Book Review: ‘William Shakespeare’s The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh’

Two trilogies are now behind us, dear reader….Thank you for sharing this journey with me, and may the Force be with you onward, into episodes 7, 8, and 9. – Ian Doescher, in his Afterword to William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge: Star Wars Part the Third Roll swiftly as thou canst, goodContinue reading “Book Review: ‘William Shakespeare’s The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh’”

Book Review: ‘William Shakespeare’s Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge: Star Wars Part the Third’

The boy is nearly now within my grasp, And I shall make him mine with this next move. I shall devise a play to pull him in, Some tale that pricks his heart with grief and woe. Come players, to the list, ye are engag’d! – Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, Act II, Scene 4, William Shakespeare’sContinue reading “Book Review: ‘William Shakespeare’s Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge: Star Wars Part the Third’”

Book Review: ‘William Shakespeare’s The Clone Army Attacketh: Star Wars Part the Second’

On July 7, 2015, Philadelphia-based Quirk Books published Ian Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s The Clone Army Attacketh: Star Wars Part the Second, the fifth book in a series of nine in which the author reimagines the Skywalker Saga as plays written by the greatest dramatist in English literature – William Shakespeare. Doescher, who was born inContinue reading “Book Review: ‘William Shakespeare’s The Clone Army Attacketh: Star Wars Part the Second’”

Book Review: ‘William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return: Star Wars Part the Sixth’

Emperor:This lightsaber that resteth by my side– Thou doest desire it hotly, doest thou not?The hate doth swell within thee even now–It hath an aura palpable. Take upThy Jedi weapon, use it. I–as thouCanst see–am quite unarm’d. So strike me down With all thy hatred, let thine anger stirEach moment thou dost more become myContinue reading “Book Review: ‘William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return: Star Wars Part the Sixth’”

Book Review: ‘Wacky Packages New New New’

Wacky Packages. If you were a kid growing up in the early to mid-1970s, you probably remember Topps’s Wacky Packages stickers, which were parodies of American consumer products and their packaging (hence the name “Wacky Packages”). More than likely, if you were around 10 years old in 1973 when Topps – known for its BazookaContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Wacky Packages New New New’”

Book Review: ‘Wacky Packages’

On June 1, 2008, Abrams ComicArts published Wacky Packages, a collection of the first seven series of Topps Chewing Gum Company’s irreverent trading cards that featured parodies of American consumer goods. Created by a team of artists that included Art Spiegelman (Maus), Norm Saunders, Jay Lynch, Kim Deitch, and Tom Sutton, Wacky Packages became aContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Wacky Packages’”