Archive for ‘Fans and Community’



Star Wars T-Shirt Design Contest Winners!

StarWars.com Team | July 19, 2012

The fans have spoken, the guest judges have made their picks, and at last the winners of WeLoveFine’s first-ever Star Wars T-Shirt Design Contest are here!

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Plastic Space Men Need Love Too

Albin Johnson | July 17, 2012

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Greetings, nerf-herders. I thought I’d start with a little intro to the 501st Legion club I started back in 1997. You may ask, ‘what is the 501st’? The formal answer is a worldwide costuming club that dresses in the costumes of the Galactic Empire and associated ‘bad guy’ characters. We’re part of a large fan community that includes the Rebel Legion (name says it all), the Jedi Assembly (again, the name tells you what they dress up as), the R2 Builders, Galactic Academy (costuming kids), Mando Mercs, and many others. But as someone who’s watched the Legion grow from two guys to a zillion worldwide, let me tell you the Legion isn’t so much a club as it is an experience.

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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

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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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Introducing… Jennifer Landa

Jennifer Landa | July 12, 2012

Editor’s Note: If you were at last year’s Comic-Con, or visited this blog last summer, you might recall our profile of Jennifer Landa, an actress, video blogger and life-long Star Wars fangirl who got a lot of attention for her hand-crafted Death Star Dress. She has also produced and appeared in several Star Wars web videos, including the Star Wars Blu-Ray Rap. Now, as this year’s Comic-Con gets underway, we’re pleased to welcome her as the newest contributor to the Star Wars blog, where she’ll be covering crafts and pop culture from the fan girl perspective. Read on for Jenn’s story, and check back throughout the weekend for her dispatches from the floor in San Diego!

Jedi-Jeni

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THIS IS MY DOG.

Alison Haislip | July 9, 2012

Skywalker the Dog

Her name is Skywalker. When people say “But she’s a girl!” I respond, “Leia was a Skywalker.”

You just got learned.

Alison Haislip hosts 4 Points with Alex Albrecht on The Nerdist Channel, and is one of the hosts of this year’s Course of the Force. She is also from New Jersey, and eats too much ice cream.

Course of the Force: Star Wars in a Nutshell

Alison Haislip | July 7, 2012

Alison Haislip

Alison Haislip here, from such delightfully entertaining programming like G4’s Attack of the Show, NBC’s The Voice, and HULU’s original series Battleground. I’ll be co-hosting COURSE OF THE FORCE. Why? Well… because Chris Hardwick asked me to. BUT ALSO, because I watched all 3 original films, in their entirety, every day, for two weeks, ON VHS, while I had the chicken pox in 2nd grade. And while I may have one or two bad scars from that classic childhood disease, I have so many good scars from watching my favorite sci-fi epic over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over…

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Introducing… Ashley Eckstein

Ashley Eckstein | July 6, 2012

Editor’s Note: For fans of The Clone Wars, and a huge number of Star Wars fangirls, our newest contributor needs no introduction. But for the rest of you, we’re pleased to introduce Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano and the entrepreneur behind Her Universe, a company specializing in awesome sci-fi apparel and accessories designed just for women. Ashley has appeared in this blog in the past, but starting today, she’ll be joining us as a regular blogger!

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Course of the Force: The Fan is Strong with Me

Alex Albrecht | July 6, 2012

Alex Albrecht

My name is Alex Albrecht and I’m a Star Wars nerd. I say this with pride. As a child of the ‘80s I, like most of us, fell in and out of love with many different nerdy things over the years. My love affairs included trysts with the likes of Inhumanoids, Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors, Visionaries as well as many others. What did they all have in common? I stopped being enamored with them all. All except one, Star Wars.

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