Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Some more treats

-- A new reader has made an ill post on their blog... it's too funny. big up to Dallas Pen for this is the link. THanks brothers and sisters, keep them coming...

-- another fan film on Stormtroopers

-- African Magazine looking for comics submissions here..

-- Lateef Crowder ( a brother's footsteps I plan on following, if my wife lets me) in Tom Yung Goong.

-- if you can make it The Fifth Annual Cine Noir: A Festival of Black Film will be held March 2-5, 2006, at Cameron Art Museum and Cape Fear Museum in Wilmington, NC. feat. Dwayne McDuffie (if you don't know who he is , then you don't know)

-- oh yeah i found this , The Nubian Cantina...

Can't say I don't love you all...

Monday, February 06, 2006

A few things to note...

First, I apologize to Amadeo for not getting back to him. Star Wars: Recovery was an ebook that I never read. I did learn that it was to be printed in front of a paperback version of an NJO stand alone story but it never happened.

The story takes place after the Yuuzhan Vong attack Duros and leave Princess Leia terribly injured. Fortunately for me, it did not disrupt the storyline in the Yuuzhan Vong series. Like Amadeo, I learned that it was supposed to take place before the Edge of Victory series but was published afterwards.

Again, we apologize for that.


I also want to apologize with my son's entries. He is in between moving so he has no access to a computer. His school does not allow him access to yahoo so we have to freak it. It will be coming soon. So stand by.


Also the Unofficial Clone Wars site is now 3 years old. Happy birthday, clones. The site has great essays on topics spanning the clone wars. preddy dope. they get as deep as we do but not as esoteric. They also describe several battles that take place in detail so if you don't read the comic books, you can catch up. Check them out when you can.


Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Battle of Endor

The second best thing to Jedi's in the SW universe are space battles. Unfortunately, there aren't enough. The Admiral Thrawn series was great because there were many of them. The NJO series Enemy Lines: Rebel Stand and Rebel Dream were also good when it came to space battles.

If anyone remembers Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, they will remember the space battle over the Moon of Endor. As Han Solo, Leia, Chewbacca, several rebels and the Ewoks attempted to destroy the shield generator, Rebel capital ships led by Admiral Ackbar, faced off against the Death Star II, several Star Destroyers, one Ship Interdictor, and one Super Star Destroyer.

According to Wookiepedia, there were 40 Imperial Class Star Destroyers and several Imperial cruisers and frigates versus 25 Mon Calamari Star Cruisers, 10 Nebulon B Frigates, and several other cruisers that were originally built to carry supplies but outfitted to become battle ships. Not to mention the thousands of star fighters such as Ties and X-wings.

The Emperor amassed several of his best fleet officers at this point. He set a trap for the Rebel Alliance and felt that one crushing blow would finally defeat them. Many argue that building another Death Star was an idiotic move not just because of the expenses but because of its initial defeat in Episode IV. The Emperor may have felt (no one has confirmed this) that if he defeated the Rebel Alliance, the flaw would not have mattered anyway.

Unfortunately for him, Han Solo and his crew were successful in their gamble to destroy the shield generator and forgot about the military astuteness of Admiral Ackbar who was once a slave to Grand Moff Tarkin, where he learned a thing or two about space battling. This defeat was a crushing blow to the Empire not just because of the death of the Emperor.

Later Admiral Pellaeon, who would survive as an Imperial all the way past the Yuuzhan Vong war, stated that many good and capable officers were lost in that battle particularly when the Super Star Destroyer Executor , Vader's flagship, crashed into the Death Star and when the Death Star II was destroyed. He felt that was when officers who were ambitious for power instead of doing their duty split the Empire and became warlords.

It was with this battle, that the Rebel Alliance gained more allies throughout the galaxy. Unfortunately, the new version of Ep VI shows people cheering on Coruscant and other planets as if the Empire fell, but this is not so. It takes another 5 years to retake Coruscant and another 10 to finally beat the Empire for good.