"The first Gallery dedicated to artists lying behind cinema, comics, video games masterpieces… and who creat [sic], to entertain, the most significant icons of our time."
The gallery has previously featured exhibitions from webcomic
artist Scott Campbell
, H.R. Giger
, propaganda-style Futurama posters
, Superman penciller Tim Sale
from Star Wars: The Clone Wars
, and filmmaker Sylvain Chomet
. [more inside]
posted by kagredon
on Apr 30, 2011 -
'Star Wars' Producer Gary Kurtz Reflects When George Lucas and I began planning the first film, we had no idea what it would become; the kind of devotion it would attract... So what was it that made Star Wars so different, so special? I can give you one small example of the kind of care we took when putting the film together...
posted by modernnomad
on Apr 19, 2011 -
is an award-winning British illustrator famous for his bestselling "Incredible" series of engineering art books: Incredible Cross-Sections
, Incredible Explosions
, Incredible Body
, and many more
. A master draftsman, Biesty does not use computers or even rulers
in composing his intricate and imaginative drawings, relying on nothing more than pen and ink, watercolor, and a steady hand. Over the years, he's adapted his work to many other mediums, including pop-up books
, educational games
), interactive history sites
, and animation
. You can view much of his work in the zoomable galleries
on his professional page, or click inside for a full listing of direct links to high-resolution, desktop-quality copies from his and other sites, including several with written commentary from collaborator Richard Platt [site, .mp3 chat]
. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Feb 4, 2011 -
Irvin Kershner isn't a household name. Often incorrectly billed as Irving, Ervin, or Irwin, the director's filmography includes such films as the uninspiring sequel Robocop 2
, the subpar "unofficial" James Bond film Never Say Never Again
, and The Luck of Ginger Coffey
, which, according to Kershner's site
has in recent years become a cult film, but whose cult status is hardly evident elsewhere on the internet. So why should we care that Irvin Kershner has just died at age 78
? Kershner directed the best of the Star Wars movies, and one of the best "second act" films ever, The Empire Strikes Back
. Just before he died, Kershner spoke with Vanity Fair about the film
, 30 years after its release in 1980.
posted by ocherdraco
on Nov 29, 2010 -
A Public Service Announcement.
Here are some sobering facts about the world today: Every day, millions of kids go to sleep having never been introduced to Chewbacca, and, worse, countless more think Greedo shot first. We here at Asylum
want to make sure you and your child have an open and healthy conversation about Jar Jar and the differences between a "good trilogy" and an "uh-oh trilogy." So we've provided you with this, a PSA on talking to your child about Star Wars.
posted by Fizz
on Nov 18, 2010 -
Star Wars - '77 - '80 Collector's Blog.
"I have a passion for collecting vintage Star Wars merchandise from the late 70's. Action figures, comics, trading cards etc - anything related to the first Star Wars movie. But why only until 1980? It's not that I don't love The Empire Strikes Back and beyond (I really do), but there is something about that first wave of Star Wars mania that really grips me, back when it was all fresh and exciting..."
posted by Fizz
on Sep 28, 2010 -
The Mexican memory game Loteria
illustrated using characters from the Star Wars universe. Click on a card to see it larger, along with its traditional counterpart.
posted by adamrice
on Sep 6, 2010 -
Did 'Star Wars' become a toy story? Producer Gary Kurtz looks back
“The toy business began to drive the [Lucasfilm] empire. It’s a shame. They make three times as much on toys as they do on films. It’s natural to make decisions that protect the toy business, but that’s not the best thing for making quality films.” He added: “The first film and ‘Empire’ were about story and character, but I could see that George’s priorities were changing.” (via
) [more inside]
posted by octothorpe
on Aug 12, 2010 -