Artist Jeff Bennett:
“My friend and I used to joke about buying a [painting by Thomas] Kinkade, and if one of us did something stupid, punishment was you’d have to hang it up for a week,” Bennett told WIRED. “We never did it, ’cause no one wanted to spend that much on it. But one night watching Apocalypse Now, we talked about [superimposing] the whole ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ scene on a Kinkade.”
That never panned out, but the joke ended up inspiring him a few years later to create something far nerdier — and, as it turns out, viral.
“[Lately], I’ve had trouble sleeping,” he said in a 4 a.m. email. “One night recently, I came across something on Kinkade and how he was the ‘Master of Light.’ That’s when I thought I’d throw the Dark Side at him. Instead of helicopters [this time], I pictured AT-ATs looming over.”
See all seven of Bennett's Wars on Kinkade images in a slide show at Wired.