Star Wars Storyboard Artist David Russell on Jack Kirby

When asked where his inspiration comes from Russell cites Jack Kirby.

I would have to say Jack Kirby. I picked up my first Jack Kirby comic around 11 or 12 and it was something about his keen visual narrative that set off an explosion in my mind. I later had the chance to meet him and he became a great friend and mentor. I’ve applied his narrative techniques in all of my films. I believe to this day that comics are one of America’s most powerful art forms.

Via The Movie Blog.

Phantom Menace 3D trailer robs Star Wars of its last shred of dignity

In this ridiculous trailer, a narrator desperately tries to Honey Badger his way into making this movie kid-friendly. Can’t wait until the kids get a load of Qui-Gon Jinn’s hilarious Trade Federation banter! Watch this trailer, and weep for future generations.

So nasty. Via io9. Oh, the aforementioned Honey Badger.

Moving on From Star Wars

Joen Asmussen points out the flaw in the geek-logic that drives genre fans to do ridiculous things like spend 400 hours restoring the original theatrical release of Star Wars:

That would be me if not for the fact that I discovered other sci-fi television. Turns out, if you have 400 hours to spare, instead of restoring the original version of Star Wars to HD, you could watch every episode of Star Trek ever made! Think about that for a moment.

Next time you get an irresistable urge to spend 400 hours on restoring Star Wars to the way it was meant to be, consider if maybe that time was better spent watching Star Trek or Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (season 1). You could also watch Space 1999. Or UFO. Or even the original Battlestar Galactica — heck, any Glen A. Larson show. You could even watch Patrick Duffy as The Man From Atlantis! Patrick Duffy!

The whole post is great. Check out Nitpicky Star Wars Nerds.