Mike Mitchell's 'Star Wars' portraits turned into background images

Mike Mitchell's 'Star Wars' portraits turned into background images

I haven't posted in a while -- been a little busy with some wedding planning and some work things. But since last week was May 4 and all of my social media feeds were ablaze with Star Wars appreciation, I took some time to turn a few of my favorite Mike Mitchell portraits into backgrounds on my desktop. Which, side note: All of the Mitchell portraits are amazing and while you may be currently kicking yourself for missing all of them and not having $300 to blow on eBay right now, rest assured they'll (probably) make more. Sign up for the Mondo newsletter if you want to find out when they're released.

Anyway, that Instagram post got enough likes, and enough people asked about the backgrounds, that I decided to turn the rest of Mitchell's portraits into desktop backgrounds as well. Then I made backgrounds sized for iPhone 7 screens and iPhone 7 Plus screens to boot. Here are all of those for download.

I will note that I'm not the best at Photoshop, and I didn't dedicate too much time to any single one of these. If you notice anything odd, feel free to let me know and I'll update the image in Dropbox.

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Just read: Both 'Star Wars: Kanan' trade paperbacks

Just read: Both 'Star Wars: Kanan' trade paperbacks

After checking out the Princess LeiaLando and Chewbacca mini-series in Marvel's ongoing Star Wars universe, I moved onto the Kanan trade paperbacks. These two trades collect a total of 12 issues, which represent the full run for Kanan. It's worth noting that Kanan is a character in the TV series Rebels, which I haven't watched at all yet -- so I went into this needing something of an introduction to the character and not knowing anything about his backstory. 

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Just read: Marvel's 'Star Wars' mini-series 'Princess Leia,' 'Chewbacca' and 'Lando'

Just read: Marvel's 'Star Wars' mini-series 'Princess Leia,' 'Chewbacca' and 'Lando'

After taking a pretty decently long break from reading, with the exception of a couple novels that I'll write about soon, I returned to the land of trade paperbacks with a few more titles in the Star Wars universe from Marvel. The three trades I read recently include Princess LeiaChewbacca and Lando. Each of these three trade paperbacks collect a full mini-series run, and each run consists of five issues.

That makes these titles great short reads for those who are interested in going a bit deeper on specific characters. As I'll write, the timing and placement of these characters and the adventures they get into make for a very enjoyable ride. I'm still reading some more Star Wars stuff right now -- currently making my way through both trade paperbacks in the Kanan storyline, and I'll have a separate post for those.

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Just read: Marvel's 'Star Wars' & 'Darth Vader'

Just read: Marvel's 'Star Wars' & 'Darth Vader'

Over the past few months, I've started chronicling my foray into comic books by blogging about the Batman trade paperbacks I've been reading. In an effort to keep myself from blowing through my Batman list too fast, though, I branched out and picked up a few other titles as a breather between Batstories. 

I picked up the first two volumes of Marvel's Star Wars title -- Skywalker Strikes and Showdown on Smuggler's Moon -- in addition to the first two volumes of their Darth Vader title -- VADER and Shadows & Secrets. Additionally, I bought Vader Down, which is a crossover event between these two titles and fits nicely at the end of each of the first two volumes. In total, these five trade paperbacks comprise about 15 issues from each of the runs.  

The decision to pick these up wasn't as easy as it might seem for a big fan of the movies. I love Star Wars more than just about every other media property, and I felt myself really, really taking a liking to comic books as well -- I've yet to be disappointed by any of the Batman volumes I've read, and I've been enjoying those much more than I anticipated -- but the Star Wars books seemed super iffy to me. Obviously, Marvel's got as good a track record as any other publisher, but the idea of putting the ginormousness of Star Wars onto a colored-and-inked page seemed potentially underwhelming (for reference, I've never read any of Marvel's past Star Wars work). I equate Star Wars with grandiose shots of star destroyers rumbling overhead, and just as much with booming soundtracks that make your seat shake. In fact, I just bought tickets to see a marathon of the original trilogy in a huge, fancy theatre mainly in search of the loudest viewing experience possible.

On top of that, how would an artist depict a Han Solo smirk or Princess Leia scowl or Luke Skywalker shoulder shrug the way we'd seen Ford, Fisher and Hamill do it on the big screen? And how would the writers be able to come up with novel storylines that take place between the lines of the existing films and other canon publications? All in all, it seemed like a tall order and I wasn't sure any comic book would be able to live up to the huge expectations I will forever place on any official piece of Star Wars-related media.

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My 'Star Wars' Funko POP! Collection

My 'Star Wars' Funko POP! Collection

Soon after watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December, I got the semi-nostalgic itch to buy toys of my new favorite characters. I had action figures from the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy when I was young, and I had a desire to find some cool collectibles of Rey, Finn, Poe, BB-8 and Kylo Ren at the very least. 

It didn't take too much searching to decide that Funko's POP! bobbleheads were the coolest Star Wars toys on the market, for my money. These POP! collectibles are super popular and I already had a couple of them, so I immediately went ahead and bought the aforementioned characters as well as Captain Phasma, Chewie, and some retailer-specific exclusives of Rey and Finn. I was luckily to get in on the first wave of availability for these characters; not too long after the movie came out in theaters, it became really difficult to find Rey anywhere. 

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The Incomparable's 'Star Wars' Saga

The Incomparable's 'Star Wars' Saga

Over the past several weeks, I've managed to sneak in listens to old episodes of The Incomparable amongst my regular podcast listening. There's been a reason for my foray into significantly old episodes (two of these date back more than four years) -- Snell & Co. have done a two-part episode for every single Star Wars film to date. They've been a wonderful listen as I continue to await my first showing of The Force Awakens

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