Fan Art Friday: Sunny Days in the Empire

Welcome back to our Star Wars coloring book club, where every now and then Kiri from Star Wars Anonymous and I color the same image to compare and contrast.  We’re kicking off summer with the next picture in the coloring book, this Imperial mandala.

Once again I had no plan for this one, just picking colors as I went. It came out fine! The colors are bright and summery. Check out Kiri’s version here, which is also bright and summery!

All the circles here, including the Imperial crest and the Death Star, reminded me of a kind of sun/moon/eclipse theme. This, in turn, got me thinking about the most famous moon in Star Wars…not the Death Star, but the Forest Moon of Endor. This moon has always been a bit confusing: is the moon named Endor, or is the planet it’s orbiting named Endor? The answer: both! Endor the gas giant planet has nine moons, the largest of which is also called Endor. The others are totally unpronounceable, like many things in the Star Wars galaxy. (Another moon is Kef Bir, which is featured in The Rise of Skywalker as containing some of the wreckage of the second Death Star.)

I don’t really have a point to this tangent, except that it’s weird for a planet and its moon to have the same name. But it’s definitely not the weirdest thing in Star Wars!

Happy summer everyone! Hope you have plans to spend some time in the sun with your loved ones.

5 thoughts on “Fan Art Friday: Sunny Days in the Empire

  1. For Tyeth June 5, 2021 / 7:41 am

    Hi Mei-Mei, I don’t know about Endor (the planetary moon) but your image gives me a Rebels vibe and reminds me of Lothal. The pastel pinks/oranges and yellows remind me of the deserts of Lothal…and that planet was an Imperial ship building complex so had plenty of Empire influence.
    And it isn’t that weird for a planet and it’s moon to share a name, I mean here on Earth we have father and sons that share the same christian name so we have Sr and Jnr….why not planets? Great image as always and thanks for sharing.

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    • Mei-Mei June 5, 2021 / 8:01 am

      I can see the Lothal connection, I like your thoughts! And now I will think of the planet and moon as Endor Sr and Jr respectively haha

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  2. starwarsanon June 5, 2021 / 8:24 am

    I also had trouble when I was younger with the Forest Moon of Endor. And what really pissed me off is that I got a trivia question wrong once because the answer was the “sanctuary” moon, because Palpatine calls it that at some point. So it’s definitely not clear from the movie either! But that’s Lucas for you haha.

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    • Mei-Mei June 5, 2021 / 8:53 am

      My kid has a book about ROTJ that just calls it “the forest moon” and doesn’t mention Endor at all. It also calls all scout troopers and stormtroopers “biker scouts” and shows Han punching a scout instead of shooting him lol


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