c.1983? | age 15? Some stormtroopers still can’t hit a barn door, or even a blast door, it seems! Han/Harrison Ford makes that risky leap through the Death Star blast doors. In a few decades time Ford will not be so lucky.

One of the Millennium Falcon’s doors will drop on his leg, breaking it during the shoot for The Force Awakens. But that’s decades away. I never would have imagined new Star Wars films being made when I’m in my 40s.

han solo jumping through the death star blast doors in this star wars comic page detail image

If you’d ever wondered what Han was thinking at this moment—wonder no more. Just because this is a richly visual medium doesn’t mean you can’t put in lots of unnecessary writingy stuff. These days, as an adult, I actually love it when I’m watching a film, and I expect an actor to say something, and they just don’t bother: because it’s unnecessary and adds nothing.

But Hollywood, especially in old TV shows, has been fond of unnecessary dialogue. Sometimes, it’s as if the scriptwriter is paid by the word. And maybe words are cheaper than the use of creative visual language. Common lines are: “Come on” — “Let’s go” — “That was close” — “Sheeeeeee-it” etc. And do you know what the the most used line in films is ever? Why, it’s an ingenious weaving together of the first two:


“Come on let’s go”

Girlschool (who collaborated artistically) with Motorhead in the ’80s, released a single with that title. It was crap too.

But I digress…

Art Notes: More ‘Crayon-O-Scope’

It just occurred to me—in a moment of almost divine inspiration that Crayon-O, sounds better than Crayon-A. I hereby decree that henceforth, there’s an O in the middle not an A. And it never was A. We shall speak of it no more. And remember, they say “under pain of death” because it hurts.

Do you reckon major comics publishers should get rid of their expensive Photoshop software and make their artists use pencil crayons instead?