I’ve been back in the States from my Namibia trip barely one week, and tomorrow morning I’m taking off to work at Brand Licensing Europe in London. I’ll be in London for the week, then will travel on to Essen, Germany for Celebration Europe meetings, then finally take a too-quick trip to Belgium and the fabled fan-built Star Wars prop warehouse.
The time leading up to each Star Wars Celebration is an incredible adrenaline buzz, for me and I’m sure for hundreds of other people who are involved in the show – getting ready for the stages, finishing their fan exhibit, or completing their costume for the masquerade. There is so much to do that it’s the main focus of life – of my life certainly.
Each Celebration, while working on the programming for the show, I come up with a mental list of what I would do if I were coming to the show as an attendee rather than as part of the production.
Don’t get me wrong – what I do is really fun. I can’t think of any job I would rather do, nor really of anything I would rather do than be behind the scenes at a Celebration. But if I could sneak away from responsibility for a bit here’s where I would go:
It’s that time of year. San Diego Comic-Con International and Star Wars Celebration are as good as started, and we’re on the verge of showing and sharing a lot of really cool stuff with fans of Star Wars and of pop culture. Keep reading for some details on what to expect from us at this year’s Comic-Con…
Editor’s Note: Fans who have attended previous Star Wars Celebrations, or visited Lucasfilm’s booths at ComicCon or other major events, might well recognize Mary Franklin. Since 2001, Mary has been coordinating events large and small for Lucasfilm, and is often one of the main points of contact with the fan community. She also edits Bantha Tracks, the fan mail column in Star Wars Insider, and starting now, will be a regular blogger here at StarWars.com, covering the worlds of events and fandom. Read on for her first dispatch…