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 -
In the months preceding the release of The Empire Strikes Back
, a telephone hotline was set up to allow callers to dial in and hear teasers for the movie. In the years since the Bantha Tracks story, fans savvy to the existence of the "Empire Hotline" have sought out recordings of the messages, performed exclusively for the hotline by actors Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), and James Earl Jones (voice of Darth Vader). Thanks to Craig Miller, Lucasfilm's first director of fan relations, these long-lost recordings can now be heard and enjoyed for the first time in 30 years
. [more inside]
posted by albrecht
on Jun 29, 2010 -
What do Snoop Dogg, Noel Gallagher, Ciara, David Beckham, Ian Brown, Daft Punk, & Star Wars have in common?
Just ask Adidas. The Star Wars cantina scene is sacred cinema, but Adidas went ahead and remade it for their current World Cup ad campaign. The new cut seamlessly combines the original footage with new shots of our favorite electro-house droids, Snoop Dogg, Noel Gallagher, Ciara, David Beckham, Ian Brown and more. It appears that Daft Punk did not remix the original cantina music, though.
posted by Fizz
on Jun 4, 2010 -
s original script for Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
was leaked online some time in the past couple of months. This isn't the more widely circulated Kasdan
treatment, but apparently the original, original draft submitted to George Lucas. Brackett died of cancer shortly thereafter. Ice castles, Wampa raids, transport guilds, Lando clones, Minch the Jedi master, a disturbing lack of incest and no, that's not your father, why do you ask? [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi
on May 30, 2010 -
Lucasfilm Animation is currently developing an all-new animated Star Wars series
. Not that one
, a new series. And no relation to the holiday special
) or Ewoks
, the animated series
), or even Droids
: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO
). The new new
series is set to feature creative involvement from Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, creators and executive producers Robot Chicken
, writing from The Daily Show's Brendan Hay, produced by Jennifer Hill (The Backyardigans
), and directed by Todd Grimes (Back at the Barnyard
). Unlike the Clone Wars animated series
, the latest venture into animation will be one more humorous in tone and aimed at younger kids.
Pre-School to Kindergarten aged kids young, and the working title is believed to be "Squishies"
posted by filthy light thief
on Apr 6, 2010 -
You might have thought The Phantom Menace was the worst movie ever made
, but no - it's Attack of the Clones. And RedLetterMedia is here to tell you exactly
, and nine
posted by flatluigi
on Apr 4, 2010 -