Today I grace your sightballs with a few precious panels from Star Wars: The Return of Tag & Bink Special Edition#1. Written by Kevin Rubio with art by Lucas Marangon, I would dare to say that Tag and Bink are one of the most beloved Star Wars parodies of all time. They are right up there with one of Rubio’s other Star Wars parody creations Troops. Both Troops and Tag & Bink have an “in continuity” comedic style that masterfully fills in scenes and details that go unviewed in the movies, and with a hilarious goofball twist somehow it all winds up making perfect sense. It’s difficult to explain here to the uninitiated, but let’s just say that if you are a Star Wars fan there’s a good chance you will enjoy Kevin Rubio’s take on the universe. Although if you consider yourself a Star Wars fan and DON’T know who Tag & Bink are there’s a good chance you aren’t really a Star Wars fan. Oh burn!
And because I was idle for a few weeks here, and missed one or two Friday Funny Pages, I will grace you with a BONUS panel from the issue. This image takes place a little earlier in the book (as the setting should make obvious) and just happens to feature a small cameo from a character from one of my other sci-fi fandoms, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Yup, that’s Arthur Dent wandering around on Jabba’s sail barge. Just another reason I enjoy these books so much and think Kevin Rubio is a genius.
This just gave me a thought. I know there are plans for a Star Wars comedy cartoon series in the works with Seth Green at the helm, but if they really want that show to work they should get Kevin Rubio involved. That would be television gold.
Hello readers, it’s time once again for Friday Funny Pages. I haven’t posted a blog since last Friday, my apologies for the lack of activity but I’ve been focusing on my current job hunt which has been quite a feat in this dismal economy also the wife and I took a few days to go camping and escape from the disheartening reality of modern living if only for a little over 48 hours. Now I’m back, somewhat recharged, and ready to bare down and dive back into my regular writing agenda! So let’s get right to it shall we?
Today’s panel comes to us from the great, and now defunct, Star Wars Tales comic book. For those who might not know Star Wars Tales was a monthly collection put out by Dark Horse of two or three short stories set in the Star Wars universe. Generally these stories were not considered canon, rather they were imaginative little vignettes that would explore portions of the movies that went unseen or elaborate on details that were only mentioned in passing during the films. Many were interesting side-stories and serious explorations of the themes of Star Wars, while others were goofball parodies and comedic asides. This panel comes to use from the latter category. This panel is intended to be funny. The image comes from a story entitled “Force Fiction” written by Kevin Rubio with art by Lucas Marangon. The setting is a small cafe somewhere on Coruscant shortly after the events of Episode I, where Yoda and Mace Windu are discussing the fate of a certain young Force adept by the name of Skywalker. This particular spit take comes after Mace determines that he thinks Anakin Skywalker should be given Qui-Gon’s lightsaber and trained as a Jedi. Yoda isn’t too happy about it, and points out all the reasons why not to train the boy, reasons we as the reader know to be all valid points. That’s not the point of this story however, for as the two Jedi knights sit quietly eating their lunch a group of raiders suddenly smash through the front of the cafe intent on robbing the place and the story quickly becomes an homage to Pulp Fiction and the iconic scene with Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta in a very similar small dinning establishment (of course I don’t need to remind anyone who plays Mace Windu in Star Wars).
Anyway it’s a funny little Star Wars bit and this image of Yoda taken by surprise is just really amusing to me. Also if you look closely you will see that Yoda is sitting in the Jedi equivalent of a booster seat. Good stuff. If any of you Star Wars fans out there have not made yourselves familiar with the stories in Star Wars Tales I suggest you do so ASAP. There are a ton of genuinely excellent Star Wars stories throughout the pages, both serious and funny. Though they aren’t putting out any new books anymore you can get Star Wars tales in trade paperback, there are several volumes available. At about $20 a pop it’s a worthy investment! May the Farce be with you!