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January 3, 2013 11:24 AM   Subscribe

The Original Star Wars Trilogy as Maps
posted by dry white toast (28 comments total) 38 users marked this as a favorite

 
My first thought is these look like a Family Circus comic showing what Jeffy did all day in his neighborhood.
posted by mathowie at 11:25 AM on January 3, 2013 [12 favorites]


Lovely!
posted by alasdair at 11:27 AM on January 3, 2013


Oooh these are Fantastic!
posted by odinsdream at 11:33 AM on January 3, 2013


Thanks, mathowie, now I can't see them as anything else!

Still cool, though.
posted by blurker at 11:37 AM on January 3, 2013


Who stole the plans to the Death Star? NOT ME!
posted by KingEdRa at 11:42 AM on January 3, 2013 [13 favorites]


God, Jeffy would so be Luke. Especially Luke at the beginning. I don't know if I've ever imagined what his voice would be like but it would certainly be whining about going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters. What's that flashing, indeed.

Family Circus -> Star Wars Characters

Jeffy -> Luke
Billy -> Han
Dolly -> Leia
Barfy -> Chewy
P.J. -> R2-D2
Dad -> C3-PO
Mom -> Mon Mothra
Dead Grandpa -> Ghost of Obi-Wan Kenobi

(If you think siblings playing the part of Han and Leia is disturbing, the Family Circus Christmas strip this year will blow your mind.)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:46 AM on January 3, 2013 [4 favorites]


I say open it up to the whole comics page. Beetle Bailey as Wedge. Marmaduke as a Tauntaun. Dennis the Menace as Salacious Crumb. A3G Margot as Lando.
posted by fleacircus at 11:53 AM on January 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


The little wampa and the little scout walkers being crushed by logs are brilliant.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 11:58 AM on January 3, 2013


These are absolutely excellent, and painstakingly precise.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 12:06 PM on January 3, 2013


No legend for the line colour, so you have to determine it from context. Which sort of makes it a fun game to follow along and figure out, "This line joins them in the cantina, so it must be Han Solo and Chewbacca."

I've only followed the lines for A New Hope so far. I love that Darth Vader's line twirls off at the end, but I'm pedantically bothered that it (and Han Solo's intervention) is so close to the start of Luke's trench run, rather than dramatically waiting a little longer.
posted by RobotHero at 12:15 PM on January 3, 2013


Also, I did a break-down of the editing in the trench run, to explain why I'm pedantic about it.

Am I really to believe that Darth Vader followed Luke for over two minutes, yet traversed a fraction of the distance that Luke did in the 30 seconds following his rescue from Han Solo? Boy, I really hope somebody got fired for that blunder.
posted by RobotHero at 12:25 PM on January 3, 2013 [3 favorites]


Neat, I appreciate this as a Star Wars fan.
I will have to ask my GIS professor if he knows of a more specific name for Family Circus style maps.
I also await desjardins input. :D
posted by graxe at 12:27 PM on January 3, 2013


RobotHero, I was looking for the twist in Han's path that represented his leaving then coming back to save Luke. I think it's a little 180 degree turn at the bottom of the map, but I found it underwhelming.

Also, in the Empire map, I'm puzzled by Bobba Fett's path, since I thought he tailed the MF through the asteroid field.

Of course, parsing through these details is why something like this is so much fun, so no criticism of the creators from me!
posted by dry white toast at 12:27 PM on January 3, 2013


Should I feel ashamed that I had to look up "Mon Mothra"?
posted by brundlefly at 12:28 PM on January 3, 2013


Should I feel ashamed that I had to look up "Mon Mothra"?

No, because it should be Mon Mothma.

These maps are awesome. WANT.
posted by stubie at 12:35 PM on January 3, 2013 [2 favorites]


I say open it up to the whole comics page. Beetle Bailey as Wedge. Marmaduke as a Tauntaun. Dennis the Menace as Salacious Crumb. A3G Margot as Lando.


...the entire cast of Mary Worth as the Jedi Council from the prequels...
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 12:54 PM on January 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


I kind of want to call these timelines or diagrams instead (or in addition to) maps. I don't think they are exact representations of physical space.
posted by FJT at 12:58 PM on January 3, 2013


Tangent:

My first thought is these look like a Family Circus comic showing what Jeffy did all day in his neighborhood.

Bil Keane's Dotted Line: An Appreciation.

More dotted line nuttiness in the similarly titled: Bil Keane: An Appreciation.

posted by mazola at 1:15 PM on January 3, 2013


Apropos of nothing, this made me dig up the old Star Wars Rap.
posted by slogger at 1:20 PM on January 3, 2013


Also, in the Empire map, I'm puzzled by Bobba Fett's path, since I thought he tailed the MF through the asteroid field.

He didn't. Only started following them during their garbage-dump escape.

Also, the path of Shuttle Tiderium in Jedi seems overly circuitous. Perhaps it was done in order to convey extra distance, but it seems like the path could have simply lead downward from the rebel fleet to their landing on Endor.
posted by ShutterBun at 1:41 PM on January 3, 2013


Cute attention to detail: at the door of the shield generator bunker on Endor, R2-D2's path as he gets blasted 10 feet across the doorway is represented as a short blue arrow <-----
posted by ShutterBun at 1:56 PM on January 3, 2013


Should I feel ashamed that I had to look up "Mon Mothra"?


No, because as has been mentioned, I suck. I'd like to blame it all on the fact that I was so nerdy proud of myself for knowing all the Family Circus names without having to look it up so my brain was on auto-pilot. But that would be a lie. I was really just amused at how much I thought Mon Mothma did look like the cartoon version of Thel Keane and got ahead of myself.

But aside from that derail, what I should have said all along was how much I enjoy these. But not nearly as much as I enjoyed RobotHero's so-called pedantic breakdown. Because if there's one thing I like more than neat artistic maps, it's pretty pedantic charts.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:00 PM on January 3, 2013


To be honest, I would have had to look up Mon Mothma as well. Although I did recognize her once I saw a picture.
posted by brundlefly at 2:14 PM on January 3, 2013


Mon Mothma aside, I found these confusing.
posted by George Lucas at 2:16 PM on January 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


Mon Mothra
posted by RobotHero at 2:22 PM on January 3, 2013 [4 favorites]


The Force will kaiju.
posted by ShutterBun at 2:25 PM on January 3, 2013 [3 favorites]


Mon Mothman
posted by kirkaracha at 7:54 PM on January 3, 2013


Run! Run! The Power of the Dark Side is unable to stop Mon Mothra!
posted by KingEdRa at 7:57 PM on January 3, 2013


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