Archive for July, 2012



The ties that bind: Why Comic-Con and Lucasfilm are soul mates

Steve Sansweet | July 16, 2012

Darth who -- Star Wars at Comic Con 1976

Geek Nation has left the building and San Diego Comic-Con International is but a jumble of memories… or an expensive reality as the boxes of goodies you shipped to yourself start arriving in the next few days.

If you’ve only experienced SDCC from afar, it’s more like preparing for combat duty than a normal convention. Just the sheer size—the exhibit hall alone is 525,000-square-feet—and the crush of the crowd—tickets are capped at 125,000—make it a somewhat daunting experience, but one definitely not to be missed. And for Star Wars fans, there is an unbreakable link between the saga and the convention—one that helped both grow.

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Best Star Wars Costumes at San Diego Comic-Con 2012

Jennifer Landa | July 16, 2012

Female Wookiee

One of the greatest things about San Diego Comic-Con is getting to see all the incredible costumes fans make! Whether a cosplayer spends a day or a year on their creation, their costumes are always a fun sight on the convention floor.  Nothing is more exciting than seeing your favorite heroes or villains in person!  This year we saw everything from an impressive looking AT-ST to a rhinestone-encrusted Stormtrooper.  Here are some of my favorite Star Wars costumes from SDCC 2012!

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Introducing… Albin Johnson

Albin Johnson | July 16, 2012

al-trooper-biopic

Hello to all my fellow Star Wars fans! My name is Albin Johnson and I’ve been a fan since I was eight years old when I saw it in a grimy theater in 1977. It was such an amazing beacon of hope and adventure that I went back thirty more times! Twenty years later in 1997 I bought a set of Stormtrooper armor and started a website called Detention Block 2551, where I posted pictures of me in armor and hinted at a unit that served Lord Vader personally. In no time other Stormtroopers joined and it quickly grew to become the 501st Legion costuming group, featuring all the bad guys we’ve come to love.

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The Quotable Clone Wars Panel: Report from San Diego Comic-Con

Pablo Hidalgo | July 15, 2012

TCW S5 Panel

My Comic-Con commitments wrapped on Saturday, the biggest day of the event, and I’ve finally had time to collect my thoughts and my notes on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars panel held this Saturday afternoon. I welcomed to the stage supervising director Dave Filoni and head writer Matt Michnovetz – who were escorted by a “security detail” of clone troopers, courtesy of the 501st Legion – and for the next hour we reflected on Season 4, peeked at Season 5, and answered fan questions from the audience. We also revealed that the season premiere will be screened for fans at Celebration VI.

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Project Cosplay: Millennium Falcon Skirt!

Jennifer Landa | July 14, 2012

Opening Image

The Millennium Falcon holds a special place in my heart. It’s an underdog of a ship with a lot of wear and tear, but for me that always made it more fun to root for. And even though Luke Skywalker called it a “piece of junk,” she is surprisingly powerful and fast! Plus, saving Lando Calrissian’s life a few times is pretty awesome.  So at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con – as a tribute to my favorite ship in the Star Wars universe – I cosplayed as the Millennium Falcon!

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SDCC 2012: Mini-Paintings from the Floor

Katie Cook | July 13, 2012

vader

At every convention I attend, I do these fun 3″ x 4″ tiny watercolors… and, of course, Star Wars is a popular subject matter! Click through to see more.

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New Star Wars Books and Comics Revealed at San Diego Comic-Con

Pablo Hidalgo | July 13, 2012

At San Diego Comic-Con, I got to host a pair of panels this Star Wars Day that looked ahead into some of the publishing projects for the remainder of 2012 and into 2013. They revealed, among other things, that the chronicles of Vader’s fatherhood will continue, a pop-up acklay is a real showstopper, the classic heroes return to comics in all new adventures with an old school feel, and the Big Three return to a landmark novel that could perhaps be called postapocalyptic (see what I did there?) …

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Weekly Roundup: July 13, 2012

StarWars.com Team | July 13, 2012

Wondering what’s been happening at StarWars.com? Here’s a quick roundup of what you might have missed last week, including San Diego Comic-Con International, the Course of the Force lightsaber relay, updates on Celebration VI and more!

COMIC-CON BEGINS!
Star Wars Day at San Diego Comic-Con International officially kicked off today, with several Star Wars panels planned throughout the weekend and many product exclusives and debuts being served up as well. Be sure to tune in to all the ongoing coverage happening here on the Official Star Wars Blog!

COURSE OF THE FORCE
The first lightsaber relay stretching five days and several miles between Santa Monica and San Diego in California wrapped up on Wednesday, with day-to-day coverage logged here on the Official Star Wars Blog as well as entries by Ashley Eckstein, Alison Haislip, Alex Albrecht, Chris Hardwick, Katie Linendoll, and others! Also, be sure and catch the video short “A Lightsaber’s Journey to Comic-Con.”

CELEBRATION VI UPDATES
Amid this busy week of Course of the Force and Comic-Con news, the Celebration VI news continued to come in with the fourth Celebration artwork print reveal and an announcement that Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) will be on stage and meeting fans! Now’s a great time to get your tickets for the can’t-miss August 23-26, 2012 event!

MORE TO EXPLORE
New entries to the Official Encyclopedia include the massive lumbering Jawa sandcrawler, the heavily-armed Republic attack shuttle, the nimble, tow-cable toting snowspeeder, Vader’s intimidating Super Star Destroyer, and the dependable Republic frigate fitted out for diplomatic missions across the galaxy.

Introducing… Dave Filoni!

Dave Filoni | July 13, 2012

Editor’s Note: Odds are that our newest contributor, Dave Filoni, needs no introduction. But in the name of being fair, we’ll introduce him all the same: Dave Filoni is the Supervising Director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and a regular face at Star Wars fan events and screenings. He also likes hockey. A lot. While he has appeared in this blog before, we’re excited to have him as a contributor. We’ll let him tell you the rest himself: read on for his first post!

Dave Filoni

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SDCC 2012: What’s Next From Hasbro?

StarWars.com Team | July 13, 2012

Hasbro & Star Wars - ComicCon 2012

Collectors of Hasbro’s Star Wars toy lines got a sneak peek of what new characters, vehicles, exclusives and more are coming soon to a toy shelf near you! The update includes a preview of the expanding series of Fighter Pods as well as the return of the “Build a Droid” pack-in promotion for 2013, allowing collectors to piece together droids from unique parts included with each action figure. The final slide in the presentation also reveals Hasbro’s 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International exclusive!

Check out the entire slideshow, just beneath the fold…

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