Geek News: Classic Star Wars News & a Cartoon Cat

by Jennifer

With a quiet week on the Gilmore Girls set and the end of filming for Outlander’s second season, I thought I would report a couple of other bits of news while we anxiously await the premiere of Outlander season two on April 9th. This week, a couple of bits of Star Wars news for those so inclined and a cartoon cat that I’m excited about.


Tony Dyson Passes Away

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Tony Dyson worked for the White Horse Toy Company when he was tapped to create eight R2 units for George Lucas’s first Star Wars movie in 1977. He created four remote-controlled and two standing R2 units that would ultimately become R2-D2, now one of the most iconic characters in film. In addition to his work on Star Wars, he also worked on films such as Superman II and Moonraker.

Dyson had been living on Malta since the early 1990s and passed away there at age 68 this week. Even though his work in the film industry spanned more than Star Wars, R2-D2 was his most iconic work, appearing in all of the Star Wars films to date, including the newest film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.


Han Solo Goes Comic

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The rogue, his walking carpet, and their Falcon will be coming to Marvel Comics, we learned this week. Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men, Dark Wolverine) and Mark Brooks (Ultimate X-Men, Deadpool) will write and draw a five-issue miniseries starring everyone’s favorite rogue-gone-good. The story is set between Star Wars: a New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, when Han is having to decide how much he’s willing to commit to the nascent rebellion that he’s just helped and the lovely woman at its heart.

The story focuses on dueling opportunities in Han’s life after the Death Star’s explosion: he can continue to help Leia by protecting her contacts with his Millennium Falcon or he can participate in the Dragon Void Run, a starship race he’s always wanted to enter. Fearful about the security of intelligence within the Rebellion, Leia needs Han to help her secure these informants, but Han’s instincts to do things on his own and in his way conflicts with his need to help her.

The first issue, Han Solo #1, will go on sale in June.


Pete the Cat Comes to TV

Technically, this news may not be categorized as geeky, but I thought I would throw it in nevertheless. As a mom with two boys, I have read my share of children’s books and the Pete the Cat books have been among my favorites. This week, Alcorn Entertainment announced that a Pete the Cat cartoon series is coming to television, with Phineas & Ferb co-creator Jeff “Swampy” Marsh as the show’s runner. Alcorn is responsible for films such as My Dog Skippy and the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies and for programs such as The Expanse for Syfy and a four-part HBO miniseries about the late Frank Sinatra.

While no date for the show’s premiere has been set, I can’t help but get excited about Pete and his friends coming to the small screen. If you’re a parent, you know what’s it like to have your kids enjoy a show that you can’t stand, but the Pete the Cat books have a jazzy and happy vibe about them that I hope carries over to the show.

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