Q&A

Landry Q. Walker: Star Wars™ Author Q&A

We recently sat down with Landry Q. Walker to chat awesome AT-ATs, Jabba’s Sail Barge, space hot rods, and more. Landry is a prolific comic book writer and the author of Star WarsEncyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles.

Your favorite starfighter:

The TIE fighter—I love the shape of it.

The most unusual Star Wars vehicle you know of:

Off the top of my head, the wheel bike of General Grievous near the end of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

Your favorite piece of Star Wars trivia:

That the Millennium Falcon's design was inspired by a hamburger—though that's probably fake.

The galaxy is vast indeed! How did you approach putting together such a comprehensive guide to the vehicles of Star Wars?

I’m lucky enough to have spent almost my entire life as a hardcore Star Wars fan, so a lot of it was already well-known to me. To dig deeper, I spent my time outside work collecting and playing the X-Wing Miniatures game obsessively. With any project I am working on, I find the key is to find a way to live it, even when off the clock.

What was the first Star Wars vehicle that ever captured your imagination, and why?

The sandcrawler. I was about six when Star Wars first came out, and I found the sandcrawler in Star Wars: A New Hope just amazing. It’s a roving Jawa village/store, scouring the lands for things to trade and sell. A close second is Jabba’s sail barge, which is basically a floating pirate ship. How cool is that?

Who is the Star Wars galaxy pilot you most admire?

Han Solo. He’s skeptical, practical, moral. Always did the right thing, even when it was the worst thing for himself.

What would your dream Star Wars journey be (including the vehicle, destination, passengers and mission)?

Well, that’s tricky, isn’t it? I mean, I love Star Wars but there is kind of always some war going on—which doesn’t sound super fun. So…

Ship: The Meson Martinet—the CSS-1 pirate ship operated by the Crimson Corsair.

Destination: A long abandoned Jedi temple.

Passengers: The Crimson Corsair and his crew—Squeaky, Reveth, Quiggold, the clone trooper called Kix.

Mission: Raiding the Jedi Temple for artifacts and treasures.

What makes the vehicles of Star Wars so compelling to fans?

Half of them are space hot rods. What’s not to love? They move fast, win battles, and are designed in a way that is still relatable to our world.

Do you have a favorite spread from Star Wars™ Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles?

Anything with AT-ATs, or any variation of AT-AT. I guess AT-ATs would have been my third choice as favorite vehicle. But sometimes they would be my first choice – because they are awesome.

In one sentence, why will people love this book?

It’s an in-depth look at every major vehicle from every Star Wars movie and cartoon—so if you ever wanted to figure out the connections between B-wings and the Resistance transport, or any other odd bit of trivia, it’s all coded somewhere in this book.

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