While Lilith is slowly making her way through the world of Star Trek, you know that she will forever be a Star Wars fan. Of course, the extension of that fandom involved rewatching the movies, mostly the originals, as marathons at least once a year. I probably know over 50% of the lines in episodes 4,5, and 6 by heart. And I haven’t had too much interest before now in delving in to any other Star Wars stories, though I look forward to J.J. Abrams reboot next year. That being said, my muse the Veganaut convinced me, and of course purchased me, the Timothy Zahn trilogy so that I could finally experience some extended universe stories. I will now bring you my evil geek book report for the first in the trilogy: Heir to the Empire, of course containing some spoilers.
I’m a big fan of Timothy Anderson’s art. He gets the genre of pulp and in many cases mixes it up with things that wouldn’t traditionally fit the bill and in doing so creates some fun and exciting work. We’ve highlighted some of his art way back when we first started but he’s introduced three new Star Wars pieces that we’d be remised to not show you. One for each of the original trilogy.
Can’t get enough? Want to know more? Take a stroll through his website, you can thank me later.
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In my time off from villainy, I’m a noted patron of the arts. And I’ve seen the spark of creativity in the eyes of two my fellow members of this Brotherhood, Messrs. Biff Tannen and Arthur Harkness. I’ve begun commissioning works of art which I shall display in our extensive gallery (and here on this site). The catch? I’ll commission a work on the same topic from each of them. Once I’ve received both pieces I’ll run them through a machine of my own design: The Collabotron 2600. The Collabtron will pull the finest points from both of the drawings and merge them into one perfect piece of art.
What will soon follow is the first of these glorious productions.
Last week I provided these starving artists with a meal, a shilling, and an assignment: Draw the Darth Vader/Luke Skywalker revelation scene from The Empire Strikes Back. Great minds think alike and able hands must also draw alike, because within 20 minutes I received these two masterpieces.
The top selection, masterfully drawn by Biff Tannen, really sings to the pacifist in me. Father and son turned against one another in a senseless war. Notice the dispassionate expression on the younger Skywalker’s face.
Conversely, Arthur Harkness’ submission truly captures the remorse that Vader immediately felt after severing his son’s hand. One could lose oneself in the sadness within those eyes.
So different in their moods, yet so very much the same in their composition. I found it curious that both of our masters chose to include captions in their illustrations, but that nuance did not go unappreciated.
And now, for the piece de resistance:It belongs in a museum!