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Comic #674

1 {scene: Death Star control room}
1 Tarkin: Since you are reluctant to provide us with the location of the Rebel base, I have chosen to test this station's destructive power...
2 {scene change: exterior view of peaceful blue planet}
2 Tarkin: ... on your home planet of Alderaan.
3 {scene change: back in the Death Star}
3 Leia: No! Alderaan is peaceful. We have no weapons. You can't possibly...
4 Tarkin: Don't give me that! This is the special DVD edition! Alderaan fires first!

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I made Alderaan using the freeware POV-Ray raytracing software. Industrial Light and Magic in a can.


2013-12-24 Rerun commentary: I had to make do here with a sub-optimal hairstyle for Leia. When I made this strip, a LEGO Leia figure was only available with the distinctive "buns" hairstyle in the large Millennium Falcon set 7190 or set 4504. Now while these would be great sets to have, at the time I didn't want to spend over $100 just to get a Leia figure for my comics. So I made do with the not-entirely-convincing replacement hairstyle seen here.

It turns out that some of those old Leia figures are now rare enough to command prices well over $100 just for the figure alone. So if I'd bought one of those sets back in 2004 or so, I could have made a profit on my investment and kept the entire Millennium Falcon set except for the Leia figure into the bargain.

Hindsight is a cruel thing.

(It reminds me of a story a friend of mine tells about when he was first getting into Magic: The Gathering back around 1994, and one of his friends told him that he was buying a set of Moxes and a Black Lotus, and did my friend want to get a set as well. My friend asked how much; his friend said $50. My friend said, "Are you nuts?! I'm not spending $50 on some pieces of cardboard!!!")

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