Brian K. Vaughan is a comic book and television writer best known for several seasons of Lost and the comic series Y: The Last Man and Saga. Vaughan is also indirectly responsible for the existence of the Benevolence Archives series, and if I ever meet him I’m giving him a copy of the books whether he wants them or not.
I read an interview with Vaughan just after George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney, just before the Saga series launched, where he pointed out that instead of getting mad at Lucas for selling what was, after all, his own property, we ought to use Star Wars to inspire us to create our own stories. This got me thinking about what would have happened if Han and Chewie hadn’t come back at the Battle of Endor, and soon after Brazel and Grond were real. The earlier Benevolence Archives stories are very clearly (and deliberately) Star Wars homages, and while the series is moving away from that as it becomes more mature the influence is still clear. If reading that interview hadn’t led me down that path of thought, the series might not exist.
You should be reading Saga, by the way. It’s excellent.
My theme for this year’s A to Z challenge is my series The Benevolence Archives. You can learn more about the series by going to the Amazon page for Volume 1 here or add it to a Goodreads shelf here.