Hey gang! This week saw the release of Princess Leia: Royal Rebel, a new young reader Star Wars book from Scholastic, written by Calliope Glass, drawn by me, and featuring a beautiful cover by Phil Noto. The book follows Leia’s life from childhood through adulthood, detailing her exploits across the Star Wars films, before and beyond. Here’s the official summary:
Who is Princess Leia? How did a princess become a rebel leader? And what happened to her after the Empire was defeated? In this biography—complete with black-and-white illustrations, timelines, and character profiles—young readers will delight in learning the complete history of Star Wars’ royal rebel.
I’ve long been an enormous fan of the character of Princess Leia, and in turn Carrie Fisher’s portrayal of her along four films, so this was just a blast to do. I hope you’ll pick it up.
My reaction to the new Phillip Pullman trilogy announcement.
I remember crying at that final scene in the Amber Spyglass. I was sat in a chair in Spain as a 13 year old boy on holiday, weeping. To this day I rate it as one of the saddest, most heart wrenching moments in literature, certainly in children’s literature.
That trilogy bookmarked my movement into adult literature, as if by reading it I had prepared myself for a move towards more hard hitting emotional books.
But did there need to be more on Lyra? I don’t think so.
I agree that the world Pullman created was fascinating and the characters compelling, but we had closure on Lyra, it was all tied together. Why does there need to be more?
I appreciated Lyra’s Oxford and “Lyra and the Birds”. It was short, sweet and was a great little side show. But can Lyra develop much further without confusing what makes her character unique?
I would have much preferred a different set of characters, a different city and more on dust (of which I’m sure there will be given the title). More of Lord Asriel’s story perhaps? I’m not sure.
It’s also worth noting that Pullman has went from publishing with Scholastic, to Random House (Penguin). I’m wondering how much Random House paid for the privilege…
Recently read Amulet book 7, had a lunch break and whipped up some fanart for @boltcity of the elf prince Trellis, probably my favorite character in the series… I have a thing for character arcs like his. Kazu’s style at times reminds me of that old school 70s anime look (Galaxy Express 999, Captain Harlock, Space Battleship Yamato etc), which I tried referencing a bit here.
I remember when I was extremely young, about 6, I loved dragons, and still do. I remember my parents ordering the first two books, Eragon, and Eldest from the Scholastic book catalogues from school.
I saw the covers, with Saphira and Thorn on them, and thought immediately, “Holy cow! Those books look awesome!”. As soon as I got them in my hands, I immediately opened up Eragon, and was enthralled.
I read through all the books as soon as they came out, and have reread them many times. I absolutely love the Aghati Blödren part of Eldest, it’s my favorite part. Everything from Eragon’s poem, the Faelnirv, all the other intricate gifts that elves had brought, and Eragon’s healing stood out to me especially.
But the most amazing thing that Christopher Paolini and the Inheritance Cycle did, was make writing accessible. You sit there in school, reading about all these esteemed authors who are adults, and old, and then you see Eragon.
If a teenager can write something this good, why can’t I? I was probably about 5 or 6 when the first book came out, and have been a fan ever since.
It’s driven me to learn to write, draw, and many attempts at stories later, as well as many years, I’m planning my own high fantasy series, and at a similar age as well.
The Inheritance Cycle changed my life because it showed me what potential we all have. Be it Saphira hatching from her egg, or Roran’s journey to save Carvahall and find Katrina, we all can accomplish similar feats.
We can push to better ourselves, and accomplish things that we never originally thought possible.
Thank you Christopher Paolini, for the beautiful stories that you’ve shared, and for helping me to become an author. I’m even learning how to make chain maille for a Eragon cosplay.
I can’t imagine what it’d be like to have all these ideas stewing in my head, and being unable to put them down on paper. Once again, thank you.