There are many, many things to be excited about when it comes to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but its new characters are right at the top of the list. Most specifically Rey, the film’s heroine, and Captain Phasma, the universe’s first live action female villain.

In an era when gender is an incredibly hot topic, Star Wars is now doing it right (despite some problems along the way, as this video illustrated today). To celebrate these incredible characters, Fandango.com commissioned artist Chrissie Zullo to make portraits of the Star Wars heroines, and villains, in awesome comic book form. And here they are, exclusively revealed, along with some comments from the artist.

“Rey looks like she will be fitting in nicely with all of the ‘Women of Star Wars’ who have preceded her. She looks to be an explorer, a tinker, ambitious and strong willed. I wanted to draw her out in the dessert with her speeder nearby, maybe about to go exploring a fallen Star Destroyer to see what she can find.”

“Captain Phasma is probably the most mysterious of the ‘Women of Star Wars.’ I’ve tried to stay away from any major spoilers of the film, and having finished these posters before the film came out, all I know is how excited I was when I found out the intimidating new giant chrome trooper was actually...a girl. I wanted to keep the palette simple in this piece, but still feminine at the same time, to contradict the very masculine feel of her armor.”

“Probably the most important female in the ‘Women of Star Wars,’ is Princess Leia. When I watched Star Wars for the first time, it was refreshing to see a damsel in distress who could clearly take care of herself. I loved her stubborn and headstrong attitude; she was full of wit and always wanted to be in control. I decided to draw her on her ship, the Tantive IV, with the always loyal R2D2, maybe moments before recording her message.”

“As part of a ‘Women of Star Wars’ series of posters, I started with the iconic Padme Amidala of Naboo. Growing up seeing Padme on the big screen, she was a great hero to girls- she was smart, beautiful, wasn’t afraid to speak her mind, took part as a Queen, Senator, and was ready to fight in battle just as much as the guys. I loved her character and wanted to portray her at probably her most memorable, as Queen. I wanted her to look stoic and strong, serious and beautiful.”

For more on Zullo’s work, check out her Tumblr.

[Fandango]


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