Wel­come... to a dou­ble whammy!

ImagineFX - - Editor’s Letter - Beren Neale, Act­ing Editor beren.neale@fu­turenet.com

Ev­ery great space opera fran­chise called Star Wars has a clas­sic feud. That’s just fact! And in an­tic­i­pa­tion of The Force Awak­ens, we’ve put it all on the line and printed a ‘split run’ (me­dia jive for ‘two cov­ers’ – I know, we’re id­iots), fea­tur­ing our best guess at who the two new feud­ing char­ac­ters will be: the po­ten­tial young padawan Rey and the pos­si­ble Sith badass Kylo Ren who, quite frankly, we’re just hop­ing isn’t Yoda dressed up on stilts play­ing a prank on ev­ery­one… ac­tu­ally that would be pretty sweet. But I di­gress.

Af­ter his fine Game of Thrones work­shop from is­sue 125, it was An­drew Theophilopou­los who came to mind for th­ese two cov­ers. I had a good idea of what it should look like, so sent him a stock­pile of photo ref­er­ences of me in my pants, depict­ing the ex­act dy­namic stance each char­ac­ter should hold. Like any pro­fes­sional, An­drew thanked me, set fire to his com­puter, washed his eyes with in­dus­trial-strength soap and, af­ter some in­tense ther­apy, started work on his own photo shoot... What­ever. He’s the artist, I guess.

The re­sult (page 62) makes for two amaz­ing cov­ers. Its qual­ity is also be­fit­ting an is­sue that boasts ex­clu­sive in­ter­views with film art di­rec­tor Aaron McBride (page 40), card art con­nois­seur Terese Nielsen (page 46), as well as the spe­cially ex­tended sketch­book of Mr Film Art him­self, Iain McCaig (page 54). Have a root around, and if you feel the need for any ref­er­ence pho­tos, ping me an email!

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