Posts Tagged ‘Comic-Con’



Counting Down to Star Wars at Comic-Con

Pablo Hidalgo | July 12, 2012

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San Diego Comic-Con International begins today, and I’ll be moderating a trio of panels this weekend. As I rush to make sure that we’re all clear on what we’ll be talking about, and all the video and visuals are good to go, I’m thinking back to my first Comic-Con, back in the summer of 2001. It was a very different animal back then.

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SDCC: Lucasfilm Pavilion Sneak Peek

Mary Franklin | July 11, 2012

Tuesday night at the Lucasfilm Pavilion, San Diego Comic-Con International. The build is just starting to come together for the preview night tomorrow night. Read on for some impressions and photos from behind-the-scenes as we finish getting ready…

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SDCC: It’s Show Time!

Mary Franklin | July 10, 2012

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…

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NYCC Droid 2-Pack Hallmark Exclusive

StarWars.com Team | September 15, 2011

Hallmark will continue its 2011 celebration of the Star Wars saga with a Hallmark Keepsake Ornament two-pack to be sold exclusively this fall at New York Comic Con, October 13-16.

The astromech droids R2-Q5 and R2-A3 will be featured as Keepsake Ornaments sold together during the popular culture convention, scheduled October 13-16 at the Javits Center in New York City.

You’ll recall the black and bronze-bodied R2-Q5 being assigned to the second Death Star as the red-trimmed R2-A3 flew along with X-wing pilot Wedge Antilles. This special-edition Keepsake Ornament two-pack was created specifically for the event with a limited production of 800.

Visitors to the Hallmark booth will receive a series of collectible buttons featuring quotes from the 2012 line of Star Wars gifts, which will be available exclusively at Hallmark Gold Crown stores. A different design in the series will be given away in limited quantities on each day of the convention.

Other activities include visits from Star Wars characters courtesy of the 501st Legion, a sneak peek of Hallmark’s Star Wars products planned for 2012 and fun giveaways. If you are attending New York Comic Con this year, be sure to drop by Hallmark at Booth 110 within the dynamic Star Wars Pavillion to catch all the action.

Fan Movie Winner Profile: Bounty Hunter II: Pit of Carkoon

StarWars.com Team | August 24, 2011

At this year’s Star Wars Fan Movie Awards presented by Lucasfilm and Atom at San Diego Comic-Con International, Bounty Hunter II: Pit of Carkoon won the Best Animated Feature.

Starwars.com chats with Nebraska-based filmmaker Jim Mehsling about his award-winning film Bounty Hunter II: Pit of Carkoon.

What prompted you to make a Star Wars fan film? How has George Lucas and his films influenced your work?

This is actually my fourth Star Wars fan film. I’ve always been a huge fan of the series and the chance to do my own take on the characters and play around with some animated designs in the Star Wars Universe is a fun challenge.

What is the back story regarding your film?

The back story is what the audience did not see in the films but surely must have happened in Return of the Jedi. Luke and friends must have discussed a rescue plan at some point and treating the skiff guard job like a job orientation presented some gag opportunities, for example, Bib Fortuna mispronouncing Boba Fett’s name.

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Fan Movie Winner Profile: The Tentacle Trap

StarWars.com Team | August 4, 2011

At this year’s Star Wars Fan Movie Awards presented by Lucasfilm and Atom at San Diego Comic-Con International, The Tentacle Trap won the Spirit of Fandom Award.

Starwars.com chats with Caribbean-based filmmaker James Austen about his award-winning film The Tentacle Trap.

What prompted you to make a Star Wars fan film? How has George Lucas and his films influenced your work?

In Star Wars, George Lucas created the richest of universes. Since watching A New Hope at age 3, I found there’s little that’s more exciting in movies than roaring spaceships, lightsabers and laser guns going pow, and the adventure of it all. When I decided to make a movie, there was no question that it wouldn’t be in the Star Wars universe.

What is the back story regarding your film?

Originally, the idea to make the movie came out of an idea to create visuals for some music I was writing (which was the origin of the Electric Space Banjo the pilot plays). It seemed like it would be a fun project. I’ve always been rather taken with the how stop-motion animation can make real objects come to life, and Star Wars, music and LEGO have been my three lifetime loves. So the movie became a brilliant project to draw all my interests together. I though it might keep me occupied in the evenings for a few months; then I thought of the potted plants and tentacles and it grew into a beast. By the time it was all done somehow it was three years later!

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Fan Movie Winner Profile: Solo Forever

StarWars.com Team | August 2, 2011

At this year’s Star Wars Fan Movie Awards presented by Lucasfilm and Atom at San Diego Comic-Con International, Solo Forever won the Best Comedy Award.

Starwars.com chats with Los Angeles-based filmmaker Trey Albright about his award-winning film Solo Forever.

What prompted you to make a Star Wars fan film? How has George Lucas and his films influenced your work?

I was prompted by the website. The fact that it’s out there for anyone to do. That’s pretty cool. George Lucas’ movies were my childhood. Star Wars and Indiana Jones where in constant rotation in the VCR. I remember climbing all over my parents car try to re-enact a scene in Raider’s of the Lost Ark. Climbing on the side of the car, opening the door and swinging in feet first. Kicking the hell outta some Nazis. I think that’s the kinda action hero I’d like to be. Really just wanted to be Han Solo and Indiana Jones rolled up into one. Maybe with a pinch of John McClane.

What is the back story regarding your film?

I’ve been creating sketches for about a year now and I was having a conversation with a writing partner about what he did with his action figures once he got too old for them. He said he lit them on fire. HA! I thought that was great cause I shot mine with a pellet gun. I remember shooting most of them and I kind of felt sad as I was doing it. But I was getting older and girls were interesting, and they didn’t play Star Wars. It was just a part of growing up; and who wants to do that?!

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Death Star Cosplay Dress!

Bonnie Burton | July 29, 2011

When I first came across vlogger and craftster Jennifer Landa and her awesome Star Wars videos on Youtube I knew eventually she’d create an amazing cosplay Star Wars costume, and sure enough she did!

At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International, she debuted her fancy Death Star dress complete with galaxy tights and a TIE Interceptor hair accessory! StarWars.com chats with Jennifer about her Imperial couture that would make even Darth Vader smitten.

Why did you decide to make a cute dress of the Death Star?

For months I couldn’t decide what I wanted to cosplay as! I just knew I wanted to do a quirky take on someone or something from the Star Wars universe. I had seen a Death Star costume before and loved the idea of cosplaying as a thing instead of a person. I love personifying objects! So when I saw Robin E. Kaplan’s adorable print of a girl dressed as a Death Star, I freaked out. Her Death Star character was so cute and feminine and anything but a scary super weapon! After that, I knew I had to go as Miss Death Star.

How did you come up with the design?

I wanted the costume to have a space-age yet retro feel! So I decided to make the Death Star more like an exaggerated bubble skirt. I cut the skirt so it was a shorter length and chose a form-fitting bodice. For me, it was important to keep the whole look feminine and flattering. When I was designing the costume, I came up with the character “Miss Death Star.” I imagined her to be a cross between Ethel Merman and Judy Garland. I know, it’s a little strange but the fun part about cosplaying is really getting into character!

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Fan Movie Winner Profile: Star Wars: Unlimited Power

StarWars.com Team | July 28, 2011

At this year’s Star Wars Fan Movie Awards presented by Lucasfilm and Atom at San Diego Comic-Con International, Star Wars: Unlimited Power won the George Lucas Selects Award.

Starwars.com chats with Los Angeles-based filmmaker Eliot Sirota about his award-winning film Star Wars: Unlimited Power.

What prompted you to make a Star Wars fan film? How has George Lucas and his films influenced your work?

Star Wars is what started me on my career path. From the moment I saw it at the tender young age of 5, I knew I wanted to tell stories, create special FX and make movies. So I suppose that’s one of many ways that George Lucas has influenced me! If I were to list all of them, I would have to write a book! The short and sweet version is that he made something no one else had imagined possible at the time and pioneered a whole new way of making movies, television and media. He saw that art and technology were two sides of the same coin and could be used together to create something that transcended both of them. Without “Uncle” George leading the way, many other great movies would never have been possible.

As far as what prompted me to a make a Star Wars film, the original trilogy films are still my all time favorite movies, and what Star Wars fan wouldn’t want to play in and expand on that world? I think I always wanted to make a Star Wars fan film, and maybe even someday have a hand in an actual Lucasfilm Star Wars project!

What is the back story regarding your film?

I had several ideas for what I wanted to explore. The background characters, creatures and vehicles in Star Wars are so amazing, and yet, to a character in the Star Wars universe, they’re just everyday things that are taken for granted. The amazing technology would have to be manufactured and advertised so that the intergalactic consumer could know what products were available and decide what to buy. That led me to the idea of doing a commercial. I just thought it would be funny to see how blue milk or evaporators would be advertised. But far more interesting than those items, to me at least, are droids.

I love the droids in Star Wars. They’re meant to be simple tools, but they all have their own personalities, quirks and even heroic qualities. We spend 6 movies getting to know two droids very well, but what about all the other unmentioned metallic masses? Especially the power droid we’ve all come to affectionately known as Gonk? And a commercial for a brand new power droid would have just been to clean and crisp and I found the idea of a used Gonk commercial particularly funny, like a bad used car commercial.

That’s basically where the idea came from. I suppose I was inspired a bit by Robot Chicken as well because they often explore similar “mundane” and yet hysterical ideas in fantastical worlds, especially Star Wars. Having the droid dance was based on the idea that it would be dancing to “The Power” by SNAP! but as the project moved forward I found it best to go another route.

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Comic-Con 2011: Best Star Wars Costumes

StarWars.com Team | July 27, 2011


Team Unicorn as the Nightsisters from The Clone Wars

Every year at San Diego Comic-Con International, it’s easy to spot a stormtrooper from The 501st Legion, a Jedi or Rebel pilot from The Rebel Legion, and the essential Slave Leia. But there are also those fans who go above and beyond to make some of the coolest, original costumes on their own — whether it’s a Death Star dress fit for the runway or a homemade Jawa costume or even an impressive group of Nightsisters.

Here’s some of our favorite Star Wars costumes spotted at this year’s Comic-Con.


Han and Leia make an Imperial friend.


The Rebel Legion guard The Rebel Base Experience at Comic-Con from pesky stormtroopers.


Don’t mess with Black Ops!


Star Wars vlogger Jennifer Landa shows off her Death Star dress.


Death Trooper hopes to find a snack amongst the crowd.


AJ shows off her Rebel Pilot dress made using a man’s Rebel Pilot costume as the material!


A Jawa searches for some broken down droids at Comic-Con.

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