Enjoy a Tall Glass of Blue Milk Special
From its launch in 2009, the webcomic Blue Milk Special has provided a hilariously irreverent yet loving spoof of our favorite movie trilogy set long ago far, far away.
Produced by husband-and-wife comic creators Rod and Leanne Hannah, the first strip set the tone.
I discovered BMS in mid 2010, and liked it so much I went to New York Comic Con that year just to meet the creators. And, you know, other New York stuff.
Nicer comics creators you could not meet. Rod posts a blog along with the BMS strips about things he finds interesting, the struggles of creating a fan project of this scale, and various ways to help people in need of it. I went to see them again at Retrocon 2013.
So far in its more-than-five-year run, BMS has had its way with Star Wars: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, with side trips into Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, The Holiday Special, Shadows of the Empire as well as side side trips to Little Alderaan and Tatooine with Greedo’s cousins. I liked Splinter of the Mind’s Eye cause I read that particular Alan Dean Foster novel as a kid, and it was cool to see BMS’ take on it. As of March 2014, the webcomic was well into Return of the Jedi.
The side trips put the “special” in Blue Milk Special. Not just stories between movies, even the Holiday Special bless its heart, but during them as well. Darth Vader’s coffee obsession. Leia’s Carrie Fisher inspired smoking and other vices. Guest stars from Star Trek, Dr. Who, Battlestar Galactica, Masters of the Universe, and others. Tarkin’s wife, visiting her husband at work.
Delving into the grand moff’s personal story, juggling wife Thalassa and mistress Daala, often while wearing bunny slippers, made his inevitable vaporization almost poignant. Almost.
More recently is the continuing adventure of a surprisingly resilient Biggs Darklighter (who, even in BMS, was blown to bits while attacking the Death Star) and Oola the dancing Twi’lek.
Why is Oola there with Biggs and not in a rancor’s digestive tract? Read BMS to find out! I cheered when I read it.
With hundreds and hundreds of strips so far, the gags are too numerous for me to count.
Not huge fans of the prequels, Rod and Leanne may bring the curtain down on BMS at the end of Return of the Jedi. There will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth when that eventually comes to be. But still lots to go before then, though. Death Star II. Admiral Ackbar. Rabid little Ewoks. And what will become of Biggs and Oola?
I’m totally looking forward to it. Check it out!
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