As a Suvudu contributor, I have to pitch ideas for my posts. Some of those pitches get made a month or two in advance of a book’s release. After finishing Empire and Rebellion: Razor’s Edge, I knew this was one I wanted to share my fangirl enthusiasm for, so I suggested a few ideas. One went something like this – “Alderaanian pirates… are just begging for exclusive artwork.” With the cover art already inspiring one Star Wars fan to cosplay, the Alderaanian pirates seemed like a natural fit as something else fans would love to have visualized. A week ago, Star Wars Books Facebook page announced Jennifer Heddle would be contributing a Leia short story to Star Wars Insider Issue #145 with artwork by Magali Villeneuve. Luckily, Villeneuve was all-in for creating some space pirates, as well. Later this week the entire banner piece will be unveiled. Over the next few days, you’ll see some teases popping up, and I’ll have an interview with the artist, too.
For now, I leave you – especially the cosplayers of the fandom – with a sneak peek of Aegis’ captain, Caline Metara. Share it around on Twitter with the hashtag #RazorsEdgeArt. When Hondo is finally rendered semi-speechless by all the fan love for the pirates of Star Wars, he will be forced to parlay and hand over the full image of Captain Metara.
Update: After being rendered speechless, Hondo has found his words and informed me that Star Wars fans are worthy pirates. Apparently site traffic was busier than Coruscant’s Senate District on an election day, and the web host mistook the activity for cyber-pirating! Tomorrow, we’ll diversify the cast and a Rebel stands up to the pirates. For now, who doesn’t want to cosplay one of these two?
Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and strong female characters. She also writes about Star Wars for Random House’s science fiction and fantasy blog Suvudu.com and Star Wars Insider magazine and is a contributor for Her Universe’s Year of the Fangirl.
Tricia is putting the finishing touches on her first novel, Wynde – a military science fiction with a fantastical twist that features heroines Vespa Wynde and Gemini Reed. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.
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