2010 was a banner year for Star Wars related art and merchandise, and the juggernaut that is Lucasfilm LTD shows no signs of stopping. With the upcoming release of the Star Wars saga to Blu Ray, the continued success of The Clone Wars TV series, on again off again talk of a live action TV series, and rumors of more movies; Star Wars seems…unstoppable.
But nowhere is the undying love for things from a galaxy far, far away more obvious than in fan created art. I hope you enjoy these Star Wars bits and pieces that I’ve been collecting over the past few months. Long live Star Wars!
Mondo Tees, a division of the local Austin theater chain, Alamo Drafthouse, ran a series of officially licensed, limited edition, Star Wars inspired posters in the second half of 2010. Sadly, most of these are completely sold out, but you can check them all out here. I didn’t bother posting them when they were available for sale, because they typically sold out within minutes of their release. These are gems, and I wish I had gotten my hands on some of these. Here’s a few highlights.
Tyler Stout’s movie posters are nearly legendary by now, and these Original Trilogy movie posters are a pretty solid indication why.
I love Dan McCarthy’s minimalist painting “Hoth”. Don’t see the Star Wars connection? Look closer.
It’s amazing how much mileage one throw away line from a Star Wars movie can get. “Sanctuary Moon” by Daniel Danger is no exception. The title is taken from a line from Return of the Jedi. Can any of you guess who said it?
It’s a tough call to make, but I think I might like these movie posters by Olly Moss better than the Tyler Stout versions. What do you think?
Ken Taylor’s “Bounty Hunters” are vividly rendered character studies. His work is amazing, and I suggest you hit his link to check the rest of it out.
Remember the scene that changed the way you looked at Darth Vader? It left a big impression on a lot of us, and apparently on artist Frank Stockton, too.
But enough with officially licensed stuff. Let’s get to the nitty gritty, eh?
These minimalist, mash up movie posters by Matthew Ranzetta are as unique and creative as they are beautiful to look at. (Thanks to my son for finding these and sharing them with me.)
In keeping with the mash up theme, artist Adam Watson imagined what might happen if Star Wars had been done Dr. Seuss style. I laughed out loud at these when I saw them.
Art comes in many forms, and the snow storm this winter in the north east compelled sculptors and photographers to join in on the Star Wars fun.
The sculptors of this snow Jabba and crashed AT AT are unknown, but both are well done.
Brooklyn resident Henry Hargreaves is responsible for the Empire landing in New York City. You can find more of his photos over at /Film.
I’m sure you will all sleep better tonight now that Jon Wollack has answered the burning question, “What would Boba Fett have looked like as a Spartan warrior?” Am I right, or am I right?
Teefury’s original t-shirts are available for one day only at a very low price, and the subjects are typically pop-culture references. Star Wars is featured in one form or another almost every week. These are a few of my favorites.
This design by AJ Paglia mashes up two of my favorite things: Star Wars and samurai. It’s a great nod to the influence of Kurosawa’s films on Lucas’ space opera.
Chris Wahl mashes up Calvin and Hobbes in this sweet-natured reimagining of Han and Chewie.
Football fan and Star Wars fan? No problem. Teefury’ s got you covered with this riff on the Oakland Raiders and Tusken Raiders from Star Wars.
A quick Google search will turn up a plethora of fan made movies as well. Just don’t expect the amount of love that goes into them to affect the quality of the resulting product. Most of them are fun, and the worst of them are laughable.
Whatever your take on fan made art, or the quality of the pieces themselves, there’s no denying that somehow, against all odds and in the wake of the disastrous prequels, it is cool to be a Star Wars fan again—even if one does qualify it by saying, “…but the prequels sucked!”
That’s it for today, folks. It’s back to working on the office for me.