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
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
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 FangirlsAt 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. 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
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!
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
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.
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.Even when we finally got into the event, there were lines everywhere, even the vending machines had a line.
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.
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?
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!
#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
Skywalking Through Neverland SWCO Survival Guide Part 2
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 by Patty Hammond (aka PattyBones2):
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
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.
Watching a parade with participants playing instruments, carrying banners and wearing outfits from many different cultures.
Watching a baudy pirate show
Of course, as with any Renaissance Faire, there was plenty of vendors to peruse and shop at. Some our favorites were…
Buying Fairy merchandise
Perusing the ‘Hogwarts Shop’
Shopping for your favorite weapon.
You could even shop for items for your ‘cave’
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.
Overall, this is good event. If you are in the Birth Run area on January 29, 2017, I would recommend checking this event out.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
Sightseeing via Taxi
Most of our sightseeing of the city of London took place while we rode a taxi back to the airport.So what do you think of my recent adventures?
What would you do if you went to London?
Today is May the fourth and it is Star Wars Day!
Happy Star Wars Day Everyone! I am celebrating by…
So how are you celebrating Star Wars Day?
Starting on April 1, 2016, The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl will be participating in the A to Z Blog Challenge. For those not familiar with this challenge, below is a brief explanation from the A to Z Blog Challenge website:
…beginning April First with a topic themed on something with the letter A, then on April second another topic with the letter B as the theme, and so on until you finish on April thirtieth with the theme based on the letter Z. It doesn’t even have to be a word–it can be a proper noun, the letter used as a symbol, or the letter itself. The theme of the day is the letter scheduled for that day.
Below shows which letter will be featured and on which day in April.
The goal of this challenge is to encourage readers to check out those that are participating by visiting the A to Z sign up page and help both new and seasoned bloggers to discipline themselves and obtain new readers.
The organizers encourage bloggers to pick a theme to help meet the challenge. Last year, this blog’s theme was Star Wars and Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. This year, the theme will be Characters and Character Traits. Hopefully, this theme will be interesting and deverse enough to help this blog meet the challenge.
Good luck to all of the A to Z blog challenge participants and May The Force Be With You, Always!