Starlog Archives: Artists of the Empire
These days, you can’t turn around without having Star Wars thrust in your face. Now that Disney owns Lucasfilm, we can all settle in for a steady stream of new Star Wars material until even the most ardent fan decides they have had enough. But that wasn’t always the case. After the completion of the original trilogy, Star Wars slowly slipped into near irrelevance. In the nineties, the franchise slowly started to come back to life.
Following the success of Timothy Zahn’s novels, Shadows of the Empire was a multimedia project that included all the products one would associate with a new Star Wars movie except the actual film. There was a video game, novels, comic books, toy lines and trading cards. The Topps trading cards series featured art by acclaimed painters, Greg and Tim Hildebrandt. In the Novemeber 1996 issue of Starlog magazine, the brothers discussed their role in the Star Wars event.