Here we are…2023 Star Wars Week has come to a close and here we are to recap what went down this past week!
Over the past seven days we have hosted three podcasts featuring special guests, two written interviews, as well as posted a number of features based in the Star Wars universe. It has been a fun-filled week of content from a galaxy far, far away!
Podcasts with Star Wars Creators
Will Sliney // Comic Book Illustrator
Episode #103 featured veteran comic book artist with over 100 books to his name, Will Sliney. In the world of Star Wars, Will has interior on titles such as Solo: A Star Wars Story Adaptation, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren, Star Wars: Halcyon Legacy, Ahsoka’s Ark, Age of Rebellion – Princess Leia, Doctor Aphra Annual, and more. He co-created a number of Star Wars characters for comics, but most notably Ren along with Charles Soule.
Daniel Jose Older // Author and Comic Book Writer
Episode #104 featured Star Wars comic writer and author Daniel Jose Older. The New York Times bestselling author and has written both comics and novels for a few different publishers including The High Republic Adventures (2021), The High Republic: Trail of Shadows, War of the Bounty Hunters: 4-LOM & Zuckuss, The High Republic Adventures (2022), as well as Manga comic The High Republic: The Edge of Balance: Precedent. Daniel is also the author of novels The High Republic: Race to Crashpoint Tower, Midnight Horizon: Star Wars: The High Republic, and the upcoming The High Republic: Escape from Valo.
Heater Antos // Comic Book Editor
Episode #105 featured Eisner, Harvey, and Hugo nominated editor and story consultant Heather Antos. The editor has worked with companies such as Marvel Comics and Lucasfilm. Currently Heather is a Senior Editor at IDW Publishing working on their Star Trek comics line. Antos’ work on Star Wars comic books include Star Wars (2015), Darth Vader (2015), Princess Leia, Kanan, Lando, Shattered Empire, Chewbacca, Vader Down, Obi-Wan and Anakin, Poe Dameron, Han Solo and more.
Discussions with Star Wars Illustrators
David Messina // Comic Book Artist
David Messina has worked on comics for Marvel, DC, Image Comics, IDW Publishing and more over the years. His name has been attached to comics such as Star Trek: Klingons, True Blood, Ultimate Spiderman, Uncanny X-Men, Cloak & Dagger, Catwoman, Action Comics, Wonder Woman, 3Keys, and The Bounce. However, for Star Wars Week we focused on his work on Han Solo & Chewbacca with friend of Capes and Tights, Marc Guggenheim.
OUR CONVERSATION WITH DAVID MESSINA
Chris Kennett // Little Golden Books Illustrator
Chris Kennett has been drawing ever since he could hold a pencil (or so his mum says). But professionally, he’s has been creating quirky characters for just over 20 years. Working his way from animation through to children’s books, Chris has managed to work on some truly “out of this world” projects including the beloved Star Wars series of Little Golden Books.
OUR CONVERSATION WITH CHRIS KENNNET
Liana Kangas // Comic Book Artist
Liana Kangas recently wrapped up drawing and co-creating the comic miniseries Know Your Station with Sarah Gailey, as well as TRVE KVLT with Scott Bryan Wilson, drawing a short written by James Tynion IV for Razorblades, published by Image Comics and contributing to a short with David M. Booher on Canto: Tales of the Unnamed World.
For Star Wars Week we focus on Liana’s work on IDW Publishing title Star Wars Adventures written by Sam Maggs and various Star Wars variant covers.
OUR CONVERSATION WITH LIANA KANGAS
Top Star Wars Comic Book Variants
Top-5 Skottie Young Star Wars Comic Book Covers
Skottie Young got his start at Marvel on titles like Spider-Man: Legend of the Spider Clan, Human Torch, and Venom. He soon began adapting the L. Frank Baum OZ novels at Marvel with Eric Shanower. After five years, four Eisner Awards and six OZ graphic novels, he began writing and drawing the hit series Rocket Raccoon, illustrating the children’s book Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman, and the Young Marvel variant covers, including a number of Star Wars covers.
Top-5 Mike Del Mundo Star Wars Comic Book Covers
Mike Del Mundo is a comic book artist known for his thoughtful cover executions by telling a story in a single image. He is most known for his work on Star Wars, X-Men, Thor, Deadpool, Avengers, and Spider-Man. He is a founder of 3 Worlds 3 Moons with Jonathan Hickman & Mike Huddleston. He worked on Spawn: Unwanted Violence with Todd McFarlane, Grammy-nominated album Alfredo with Freddie Gibbs & the Alchemist and The Immortal Hulk with Jeff Lemire.
Star Wars Comics and Books
Star Wars Comics To Read
The very first Star Wars comic book dropped from Marvel Comics in 1977. Since then a number of Star Wars comics have been released from many different publishers. More recently, Marvel, IDW Publishing, and Dark Horse have been going full force on comics based around a ton of different established and new characters. We compiled a few Star Wars comics for you to read.
Reading Order for The High Republic Books
The High Republic has ushered in a golden age of Star Wars storytelling, full of shining heroes and heartbreaking adventures. Brand new characters have emerged with captivating tales to tell – inspiring hope and courage along the way!
The list includes novels featuring High Republic! Be sure to add to your love for Star Wars with the comic book series at Marvel Comics, Dark Horse and IDW Publishing.
Star Wars Live-Action Rankings
Our list is compiled of all the movies and television shows based in the Star Wars Universe. We polled Capes and Tights Podcast guests Ryan Lessard, Jonathan Hedrick, Paul Eaton, our writers, as well as a few friends of Capes and Tights to determine the best list possible.
Each live-action Star Wars project was assigned a point value based on where the movie or show ended up on each respective list and added them up. The highest point total got first and the lowest last and so on.