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Short and sweet this week from me AfroNerd fans because NBA and NHL Playoff action took up my time but here's my quick hits:
Alex Dueben gives his first hand report from MoCCA last weekend, which we discussed on last week's show. As I said, in every major city there's an indie comic scene. You just have to look for it....
Early Thor review from Jonah Weiland and he certainly sticks his neck out on this one...
I have made no secret for my appreciation of David Brothers' writing style and insight over at 4thLetter and this article is no different...
As usual Chris Sims has me rolling...
And now to my main event.... I promised you all that I would fix the Star Wars franchise and *gulp* here I go...
1) Darth Vader is a bad guy who once was good. I think everyone gets it now. PLEASE stop the character rehab. It almost like Lucas wants us to forgive him. Dude destroyed planets and ordered death to enemies.....
2) You want little kids to get hooked on the franchise? Let's go with Han and Leia's kids and their trials 5-10 years past Return of the Jedi to continue the franchise instead of constantly rewriting the past. Or how about Luke's efforts to rebuild The Jedi Academy from the novels?
3) Over-reliance on the same characters weigh the franchise down like an anchor. One thing that Clone Wars 2.0 has done right this season is less Anakin more Asohka. But given her vivid fate in the second trilogy, it makes for very morbid watching for fans like me who must use continuity.
4) Take cues from the comic line and even the video games: Just look at the list of series from Dark Horse over the last 19 years:
Surely we can do cartoons and movies based on some of these? Which leaves me the final point
5) Take the franchise out of George Lucas' hands. Take a look at the fantasy/sci-fi authors of note on this list:
Surely we could get a couple of them together to brainstorm a new adventure/movie to free the franchise from the icy grip of the original trilogy? Lucas could always oversee their movement but it is obvious that George, the perfectionist, cannot let go of his original movies.
Yeah I went a little too geeky and fanboyish here... I'll try to stay more rational the next time. Until then Afronerd Readers, Keep Fantasizing!