Hard to believe Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope will have its 40th anniversary next year, how time flies when you’re having so much geeky fun that the film inspired. At the New York Comic Con recently there was an exclusive sneak peek into the galaxy far far away and its future of Star Wars publishing and how they would be ramping up for promotion of the Star Wars 40th anniversary.
It seems Lucasfilm will be teaming up with the likes of Marvel, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, Del Rey, and Hachette for anniversary publishing. One project that was teased (without real detail) that has Disney-Lucasfilm Press teaming up with Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson, and Tom Palmer for a special 40th anniversary book. More information on this was promised in the Fall.
Star Wars Celebration 2016 Key Artwork Poster Hi Res
Star Wars.com have launched the official key art and poster for Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016, the poster features the heroes and villains of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
As you can see from the image above, the art features the cast of The Force Awakens looking stoic, along with a beautiful rendering of the characters of Rogue One. Alongside the Rogue One cast are a squadron of death troopers — the black-armored stormtroopers seen in the film’s trailer — and the first clear look at the brand new Shoretrooper on the bottom left. Also on the poster is a new class of AT-AT: the AT-ACT, or All Terrain Armored Cargo Transport.
Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 Key Launch Artwork Poster Hi Res
The key art will be featured on merchandise throughout Celebration, and available to purchase as a poster at Star Wars Celebration Europe which will be held on July 15-17 in London, England, at the ExCel, featuring three full days of entertainment, celebrity appearances, interactive events, sneak peeks, and more from everyone’s favorite galaxy far, far away.
Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 Key Artwork Poster Hi Res
You’ve seen the movie, now read the comic book. Marvel has just revealed the initial cover and variants for its upcoming adaptation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The first installment in the five-issue series, written by Chuck Wendig (author of Star Wars: Aftermath) and illustrated by Luke Ross, will arrive in stores and digital services on June 22.
The comic art and variants put a new, graphical spin on the familiar movie images.
Marvel The Force Awakens No1 main cover by Esad Ribic
‘The Force Awakens’ No. 1 main cover by Esad Ribic (Marvel)
Marvel Force Awakens Comic Sketch variant cover by Ribic
Sketch variant cover by Ribic (Marvel)
Marvel Force Awakens Comic ariant cover by John Cassaday and Phil Noto
Variant cover by John Cassaday & Phil Noto (Marvel)
Marvel Force Awakens Comic Variant cover by Joe Quesada
Variant cover by Joe Quesada (Marvel)
Marvel Force Awakens Comic Movie poster variant cover
Movie poster variant cover (Marvel)
Marvel has done a cranking job on the various Star Wars titles (most of which I now own) since re-acquiring the license from Disney cohort Lucasfilm. In addition to The Force Awakens, the publisher will roll out the limited-edition Han Solo series next month.
My favourite artist Craig Drake is truly in full swing for 2016 with his brand new poster celebrating the new film Hail, Caesar! The movie is the Coen Brothers’ love letter to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Craig’s addition focuses on Scarlett Johansson’s starlet character, DeeAnna Moran, and it’s rendered with the striking lines and an exquisite use of shadow, reminiscent of the ones evoked in many of the film noir movies of that Hollywood era.
DeeAnna Hail Caesar by Craig Drake
Here’s a quick word from Craig himself:
“I was heavily inspired by George Lucas’ personal collection of golden age Hollywood movie posters which lined the walls of Lucasfilm’s SF headquarters. I’ve been wanting to work in 40’s & 50’s noir style for some time! Applying it to the Coen Brothers’ Hail Caesar! film was the most perfect fit. They are masters at immersing you in this era. Especially films like The Hudsucker Proxy, one of my all time favorites.”
Craig Drake returns to his Star Wars roots with this classic piece of mondo art of the AT-AT Walker from The Empire Strikes Back, which rumour has it will return with force in the new Rogue One ‘A Star Wars Story’ in December this year.
AT-AT Walker All Terrain Amoured Transport Star Wars Empire Strikes Back Hero Complex Gallery by Craig Drake
You can also purchase a few variants as well in Foil and Metal at the Hero Complex Gallery…click here
AT-AT Walker All Terrain Amoured Transport Star Wars Empire Strikes Back Hero Complex Metal Variant by Craig Drake
AT-AT Walker All Terrain Amoured Transport Star Wars Empire Strikes Back Hero Complex Foil Variant by Craig Drake
AT-AT Walker All Terrain Amoured Transport Star Wars Empire Strikes Back Hero Complex Foil Variant 02 by Craig Drake
AT-AT Walker All Terrain Amoured Transport Star Wars Empire Strikes Back Hero Complex Foil Variant 01 by Craig Drake