It’s undeniable that Star Wars is one of the biggest franchises out there as their footprint is in almost every form of media. The good thing about that is there’s so much lore out there that is diverse and can accommodate to the needs of fans. One group that has been alienated, according to Chris Ryall, the Editor-in-Chief at IDW Publishing, is the kids. Sure, there are comics, novels, and video games to play, but they require prior knowledge of the source material, seeing as there are 8 films out there, and various television programs. So what if there was something that covered the basics, while also introducing children to the comic book medium? Ryall has the answer for just that.
During the live stream from Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Ryall discussed a brand new comic series that is directed towards young readers titled Star Wars Adventures. Marvel already makes various Star Wars comics, so how does this differentiate from those? Here’s what Ryall had to say.
“We love what Marvel’s been doing. I’m so into those comics, but I have an eleven-year-old daughter. I would love to be able to go into the store and buy a comic for me, buy a comic for her. Now she’ll be able to read Star Wars too and enjoy it. So these are gonna be high octane, high energy adventure stories. Not real steeped in the continuity. So it’s for people that are new to Star Wars, new to comic books. Our goal is basically to develop the next generation of Star Wars readers that then gravitate to the Marvel comics later on.”
Essentially, these aren’t lore-centric stories, but stories that will introduce readers to the world of Star Wars by introducing them to characters, planets, and storylines alike. With that, readers can move onto other forms of media, such as the films or Rebels without being left behind. At the end of the day, more fans means more content, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
You can pick up your copy of Star Wars Adventures along with other kid-friendly comics this September.
Source: Star Wars Celebration