his week, The High Republic Show released its third episode featuring a creator roundtable, everything you ever wanted to know about lightsabers of a brand-new Star Wars era, and a very scary mask.
Krystina Arielle is BACK with another fabulous outfit and even more extraordinary recaps of everything you might have missed in The High Republic comics over the past few months. It’s a lot. Some of us are still catching up. It’s fine. We’re all fine here.
Betrayal! Telekinetic plant control! RANCORS IN ARMOR! Yep. Everything is FINE.
Arielle also (virtually) sat down with the legendary Cavan Scott, artist Ario Anindito, and Lucasfilm Publishing Senior Editor Rob Simpson for a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into making The High Republic comics come to life.
While diving deep into the comics creation process, Simpson explained that an issue of a comic such as The High Republic Adventures takes approximately three months from concept to final product to develop. They’re always worth the wait!
Scott also outlined the challenges of creating comics from a writer’s perspective. “When we started, obviously we’d only just started working together. So I was having to explain what’s going on in my head -- which is always a problem -- and asking Ario to create it on the page.”
Now the two have developed a working relationship that has made it much easier to take the marvelous stories in Scott’s head and turn them into equally breathtaking art. The combined result has yet to disappoint.
On the subject of art (THERE IS SO MUCH GOOD STAR WARS ART), Anindito explained that when it comes to telling stories using visuals, he tries to dedicate one day to a single page.
“I love horror creatures. I love monsters, especially in Star Wars. So I got the concept art for the Drengir, and I just have to make it scary and menacing in the pages. And that’s what I like to do.”
And he’s so, so good at it too. More scary plant monsters please. Thank you.
One of the greatest challenges facing the creators of the two simultaneous The High Republic comic runs is making sure both stories line up with one another. Simpson said it couldn't happen without everyone working together to make the combined dream areality.
“It’s a lot of team work. It’s a lot of constant conversation. And that’s probably among the things that I enjoy most about working on this, is that we all pour in our ideas and we all pour in our understanding that once the idea starts moving, we have to keep a careful eye on it, make sure that we don’t contradict one another. But also … it’s a brand new playing field. So, making sure that stories don’t contradict each other isn’t as hard as you’d imagine.”
Yes! Teamwork makes … the Drengir come alive? I’m not licensed to make puns unless they’re about rocks.
If a behind-the-scenes look at comics magic wasn’t enough, the show also treated us to so much more lightsaber lore than we deserve … but we’ll take it all without complaint.
From Avar Kriss’s golden-accented hilt to Keeve Trenis’s duel blades to blessed Burryaga’s wooden weapon and more, The High Republic has given us some of the most unique lightsabers we’ve seen so far. And there’s likely so many more to come.
But wait … THERE’S MORE?
Marchion Ro might be confined to the pages of these captivating stories, but his helmet sure isn’t. Well, it isn’t now, thanks to Gordon Tarpley’s finesse with prop building. The helmet took about 50 hours to make … and it looks absolutely terrifying in the best way possible. I want one.
It wouldn’t be The High Republic Show without a few reveals to close out the event! A new Marvel comic minseries, Star Wars: The High Republic - Trail of Shadows, is releasing this fall. Written by Daniel Jose Older, this story follows what can best be described as a Jedi detective. So anyone who’s been begging for mysteries in space with laser swords … here you go!
A handful of exclusive editions of the next wave of High Republic books are also on the way from Target, Barnes & Noble, and Out of Print. Check back very soon for more details on those releases and pre-order links.
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