Saturday, February 24, 2007

Steampunk Star Wars: Han Solo & Mr. Chewbacca

"I'll be bored of this in a week and start drawing dogs wearing hats or something."

Then I thought, "Why can't it be both?"



Han Solo & Mr. Chewbacca
Han Solo is a notorious gambler, con artist and smuggler. Mr. Chewbacca is his Wookiee partner in crime. The duo is wanted by both the Empire and a number of underworld crime lords, but they manage to stay one step ahead of their pursuers thanks to their ship, the Millennium Falcon, said to be the fastest ship in the galaxy. Solo is also known for his quick draw with a pistol. He boasts that of all the men he's shot, not a single one was able to shoot first.

38 comments:

Jeremy said...

The Millennium Falcon should totally be a zeppelin!

Ryan Sproull said...

A dirigible!

Han Solo & Mr Chewbacca. Fuck. Yeah. Now I want to go play Arcanum again.

joshua said...

your work is amazing, man. many props.

but, as much as fun as you're having making inspired odes to Star Wars (the shared ur-mythos of so many of us), your Han and Chewie characters are good enough and different enough to be stars of their own story. your steam-punk world seems highly funcitionally imagined. i could see these guys in an Alan Moore meets Akira/anime world.

i'd say, start building new characters to go with these guys, give them some adventures, let's see them exploring more of this world.

you're only a step away from a great comic book or movie pitch (or Adult Swim half-hour!).

cheers.
joshua@subverse.org
www.subverse.org

Aaron said...

Amazing!

Jeremy said...

"Not a single one was able to shoot first."

Ha. Nice.

Sage Kiesel said...

The Han character looks too sleazy to be han solo. And stay with the star wars idea, don't try taking those two characters and giving them their own thing. That would just be way too below your potential. And I like the airship idea.

Sage Kiesel said...

The Han character looks too sleazy to be han solo. And stay with the star wars idea, don't try taking those two characters and giving them their own thing. That would just be way too below your potential. And I like the airship idea.

Brett said...

Lucas Skywalker "I got him! I got him, Han!"

Han Solo; "Brilliant boy, now don't go getting cocky on me!"


Dutchess Leia; "I do belive I'd prefer kissing a Wookie!"

Han Solo; "Carefull milady, I CAN arrange that!"

Lela said...

And here was I, foolishly believing that the original Chewbacca could not be improved upon.

eccentric said...

I would buy a print of this... w/o hesitation.

Caz said...

Oh, yes, champion workmanship here. I don't even mind that Chewie doesn't have a more traditional bowcaster. (Although a steam/dynamo-powered crossbow the size of a swingset would be pretty steampunky.)

Eliot said...

You know, they kind of give me a strange sort of Holmes and Watson vibe. Is that too weird?

Technocracygirl said...

Holy crap, this is beautiful. It makes me actually like SW.

And I too am getting a Holmes/Watson vibe. Except I think Chewie would make a better Holmes.

Morgan said...

Awsome stuff! and is it just me or does Han's pistol look an awful lot like Mal's (from firefly) not to mention Chewie's very fine hat!

sciffy kitchen elf said...

steampunk plus star wars. i've died and gone to redheaded nerd steampunk geek heaven.

groovehouse said...

Han so needs a stripe down the leg of his pants in this graphic. Beautiful images btw.

Kenneth said...

I can't wait to see the steampunk Falcon!

Averjoe said...

It may just be me, but shouldn't the Steampunk Han Solo speak with a Cockney accent?

Glenn said...

Bleedin' beautiful.

"Not a single one was able to shoot first."

...Not even that sneaky Chinaman Greedo.

Eric Poulton said...

jeremy: I'm definitely planning to incorporate some zeppelin inspiration into some of the ships.

joshua: Thanks! I was working on an original steampunk space opera world a few months ago, but I only got one or two pieces done before I got bored with it. I may revisit it again in the future though, and incorporate some of the ideas I generated while working on this series.

eccentric: I've had a lot of requests for prints, so I'm looking into that. I'm not sure if I'll be able to offer prints of these though, seeing as the copyrights to these characters don't belong to me.

eliot: I got the same vibe as I was working on the image.

groovehouse: I think you're right. I totally forgot about the stripe.

Everyone else: Thanks!

Eric said...

He's not a quick draw with that holster. It's for lefties and he's holding the gun in his right hand. Sorry.

Eric said...

Damn - I blew it. He's got TWO guns and TWO holsters. What can I say - old eyes.

Paul said...

I figured Chewie would be black in Steampunk. Figure: African slave.

Joseph said...

Just wanted to say: totally sweet. Keep up the good work, I'm really impressed.

Will It Work said...

Of the three, this is, I think, the bast image. It captures the steampunk world down to Solo's limp wrist--a mark of the duelist.

I kept thinking about the ships. In a steam world, the ship would be larger than in classic Star Wars, which means reduced cargo space, which means more ships are needed. A grand time.

I look forward to seeing story here as well.

Rev. Dr. Incitatus said...

'steampunk plus star wars. i've died and gone to redheaded nerd steampunk geek heaven.'

Seconded.

Millennium Falcon as a dirigible, though? Hmm... I think capital ships would make better zeppelins. The Falcon should be some kind of fully customised Wright Bros-style jalopy with wing-struts poking out at every conceivable angle. It still has to be the 'fastest ship in the fleet', so we're talking an airspeed of at least 40 knots in a headwind.

Ronnie said...

Wow, this is really great. A few things.

Chewy looks really cool, but together it looks like a steampunk han/chewie, mixed with steampunk sherlock/watson mixed with steampunk shaggy/scooby doo. still a very fetching design.

I agree that the falcon needs to be something other than a dirigible, they're much too slow. I could see a wright bros jalopey, or a early whirlybird, something like a manipulated davinci aero-screw.

Last thing, totally awesome points for making mention that NO ONE has ever drawn a gun on Han, EVER.

MEMEPUNKS said...

You sir are an artistic (and otherwise) genius. Steam Punk Star Wars... Everything looks great! keep it coming!

Some thoughts. Luke in an X-Wing Bi Plane. Star Destroyer zepplins, Obiwan as an old Nikola Teslsa. Clockwork C3P0 and steam boiler R2. And of course Steam Punk Boba Fett!

Something about the chewwie doesnt sit right though. What about instead of a sort of watson-hound... More of a Gorilla Passepartout?

ramahughes said...

more, more, more! these are fantastic!

james henry said...

All these illustrations are great, but I think this one's my favourite.

seanie said...

This is amazing. You may have actually found a way to knock the hideous memory of Episodes 1 through 3 out of my mind. The story you tell with just these four pictures is just so perfect.

Thank you.

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