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Summer 74 The Saga of Star Wars Goes on!

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A tolerably lengthy timespan back … in a cosmic system suspiciously like our very own … a peculiar and engaging Maine-made funnies arrangement is occurring.

In it, a daring dealer named Hansel and his periphery jacketed, ambiguously cumbersome sidekick from another land, Chuey, race around the dusty spans of 1974 Barstow, California, in their custom van (the Bicentennial Falcon) so as to spare his rich sweetheart, Princess, from the underhanded intrigues of her politically goal-oriented dad, Dr. Wear Vaeder, who is in the thrall of the dim master of all the land, Richard Nixon. Goodness, and there's an innocent, experience looking for farmboy named Lucas in there, as well.

That is the set-up for "Summer of '74," a yearningly humorous and senseless realistic novel from Maine film maker and now comic book maker Scott Taylor. Taylor (who's delivered Maine executive Kyle Rankin's element's "The Witch Files" and "Night of the Living Deb," in addition to other things) is profound into making and arranging a rambling, suspiciously "Star Wars"- esque story of 1970s agitators, severe government types, quick vehicles, derring-do and more social references than you can shake a lightsaber at. For Taylor, the merging of political parody, satire and George Lucas' "Star Wars" universe is a fixation that is involved him for a long, long time.

Right in 2012, Taylor says he and his late companion Liam Scheff were talking "Star Wars," like two self-regarding "Star Wars" nerds do, when Scheff asked him, "What is 'Star Wars' the point at which you remove the space wizards and laser swords?" Naturally (to them both, at any rate), the appropriate response returned as a wide-going, freestyle reinterpretation of George Lucas' science fiction, mythic space musical drama of good and underhanded as a 1970s experience of cops, bootleggers, a malevolent president, shadowy corporate interest and the intermittent not recommended hike through time. The pair in the end transformed the majority of their transformative ruminations into a phase play called "Summer of '74" that played at Portland's PortFringe celebration. Presently, Taylor is proceeding with his voyage into unapproved spinoff experience with an arranged three-section (and past) realistic novel arrangement nearby Maine funnies craftsman Bob Tkacik.

Movie producer Scott Taylor has set up a Kickstarter crusade to fun his "Star Wars"- enlivened comic book, set in California during the '70s. Outline by Bob Tkacik

With Tkacik ("rhymes with enchantment," clarifies Taylor) giving energetic, clever life to the thoughts that have for some time been whooshing through his febrile creative ability, Taylor is arranging a December arrival of the primary volume of his adventure. With respect to why he went the comic book course, moviemaker Taylor was concise. "I didn't have $2 million for confirmation of idea." Fair enough. Be that as it may, while the independently published funnies position is increasingly affordable, it's not really free, which is the reason Taylor has taken his journey to the web based crowdfunding webpage Kickstarter.

With a hard due date for the win big or bust crusade infringing like a particularly moderate moving Star Destroyer (his $11,000 target must be come to by May 31), Taylor is sufficiently trusting of the science fiction dependable will jump on board his own redid "Star Wars" vehicle to help make his one of a kind dream an attractive reality. Clarifying that fan-financed Kickstarter is presently the third-biggest distributer of funnies (behind Marvel and DC) in the nation, Taylor calls the community oriented methodology it speaks to the initial step – as one Jedi ace once said – into a bigger world.

"I simply need it to continue onward," Taylor said. "These accounts simply give me euphoria. They've been in my mind for a long time, and now it's a great opportunity to get them out." As to why his specific "Star Wars"- meets-1970s-America milieu sounds good to him, Taylor focuses to "Star Wars" maker Lucas' adjustment of the legend making all inclusiveness expounded on by Joseph Campbell as his motivation. " 'Star Wars' characterized my adolescence," Taylor said. "It energized my mythic creative ability. Lucas drew from Campbell's idea of paradigms and superbly caught lightning in a container, with the majority of the legends of the past repackaged in a manner energizing and new to an age of children and youthful grown-ups." (For representation, Taylor follows "The Empire Strikes Back's" snow speeder tow links strategy back to J.R.R. Tolkien, at that point back to Hannibal's elephants.)

Furthermore, "Summer of '74's" setting enables Taylor to apply those equivalent great and abhorrence models to American history, a nervy marriage of motion picture references and the untidy, some of the time out and out Vader-esque maneuvers of an American government whose voracity doesn't generally agree with the fantasy of American exceptionalism. "The craft of parody implies taking something commonplace and including a little curve," said Taylor, indicating his Chuey's understanding as an exile from Guatemala as one keenly layered precedent. "Chuey's fled from the 1954 Guatemalan upset (driven by the CIA) to America. He has PTSD and self-sedates with cannabis, which is one reason why no one in the story can get him."

Yet, shouldn't something be said about that entire copyright circumstance, particularly since Lucas has sold his whole "Star Wars" universe to the tentatively malicious, without a doubt hostile realm that is Disney? Taylor, refering to the "reasonable use" tenet, says that his loving parody of both America and the "Star Wars" establishment won't cross paths with any squadrons of Disney legal counselors. "It's a remark on society and the source material itself," Taylor clarified. "Like Lucas did with individuals like Campbell, and Tolkien, and different sources, it's tied in with taking the prime examples and refining them." (Taylor likewise takes note of that his band of agitators will keep running into some other understood science fiction properties, similar to "Specialist Who" and "Back to the Future," en route.)

So in the event that you can't get enough "Star Wars" or think the perpetual strip-digging of Lucas' characters for somewhat frustrating spinoff films needs a peculiar, strong boost, at that point the "Mid year of '74″ is out there, simply hanging tight for your help. Furthermore, recall, help them – you're their solitary expectation.

Dennis Perkins is an independent author who lives in Auburn with his significant other and feline.


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