At last, after years of labor and research, I’m about to complete the first of many volumes of my work, The Star Wars Historical Sourcebook, An Annotated Bibliography Detailing the Original Star Wars Trilogy, Episodes IV, V and VI, from 1971-1990. Volume One will cover 1971 through June 1977, documenting publications during that time covering the making and impact of Star Wars. And it’s loaded with many behind-the-scenes anecdotes.
I’ve updated my wantlists, my general wantlist here and a French publication wantlist here. If you can supply PDFs of any of the periodicals, you’ll be helping make the Sourcebook more complete in its scope.
Stay tuned for further announcements!
Here’s the theme to TV’s Supergirl:
Uploaded by Arrow Soundtrack, July 22, 2016.
And here’s the theme from Superman: The Animated Series composed by Shirley Walker, applied to Supergirl:
Uploaded by Michael Dingess, July 9, 2015.
Which do you prefer?
Here’s the season 2 opening for Supergirl:
Uploaded by HitEmUp.ru on September 26, 2016.
Now, there’s the opening with music by John Williams:
Uploaded by JasonVoorhees2011 on September 26, 2016.
Hear the difference?
Brienne is for sale. Yes, the charming dragonette created by the world-class sculptor, Kim Beaton, is looking for home. Brienne is made with tender loving care, highly-skilled craftsmanship, and a virtually weatherproof sculpting material, Pal Tiya, which can now be purchased in the U.S. if you want to make your own fantastic sculptures.
Here’s Brienne at Seattle’s Northwest Flower and Garden Show as it’s winding down:
As we were leaving the flower show last night we managed to get a good up close & personal with this beast 😆
Posted by Pal Tiya on Monday, February 27, 2017
A fundraiser is underway to keep Brienne in her current home, Renton, Washington, which you can learn about–and contribute–here.
Individuals who want to purchase Brienne for their very own, can find out the details at the Pal Tiya website, if you click here.
Who wouldn’t want to have a dragon for their very own?
This Wednesday, February 22, 2017, the gifted sculptor Kim Beaton will present her new creation, Brienne the Dragon, while extolling the virtues of the revolutionary sculpting material, Pal Tiya. She will be at Booth 2258 at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, from February 22 to 26.
Watch for Kim’s booth here:
Live action videos will be presented on Pal Tiya’s Facebook page.
Here is Kim making Brienne with “cardboard, hot glue, tinfoil and Pal Tiya Premium.” She’s almost as fast as the Flash!
Uploaded November 28, 2016.
And here is Brienne in her natural state:
American artists can be buy their Pal Tiya here.
For more information check out
Update, February 26, 2017, Brienne’s behind:
What if you wanted to change the font color of your file, to differentiate it from your other files?
It can be done. Here’s how:
Change the font color to blue by selecting “Properties” for the filename and on the advanced tab select “compress file to save disk space” – this changes the filename to blue (to show that the file has been compressed).
Source: WebBeachBoy on Tom’s Hardware.com.
I tried it. It works!
Are you a writer? Would you like some inspiration from a best-selling author, one who needed motivation to write and then suffered through many rejections? Meet James Herriot, veterinarian-author of All Creatures Great and Small and its sequels. Shortly after two films were made of his works, and prior to the TV series, the BBC interviewed Herriot on his life and what he did to achieve success as an author. Enjoy James Herriot: Portrait of a Best Seller:
Uploaded by DiniraD on December 20, 2015.
On December 5, 2016, the Fort Worth Police Department posted a Stormtrooper Police ‘Recruit’ video. You think this guy will make it?
Whatever tends to strengthen the ties of kindred and friendship, or to promote offices of kindness and charity, claims the attention and favor of all good citizens; and among the very few usages which deserve the title of National Customs, our Thanksgiving festival may in this sense be ranked as first./ As such, its origin and history are worthy of inquiry, and as an act of Civil Authority, the Proclamation for its observance may be deemed entitled to a more permanent form of record than the casual chances of the periodical press.
The in-gathering of the fruits of the earth, has from time immemorial, and among all nations, been a season of gladness; and with such as possessed definite views of their obligations to the Unseen Providence that governs the Universe, has been accompanied by such forms of devotion as were deemed most appropriate to express their gratitude for this bounty, and their dependence for its continuance. In like manner, special instances of national success, of preservation from impending calamities, or of relief from grievous afflictions, have been made the subjects of such form of Thanksgiving as the occasion might suggest, and calamities have been sought to be averted or removed by Public Fasting and Prayer. Among most civilized countries these occasions have been marked by public ordinances directing the time and manner of observance.
We find at an early period of New England history, that special occasions of prosperity or calamity, were continually ascribed to the smiles or frowns of Providence, and often made the occasion of Public Thanksgiving or Fast; and the tone of religious sentiment which prevailed among the early Colonists, led in the infancy of their settlement, to the annual observance of each. The former was usually in autumn, and the latter in spring.
… At an early period in the Revolution, the Continental Congress adopted the custom of invoking the Divine Favor by Public Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer, and the days thus appointed were generally in the spring months. It always suspended its own sessions upon the days thus set apart, when the public exigencies would allow.
… The Journals of the Continental Congress contain eight several appointments of Thanksgiving days, and the resolutions expressing the wishes of Congress upon this subject, were in the form of recommendations to the Executive heads of the State governments, reciting in appropriate terms, the occasion which prompted the observance, and the favors which a Benign Providence had conferred upon them as a people. With one exception, Congress suspended business upon the days it had appointed for Thanksgiving.
… The official announcement of peace between the United States and Great Britain, was regarded by Congress and our State Legislature as an event demanding a public expression of gratitude to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and at the joint suggestion of the Executive and Legislative authorities, it was unanimously decided to celebrate the happy event by a Solemn Thanksgiving.
… This custom is now observed in nearly every State and organized Territory in the Union.
Hough, Franklin Benjamin, 1822-1885. Proclamations for Thanksgiving, issued by the Continental Congress: Pres’t Washington, by the national and state governments on the Peace of 1815, and by the governors of New York since the introduction of the custom; with those of the governors of the several states in 1858. Munsell & Rowland, 1858. 183 pp. 28 cm.
Photo © W.R. Miller.
To help promote the soon-to-be-released live action Pete’s Dragon, Disney has released The Art of Disney’s Dragons, published on June 28. As one would expect, the book showcases designs, drawings, paintings and CG renderings of all of Disney’s dragons from The Reluctant Dragon to both hand-drawn and CG versions of Elliot.
And what better choice to helm such a book than Tom Bancroft, designer and supervising animator for the scene-stealing Mushu from Mulan?
Here’s Tom in action drawing Mushu while his twin brother, director Tony Bancroft, provides behind-the-scenes anecdotes:
Uploaded March 7, 2013
You can see how talented Tom is from his animation reel:
Uploaded December 15, 2011
Years ago I had worked with Tom on Larryboy, a hand-drawn Flash-animated spinoff of Veggie Tales. I was serving as creative director and storyboard artist at Cornerstone Animation in Glendale, CA, while Tom was directing the project from Big Idea Productions.
On Saturday, July 23, I had the pleasure of meeting up with him again at Comic-Con San Diego, where he graciously signed copies of The Art of Disney’s Dragons and posed for pictures.
Photo © W.R. Miller.
The Art of Disney’s Dragons has a foreword by Pete’s Dragon director David Lowery, in which he says dragons stand out from other mythical beasts because
1. They have long, serpentine necks. “A short neck will turn a good dragon into something more akin to a goblin.
2. “Sharp claws. You can lose the fangs; you can lose the horns. But a dragon needs something pointy to give it that dragonish edge.
3. “Leathery wings. If the wings have feathers, your dragon will instantly become a griffin or a chimera!”
Oops. So much for the dragons in Dragon Tales.
Alas, the book leaves two questions unanswered:
(1. Why do most Disney dragons have teeny tiny wings?
(2. Why did the live-action Elliot have to be furry?