Claudia Gray’s young-adult novel Star Wars: Lost Stars will be getting a Manga adaptation, the LINE Manga app announced details (via ANN) on Tuesday. Read on for more details…
An official Star Wars Manga series from Lucasfilm and LINE will debut for free on the LINE Manga App this May! The all-new App will be a Manga adaptation of the fan favorite Star Wars novel ‘Lost Stars’ by Claudia Gray.
The new novel will feature illustrations by super artist Yusaku Komiyama, who has worked on the popular Avengers: Zombies Assemble manga and the Ixion Saga. But that’s not all! This upcoming adaptation is also set to include new chapters which will debut every other Thursday.
The official Star Wars website describes the novel’s story below:
The reign of the Galactic Empire has reached the Outer Rim planet of Jelucan, where aristocratic Thane Kyrell and rural villager Ciena Ree bond over their love of flying. Enrolling at the Imperial Academy together to become fighter pilots for the glorious Empire is nothing less than a dream come true for the both of them. But Thane sours on the dream when he sees firsthand the horrific tactics the Empire uses to maintain its ironclad rule.Bitter and disillusioned, Thane joins the fledgling Rebellion — putting Ciena in an unbearable position to choose between her loyalty to the Empire and her love for the man she’s known since childhood.
Also announced was a competition to adapt parts of Kemp’s Lord of the Sith and Kevin Hearne’s Heir to the Jedi novels.
The app also revealed that it will hold the LINE Manga Star Wars Indies Award 2017 competition to create manga adaptations of the first chapters of Kevin Hearne’s Heir to the Jedi and Paul S. Kemp’s Lords of the Sith novels.
The campaign is part of the app’s LINE Manga Indies program that allows users to submit original manga. The app will accept submissions of at least 12 pages from May 4 to August 31.
Lucasfilm and the competition’s selection committee will nominate a list of submitted manga. The app’s users will vote for the list of nominees. Lucasfilm and the LINE Manga editorial department will award the Grand Prix award and Lucasfilm Award. The list of nominated works will be announced on October 27, and the voting period will run from October 27 to November 9. The results will be announced on December 1.
The app will release the Grand Prix winner’s manga, and the winner will also have their manga published in a physical book. The winner will also get to tour Lucasfilm Studios in San Francisco and receive a 1,000,000-yen (about US$9,000) monetary prize. The Lucasfilm Award winner will receive a custom X-Wing pilot helmet, and the other nominated works will receive a Star Wars Sharbo X pen.
MediaWorks previously released manga comic adaptations of the original Star Wars trilogy back in 1997 to coincide with the theatrical release of the Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition. The LINE Manga app launched in 2013 and has been downloaded more than 16 million times. The app offers free digital manga and novels.
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