Sneak Peek: Forcesonic Lightsaber Manual

December 15th, 2015 | Posted in MAD Magazine

FinnThis was a very different project. MAD asked me to do the art for spoof of a “user manual”… for a lightsaber. Written by Scott Maiko, it’s a clever take on the goofy seriousness of high tech toy manuals with a lot of Star Wars thrown in (I guess MAD heard about that movie coming out this week). Anyway I had to mimic the art style of these types of manuals, but still add some humor to it.

The above illustration is the first page “beauty shot”, which MAD printed in black and white so it matched the manual’s format, but had me do in color so they might use it elsewhere. If you recognize John Boyega‘s face as a previous “sketch o’the week”, I did that sketch as a study for this illustration.

It would be impossible to post the entire article as I did all the art as individual spots, but here’s a sampling of some of what I did (some are very tiny images in the mag)… I’ll leave it up to you to guess what the gags are:

Lightsaber 2



FlourescentsThere’s a lot more, so go out and buy the issue, already!


  1. Trevour says:

    Visual gags a’plenty! Love that devil’s fork component. And THAT’s what Kit Fisto is doing these days!


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