February 26, 2008

Ralph McQuarrie made Honorary Member

Yesterday, Ralph McQuarrie joined the growing ranks of the 501st as an honorary membership, presented by the CO of the Neon Garrison, Damien Metz, with a number of notable names in the audience: Mary Franklin, Tom Hodges, John Scoleri, Stan Stice, Mark Fordam, and a number of others.

Vader and Ralph McQuarrie
I was a little surprised to see this - I had assumed that he was made into an honorary member a lot earlier, because really, we owe a lot to this guy, who came up with some of the original designs for the Star Wars movies, including most of the imperials, notably Darth Vader and the Storm Troopers. His art work is absolutely wonderful - if you've never checked out his paintings for the original film, do so, they're quite something.

So, congratulations and welcome to Mr McQuarrie!

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Sara said...

holy cow you've been busy between here, quick view from the far side, and I think you've got another one which I can't recall off the top of my head at 11pm on a Wednesday ;)

Andrew said...

Yep, I've got my regular one, this one and the music blog. This is more specialized, so it won't be updated as often as my regular one or my music blog.