Review by C.J. Bunce
Star Wars in pictures. It’s something fans of the franchise have gotten excited about now for 43 years running. From the first publication of Ralph McQuarrie’s earliest concept art, fans want more. So it makes sense we’re going to see three books are concept artwork this year for the first season of The Mandalorian, the best thing to happen to Star Wars since the original trilogy (OK, and one or two “Star Wars story” movies). The first of these behind the scenes books is Titan Magazines’ The Mandalorian: The Art & Imagery, just released in three versions, one via newsstands, one via comic shops, and a hardcover version you can pick up here at Amazon and brick and mortar bookstores.
The Mandalorian: The Art & Imagery is not a book of interviews with creators, and it is primarily devoted to showcasing the concept art with some interspersed screen images and poster art. Think Topps Star Wars trading card images all in one volume and you’ll get the picture. Also, this is the first volume of books in the Titan series, reflecting the first four of the eight episodes of the first season.
This is the work of artists and designers that inspired the final production sets, costumes, and props, with works by Doug Chiang, Christian Alzmann, Ryan Church, Nick Gindraux, John Park, Jama Jurabaev, Erik Tiemens, Brian Matyas, Seth Engstrom, and Anton Grandert.
Beasts, planets, ships, battles, armor, and characters. And everyone’s favorite new Star Wars character, Baby Yoda aka The Child. If some of the painted art looks familiar, that’s because you’ve seen some of it in the end credits to each episode, backed by that Ennio Morricone-inspired music.
Some of the images appear to be mock-ups for a Topps trading card art series, like this one:
This is a collection for fans of vintage Star Wars and anyone who loved the look of the series and can’t wait for the new season to begin later this month, but not necessarily needing commentary on the making of the show.
Pick up the first volume of The Mandalorian: The Art & Imagery now here at Amazon or order one of the other versions from Elite Comics or your local comic shop. Volume Two of The Mandalorian: The Art and Imagery is scheduled for release December 15, 2020, and it’s available for pre-order here at Amazon.