Endnotes and Digressions:
1. Want to learn more about "Return of Pink Five"? There's a making-of blog, a trailer and much more at PinkFive.com.
2. The remarkable effects shot in the second panel is from the upcoming fan-film "I.M.P.S.: The Relentless" -- a mockumentary set on a Star Destroyer. You can learn more at the film's official site, IMPSTheRelentless.com.
3. If you want to see some of these fabled "fan films" for yourself, here are a few starter resources: Click here to read an article I wrote on the subject last year, in which I linked to a few of my favorites. You can also find a massive, curated collection of the better fan-made flicks (covering everything from "Star Wars" to superheroes to "Blake's 7," apparently) at TheForce.net and FanFilms.net.
4. This comic was brutally condensed from an instant-message interview with Hanel. If you want to read the full chat -- which touches on his excellent poker blog; his friendship with Wil Wheaton; his Stormtrooper uniform; and what Hanel's parents think of their son dressing up as Darth Vader -- it's all right here.
5. The cartoonist is painfully aware of the tail-devouring insularity of building a comic around a geeked-out conversation with his occasional collaborator on this very comic strip. This I swear: Next time, I will interview a serious fan-filmmaker/poker-blogger/Darth Vader impersonator not of my acquaintance.
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