“For me, my expression of love for the films was channeled through drawing,” says Jeffrey Brown, a cartoonist and graphic novelist based out of Chicago, whose latest series of books pokes gentle fun at the “Star Wars” universe by imagining Darth Vader as a dad with everyday worries and chores.
“Darth Vader and Son” finds the Dark Lord of the Sith taking his 4-year-old son, Luke, out for ice cream, playing hide-and-seek, and trying to get him to pick up his toys. In one cartoon, Luke whines about not getting his way, and Vader responds with a line familiar to fans of the series: “I am altering the deal. Pray I don’t alter it any further.”
There are plenty of in-jokes for adult fans, including jabs at Ewoks and Jar-Jar Binks. But these all come from a loving place, according to Brown. “It’s not making fun of those aspects, [but more] just making a joke about those things,” Brown explains. “It’s not mean-spirited in any way. Growing up, I loved the Ewoks,” he points out. “Kids today love Jar-Jar.”
And what about ruining the surprise that Darth Vader is Luke’s father? “As much as that’s a spoiler that comes with this book... until you see the movies, the impact of that revelation isn’t the same.”
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