Age 13/14/15? | 1981/82/83? I can C U Luke! More of those silly sticker thingies.


“Damn, I knew it couldn’t take the cold.” And Han did it anyway. But I suppose that’s called risking your life for your friend. So—fair enough! Good on him.

This is quite a cute picture, isn’t it? Awww… would you look at Luke?

You can be dead sure that I was looking forward to drawing AND COLOURING this page. Ho ho ho. Blood, glowy and reflecty lightsaber effects, and GUTS! Yuck, yellowy, Tauntaun guts. By the way: that’s what little boys are made of.

Cor… tauntaun guts!

I don’t think I used the fluorescent markers on this page, as I so often did on my earlier ‘<Star Wars comic’ adaptation. Perhaps I was realising that intensely bright colour effects could be achieved without resorting to those. I mean, look at Turner’s paintings. He didn’t have fluorescent pigments, but my God they look blindingly bright! Those are c.1840 oil paints on canvas which have accumulated grime and varnish and discoloured and darkened. More impressive still, are his watercolour paintings which also dazzle. Every January the National Gallery of Ireland and—I think—the National Gallery of Scotland exhibit their Turner watercolors, during the darkest time of the year, in low lighting to preserve their brilliance (it was a requirement of the bequest). And goodness, do they dazzle!

Slave Ship: J.M.W. Turner—c.1840

I wish I’d seen some of these paintings when I was a kid. But art galleries weren’t really much of a thing in our house.

Fancy, glowy, reflecty saber FX!

I’d love to read your comments below! Were you revolted by this scene in the film—and my comic, or did you love it 😀 ?