This fantasy realm developed by Ed Greenwood is beloved amongst role playing gamers for its rich world, and to see it brought to life (again) in a video game is exciting.

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Freelance Artist Remakes Sailor Moon Characters in Style of Feudal Japan

23 Jun

SailorTeam1By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

If you haven’t heard of freelance artist Renarêve, you should. She has a beautiful style to her creations that would be considered worthy of Disney yet there is a painted look to her works that makes them aesthetically pleasing. Renarêve is not only able to create characters that appear Disneyesque, she is able to go from soft images to hard as proven by her limited run of Wonder Woman action prints presented previously at NexCon.

Inspired by Japan’s history of samurais and feuding shoguns, Renarêve has taken Naoko Takeuchi’s Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon (美少女戦士セーラームーン) characters and reimagined them as hierarchical characters from that timeline. Although not historically accurate Renarêve addressed this issue via her Facebook page:

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Star Wars Illustrator Noriyoshi Ohrai Passes Away

27 Oct

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Ohrai11Japanese illustrator Noriyoshi Ohrai, known for his artwork for the Star Wars film franchise and Richard Donner’s The Goonies, has passed away at the age of 79. Ohrai died at 11:35 on October 27th at Kunitomi Hospital in Miyazaki Prefecture of pneumonia. Ohrai had been a resident of Miyazaki Prefecture since 1973.

Born in 1935 in Akashi City, Hyogo Prefecture, Ohrai attended the Tokyo Art University in 1957 before eventually dropping out. Working as an illustrator Ohrai came to the attention of George Lucas after his Star Wars creation was published in a science fiction magazine. Lucas commissioned him for the film’s sequel The Empire Strikes Back which was released in 1980.

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