There's a little movie premiering this weekend, maybe you've heard of it...maybe not (lol). That's right people -- STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is making its LONG awaited DEBUT! After Disney purchased the rights from Lucas Film, this has been one of the most talked about productions in cinema history -- and it's FINALLY HERE!!
And unless you've truly been under a rock (or even in a galaxy far, far away), you've seen that under the guidance of the House of Mouse, the marketing for it has been absolutely EVERYWHERE! From car commercials to make-up lines, to mega-market stores and beyond -- and as you guys know, I'm FAR from shy when it comes to throwing my hat in any ring I see insight into! But, I'm not an affiliate of Disney, Lucas Film or even Marvel Comics (who are KILLING IT with their new Star Wars series of books!!!), so HOW did I manage to take part?
With some #ExclusiveVariant covers!
But we didn't just slap some some cool imagery on our books, we took some time to REALLY think about how the stories themselves really tied into the Star Wars mythos. While we wanted to do covers for all the books, time constraints (i.e. me, since I elected to tackle the art duties myself) limited it to just two of our titles: Origins Unknown and The Trouble w/Love!
We were already working on revamping how to brand Origins Unknown (more to come on that soon), but even using the initial concept of people suddenly imbued with power, possibly beyond their knowledge and understanding -- it just seemed to fit so well with what we presume is happening in The Force Awakens! Taking the characters from the 3 stories in the first volume, we MIGHT get a analog for the main trio of Finn (Benjamin from Point of Authority), Rey (Gala from Somewhere I Belong), and Kylo Ren (Mitch from Breaking the Habit). I'm honestly curious how well these comparisons actually fit -- I suppose I'll find out tomorrow like everyone else!
The Trouble w/Love:
With our Dare to Compare challenges at shows, I've definitely likened this book to the relationship between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. In both, you have a father/son confrontation that stems around the formers pursuit of love and the things they were willing to do to protect it. So with that in mind, I went for a play on the iconic shot of Luke and Vader's lightsaber fight from Return of the Jedi!
These will be in VERY limited supply this weekend, and since they're going for only $5 they're sure to sell out quick! And for you collectors out there, we'll also FIVE #SketchCover Variants ($15) that are simply MUST-HAVES! So come by the Gateway Film Center from 6pm-12am, Thurs-Sunday and MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!!!