"The First Order uses a commemorative rank insignia system, consisting of armbands bearing the names of famous units and heroes of the Galactic Civil War."
The above photos and quote were taken from the TFA visual dictionary. Out of curiosity, I decided to translate the lettering. Here is what resulted:
• The “General” and “Admiral” insignia have no letters. Being the two highest ranks, it is possible the reason for this is that they no longer strive to “live up to” old war heroes - they’re already held in high esteem.
• The “Colonel” insignia translates as “KAPLAN”, referring to the Imperial warlord. Sadly not much is known about him yet.
• The “Major” insignia translates as “TARKIN” - referring to Wilhuff Tarkin, the Grand Moff of the first Death Star who died of his own stubbornness. He was portrayed by Peter Cushing in Episode IV.
• The “Captain” insignia translates as “DILLON”, which does not refer to a character, but rather to Glyn Dillon, who was co-costume designer for The Force Awakens!
• The “Lieutenant” insignia translates as “POWER”, which appears to just refer to the abstract noun ‘power’. How very First Orderly.
• The “Sergeant” insignia translates as “RO 8” and the “Squad leader” insignia translates as “HAL4”. I can find no reference to these names, but they are most likely intended to be Imperial squadrons. If you do find these mentioned elsewhere please let me know or tack the information onto this post.
The Nao of Brown By Glyn Dillon Author in attendance at TCAF 2013!
Published by SelfMadeHero Full Colour, 208 pages, $24.95
Twenty-eight-year-old Nao Brown, who’s hafu (half Japanese, half English), is not well. She’s suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and fighting violent urges to harm other people. But that’s not who she really wants to be. Nao has dreams. She wants to quiet her unruly mind; she wants to get her design and illustration career off the ground; and she wants to find love, perfect love.
Nao’s life continues to seesaw. Her boyfriend dumps her; a toy deal falls through. But she also meets Gregory, an interesting washing-machine repairman, and Ray, an art teacher at the Buddhist Center. She begins to draw and meditate to ease her mind and open her heart—and in doing so comes to a big realization: Life isn’t black-and-white after all … it’s much more like brown.
Praise for The Nao of Brown:
“Lushly rendered, passionately digressive” —The New York Times
“Dillon turns in a narrative tour de force, featuring a script that works in perfect concert with almost cinematic art reminiscent of Milo Manara, but with far more expressive characters. A triumph of comics for grownups, this is a must-read.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The art in The Nao of Brown is absolutely gorgeous … An intense story about a young woman who fights as hard to get out of her own head as some superheroes fight to save the world.” —The Onion’s A.V. Club
Stormtrooper concept art by Glyn Dillon and Ralph McQuarrie
“The way George had always described stormtroopers to me was as living skeletons, way, way back, when I was working on The Phantom Menace battle droids That always stuck with me, because I remember when I was little, seeing them for the first time, they always looked like Halloween costumes of skeletons.” - Doug Chiang