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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!

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?

Everyday Fangirl at Fantasticon S3-EP6

  

FANTASTICON is a regional, mid-size, show created for comic book and pop culture collectors and fans. My sister, my husband and I were able to attend and experience part of this event on Sunday, November 8. Although Saturday’s are usually the best day to attend these types of events, Fantasticon still had plenty to see and do, even on Sunday.
    

Celebrities

There were a few celebrities in attendance to meet and greet during this event.

    
Theous Crane from The Walking Dead and he IS that tall in person!

Pop Culture Vehicles
There were not one, but two pop culture vehicles to look at including:
    
My sister with Herbie the Love Bug

    
The Back To The Future Delorean time machine

Podcasting

    
There was a live podcast being recorded right on the floor

    
Panel on how to become a podcaster

Merchandise and Collectibles

There were a large number of tables with a variety of merchandise for sale including:
    
Comics from Doctor Who, Star Wars, Batman and even Scooby Doo

    
Vintage comics

    
Figures from Sailor Moon and other properties from Japan

    
Ornaments with Marvel character logos and motifs and Doctor Who and Sherlock Color Changing Lights

    
Scrubs for health care workers with Star Wars, My Little Pony, Doctor Who and Marvel characters

    
Aprons and other items made with material that features Star Trek, Doctor Who, and Marvel 

    
Vintage toys, giveaways and other collectibles from the Golden Age of Radio and Television.

Artist Alley
There were quite a few artists in Artist Alley, who were happy to talk to about their artwork and of course all the geeky stuff we love!

    

  

    

    

    

Cosplay

There were some awesome cosplayers seen walking around during the event including these awesome characters:

    
Ratchet and Clank

    
Starlord with GROOT

    
Transformer

Event concluded with the Adult Cosplay contest

    
Winners of the Adult Cosplay contest via the FANTASTICON Facebook page

Overall, we enjoyed attending this event and we hope to attend this event next year.

Tableau Jedi

  
I am at the Tableau 2015 data conference this week! 

Level = Jedi!

  

There are many sessions that will help this Everyday Fangirl and data analyst to be on the path to becoming a Tableau Jedi! 

May The Force Be With You!

My recent adventure at Great Lakes Comic Expo

Yesterday, my younger sister Sheila and I attended a small local comic event, Great Lakes Comic Expo. This event, which focuses on comics and pop culture that takes place a couple times a year usually at local churches and halls and yesterday’s event cost us a whopping $6 to attend!

  

There were a fair number of tables with comic and merchandise vendors and comic artists. There was also a good mixture of franchises including Star Wars, Star Trek, The Walking Dead and of course The Marvel and DC Universes.

 

Afew of the vendors were selling vintage toys including these Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stevenson figures from the 1970’s. (Personal note: I had a big crush on both of these actors back then and would have loved to own these figures.)

  

However, despite the number of vendors and the diversity of merchandise, we were disappointed in the price and the selection of items available for our family and ourselves.

  
Some of the vendors were selling the most recently released Star Wars merchandise at inflated prices.

  
For example: The recently released Star Wars Rebels Ahsoka and Darth Vader 2 pack, that my husband and I wanted, was being offered on the event floor by a vendor for $35. This is $20 more than it is selling at the local Meijer just down the street from the event. Guess where I bought this two pack at, huh?

  

There were also hourly door prizes given away with a grand prize of a Fantastic Four #48 issue for those that purchased the Early Bird entry fee.

  

There were a few cosplayers in attendance as well including these two adorable fangirls dressed as Batman and Robin in tutu’s!

  

My sister and I only spent a few hours at this event and we only walked away with a few items. However, we had fun looking around and being part of the overall event experience!

#AtoZChallenge: Ewoks

  

 

From the Starwars.com databank

The Ewoks are sentient furred bipeds native to the moon of Endor. They are curious individuals that stand about one meter tall. They are extremely skilled in forest survival and the construction of primitive technology like gliders and catapults. 

If you love them or hate them the creatures known as Ewoks are part of official Star Wars cannon.   When these characters were introduced in Star Wars The Return of The Jedi, I did not latch on to them like I did to Chewbacca or even the droids.  However, I did think they were cute.  What I do have is a great respect for the actors that played these charaters.  Therefore, I am looking forward to meeting some of the actors behind these characters at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim.

  

Some of the questions I would like to ask these actors include:

What did they know about these charaters before they got to the set?

How did they prepare for the role?

How long did it take for them to be dressed for the character?

What stunts, if any did they do during the film?

So, if I get a chance to interview any of these actors who played an Ewok, what would you ask them?

  




#AtoZChallenge: Dealer Room

Conventions for many attendees, like my husband, it is all about The Dealer Room instead panels. Inside the dealer room, attendees can usually find a wide variety of vendors selling all kinds of fan related merchandise.  At a bigger convention, like Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, my husband describes the dealer room as a ‘Black Hole’ because he gets sucked in and has a hard time extracting himself out. 

Sometimes he is looking at swords and knives.

  

Sometimes he is looking at figures or toys.

Sometimes he is checking out all the cool and funny T-shirts.

Sometimes he is looking for the perfect cute gift for either myself or someone in my family.

Usually for him it a ‘quest’ to find that one an item that is cool, rare or unusual to add to our collection.

So are you like my husband and spend your time at the convention in the dealer room instead of doing anything else?

If you do, what are you looking for?

 

 

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