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Featuring exclusive concept art, character and costume sketches, and vehicle and creature designs by Lucasfilm Publishing and its partners, this official companion to Star Wars: The High Republic (Phase 1) offers fans a definitive, behind-the-scenes look at an ambitious new era of Star Wars storytelling.
Foreword by Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm and eight-time Academy Award nominee
The Art of Star Wars: The High Republic takes fans behind the scenes of Phase 1 of Lucasfilm Publishing’s massive crossover event. Collecting the very best concept art of the characters, worlds, ships, and creatures of the High Republic—designed jointly by the Lucasfilm visualists and a team of legendary comic book and Star Wars artists, including Phil Noto, Iain McCaig, and Ryan Church, among many others—and presented alongside development materials and interviews with High Republic architects Claudia Gray, Justina Ireland, Daniel José Older, Cavan Scott, and Charles Soule, this is an essential guide to the creation, design, and realization of this visionary Star Wars era by author Kristin Baver.
The High Republic Phase 1: Light of the Jedi finds the Jedi Order and the Galactic Republic at the height of their respective powers, but following the events of the “Great Disaster,” the Jedi, led by Jedi Knights Avar Kriss, Loden Greatstorm, Keeve Trennis, and Stellan Gios, and joined by a diverse group of Padawans and Jedi Masters, are confronted by the looming threat of the Nihil—a marauding group of Outer Rim anarchists who stand opposed to all the Galactic Republic represents. In The Art of Star Wars: The High Republic, readers will discover the origins of the fan-favorite new characters taking on this threat, as well as exciting new starfighter and creature designs, beautifully rendered environments, and detailed views of Starlight Beacon—the shining symbol of hope in the Republic.
With more than 300 color illustrations, The Art of Star Wars: The High Republic is the only book to explore all facets of the design and artistic direction of a story that spans comic books, novels, and young adult books, taking Star Wars fans of all ages on a deep dive into the development of the New York Times bestselling series.
About the Author
Kristin Baver is associate editor of StarWars.com, host of This Week! in Star Wars, and author of Skywalker: A Family at War. She lives in San Francisco, California. Kathleen Kennedy, president, Lucasfilm. Recipient of the Academy’s prestigious 2018 Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, the Producers Guild of America Milestone Award, and an eight-time Academy Award®-nominee, Kathleen Kennedy is one of the most successful and respected producers and executives in the film industry today. As president of Lucasfilm, she oversees the company’s three divisions: Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound. Kennedy was the producer of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Kennedy is currently executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning series The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and also serves as a producer on all of Lucasfilm’s live-action titles in production, including Indiana Jones, Willow, Andor, Ahsoka, and more. Kennedy has produced or executive produced more than 70 feature films, which have collectively garnered 120 Academy Award nominations and 25 wins. Among her credits: Jurassic Park, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, The Sixth Sense, the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Gremlins, The Goonies, Poltergeist, Lincoln, War Horse, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Schindler’s List, The Color Purple, and The Adventures of Tintin.