A new and not-to-be-missed Star Wars book is on the horizon. Not only is it about women, but it’s written by one of the biggest Star Wars fans I know and illustrated by women and non-binary artists!
StarWars.com announced Chronicle Books will be releasing a new publication featuring a diverse range of women from the Star Wars films, animated shows, novels, comic books, and video games. Entitled Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy, the book’s author is renowned Star Wars fan and journalist Amy Ratcliffe.
The book will contain 75 character profiles. Ahsoka Tano, Jyn Erso, Maz Kanata, and many other women will be featured in this one-of-a-kind book, including characters from the upcoming animated series, Star Wars Resistance. Each profile will be accompanied by incredible artwork from 18 talented women and non-binary artists:
- Sara Alfageeh (@TheFoofinator)
- Geneva B. (@gdbee)
- Jen Bartel (@heyjenbartel)
- Eli Baum (@_elibaum)
- Elsa Charretier (@e_charretier)
- Cryssy Cheung (@CryssyCheung)
- Amy Beth Christenson (@artbyabc)
- Christina Chung (@christinaillos)
- Little Corvus (@little_corvus)
- Karen Hallion (@Khallion)
- Sara Kipin (@sarakipin)
- Jenny Parks (@jennyparksillus)
- Jen Aberin Johnson (@jen_aberin)
- Annie Stoll (@aniistoll)
- Viviane Tanner (@viv_tanner)
- Sarah Wilkinson (@sarahwilkinsonart)
- Annie Wu (@AnnieW)
- Alice X. Zhang (@alicexz)
If you browsed through the social media accounts and portfolios of these artists, then you’ll know that Women of the Galaxy is going to be a visually stunning and captivating book.
Michael Siglain, the creative director of Lucasfilm Publishing, mentioned in the announcement, “Chronicle Books has put together an all-star line-up of amazingly talented and diverse artists to bring some of the most important, iconic, and, at times, lesser-known characters from the entire Star Wars saga to life as we’ve never seen them before. Everyone involved, from Chronicle to Lucasfilm, is extremely proud of this title, and of its extremely talented creative team. Amy Ratcliffe’s insightful commentary combined with the beautiful, haunting, truly awe-inspiring art makes Women of the Galaxy a must-have for fans of the saga and for art collectors everywhere.”
The cover alone is a beautiful work of art by the one and only Jen Bartel.
“When I found out she was doing the cover, I’m pretty sure my reaction was a string of excited expletives,” Ratcliffe wrote on Twitter.
While details about this book remain concealed, fans of Barriss Offee in particular will be happy to know that the young Mirialan will also be included in the lineup of characters.
In addition to the announcement, StarWars.com interviewed Ratcliffe about her experience working on the book and what the publication personally means to her.
“I’ve wanted to contribute to this universe since I fell in love with the galaxy far, far away, and I became obsessed with Star Wars because of Ahsoka Tano. I’m so happy a book celebrating her and the female characters in the galaxy with words and new illustrations exists, and it’s truly an honor that I got to be part of it.”
Ahsoka is the main reason why I watched the Star Wars: The Clone Wars feature film and animated series, so I can’t wait to see how she and so many women of the Star Wars galaxy will be commemorated in this highly anticipated book.
Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy is scheduled to be released in October 2018.
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