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Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

You play the rumor game, you put yourself in a position to be burned, even by people with the best of intentions.

Earlier this week, I ran the second installment of the AICN JEDI COUNCIL articles. Now, a lot of people seem to have misinterpreted the point of the stories. These are not meant to be any sort of final word in SW fandom. Far from it. They’re just a cross-section of people who are drawn to the films, a slightly different group each time, a way for us to kill time until the release of EPISODE III in May of 2005. This is the last countdown to a new STAR WARS film, and I for one plan to enjoy it.

So. There I am at the meeting. All pleased with myself because I’ve got what I was told by one source was STAR WARS III concept art. Not final approved art, mind you, but concept art. And I ran it by someone else who vetted it for me. So I had Obi-Swan show everyone what I was fairly confident was a Ryan Church design for Vader at the end of the film.

And, yes, I was wrong. Totally, absolutely wrong.

I don’t think I was hoaxed intentionally by either of the people I consulted before the Jedi Council. One of them is an old friend, someone I trust in terms of intention. The other may well have confirmed the artwork for me out of a sense of mischief rather than assistance, and if so, then so be it. You take your lumps and move on.

Wanna see the piece of artwork for yourself?


I found that image on the TEAMGT STUDIOS Website, the personal gallery of an artist named Tsai Francis, who appears to have no ties to STAR WARS whatsoever. He’s a talented guy, and I really did like the picture. Call this a case of me wanting to believe something badly enough that I fell for it. I’ll never know by what circuitous route the image found its way into my hands, and I don’t really care. The important thing is, now we know what it is, and we can go back to speculation about EPISODE III.

It’s all just part of the fun, and for every rumor we get right about SW, there are three we get wrong. Lucasfilm plays a good game, and I don’t begrudge them, or other fans, a bit of it. If I did, I’d pout and stamp my foot and just stop playing, and there’s no chance of that. I enjoy it all waaaaay too much.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I spent 12 hours in the hospital today, and I ache from getting a spinal tap. Compared to that, the sting of being pantsed over a piece of artwork ain’t no big thing. I’ll still be bringing you more FanTasia reviews, a FREDDY VS. JASON review, and the second half of the Jedi Council article later in the week. Until then...

"Moriarty" out.

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