Cloak and Dagger

After a few months of silence in the latter parts of 2015, the mighty Craig Drake returned  to present some new artwork in the final show of 2015 at the Mondo Gallery called “Snikt. Bamf. Thwip: A Celebration of Marvel Comics,” a poster event featuring an awesome lineup of other artists, and with the Marvel Cinematic Universe been one of the dominant pop culture force in blockbuster films, and it looked like the exhibition had no problem getting inspiration from Marvel’s rich history of characters that began over 75 years ago. “Snikt. Bamft. Thwip.” honored that legacy of comics featuring gorgeous, original screen prints of X-Men, Spider-Man, Daredevil and many more.

The first piece for the Marvel Exhibition by Mr Drake was Cloak (Tyrone “Ty” Johnson) and  Dagger (Tandy Bowen) which is quite a sexual rendition of her, both were originally created by writer William “Bill” Mantlo and artist Edward Hannigan. These two characters are truly steeped in the richness of the  Marvel Cinematic Universe, having first appeared in Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #64 (March 1982).  After a number of additional Spider-Man guest appearances, they were given their own four-issue limited series, and the rest is now Marvel history. They appeared alongside Doctor Strange, and played a small part in the Infinity Gauntlet saga and are revealed to be members of Captain America’s faction of super heroes who oppose the Superhuman Registration Act during the “Civil War” storyline…so you can see they are tightly knitted in the current Marvel Cinematic Universe. Later they became part of the Dark X-Men and also working alongside Wolverine to finally appearing in X-Men: Age of Apocalypsethe perfect cross-over duo. The question is why are Marvel/Disney ignoring Cloak and Dagger in the current films, in fact they are not even on any of the current comic lineups…?

The other X-Men contribution from Craig Drake was another sexual rendition, this time Psylocke (Elizabeth “Betsy” Braddock) who was originally created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Herb Trimpe in 1976, where she first appeared in the Marvel UK comic series Captain Britain. Betsy was initially a supporting character in the adventures of her twin brother, Captain Britain, even briefly substituting for him in the role, before becoming the mutant superheroine and X-Men member Psylocke in 1986. Originally presented as a precognitive in the pages of Captain Britain and then as a telepath, the character eventually had her mind placed in the body of a Japanese female ninja known as Kwannon, gaining many of Kwannon’s martial arts skills and elements of her personality. Psylocke’s codename, coined by the X-Men villains Mojo and Spiral, debuted during her introduction to the X-Men stories post-Captain Britain. Later, Psylocke acquired the power of telekinesis. She briefly appeared in the 2006 film X-Men: The Last Stand, where she was played by Meiling Melançon. Olivia Munn will portray her in the 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse.

The Return of Biggs Darklighter…?

2016 is the year we have a new ‘Star Wars Story’ film to look forward too, the gritty Rogue One by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Monsters) which tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star.

For me the bit that intrigues me the most is the resemblance between Diego Luna‘s character and Biggs Darklighter from Star Wars : A New Hope, same build, same hair and ‘that’ same signature mustache.

The backstory of Biggs Darklighter (played by Garrick Hagon) had a much larger role in early edits of the film, which told the story of him graduating from the Imperial Academy and returning home to Tatooine for a visit to Anchorhead’s Tosche Station, where he swapped tales with his best friend from boyhood Luke Skywalker about buzzing Wamp Rats in their T-16 SkyHoppers and threading the stone needle down Beggar’s Canyon. That was until the conversation turned serious and Biggs told Luke he was made first mate on the Rand Ecliptic, but was  going to jump ship once he reached the Central Systems and meet up with a friend on the Planet Bestine and make contact with the Rebel Alliance…more on the Mutiny on the Rand Ecliptic can found here.

In the Expanded Universe, which isn’t canon anymore, Biggs actually trains as an Imperial pilot, and while he is there, he hears the first rumors and rumblings of the Death Star’s construction. After participating in a mutiny on his Imperial starship, and going AWOL to join the Rebel Alliance, he is actually part of the Rebel’s first missions to steal R2 units and X-Wing Fighters. While these stories are no longer officially part of Star Wars lore, certain threads could very well have been mined for Rogue One.

So are we seeing a Rogue One character who survives the film’s mission to steal the Death Star plans and then meets up with Luke Skywalker on Tatooine at Tosche Station, to then ultimately die at the hands of Darth Vader in the rebels assault on the Death Star. This would be such a sweet nod to the original film in which most of the scenes with Biggs was deleted.

Star Wars: Rogue One Character Names and Details Revealed?

News on Star Wars: Rogue One had been relatively dormant for quite a while. That is, until a couple of weeks ago, when the first supposed plot details, character descriptions, and a possible cameo by none-other than Han Solo were revealed. Given that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already been given center stage (though it still continues to impress at the box office), it seems the time has finally come for Rogue One to have a chance in the spotlight.

While The Force Awakens combined both the old and the new to create a film that both appealed to the nostalgia of fans as well as brought something fresh to the table, Rogue One will more likely focus on the old — mostly because it takes place earlier in Star Wars history. In fact, Rogue One is set before the events of the Original Trilogy, as it will center on the band of rebels who stole the Death Star plans and propelled their mission of taking down the Empire forward.

Due to the fact that it takes place only a short time before A New Hope, it’s expected that Rogue One will feature a few cameos from notable Star Wars characters — namely Darth Vader (who may have a more substantial role than initially expected) and Boba Fett. It seems those two characters won’t be the only two elements from the Original Trilogy to appear in Rogue One. According to the latest rumors from Making Star Wars, which claim — among other things — that Felicity Jones and Diego Luna will star in a sequence that pays homage to the iconic scene from A New Hope in which Han and Luke go into disguise as Stormtroopers.

However, while the premise may be somewhat similar, there is a small but significant difference in their respective disguises. Instead of dressing up as Stormtroopers, Felicity Jones will don the apparel of an Imperial Gunner, while Diego Luna put on the attire of an Imperial Commander. Of course, one should take caution as this is nowhere near confirmed. However, assuming that it’s true, this rumored scenario would be both a brilliant way to call back to the Original Trilogy while also putting a unique spin on the situation.

In addition, the report also went onto note more details about Alan Tudyk’s character in particular. The character is said to somehow be “more than a droid,” while also being “a commando droid” that “looks really cool.” Of course, the preceding sentence could be taken as being seemingly contradictory, but it appears that while Tudyk will be playing a droid character, that specific droid will be more complex than the others we have already seen in the Star Wars universe.

The report also goes on to give a few codenames being used for the characters in the production of Rogue One. Felicity Jones’ character is said to be codenamed Green Seal Leader, Jiang Wen’s is Seal Communicator Blue, Forest Whitaker’s is Eel Commander, and Alan Tudyk’s is Seal Droid. Additionally, the report also claims that all of the villainous characters “have codenames related to sharks.”

Again, before taking this as fact, bear in mind that none of this is confirmed. Even then, it’s possible that this is not actually what the characters are referred to as in the film itself. Remember, during the production of The Force Awakens, Daisy Ridley’s character was referred to as Kira, but we later found out that her actual name in the film was Rey. It seems this may be a similar situation, although given that these appear to be actual military-esque codenames, perhaps it’s not the same situation.

If the latter happens to be the case, then the codenames above are a quick and easy way of both making characters’ allegiances clear and also denoting their ranks in their respective groups. It’s hard to know whether these will be their actual codenames in the film, although fans will probably not have to wait too long to find out either way, as the first trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One is rumored to be premiering alongside Captain America: Civil War this May.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released on December 16th, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017 andd the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by a third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.

Source: Screenrant & Making Star Wars

The Galactic Driving Licence

It’s not often I blog about some marketing literature you get sent in the post, but this was something quite special. It was an official letter authorised by the Bureau of Ships and Services that authorised the individual mentioned on the said document to hold a Galactic Driving Licence for individually piloting or driving a vehicle in any region of the galaxy, including the Outer Rim Territories and Wild Space. It said it was not to be used with any craft other than the one(s) mentioned on the back of my said document, and that any pilot found without a licence or refusing to provide a valid licence shall be penalised accordingly.

The detail to every bit of this geek marketing is genius, even your letter comes addressed from a General Coryn H’daar (Coriander …Lol)

The pop-up TIE-Fighter was another cute touch.

But that was just Stage 1, as what’s use is a Galactic Driving Licence without a vehicle, or even insurance to pilot one, so that’s where Stage 2 online comes into play, there is a plethora of vehicles you can get cover for which is was pure Star Wars geekologie…check them out

Light Freighters
Millennium Falcon
Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle
Lamba-Class T-4A Imperial Shuttle
Rel’s Speeder
74-Z Speeder Bike
Star Destroyer :
First Order Star Destroyer – Finalizer
Imperial-class Star Destroyer – Inflictor
Delta-7 Aethersprite-Class Light Interceptor
First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter
Imperial TIE Fighter
T-65 X-Wing
T-70 X-Wing
Y-Wing Starfighter
All Terrain Armoured Transport
All Terrain Scout Transport

Registering you galactic vehicle online is also a totally geeky experience, I got insurance for a Millennium Falcon that had done 12 Quintillion miles.

Check out some the pages from the registration pages, someone has gone into quite an amazing amount of detail for this Star Wars fan experience.

The list of available galactic insurance providers was right on the money also, from MaxRebo DataProtect, PadawanSure, Tatooine Surance, Direct Alliance and my provider for the Falcon was Solo Cover…I mean who else would I trust.

You too can stay covered against the First Order with your very own Galactic Insurance!

Get your quote and certificate at