Star Wars Pro­pa­ganda

The art of per­sua­sion

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re­leased OUT NOW! 112 pages | Hard­back/ebook

Au­thor Pablo Hi­dalgo Pub­lisher Harper de­sign

The Star Wars galaxy is so vast and com­plex that its “his­tory” can feel like a liv­ing, breath­ing thing. This in-uni­verse book – sub­ti­tled A His­tory Of Per­sua­sive Art In The Galaxy – re­counts decades of tur­moil in the Republic, Trade Fed­er­a­tion, Em­pire, Re­bel­lion, New Republic and First Or­der as if they ac­tu­ally hap­pened.

It’s tied to­gether by art that skil­fully riffs on var­i­ous styles of pro­pa­ganda from 20th cen­tury Earth – posters with slo­gans like “Loose Lips Bring Down Star­ships” and “Re­mem­ber Alder­aan: Never For­get”. The de­signs are al­most uni­formly bril­liant, show­ing an in­ge­nious knack for twist­ing the medium to mesh seam­lessly with the iconog­ra­phy of a galaxy far, far away.

The words are slightly less suc­cess­ful. “Writ­ten” by veteran Bith artist Janyor (in re­al­ity Pablo Hi­dalgo, a mem­ber of the Lu­cas­film Story Group that over­sees Star Wars canon), the book com­bines art crit­i­cism with his­tory les­son. While it’s ad­mirably thor­ough – and far-reach­ing enough to ven­ture be­yond the movies to spin-off nov­els and Star Wars Rebels – it’s all a lit­tle too dry and text­book-ish to truly en­gage. In­deed, it would ar­guably be bet­ter without all those words get­ting in the way. Richard Ed­wards

One poster has the Clone Wars an­i­ma­tion ver­sion of Count Dooku – Janyor de­scribes it as a “grotesque car­i­ca­ture”.

The de­signs are bril­liant

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