May 29, 2016 – Swiss artist Martin Panchaud (born 1982), an illustrator and graphic novelist based in Zurich, Switzerland, has recreated Star Wars: A New Hope in a very clever and fun-to-read/fun-to-look-at way.
It would be easy to describe this form of storytelling as well-drawn pictographs seen from above. But while some of the earliest examples of pictographs (a symbolic form of writing) have been discovered in Egypt and Mesopotamia from before 3000 BCE/BC, Martin Panchaud’s storybook version is so much more.
In addition to the beautifully drawn vehicles, planets and other graphics, full dialogue is included. We also appreciate the footnotes, such as the vehicle class-type descriptions, and the floor-plans showing the exact positions of each of the characters.
As Panchaud describes it, “SWANH.NET is an adaptation of Star Wars Episode IV in a style that was inspired by infographics. One story in one piece of 123 meters length.”
He says that he “first came up with the idea for this project in January 2015 and … it took me approximately 1000 hours and I finished it in May 2016.”
“This long ribbon reminds (us of) the ancient Chinese script rolls that had to be rolled in and rolled out simultaneously in order to be read. I like this stretch between ages, cultures, and technologies.”
Created with Adobe Illustrator CC, the artwork’s measurements are 1024 x 465152 px / 27 x 12307 cm / 10.6 x 4845.3-inch.
Any chance of purchasing this work in book form? Not anytime soon. As Panchaud writes: “I have absolutely no intentions whatsoever to commercialise this work. It is part of an artistic approach, an experiment in order to create an internet curiosity.”
To see/read his entire retelling of A New Hope, visit www.swanh.net.
To view Martin Panchaud’s other works, find him at www.martinpanchaud.ch