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Star Wars Celebration Europe: Your Favorite Memory Photo Book

Mary Franklin | September 25, 2013

Not long ago on Twitter I asked for your favorite Star Wars Celebration Europe memories and photographs for Bantha Tracks, the Star Wars fan newsletter. You sent some beauties, and we thank you for that!

This “photo book” is a great teaser for what will appear in the December edition of Bantha Tracks in Star Wars Insider. If you have read Bantha Tracks for more than five minutes you know that Star Wars Celebrations are my very favorite event to work on in my job at Lucasfilm. I started working on the Celebrations for Attack of the Clones (CII in 2002). Each has been exciting and memorable in different ways, but honestly, after we shut off the lights on Celebration III for Revenge of the Sith in 2005, I believed I would never produce another Celebration for a new Star Wars movie.

I love being wrong.

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My Star Wars Celebration Europe Photo Scrapbook

Mary Franklin | September 3, 2013

Star Wars Celebrations are by far my most favorite, and all-consuming, work that I do as head of events for Lucasfilm. During the shows I’m usually running around from point A to point B to get something done, but sometimes I just must stop and take a picture of what’s going on at the show.

Celebration Europe was a joyful event. So many fans and families and people from all over Germany and beyond were smiling and having a wonderful time. I am very lucky to be a part of making the show happen. There were thousands of memories I wish I had captured, but of the photographs I did take, these are some of my favorites.

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Your Time on the Celebration Stage from Wherever You Are

Mary Franklin | July 23, 2013


Celebrity host, actor Warwick Davis, will bring a really big show to the stage in the Grugahalle every day of Star Wars Celebration Europe, and we have created some ways for you to be a part of the action. From tweeting questions to special #Ask hashtags to providing photographs for the Celebration Closing Ceremonies, you can be part of what makes Celebration Europe memorable for all.

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San Diego Comic-Con Preview Night: Lucasfilm Pavilion

Mary Franklin | July 17, 2013

This year at San Diego Comic-Con International, we did a reset on our pavilion that I just love. To give it the feel of classic Star Wars movie fun, my boss Howard Roffman suggested iconic comic art. It’s perfect.

I pulled out my Star Wars: Panel to Panel books and scanned dynamic art that I loved, and pulled comic art from a number of time periods, then cropped it and created dummy layouts that were later rezzed-up, moved around, and perfected by people much more talented than I am.

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A Celebration Europe Must-See: Star Warriors and Deleted Scenes Screening

Mary Franklin | June 4, 2013

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Back in the spring of 2006, George Lucas decided he would love to bring Star Wars fans from all over the world to march in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day 2007.

As I recall, our head of marketing at the time assumed that we would bring costumed characters only from the areas closest to Pasadena, California, where the parade is held. George, however, wanted to bring them from all over to say “thank you” for their support of Star Wars over the years, and to recognize the dedication of groups like the 501st and Rebel Legions for their community and charity service.

We ended up with literally blocks of marching Stormtroopers, Rebels, Imperials, Ewoks, droids, princesses, Darth Vader, and a spare Vader tracking the parade route on a side street in a van. The path of the troops to the Rose Parade was documented in Star Warriors, which is scheduled to be shown at Star Wars Celebration Europe on Pablo Hidalgo’s Behind-The-Scenes Stage in Halle 5.

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Celebration Europe: Fitting In Nine Feet of Awesome

Mary Franklin | May 28, 2013

About a year ago, one of my first tweets on @MaryLFL was a snapshot I took in my office one weekend, where I had printed out and taped together the first major draft of the overall schedule for Star Wars Celebration VI, which would take place in Orlando in August. I measured it, and included in my tweet that it was over nine feet long, printed in Tahoma 10- and 11-point.

It made me smile over and over again, in the months to come, that fans started to refer to the Celebration schedule as the “Nine Feet of Awesome.” Loved that name then, and I still do now.

Fast forward to last weekend, when I was working on an overall schedule spreadsheet again, this time for Celebration Europe, coming this July 26-28 in Essen, Germany. I have not printed this one yet, so I don’t know how many feet it will be, but I do know it’s a really big show once again.

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Bantha Tracks: Art Galaxy, May 2013

Mary Franklin | May 24, 2013

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The creativity of Star Wars fans and Bantha Tracks readers apparently never goes on summer holiday. In addition to artwork with pencil and stylus, this month we’re featuring some of my favorite images from the May the 4th fan landmark gallery from across the globe. Some of the photographers definitely went the extra mile to create works of art, and I want to give those photos a little extra time and attention.

Please enjoy this month’s fantastic and whimsical artwork from our readers!

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Let’s Hear It for the Home Team

Mary Franklin | May 14, 2013

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When my colleague Matt Martin asked if I would reach out to fans all over the world and ask them to submit pictures with their local landmarks as part of our May the 4th festivities, I knew the results would be good.

But I had no idea just how good!

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Bantha Tracks Art Galaxy, April 2013

Mary Franklin | April 26, 2013

Bantha Tracks, the newsletter that has been “By the Fans; For the Fans” since it was reintroduced almost eleven years ago in 2002, receives contributions of Star Wars art from fans of all ages. We wanted to share submissions here as well as in Star Wars Insider magazine, where Bantha Tracks is a regular feature.

To learn more about Insider go to http://titanmagazines.com/t/star-wars-insider/.
To submit your art, photographs, and Star Wars fan stories to Bantha Tracks, follow the submission guidelines below.

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Bri Young, age 10, from Ohio wrote, “I have always been a fan of Star Wars. After seeing Ahsoka’s destiny, I wanted to draw her from the beginning.”

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Great Moments Behind the Scenes at Celebration, Part II

Mary Franklin | April 17, 2013

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“C-3PO is on the run without security.”

“Mary, your boyfriend is in the next aisle.”

“Hide him with a Stormtrooper helmet.”

As my blog of January 22 states, there are always moments at Celebrations that sound not of this universe, or else completely unlikely, as in “You are going to serve cake to 7,000 people.” (For more on the Great Celebration Cake Adventure see Celebration IV: The Entertainment Capital of the Star Wars World.)

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