Yay! LED 2K16- A Night At The Space Opera

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Yay! Legends Every Day concludes in galaxies far, far away.

By Daniel Barron


We’ve taken you to Westeros, Middle-Earth, and across both battle lines of comicdom’s Big Two, but now Yay! LA must fulfill its destiny and bring balance to the internet. This concluding set in our Yay! Legends Every Day project boldly goes on a space odyssey through galaxies far, far away. Whatever you find on this final frontier- be it kinship with an indigenous race, space babes, swashbuckling adventure, or a confusing peyote trip- we hope that you have found this multimedia journey through genre fiction as satisfying as our last one. We could not be more proud of our hardworking, visionary artists. Goodnight, you princesses of Mars, you kings of New Caprica.

Yay! LA Magazine will soon be entering cryosleep, but stay tuned for a full recap of the Yay! Legends Every Day series.

Oh, one more thing: in case of an emergency, you can always make poop potatoes.



2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – Melisa des Rosiers

“My Mind is Going. I Can Feel It.”
Medium: watercolor and ink on watercolor paper

Size: 8×16″

“I love the immensely slow shots in 2001: A Space Odyssey which lead to the wild ride at the end with its psychedelic, trippy cuts and colors. I wanted to capture the feeling of those immense shots, as well as the film’s explorations of consciousness and the origins of humanity.”

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Avatar (2009) – Ankat Hermanns

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Barbarella (1968) – Cristina Tillotson

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Battlestar Galactica (2004) – Elias Shamir

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Buck Rogers (1928) – Tara Themm

Medium: acrylic on panel

Size: 8×10″

‘Having always been a big fan of vintage sci-fi, Buck Rogers was a no-brainer to take on. The whimsical view of the future portrayed in this series is simply fun to watch today. For this reason, I decided to apply a more comical concept to this piece, resulting on Wilma Deering’s whole new take on a death stare.”

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Fantastic Planet (1974) – Hal Hafner

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The Fifth Element (1997) – Carolina Seth

“She Got Multipass”

Medium: watercolor and ink

Size: 8×10″

“I chose The Fifth Element because it was unusual and very entertaining. The futuristic visuals were unique. I particularly enjoyed Milla Jovovich as Leelpoo, who I always thought was a very cool character, both vulnerable and strong. And only she can pull off that hair and those skimpy outfits.”

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Firefly (2002) – Kevyn Schmidt

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Halo: Combat Evolved (2001) – Ryan Bartlett

“One One Seven, Zero Four”

Medium: charcoal, pastel, and ink

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The Martian (2015) – Vanessa McKee

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Mass Effect (2008) – Priscilla Kim

“I feel one of the reasons Mass Effect resonated with so many people was the ability to tailor Shepard to their taste- anyone who’s really into the series has their own personal ‘canon’ Commander Shepard (myself included!). I wanted to play with that idea by having many different versions of Shep reflected endlessly, stretching into infinity.”

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A Princess of Mars (1912) – Patricia Smith

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Saga (2012) – Spencer McCarty

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Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) – Nicole Goux

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Star Wars (1977) – Weshoyot Alvitre

Medium: mixed media on comic book backboard

“My intention with this piece was to summarize the franchise in a singular image, something that displays the feel of everything Star Wars, simplified as a very basic standalone image.

I also wanted to capture my own associations with art from the 70s and a huge part of that is going through paperback novels at the thrift store and asking my mom to buy these weird sci-fi and fantasy books solely for the covers. I remembered some folded out, some had circular peepholes that revealed a full painting on the title page. That and the usage of white space.

I tried to make this look like a one-off, beat-up old novel cover from one of those thrift shops. One with embossed letters…a peephole cover. I used the image of Luke, with the twin suns of Tatooine, as representation of his sense that he’s part of this huge, massive great thing…and the metaphor for the trilogy.”

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The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – Stefano Flonta

Medium: watercolor

Size: 9.4×13″

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The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – Tea Cake

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Star Wars Clone Wars (2008) – Jenn Rose

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Star Wars Rebels (2014) – Jenn Rose

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Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (1996) – Ryan Bartlett

Medium: charcoal, pastel, and ink

“I passed over some of my favorite titles when presented with an excuse to put a spin on a character from Shadows of the Empire. Arguably the crown jewel of the old Star Wars Expanded Universe, Shadows was the movie without the movie. It was perhaps the ultimate manifestation of the darkness and grit that I loved about the pre-prequels 90s Star Wars.

I’ve always dug the Leebo character, but unfortunately he was criminally-underused post-1996, and there’s not a lot of reference material to pull from. That opened the door for me to use a little creative license when addressing some of the details. I continued to use the charcoal, pastel, and ink combination that much of my current work consists of.”

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The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) – Jeff McMillan

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Rudderless college graduate Daniel Barron founded Yay! LA Magazine on a love of writing, passion for the arts, and a firm belief that people really like talking about themselves. He contributed to a number of publications, including LA Music Blog and the defunct The Site Unscene, before deciding to cover arts and entertainment the way he wanted to read it. He works as a freelance writer and digital PR consultant in his current home of Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter at @YayDanielBarron.

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