Star Wars Propaganda
The art of persuasion
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