A New Hope‘s story has been translated into such a wide swath of media. It’s become a novel, a video game, a manga, a book-and-record read-along, a radio drama–everything. Heck, the first draft of its screenplay was even turned into a comic. Still, few would think that a mere infographic could ever convey the epic grandeur of Luke Skywalker’s first adventure with the Rebel Alliance.
Well, artist Martin Panchaud has proven that it can. In the span of one giant image, he renders every scene from the first Star Wars through a kind of top-down, schematic view. Characters are represented by colored dots, and passages of dialogue are styled as if they were textbook captions. Check out these choice excerpts from the continuous chart, and try to guess which scenes they correspond to.
Doesn’t this whole plot seem that much more… educational, now?
Given the number of panels that’re basically accompanied by word balloons here, this chart plays more like a web comic than a straight infographic, honestly. Why, anybody who’s read sequential art theorist Scott McCloud’s Reinventing Comics might recall him advocating cartoonists exploit the near-limitless potential of browser windows in a similar fashion. Some of his experiments with format, like the Zot! Online space opera, were actually quite like Panchaud’s piece. No gutters. No boundaries. No need to ever turn a page. Just one, long image readers could keep scrolling down through at their own pace.
Think this format could work for Empire Strikes Back or Force Awakens? What other infographics have convey big movie plots effectively? Hit the talkback with your recs!
Image Credits: Martin Panchaud