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Star Wars Women of the Galaxy

The ladies of Star Wars have all the time been one of the most marvelous elements of the galaxy far, distant. The one drawback is that in case you’ve solely dipped your toes into the unique canon, it’d appear to be there aren’t that many of them. Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia was a groundbreaking, Hutt-slaying, smart-mouthed, badass heroine, however aside from her, the unique trilogy was scarce on ladies with talking roles. In the prequels we obtained Princess Amidala, nevertheless it’s when you delve into the bigger world of Star Wars that you simply actually get to discover the sensible ladies of the galaxy.

Fortunately for all of us, big Star Wars fan Amy Ratcliffe and Lucasfilm have put collectively a completely splendid hardcover encyclopedia and artwork guide that’s crammed with the implausible feminine characters who inhabit the galaxy that we love a lot. Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy is on the market now and we have been capable of converse with Ratcliffe about how this entire endeavor got here collectively.

Discovering Star Wars

Ratcliffe discovered her love for Star Wars in her twenties, and from there, the vibrant area opera turned a serious ardour:

“I didn’t see Star Wars until I was about 16 when the original trilogy was re-released in theaters. I just wasn’t exposed to much sci-fi beyond Star Trek: The Next Generation in my household, and I don’t even remember ever hearing of Star Wars or seeing toys when I’d play with my cousins as a kid. Then, I didn’t fully get into/become obsessed with Star Wars until Star Wars: The Clone Wars arrived in 2008. I enjoyed the hell out of the original trilogy and the prequels when I saw them, but it just didn’t click until later. When The Clone Wars came out, I was at a different place in my life (figuratively and literally as I had just moved from Ohio to Los Angeles). Being involved with Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, and SG-1 fandoms online (LiveJournal shout-out!!) made me more comfortable with expressing my geek loves openly (I had held onto memories of being the awkward kid reading fantasy novels in high school), so I was ready to engage with fellow Star Wars fans when the animated series came out and then I fell head over heels and revisited the films multiple times.”

One of the issues that made her fall so arduous for the franchise was a sure Padawan launched in Star Wars: The Clone Wars:

“Ahsoka Tano one hundred percent played a role in my becoming a Star Wars fan. Here was this Padawan of Anakin Skywalker’s that we had no idea about, and she’s sassy, sometimes bratty, and just relatable with her flaws. She’s thrown into this weird kind of worst case scenario when the Jedi are fighting in a war, and she has to not only grow up, but learn how to be a warrior type of Jedi and lead hundreds of beings into battle. And she makes mistakes, learns, picks herself up, and rises to the occasion again and again.”

When it got here to placing the e-book collectively, getting the probability to spotlight some of the lesser recognized ladies of Star Wars was an enormous draw for Ratcliffe:

“Once you get into the animated series and then into novels and comics, so many female characters are part of the story. I read and watch as much Star Wars as I can, and I especially love the different types of stories the novels – both for adults and young adults – tell, so I was thrilled to include so many characters from the books such as Jas Emari, Ciena Ree, and Rae Sloane. All of them are remarkable. Like, Rae Sloane in particular, has a path that crosses the events in the films so many times; she plays a huge role in the Empire’s last moments on Jakku and then forming the First Order. My hope is that fans who maybe aren’t familiar with those characters will be inspired to track down their stories and learn more.”

Star Wars and The Clone Wars particularly formed Amy’s life in a method that was completely sudden and led to her thriving journalistic profession:

“It’s because of The Clone Wars that I figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up. I’ve always enjoyed writing the occasional essay or travel diary, but wanting a place to discuss my Clone Wars feels, led to me realizing like, duh, I should start a blog and write about all the nerdy things I enjoy. I joined Twitter at about the same time and sought fellow Star Wars fans to geek out with. Many, many hours of writing and a few years later, I started contributing to StarWars.com and then Star Wars Insider magazine. Those experiences definitely helped me get a little more insight into the galaxy and the people working on telling stories within it.”

From Fan to Creator

Making the leap from fan to creator is one which many of us dream about, and for Ratcliffe it was the probability of a lifetime to work with the firm that had created so many of the tales she beloved:

“My editor at Chronicle Books reached out to me about ‘a big upcoming book project’ and asked if I was interested. He gave me a brief description of the project in that initial email. I was in disbelief. I’d dreamed of working on a Star Wars book, so I was hugely excited. I submitted some samples, and then we moved forward from there. I’m so thankful for the opportunity.”

Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy is a smorgasbord of robust feminine characters for the entire household to take pleasure in, and Ratcliffe tells us she was notably keen about together with heroes from the whole spectrum of the galactic canon:

“Chronicle Books and Lucasfilm worked together to come up with the list, and they were kind enough to entertain some suggestions and ideas I had. We really wanted to be inclusive of characters from across all the different mediums of Star Wars storytelling, even up to recent releases like Solo and Star Wars Resistance, and to highlight women beyond the heroes and villains, e.g. Leia and Phasma. I wanted to showcase the wide number of professions and alignments, if you will, in the universe.”

The Unbelievable Artwork

The ebook options an unbelievable lineup of 18 unimaginable artists: Alice X. Zhang, Amy Beth Christenson, Annie Stoll, Annie Wu, Christina Chung, Cryssy Cheung, Eli Baumgartner, Elsa Charretier, Geneva Bowers, Jennifer Aberin Johnson, Jen Bartel, Jenny Parks, Karen Hallion, Little Corvus, Sara Alfageeh, Sara Kipin, Sarah Wilkinson, and Viv Tanner. And Ratcliffe was fast to gush about the radical roster of ladies and non-binary creators who deliver the characters to life in the pages of the ebook:

“Oh my gosh, the art in this book is incredible. I cannot get over how gorgeous each portrait is. The 18 artists who contributed to the book really crushed it with their work. They each illustrated the characters in their own style, and it makes the book unique because you’ve never seen the characters illustrated like this (or in the case of some book characters, e.g. teenage Phasma, you’ve never seen them at all). So much personality comes through in each image – personality from the artist and the character. This project is so meaningful because if you look back at the original trilogy, it’s hard to imagine the galaxy having 75 female characters we could profile in a book. And now, we couldn’t even include all the characters we wanted to. We’re learning about new characters with every story released. I know how much that counts for me, and that feeling, I think is why it’s important to have these particular artists as part of the book.”

The Women of the Galaxy

Although Ahsoka Tano was the one who made Ratcliffe fall in love with Star Wars, there are a lot of different fantastic ladies she needed to rejoice in the pages of the ebook:

“I’ve already gushed about Ahsoka – she’s my absolute fave and I simply need to be her greatest good friend, okay – however I’m delighted to spotlight different ladies I am keen on. Mon Mothma is one of them. I discover her fascinating as a result of she as soon as needed to type of quietly insurgent by making an attempt to work towards Palpatine inside politics, the ‘right way’ so to talk. However she will’t. She finally ends up talking out about Palpatine’s horrible acts, despite the fact that she is aware of it’s going to put her on a most needed listing. She carries a heavy burden by means of the Galactic Civil Struggle, however much more so later as soon as the New Republic begins. She’s lived a life of service, which is selfless and I feel very inspiring. And in addition, I’ve large coronary heart eyes for Derla Pidys, a sommelier and savvy businesswoman who is aware of learn how to play the recreation in Canto Bight and in addition has an impeccable palate. Perhaps I truly need to be her greatest pal.

I undoubtedly had some surprises whereas researching the characters on this e-book. In a pair of instances, I used to be stunned as a result of I wasn’t conversant in the character, like with Princess Trios. She first seems in the Darth Vader comedian, and I admit that I fall behind with the comics right here and there as a result of I anticipate them to pile up so I can do a correct binge. She’s an fascinating, calculating character who finds a method to work with and type of use Darth Vader regardless of being afraid of him. After which in different instances, I’d forgotten about some particulars in a personality’s historical past. For instance, as soon as when somebody referred to as Asajj Ventress a ‘pretty bald babe,’ she simply killed him.”

And Ratcliffe is equally as exhilarated for followers to satisfy the sterling forged of characters included in the ebook’s pages:

“I cannot wait for fans to see the art in this book. Flipping through the pages and being greeted by one stunning illustration after another is truly a gift. I feel like the book practically glows. Beyond that, I hope they find some inspiration from these women whenever they need it.”

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