Vaughan & Chiang's "Paper Girls" Builds a Familiar Yet Disconcerting World
The Star Wars saga is sometimes referred to as a “new mythology” or, more often, simply a modern classic. However, one artist has taken his praise for the franchise even further, reimagining some of its best-known characters as classic Greek sculptures.
The life of an Imperial Stormtrooper isn’t all about searching for droids, firing wildly at Rebel scum and fleeing exploding Death Stars. It has its mundane moments too, spent shopping for groceries, relaxing with co-workers, filing taxes and figuring out how the heck you’re supposed to pee while wearing that armor.
Photographer Jorge Pérez Higuera captures those moments, and more, in his series “The Other Side,” which depicts the Emperor’s soldiers participating in everyday activities. “They represent the galactic working class,” he told Wired. “Let’s be honest, if that future existed, we would probably be imperial soldiers and not heroes or villains.”
Beyond a couple of forays into dangerous bars, and Anakin and Padme unwatchable getaway to Naboo’s Lake Country, the Star Wars films haven’t offered much of a window into the characters’ leisure time. Granted, conquering galaxies and toppling evil empires doesn’t leave much of an opportunity for play.
And that’s a shame, really, because seeing how a Sith Lord or a Jedi Grand Master unwinds — does Darth Vader prefer chamomile to help him relax? — might provide insight into the characters. That’s where artist Kyle Hagey comes in, with this terrific series of images depicting Star Wars characters enjoying their down time.
There’s no quiet before the storm: Even as attendees and exhibitors prepare for Preview Night, there’s already plenty of Comic-Con International-related news unfolding. Here’s just some of what we found this morning.
• With a trial looming following the car crash that marred last year’s ZombieWalk: San Diego, organizers have announced that the popular annual event has been canceled. “The event is on indefinite hiatus due to legal matters stemming from the vehicular incident following last year’s walk,” they posted on their Facebook page. A woman was injured last year when driver Matthew Pocci drove through the crowd of spectators; Pocci, who is deaf, claims his family was frightened by the walkers. A judge has ordered him to stand trial on charges of felony reckless driving. [NBC 7 San Diego]
…at least that’s how Larry Young’s son described it when he saw the above piece that The Boys artist Darick Robertson drew for Young. Click over to Young’s blog for more on how the piece came about and the cute story around how his son ended up with it in his room.