Archive for 2012



Jedi Paper Tricks

Tom Angleberger | August 7, 2012

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Fumiaki Kawahata’s amazing Origami Yoda is a very busy paper Jedi.

There is usually a pretty steady stream of people discovering him and then tweeting their friends: “Someone make me one of these!” Or “Hard to fold this looks!” And every once in a while the stream turns into a flood, as happened a few weeks ago when George Takei posted a photo of one of @yoyoferro‘s versions of the Kawahata Yoda.

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SWCVI: A long ten years ago… Celebration Diorama Workshop was born

Frank D'iorio | August 6, 2012

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If you are a fan of custom dioramas, you may know me already, for those not yet familiar, let me introduce myself… my name is Frank D’iorio, I am a native Montrealer who by day works as a freelance motion picture digital compositor and on weekends, builds Star Wars action figure dioramas. Like most of you reading this, Star Wars greatly influenced my life both personally and professionally.

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SWCVI: Star Wars Tattoos: A Celebration Retrospective

Shane Turgeon | August 4, 2012

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My first exposure to the addicting world of Star Wars tattoos came from the same likely source as many other people’s first exposure – Jon Bradley Snyder’s short but eye-opening article entitled “Skin Deep” in Star Wars Insider #26, published in the summer of 1995. I was young, too young to get tattoos of my own, but I was completely enthralled and I knew then and there that the first tattoos I would get HAD to be Star Wars related. Little did I know at the time just how integral a part of my life, and fandom as a whole, Star Wars tattoos would eventually become…

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Bullied: Join The Conversation At Celebration VI

Ashley Eckstein | August 3, 2012

We heard earlier this week from Carrie Goldman, mother of Katie Goldman; the Star Wars girl who united fangirls and fanboys all over the world after her Mom shared her story of being bullied for carrying a Star Wars water bottle to school, that she will soon be releasing a book called Bullied. After her daughter’s experience with bullying, Carrie has poured herself into research for more than a year and has written an amazing guide telling us what every parent, teacher and kid needs to know about ending the cycle of fear. I was honored to speak with Carrie as she was doing research for her book and I had the opportunity to share my stories and experiences with her. In anticipation for the book’s release, I have joined Team Bullied, a website devoted to sharing videos from fans all over the world telling their personal stories about bullying and sharing advice. You can watch my video above.

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SWCVI: Target in Range: Celebration VI… Maximum Firepower!

Stefan Cembolista | August 2, 2012

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We can officially tell the world that the Belgian prop crew is back in action for Star Wars Celebration VI. My crazy crew has been assigned the mission to return to Orlando and join the biggest Star Wars party in the galaxy, and bring along the biggest Star Wars props in the galaxy!

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SWCVI: The As You Wish Helmet Project

Art Andrews | August 1, 2012

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Star Wars: Celebration V was an amazing experience for me as it was my first Celebration.  I have attended dozens of conventions but none have compared to the magnitude of a gathering that is 100% STAR WARS!  Years ago, I had seen the Vader Project, online, and was very impressed by it, but hadn’t thought much of it since then.  Imagine my surprise to see that the 501st Legion had put together a similar project at Celebration V; the TK-Project, using Stormtrooper helmets instead of Darth Vader helmets, and all to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation!  My wife and I were so impressed; we bid on several, and ended up winning one of the helmets!

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The Life Cycle of a Saga

Albin Johnson | August 1, 2012

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With Star Wars Celebration VI just weeks away, it got this fan to thinking. Star Wars turned thirty-five this year. The 501st Legion turns fifteen. I mention the Legion because you write what you know, and the Legion is a ‘child’ of Star Wars so it lends some interesting contrast. It’s been fun watching the Legion grow from nothing and it’s always fascinating to me watch Star Wars evolve during most of my life. As a forty-something with five daughters, one of them sixteen, it made me look at these two entities in a different light.

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SWCVI: First Look at Attendee Badge Art

StarWars.com Team | August 1, 2012

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There are a lot of things that set Star Wars Celebration apart from the slew of other pop culture conventions out there — Stormtooper security guards, life-size TIE Fighters in the hall, droid races — but some are more subtle, like the badges that all attendees and staff wear. Unlike most cons that use the same boring badge design with minor color variations for every type of attendee, Star Wars Celebration is known for its badge collections, with over 15 badges — each with an artist’s fresh take on classic characters.

To fit Celebration VI’s “Join the Party” theme, artists Chris Trevas and Brian Rood came up with 19 new character designs featuring famous faces from a galaxy far, far away celebrating Celebration. Click through to see them all, from a moustachioed Droid general to a balloon wielding bounty hunter!

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Darth Wader

Katie Cook | July 31, 2012

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Enjoy this quick cartoon based on a joke a little boy told me at San Diego Comic-Con. He was pretty proud of the pun and told me I should draw it (pushy little guy!).

Katie Cook is a cartoonist and writer. She is kind of a big deal… to her cat. You can find her art and comics at katiecandraw.com, gronkcomic.com and find her mumbling like a raving lunatic at on Twitter @katiecandraw.

The Littlest Jedi Uses the Force in a Big Way

Carrie Goldman | July 31, 2012

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In November 2010, I wrote a post called “Anti-Bullying Starts in the First Grade” for my blog, Portrait of an Adoption. I was concerned because my daughter, Katie, was upset about being teased for carry­ing a Star Wars water bottle. Apparently, Star Wars was “only for boys, not for girls.”

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