ByMatt Rose, writer at

Wow, just wow. If Star Wars had an anime in the 1980s, this would be pretty much it. While sitting and watching this, I was blown away. It had taken four years worth of weekends of hand-drawing by artist Paul Johnson to make this short film. If you're a fan of the Empire and anime respectively then this is a definite watch! Paul gets the TIE fighters, the Interceptors, X-Wings and the rest of the ships and destroyers down to a tee. It's something out of this world and very enjoyable. As a fan of Star Wars, this was a must-see watch if you have got time.

Well, I tried my best. Apologies in advance for not living up to Venus Wars standards. Drawn and animated by yours truly over 4 years' worth of weekends, with music by the living guitar solo Zak Rahman and sound design by up and coming audio technician Joseph Leyva. Fans of Lucasarts' seminal 1994 TIE Fighter game may notice a few familiar sights and sounds. That “incoming missile” noise gives me horrible flashbacks to this day...

Special thanks to the good folk at Lucasfilm for encouraging people to get creative and make these kind of projects. It's thanks to their extremely fan-friendly nature that we can enjoy IMPS: The Relentless, TROOPS, etc.
Don't support me on Patreon, because I don't have one! And don't donate to my Kickstarter, because I don't have one of those either. Instead, if you enjoyed this, give someone at your workplace, uni, school or whatever a random bar of chocolate or can or Coke or something. Seriously, it'll probably make their day. That would totally make my day - Paul Johnson.

I take my hat off and salute you, Paul, for your incredibly creative job. You are a perfect credit to what you do and you definitely need to be working for LucasFilm.

Paul is massively talented, so take a look!


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