"I always had my mind on making art. It's not something I can let go very easily when art has been my primary focus almost my entire life. My artistic journey has been difficult and extremely challenging at times, but I can fairly say that everything is going great so far. I have never regretted becoming an artist."
―Qistina Khalidah[1]

Qistina Khalidah (born 1993 or 1994 in Malaysia), also known as Qissus, is a Malaysian comic and book cover artist.[1] For the Star Wars franchise, Khalidah illustrated the cover for The Essential Legends Collection reprint of[2] James Luceno's 2012 novel[3] Darth Plagueis and its audiobook adaptation.[2]

Khalidah's cover art and her involvement were announced by publisher Del Rey on Twitter on November 3, 2021. The reprint was published on April 5, 2022.[2] Khladish considers[1] fellow Star Wars cover artist[4] Jon Foster to be a major influence on her artistic style.[1]


Year Title Contribution Note
2022 Darth Plagueis Cover art The Essential Legends Collection rerelease[2]
2022[5] Darth Plagueis audiobook


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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Luiz, Dante: Artist Interview: Qistina Khalidah (2019-09-16). Strange Horizons. Archived from the original on May 19, 2021. was published in 2019 and states that Khalidah was 25 years old at the time. Therefore, Khalidah must have been born in either 1993 or 1994.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 TwitterLogo.svg Del Rey (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "Exciting news! The next round of trade paperbacks in the #EssentialLegends Collection will be available April 5, 2022. Each edition will have a new cover with original artwork." (backup link) confirms that Qistina Khalidah illustrated The Essential Legends Collection cover for Darth Plagueis. Because the audiobook shares the same cover art, it can be deduced that Khalidah is the cover artist for the audiobook as well.
  3. Darth Plagueis
  4. StarWars.com Dark Canvas: The Art of Jon Foster on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  5. PenguinRandomHouse.jpg Darth Plagueis: Star Wars Legends on Penguin Random House's official website (backup link)

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