My Entertainment Weekend Update

Hello friends, and happy weekend!

I’ve been continuing my Black Spire read, and I’m about halfway done. I’m waiting for my copy of Shadow of the Sith from Amazon, but it looks like I won’t get it until early next week. I’m eager to read it, but at least now I have some time to finish Black Spire before I start that one.

On Kindle, I’m re-reading Claudia Gray’s Bloodline. One, because it’s one of my favorite canon novels, and two, because I just want more Leia right now. Feeling the post- Obi-Wan Kenobi blues, lol. At the end of July, Padawan by Kiersten White will release, and so I’ll get some more Obi-Wan goodness.

That’s really it for Star Wars right now.

Who is this movie really about, anyway?

I had been planning on re-watching Dr. Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, but honestly, I’m just not feeling it right now. It was a fun, enjoyable movie–but I don’t love it the way I love his origin story. Which makes me sad, because Dr. Strange is one of my favorite Marvel characters. I guess I just feel like it was more about Wanda/The Scarlet Witch than Dr. Strange. I find Wanda an interesting character, but this was supposed to be about Steven Strange, and she ended up kind of stealing the show. And that makes me kind of grumpy, lol. Anyway, I’ll rewatch it one of these days, and then we’ll see how I feel.

Another show I’ve been thinking about is Stranger Things Season 4. I really got into the first three seasons, but again, I’m just not feeling it right now. Not enough to subscribe to Netflix for a month in order to watch it. Maybe it was gone for too long and it fell off my radar. Maybe I just need to watch the first episode to get back into it. I don’t know; all I want to do is rewatch Obi-Wan Kenobi, lol.

Not much else this week. Kind of boring. To make it a bit more interesting, here’s a few fan art pieces I found and adore:

Leia and Lola by Christine Chang.
Another wonderful piece by the talented Uzuri Art. Obi-Wan and his memories of the people he loved.

What’s been entertaining you? Let me know in the comments and we’ll talk about it!

Poe Dameron Fan Art

With Moon Knight premiering on Disney Plus today, I thought I’d showcase Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron in some fan art. I found some really cool pieces, so enjoy!

Jake Bartok is always a favorite with me, and here he has Poe as part of his Medieval series. I love how he made BB-8 an orange and white cat!

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The Ace pilot. Yeah, he’s a handsome devil, lol.

Charlie Griak

Noooooo!

First Order Poe by Brilcrist on DevientArt.com

This is more like it. Poe with his buddy BB-8.

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Classic Poe with his X-Wing. I love the style here.

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These are the ones that stood out to me. What do you think of these images? Are you looking forward to Moon Knight? Let me know in the comments and we’ll talk about it!

High Republic Wednesday: Jake Bartok’s HR Art

I love Star Wars fan art, I love the High Republic, and I love the artist Jake Bartok. This post combines all three, showcasing some pieces I haven’t shared on this blog, or haven’t even seen myself until recently.

This one shows the characters of the YA novel Out of the Shadows: Vernestra Rwoh, Reath Silas, Sylvestri Yarrow, Lourna Dee. I’m not sure who the hooded figure on the left is. Maybe Cohmac Vitus?

Every Star Wars storytelling era must have a trio of one woman, and two men who share friendship and/or relationships. For the High Republic, it’s Avar Kriss, Elzar Mann, and Stellan Gios.

Elzar and Avar in the front, and Stellan watching over them, as he does.

This is a nice cast photo: in the front is Bell Zettifar, Vernestra Rwoh, and either Reath Silas or Imri Cantaros, I’m not sure. In the middle is Burryaga. And lining the back is Indeera Stokes, Loden Greatstorm, Nib Assek, and Porter Engle.

Sabers out!

This is a great one of Padawan Bell Zettifar and his master, Loden Greatstorm. And Ember, of course!

This is a fun one showing various characters, including Vernestra with her purple lightwhip, and Zeen Mrala in the back (the pink one), a Force-sensitive friend of the Jedi. Marchion Ro, the Eye of the Nihil, is at the top center. Oh, and the Jedi vectors are shown in the corners. They’re Jedi ships that are piloted by the Force, which is pretty cool in my opinion.

This is Bartok’s medieval version, which he likes to do sometimes. I like the shield with the Jedi symbol on it, and the swords inscribed with Aurabesh. Vernestra’s whip at her belt is a nice touch. And does Marchion Ro have horns??

This is a nice tryptic showcasing various characters. On the right in the far right corner is Lilly, a Jedi from the manga Edge of Balance, which I’d like read soon. My daughter’s name is Lilly, so I automatically love her, lol.

These are absolutely gorgeous images, and I’m always interested in what he’ll do next. Check out his work on Twitter@JakeBartok.

What do you think of these images? Let me know in the comments and we’ll talk about it!

Inner Jedi Notebook Week 3

I’ve been working on my Inner Jedi Notebook for three weeks now, and I’m really enjoying the experience.

Here’s the question for Week Three:

Yoda assigns Anakin Skywalker a Padawan in Ahsoka Tano, in the hopes that mentoring a young Jedi would help Anakin discover his own best traits.

Decades later, Yoda would implore Luke Skywalker to pass on what he has learned to a new generation of Jedi. How can you be a mentor to people in your own life?

I answered with this:

“The obvious example that comes to mind is my daughter. We care for our children, protect them, play with them, but I think we also hope that we can guide them, teach them, impart some wisdom. My daughter is thirteen, so is probably at an age where she doesn’t quite want to listen to my lessons, lol. But I’m hoping, throughout the years, that a few things sink in that she can later retrieve: Be kind, always (she’s already pretty good at this; in fact, she’s got the biggest heart in anyone I know). Love yourself. Stand up for yourself. Listen to your intuition. Respect yourself. Believe in yourself. These are actually things I’m still working on. I’m hoping by imparting these lessons to her, I will also learn them. Be the example. Like a Master and a Padawan, the hope is that you can learn from each other. I know that eventually I will need to learn to let go, to teach her to be independent and send her out into the world. This terrifies me, lol, but is probably the most important lesson of all.

Yoda says over and over, especially in the High Republic books, that Padawans teach Masters the hardest lesson: to let go. Yoda ought to know–he’s probably had dozens of Padawans over his long life. And he had to let each one go. People with multiple children must guide and protect them, and then let each one go, one by one. I only have one child, and that seems hard enough!”

I got up to fifteen minutes of meditating this week, at least until Wednesday, but then I didn’t feel well, and didn’t do it for a couple of days. But I’m better and back on track, so I’m planning on fifteen minutes every day next week. It’s a habit I want to get into, like brushing my teeth; and also work my way up to thirty minutes, if I can. It seems impossible now, but so did meditating in the first place, so we’ll see.

Rey meditating on Ach-To by Shawn Duddridge on artstation.com

Are you a mentor to anyone? If you’d like, let me know about it in the comments and we’ll talk about it!

High Republic Wednesday–Comic and Fan Art

I didn’t have a full post to publish today, so I thought I’d showcase some High Republic comic and fan art that I like. Enjoy!

Here’s a great one of Bell Zettifar with his master, Loden Greatstorm. And of course, Ember. This is a variant cover for High Republic Adventures Annual 2021.

Bell and Loden by Ben Harvey.

I think I’ve shared this one of Avar Kriss before somewhere, lol, but it’s so great I had to share it again.

Avar Kriss by Jake Bartok.

Jake Bartok is one of my favorite Star Wars artists, so I included another one by him. Here’s Ty Yorrick, a Force-sensitive monster hunter, who has ties to the Jedi Order.

Ty Yorrick by Jake Bartok.

Here’s another Jedi of the time period who has a purple lightsaber, Vernestra Rwoh. It can also transform into a light-whip. This was an illustration in the middle-grade book A Test of Courage.

Vernestra Rwoh in A Test of Courage, illustrated by Petur Antonsson

Hope you enjoyed these pieces!

For light and life.

Star Wars: Kylo Ren Fan Art

I know I just did a post on fan art, but I saw this Kylo image on Pinterest, and absolutely loved it and wanted to share it. I love how the artist filled his scar with gold the way the cracks in Kylo’s broken helmet are filled in with red. It’s inspired by the Japanese process of “Kintsugi” wherein the lacquer that fills the cracks in broken pottery is brushed with gold; the point being that the breakage is part of the piece’s history and should be celebrated, instead of something to hide. Beautiful.

I also love Kylo’s fabulous blue hair!

What do you think of this image? Let me know in the comments and we’ll talk about it!

Star Wars Fan Art: Uzuri Art

I haven’t done a fan art post for awhile, and figured it was about time. I’m really digging Uzuri Art right now, what a fantastic artist! Check her out on uzuriart.com.

Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka. Luminous.
Obi-Wan (in the red Mandalorian armor, no less) and Satine. I adore this one!
Kanan Jarrus. Fantastic.
Omega. She has portraits of all the members of the Batch, based on the actor Temuera Morrison, as well as Rex.
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Master Skywalker.
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And since I’m so in love the show Loki, I couldn’t resist this one, lol.

What do you think of this artist’s work? Let me know in the comments and we’ll talk about it!

Star Wars Fan Art: Mosaics

I found this fan art last week on Pinterest and thought they were wonderful. At first, I got a bit confused because the artist goes by several different names, but after a bit of digging, I do believe they are the same person.

The artist goes by Scadam or mandal0re on Reddit, and also Scadarts on @scadarts on Twitter. He’s an Australian artist who uses Photoshop to put Star Wars characters and images into classical art. He does a lot of different things (seriously, check him out) , but I just love the mosaic art.

Take a look:

Looks like Luke is holding one of the ancient Jedi texts.

Luke Skywalker

I love that Ahsoka has both her lightsabers here.

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Ahsoka Tano

I’m still trying to figure out what’s going on with Chewie’s hand. Looks like he’s flipping us off, lol. The Aurebesh on the book is a nice touch.

Chewbacca Forti
Chewbacca

Looks as if Obi-Wan is blessing someone. He is “Jesus” after all.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi

Han Solo is never far from his trusty blaster.

Centurio Solo
Han Solo

Looks like Old Ben has been wandering in the desert of Tatooine for awhile, with all that dust and sand on his face.

Veteris Ben Kenobi
Ben Kenobi

She’s tough, she’s brave, but she’s got a big heart.

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Princess Leia Organa

The red beneath his cloak is a nice little detail.

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Sheev Palpatine

The ancient master.

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Yoda

Is it me or does Mace always look angry?

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Mace Windu

Looks like Vader is raising his hand to Force choke somebody.

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Darth Vader

Header image: The Madalorian Trinity.

What do you think of these images? Have you heard of Scadarts (or Scadam)? Let me know in the comments and we’ll talk about it!

Bail Organa Fan Art, Appreciation Post, and a little bit of Legends

I can’t believe I’m just finding out that Bail’s full name is Bail Prestor Organa. Proving the fact that I learn something new about Star Wars every single day, which is pretty awesome.

Anyway, at first I thought I’d do a Bail appreciation post, since it seems to me that fans have a soft spot for this most excellent space dad (myself included); then I thought, nah, I’ll do another fan art post. I ended up just mixing it together, and voila! Fan art and a lot of appreciation for this character who pops up in many places–movies, comics, and a lot of books.

As I scrolled around looking for great images of Bail, I came across a couple that illustrated a few scenes from Legends, and so I included those too. Enjoy!

Senator Organa in his finery.

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I love this one of Bail and Leia in his office on Alderaan. I’m not sure if it’s illustrating a particular scene from anywhere, but I love that he’s comforting her in his wonderful Dad way.

Magali Villeneuve Star Wars | Leia and Bail Organa in the latter's study
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Again, I’m not sure if this one is illustrating a particular event, but it looks like Bail with Mon Mothma, Admiral Ackbar, and some other unnamed gentleman (arms dealer?). They seem to be looking over an X-Wing, possibly for sale for use in their nascent Rebellion.

Star Wars - Rebel Leaders by Paul Youll (nf/ I think it's Akbar, Madime, Mon Mothma, and Bail Organa)

This one of Bail and Breha’s last moments on Alderaan just guts me. They worked so hard and tirelessly to oppose the Empire, and they paid for it with their lives (and the lives of all those on Alderaan). Right in the feels.

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This one of Bail carrying Obi-Wan Kenobi just begged the question: what the heck is going on here? Captioned “Mission to Zigoola,” I looked it up and it’s a scene from the Legends book Clone Wars: Wild Space, by Karen Miller. Bail and Obi-Wan on a mission together? I must have this book. And so I immediately ordered it on Amazon, lol. I will read it after my current book and let you know exactly what is going on here.

Bail Organa and Obi-Wan Kenobi: Mission to Zigoola #bail #organa #kenobi #star #wars
Mission to Zigoola, Chris Trevas on twitter.com

This isn’t a scene from a particular book (I don’t think), but it does illustrate Leia saying goodbye to Bail as she heads to Toprawa. In Legends, Toprawa is the planet (or system) from which Leia receives the Death Star plans (obviously before Rogue One came out). It’s the last time she sees him alive.

Princess Leia Organa bidding her father farewell before leaving on her mission to Toprawa>>I love this
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There’s something about Bail that is just so endearing–he’s kind, reliable, a great father to Leia, a loving husband, a Senator and a Viceroy to Alderaan, he helped the Jedi when they desperately needed it, and he was a key player in forming the Rebellion early on. I can’t find a single flaw in the man. That’s nice to see once in a while, especially in Star Wars when a lot of the characters have character flaws that lead to trouble, lol. Bail’s a rock in the violent sea, a polestar in the heavens.

What’s your opinion of Bail Preston Organa? What do you think of these images? Let me know in the comments and we’ll talk about it!

Star Wars Fan Art: Obi-Wan On Tatooine

I’ve been thinking about the Obi-Wan series coming out next year (as I often do) and thought I’d post some fan art pertaining to Obi-Wan on Tatooine throughout the years of his vigil over Luke.

So this is your basic Obi-Wan-meditating-in-the-desert theme. I love the details in this one, like the strands of hair in the face, the folded hands, and the shredded cloak.

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I love this one of Obi-Wan sharing tea with Qui Gon’s Force ghost. Not sure how the ghost is going to drink the tea, but it’s a nice gesture anyway. Just about convinced we’re going to see Qui Gon in the show (it just seems inevitable, lol).

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This one of Obi-Wan still grieving and obsessing over what happened with Anakin is one of my favorites. I’m guessing the show will address how he’s coping with his, what we would call, PTSD. He still hasn’t changed his tunic, which still has burn-holes from embers on Mustafar.

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I love this one of Old Ben in his light-filled house.

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Here’s Old Ben meditating in the desert, levitating Anakin’s lightsaber, and sitting atop a pile of burning lava. Clearly those memories are burned into his consciousness.

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I love Swanland’s style of movement and vitality in his works. Here it seems Old Ben’s avoiding detection, with a dead Tusken Raider at his feet. Just another day on Tatooine.

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What do you think of these images? Do you have any Obi-Wan favorites? Let me know in the comments, and we’ll talk about it!