Instructor’s Star Wars artwork featured at Comic-Con

July 21, 2011

From “Instructor’s Star Wars artwork featured at Comic-Con” — What do superheroes, space aliens, zombies and Madison Area Technical College instructor Ed Binkley have in common?

They’re all being featured at this week’s sold out Comic-Con annual convention in San Diego. The event is the largest comic book and popular arts convention in the world.

Binkley, the Animation and Concept Development program director/lead instructor at Madison College, was one of 100 artists selected by George Lucas to submit illustrations for the new Star Wars book “Visions.” Binkley’s artwork, featuring Tusken Raiders or Sand People, was selected as the book’s debut poster. It created a big buzz when it was shown at last year’s Comic-Con, and it will be featured again at this year’s convention.

“It was the key poster at Comic-Con,” says Binkley. “It was nice to be a part of the Star Wars book, but the poster was a big thing when it came out.”

Lucas was apparently very impressed with Binkley’s work. The film director commissioned Binkley to create another Star Wars-related illustration for his personal collection.

“They seemed to really respect what I was trying to bring to it,” says Binkley. “It was a nice project. This was one of the most pleasant experiences I have had.” 


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