It was officially announced today that a new book from Chronicle Books titled Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy will be released in October 2018 and that it will feature 75 different female characters.
The book will be written by author Amy Ratcliffe, who is a journalist and frequent contributor to the official website. It will celebrate some of the galaxy’s most important women from the movies, comics, novels, video games, and television shows. Some of the female characters featured are Leia Organa, Padmé Amidala, Rose Tico, Ahsoka Tano, Rae Sloane, Aurra Sing, Jyn Erso, Maz Kanata, Rey, and many more.
Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy will feature artwork from 18 talented female and non-binary artists in an amazing line up made up of Alice X. Zhang, Amy Beth Christenson, Annie Stoll, Annie Wu, Christina Chung, Cryssy Cheung, Eli Baum, Elsa Charretier, Geneva B., Jen Aberin Johnson, Jen Bartel, Jenny Parks, Karen Hallion, Little Corvus, Sara Alfageeh, Sara Kipin, Sarah Wilkinson, and Viviane Tanner.
Michael Siglain, creative director of Lucasfilm Publishing showed his excitement in a statement from Star Wars’ official website:
“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 Ratcliff’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.”
In an interview with the website, Ratcliffe also discussed her excitement and what the book means to her:
“With Women of the Galaxy, I want to celebrate female characters across the galaxy — from the ones fans know incredibly well, like Leia and Padmé, to lesser known women like Vi Moradi or Aurra Sing. The characters in the book have a range of alignments, professions, and traits, and they all offer so much to the universe. Every one of them is important. I think of the entries as being part celebration and part bio, with background information about the character, behind the scenes facts, and key moments that resonated with me. My hope is that fans of all ages will find inspiration from the characters in the book and maybe be encouraged to explore more stories set in the Star Wars galaxy.”
You can read the whole interview here.
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