Hi, Moon Sedai Here. As many of you may know, I’m a sucker for a good web comic, so today I thought I would introduce you to one that fits with this month’s theme of “30 Days and Knights” of Star Wars. This web comic is a brilliant series called Blue Milk Special.
Blue Milk Special is a non-profit webcomic that is parodying the Original Trilogy, the Holiday Special, and Splinter of the Mind’s Eye (the first published Star Wars Novel) and has been running since 2009 and is on the TopWebComics.com list.
The strip is designed by Leanne and Rod Hannah, and is translated into five languages.
I would like to note that while I am showing a few images from the web series on this blog, I am specifically avoiding showing the most epic scenes we know and love from the Trilogy and instead focusing on a few moments from the series that are entertaining.
Many of you may have already heard of this strip, but for those who have not, I suggest you give it a try Here is a sample strip from early in the series.
One thing I notice is that Vader is not only drinking coffee through a straw, but he’s using a Star Trek mug for his beverage. This is a bit of subtle humor that makes the strip feel exciting, and reminds the reader that the series is really about the fans.
This comic is not meant for children. It’s meant for teenagers and adults There are incidents with characters smoking, sexual innuendos, mild language, gore, and violence not found in the Original Trilogy. As of right now, they are not planning on covering the Prequel Trilogy, but they have over 400 strips covering from A New Hope, the Holiday Special, the novel Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, Empire Strikes Back, Shadows of the Empire, and Return of the Jedi. A breakdown of where you can find parts of their stories can be found here.
The thing I really enjoying about the series is that, especially in the most recent strips, Blue Milk Special expands beyond Star Wars and brings in beloved characters from other Science Fiction story lines as well.
Here are a few examples:
Anyone familiar with last month’s Browncoat theme will understand why I latched on to this aspect of Blue Milk Special
But the expanse of their SciFi crossovers can be seen in this “bonanza” strip:
They include not only Star Wars and Firefly, but Battlestar Gallactica, Babylon 5, Star Trek, Power Rangers, and Blake’s 7 in the mix (with the Doctor showing up later on).
Another thing the comic writers are good at for this series is explaining their references. When a strip focuses on a lesser-known Science Fiction moment or points out something that many fans might miss, the authors show it in the comments below. They don’t shame the reader by assuming we know why Character X is wearing makeup or that we know who Character Y is. This is one thing I find far superior to many other Star Wars or fan-based projects.
The strip breaks the fourth wall on occasion, acknowledging that it is a comic strip, or talking about ‘Wait a minute, we’re in a movie’ and teasing about George Lucas.
Overall, this is one comic series I enjoy following with a passion, and I look forward to seeing what they’re going to do with the rest of Jedi.