Rejected Comics by Shane and Chris Houghton

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Boba Fett’s Revenge: REJECTED
This is the fully realized page we created for our second Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures pitch. In this page, we wanted to show a dramatic action scene, but only had one page. We cut to the core with the main conflict, which was Boba Fett thinking that Anakin and he were similar because they both had slain parents and were dealing with guilt issues.
Unfortunately Dark Horse Comics passed on this pitch, but I still think the similarity between the two characters is very interesting. I would love to see them do a story about their relationship as young folks, and then do a Darth Vader/Boba Fett the bounty hunter team-up when they’ve gotten older.

Boba Fett’s Revenge: REJECTED

This is the fully realized page we created for our second Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures pitch. In this page, we wanted to show a dramatic action scene, but only had one page. We cut to the core with the main conflict, which was Boba Fett thinking that Anakin and he were similar because they both had slain parents and were dealing with guilt issues.

Unfortunately Dark Horse Comics passed on this pitch, but I still think the similarity between the two characters is very interesting. I would love to see them do a story about their relationship as young folks, and then do a Darth Vader/Boba Fett the bounty hunter team-up when they’ve gotten older.

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MAD Magazine: REJECTED

The Fireman Who Hates Fire. Is there much more to say? We also outlined an entire TV Animation pilot starring this guy. It too was rejected.

I think they may not get it. I’ll say it again… it’s a FIREMAN who HATES… (wait for it)… FIRE!

Genius.

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Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures: REJECTED

When pitching story ideas to Dark Horse, we wanted to give them some options, hopefully with the intention that after saying “no” to one or two ideas, we would have worn them down to a “yes” by the third. This is not a good strategy.

Probably the weakest story of the three we pitched, this story follows Anakin Skywalker and a young Boba Fett as they realize their similarities and what sets them apart. We always liked how Darth Vader hires Boba Fett in Empire, but in the prequels they never touched on their similar pasts.  Wouldn’t it be cool to see them interact before they turn into an intergalactic badasses?

Above are Chris’ awesome character designs for some of the characters in this story, and below is the one-page synopsis (really it’s two pages) from Shane. This story was intended to be 72 comic pages long, and the final pitch for this story was nine pages of detailed plot outlines.

Plot: Following Boba Fett’s failed murder of Jedi master Mace Windu, Anakin Skywalker mentors young Fett in an attempt to rehabilitate his ruthless, hate-filled ways.

Story: Anakin realizes he and Boba have many traits in common (both had only one parent who was murdered) and struggles with the decision to act upon revenge like Boba Fett, or stay on the path of the noble Jedi.

Theme: Revenge does not heal pain. Inner torment is overcome through forgiveness, humility, and kindness.

Short Synopsis:

(Getting up to Speed: Boba Fett’s father, Jango Fett, was killed by Mace Windu in the Clone Wars. After a failed assassination attempt on Windu, young Boba was captured and placed in prison.)

Our Story Begins: Months later, Jedi master Mace Windu decides it is not healthy for the young Boba Fett to be locked up in prison for his whole life. Mace sends Anakin Skywalker to Tatooine to rehabilitate Boba Fett and help him to grow up like a normal boy.

Anakin and Boba bond over a mutual love of podracing, but when they encounter a group of Tuskin Raiders, Boba witnesses the potential hatred and rage that lays hidden in Anakin.

Anakin and Boba coincidentally each had one parent (Anakin was immaculately conceived and Boba is a clone of his father) who was murdered. A very unique situation, the two grow closer.

Boba sneaks out at night and visits Jabba the Hutt. Jabba assigns a bounty to Boba and promises him a Jedi lightsaber if Boba completes the task.

The next day, Boba takes Anakin to the bounty target: a murderer. Boba reasons that people like the bounty target create orphans like Anakin and him. Anakin agrees to apprehend the man, but Boba takes it a step further and kills him.

That night, Boba proposes that he will kill every Tuskin Raider on Tatooine, something a Jedi Knight’s reputation would never allow, if Anakin secretly kills Mace Windu for him. Anakin is appalled at the planned genocide and murder of an upright Jedi and plans to return Boba to prison the next day.

In the night, Boba escapes from Anakin in disguise and steals a Jawa sandcrawler. He uses the giant vehicle to crush the house they were staying in, successfully staging his own death.

Boba then collects his lightsaber from Jabba the Hutt. Boba murders an entire tribe of Tuskin Raiders with the Jedi weapon and frames Anakin.

Word gets back to Mace Windu that Boba is dead and Anakin is on a killing rampage. Since Mace never trusted the reckless Jedi, Mace travels to Tatooine with Commander Rex to apprehend Anakin.

Boba surprises Anakin in a crowded city and offers to clear his name if Anakin would only kill Mace Windu for him. When Anakin declines, the two battle in the busy city. Pedestrians chase after Anakin for attacking again. Anakin steals a speeder and races to the deserted desert canyons.

In the wilderness, Anakin finds more Tuskin Raiders and is about to release his frustration on them when he realizes he would simply be more like the evil Boba Fett than a Jedi if he follows the path of hatred and revenge. Anakin spares the Tuskin Raiders.

Anakin contacts Commander Rex and informs him that he will turn himself in if Rex would first do him a favor. Created as an obedient clone, Rex obliges.

The next day Anakin meets Mace Windu and tells him Boba Fett is alive and waiting for his chance to kill Mace. Mace is skeptical of Anakin when he finds the body of a dead Tuskin Raider (planted by Boba Fett) and attacks Anakin when he does not agree to cooperate.

Suddenly, Commander Rex shows up dressed as Jango Fett and breaks up the fight. Boba Fett watches from the hills and when he sees his “father” he reveals his position.

Mace realizes Anakin was telling the truth, but when Boba finds out this Jango Fett is not his father, he vows to kill every single Jedi.

Boba Fett detonates explosives he planted along the canyon bringing walls of rock down upon the Jedi. Anakin, Mace and Rex narrowly avoid being crushed.

Anakin disables Boba’s jet pack with a blaster shot. The boy charges Mace Windu in one last desperate attempt to kill him, but is easily overpowered and returned to prison.

THE END (except for the 7 other pages with a longer and more fleshed out synopsis)

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MAD Magazine: REJECTED
This is one Chris came up with and it’s probably the funniest thing I have ever seen. This was very close to making it into MAD, but then the editors thought of a previous gag that was too similar and didn’t want to run it.
- Shane

MAD Magazine: REJECTED

This is one Chris came up with and it’s probably the funniest thing I have ever seen. This was very close to making it into MAD, but then the editors thought of a previous gag that was too similar and didn’t want to run it.

- Shane

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Han Solo’s Dangerous Debt: REJECTED
Here’s the sequential page from our first Star Wars Adventures pitch to Dark Horse. We pitched a total of three different story ideas. Each pitch consisted of an in-depth 10 page outline of the story, character designs, and one page of fully-realized sequential storytelling!
Although the Han Solo/Chewbacca story was pretty lighthearted, we decided to pencil, ink, and color the most dramatic moment from this story— when Chewbacca decides to sacrifice himself to save his best buddy, Han. (Trust me, it’s more dangerous ON that space ship which is why Chewie ejects Han.)
For the other two stories we pitched, we showcased scenes of action and a little comedy (we’ll post those other pitches soon), so we thought showing off a dramatic scene would be a good idea to show our range.

Han Solo’s Dangerous Debt: REJECTED

Here’s the sequential page from our first Star Wars Adventures pitch to Dark Horse. We pitched a total of three different story ideas. Each pitch consisted of an in-depth 10 page outline of the story, character designs, and one page of fully-realized sequential storytelling!

Although the Han Solo/Chewbacca story was pretty lighthearted, we decided to pencil, ink, and color the most dramatic moment from this story— when Chewbacca decides to sacrifice himself to save his best buddy, Han. (Trust me, it’s more dangerous ON that space ship which is why Chewie ejects Han.)

For the other two stories we pitched, we showcased scenes of action and a little comedy (we’ll post those other pitches soon), so we thought showing off a dramatic scene would be a good idea to show our range.

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Star Wars Adventures: REJECTED

One of our first licensed submissions, we were asked to pitch stories for Star Wars Adventures and Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures. These were to be 72 pages of digest sized action and adventure. We really wanted to nail this pitch so we developed three stories in total.

The first one you see here is our favorite. A Han Solo and Chewbacca story that takes place before they meet Luke and Obi-Wan. We had a 10 page outline describing the entire story, plus a page of character designs and even one page of sequential artwork!

Even though we did a ton of work on it and were very happy with what we came up with, unfortunately Dark Horse Comics had to pass.

Check out the artwork Chris drew up above and keep reading for the one-page synopsis by Shane!

“Han Solo’s Dangerous Debt”

72 Pages

Plot: After losing Jabba the Hutt’s latest batch of contraband when the Millennium Falcon is stolen, Han Solo and his best friend Chewbacca must travel to Dathomir and smuggle back an illegal rancor while dealing with an evil piloting droid on a new ship.

Short Synopsis:

After Han Solo’s ship, the Millennium Falcon, is stolen along with its loaded cargo of spices needed to pay off Han’s debt to Jabba the Hutt, Han and Chewbacca must travel to Dathomir to find a second rancor for Jabba. Without the Millennium Falcon, Han meets a very nervous and fidgety alien who is strangely excited to get rid of his space ship. Chewbacca is suspicious of the ship because it’s free. Without much of a choice, Han and Chewie board the ship.

While flying to Dathomir aboard the new ship, Han discovers a piloting droid, SC-66, who was violently disabled by its previous owners. SC-66 learns about Chewie’s life-debt to Han. The droid is intrigued by the idea of owing your life to another being.

After failing to capture a rancor on Dathomir, Han and Chewie run into trouble with the Imperial Guard. A chase ensues in a stolen AT-ST and Han and Chewie succeed in herding a rancor into SC-66’s ship. In a very close call, SC-66 saves Han and Chewie from the pursuing Imperials.

Since SC-66 saved Han’s life, the droid claims Han owes him a life debt. SC-66 is tired of piloting a ship and wants to walk around and be treated like human being. The droid has developed a way to plant his computing brain inside of Han’s body which would essentially kill Han but keep his body alive for SC-66 to control. Han and Chewie try to escape from SC-66, but they are trapped inside a ship where every function can be monitored and controlled by the evil droid.

The Imperials catch up to Han and the illegal rancor and fire upon the ship. When the hyperdrive is damaged in the battle, Han must exit the ship to manually fix it from the exterior. After a successful hyperjump and having outrun the Imperials, Chewie ejects Han into open space in order to keep Han away from the evil pilot droid. SC-66 decides Han is too much trouble so he will fly to Tatooine to find a new human host.

Floating in space and for the first time truly alone, Han realizes what a good friend Chewie is. “Everyone in this galaxy wants a piece of me— except for you, buddy.” Han discovers a space junkyard of floating debris. A stranded piloting droid, RX-22 helps Han get back to Tatooine.

Han reconnects with Chewie and together they wrangle the rancor set loose by SC-66 in Mos Eisley. Han then uses the friendly piloting droid, RX-22, to take over SC-66’s ship and erase all memory of SC-66’s programming.

Han and Chewie deliver Jabba’s rancor and steal back the Millennium Falcon (Jabba had a henchman steal the ship in order to get more out of Han). Jabba tries to pit the rancors against each other for his twisted sense of entertainment, but the rancors recognize each other.  Rather than fight, the beasts hug as Jabba screams Han’s name in rage.

THE END (except for the other 9 pages of a more detailed outline)

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