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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!

SWCA Recap: Ralph McQuarrie: Star Wars Art

From the Star Wars Celebration Anaheim App

Ralph McQuarrie: Star Wars Art

Lucasfilm executive editor J.W. Rinzler, Abrams senior editor Eric Klopfer and authors Brandon Alinger, David Mandel and Wade Lageose discuss the seminal Star Wars artist and the upcoming book on his work. The new Abrams publication, set for release in Spring 2016, will be the most comprehensive volume of Ralph McQuarrie’s extensive Star Wars work ever assembled. McQuarrie’s long history with Lucasfilm will be covered in the discussion, from his early days working directly with George Lucas through the publications he worked on in the mid-90s. The team will talk about the process of creating the coffee-table book and show many highlight artworks in this exclusive preview. Track: Art, Classic Trilogy

Overall, it was a very good presentation. It gave me a further appreciation of Ralph McQuarrie and his work on the Star Wars films and related projects. It also gave me a deeper understanding of what Ralph went through during the making of these films and just how much work really went into making these beautiful pieces.

I am not going to give you a detailed account of what was discussed during this panel because this has already been done by Adam Kautzer. Instead I am going to give you a few of the pieces shown during the panel and my impressions of what was revealed or what I learned from these pieces.

Cover Reveal for the Ralph McQuarrie: Art of Star Wars


Some may think that the cover art is not appropriate because it is from one of the ‘Legends’ books instead of from the films. However, I really like the cover choice for this book. For me, this cover evokes both Star Wars and the art of Ralph McQuarrie without reusing artwork that has been used on the cover of other reference books.


Ralph’s famous painting with R2-D2 and C3PO that was used to sell Star Wars to the studio execs.

  
When searching through the LucasFilm archives, it was discovered that Ralph had two versions of this famous piece, each with different ‘facial’ features for C3PO. This was an interesting fact to me because I never realized that small details like facial feature could change the whole feel of a character. I wonder if this was a result of feedback from George Lucas or if one day he felt the character would be better with the other facial features?

LucasFilm is moving card

This was an interesting item for me to learn about because I did not realize that Ralph created this piece. In addition, based on what was shown in the panel, this was sketched out first and notes made on the sketch with changes. This tells me that even for small projects, like this one, Ralph put a lot of thought and care into what he was going to do before he put paint on the canvas.

The Emperor’s Throne Room in an underground cavern


I first heard about this piece of Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars Art from Paul Bateman, who apprenticed with Ralph. I was very happy to see to piece included in the presentation.  

Rancor Pit

  
Ralph created this with so much detail, especially the teeth and claws of the Rancor.  I just find this piece fascinating because it feels like this dangerous creature will just burst out from the canvas and tear everyone and everything apart.

I am looking forward to all of the other artwork, stories and anything else that will be revealed when this book comes out in 2016.

SWCA Recap: Star Wars Rebels

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim included the season 2 premiere of Star Wars Rebels. 

 

As I mentioned in a previous post, I received a special media pass to the Star Wars Rebels Panel, Season 2 Press Conference, which can be heard via Skywalking Through Neverland, and of course the premiere episodes.  Unfortunately, I was not able to make the Red Carpet Event to interview the creators and stars of the show.  However, Fangirl’s Going Rogue does have some great interviews from this event.  

Fortunately, I was able to make the ‘Bonus’ Star Wars Rebels: Past, Present and Future Panel on Sunday Morning hosted by David W Collins with Dave Filoni, Carrie Beck and Henry Gilroy.  StarWars.com has a great recap of this panel and includes the concept art shown during the panel.

Here are my hopefully spoiler free thoughts on what I learned between all these panels and the Season 2 premiere:

1) Star Wars Rebels is going to continue to include humor, adventure, action and danger with a whole lot of character growth.  This combination works for me and what I have seen so far confirms this.

2) Darth Vader is defiantly going to be a force to be reckoned with as seen in the Season 2 trailer.

No further comments on my part are necessary.

3) There are not only some awesome female characters, Hera, Sabine and now Ahsoka, in the show, but there are some awesome women behind the scenes as well.  StarWars.com did an awesome interview with Athena Portello and Liz Marshall.


4) I am very happy to see the return of some of my favorite Star Wars The Clone Wars characters including Ahsoka, Rex, Wolffe and of course my husband’s favorite, Hondo!

  
 
 5) The artwork for the Star Wars Rebels may appear to be more cartoonish than Star Wars The Clone Wars to many people.  However, in my opinion, the artistic influence of Ralph McQuarrie and Miazaki, gives the show just what it needs to be a unique.  For instance, the vehicle shown below does not feel ‘cartoonish’ to me.

  
When the season 2 premieres June 20 on DisneyXD, then I will have a more indepth review of the episodes I saw and of course what this could mean to the future.

So are you looking forward to Star Wars Rebels season 2?

#AtoZChallenge: Zeb

  

Zeb

  

From the StarWars.com databank

Meet the muscle of the Ghost team. Garazeb “Zeb” Orrelios was a cunning Lasat honor guard who adopted the cause of rebellion against the Empire. Despite his hulking frame, Zeb was actually highly-educated and articulate. Still, he loved beating up stormtroopers, who he nicknamed “bucket heads.”

Zeb is voiced by Steve Blum seen here during the Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Press Conference. 

  

As season one progressed we learned more about this character.  Many people referred to Zeb as the muscle and the comedy relief.  I cannot argue because the scenes where he smashing “bucket heads”, his antics with Ezra and Chopper and his comments are down right hilarious.  However, there are scenes that shows that Zeb has more depth to him than just the comedy relief.  Overall, I believe that Zeb is a well rounded character and I look forward to learning more in season two.

 

So what do you think of the character Zeb?

  

 





#AtoZChallenge: Younglings at SWCA

 

Youngling

From the Merriam Webster Dictionary

one that is youngespecially  :  a young person or animal

At Star Wars Celebration there were quite a few Younglings wandering around the event including the following:

Youngling inside an R2 unit.  Pic: R2 Builders Club Twitter Account

   

Youngling dressed as Padme that my husband took on the second day of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim

Twin Younglings cosplaying as Ahsoka Tano

  
  

Finally, my favorite Youngling, Darth Makenna sharing an Ice Cream Sundae with me just after the Event ended!

  
So do you have any favorite Youngling pics from Star Wars Celebration?

  
 

#AtoZChallenge: Vintage Star Wars Merchandise

 

During Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, my husband, Michael, spent hours in the Dealer Room looking for vintage Star Wars merchandise.   When most Star Wars fans are looking for vintage Star Wars merchandise, they are usually referring to the original carded vintage Kenner Star Wars figures.  However, there were other types of merchandise and collectibles created in the late 70’s and early 80’s that are not just these figures.  The vintage Star Wars merchandise Michael was seeking at Star Wars Celebration Anahein are among the other types of collectables.  Below are some of these that my husband was successful in finding during his quest:

1980 Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back Yoda Bradley Quartz Digital Watch

  

1977 Star Wars R2-D2 Necklace and earrings

 

Star Wars Ewoks 2 Pack of Magnets with Wicket and Princess Kneesaa from the Star Wars Ewoks animated series

 

1980 Star Wars The Empire Strike Back Topps card with Darth Vader
  

Finally, my husband found and this Vintage pack of 4 diecast micro figures in a package for $25.  However, we were not sure if these were authentic or bootleg figures based on the packaging.

 
Our first clue, is the outfit Luke is wearing.  Based on that outfit, we could tell that these figures were from The Empire Strikes Back.  After some investigation, we determined that these were part of The Empire Strikes Back Kenner Micro Collection as mentioned in this article from StarWars.com (see below).

  

So do you collect any vintage merchandise?

If so, what is the last piece of vintage merchandise did you acquire?

    

    





 

#AtoZChallenge: Ultimate Star Wars

  
One of the most popular books at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim was the newly released Star Wars reference book, Ultimate Star Wars®.  


  

description from the DK Books product page

Ultimate Star Wars® is an in-depth visual feast exploring the characters and storylines from the Star Wars galaxy. This is a beautifully illustrated guide that is structured chronologically and packed full of information about key characters and storylines from the Star Wars movie saga, The Clone Wars, and Rebels™Ultimate Star Wars will get new and old fans caught up and knowledgeable on all things Star Wars.

Among the authors of this new reference book is fellow Fangirl and online friend, Tricia Barr.  

 

Photo courtesy of Tricia Barr’s Facebook page

She, along with fellow authors, Adam Bray, David Wallace and Ryder Windham celebrated the release of this book with a series of signings during Star Wars Celebration Anaheim.   

  

Photo courtesy of Tricia Barr’s Facebook page

Also, during the month of May, Tricia and her fellow authors will participate in the Ultimate Star Wars Book Tour.

Each tour stop will include a game of trivia, a Q&A with the author(s), a book signing and in-store raffles and giveaways. 

  

If you would like to meet Tricia or any of her fellow authors, this is a great opportunity! 

The official release date for Ultimate Star Wars® is April 28 and you can still preorder this book, like I did, from Barnes & NobelAmazon or other retailers.

So are you planning on checking out this book?

Will you be attending one of the Ultimate Star Wars book tour stops?

  


#AtoZChallenge: Smuggler’s Bounty

 

  

Smuggler’s Bounty is an original Star Wars Radio Drama by Kyle Newman and FJ DeSanto.  This drama was performed in front of a live audience at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim.  I was not able to attend this performance due to the Star Wars Rebels related events.  However, my husband, Michael, was fortunate to attend this live performance.  Below are some of his impressions of the performance and some great pictures as well: 

  
Overall my husband indicated that “the performance was very good and done in the spirit of the Old Time Radio shows”.  He was also impressed that length of the story was longer than Smuggler’s Gambit. My husband also indicated that effects were also improved. Especially, the increased variety of effects including the “fancy lighting effects used to simulate battle effects” and that the opening crawl was shown on the screen as well. 

  
All of the voice cast did a great job, “..especially for since they were working in front of a live audience instead of in a booth with only the actor, engineer and director present.”  This performance gave him a greater respect for all voice actors in general.  It also gave a “new appreciation for live voice performance, especially those that did the original old time radio shows.” 

 

  

 

  

  

  

 

  

However, it was David W Collins performance as Han Solo that impressed my husband the most. He spent most of Saturday evening telling me how awesome a job David did in giving a “clean and consise” Han Solo performance.

   

Overall, my husband indicated that this live performance was among one of his best memories from Star Wars Celebrstion Anaheim! He was happy to be able to experience this live and cannot wait to experienced this again, when it is released on audio, like Smuggler’s Gambit.

Note: Smuggler’s Bounty logo and art by Paul Bateman

  

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