Kids say the darnedest things: Doesn't Luke know that ruling the galaxy IS a treat?
Ever wondered what it would be like if Darth Vader had to raise Luke and Leia by himself?
Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith, leads the Galactic Empire against the heroic Rebel Alliance. But before he can take care of the Rebels, Lord Vader must first take care of his son – four-year-old Luke Skywalker…
Wait, what? Darth Vader as a father, raising Luke Skywalker? Well, yeah. That’s the premise of cartoonist Jeffrey Brown’s series of Star Wars cartoon books, which revolve around Darth Vader being pretty much hands-on as a parent for the Skywalker twins, Luke and Leia. Brown adapts iconic scenes and dialogues from all the Star Wars movies to suit the everyday humdrum life of a Sith Lord who has to take care of the kids, and a father who cheats while playing hide and seek (“You cannot hide forever, Luke. Your thoughts betray you.”), and has to answer awkward questions such as “Why is it called a Death Star?”
According to Brown, the initial idea for Vader And Son came when he was asked to sketch a possible Google doodle for Father’s Day. “They (Google) wanted something about how awkward an everyday moment would be between Luke and Vader,” he explained in an e-mail interview.
“I immediately thought it’d be fun to make Luke four years old and put Vader in the situations I was experiencing as a parent. Google decided not to use the idea, so I was able to take it and turn it into a book.”
Unlike his earlier Incredible Change-Bots books, which parodied the Transformers, Brown wanted the Darth Vader books to use the original Star Wars characters. “I didn’t want to make it parody or have to change the names and appearances. I wanted to use the real Star Wars characters, scenes and quotes,” he said.
With licensing and copyright a potential stumbling block, he took the idea to his publishers, Chronicle, who worked out the deal with Lucasfilm to make it an official Star Wars book.
As a result, Brown got to work with Lucasfilm on the development of the books, from concept to final artwork.
“It’s been a good working relationship, because they always seem to understand what I’m trying to do. I’ve never had them make me change something I didn’t want to change, and actually they’ve had lots of helpful suggestions that have made the books better,” he said.
“Beyond that, everyone I meet from Lucasfilm has been overwhelmingly positive in their response to the books, which is very gratifying.”