We Need Hopepunk

“The opposite of grimdark is hopepunk.” – Alexandra Rowland in 2017. Caitlin and Charlotte explore just why we need HOPEPUNK now more than ever in Star Wars storytelling. On this episode: What is hopepunk? Is Star Wars inherently hopepunk? What stories have the potential to be more hopepunk than others and why is this a type of story we revere? All this and more on Skytalkers.

Continued reading:
The original tumblr post from 2017.
The Vox article mentioned.
Hopepunk as a climate narrative.
Hopepunk and Mannerpunk via Merriam-Webster.

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Announcing Our Sticker Sheet!

Hello! We wanted to take a moment and write a little bit about our sticker sheets that just launched on our website! While we’ve had different merchandise through the past few years (see: our incredible “Look to the Animation Department for the Future of Star Wars” design from our friend, James W), our sticker sheet also felt very on brand for us! We wanted a way to incorporate a lot of our favorite things and sayings into one place and a sticker sheet seemed like the best fit. 

Caitlin has been an avid bullet journaler the past few years and recently has started to grow a little sticker collection of her own. The idea for a Skytalkers-themed sticker sheet grew from there. A couple of months ago, we hired one of our long time friends, Katie Gettys (we all went to middle and high school together), who has a sticker shop on Etsy called Exploremoredesigns, co and she worked with us to design a sticker sheet that highlighted some of our favorite sayings and things from Star Wars (You can see in some photos the stickers put to good use in Caitlin’s bullet journal already!).

Of course, there is Dave’s hat, the Revenge of the Sith novelization, George’s plaid shirt, and the Reylo of it all: the hands are a language and the amazing kiss.  If you’ve listened to our show, you know these sayings and items are a part of nearly every conversation we have. Our sticker sheet felt like a fun way to celebrate some of the things we love to talk about most on Skytalkers and with our listeners as well! 

We created a limited run of these sticker sheets to start off with, with the hope of making more in the future if there is enough interest. We hope you enjoy! Please share with us and tag @skytalkerspod on Twitter and @skytalkerspodcast on Instagram where you put the stickers (aka, please share your bullet journal pages, calendars, laptops,  and more!). 

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By George: The Prequel Years

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The finale part to our George Lucas series is here! By George is our three-episode series on the work of George Lucas, separated by themes and dotted with his history. In this episode, we cover the prequel years up to the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney. We briefly touch on Strange Magic, the special editions, and much more. The themes we cover in this episode are Creation, Retouching, and Letting Go. All this and more on this episode of Skytalkers!

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By George: The Star Wars Years

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By George is our three-episode series on the work of George Lucas, separated by themes and dotted with his history. In this episode, we cover the 70s and 80s — the Star Wars trilogy, his work on Indiana Jones and his friendship with Steven Spielberg, and, yes, we are going to talk about Captain EO. The themes we cover are Success, Independence, and Oversaturation. Plus, we get really excited about the fact that the Clone Wars is returning. All this and more on this episode of Skytalkers.

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By George: The Early Years

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By George is our three-episode series on the work of George Lucas, separated by themes and dotted with his history. In this episode, we’re tackling American Graffiti, THX 1138, Freiheit, 1:42:08, Look At Life, and how they relate to Star Wars. In part one, we cover the theme of adolescence. In part two, it’s all about the theme of freedom. Then, finally, in part three, we cover the concept of trauma and how George Lucas uses it to further his character’s journeys.

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