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Disney/Star Wars: Top 10

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Movies

Admiral AckbarStar Wars/Disney jokes were old the second the deal for Disney to acquire Lucasfilm was announced, but that won’t stop anyone, especially me.

A meme went around on Facebook earlier this week started by screenwriter William Martell. What are the best/worst Disney/Star Wars movies?

I joined in, thinking what a great idea, and then so I didn’t monopolize the thread, I started keeping my thoughts to myself to share them here because I can.

Here are my Top 10 Disney/Star Wars mash-ups. But be careful!

As Admiral Ackbar will say, “It’s a Parent Trap!”

10. The Scarecrow of Romney Maul

9. The Computer Wore Light Sabres


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Comic Book Jobs: Lucasfilm @ Comic Con International

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Conventions, Editorials, Movies

Jabba The HutHey, Art People, listen up! If you're going to attend the 2012 Comic Con International in San Diego next month, you might consider contacting Lucasfilm.

Their Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) division is going recruiting for a Concept Artist, and what does that mean exactly?

"The Concept Artist creates concept art for visual effects in feature films and television to include: characters, vehicles, environments, matte paintings, shot elements, and/or storyboards."

The job will be located at the Letterman Digital Arts Center in San Francisco. The position comes with benefits, which usually means health and other little wellness perks.


2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Star Wars: The Blueprints

star wars blueprints holiday gift

We know how many of you are Star Wars geeks, so we had to get some love for you in our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide. As you know, there are enough Star Wars books out there--enough to line the walls of the Jedi Academy. But these...these are a collection by J.W. Rinzler, executive editor at LucasFilm, where he's brought together amazing content from all six films. Yes, that includes original sketches of the Death Star. This is enough to make any fan tingle with glee. The set normally sells for $500, but you can get it on Amazon for $450, a 10% discount.


Comic Book Jobs: Star Wars

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Movies, Dark Horse Comics

Knight Errant AflameLucas Licensing, that tiny little division of the massive Star Wars empire, is looking for a new Emperor, I mean, Senior Editor.

You'll be "responsible for all aspects of development, editing and approvals for the adult fiction and comics program." Sound great yet?

There's more, of course, by why bother reading when you could be dropping your resume over there Right. This. Second.

Here's some more in case you're not convinced yet: "Creatively develop new storylines for Star Wars fiction/comics to maintain and grow our readership."

Or how about this: "Work with publishers and Publishing team to identify appropriate writers and/or illustrators for each project."

You'll need some education, of course, and at least "5-7 years of publishing experience and 3-5 years as an editor" but that is nothing compared to your nerd cred: "Solid knowledge and demonstrated interest in Lucasfilm brands" and "solid knowledge of SW fiction (expanded universe)."

Good luck, job seekers!

[Artwork: Knight Errant: Aflame, a new trade paperback from Dark Horse, coming in August and © Lucasfilm]


Apple, Google, Lucasfilm, Intel and more sued for secretly conspiring to fix employee pay

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Corporate News, Google

google ipodA former Lucasfilm software engineer on Wednesday filed a class-action lawsuit against a who's who of Silicon Valley tech giants, alleging a conspiracy to fix employee pay and not poach staff away from each other in violation of anti-trust laws.

Siddharth Hariharan, a former Lucasfilm employee who is the founder and CEO of game developer InEarth, is suing Lucasfilm, Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit, and Pixar.

Hariharan is represented by Joseph Saveri of the national plaintiffs' law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein.

The suit claims that an alleged "no-solicitation" agreement between the named companies resulted in employee compensation being reduced by "10 to 15 percent" as compared to "what would have prevailed in a properly functioning labor market where employers compete for workers."

Click to continue reading Apple, Google, Lucasfilm, Intel and more sued for secretly conspiring to fix employee pay


Comic Book Jobs: ILM, Lucasfilm And USC

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Movies, Television

Star Wars The Clone WarsThere are a bunch of interesting, and decidedly off-the-beaten-path jobs out there and some of them have only a tenuous connection to comics, but I like them nonetheless. Let’s take a look:

Industrial Light and Magic is looking to fill several positions, and while they’re not technically comic book jobs, they are for artists in the following areas: Animation (Character), Animation (Cloth), Animation (Facial), Animation (FX), Animation (Hair/Fur/Skin), Animation (Traditional), Compositing / Lighting / Image Processing, Lighting, Matchmoving and Rotoscoping. I think they’re too spiffy not to pass along.

USC is looking for an animation director or artist for the role of University Professor for their John C Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts. USC, by the way, is the University of Southern California, where it's nice and warm and sunny.


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