What the Fandom: Darths & Droids (Webcomic)

Join our host Marie-Claire Gould (@mariecgould) and our guests David Morgan-Mar (@dmmaus) and Andrew Shellshear (@shellshear) and in our segment ‘What the Fandom’ as we discuss the unparalleled Webcomic Darths and Droids which has been running for the last 11 years. This amazing comic is the parent venn diagram between Star Wars, Roleplaying games and headcanon. Come in, get your pre-rolled dice ready! Come listen to Marie-Claire Fangirl!

What is Darths & Droids?
Darths & Droids is an “RPG screencap comic”.

RPG – The characters in our comic are roleplaying game (RPG) players. The Game-Master (GM) guides the players as they take the roles of characters on a quest in a science-fiction universe.
Screencap – Our visuals come from screencaps (still frames) of Star Wars movies.
Comic – This means it’s funny. We hope.
(More: http://www.darthsanddroids.net/faq.html)

Awesome Links:
Website: http://www.darthsanddroids.net/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarthsAndDroids

All of DMM’s amazing Stuff: http://www.dangermouse.net/

Eavesdropper: http://www.mezzacotta.net/eavesdropper/

What the Force Twitter: @WTForceshow

What the Force Website: Whattheforce.ca

What the Force Email: wtforcepodcast@gmail.com

Our Intro and Exit Music is Mars from The Planets by Gustav Holst 1914-1916 (Public Domain). Performed by the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band Recorded 1998. This file is a work of a U.S. Air Force Airman or employee, taken or made as part of that person’s official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image or file is in the public Domain. http://www.heritageofamericaband.af.mil/recordings/frontiers.asp

Joseph Campbell / Star Wars

I refer to the Heroes Journey many times in the Podcast and how much it influenced and continues to influence the story telling of the Star Wars universe. George Lucas while writing Star Wars, was deeply influenced by Joseph Campbell. A good introduction to this topic are the PBS interviews ‘Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers’ (Transcripts of Interviews). The relationship with Campbell is covered very well on Starwars.com (Star Wars Article George Lucas / Joseph Campbell). Campbell loved the character of Han solo and with the release of the Solo teaser trailer – I recommend taking a look at the mythos and journey Lucas was influenced by:

Han Solo, a character we first meet in the cantina [Star Wars: A New Hope], commenting, “He thinks he’s an egoist; but he really isn’t. That’s a very loveable kind of human being. There are lots of them functioning beautifully in the world. They think they’re working for themselves, but there’s something else pushing them.”