OUR LAST HOPE

Star Wars Comic Cover
I saw this picture from, what I believe to be, the new Star Wars: Knight Errant comic book mini series and it got me thinking. When you consider how amazing recent cartoons like Avatar: The Last Airbender and the new Thundercats are, why don't we have an awesome 2D animated Star Wars series? Don't get me wrong, I think the Clone Wars 3D cartoon is great, and some of the stories therein are better than some of the material in the recent feature films, but traditional 2D animation has always been the stuff that my dreams are made of.

To look at this image and just imagine seeing it in motion, with the same quality of motion seen in the Avatar: The Last Airbender cartoons, which was often choreographed based on real martial arts experts, gets my blood racing. This would be a show that I rush to see, like when, as a child, I would race my bike at top speed to get home in time to see Robotech on TV. I miss that feeling. I haven't felt that way about a show in ages. Maybe that means something. If I can imagine a show we don't have and wish for it, maybe that gives a bit of insight into where my own creative passions lie. This is not to say I have to, or even want to, do a Star Wars cartoon. The elements I mention, which get me so excited, can be applied to any cool science fiction or fantasy show. The idea is merely a starting point.

As I am sure you know, Katsuhiro Otomo, when he started his master work Akira, began with the idea to do his version of the old popular showTetsujin 28. His character Tetsuo, which means iron man just like tetsujin, even had the number 28 stamped on his arm. Still, Akira became its own entity and grew into something wholly different from what he originally envisioned. His own creative spirit came in and drove things in a new direction. Perhaps this is another means by which inspiration works. Who knows? Since I am in China, maybe I can find a martial arts expert or two to shoot some video reference for me!

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