Star Wars authors at Origins Game Fair

Ohio has several good yearly conventions, and the one for gamers is Origins Game Fair every summer in Columbus.  My husband B headed down for four days to meet some friends and play some games.  While he was there, I discovered that two of my favorite Star Wars authors were also in attendance!  So I gnashed my teeth that I had stayed home and sent B to go meet them. 🙂

He went first to Timothy Zahn’s booth.  Zahn is best known for kicking off the old Star Wars Expanded Universe books with the Heir to the Empire trilogy, and he recently brought one of his best-loved characters back into SW canon with Thrawn (which is on my to-read list).

B got to chat with Zahn for a little bit, and with a promise of my undying love in return, he procured me a signed copy of one of his books.  Scoundrels is a fun little heist story featuring Han Solo and Lando; I reviewed it here a few years back.  B knew I already own the Heir to the Empire trilogy, and Zahn was kind enough to suggest that he sign bookplates for my copies of those novels as well.  There was a lot of squeeing when B got home with this surprise.

I asked B if he told Zahn that Mara Jade is my favorite EU character, but sadly he had not.

Next, he found Michael Stackpole’s booth.  Stackpole is known for his excellent Star Wars X-wing series, and I have read a few of his fantasy novels as well (check out reviews here and here.)  Sadly, Stackpole had already sold out of books, but B got to chat with him for a bit as well.  He was able to inform him that I named my laptop after his X-wing pilot character Corran Horn (it’s silver, like his lightsaber).

In retrospect, I’m not at all surprised that these two authors should be at Origins, because they are both known to fans as big gaming nerds and frequently attend cons.  They’ve both written in game universes like WOW and Starcraft; Stackpole just finished a novel set in the Pathfinder universe, a tabletop RPG setting similar to D&D.  Stackpole has also been a game designer his entire career and is a board member of GAMA, who runs Origins.

So, who knows?  Maybe next year I’ll make it down to Origins to meet them both in person. 🙂

 

Fan Art Friday: Anakin’s Passion

Welcome back to our Star Wars coloring book club, where Kiri at Star Wars Anonymous and I color the same image every month to compare and contrast.

I had so much more fun with this one than I did with the last.
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I wouldn’t say this is my favorite or anything, but I like some of the stuff I did.  I started by doing the green circles in varying shades of green, and I love the way it came out!  Then I did the flame-looking designs in some warm shades.

I wanted to incorporate some more blue, like from Anakin’s lightsaber, so I did the bottom designs in varying blue shades.  But I think this area came out reminding me of Flounder from The Little Mermaid haha.

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As a side note, am I missing it, or does Anakin not have his Padawan braid in this image?  I guess it could be swinging behind his head or something.

I’m glad I picked this image, because although Anakin from Episode II is one of the most lackluster characters of the whole saga, I think this image really shows his personality and characteristics well.

Check out Kiri’s great version here to see her “transitional” Anakin!

Fan Art Friday: May the Force Be With You

Welcome back to our Star Wars coloring book club, where Kiri at Star Wars Anonymous and I color the same image every month to compare and contrast.

I hope you all had a good Star Wars Day yesterday!  I wore R2-D2 socks at work 🙂

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For this pattern, I was going to do my normal three- or four-color palette, but I got bored partway through and kept adding more colors.  I was originally going to do all the X-wings in blue, but after I did one, I changed my mind.  I remembered that many of the Rebels’ and Resistance’s fighter squads are named after colors, so I went with a rainbow theme to showcase all the different squads that helped take down the Death Stars (and Starkiller Base).

Some of the well-known squadrons include:

  • Blue Squadron (present at the Battle of Scarif)
  • Black Squadron (Poe Dameron’s group present at Starkiller Base)
  • Red Squadron (Luke Skywalker’s group present at the first Death Star)
  • Gold Squadron (actually a Y-wing group, but also present at the Battle of Scarif and the first Death Star)

I’m sure there are more in Legends, also!

I also started doing the swirly parts as gold and green, but got bored partway through and switched to blue and green.  Hence, this month’s picture is very colorful!  Kiri’s is also very colorful; check hers out here!

You can also see a red pencil mark at the bottom of the page; that’s from when I was coloring the picture on the opposite page!  Oops.  Hilariously, I accidentally made a mark on the other page while I was coloring this one…

For next month, I used Kiri’s trick of opening the book to a random page.  But this one looks pretty interesting:

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Fan Art Friday: Judge me by my size, do you?

Welcome back to our Star Wars coloring book club, where Kiri at Star Wars Anonymous and I color the same image every month to compare and contrast.  This month we are featuring Yoda, looking young and spry.

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I like this one much better than last month’s!  I started with a color scheme of yellow (for the flowers), green (for Yoda), and brown (for his robes), and then added some blue to the background for interest.

Above Yoda’s head is the symbol of the Jedi Order.  That, plus the lightsaber in hand, makes me think this is Prequel Yoda (as I said, he also looks pretty spry).  I remember being really awed in the theater when Yoda busted out his lightsaber and started jumping around.  As a shorter-than-average person, Yoda is such an inspiration!

I didn’t quite get the “glowing” effect I wanted on the lightsaber, so I tried to make the Jedi Order symbol glow, and I really like the way it turned out.

Here’s a step-by-step of my progress:

 

Fan Art Friday: Lightsaber battle

Welcome back to our Star Wars coloring book club, where Kiri at Star Wars Anonymous and I color the same image every month to compare and contrast.

Not gonna lie, this is probably my least favorite picture I’ve done.  I don’t really hate it, it’s just totally blahhhh.  I hope Kiri’s turned out better. (Spoiler alert: it totally did!  Check out her awesome Mustafar-themed picture here!)

The background design reminded me of a circle of  Imperial Royal Guards with their red hoods, observing the battle, so I colored it all in varying reds, which ended up being too much red together.  Also, I hadn’t looked at the lightsaber hilts yet: the left blue one is Obi-Wan’s, and the right red one is Vader’s, recreating their showdown on the Death Star.  But now the red lightsaber doesn’t stand out at all.  I tried to add some shadowing to help, but, meh.

For the rest, I tried to focus on colors of other lightsabers, so we have some Jedi green, blue, and of course purple for the one and only Mace Windu.  I considered doing some magenta for Mara Jade or silver for Corran Horn, but that seemed too difficult.

Here’s my pick for next month:

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