Graphic Design and Illustration by Ian Leino Graphic Design and Illustration by Ian Leino
The Empire Strikes Out


It’s an epic day here on the field in Tattoine. The bottom of the 9th. 2 men on base, with the Rebel home team ahead by 2 runs. Typically a big hitter, Vader hasn’t made much of a showing in this game, and really needs to land one here to pull out a victory for the team and salvage his own record as well.

After a conference with co-managers Yoda and Kenobi, rising star Skywalker returns to the mound with a strong set to his jaw and look of grim determination in his eye, perhaps remembering the beating that the Rebels took the last time they faced this team on the icy fields of Hoth.

He winds up. Here’s the pitch. Vader swings … and it’s NO GOOD! The Empire has stuck out, and the Rebels seize the day! This is a HUGE win for the scrappy Rebel team, and gives them just the push they need for when they face the mighty Empire next on their own turf at the Death Star, as this storied rivalry continues.


My newest design “The Empire Strikes Out” combines those two classic institutions of Star Wars and Baseball, and will be for sale for just 24 hours at RIPT apparel, starting at midnight!

Heather/Black raglan sleeve baseball jerseys are also available, only through my own shop. (Coupon code “VADER10” will get you 10% off your total order, too!)



Once again, to celebrate the launch of another design I’m sponsoring a giveaway! This time the prize will be 3″x4″ magnets – the perfect way to spiff up a dingy droid, sand-worn speeder, or shiny starship. There are 3 ways to enter to win!






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At least 3 winners will be chosen from each site, and it could be more depending on the number of participants!

Good luck everyone, and thanks for helping to spread the word!



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