Whew! San Diego Comic Con is over and it was SO much fun! It was great to see all of my old friends and meet some new ones! One of the highlights of my Con experience was the third annual Her Universe panel. I was inspired by the NBC show Fashion Star, where up and coming fashion designers have the opportunity to show their designs to the experts and retail buyers.
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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.
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!
My Comic-Con commitments wrapped on Saturday, the biggest day of the event, and I’ve finally had time to collect my thoughts and my notes on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars panel held this Saturday afternoon. I welcomed to the stage supervising director Dave Filoni and head writer Matt Michnovetz – who were escorted by a “security detail” of clone troopers, courtesy of the 501st Legion – and for the next hour we reflected on Season 4, peeked at Season 5, and answered fan questions from the audience. We also revealed that the season premiere will be screened for fans at Celebration VI.
The Millennium Falcon holds a special place in my heart. It’s an underdog of a ship with a lot of wear and tear, but for me that always made it more fun to root for. And even though Luke Skywalker called it a “piece of junk,” she is surprisingly powerful and fast! Plus, saving Lando Calrissian’s life a few times is pretty awesome. So at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con – as a tribute to my favorite ship in the Star Wars universe – I cosplayed as the Millennium Falcon!
At San Diego Comic-Con, I got to host a pair of panels this Star Wars Day that looked ahead into some of the publishing projects for the remainder of 2012 and into 2013. They revealed, among other things, that the chronicles of Vader’s fatherhood will continue, a pop-up acklay is a real showstopper, the classic heroes return to comics in all new adventures with an old school feel, and the Big Three return to a landmark novel that could perhaps be called postapocalyptic (see what I did there?) …
Collectors of Hasbro’s Star Wars toy lines got a sneak peek of what new characters, vehicles, exclusives and more are coming soon to a toy shelf near you! The update includes a preview of the expanding series of Fighter Pods as well as the return of the “Build a Droid” pack-in promotion for 2013, allowing collectors to piece together droids from unique parts included with each action figure. The final slide in the presentation also reveals Hasbro’s 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International exclusive!
Check out the entire slideshow, just beneath the fold…
Star Wars Day kicked off this morning at San Diego Comic-Con International with a Star Wars Collectibles Update panel showcasing new and upcoming releases by eFX, Gentle Giant Studios, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow Collectibles.
Moderated by Lucas Licensing’s Chris Spitale, the previews include sneak peeks at eFX’s new Darth Maul lightsaber and biker scout helmet, Kotobukiya’s new light-up lightsaber chopsticks and Star Wars Bishoujo statue line, and Sideshow’s upcoming sixth-scale figures and new Mythos series!
Below the fold, check out the slideshow presentations to get a first look at what’s coming from eFX, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow!
San Diego Comic-Con 2012 is now under way, and plenty of the our newest bloggers are on hand! Check back from now until the end of the weekend for updates from Pablo Hidalgo, Katie Cook, Jennifer Landa and the StarWars.com team, and perhaps a few more surprises. Or, if you’d rather see it for yourself, our Flickr slideshow above will update throughout the weekend with photos of all things Star Wars at Comic-Con! (And if you’ve got your own Star Wars photos from the floor, be sure to share them in the Star Wars @ ComicCon Flickr group!)