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From the Pages of Star Wars Insider: The Art of Effects – Excerpt

Thu, 01/27/2022 - 08:00

Concept art has been essential to the success of Star Wars. Through that early design stage, ideas are developed and refined into what ends up on-screen. But even beyond concept art, the work of Industrial Light & Magic’s Art Department plays prominently as productions evolve and face challenges. In this excerpt from Star Wars Insider #208, available now, the long-running magazine pays tribute to the ILM Art Department with writer Brandon Wainerdi’s in-depth look at the studio’s creative process. 

There is perhaps no greater legacy in filmmaking than that of Industrial Light & Magic.  

Since its humble beginnings in a Van Nuys warehouse in 1975, ILM has remained unparalleled among its industry peers, creating groundbreaking special effects and shepherding brand new technology, for nearly fifty years. And it was talented artists and designers like Ralph McQuarrie, Nilo Rodis-Jamero, and Joe Johnston who were some of the first to directly take the worlds of Star Wars from concept to screen.  

The ILM Art Department is a direct carryover from their sketches and storyboards and, with its deep connections to filmmakers and visual effects teams, it has become an invaluable asset for any project, especially ones as visually daunting and exciting as new Star Wars adventures.

Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi duel on Mustafar in Revenge of the Sith (2005). Concept art by Aaron McBride.

Continuing a Legacy 

David Nakabayshi, affectionately nicknamed “Nak,” has been creative director of the ILM art department since 2002, and is acutely aware of this legacy. As he explains: “VFX production started with Ralph, Joe, Nilo, and people like Dave Carson: they would do the artwork, help figure out the sequences, and then go on stage to get their hands and jeans dirty. And nothing has really changed for us since then.” 

During his nearly two-decade-long tenure leading the team, Nak has solidified the ILM art department’s role during the production of a movie, from blue sky pre-production to the final tweaks of post-production. “We are the team that visualizes the big moments that really define the film, crafting very elaborate, focused concepts that look photorealistic, so the director and the studio can say, ‘Okay, that’s what it’s going to look like,’” he explains. “You then get all kinds of feedback that needs to be addressed, and that is where the art department really shines. We’re a fully-fledged design studio and help filmmakers at the start of their movie, who don’t have the bandwidth to hire production designers. So, we jump in and design their characters, creatures, and keyframes for their film, which is the fun, creative work.” 

Concept art of a First Order hangar in The Rise of Skywalker, by Christian Alzmann and James Clyne.

Alex Jaeger, a senior visual effects art director on Nak’s team, who has been at ILM since 1995, mentions something similar: “a lot of our tasks are now more focused on pre-production for projects. With the advent of streaming services, we help directors with short-term projects get their films off the ground, with a blast of art for three weeks that will receive a studio’s greenlight. And, in those cases, we’re not bound by production designers, it’s just the writer and the director saying, ‘here are some ideas from the script, now work your magic.’” 

The art department is a versatile, effective, and indispensable tool, often doing what Nak describes as “blue-collar work,” also ideating further iterations of shots that aren’t working out in the post-production phase. “Sometimes it’s a simple paint over, but oftentimes it’s reworking an older design that doesn’t mesh with the now-filmed sequence,” he says. “And that rework could be anything from a spaceship that needs more engines to a creature that the studio wants to have more teeth.”  

With the advent of ILM’s StageCraft technology—a set made from high-resolution led screens, used to incredible effect during filming of Star Wars: The Mandalorian (2019-present) and Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett —pre-production and post-production needs have merged even closer together. “We now also have to do art way up front, really nailing down the entire look of the thing, so they can get onto that stage and shoot.” Jaeger explains, “It takes some work on the backend, but getting things finalized early really cuts down on their production time.”

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Flash Back to the Clone Wars in Marvel’s Star Wars: Halcyon Legacy #1 – Exclusive Preview

Wed, 01/26/2022 - 12:00

Before fans make their own stories aboard the Halcyon at Walt Disney World Resort®’s Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, Marvel will tell some of the ship’s greatest tales.

Star Wars: Halcyon Legacy, a new five-issue miniseries that spans centuries, focuses on the iconic ship at different points in the Star Wars timeline; we’ll see Lando Calrissian and Hondo Ohnaka team up in an early adventure and much more, and it’ll all tie into the events of the Walt Disney World Resort experience, taking place between Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

In StarWars.com’s exclusive first look at Halcyon Legacy #1, a galactic traveler prepares for a journey on the legendary vessel before flashing back to his first trip — one he shared with some legendary figures of the Clone Wars…

Halcyon Legacy #1, written by Ethan Sacks and illustrated by Will Sliney with a cover by E.M. Gist, arrives February 2 and is available for pre-order now on ComiXology and at your local comic shop.

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, the 2-night, immersive experience, opens on March 1, 2022, at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

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Jedi Vs. Nihil in Marvel’s Star Wars: The High Republic #14 – Exclusive Preview

Wed, 01/26/2022 - 10:00

“For light and life.” That mantra is being put to the test.

Following Lourna Dee’s attack on the Starlight Beacon, Avar Kriss confronted the murderous Nihil. In StarWars.com’s exclusive first look at Star Wars: The High Republic #14, the Jedi continue to battle the merciless marauders, while Avar stands ready to end her foe once and for all… 

The High Republic #14, written by Cavan Scott and illustrated by Ario Anindito with a cover by Phil Noto, arrives February 2 and is available for pre-order now on ComiXology and at your local comic shop.

Visit Lucasfilm’s official hub for all things Star Wars: The High Republic at StarWars.com/TheHighRepublic.

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Qi’ra Sets a Trap for the Emperor in Marvel’s Star Wars: Crimson Reign #2 – Exclusive Preview

Wed, 01/26/2022 - 08:00

Qi’ra has thrived in the underworld, and she’s now setting her sights on a bigger target.

In StarWars.com’s exclusive first look at Star Wars: Crimson Reign #2 from Marvel, Qi’ra enacts a new plot. Crimson Dawn’s crime boss targets the Emperor himself, dispatching assassins chosen for their own emotional connections to the ruler of the galaxy…

Crimson Reign #2, written by Charles Soule and illustrated by Steven Cummings with a cover by Lenil Francis Yu, arrives February 2 and is available for pre-order now on ComiXology and at your local comic shop.

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Bonus Bounties: New Vintage Collection Boba Fett Revealed and More!

Tue, 01/25/2022 - 12:00

Bring Home the Bounty revealed a galaxy of Star Wars products, but the fun’s not over! Every Tuesday, StarWars.com will showcase select new Bonus Bounties, featuring collectibles, print-on-demand offerings, and more based on The Book of Boba Fett, now streaming only on Disney+, as well as the legacy of bounty hunters. Check StarWars.com each week, and get your tracking fobs ready. 

This week, Bonus Bounties debuts a new Star Wars: The Vintage Collection version of Boba Fett and more! Check out all the new targets below, and happy hunting.

Star Wars: The Vintage Collection Boba Fett (Morak) by Hasbro

“I want my armor.” So said Boba Fett in The Mandalorian, and once he got it back there was no stopping the legendary bounty hunter. Hasbro’s new 3.75-inch figure depicts Fett as he appeared after regaining and repainting his gear in The Mandalorian, helping Din Djarin on an important mission on Morak.

The Book of Boba Fett Chapter 4 Sweatshirt, Tote, and Tee by Fifth Sun

Bib Fortuna’s droid chef turned out to be a memorable, if not entirely effective, opponent for Boba Fett and Fennec Shand. Fifth Sun celebrates the multiple-armed, knife-wielding mechanical menace with a fun new sweatshirt, as well as Boba and Fennec with a stylish tote and tee, respectively.

The Book of Boba Fett Chapter 4 TOPPS NOW and Digital Cards by TOPPS

Relive your favorite moments from Chapter 4 with TOPPS NOW physical releases and Digital Cards available in the Star Wars: Card Trader app.

Visit StarWars.com every Tuesday through February 15 to see the latest and greatest Bonus Bounties.

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Electronic Arts and Lucasfilm Games Announce New Star Wars Titles in Development from Respawn Entertainment

Tue, 01/25/2022 - 08:08

Star Wars gamers, get ready for new galaxy- and genre-spanning adventures.

Electronic Arts and Lucasfilm Games announced today that they will join forces once again for three new Star Wars titles: the next title in the Star Wars Jedi franchise, a strategy game, and a first-person shooter, all currently in development from Respawn Entertainment.

Shepherding the next installment in the Star Wars Jedi story is game director Stig Asmussen of Respawn; Peter Hirschmann, game director, who has a long and accomplished history with Star Wars, leads the development of Respawn’s Star Wars first-person shooter. A new studio helmed by games industry veteran Greg Foertsch will create the new Star Wars strategy game, developed through a production collaboration between Respawn and Bit Reactor. Respawn will produce the new Star Wars strategy game while Bit Reactor leads development of the title.

“We are excited to continue working with the superbly talented teams at Respawn,” said Douglas Reilly, VP, Lucasfilm Games. “They have demonstrated excellence in telling epic Star Wars stories along with best-in-class gameplay across different genres and we are looking forward to bringing more amazing experiences to the galaxy far, far away.”

“Building on the previous successes of our EA relationship, this new collaboration highlights the trust and mutual respect shared between the world-class teams at EA, Respawn, and Lucasfilm Games,” said Sean Shoptaw, SVP, Walt Disney Games. “Fostered by the expertise and passion within each team, we will create thrilling original games for diverse audiences across the Star Wars galaxy.”

“Working with Lucasfilm Games on a new FPS in the Star Wars galaxy is a dream come true for me, as this is a story I have always wanted to tell,” said Hirschmann. Hirschmann previously worked as VP of development at LucasArts, and was executive producer on the original Star Wars Battlefront games.

Vince Zampella, group GM and founder of Respawn, will oversee this new phase of EA’s relationship with Lucasfilm, building on Respawn’s award-winning history in game development and expertise in telling compelling Star Wars stories.

“We are huge fans of Star Wars and we are thrilled to work with Lucasfilm Games on new titles that we have wanted to make for years,” said Zampella. “If you want to make great Star Wars games, you should come join us on our journey.”

Stay tuned to StarWars.com for more on these games in the future.

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The Best of The Book of Boba Fett: 5 Highlights from “Chapter 4: The Gathering Storm”

Tue, 01/25/2022 - 08:00

Calling all bounty hunters and master assassins. The Book of Boba Fett, a new Original Series, is now streaming on Disney+. Armor up and join StarWars.com every week as we list our highlights from each episode. 

Spoiler warning: This article discusses plot details from The Book of Boba Fett “Chapter 4: The Gathering Storm”

Boba Fett is not a man to forget when he’s been crossed. In the fourth chapter in The Book of Boba Fett, we find the former bounty hunter wandering the sands of Tatooine waiting for the perfect moment to strike. He will stop at nothing to get back at the helm of his ship, reclaim his armor, and settle an old score or two. But he’s far from alone. This week’s flashback sequence gave us a better understanding of Boba and Fennec’s partnership, the modifications that saved her life after she was left for dead, and saw them meeting with Krrsantan and the various families who prospered under Jabba’s rule, to take on the Pyke Syndicate in “The Gathering Storm.” Here are five highlights from the latest episode.

1. Fennec Shand’s transformation.

Although it isn’t always essential to know how a character survived a near-fatal blow, we’ve been curious about Fennec Shand’s mechanical innards ever since she revealed her cybernetic extensions in The Mandalorian. The seedy parlor where she gets those modifications unearths a new corner of Tatooine’s culture.

2. Sneak attack.

Fennec and Boba are a formidable pair, as evidenced by their cunning infiltration of Jabba’s Palace through the scullery. They take down the droids, including a poor LEP model who would rather power down than be taken alive, to get to the hangar where the ship that was once owned by Fett’s father still sits. Getting the Firespray flying and the gate open is no easy feat, but when they do…it’s worth every second just to see Boba’s starship fly again.

3. The Sarlacc vs. a seismic charge.

Nothing says, “It was a mistake trying to eat me and then trying to take my ship down, too” like releasing a seismic charge into the hungry maw of the Sarlacc Pit. By the looks of it, the creature didn’t live to regret its second run-in with Boba Fett.

4. Krrsantan’s return.

When we last saw him, jogging off into the desert a free Wookiee, we expected it might be our last run-in with Krrsantan. Lucky for us, he’s back…which, it turns out, is very unlucky for a certain Trandoshan card shark at Garsa Fwip’s fine establishment.

5. An awkward dinner.

After a contentious gathering of crime families, Boba and Fennec consider preparing for war. Where will he raise up an army willing to fight with and for him?

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The Book of Boba Fett Cargo Hold: “Chapter 4: The Gathering Storm”

Tue, 01/25/2022 - 08:00

The Book of Boba Fett is here! Every week, StarWars.com’s “The Book of Boba Fett Cargo Hold” will collect a bounty of extras for each episode of the Disney+ Original Series. 

Spoiler warning: This article features imagery and details about the story of The Book of Boba Fett “Chapter 4: The Gathering Storm.”

Fennec Shand and Boba Fett share a unique dynamic: two loners who have survived tremendous odds in the desert and emerged as allies.. With The Book of Boba Fett “Chapter 4: The Gathering Storm,” now streaming on Disney+, we gain a better understanding of what keeps Boba and Fennec working together. Check out the gallery below for a character poster, concept art, and much more from the latest episode!

Character Poster

Stills

Concept Art

The Book of Boba Fett concept art by Ryan Church.

The Book of Boba Fett concept art by Anton Grandert.

The Book of Boba Fett concept art by Brian Matyas.

The Book of Boba Fett concept art by Christian Alzmann.

The Book of Boba Fett concept art by Christian Alzmann.

The Book of Boba Fett concept art by Erik Tiemens.

The Book of Boba Fett concept art by Brian Matyas.

The Book of Boba Fett concept art by Anton Grandert.

The Book of Boba Fett concept art by Erik Tiemens.

The Book of Boba Fett concept art by Anton Grandert.

The Book of Boba Fett concept art by Christian Alzmann.

The Book of Boba Fett concept art by Christian Alzmann.

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Go Grogu This Winter

Mon, 01/24/2022 - 19:45
Keep warm and celebrate the Mandalorian's adorable young charge with this beanie.

Give This DIY Valentine’s Day Gamorrean Guard Bookmark to Someone Special

Mon, 01/24/2022 - 08:00

Do you have a loved one or steadfast friend who sticks by you no matter what? Then this bookmark valentine is just for them! Gamorrean guards protect the one who sits on the throne in Jabba’s palace with an unflinching loyalty. Show the dependable people in your life that same dedication with this DIY The Book of Boba Fett valentine.

Paper, scissors, glue, and a template are just about all you need to hire a Gamorrean guard to fiercely hold the page in a beloved book.

What You’ll Need

  • Printed Gamorrean template
  • Scissors
  • Green cardstock paper
  • Pencil
  • School glue
  • Brown cardstock paper
  • White cardstock paper
  • Pink colored pencil or crayon
  • Black marker
  • Black cardstock paper
  • Paper hole punch
  • Silver cardstock paper
  • Red cardstock paper

Start Crafting!

The activities in this article should only be done with adult supervision.

Step 1: Cut the shape pieces from the Gamorrean template. Cut out the words on the template and set aside.

Step 2: Trace the round head shape, half-circle jaw, small rectangle, and big rectangle on the green cardstock paper. Cut out the pieces so that you have two heads and big rectangles, one jaw, and one small rectangle.

Step 3: Glue the small rectangle to the top of one big rectangle to make the “neck” of the guard.

Step 4: Glue one round head shape to the back of the neck piece.

Step 5: Glue the second big rectangle on top of the first, sandwiching the neck piece in between.

Step 6: Next, cut two long, thin strips of the brown cardstock paper. Glue them crisscross on the big rectangle and trim the edges. Flip over the bookmark and repeat on the back.

Step 7: Trace and cut out the two brown half circle shapes for the neck collar.

Step 8: Fold one half circle in half and unfold. Fold one corner in so that the top edge meets the center folded line and unfold; repeat on the other corner. Repeat the folds on the second half circle.

Step 9: Glue the half circles to the front and back of the bookmark at the top edges.

Step 10: Glue the second head shape on top of the one glued to the neck.

Step 11: Trace and cut out two rounded pants shapes from the brown paper. Glue them on both sides of the bookmark just below the crisscrossed strips.

Step 12: Trace and cut out the two hat shapes from the brown paper.

Step 13: Glue the rounded edge hat piece to the front of the Gamorrean’s head. Glue the straight edge hat piece on the back.

Step 14: Next, cut four small triangles about 1 centimeter in length from the white cardstock paper.

Step 15: Glue two white triangles on the top edge of the jaw piece. Glue the other two white triangles just below the hat, in the curved recesses, to make the horns.

Step 16: Glue the jaw to the bottom of the Gamorrean’s face, with the teeth behind the jaw.

Step 17: Fold a small piece of the green cardstock paper in half. Cut out a heart, also about a centimeter in length, and unfold it.

Step 18: Lightly add some pink color to the green heart with the colored pencil. Draw two lines for the nostrils with the black marker.

Step 19: Glue the nose with the heart upside-down to the center of the Gamorrean’s face.

Step 20: Use the hole punch to cut out two small circles from the black cardstock paper.

Step 21: Glue the eyes on either side of the nose.

Step 22: Trace and cut out the small heart from the template on the silver cardstock paper. Glue it on the front where the two brown strips cross.

Step 23: Let all glue dry. Your Gamorrean guard bookmark is complete! Now let’s make a valentine go with it.

Step 24: Fold the red piece of cardstock in half. Cut out a heart shape.

Step 25: Make two cuts in the middle of the heart, each about 2 inches long and spaced an inch and a half apart.

Step 26: Glue the words you cut out previously (or make your own!) between the two cut lines. Let dry.

Tip: You can add more decorations to the heart to make it personal.

Step 27: Slide the bookmark into the heart.

Your valentine is ready to give to the one who can read you like a book (of Boba Fett)!

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know Boba Fett?

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 08:00

We’ve cracked open The Book of Boba Fett, the latest live-action Star Wars story now streaming on Disney+. But fans of the former bounty hunter have been nodding in appreciation of the character since he first debuted in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. More than 40 years later, his story has expanded first in the prequel films and later in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the animated series, and books and comics. As we anxiously await the next chapter of Boba Fett lore, prove your mettle and find out how well you know the new Daimyo of Tatooine.

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New LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Trailer and Launch Date Revealed

Thu, 01/20/2022 - 08:00

It’s all been building up to this.

Lucasfilm Games announced today that the highly-anticipated LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will arrive April 5, 2022 — welcome news made even better by the debut of an extensive new trailer. Featuring the biggest look yet at the gameplay, worlds, and humor of LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Who doesn’t love a dancing bantha?), you can check it out below.

Coming to the Xbox One family of devices, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga allows fans to play through all nine Episodes of the core saga, travel through hyperspace and explore over 20 unlockable planets, and experience an exciting mix of gameplay, from chaining attacks in lightsaber combat to space battles. Players can also unlock and choose from over 300 characters, the most ever in a LEGO Star Wars game.

For more on LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, check out StarWars.com’s previous coverage:

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The Knights of Ren Strike in Crimson Reign, and More in Marvel’s April 2022 Star Wars Comics – Exclusive

Wed, 01/19/2022 - 10:00

Few would dare steal from Darth Vader’s castle. But few are like the Knights of Ren.

Star Wars: Crimson Reign #4 finds the deadly Knights of Ren — years before the group would join forces with a dark-side Ben Solo — on a mission to retrieve something from inside Darth Vader’s fortress on Mustafar. How their heist connects with Qi’ra’s efforts to destabilize the Empire remain to be seen, but you can check out the cover and the official synopsis of the issue below, as well as other Marvel Star Wars titles coming April 2022, including Star Wars: The Halcyon Legacy #4, Star Wars #23, Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #2, Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #20, Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #22, and Star Wars: Darth Vader #22. 

STAR WARS: THE HALCYON LEGACY #4 (OF 5)

ETHAN SACKS (W) • WILL SLINEY (A) • Cover by E.M. GIST
Variant Cover by RAHZZAH
Connecting Variant Cover by WILL SLINEY

LANDO AND HONDO ARE ON A COLLISION COURSE ABOARD THE HALCYON!

  • A priceless jewel has attracted the attention of both LANDO and HONDO.
  • But who is the mysterious figure who threatens both of their heists?
  • And years in the future, CRIMSON JACK makes his move to capture the HALCYON…or destroy it!   

STAR WARS #23

CHARLES SOULE (W) • RAMON ROSANAS (A) • Cover by CARLO PAGULAYAN
ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
TRAITOR OF DAWN VARIANT COVER BY PAUL RENAUD • VARIANT COVER BY KEN LASHLEY

THE DAWN ALLIANCE – PART 2 OF 3 “The Last Division”

  • The fate of THE REBEL ALLIANCE FLEET is at stake, as its last remaining divisions face off in battle against the brutal tactics of COMMANDER ELLIAN ZAHRA and her crew on the TARKIN’S WILL.
  • For Zahra, this fight is personal; her revenge will not be complete until every life lost on THE DEATH STAR is avenged.
  • Epic space warfare in the true STAR WARS manner!

STAR WARS: HAN SOLO & CHEWBACCA #2

MARC GUGGENHEIM (W) • DAVID MESSINA(A) • Cover by PHIL NOTO
Variant Cover by ADAM HUGHES • VARIANT COVER BY MIKE McKONE

THE HEIST IS ON!

  • HAN, CHEWIE and GREEDO have to pull off an impossible heist for JABBA THE HUTT!
  • But who can Han trust?
  • SPOILER: Han breaks into his target’s safe, but you won’t believe what’s inside!

STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #20

ALYSSA WONG (W) • MINKYU JUNG (A) 
Cover by W. SCOTT FORBES
VARIANT COVER BY STEVEN CUMMINGS
TRAITOR OF DAWN VARIANT COVER BY PAUL RENAUD

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY!

  • DOCTOR APHRA and SANA STARROS confront KHO PHON FARRUS at the heart of an ARCHAEOLOGICAL RUIN!
  • But they’re all about to learn the horrifying truth behind the SPARK ETERNAL…
  • …and ONLY ONE will escape unscathed! 

STAR WARS: BOUNTY HUNTERS #22

ETHAN SACKS (W) • PAOLO VILLANELLI (A)
Cover by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
VARIANT COVER BY PAOLO VILLANELLI
TRAITOR OF DAWN VARIANT COVER BY PAUL RENAUD

ALL OUT WAR ON THE STREETS OF CORELLIA! 

  • Besieged by an entire syndicate of killers, T’ONGA, BOSSK, TASU LEECH, ZUCKUSS, 4-LOM and LOSHA have no choice but to fight their way out through the streets.
  • But will all of the crew make it out of CORONET CITY alive?
  • Meanwhile, DENGAR strikes…and the Underworld may never be the same! 

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #22

GREG PAK (W) • RAFFAELE IENCO (A) 
Cover by PAUL RENAUD
VARIANT COVER BY RAFFAELE IENCO
TRAITOR OF DAWN VARIANT COVER BY PAUL RENAUD

CRIMSON HAVOC! 

  • With all secrets smashed and all traitors revealed, DARTH VADER unleashes his endgame!
  • But is his target CRIMSON DAWN — or the EMPIRE itself? And where does that leave the heroes and assassins who have fought at his side?
  • Plus, a shocking reveal that cuts to the very core of the DARK LORD’S dark heart!

STAR WARS: CRIMSON REIGN #4 (OF 5)

CHARLES SOULE (W) • STEVEN CUMMINGS (A) Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
VARIANT COVER BY DAVID NAKAYAMA
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER BY ARIO ANINDITO
WARRIORS OF DAWN VARIANT COVER BY VALERIO GIANGIORDANO
SABACC CARD VARIANT COVER BY DAVID LOPEZ
SYNDICATE VARIANT COVER BY KHOI PHAM
KNIGHTS OF DAWN VARIANT COVER BY RAHZZAH
ENEMIES OF DAWN VARIANT COVER BY CLAYTON CRAIN

TRAITOR OF DAWN VARIANT COVER BY PAUL RENAUD

THE KNIGHTS!

  • THE KNIGHTS OF REN have their role to play in QI’RA’S grand scheme to destabilize THE EMPIRE, and their task is arguably the most important…
  • Something crucial is locked away in FORTRESS VADER, and the Knights must steal it.
  • A heist on the SITH-controlled furnace world of MUSTAFAR…with the Galaxy as the prize!

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The Jedi Rush to Face the Nihil in Marvel’s Star Wars: The High Republic: Trail of Shadows #4 – Exclusive Preview

Wed, 01/19/2022 - 08:00

At last, the Jedi have a lead on Dr. Uttersond.

But in Marvel’s Star Wars: The High Republic: Trail of Shadows #4, the latest intel puts Jedi Master Emerick Caphtor and Private Investigator Sian Holt on a collision course with the Nihil.

Trail of Shadows #4, from writer Daniel José Older and artist Dave Wachter, with a cover by David Lopez, arrives January 26 and is available for pre-order now on ComiXology, and at your local comic shop

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Bonus Bounties: Gentle Giant Unveils Boba Fett on His Throne and More!

Tue, 01/18/2022 - 12:00

Bring Home the Bounty revealed a galaxy of Star Wars products, but the fun’s not over! Every Tuesday, StarWars.com will showcase select new Bonus Bounties, featuring collectibles, print-on-demand offerings, and more based on The Book of Boba Fett, now streaming only on Disney+, as well as the legacy of bounty hunters. Check StarWars.com each week, and get your tracking fobs ready. 

This week, Bonus Bounties debuts a new Gentle Giant statue featuring Boba Fett seated on the throne of his former employer Jabba the Hutt, based on the end-credit scene in The Mandalorian that announced The Book of Boba Fett, and more!  

Boba Fett on Throne Premier Collection 1/7 Scale Statue by Gentle Giant

Meet the new Daimyo of Tatooine. After usurping Bib Fortuna and taking over Jabba’s palace, Boba Fett is ready to rule with respect. Measuring approximately 12.6 inches wide and 9.4 inches tall, this statue of Boba Fett features high-definition digital sculpting and hand-painted details and is limited to only 1,000 pieces.

The Book of Boba Fett Chapter 3 ToteSweatshirt, and Tee by Fifth Sun

The Hutt twins from The Book of Boba Fett grace a new tote bag design, perfect for stowing a small fan and other travel essentials. Check out Fifth Sun’s latest offerings including a stylish tee featuring Boba riding a bantha, as well as other print-on-demand items.

The Book of Boba Fett Socks by Rock ‘Em Socks

There’s a new rancor keeper on Tatooine and on these socks.

The Book of Boba Fett TOPPS NOW and Digital Cards by TOPPS

Relive your favorite moments from Chapter 3, with TOPPS NOW physical releases and Digital Cards available in the Star Wars: Card Trader app.

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The Book of Boba Fett Cargo Hold: “Chapter 3: The Streets of Mos Espa”

Tue, 01/18/2022 - 08:00

The Book of Boba Fett is here! Every week, StarWars.com’s “The Book of Boba Fett Cargo Hold” will collect a bounty of extras for each episode of the Disney+ Original Series. 

Spoiler warning: This article features imagery and details about the story of The Book of Boba Fett “Chapter 3: The Streets of Mos Espa.”

The Book of Boba Fett continues with “Chapter 3: The Streets of Mos Espa,” now streaming on Disney+, in which the titular former bounty hunter faces new challenges to his reign. Check out the gallery below for character posters, concept art, and much more from the landmark episode!

Character Posters

Stills

Concept Art

The Book of Boba Fett concept art by Christian Alzmann.

The Book of Boba Fett concept art by Christian Alzmann.

The Book of Boba Fett concept art by Erik Tiemens.

The Book of Boba Fett concept art by Christian Alzmann.

The Book of Boba Fett concept art by Christian Alzmann.

The Book of Boba Fett concept art by Anton Grandert.

The Book of Boba Fett concept art by Christian Alzmann.

The Book of Boba Fett concept art by Christian Alzmann.

The Book of Boba Fett concept art by Christian Alzmann.

The Book of Boba Fett concept art by Christian Alzmann.

The Book of Boba Fett concept art by Ryan Church.

The Book of Boba Fett concept art by Anton Grandert.

The Book of Boba Fett concept art by Ryan Church.

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The Best of The Book of Boba Fett: 5 Highlights from “Chapter 3: The Streets of Mos Espa”

Tue, 01/18/2022 - 08:00

Calling all bounty hunters and master assassins. The Book of Boba Fett, a new Original Series, is now streaming on Disney+. Armor up and join StarWars.com every week as we list our highlights from each episode.

Spoiler warning: This article discusses plot details from The Book of Boba Fett “Chapter 3: The Streets of Mos Espa.”

Heavy lies the crown when you’re Daimyo. Especially on Tatooine.

With an assassination attempt followed by the arrival of the Hutt Twins, Boba Fett learned quickly that maintaining power would be more difficult than taking it. (Having a moral code, while honorable, hasn’t helped much either.) The third installment of The Book of Boba Fett, “The Streets of Mos Espa,” explores this reality further, as Fett deals with everything from greedy vendors to home/palace invasion. Featuring visceral, grounded action courtesy of director Robert Rodriguez, some fun and creative additions to Boba’s growing army, and more engrossing revelations of Fett’s past with the Tuskens, “The Streets of Mos Espa” moves the story forward in both thrilling and tragic fashion. Here are five highlights.

1. New recruits.

Boba Fett’s mediation of a dispute — and a greater understanding of life in Mos Espa — leads to an unexpected offer of employment to local youth struggling under challenging economic conditions. In the end, Fett’s greatest strength might just be his sense of fairness.

2. Ghosts of the past.

Fett flashes back once again, this time to far more troubling memories. Following a meeting with the Pykes, he returns to his tribe only to find death and heartbreak, seemingly the work of the Kintan Striders. Rodriguez doesn’t rush the sequence, and we see Fett take stock of the massacre and mourn his new family. It’s sobering stuff. 

3. Krrsantan strikes!

There are better ways to wake up than this. The Twins’ hired Wookiee gun, the towering Krrsantan, cuts Fett’s bacta nap short in a truly shocking moment. The resulting fight is another inventive, brutal sequence that could only have come from Robert Rodriguez, and it all illustrates why Star Wars comics fans were so excited to see Krrsantan show up in live action. 

4. Boba’s new pet.

It’s adorable! The Twins gift Fett a new rancor, meaning the palace will again be home to one of these gigantic creatures — as every fan of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi knows it should be. The only question: What will Boba name it? (Plus, Danny Trejo, playing the rancor keeper, is now in Star Wars. And for that we should all be grateful.) 

5. Racing in the streets.

Boba’s new crew pursues the mayor’s sniveling majordomo through Mos Espa, an exhilarating chase in the grand Star Wars tradition. (It also warms this old-school Star Wars gamer’s heart, bringing back memories of the swoop-bike level in Shadows of the Empire on Nintendo 64.) The riders finally show off their various cool abilities (Extendable leg with a spike? Right on!), and the sequence ends with a nice crash into a cart of meilooruns that Star Wars Rebels fans are sure to appreciate. But as we learn from the majordomo’s revelation, Fett will soon face a much bigger problem.

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Star Wars Inside Intel: The Nightsisters

Fri, 01/14/2022 - 08:00

Star Wars Inside Intel is a StarWars.com feature where Lucasfilm Story Group member Emily Shkoukani, whose job is to know as much about a galaxy far, far away as possible, explores obscure facts about Star Wars lore and continuity. In this installment, Emily analyzes the peculiar coven of Nightsisters….

Making their canon debut in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated television series (after being originally featured in Legends’ The Courtship of Princess Leia in 1994), the Nightsisters were eccentric witches residing on the distant, rocky world of Dathomir. The Clone Wars‘ starring antagonist, Asajj Ventress, hailed from this coven although her upbringing largely differed from that of her sisters. In the show’s episode aptly titled “Nightsisters,” fans first encountered the mystifying culture of these witches.

Dathomir is located in the Outer Rim; not many outsiders visit the planet and, conversely, not many natives leave. The Nightsisters and Dathomir were said to have a significant connection to one another, where the witches drew on the dark energies of the planet to fuel their magick. The world features sprawling rockscapes that created canyons, caves, and cliffs across the surface. However, it’s not all rocky – there’s an abundance of flora on Dathomir, albeit, ominous and unusual, such as the seemingly impervious fire lichen that latch onto rock faces and an abundance of fungi. The creatures of the planet are similarly threatening, most notably the rancors, for which Dathomir is known, and the chirodactyl, a giant, carnivorous, bat-like creature. Despite the hostility of the flora and fauna, the Nightsisters were resilient and their connection to the planet extended to just about everything that occupied it, as well.

The Nightsisters’ magick was dark in nature, and Jedi that found themselves on their world often described feeling the presence of the dark side. Although their understanding of it was unique to their world and culture, the magick the sisters wielded was seemingly connected to the Force — just used in a vastly different way than the Jedi or the Sith. Where those groups followed strict dogmas and used the Force in (arguably) more simple ways such as pushing and pulling, the Nightsisters used their magick to cast spells, perform rituals, and brew potions. When Asajj Ventress returned to her home world seeking guidance, her sisters bathed her in the glowing-green Water of Life in a ritual inducting her into their clan. Later, Mother Talzin, the leader of the clan, brewed a potion that allowed Asajj and a few of her sisters to become transparent — almost invisible — in order to perform a stealth mission.

The Nightsisters also used another form of their magick in rituals conducted following the death of one of their own. When a Nightsister passed, her clan took great care of the body, wrapping it in cloth soaked in the planet’s magickal waters and reciting a spell of protection for their fallen sister. They were then placed in a burial pod that would be hung from a Grave Thorn, a warped and twisted, barbed tree native to the planet.

Sometimes called the Witches of Dathomir, the Nightsisters were the dominant race on their red planet. Their brethren, the Nightbrothers, could also be found on Dathomir and were subservient to the witches. The two sects of natives lived and operated in separate areas of the planet, the Nightsisters calling on the brothers when needed. When Asajj’s original assassination plan failed with the use of the invisibility potion, Mother Talzin organized a competition amongst a selection of Nightbrothers. They fought in gladiatorial-style trials before one, Savage Opress, edged out the competition. He was then tasked to aid Asajj in her quest to exact revenge on her former teacher, Count Dooku. Whereas the Nightsisters wielded magick, the Nightbrothers were warriors. After Savage was selected to assist Asajj, Mother Talzin and the Nightsisters used their magicks to enhance Savage’s physical strength, putting him under a spell that forced him to obey their directions.

Mother Talzin was among the strongest witches in her clan, and served as their leader. She was a master at her arcane abilities, with the Nightsisters seeking her guidance. She was also responsible for handling any relations with the galaxy, such as when the malevolent Darth Sidious, an ally of Talzin’s, came to Dathomir and saw the potential in one of the young Nightbrothers. Talzin released the child to Sidious, who raised him as his Sith apprentice, and became known as Darth Maul.

After the many attempts Asajj made to have her former master, Count Dooku, executed to get revenge against him for abandoning her, Dooku turned his attention to the Nightsisters. With the Separatist army at his disposal, Dooku ordered General Grievous and his battle droids to the twisted planet of Dathomir to eradicate the galaxy of Nightsisters. But the Nightsisters would not go down without a fight.

With the guidance of Mother Talzin and the power of their dark magicks, the Nightsisters retaliated against the Separatist droids. Talzin went so far as to raise the dead, awakening deceased Nightsisters from their long slumber to aid the living in their attempt to avoid extinction. But despite their power and abilities, Talzin’s Nightsister clan met its demise. All but a few were slain, but their legacy carried on in those that remained.

Merrin, possibly the last Nightsister of her coven, was a survivor of the Separatists’ wicked attack. Young at the time of the attack, Merrin grew up during the Dark Times and was mostly isolated save for her brethren, the Nightbrothers. As one of the remaining inheritors of the witches’ culture, Merrin carries with her the Nightsisters’ unique philosophies, arcane traditions, and esoteric history.

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Krayt Dragons, Ahsoka Tano, and Luke Skywalker: Exploring The Art of The Mandalorian (Season 2)

Thu, 01/13/2022 - 14:07

Like all of us, Lucasfilm creative art manager Phil Szostak has spent much of the past two years at home. But unlike most of us, he wrote another book: The Art of The Mandalorian (Season 2), which takes fans inside the creation of the concept art that brought The Mandalorian’s second season on Disney+ to life. 

Szostak has worked on a number of concept art books that tell the design stories behind Star Wars, but this one brought its own unique set of challenges.

“This is the first book I’ve ever written on my laptop at home,” Szostak tells StarWars.com. “That was a new experience, and definitely a challenge.”

And though he struggled to choose one, Szostak did let us in on his favorite image from this year’s book, which publishes February 15, 2022.

In an exclusive interview with StarWars.com, Szostak takes us inside the designs of the krayt dragon, the challenges of bringing beloved characters Ahsoka Tano and Luke Skywalker to life in the world of The Mandalorian, and tells us how he defines the visual aesthetic of Star Wars.

StarWars.com: How did working on the Season 2 book compare to doing it for Season 1?

Phil Szostak: It’s not totally different. The art department rolled from one season to the other. I think one of the biggest struggles with writing one of these books is just going back in time, and remembering the sequence of events, especially in the midst of the pandemic lockdown.

I started this book last September. This is the first book I’ve ever written on my work laptop at home, talking to everyone on Zoom calls or on the phone. So, that was a new experience and definitely a challenge.

StarWars.com: So, I’m going to ask you to go back in time again! [Laughs] I think one of the things I really loved about the second season was I felt like it was this really wonderful mix of familiar places and experiences with completely new ones. Thinking about like a place like Tatooine, which is a well-trod planet, I suppose, for Star Wars fans, and yet we had a completely new experience there. From an art perspective, how did everyone go about really building out this Western outpost in Mos Pelgo?

Phil Szostak: That was a particular challenge. [Lucasfilm VP and executive creative director] Doug [Chiang] expresses it in the book. It would have been so easy for them to just lean on the history of the design of that place, which was influenced by Tunisian architecture — which has now become fully integrated into the architectural aesthetic of Star Wars in general — and focus mostly on where the filming locations were near the island of Djerba. Those very specific buildings there that have those like, soft corners and buttresses on the outside and all that stuff. It’s just become such an integral part of Star Wars. And that was just a function of where they found themselves shooting the first film.

I think looking for something different and letting the story kind of lead the way in a sense [was the method]. You know, this krayt dragon plowing its way under the town and down the main street lends itself to the idea of raised boardwalks. Just bringing that boardwalk aesthetic alone is reflective of a lot of Western films. And the Western aesthetic is a huge part of Tatooine in general. Putting those pieces together and creating this fairly unique-looking, one-bantha town that was also a pretty typical Western frontier town. There’s one street down the middle of it. And we have really a handful of buildings, and then it peters out. And giving that sense that these are people that are having to personally deal with this crisis because they’re so remote and far away from the more populous cities.

It’s a feedback loop that we’re always nurturing, between the writing and art. So that was kind of a nice evolution, and, you know, a way to both honor the aesthetic of Tatooine and make sure that fans felt grounded in something that they already knew, but also bring something new to it.

StarWars.com: So, you mentioned the krayt dragon! [Laughs] For me, that was one of the most visually stunning moments in the season. And it’s something new and also familiar, right? But it’s a visual that I haven’t seen before. How do you create something like that conceptually and decide what it’s going to look like?

Phil Szostak: That was one of the biggest design challenges of the whole season. There had been some previous design for what a krayt dragon could be because they have been a part of Star Wars since the very beginning. The skeleton C-3PO trundled by [in Star Wars: A New Hope] are krayt dragon bones.

There had also been some previous designs for what they might look like from both [Ralph] McQuarrie and Terryl Whitlatch, the prequel creature designer who primarily worked on Episode I on the creatures of Naboo and Tatooine. So, we were definitely trying to honor that work, as to what a krayt dragon could be, but then also bringing it to the modern era, and make something that was a real threat. They tried a bunch of different things — horns, different scales, and ultimately set upon a very big scale. You can see some of that exploration in the book.

In a world of Star Wars mythology, that dragon is like a is a real mythological creature to fans, in the sense that they’ve heard about it and known about it for decades, and yet have not really seen it. Meeting those expectations, and at the same time meeting the needs of the story, was a challenge.

StarWars.com: Playing off of that, talking about the mythology of Star Wars and the lore, and that fan expectation, I think a character who embodied that is Ahsoka Tano. For fans of the animated series, obviously, they know who she is. But there are a lot of folks who also are coming to The Mandalorian, who may not have been as familiar with her, but there’s so much hype. And so, because she’s existed in other mediums, there’s an image of what she looks like. But how do you bring such a beloved character to life in a live-action arena where she has not previously existed?

Phil Szostak: Yeah, and that was another tremendous challenge, in some ways much more so than the krayt dragon. Translating a beloved animated character like that into live action is definitely a difficult task. And talk about expectations! I think [director, executive producer] Dave Filoni, in particular, being the person who co-created her and was shepherding her moving from animation to live action, felt a huge weight of responsibility to bring her to life in a way that honors everything that people already love about her.

To honor what came before but at the same time, not feel like you have to match it perfectly, isn’t easy. There’s a huge difference between how something can be portrayed in animation versus live action, even just in color. We needed her to look real while still bringing everything that people love about her.

StarWars.com: I asked you this last time, but I’m curious. For this book, what is your favorite image?

Phil Szostak: Honestly, it’s not just because we’re talking about Ahsoka now, but it’s literally because I think some of the most beautiful paintings in the book are from that chapter. The one that leads off that chapter with Ahsoka confronting the magistrate. Brian Matias’ paintings are really so beautiful, and he captures these characters so wonderfully. And that piece in particular is definitely one of my favorites —  page 138. It’s just a really awesome image. I just love that part of the book in general, and the pieces from that episode.

StarWars.com: We’ve talked about big moments as far as Ahsoka and the krayt dragon. But we haven’t brought up arguably the biggest moment for some folks. Which, of course, is Luke Skywalker showing up at the end of the season, which I would imagine presented its own unique design and artistic challenges given that, unlike the sequel trilogy, where you could plug Mark Hamill in, you can’t really do that when he’s supposed to be [younger]. So how does the art team approach meeting that demand?

Phil Szostak: As you can see in the book, no art that really clearly depicted Luke was actually created. And honestly, some artists were left completely in the dark up until the episode aired. It was really only a small group of us that knew all along. There was no mention of Luke in the script, either. It was all Plo Koon. But there’s that one image in the book where it’s Plo Koon in Luke’s robe and it’s like, “Hmmm.” [Laughs] And Plo Koon surviving makes a lot less sense than Luke, who we know is still around.

But yeah, for Luke, especially the aesthetic of his look is just about being faithful to what you know. But it’s more what you think you know, versus what it actually is. It’s almost like an elevation or a sketch of your memory versus being exactly, precisely one-to-one with the last time we saw him in the timeline, which would have been, you know, Return of the Jedi, and the supplemental narrative material that he was in for Battlefront II.

You don’t want to just assume that Luke only has like, one pair of clothes. [Laughs] So, you know, something that would be appropriate to who Luke was, and that’s recognizable and as iconic as his Jedi look in Return of the Jedi. But also updating it and bringing it to the modern age, and just making slight tweaks. It’s that balance between remaining faithful yet bringing something new to it, or just translating it into something that will work for the purposes of this particular show.

StarWars.com: You’ve mentioned the idea of a Star Wars aesthetic, and certain images over time that have come to define what Star Wars looks like. For you, how do you define that Star Wars aesthetic?

Phil Szostak: It’s funny you mentioned that, because I’ve actually been working on a presentation that I’m giving on the aesthetic of the High Republic era. And it’s a bit of a tricky thing, because if you want to think about it very simply, it’s just all the things that George Lucas loves, visually, and throw them all in the bag, and like, shake it all up, and something falls out. And it’s kind of Star Wars-y.

But one of the most important aspects of it to remember is that Star Wars is space fantasy. It’s not science fiction. It’s not futuristic. It’s not something that’s hard to relate to, because it’s so alien and so wildly modern and futuristic, like a lot of science fiction that preceded it. That’s because it’s science fantasy, or space fantasy. It’s historic in nature and cultural in nature. So, it’s got to be something that’s relatable, which then makes it easy to visually read. And that’s, I think, the core of the Star Wars aesthetic.

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Other things that people often mention, like, “Oh, it’s like a kind of beat-up quality,” and, yeah, that’s true of the original trilogy, but that’s not true of the prequel trilogy, so you really can’t say that about Star Wars in general anymore. The prequels really kind of turned the whole idea of Star Wars aesthetic on its head in many ways. The seeds were already planted with Cloud City, which is a very clean art deco, kind of Buck Rogers-y space station, and really defies that idea that Star Wars has to be grungy.

And in doing the design work, the art department then therefore is, you know, really diving into research, not only through our history and the history of design, referencing things like art deco, and art nouveau and pre-Raphaelite paintings and all these other things, but also our own history as humans on Earth, and the different cultures and their aesthetics and designs. As I said earlier, you know, an example of that is the very specific aesthetic of Northern Tunisia really set into not only Tatooine’s aesthetic, but the Star Wars aesthetic in general.

That’s the best way that I’ve found to define the Star Wars aesthetic. It’s kind of hard to put your finger on. But I’m getting close to my 14th year with the company. So, if I don’t know a little bit about it, I’m in trouble. [Laughs]

StarWars.com: How does working on a live-action series differ from working on a film?

Phil Szostak: One of the crazy things about these projects is — I think Doug says in the last chapter [of the book] — that at least scope wise, Season 2 was like, twice the size of Season 1. And we even had less time than Season 1 to do it in. Yet somehow, we did it. Which is kind of baffling.

I think there’s the fact that we don’t have infinite time and infinite resources, and decisions have to be made quickly. And so, it’s just become this flow state between the writers and the designers in a way that facilitates the creation of more designs.

A full season of The Mandalorian is the equivalent of like, two or three movies. That is a massive challenge with these projects, just the sheer scope. Now with technology, we’re not really limited at all. These are as ambitious and as big as anything we’ve done, especially the second season.

StarWars.com: Artistically, what do you see as the greatest achievements of the second season?

Phil Szostak: I think the greatest achievement of the second season, in general, is folding the wider Star Wars universe into this small story that Jon [Favreau, The Mandalorian creator and executive producer,] initially pitched way back when. And widening the scope of the show. I think it was inevitable, though. When you bring a Mandalorian, and a little baby together, that’s going to kind of shake up the universe and going to compel them, as a clan of two, to get out there and explore that universe.

I think they did in a way that felt really authentic to the story that we’re telling. I think a lot of fans were hoping that Luke would be brought into it, but afraid to hope too much. And it was such a great payoff in the end, to fulfill that wish.

StarWars.com: What, if any, are some little nuggets in the book that you hope fans find?

Phil Szostak: Hmm. I mean, there’s just a ton of them. Gosh, yeah. People watch the episodes, and they see the art on the end credits. And, you know, those are great, beautiful pieces, but they tend to represent the more finished designs that match what’s in the show. And a lot of fans see those end-credit pieces and assume that they’re done after the show is completed because they match so closely with what they’re seeing. But no, it’s quite the opposite. The show matches the art. Those, however many, eight or nine pieces that we see at the end of each episode, represent such a tiny fraction of the art that’s created. And one of the things that I really love about the opportunity to do these books is to really dive into the reality of the creative process. It can be a little messy, you know. It’s not so perfect. Every design doesn’t just come fully formed.

And sometimes they do. The Razor Crest design from the first season was one of just a handful of sketches that Ryan Church did. And that was a relatively easy process. But a lot of times there’s iteration and exploration and those are always great things for fans to learn about and to explore within the context of the book.

Of course, there’s little details that the artist is able to put into their pieces and into their designs. One of them is the modularity of Trask, the seaport. The idea being that these are shipping containers that they built their homes and businesses out of, and that’s a subtle thing that you may not pick up on consciously. But subconsciously, it tells a story. And I love those kinds of things. The designers can express those ideas within the book, and so you learn about the thinking behind their designs, versus just what’s seen within the show. Those elements add a layer of history to the design.

Another cool thing is how much we’re still continuing to lean on the work of [original trilogy designers] like Ralph McQuarrie and Joe Johnston. We look at the droid servants of the magistrate and how that’s just a one-to-one riff off a McQuarrie sketch. I love that we’re able to continue to do that. I feel like at some point we’re gonna run out, there’s gonna be no more designs left to riff off of. But that hasn’t happened yet. So those are always a fun thing to add to the book.

And also, I love that we’re able to put in as many as we can of Dave Filoni’s sketches for fans to kind of discover how much influence he still has just as an artist. Not only as a writer and a producer and a director, but also continuing to be a designer himself for characters and moments and things within the show. He will bring a lot of designs right to Doug in the art department. Dave’s a wonderful person, but also just an amazing artist and sketches are just really succinct ways for artists to communicate with each other, and so they’re always a delight to include in these books.

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The Best of The Book of Boba Fett: 5 Highlights from “Chapter 2: The Tribes of Tatooine”

Wed, 01/12/2022 - 11:17

Calling all bounty hunters and master assassins. The Book of Boba Fett, a new Original Series, is now streaming on Disney+. Armor up and join StarWars.com every week as we list our highlights from each episode. 

Spoiler warning: This article discusses plot details from The Book of Boba Fett “Chapter 2: The Tribes of Tatooine.”

In a meaningful story of rebirth, the second chapter in The Book of Boba Fett succeeds in enriching the history of not only Boba Fett but the Tuskens as well. No longer simply raiders of the dunes, this tribe of Tuskens has a defined culture, customs, and family units worthy of respect. Through Boba Fett’s transition from prisoner to peer, the former bounty hunter and the audience gains a deeper appreciation for the inhabitants of the desert planet in “The Tribes of Tatooine.” Here are five highlights from the episode.

1. The Twins.

We’ve seen a variety of Hutts in animation — including the unforgettable Mama the Hutt and her misfit son, Ziro — but the Twins mark the first live-action debut of a member of their ilk since their cousin Jabba laughed his way into our hearts in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Here’s hoping we haven’t seen the last of this brother and sister duo or their fearsome gladiator, Krrsantan, the terrifying black-furred Wookiee who first appeared in Marvel’s Star Wars: Doctor Aphra.

2. A Tusken funeral.

A fallen bantha makes for a protective shield as the Tusken tribe finds itself under siege by a passing hover train. As they pile their dead on a funeral pyre and mourn their losses, the survivors make the masked Tatooine natives, and Fett, sympathetic like never before.

3. Return to Tosche Station.

If you’ve watched the deleted scenes for Star Wars: A New Hope, there’s something familiar about the couple getting terrorized by the Nikto gang. Luke Skywalker’s old pals Camie and Fixer — the friends he was going to waste time with when he protestedBut I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!” no doubt — make a cameo appearance inside what appears to be the friends’ old stomping grounds at Anchorhead.

4. The train heist.

Boba Fett earns an honorable mention here for his patience in teaching the tribe how to ride and leap between speeder bikes in a needed moment of levity. But that’s all leading up to this key moment: the revenge of the raiders. One Tusken warrior stands out among the rest for her combat prowess, almost single-handedly bringing the Pykes to their knees as their transport comes to a shuttering halt.

5. A vision in the desert.

Boba Fett is reborn as a member of the Tusken tribe with the help of a lizard up the nose and a life-changing hallucinatory journey through the sands. In a trippy sequence, Boba stumbles toward a Tatooine wortwood tree where he must come to terms with his past in order to discover his future. When he returns, he’s wrapped in ceremonial robes, and taught how to turn a sacred tree limb into a gaffi stick. Like a Jedi building a lightsaber, these rituals are part of Boba’s journey to becoming accepted by the Tuskens and starting anew.

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Associate Editor Kristin Baver is the author of the book Skywalker: A Family At War, host of This Week! In Star Wars, and an all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Follow her on Twitter @KristinBaver.

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