Sequart Releases Book on Star Wars Comics

A Galaxy Far, Far AwaySequart is proud to announce the publication of A Galaxy Far, Far Away: Exploring Star Wars Comics, edited by Rich Handley and Joseph F. Berenato.

After Star Wars hit theaters in 1977, the moviegoing experience was forever changed. Science fiction and fantasy entered the mainstream, and special effects and viewer expectations were elevated to new heights. A marketing and merchandising empire was unleashed of unprecedented proportions, giving rise to the so-called Expanded Universe of tales — chief among them comic books and strips — that took the Star Warriors beyond the silver screen onto the printed page.

Marvel Comics published the first line of Star Wars comic books, featuring stories set after the original film. Since then, more than a thousand comics have been produced from a variety of publishers, including Marvel Comics, Blackthorne Publishing, the L.A. Times Syndicate, Dark Horse Comics, Scholastic, Tokyopop, and more. The comics have spanned the history of the franchise, from millennia before Anakin Skywalker’s birth to beyond Luke Skywalker’s death, and have focused on every aspect of the Star Wars universe: Jedi, Sith, clones, politics, droids, the underworld, romance, and even the much-maligned Ewoks.

In A Galaxy Far, Far Away: Exploring Star Wars Comics, editors Joseph F. Berenato and Rich Handley pick up where their previous volume, A Long Time Ago: Exploring the Star Wars Cinematic Universe, left off. This anthology features insightful, analytical essays examining the Star Wars comics, contributed by popular comic historians, novelists, bloggers, and subject-matter experts — plus, a foreword by fan-favorite Star Wars comics writer John Ostrander. From Jaxxon to Cody Sunn-Childe, from Ulic Qel-Droma to Lady Lumiya, find out how comics helped to keep the Star Wars universe alive, and why you’re missing out if you’re not reading them.

The book runs 340 pages and features a foreword by John Ostrander. The cover is by Kevin Colden and Miss Lasko-Gross.

A Galaxy Far, Far Away: Exploring Star Wars Comics is available in print and on Kindle. (Just a reminder: you don’t need a Kindle device to read Kindle-formatted books; you can download a free Kindle reader for most computers, phones, and tablets.) Find out more on the book’s official page or its Facebook page.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

In 1996, while still an undergraduate, Dr. Julian Darius founded what would become Sequart Organization. After graduating magna cum laude from Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisconsin), he obtained his M.A. in English, authoring a thesis on John Milton and utopianism. In 2002, he moved to Waikiki, teaching college while obtaining an M.A. in French (high honors) and a Ph.D. in English. In 2011, he founded Martian Lit, which publishes creative work, including his comic book Martian Comics. He currently lives in Illinois.

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