Archive for 2012



Star Wars things you probably don’t remember

| August 20, 2012

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Star Wars Celebration VI is approaching, and I’ll be there, doing panels and a number of signings for Dark Horse and Del Rey. I’ve always enjoyed these kinds of appearances immensely. Working in my office at Faraway Farms at the end of a dead-end road in Wisconsin traveled only by deer and other ungulates, I’m well removed from contact with readers. Or, well, primates of any kind. (The UPS guy is my only friend.)

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The Birth of the 501st Legion Part One: Studies in Trooping

Albin Johnson | August 17, 2012

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I still remember the smell of popcorn butter. Funny how some things stick with you. It was 1997 and The Empire Strikes Back was premiering in its re-release. To mark the occasion I was squeezing into plastic armor in a back storage room at the local movie theater. That was it. That was the beginning of a long journey as an Imperial Stormtrooper of the 501st Legion, even though I didn’t know it yet.

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SWCVI: Mission Report: The props are now in Florida

Stefan Cembolista | August 17, 2012
Last minute furniture part…guess who is working at this console?

Last minute furniture part…guess who is working at this console?

‘My Lord… The shields will be down in a moment, you may start your landing…!’

The Belgian Celebration VI prop crew is now entering the ‘HOT’ phase of the preparations…

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SWCVI: Calling All Fangirls to Strike a Pose at Celebration VI

Ashley Eckstein | August 17, 2012

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This week, we announced our Her Universe plans for Celebration VI. One of the events I’m most excited about is our Her Universe photo shoot! Girls have been telling me for the past two years that they want to be a Her Universe model. Well I agree, and I’m so excited to finally be able to get everyone together for a professional photo shoot! Fangirls come in all ages, shapes and sizes and I want to represent our Her Universe brand with real fans. Professional photographer Preston Mack, who shot my Ahsoka Tano cosplay photos seen here in this CNN Geek Out! article, has graciously offered his time and talents to come to Celebration VI and take photos all day on Saturday August 25th from 10 AM- 7PM in room W305A. This photo shoot is FREE of charge and all of the photos will be posted on Facebook on a special Her Universe photo board for girls to tag and share their photos with friends and family! There will be a sign-up sheet posted right outside of room W305A starting at 10 AM for girls to come and sign up for a shoot time at some point during the day and it’s first come, first served. Please come in your favorite Star Wars by Her Universe shirt, jewelry piece, bag or hat and if you don’t have a Her Universe item, we will have something you can slip on just for the shoot! All ages are encouraged to attend and if you would feel more comfortable shooting as a duo to trio, that’s fine too! Maybe a Mother and daughter shot or three best of friends…we just want girls to come and show off their Star Wars fandom, have fun, strike a pose and Flaunt Your World!!!

May The Force Be With You!

Ashley :o

ashleyAshley Eckstein is the voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and also the Founder of Her Universe, the first merchandise line made exclusively for female Star Wars fans! You can follow Ashley on Facebook and Twitter.

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Star Wars Uncut: Kent Meloy

Casey Pugh | August 17, 2012

Star Wars has long been opined as a continuation of the Western, complete with saloon shootouts, lone/Solo rangers, and bounty hunters. Some have paid homage to this inspiration with cinematic comparisons or reimagined action figures.

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SWCVI: Your Guide to the Celebration VI Tattoo Pavilion

Shane Turgeon | August 17, 2012

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Ink Fusion mastermind Marc Draven and myself, are proud to bring you the biggest and best Celebration Tattoo Pavilion we’ve ever hosted at a Celebration event! To help make your Celebration tattoo experience the absolute best possible they’ve put together this handy guide detailing all of the Star Wars tattoo-tastic goodness you can expect to find in Orlando!

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Star Wars and Origami, a Match Made on the Freeway

Chris Alexander | August 16, 2012

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A long time ago on a freeway far, far away . . . . I was driving home after teaching some kindergarten students how to make an origami penguin when it occurred to me that a penguin and a B-Wing starfighter are very similar. In my head, I figured out how to rework the penguin into my first original Star Wars origami model. At the encouragement of friends, and after lots of trial and error—mostly error—I created an impressive number of original Star Wars origami models.

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SWCVI: Willow & Daley: Two of My Favorite Subjects on Day 2

Pablo Hidalgo | August 16, 2012

Now where was I? Ah yes, ticking down the list of panels I’ll be hosting at the Behind the Scenes stage at Celebration VI. Day One’s been chronicled (and updated, following a scheduling switch), so let’s move onto the Friday at Celebration. Since there appear to be no rules against playing favorites,  I will do so. I mean it when I say every panel is worth seeing, but there’s a couple on Friday that I want to give extra attention to: Willow and Brian Daley.

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SWCVI: Jeffrey Brown and Son

Jeffrey Brown | August 16, 2012

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SWCVI: Where I Know Everybody’s Name

Jason Fry | August 15, 2012

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Here’s my confession, and my no longer secret shame: I am a niche geek, a jack of very few trades.

I love Comic-Con because there are about a billion things to see, and because even though it gets insanely crowded, the jammed-up throng is nearly always remarkably cheerful and patient about being stuck somewhere while someone takes pictures or gawks at rare graphic novels or stops to buttonhole an author, artist or fellow fan. Comic-Con is a collection of crazy enthusiast tribes, whose members rub elbows (quite literally) with good humor.

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