An illustration of the Millennium Falcon from Martin Panchaud’s infographic
To paraphrase Han Solo: Star Wars fans have seen a lot of strange stuff, but they’ve never seen anything like this. A Swiss artist has re-envisioned the entirety of A New Hope as a beautiful, sprawling infographic. To read it, you scroll down through over 400 feet of images and text, beginning with the star destroyer chasing a rebel ship and ending with Luke and Han receiving their medals from Princess Leia. All of the dialogue and characters, including R2-D2’s beeps and every last member of the Cantina band, are included. It’s a dazzling piece of fan art. Scroll down to see some excerpts, but for the full effect, you should really check out the whole thing here.
A conversation between R2-D2 (left) and C-3PO in the Tatooine desert
A scene aboard the Millennium Falcon with Han, Chewbacca, Luke, Obi-Wan, and the droids
A key to the character symbols in the cantina scene
The massive New Hope graphic is the creation of illustrator Martin Panchaud, who says on the website that he was inspired by “the ancient Chinese script rolls that had to be rolled in and rolled out simultaneously in order to be read.” With the spare art style (created in Adobe Illustrator), Panchaud says that he aimed to create “space for the individual imaginary universe” within his drawing. He also thanks the fan community at the French-language site Star Wars Universe for their advice and encouragement, because obviously, a project of this size takes an Ewok village.
R2-D2 beeps at the end of the medal ceremony.