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Hansi Oppenheimer Talks About SqueeCon

It is a great pleasure to welcome back Hansi Oppenheimer to talk about her latest project, SqueeCon.

Hansi welcome back to EverydayFangirl.com and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and discuss SqueeCon with us!

When and where is this event?

The event will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at the Lyric Hall, 827 Whalley Avenue New Haven, CT, between 1-9pm. Tickets are just $15 online use code HH2018 https://filmfreeway.com/SqueeCon/tickets
They will be $20 at the door and $10 after 6pm for those who just want to briefly check out the con and participate in Nerd Karaoke. Kids under 12 are free.
Getting to the Event:

By Driving-There is free parking in the park across the street from the venue.

By Train-It is 3 miles from the Metro North New Haven Union Station stop. There is an abundance of Lyft locally since it’s a University town.

What first prompted you to create SqueeCon?

My niece is the one who found the venue and pitched a Squee! screening which the venue loved. I figured that if I had access to this big beautiful venue I should share the opportunity with the community so it became SqueeCon.
I’m hoping to make this an ongoing venture and take the Con around the country to small venues in other communities and bring Fangirls together to create a huge supportive network. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful thing?

How will this con be different from other cons?

The inaugural edition of SqueeCon is a celebration of films, art, music, cosplay and more by women and female identifying individuals. SqueeCon is the first ever one-day event celebrating the arts by a collective of Fangirls creators and will cover the entire gamut of fandom experience. It is a fan con so no big celebrities, just a fun con where you can go and talk with the creators and guests in a very intimate, casual setting. A perfect place to network, so bring your cards!

What guests are expected to attend?

SqueeCon is pleased to welcome film-makers, nerds, geeks, writers, Fangirls, cosplayers, vendors and more to join hands in support of the community. Several eminent cosplay guests have accepted the invitation to be there, including Christine Evans, Cate Broomhead, Rowena Cosplays, Ayla Ocasio, Jacob Daniel Womack, Jenn Wotchertonks. performers Tea Time For Mad Girls, and Cat Smith. Vendors include writer L. E. Hellman, baker Melissa Robles, artist Jimmy Gatti, and Carol Ann Swan.

What activities and events will be available for attendees?

There will be screenings of Alana King’s Wayward: The Documentary, a teaser of the docu-series about women Star Wars fans, Looking for Leia and a block of short films performances, panels, there’s a bar with beer, wine, cider and soft drinks and we’re having a mixer/meetup with Nerd Karaoke from 7-9 pm. I’m still working on finding a food truck but there is a restaurant across the street.

How do you decide what programming is available?

SqueeCon’s mission is to support and promote the creative and fandom works of women and LGBTQA individuals so I reached out to friends who perform, make films and I have a page on FilmFreeway for people to submit short films for consideration. We’ve got some great films from all over the world!

How has social media helped or hindered you in this effort?

Everyone has been very supportive promoting the event. We’ve gotten shout outs on podcasts and twitter. I’ve used social media to create an audience for Squee! And this is just an extension of the project, a big one but basically the same message: I love Fangirls and want to give them the opportunity to network, broaden their audiences and party! If you know me, you know I’m usually at the bar at cons between panels having fascinating conversations with other fans, so this is just my bringing the con to the bar!

What have you learned from your fan community to help you with planning for the event?

That fangirls are the best! I’ve got a great enthusiastic team of volunteers. My attendees have been wonderful, offering to help in whatever way they could. You know, when fangrrls get together -we can do anything!

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane while creating this event?

One day at a time. I just deal with what I need to get done and try not to get ahead of myself. There’s enough small practical details to keep me busy every day. I’ve been working in Events (Box Office or Film Festivals) since 2009 and attend a lot of cons, so I have a pretty good handle on what we need to do. The contracts and venue rental aspect is new but I was lucky to find such a fabulous venue with a very fandom supportive owner (she’s a Whovian!)

What kind of research did you have to do before you created this event?

I’ve had to go through dozens of film submission and figure out a screening block that makes sense. I’m still working on scheduling. I had to look for someone to handle Nerd Karaoke, but again I got lucky with my friend James Hinsey who offered to bring the gear and manage the tech aspects. I had to check the venue for a/v specs and figure out how to set up panels, screenings and performances as smoothly as possible. I’m lucky to have a niece with years of experience as a Stage Manager who walked me through the venue.

Is there anything else you would like to share about SqueeCon not already mentioned?

Please come and bring your friends! It’s going to be a blast.

How can readers of EverydayFangirl.com find out more about the event?

For more information, please visit: https://filmfreeway.com/SqueeCon or one of the following links:

SqueeCon on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/troubledgirlfilms
SqueeCon Event page https://www.facebook.com/events/2173533299602123
SqueeCon Twitter https://twitter.com/SqueeCon

Submit films https://filmfreeway.com/SqueeCon

Buy Tickets https://filmfreeway.com/SqueeCon/tickets

For vendors SqueeCon offers a great opportunity to deliver their content to their core audience. Applications are welcome for small tables ($25) and large tables ($50). Write to: squeefilm@gmail.com before November 25.

Advertisers can book space in the program themed around Riot Grrl fanzines of the 90s in the following sizes and price levels: Full page ($40) for 8.5 X 11, Half page ($20) for 5.5 x 8.5, and Quarter page ($15) for 5.5 x 4.25, in Color or B&W and PDF format.

For ads and more information, please email: squeefilm@gmail.com

Media Contact: Hansi Oppenheimer

Company Name: Troubled Girl Productions

Wondercon 2018 Highlights

Wondercon 2018 Highlights

Last weekend, photographer Brian Sims, attended Wondercon 2018 in Anaheim. Brian acted as my eyes and ears on the various happenings at this event and here is what he has to share with us!

Wonder Con was shockingly void of Star Wars content and news this year. Other than the Her Universe presentation and the panel with E.K. Johnston, nothing of note came out of it.

Despite the lack of Star Wars news, the con floor did have booths set up from R2 builders, 501st, Rebel Legion and the Mandelorian Mercs.

There was also a Star Wars cosplay group picture that was set up by Brandon Jackson and included representatives from each of these groups.

Thanks Brian for the report from Wondercon!

At Star Wars Celebration We Are Family

At Star Wars Celebration We Are Family

Part of my Star Wars Family waiting in line for 501st goodie bags picture by Kevin M. Reitzel

Part of my Star Wars Family waiting in line for 501st goodie bags picture by Kevin M. Reitzel


Many of those that attended Star Wars Celebration Orlando were all about getting autographs from Star Wars celebrities, like Mark Hamill or Hayden Christensen, watching the latest Star Wars trailers with thousands of fellow fans or buying exclusive Star Wars merchandise for their collections. However, for me, the goal for this Star Wars Celebration was to meet and hang out with my friends in the Star Wars Fan Community, who I met via social media. I am happy report that I not only met this goal was met, but well exceeded my expectations! I felt that each one treated me like a member of their family, one big happy Star Wars Family!

My Many Encounters

Just a few of the many friends I encountered throughout the event

Just a few of the many friends I encountered throughout the event

I knew that as an active member of the Star Wars community, I had a small following. However, I did not realize that so many would recognize me among the sea of people at Star Wars Celebration Orlando. I was very surprised at how people many shouted my name while I was walking around and wanted to meet me. I am very humbled by all this attention and I really appreciate every single one who stopped and talked with me! It was a real honor to encounter each and every one of you!

Fellow Star Wars Fangirls

Fangirls happy about cupcakes from left to right: Patty Hammond, Margot Mays and Melissa Villy

Fangirls happy about cupcakes from left to right: Patty Hammond, Margot Mays and Melissa Villy

At this Star Wars Celebration, I was able to meet many of the Fangirls in the Star Wars community that I have been wanting to meet in person. Many of these Fangirl encounters were unplanned and unexpected, but made my Star Wars Celebration Orlando experience so much better! Because of these unexpected, unplanned encounters we got got to hang out and Fangirl flail over all the things we just did or saw on the convention floor.
John Boyega on his way to the Star Wars Show Live Stage

John Boyega on his way to the Star Wars Show Live Stage

One of those Fangirl Flail moments was when John Boyega walked by four of us Fangirls while we were just standing around talking behind the Star Wars Show Live Stage. There was much love and many Fangirl flails from all these encounters, especially when many of attended the Fangirls Going Rogue Podcast Panel.  Thanks to all my fellow Fangirls! I really appreciate each and every one of you as Sisters in The Force! 

Families in The Force

Skywalking Through Neverland meet up at EPCOT picture by Brian Sims

Skywalking Through Neverland meet up at EPCOT picture by Brian Sims


Star Wars Celebration Orlando not only gave me many opportunities to meet, in person, many of those I met via social media, but I was able to spend time with them as well. I would not be the person I am today without all the people I have met and interacted with on social media. Each person I encountered really made me feel that I was indeed part of their family, a big, happy and supporting family! Thank you to everyone I met and interacted with at Star Wars Celebration Orlando and for confirming that we are all one big Star Wars family!
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Patty Hammond, Pattybones2, is the Everyday Fangirl from Michigan. You can find her on Twitter @PattyBones2 or blogging at everydayfangirl.com, TheFutureofTheForce.com, TheCantinaCast.com or TheBeardedTrio.com talking about Star Wars and much more!

Agony and Excitement at SWCO

Agony and Excitement at SWCO

Well I have experienced two days of Star Wars Celebration Orlando.  For me this experience has been both frustrating and exciting.

The Agony: Lines

At any convention you expect lots of lines, but Day One of the Star Wars Celebration Orlando is the worst I have ever experienced.

EverydayFangirl waiting in line to get in the doors

EverydayFangirl waiting in line to get in the doors

My husband and I arrived to the convention center on Day One at just after 5:45AM. Due to the organizers having a single entry point into the Convention Center, the line to just get in through security was over 1 hour and 45 minutes and those that arrived later, experienced much longer wait than we did.

Many of us were waiting in the woods just before dawn

Many of us were waiting in the woods just before dawn

Even when we finally got into the event, there were lines everywhere, even the vending machines had a line.

Want line for vending machine

Want line for vending machine

Fortunately, ReedPOP was able to correct some of these long line experiences very quickly.  Day Two went smoother with less lines getting in due to having multiple entry points.

The Excitement: Seeing and Meeting Social Media Friends

Despite all the lines, my favorite moments of the event so far is meeting and hanging out with friends who I only knew through social media.  This is one of the reasons that going to an event like this is worth all the agony that might be encountered.

Just a few of my exciting encounters with Social Media friends

Just a few of my exciting encounters with Social Media friends

 

I am looking forward to the next two days and find out what adventures and of course, the people I will discover while wandering around Star Wars Celebration.

I will be continuing to post my adventures here and of course via Twitter @PattyBones2.
Are you at Star Wars Celebration Orlando?

What adventures have you experienced?

Star Wars Celebration Coverage


Star Wars Celebration Coverage

This EverydayFangirl is at Star Wars Celebration Orlando and will be running around covering as much as I can!

This time I actually have some swag to give away! These awesome buttons!


I cannot wait to share with you my upcoming Star Wars Celebration adventure!

Stay tuned!

#SWCO: Last Minute Tips

#SWCO: Last Minute Tips


We are now a week away from Star Wars Celebration. Many of us are doing are last minute planning for this event. I know I am!

Below are some guides and tips to help you with last minute Star Wars Celebration planning:


Skywalking Through Neverland SWCO Survival Guide Part 1
http://skywalkingthroughneverland.libsyn.com/157-star-wars-celebration-survival-guide-part-1

Skywalking Through Neverland SWCO Survival Guide Part 2
http://skywalkingthroughneverland.libsyn.com/158-star-wars-celebration-orlando-survival-guide-part-2


Star Wars Celebration Essentials

Star Wars Celebration Essentials: Junior Edition

Star Wars Celebration Planning Tools

Star Wars Celebration Packing Tips for those flying to the Event by The Dorky Diva

Finally, do not forget to check out the Star Wars Celebration App. Not only will this help you with panel planning, but it is very handy to have during the event for last minute changes. This available for both Apple and Android devices:

Hope these help your last minute planning! See you next week at Star Wars Celebration Orlando!

The Character Development of Ahsoka Tano

Ahsoka Tano's Character Designs over the years credit Lucasfilm Ltd

Ahsoka Tano’s Character Designs over the years credit Lucasfilm Ltd

Ahsoka Tano was first publically introduced into the Star Wars Universe on January 29, 2008.

Ahsoka Tano with Saw Gerrera in Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Ahsoka Tano with Saw Gerrera in Star Wars: The Clone Wars

I, like many others, were not too sure about this new character first intoduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars series. However, as time went on, Ahsoka is now a vital and beloved part of the Star Wars Universe. This can be seen when there were cries of great joy from many fans, including myself, when Ahsoka appeared as the mysterious ‘Fulcrum’ in Star Wars Rebels.

Ahsoka introduces herself to the crew of The Ghost in Star Wars Rebels

Ahsoka introduces herself to the crew of The Ghost in Star Wars Rebels season 1 Finale, Fire Across The Galaxy

Therefore, in celebration of Ahsoka’s introduction into the Star Wars Universe, fans declared that this Anniversary be known as #AhsokaTanoDay.

#AhsokaTanoDay logo from The WookieeGunner.com credit Johnamarie Macias

#AhsokaTanoDay logo from TheWookieeGunner.com credit Johnamarie Macias

I am celebrating #AhsokaTanoDay by sharing the series of blog articles I wrote in 2016 about Ahsoka’s character development from The Clone Wars Movie to Star Wars Rebels. I hope you enjoy my look at the development of this important and beloved Star Wars character, Ahsoka Tano.

The Character Development of Ahsoka Tano by Patty Hammond (aka PattyBones2):

  • Part 1, Introduction of Ahsoka via TheBeardedTrio
  • Part 2, What Did Ahsoka Learn from Anakin? via TheCantinaCast
  • Part 3, Development from the end of The Clone Wars to Rebels via TheBeardedTrio

CLASH of AGES Renaissance Faire


CLASH of AGES Renaissance Faire

On Saturday January 28, 2017, my husband, my sister and two of our friends went to the CLASH of AGES Renaissance Faire. This is an indoor event held in Birch Run, MI where the Renaissance, Viking, Pirate, Fantasy and Steam Punk cultures collide.

The event organized tried very hard to make this a fun and exciting event. They put a lot of work into the set up, displays and programming. It including activities for all ages including…

Watching combatants fight with swords

Sword wielding combatants show off their moves

Sword wielding combatants show off their moves

Admiring all the creativity, enthusiasm and effort of the Cosplayers. –My husband was suprised by the number of people who were displaying their love of these cultures via Cosplay at this event.

Some of the fabulous outfits worn by attendees

Some of the fabulous outfits worn by attendees

Watching a parade with participants playing instruments, carrying banners and wearing outfits from many different cultures.

A parade winds through the faire

A parade winds through the faire

Watching a baudy pirate show

Two sea going lasses confronting a pirate

Two sea going lasses confronting a pirate

Of course, as with any Renaissance Faire, there was plenty of vendors to peruse and shop at. Some our favorites were…

Buying Fairy merchandise

Fairy dust necklaces

Fairy dust necklaces

Perusing the ‘Hogwarts Shop’

Time turners and other Harry Potter merchandise for sale

Time turners and other Harry Potter merchandise for sale

Shopping for your favorite weapon.

Edged weapons for sale

Edged weapons for sale

You could even shop for items for your ‘cave’

Sample of the Star Wars items available for sale

Sample of the Star Wars items available for sale

The only draw back to this event that we can identify was that the usual atmosphere, like the forest or a castle, usually found at Renaissance Faires, was missing.

Faire atmosphere

Faire atmosphere

Overall, this is good event.  If you are in the Birth Run area on January 29, 2017, I would recommend checking this event out.

 

Recent Adventures: London

Recently, I took a trip overseas to London, England, with my husband, to attend Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 and to celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary. Since this is our second trip to London, first time was our honeymoon, and our time was limited, we had the following adventures…

Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016

Everyday Fangirl, Patty, with her Star Wars Celebration Europe Badge

Everyday Fangirl, Patty, with her Star Wars Celebration Europe Badge

Most of our trip, three plus days, was dedicated to attending this amazing Star Wars fan event. We had an awesome time and you can read about my adventures during the event via this TheCantinaCast blog article.

Geek Shopping

Forbidden Planet logo and sign

Forbidden Planet logo and sign

My husband has been hearing about the amazing Geek Superstore, Forbidden Planet, from Podcasts and other sources. Located near the theatre district of London, this store included tons of geek merchandise that we could look at and buy for all kinds of franchises including Star Wars, Sailor Moon, Harry Potter, Doctor Who and many others. In addition, we received a coupon during Star Wars Celebration Europe. Therefore, this was a MUST stop on our itinerary!

Geek merchandise on sale at Forbidden Planet

Geek merchandise on sale at Forbidden Planet

Antiquing

After we finished shopping at Forbidden Planet, we decided to wander around and look at the Antique stores located near there. One of the shops we visited had many statues of famous figures including Winston Churchill and Napoleon.

Antique items for sale at Mark Sullivan Antiques & Decoratives

Antique items for sale at Mark Sullivan Antiques & Decoratives

Covent Garden

Apple Market in Covent Garden

Apple Market in Covent Garden

One of the main things we did while shopping in London was to explore shops and dealer stalls at Covent Garden. There were all kinds of Antiques and other kinds of merchandise for sale and my husband found a few items to buy that he was looking for.

Antiques and merchandise on sale at Covent Garden

Antiques and merchandise on sale at Covent Garden

Oxford Street

Many shoppers strolling down Oxford Street

Many shoppers strolling down Oxford Street

We took a stroll down Oxford Street and saw all the different stores selling fashion and tourist items along this busy street near The British Museum.

The British Museum

  

Even though we visited The British Museum before, we included it again on this trip because there are new items and exhibitions that were not there 20 years ago.

Japan Gallery at the British Museum

Japan Gallery at the British Museum

Sightseeing via Taxi

Most of our sightseeing of the city of London took place while we rode a taxi back to the airport. 

The Tower of London

The Tower of London

The Ritz Hotel

The Ritz Hotel

The National Gallery

The National Gallery

So what do you think of my recent adventures?

What would you do if you went to London?

Star Wars Day!

Today is May the fourth and it is Star Wars Day!

Happy Star Wars Day Everyone! I am celebrating by…


Wearing this favorite Star Wars outfit from Her Universe!


Listening to the newest Star Wars novel, Bloodline.


Interacting wth my fellow Star Wars Fangirls, like Darth Makenna.


And of course watching my newest favorite Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens!

So how are you celebrating Star Wars Day?

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