Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy Notebook Collection
This inspiring trio of notebooks celebrates three iconic heroes of the Star Wars galaxy: Leia Organa, Rey, and Ahsoka Tano.
Each notebook features lightly ruled interiors with notable quotes from each character, along with bonus artwork on the inside and back covers.
Design: Michael Morris, Lucasfilm Ltd.,
Artists: Jen Bartel, Geneva Bowers, Elsa Charretier, Cryssy Cheung, Christina Chung, Jennifer Aberin Johnson, Sara Kiplin, Little Corvus
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Type: Journal
Page Count: 64
Retail Price: $12.95
Release Date: November 2018
Carry inspiration from the kick-ass women of the Star Wars galaxy to any writing situation you have! Each slender, lightweight notebook presents three unique artistic interpretations of the woman of honor as well as quotes on the bottom of selected pages. They did, however, miss an opportunity to put some watermark images or other inspirational elements that could have given a bit more character to the ones that lack quotes.
The front cover illustration of the Rey notebook, by Elsa Charretier, is a sultry, vintage, comic-book-esque interpretation of Rey. Charretier captured the moment from The Force Awakens where Rey, after scavenging through the decrepit cruiser, has just removed her goggles. The thick cat-eye-lined top lids go with full, pouty lips, over a square chin. The brown shades of her clothing are set off by the light blue sky in the background and her sun-baked complexion.
The sleek inside cover illustration of Rey, by Christina Chung, is a snippet from the gorgeous scene in The Force Awakens where she’s confronting Kylo Ren in the snow. The dark gray and blue trees in the background, with circles of falling snow, are at a slight angle. The ignited lightsaber illuminates one side of Rey’s face, drawing your attention to her determination to face, not flee from, Kylo Ren.
The back cover illustration, by Geneva Bowers, is the scene from The Last Jedi when Rey is lifting the stones on Crait to free the Resistance fighters. The soft edges, use of shades of the complementary colors blue and orange, and Rey’s flowing hair give a softness to this scene in which she showed such focus, control, and power.
Jen Bartel’s front cover illustration of the Leia notebook conveys such a warmth from the peach skin tones and bright brown eyes. It seems to capture the split second from in A New Hope or perhaps, when the viewer first sees the face of this young, brave hooded princess. It contrasts the teal gradient of the background accented with ghosted images of Tie fighters, an X-wing, and Death Star in the darker top corners and twinkling stars dotting the lower edges.
Upon opening the Leia notebook, it was clear that Elsa Charretier had also done the illustration of Leia, from the scene in Return of the Jedi where she just removed the helmet of her disguise as Boushh. I do appreciate artists’ interpretations of characters, but my first impression was that Rey’s face from the front cover of her notebook was merely cut and pasted to be Leia’s face (minus the freckles).
Upon closer inspection, there are subtle differences, but perhaps more distinction between Rey and Leia would be better. Of course in true Star Wars nerd fashion, I thought, Maybe Rey and Leia are meant to resemble each other because they’re related! Are these notebooks spoilers?
The back cover illustration, by Jennifer Aberin Johnson, captures a sweet moment between Wicket and Leia, with her hair down and in her dress (compliments of the Ewoks). They’re sitting on a log looking at each other, and the Endor evening is captured in violets and blues and silhouetted trees behind them. The furriness of Wicket is wonderfully conveyed, but a harsh black outline around Leia makes it looks like she wasn’t an original part of the illustration.
The front cover illustration of a teenage Ahsoka, by Cryssy Cheung, is animated Clone Wars-faithful rendition, head-and-shoulders shot. Her big blue eyes draw your attention to the center of her orange complexion and her brows with that slight wrinkle of intensity. The Jedi symbol is in purple and pink gradient behind her with another one in green gradient centered under her face. It looks like it would be an official portrait that might hang in the Jedi temple or at least be in the Jedi Academy yearbook.
The inner cover illustration by Little Corvus is a side profile of her, looking more matured, an air of wisdom, in her cape, hood on. There is a pink tinge to the portrait with a white halo for the background. Her facial features are to Barbie-like for my liking.
Sara Kipin’s back cover image is a rendition of Ahsoka’s heartbreaking trial — facing Darth Vader. He is backed up against a deep orange background just after Ahsoka, in the lower half of the page, her back to him, swung back to strike that blow to his mask. Deep orange lines outline his black suit setting off her orange complexion of her intent face. Her mint-green clad body in the foreground dwarfed by his body that takes up most of the space on the cover.
And on a final note, lefties, like me, will appreciate the center-sewn binding that flattens enough for sinister hands to write comfortably. Hardcovers might prove, over time, to have been the better choice to help preserve these vibrant illustrations if your notebooks tend to suffer abuse in your handbag as they do in mine. We shall see.