For those of you mystified by the cryptic stenciling reference, I congratulate you on having a life.

As for the rest of us, we’ve committed this ridiculous detail to memory (above and lovingly repossessed from the Twitter feed of a George Lucas fan from Japan. See how far and wide I search just for your visual pleasure?)

Now if you want to witness something else truly ridiculous, be amazed by Ralph McQuarrie’s breathtaking contribution to unsaid movie.

Page One Notes:

  • I think it’s time we talk about the “camera” I’ve been referencing in script. If this were an animated film, the camera would have dissolved through the window from the prologue into the start of this issue. Orson Welles did a similar dissolve in Citizen Kane, and I think that sequence bears viewing as it very much gets across the movement I am trying to simulate in the first two issues. As I’ve said before, I no idea if this will work, but I intend to find out — or go down trying.
  • THE CRYSTAL SKULL. All I have to say about THAT is THIS.
  • THE HOLY GRAIL. Let’s face it, Monty Python did a much cooler grail than George Lucas. Too bad that grail wasn’t included in these LEGO playsets.
  • NECRONOMICON. It’s all about Evil Dead, people. Courtesy of Tom Sullivan’s Museum which I actually got to experience in person quite a few years back.
  • MALLEUS MALEFICARUM. Check out this sweet 16th century binding courtesy of the University of Glasgow.
  • Montague Summers was a fascinating character in his own right. A self-proclaimed Catholic priest who relished his reputation as learned Catholic witch hunter, he also produced the first English translation of the aforementioned Malleus Maleficarum (1487) and The Discovery of Witches (1647).
  • President Kennedy was actually more of a pointer (here, here and here) than a thumbs up kind of a guy, but I think the universal thumbs up gesture better gets across the immediacy of what I’m looking for. Surprisingly, there are not a lot of animated GIFs of the 35th U.S. President. Unless, of course, you want to watch the deeply upsetting final seconds of his life over and over again (don’t say I didn’t warn you).
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