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C-3PO And R2-D2 Remind You To Vaccinate Your Kids In This Vintage Star Wars Poster

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Star Wars VaccinesWith all of the talk lately about whether or not you should immunize your children, and by talk we mean people who don’t really understand the topic yelling loudly in public, its hard to tell who you should actually be listening to. One voice, however, cuts through all the rest—and it just so happens to be the one we here at GFR wholeheartedly endorse—and that is the lovable droids from Star Wars.

That’s right, C-3PO and his diminutive astromech sidekick R2-D2 want to remind all of you parents out there to get your children vaccinated. Or at least they did. Back in the mid-1980s, Lucasfilm granted the Centers for Disease Control permission to use the two as spokesbots of sorts to raise awareness of the necessity of vaccines. This vintage poster was distributed across the country to state and local health departments, and riding high on an outbreak of Star Wars fever, it was hugely popular.

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Star Wars Meets World War II And Microsoft Paint In These Fan Made Images

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star warsAs we approach the new wave of Star Wars, which technically started yesterday with the release of the novel Star Wars: A New Dawn (a precursor to the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels), but will really heat up with J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, we’re going to see fans celebrating their favorite franchise in a variety of ways. Chief among these expressions is fan art, and we’ve got a couple of doozies for you to check out.

First are these epic images from Thirteenth Floor (where you can purchase them to hang on your very own wall if you’re so inclined), which interject iconic images from Star Wars into photographs from World War II. And as strange as this combination may sound on the surface, the end results are beautiful, and unexpectedly haunting, especially this one of soldiers marching into what is sure to be a vicious conflict as X-Wing fighters soar towards the Death Star, which looks even more ominous and sinister hovering in this black and white sky.

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Star Wars Rebels Offers Up A Four-Minute Sneak Peek

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Moving forward, everything Disney and Lucasfilm produce is going to be a part of the official Star Wars canon, and the first piece we’re going to get is the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels. Okay, the novel Star Wars: A New Dawn (which tells the story of how two of the Rebels crew first comes together) is first up, but reading is hard. Though we’re still a few months off from seeing this, we now have another sneak peek of the series.

Set in the “Dark Period” that falls between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, Rebels tells the story of the seeds of what will ultimately become the Rebel Alliance of the original trilogy. As the Galactic Empire tightens its grip on the galaxy, pockets of rebellion appear, including the one featured in Rebels.

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Star Wars Characters Get A Long Shadow Flat Design Makeover

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Star WarsOver the course of the next few years, and by few I mean between now and 2020, a massive tidal wave of Star Wars is about to crash down on top of us. Between the animated series Star Wars Rebels, J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, and the standalone movies directed by the likes of Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank, it makes sense that long dormant fandoms are being reignited and celebrated. Nowhere is that more clear than in the world of fan art, and these flat look renderings of your favorite characters from that far, far away galaxy are pretty damn fantastic.

This is an aesthetic approach that’s very popular in the graphic design world right now. It’s a simple, minimalistic approach that offers clean lines and uncluttered presentations. Artist Filipe Carvalho has translated all of the most iconic of the Star Wars characters, and we all know there are a ton of iconic characters in the franchise. Presented in this style, he takes each individual’s defining visual characteristics and distills his or her appearance down to the most basic identifying elements.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Adds Game Of Thrones Swordsman Miltos Yerolemou

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Miltos YerolemouHave you ever rewatched the first season of Game of Thrones, specifically those scenes when young Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) learns to fence from maestro Syrio Forel, and thought, “What’s that dude been up to? He should be in way more stuff.” If you have, you’re in luck, because that actor, Miltos Yerolemou, has just been cast to appear in a galaxy far, far away in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.

Surprise, surprise, there’s no word on his role, but the BBC reports that he has indeed joined the cast in some unspecified role. According to the article, Yerolemou’s presence is not expected to be a particularly major one, but given his background and penchant for handling a sword, you better believe everyone is going to suspect that he’ll wield a lightsaber at some point. That sounds like a pretty safe bet from where we sit.

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Star Wars Rebels Short Is Not What You Think

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Before we even get to the new animated series Star Wars Rebels, the first official post-Disney buyout addition to the canon, it looks like we’re going to get to know the main core of characters. Lucasfilm has released a stream of shorts, each one focusing primarily on one piece of the main group—we’ve hung out with the sassy astromech Chopper, the Mandalorian graffiti artist Sabine, and muscle-bound badass Zeb—and now they’re back with another.

Titled “Not What You Think,” this three-minute short gives you the chance to spend some time with Ezra Bridger, and get to know the new addition to the Star Wars universe. Though, in the grand scheme of things, he fits into the Luke Skywalker mold, there’s also a bit of Han Solo to Ezra as well. Rebels is set in the between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, where the Empire is tightening its sinister grip on that far, far away galaxy, and there are seeds of rebellion popping up in the outer rims.