Concern in the Force

2015 is indeed a good year for Star Wars. A new movie is coming our way featuring the return of the original characters and presenting fans with new adventures. Despite being excited about this whole experience I still have my doubts.

Here are my three reasons why I am unsure about this new era of Star Wars.

Everything is Canon

Lucasfilm Story Group may have outdone themselves by creating this whole new Expanded Universe lore. So far the new canon seems to exist well within the boundaries between the movies but there is a great risk for that. One of the best things about the old Expanded Universe was that there was a variety of stories that allowed many of the fans to interpret the adventures of their characters in their own way. It may have been confusing at times yet the stories within novels, comics, and video games showed the unlimited possibilities of what happened in between the movies. The new Expanded Universe is a bit more complicated in which any story that is created at the beginning of 2014 and in the coming years are now officially canon. While it may not be of concern now, this limits the opportunities of creating an unlimited amount stories for fans to enjoy and choose from. It also presents a future problem for any possible novels or comics that want to feature stories about the past and future events outside the movies. I believe that if you are a true fan of Star Wars or any type of genre you must be open to the multiple possibilities. Plus I am really not sure why some stories like the Thrawn Trilogy can’t be adapted into the new canon. It doesn’t have to be exactly page by page but the concept and the story seems legit enough to exist between Episode 6 through 7 especially given the timespan in between.

Nostalgia Override

The Force Awakens definitely brings forth a familiar essence of the Original Trilogy. From the production design to the remodeling of old favorites it seems likely that the new trilogy will bring back the magic of the Originals. Is that really necessary? One big issue with fans of the classics is that they are not open to anything new, rebooted, or changed within their favorite type of material. It’s as if they are determined to remind us of the old ways for every new generation. Let’s get to the point: the only reason that old school fans hated the Prequels is that they didn’t get the story they wanted, they fussed about the graphics (that while mind you were pretty good given the fact that this was before the likes of Avatar and Blur Studios became well known) and there was no Han Solo. If you think I’m lying then check out the reactions to the second trailer of Episode 7. There is a concern that the Lucasfilm Story Group is retreading the same steps as the OT and not even bothering to try something bold. I really hope this new trilogy brings us something new and not just focus on reminding us why the Original Trilogy is great and everything before it is not.

No More Jedi?

I’ve been only reading rumors about what has happened to Luke Skywalker in Episode 7 and to be really honest…I do not like it. There is a possibility that Luke never tried to reestablish the Jedi Order and went into exile during the 30 years between 6 and 7. He only just shows up to train Finn into becoming the new Jedi and that is it. It feels very disappointing that Luke never tried to restore the Jedi Order in some way especially now that we know in Star Wars Rebels that even though the Empire eliminated most the Jedi Order there were still beings born with the power of the Force. Force-sensitive beings would continue to exist although they would not affiliate themselves as Jedi nor Sith. The Expanded Universe already established that there are other groups that use the power of the Force aside from the Sith and Jedi. Examples include the Nightsisters and the mysterious Knights of Ren. I am upset with the fact that the only characters who seem to be wielding a lightsaber at the moment are just Finn and Kylo Ren (not to say that it isn’t cool mind you!). I hope the future movies revive the legendary factions of the Jedi and the Sith because all the fans can agree that a massive battle between lightsaber wielding warriors is LONG overdue.

Where is this?! Fans need this for the new Trilogy!!!

Well these are my feelings about the new era of Star Wars. Although I have mixed feelings about this new direction, I can’t wait to see the movie. I believe through the Force there may be hope yet.

:Force Be With You…Always


Captain's Blog Update: #923

Hey guys just wanted to say that if you are reading this post then I ask you for your help. If anyone here is a fan of these reactors then please support them. Recently there has been huge amounts of copyright strikes against their channels causing their videos to be deleted. One anime reactor by the name of AnimeCentrul had his channel terminated. I believe this is not right and there should be some way to stop these copyright strikes. So if you can please fight against this and help these guys out. I have always believed that these reactors have made a huge benefit for anime and manga and it is a great shame to see them being treated like this. Thanks for your time and hope you support these guys like I do! :Peace

P.S. I know this is a comic book site, but hey even I can be interested in other things.


Live Long and Prosper

Leonard Nimoy brought forth a legendary character that forever defined generations of sci-fi fans. Now he is no longer with us and has returned to the stars.

May his legacy Live Long and Prosper.


Captain's Blog 8675309

Ah, a new year full of comics, video games, and other stuff. I've been having a good time as of late: just finished working on my DeviantArt page and now submitting some of my artwork. May not be big shot stuff but still a decent artwork if I do say so myself. Hope that some people check it out and if they like, lend me some pointers on how to make it better.

Pretty much how I do my artwork

I also finally added Cowboy Bebop to Comic Vine. Very happy at that cause I just finished watching a marathon of the series. Definitely worth my time. I haven't seen any films of Miyazaki as of late and my friends have been bugging me to check it out. Even got a recommendation of another anime film call Ninja Scroll. May check those out in the future.

"Has not even peaked my interest", said nobody

As for comics, well I've been reading Batman, Spider-Man, TMNT, Saga, Justice League, and others. Really enjoying Endgame as of late and had a blast reading the Ghostbusters/TMNT crossover. There are also two female superhero comics that I've been enjoying so far, Ms. Marvel and Princess Ugg. The heroines are awesome and the storylines they've been in have been enjoyable to read. There's also some sci-fi fantasy epic that has gotten my interest, but it's not important at the moment...yet. The upcoming comic book events have also taken my interest, even though I'm starting to really get tired of these events going on every year. Problem about these comic book events are that while the plots and moments are interesting, they seem to have little effect on their respective universes cause eventually everything is will go back to normal just in time for the whole universal-shattering event to happen again. That type of repetition becomes a bit too much and it really loses my interest at times. Don't get me wrong, if they feature good writers and execute good stories I will read it. Maybe Secret Wars and Convergence will be the events that will end all the madness of ongoing crossovers but I can be wrong. Still going to get those tie-ins though; can't resist that Nostalgia!

Lastly, I'll talk about movies and television. The fact that the films that defined my childhood are coming back with sequels, reboots, or sequreboots (I have not idea how that came up in my head) is pretty cool. I love dinosaurs, spaceships, lightsabers, robots, and popcorn. So it's great that I can go to the movies to relieve that childhood, then realize that I'm getting old. xP

Rely on the Power of Youth!!!

As for television, I have been enjoying the following: Constantine, Agents of Shield, Arrow, Flash, and Archer. Also been checking out new shows like Galavant and Agent Carter. By the way, #SaveConstantine and SaveToonami! Can't wait to see the next season of Game of Thrones and looking forward to Better Call Saul!

Well, that's all for now. Looking forward to the future and more exciting things to come my way. Saint Michal singing off for now...



Dream of an Animaniac

The world of animation include designs, portraits, and stories made into motion to that provide a visual representation of art, but inspires the minds and imaginations of individuals of all ages. Some people think that cartoons are mostly just colorful nonsense designed only to attract the minds of children in their early years. However, there is something special about a cartoon that attracts not only children but even adults, especially the ones that remind people of the happy times in their youth. There is something about cartoons that bring generations together and let the imagination go wild. A cartoon series is something I would like to produce someday. The world of animation has always fascinated me, especially cartoons like the Looney Tunes and Mickey Mouse. I dream of one day being the next animation legend like Bruce Timm and Greg Weisman, Bringing some reminiscence to my work while still featuring something new in the animation world.

By the time I graduated from high school, I had decided to pursue a career in animation. The world of cartoon animation always held a special place in my heart, well more like my life in general. I was a kid who had a vivid imagination, and I would often turn on the TV and watch fun shows with theme songs I still hum to myself ever so often. There were shows that often poked fun at real life, like the surreal and imaginative exploits of a guy named Doug. Other shows were zany and made no sense, but my cousins and still found them entertaining, DuckTales, being an example. In my opinion, there were shows that cleverly included real adult humor while still maintaining the guise of a kids show, like Animaniacs. However there are even some cartoons that are pretty much adult humor, like Futurama and Archer.

Some of my favorite shows came from great animators like Bruce Timm and Greg Weisman who have contributed to such amazing shows like the adventures of a fearsome caped crusader or the story of mythological creatures living in the modern era. Those were the shows that created cult followings that are still going strong today. These shows really fascinated me in my youth, and as I grew up, these shows made me even more convinced that I want to choose that career path. I would love to animate so many classic literature stories, or at least what is left. There have been so many great animated classics from the Hobbit before it was featured in live-action in ongoing Disney movies. One of my absolute favorites was The Black Cauldron, which was actually based on the fantasy novels The Chronicles of Prydain. It would be a greater delight if I could base an animated show on never before seen concept art of the movies. Many designers from the animated show Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels have produced incredible episodes featuring the influence of Ralph McQuarrie, an artist who worked on the designs of the original Star Wars trilogy. Also, it would be a great honor if I was allowed to retell the stories of some comic book characters.

I have so many ideas I would like to do for Batman or the X-Men, but that would mean I would have to deal with people who own the creative rights to the characters and the fans who love them. The problem that new shows face today is that there are always going to be diehard fans of shows that aired around their generation, that have great difficulty dealing with the slightest change to something that is classic from their era. Those fans will immediately go in an uproar. When it comes to rebooting or trying something new to a memorable franchise, it doesn’t hurt to include something classic, but still try to make the show its own element. It doesn't hurt to look back into the past, but it is also important to look towards the future, with new, innovative and creative inclusions.

I’ve had this idea of creating a comedy series based on Airplane, The Naked Gun Trilogy, and several Mel Brooks movies like my favorite Blazing Saddles. It would be a show about the lives of superheroes and crazy shenanigans that resulted in their adventures. I could see myself as a writer, someone who can literate stories that can be entertaining or maybe an artist, who can feature great designs for certain characters to make them pretty artistic. Perhaps I can be a bit of both since it is my own project I’m working on. I do look through various parts of media and literature that revolves around comedy to learn how they presented the humor in crafty ways. I would like to present it in a way that would represent still something that is a bit different from what most of other animators have done in the past so it can be known for that uniqueness. It would be a great representation to present entertainment for two different audiences and yet make something that that enjoyable for comic book fans and average viewers will get it too.

Something kind of like this...

The show Futurama became very unique because of the way it often presented theories about the universe and still bring real-life situations into the program. I believe this animated show made viewers learn about the characters featured, made you laugh with the nerd culture, made you feel emotional, and made you feel good about life. The show also did a special animation called cel shading: a special animation technique designed to make 3-D computer graphics appear to be flat so it can mimic the style of a cartoon or comic. I would love to do something that really defined the modern age or hopefully for the future of animation. I want to be that animator who shows creativity in my work and also one that provides meaningful messages in the topics that I choose.

My mom believes that animation is something that is directed towards children and mostly acts too childish, but in my opinion, it is so much more than that. It plays a special impact in our lifetime; with artistic wonder that last for generations. I would want my work in animation to also bring that great sense of inspiration. Deepak Chopra believed that real enduring myths and the characters that populate them are never created by one creator. They are drawn from those universal fields that are the fruit of eons’ worth of human dreams, aspirations, fears, and imaginings; for that they are in constant transformation and evolution. I believe that animation plays a huge part in the continuation of myths and legends because it brings animation to life with such artistic wonder. It doesn’t have to be a related to comic books or even novels and adaptations, it can be something entirely different and new in the storytelling. It’s one thing to present something entertaining but it is so much more when you can present something that has a lasting effect for the viewers, whether they are old or young. Animation presents a unique opportunity to provide amusement, education, and even guidance to a certain degree to people of all ages. Animation can be adjusted to accommodate and influence different age groups over multiple generations and so could possibly consider a good source of entertainment.

“Animation offers a medium of storytelling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people from of all ages everywhere in the world.” I hope to do exactly that as Walt Disney once said. The amazing skill of animation brings a unique form of entertainment, it is a career path I would like to do someday. So for now, my drive and my passion to become an animator is pushing me to continue my education and the pursuit to my chosen career as an animator, and also continue to reach and hope for a great opportunity to come my way. Sometimes you got to have that bit of dream, luck, and hope to continue on. It really gives me a purpose and motivation.


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