What is the future of Star Wars? Our take on LucasFilm’s statement about the Expanded Universe no longer being canon? With all due respect to the high points of the EU and the fans who discovered Star Wars through it, rather than the films, you’re not losing the EU. There will be no mass book burnings or rallies denouncing the EU. The EU is not going to vanish. Those books, comics, games, toys and cards will always be there as the part of history that they already are. They can not take that from you.
I am not surprised by LucasFilm’s decision for the new films to make a clean slate for the sequels. As they say, it will allow audiences to be surprised, and they can cherry pick the best from the EU and ignore the lows of that universe. I realize this may sound dispassionate, but I’ve had to live with a number of retcons across various fandoms I have been dedicated to over the years. After a while you have to accept that it doesn’t matter what the big guy tells you is canon. It’s what’s canon to you. So, our BMS parody of Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, the Holiday Special and Shadows of the Empire are canon for us.
How about we do the Thrawn Trilogy next? We already have Timothy Zahn’s vote. I am sure we will parody Star Wars VII, but that’s not going to stop us embracing the high point of the EU.
Well, just before LucasFilm made their big announcement on the new Star Wars canon (ie no Expanded Universe), Leanne and I participated in a discussion panel at Awesome Con discussing this very thing. And here it is for those that couldn’t fit into the jam packed auditorium or attend the show! Video of our Star Wars Discussion Panel is from Awesome Con last Easter Weekend of 2014 with Timothy Zahn and John “Dak” Morton. Enjoy!
We have exciting news! Blue Milk Special buttons along with Leanne’s Artbooks and Sketchbooks are now available as new ways you can support the project and its creators. As you may have read, we are desperately raising money for medical expenses related to my ankylosing spondylitis. I am on unpaid leave from work and hope to start temporary disability in the next few weeks. In the meantime I have mounting physical therapy and health insurance bills. Rather than just donate, you can actually purchase items from us and get something back beyond this free webcomic we make. So please check out the items below, along with new eBay auctions here.
Our new line of BMS 1 1/2″ pin-back buttons! The first wave features Vader, Biggs Darklighter, Boba Fett and Slave Leia. We will throw in a free Blue Milk Special promo card with every purchase, so if you haven’t been able to pick one of these up at a show, this is your chance!
Help support Blue Milk Special’s creators and wear your pins with pride!
$5.00 (+$2.00 US / $5.00 International shipping)
In celebration of today’s strip, we are offering our readers the opportunity to add this 11×17 print to their collection of Blue Milk Special mementos. All proceeds go directly toward Rod’s medical fund.
Help support Blue Milk Special’s creators and add Boba surfing to your wall, signed by the artists, Rod and Leanne Hannah!
We can ship a set of BMS buttons with the print in the mailing tube and you can save on shipping.
$10.00 (+$6.00 US / WARNING $17.00 International shipping)
Featuring 32 pages of black and white sketches! Limited quantity remaining. We will throw in a free Blue Milk Special promo card with every purchase, so if you haven’t been able to pick one of these up at a show, this is your chance!
If you do not wish to have the book signed, please note it in the “Comments” field below
$10.00 (+$2.00 US / $5.00 International shipping)
Featuring 40 pages of full color pinup and graytoned art!
If you do not wish to have the book signed, please note it in the “Comments” field below We will throw in a free Blue Milk Special promo card with every purchase, so if you haven’t been able to pick one of these up at a show, this is your chance!
$10.00 (+$2.00 US / $5.00 International shipping)
The Print Edition is now available to US via our Paypal store.
Unfortunately, due to the ridiculous cost of international shipping, currently it is not feasible to purchase a $5.00 issue and pay 3x that much for shipping. Until we have more product to increase the value of the purchase, Once Upon a Caper will remain exclusive to US customers.
Print version (US customers only) – $5.00
(+$2.00 US shipping)
Please note, due to high international shipping costs, we will not ship individual purchases of Once Upon a Caper comic internationally. The only way for you to buy Once Upon a Caper if you are outside of the United States will be if you purchase Leanne’s art and sketchbooks along with Once Upon a Caper, then we will ship them together and it will be more cost effective for everyone. This is due to the fact we’re fulfilling the orders ourselves and international shipping rates right now for comic-sized items are silly for only a single issue.
ROD’S EBAY AUCTIONS
As mentioned above, I am also selling a large number of my action figure collection via eBay auctions. I hate to part with childhood icons like Optimus Prime and Doctor Who, but I don’t have an income anymore and I have months of physical therapy ahead, so I have to do whatever I can to not go broke! Please take a look at the following auctions and share with any friends you have that might be interested in the items. I’d like them to go to a good home and hopefully to someone to whom they hold some personal meaning.