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Holy Crap... This Is A Really Groovy STAR WARS Slice Of Fandom!!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. I don’t know who this guy is, and normally I don’t run stuff like this, but I am so amazed and so entertained by his work that I have to share a link with you guys. This one showed in my inbox today from “The Yattering,” an old school talkbacker and friend of mine, and it was just a simple link to a guy’s blog. On that blog were... well... they’re almost impossible to describe. I could, but it would ruin all the fun. Suffice it to say that I would pay to see this version of the films, and I love the way the iconography of STAR WARS is so potent that you can bend it even as far as this guy does, and it still retains something of its essence. Steampunk + STAR WARS = you click here!! Trust me... it’s worth ten minutes of your day.

Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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  • March 23, 2007, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Tasty new desktop fodder...

    by Space oddity


  • March 23, 2007, 5:27 p.m. CST


    by 1st and only

    they're okay i guess...

  • March 23, 2007, 5:27 p.m. CST


    by ImperialMarchFace

    I'm a huge SW fan, obviously. If Chewbacca were running around with Han like that, oh man. And Vader looks bad ass.

  • March 23, 2007, 5:28 p.m. CST

    What is a steampunk?

    by fanboy71

    And why is is screwing with my childhood?

  • March 23, 2007, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Ugh...I hate 'steampunk' stuff.

    by jimmy_009

    It was interesting the first time around. It's such a cliche now that there's nothing even remotely interesting about it, and yet people ooh and ahh over some jackball's theiving the idea yet again.

  • March 23, 2007, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Otomo's Steamboy

    by playahatersball

    Already used this exact concept.

  • March 23, 2007, 5:31 p.m. CST


    by whatyoufear

    i can has that 30 seconds of my life back?

  • March 23, 2007, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Peter Jackson for JLA!

    by UltimaRex

    This is cool enough I guess... Just.

  • March 23, 2007, 5:41 p.m. CST

    So am I not a geek...

    by Somerichs

    If i don't have the slightest clue what the frak steampunk is?

  • March 23, 2007, 5:43 p.m. CST

    pretty fucking cool.

    by fknjeffoakley

    i'd love to see more.

  • March 23, 2007, 5:46 p.m. CST


    by Lando Griffin


  • March 23, 2007, 5:49 p.m. CST


    by jimmy_009

    Everyone's used this exact concept. It's what the people who do it think is extremely creative, like no one's ever done -this- before! Except just about everyone has. This 'style' is practically every other animation project when I was in school. Hopefully people will stop running into the ground soon, and find something else to play out.

  • March 23, 2007, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Sweet Vader

    by Darth_Baltar

    love the 'reimaging"

  • March 23, 2007, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Cool stuff

    by CTU Mole

    kind of Star Wars meets Wizard of Oz.

  • March 23, 2007, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Get Dark Horse on the Phone!

    by SanityKaos

    I dig this stuff!...Didn't know what Steampunk was either, but the pictures kinda define the term....I've seen stuff like this before...Someone get Dark Horse on the phone....This would make a great graffic novel!

  • March 23, 2007, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Darth Meh it is.

    by JackPumpkinhead

    Very meh.

  • March 23, 2007, 6:47 p.m. CST


    by playahatersball

    Dude, seriously... Otomo's Steamboy IS the first Star Wars movie retrofitted into a steampunk setting. There is a vader figure, a death star and a crazy old man helping a young boy discover his powers. I'm familiar with the fact that steampunk is an established genre, but Steamboy did the same thing this guy did, only better.

  • March 23, 2007, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Very cool. How great would it be to see Star Wars

    by Bronx Cheer

    set in the 1870s?

  • March 23, 2007, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Never seen steampunk...

    by pdennett316

    before, but the Death Star and Vader look really good. Han, Chewie and Jabba look pretty crap though.

  • March 23, 2007, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Oh that's beautiful

    by CherryValance

    I picked the one with Han and Chewie for my desktop. :D

  • March 23, 2007, 7:20 p.m. CST


    by SanityKaos

    Is Steamboy a comic book or an animation? I wanna check it out...If it's anything like you describe

  • March 23, 2007, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Wrong Person

    by SanityKaos

    I meant Playahatersball

  • March 23, 2007, 7:32 p.m. CST


    by Amy Chasing

    seriously... fascinating stuff, in a very good way.

  • March 23, 2007, 7:34 p.m. CST

    @SanityKaos: Steamboy is an anime that was

    by comedian_x

    made a few years ago. There is the film and a manga that was made recently as well. You can can find both on Amazon.

  • March 23, 2007, 7:37 p.m. CST


    by avenger147


  • March 23, 2007, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Comedian X

    by SanityKaos

    Thanks for the info...I'm gonna check it out

  • March 23, 2007, 8:02 p.m. CST

    episode 0

    by reckni

    My friend's dealio is pretty awesome:

  • March 23, 2007, 8:07 p.m. CST

    small wallpaper

    by master bitchfist

    From the site: "They're all at 1280x960, so you should be able to use them at almost any resolution without stretching." uhhh how about those in the future "nowadays" that have monitors bigger than 15" like say something in the 1600 pixel range?

  • March 23, 2007, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Excellents stuff!

    by Proman1984

    Thanks for the link, man!

  • March 23, 2007, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Very cool...

    by RedwingsHoolihan

    I want to see some steampunk ewoks.

  • March 23, 2007, 8:52 p.m. CST

    What "steampunk" is...

    by Immortal_Fish

    For those of you wondering (and despite the endless, inevitable corrections to come), "steampunk" is anything re-imagined during the steam technology era, ala Jules Verne. For example, the Thief series of games on the PC are "steampunk". If you ever heard the phrase "cyberpunk" used, then you surely catch the drift.

  • March 23, 2007, 9:40 p.m. CST

    very nice, but

    by SylarTheCylon

    i prefer the original versions. This just seems so forced. Kinda reminded me of the graphics in the old bitmap brothers Amiga/MegaDrive videogame Soldiers of Fortune aka Chaos Engine. If you liked these images you'll probably enjoy those retro 16bit graphics too.

  • March 23, 2007, 9:45 p.m. CST

    I like the idea of Vader trying to reach Padme

    by CTU Mole

    that would be some dramatic stuff to put in a comic or the tv show.

  • March 23, 2007, 10:16 p.m. CST


    by superninja

    That is all.

  • March 23, 2007, 10:19 p.m. CST

    how did the Michael Bay joke even start?

    by SantiagoAtez

    I don't remember how this started...only that it has gone on for too long.

  • March 23, 2007, 10:32 p.m. CST

    nice. check out Memoirs of a Monster: Darth Vader diary

    by AvengingFist

  • March 23, 2007, 10:56 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    you are SO missing the point...the point is that when he first did it, he got a little attention...and then after a while,it was clear he wouldn't EVEr write anything else,and that was a topic of discussion...then people tried to guess which talkbacker/AICN contributor it was, and that lasted a while...then people sort of began to ignore it...and then the real magic began...HE KEPT FUCKING DOING IT...months and months have gone by, and he has never once missed a talkback, and never typed anything but his signature phrase. it has become a part of AICN. imagine the sheer willpower it takes to keep this up. imagine how many times he's typed it. and never a typo? maybe a script? <p>ant any rate, you've proven, once again, that you can get someone riled up, simply by typing the same random phrase you've typed a hundred times before, or more.<p>he wins. you lose. damn you michael bay, indeed.

  • March 23, 2007, 11:15 p.m. CST


    by SanityKaos

    Yeah, someone told me yesterday...I guess MCMLXXVI (cryptic, isn't it) is a big deal around here....He secretly owns the site or something

  • March 23, 2007, 11:20 p.m. CST


    by SanityKaos

    Really though...This guy is annoying!!! And drives me crazy!!

  • March 23, 2007, 11:29 p.m. CST

    You could just ignore him

    by CTU Mole

    He comes in and does the Michael Bay thing and it could end there. But no, you people have to make 20 posts about it.

  • March 24, 2007, 12:26 a.m. CST


    by David Lazarus Long

    It's less annoying to read his post and ignore it than it is to make a separate post about how annoying it is. Here, hit this and watch Steamboy ;) <p> I like Vader. The rest is a bit much. Why is Chewie a mog now? I'm confused. Intriguing, but make Chewie a wookie, not a dogmanthing. Mandogthing. Whatever. <p> Would he bark or...? Nevermind.

  • March 24, 2007, 12:34 a.m. CST

    Steampunk + Star Wars=

    by ewokstew

    "The WIz"

  • March 24, 2007, 12:46 a.m. CST


    by C_wizard

    WT fuck? no.

  • March 24, 2007, 12:55 a.m. CST

    ten minutes?

    by BradleyStar

    for three or four drawings?

  • March 24, 2007, 3:29 a.m. CST

    Those images were disturbing...

    by J-Dizzle

    Steampunk? More like steaming pile of shit. LEAVE MY STAR WARS ALONE!

  • March 24, 2007, 3:32 a.m. CST

    The steampunk Deathstar is going to probe Alderaan

    by Boondock Devil

    right up the planety arse. Horrible way to go. In all honestly that's some pretty cool stuff. Just where's the steampunk Boba Fett?

  • March 24, 2007, 3:39 a.m. CST


    by Seph_J

    Fuck you MCMLXXVI

  • March 24, 2007, 6:39 a.m. CST

    Absolutely NO mixing STAR WARS & SCOOBY DOO.

    by JDanielP

    I... thought... this was going to be something cool, ...perhaps even on the level of that re-edit of Episode One that was much darker in tone (without Jar Jar, etc.) I've long wished I could actually *see* that darker version, as I would BUY such versions of STAR WARS on dvd, if Lucas made such available. (After all, he could use the cash. Right?) Maybe I haven't searched it out enough. But anyway, yeah, THIS steampunk version is BAD on ANOTHER LEVEL of bad. I've yet to backtrack and read what other's have said here, in the talkbacks, ...but I'm disappointed in Moriarty. Maybe I'll just chalk it up as being something that... he sees beauty in... and I do not. I totally disagree on this one.

  • March 24, 2007, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Looks fantastic

    by ELGordo

    I've got a boner for Steampunk and this is truly great work. I'd love to see a comic or an animated film with this stuff. For those who saw League of Gentlemen then that's what steampunk is.

  • March 24, 2007, 7:05 a.m. CST

    So Will Smith/Kevin Klines' "Wild Wild West"...

    by BlueDjinn1

    ...would be considered a disasterous example of steampunk gone wrong, I take it?

  • March 24, 2007, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Um, Nope

    by PotSmokinAlien

    the pencil fantasy drawings i did in high school were pretty good too but they were original and not some fanfiction mashup of two things i happen to like. like, there is a reason i didn't draw pictures of the cast of chrono trigger encountering dream of the endless while travelling through space on something i call Her Majesty's Velocicycle Entrepreisse....... and if i had i would have been damn sure they never wound up on a nationally trafficked internet site

  • March 24, 2007, 8:48 a.m. CST


    by beelkay

    Why are there so many cynics on I thought that looked pretty cool. The only steampunk stuff I've seen is "Steamboy," but just because something is derived from something else doesn't mean it isn't interesting and innovative, especially to those who haven't experienced something like it before. How many artists have combined steampunk and Star Wars?

  • March 24, 2007, 9:10 a.m. CST

    The idea might be fine, but this isn't very inspiring.

    by JDanielP

    I suppose it all comes down to interpretation. But from a design perspective, STAR WARS (prequels included) was done quite well by people at ILM. There's just not much room for improvement. But hey, some people like BOTH Coke and Pepsi. I do. But this just seems a little... RC Cola. Know what I mean?

  • March 24, 2007, 9:23 a.m. CST

    TOO SOON!!!

    by Pageiv

    Hey, lay off ppl using outdated subject lines: BTW: George Lucas Raped my Childhood.

  • March 24, 2007, 9:53 a.m. CST

    I like the WWII medals on Vader

    by CTU Mole

    and the jaunty neckerchief thing.

  • March 24, 2007, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Actually, come to think of it

    by David Lazarus Long

    "Last Exile" is a much better steampunk series than "Steamboy", but Steamboy is more popular because it's a movie that was released in theaters, not a series. And the CGI in LE is kinda bad. But they don't use it TOO much. <p> Heh. Jaunty.

  • March 24, 2007, 11:25 a.m. CST

    But the question is....

    by Johnno

    Can steam power operate in Space??? And we need more Steamboy!!! They oughta make a TV series if not another film...

  • March 24, 2007, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Somewhere . . .

    by jaycieboy

    Mikey Bay is laughing with glee.

  • March 24, 2007, 11:36 a.m. CST

    steampunk=cool starwars=cool

    by TiNSeLToWN TeRRoR

    together=ok,nothing special.

  • March 24, 2007, 1:32 p.m. CST

    I dunno...

    by beckuary

    I kinda like these. It's well-drawn, it's interesting, I'd say it's even beautiful. It's not trying to be a better or even incredibly innovative thing, just someone who wanted to try something he loved in a different style. I like it. It's not going to inspire George Lucas to issue a Steampunk version of the originals (we hope), but it's still got merit.

  • March 24, 2007, 1:51 p.m. CST


    by bythehairofsanjaya

    By the Hair of Sanjaya you will be avenged Michael Bay.

  • March 24, 2007, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Vader's a little too General Grievous here...

    by tucson

    I do like Jabba; he's a little less disgusting (and Bib Fortuna's pretty cool)>

  • March 24, 2007, 4:05 p.m. CST

    MCMLXXVI raped my talkback

    by spud mcspud

    But at least he ain't George Lucas. That fucker.

  • March 24, 2007, 4:13 p.m. CST

    God, what a bunch of HATERS

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    if you're not bitching because this person's extremely cool artwork is not to your personal taste, you're bitching because he didn't provide you with a desktop image the right size for your monitor. <p> Dude sometimes I hate talkbackers.

  • March 24, 2007, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Very Awesome, Drew...

    by Bones


  • March 24, 2007, 4:36 p.m. CST

    I thought it rocked

    by spud mcspud

    Fantastic. Reimagination is the soul of successful reinvention. The images rock. And where's the Falcon? Dark Horse, get this commissioned as a GN PRONTO!!!

  • March 24, 2007, 5:02 p.m. CST

    You Know... Youre Right

    by PotSmokinAlien

    why be negative, after all in what other forum should a nerds imagination be encouraged to run free than the aint it cool. keep drawing dude or dudette-- heres hoping we will be seeing your interpretation of a steampunk "chronicles of riddick" or "alien" in the near future

  • March 24, 2007, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Steampunk "Alien"

    by spud mcspud

    I thought it already was! Well, the first one anyway ;D

  • March 24, 2007, 7:15 p.m. CST

    more like SteamJUNK!!

    by Frank Duckett

    HAHAHA!! uhh.... but seriously, they're ugly.

  • March 24, 2007, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Just looked up Steamboy. Is it any good?S

    by Teamwak

    Sounds intersting! Not really into Manga but did watch Akira many years ago and loved it. And guess what, this is by the same guy!! <p> So seriously, is it any good?

  • March 24, 2007, 9:45 p.m. CST

    maybe they should have hired this guy...

    by datachasm

    instead of that asshole who thinks everything in the star wars universe should look like cute little dogs.

  • March 24, 2007, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Steampunk is the next Cyberpunk is the next...

    by DOGSOUP

    Postcyberpunk is the next Goth is the next Gothpunk is the next Steamgoth is the next Zombipunk is the next Electroclash is the next Cyberclash is the next Zombigoth until it ends at Pirates. It always ends at pirates....until Piratepunk is the next Steampirate is the next........

  • March 24, 2007, 10:51 p.m. CST

    This was certainly overhyped.

    by Crangdo

    I was expecting something cooler than cool and got some blah pictures instead. Whatever. At least Moriarty got a boner out of it.

  • March 25, 2007, 1:17 a.m. CST

    How are these images cool?

    by Tommy the Cat

    Someone please explain this to me.

  • March 25, 2007, 2:04 a.m. CST

    This shit is new to me

    by AlwaysThere

    I love it.

  • March 25, 2007, 3:42 a.m. CST

    here, let me explain....

    by therightclique

    steampunk is basically when you convert steam into a waveform signal which can play one of three classic punk tunes which are 1.) Holiday In Cambodia 2.) I Want To Conquer The World and 3.)Mmm Bop.... its basically like optical audio, except instead of a fiber optic cable, it uses steam. quite simple actually. They're to make it compatible with iTunes. It's going to be sweet. you can have boiling hot steam melting your face all while listening to three of the greatest songs ever recorded!!!333

  • March 25, 2007, 3:45 a.m. CST


    by therightclique

    NOFX drives a steam-powered winged tourbus/airship. steampunk. it makes perfect sense.

  • March 25, 2007, 9:52 a.m. CST


    by NathanDetroits

    If any of you actually had the attention span to read, the artist admits on his page that there is no originality to any of what he did, so you guys pointing out the unoriginality of his work shows you lack the ability to read more than 2 words of text in any given passage. Shameful.

  • March 25, 2007, 10:11 a.m. CST

    The Han Solo and Chewie one looks really cool

    by Clonetrooper

    If you pretend that they aren't supposed to be Han Solo and Chewbacca. I just think they look like two pretty cool characters. They just aren't Han and Chewie. Cause Chewie's not a dog. He's a wookie. And wookie's don't wear hats.

  • March 25, 2007, 1:12 p.m. CST

    "He boasts that of all the men he's shot, not...

    by Cannabis Holocaust 69

    a single one was able to shoot first" LMAO That's awesome.

  • March 25, 2007, 2:36 p.m. CST

    loved it...

    by lynxpro

    Especially the Han Solo version, not to mention Jabba and Bib Fortuna with the turban. If you want animated steampunk, check out "The Amazing Screw-On Head". People often refer to the material known as "steampunk" as [referencing Jules Verne] "Verne-ish" or "Verne-esque", kinda like how anime used to be referred to as "Japanimation" back in the 80s by many. You can find other traces - aside from obvious ones - of steampunk in scifi genre in stuff like *Max Headroom* or even the 1996 *Doctor Who* tv movie. Actually, check that out for the most in non-Verne material. The TARDIS Console Room is fully steampunk plus gothic.

  • March 25, 2007, 8:30 p.m. CST

    I'm all for interesting reimaginings...

    by mcb650

    ...but this one sucks. Not my cup of tea. I was excited until I saw "Steampunk."

  • March 25, 2007, 8:54 p.m. CST

    I love steampunk, love these mages

    by Doctor_Sin

    Where's the Falcon as a dirigible?