Posts Tagged ‘Conventions’



Report from WonderCon 2009: Lucasfilm Presentation (Part III: The Ryloth Trilogy)

Pablo Hidalgo | February 28, 2009

You’ll excuse me if this next blog post gets a little meta and breaks a fourth wall or something. See, for better or for worse, I volunteered to go head-to-head against Steve Sansweet with the new Uncle Milton Force Trainer. It’s the much buzzed about toy that scans brainwaves to activate a fan within an acrylic tube, that then levitates a Force remote (or, ping pong ball to you terrestrial laymen) to various heights. I tried it out on Friday and, after some practice, got the hang of it.

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Not nearly enough practice for the big show on Saturday, though, as I went up against a venerable Jedi Master like Sansweet. He had perfected its performance, launching the remote into the stratosphere while I apparently failed to unlearn whatever it was I had learned. My Force remote barely budged. It’s as if I had a pocket full of ysalamiri jerky or something. And if you get that, you’re as big a geek as I.

Anyway, this was really a lead-in to showcase some of the online Clone Wars comics we have been doing since the launch of the show. I introduced Tom Hodges and Katie Cook, who were in attendance in the audience, and also was able to give a sneak peek (note, correct spelling of peek – you’re welcome) into next week’s webcomic, “Curfew,” by Katie, which introduces the Twi’lek girl character of Numa.

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We then segued into discussing the Ryloth Trilogy — the series of episodes that we’re now in the thick of. “Storm Over Ryloth” debuted yesterday. “Innocents of Ryloth” and “Liberty on Ryloth” are still to come.

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NYCC: Best Han in Carbonite Costume Ever

Bonnie Burton | February 10, 2009

If you were lucky enough to be at the Big Apple for New York Comic-Con last week, you might have posed for a few photo ops with Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, members of the 501st Legion and Rebel Legion and the lovely ladies dressed as Slave Leia.

However, often times it’s the hilarious fan-made costumes that make us happy to be spreading the word of the Force. This low-rent version of Han Solo in Carbonite made us short blue milk out our noses from laughing so hard. Most impressive indeed.

Check out more costumes at NYCC here:
Star Wars: NYCC (via io9.com)

Dark Horse Dives Into NJO-era

StarWars.com Team | February 7, 2009

Some breaking news out of New York Comic-Con — Dark Horse Comics is telling an original comics story set during the Yuuzhan Vong invasion previously chronicled in the best-selling New Jedi Order series from Del Rey Books. This is no adaptation or retelling of a novel — no, Star Wars: Invasion is a brand new story by writer Tom Taylor and artist Colin Wilson. It starts this summer, first as an online preview, and then as a regular print comic.

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Comic Book Resources has the scoop, with an interview with Taylor including art work samples from the series, and they look fantastic. The Yuuzhan Vong in full color glory — believe us, Skrulls have nothing on the Vong. These sickos killed Chewbacca, for crying out loud.

Click here for the announce (with Wilson interview) and here for a follow up interview with Taylor.

More Yoda Sketchbook Portraits

Bonnie Burton | November 12, 2008


(Yoda sketch by Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening)

If you are still in awe over Fantagraphics Web Editor Mike Baehr’s Yoda Sketchbook featuring drawings from comic book icons such as Daniel Clowes, Lynda Barry, Tony Millionaire, Adrian Tomine, Gilbert Hernandez, Craig McCracken, and Mary Fleener, get ready to be impressed further.

Looks like Mike has some more amazing portraits of Yoda to add to the collection, and are now up on his Flickr set for our viewing pleasure. I met Mike face to face at this year’s Alternative Press Expo (APE) in San Francisco, and got to see the sketchbook in person. And let me just say it’s packed with truly creative renditions of our favorite Jedi Master!

Mike writes:

I’ve got the APE Yodas scanned and uploaded, including Matt Groening (WOO HOO) and a bunch of other great ones (Tom Neely: CRAZY; Lilli Carre: GORGEOUS) plus, fresh from last night, Bill Griffith (it’s a hybrid Yoda/Zippy)!

Check out the new Yoda portraits here:
Yoda convention sketchbooks


(Yoda/Zippy Sketch by Bill Griffith)

Dragon*Con Photo Recap

Bonnie Burton | September 2, 2008


(Photo by Allison Sohn)

Over Labor Day weekend sci-fi and fantasy-loving fans descended on Atlanta, GA for the yearly extrava-geek-ganza that is none other than Dragon*Con. One of the most exciting events of the con is the parade. Here’s some snapshots from the costume catwalk taken by artist Allison Sohn.

Check out more photos below.

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Comic-Con 2008: Best Star Wars Costumes

Bonnie Burton | July 31, 2008

When you’re at San Diego Comic-Con, it’s nearly impossible to walk more than a few feet and not run into a fan in costume. Every year the convention center is flooded with various versions of superheroes, video game characters, horror film icons, pirates, steampunk kids, vampires, werewolves, manga and anime favorites, food mascots and of course lots and lots of Star Wars characters. Even though it seemed the Joker costumes dominated the con, the 501st and Rebel Legion were out in full force, as were fans dressed as Yoda, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Jedi and even a couple of TIE Fighters.

Here’s a recap of some of the best costumes we spotted.


Clones! Clones! Clones!
With the highly-anticipated movie and TV show — The Clone Wars — on everyone’s minds, it was the 501st Legion members dressed as clone troopers and stormtroopers who dominated all the photo ops at the Star Wars Pavillion this year. There’s really no way to outdo the 501st when it comes to their impressive body armor and always-in-character demeanor. Nothing beats seeing a kid’s eyes light up when he sees a trooper walking towards him. It just wouldn’t be a proper Comic-Con experience without them. If you want to learn more about the 501st Legion, check out: Inside the Fighting 501st.


Rebel pilots
In addition to the 501st, there’s the Rebel Legion. These guys and gals dress as Jedi, Rebel Pilots, Princesses and even Wookiees, and show up to conventions, charity events and more, much like the 501st. If you’d like to find out more about them, visit the Official Rebel Legion site here.


Ahsoka Tano and Stormtrooper
Thanks to The Clone Wars, little girls everywhere get a new character to dress as for conventions and Halloween. Meet the latest sassy female to hit Star WarsAhsoka Tano.

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Clone Wars Exclusives and Swag at StarWarsShop Booth!

StarWars.com Team | July 24, 2008

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Senate Security Clone Trooper exclusive figure

If you’re in San Diego this weekend for Comic-Con, make sure to stop by the StarWarsShop booth where exclusives and swag galore await! There’s the exclusive Senate Security Clone Trooper action figure along with several others being revealed at Comic-Con this weekend.

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Swag found at the StarWarsShop/Zazzle booths

And, of course, there’s the swag. Visitors to the StarWarsShop and Zazzle booths have already taken home five wonderful new Clone Wars exclusive prints, a plastic clone mask, and six different exclusive campaign buttons featuring various Clone Wars and Star Wars characters. These are the must-have freebies for Comic-Con — make sure to stop by and pick some up!

More pics after the jump –

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Koto Unveils Clone Wars ArtFX Series

StarWars.com Team | July 24, 2008

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Kotobukiya officially unveiled their new Clone Wars ArtFx series at Celebration Japan last week, but now they’ve got them here stateside in San Diego at their Comic-Con booth. Here are a handful of catalog images they were kind enough to share with us during the event — check out more after the jump!

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Star Wars Everywhere on Comic-Con Preview Night

StarWars.com Team | July 23, 2008

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Preview night at the Star Wars Pavilion at San Diego’s Comic-Con opened this evening, and we’ve got over a hundred pics showcasing many of the items being unveiled!

Highlights include StarWarsShop’s exclusive Clone Trooper Senate Security action figure (plus some impressive Clone Wars swag pieces they’re giving away), the Clone Wars full-size Indy car, Hasbro’s Clone Wars and Indiana Jones collections, some INCREDIBLE Sideshow entries including a Wampa attacking a tauntaun (!!!), the new Frames book set with image selection by George Lucas, eFX’s McQuarrie Darth Vader helmet, Ahsoka Tano’s lightsaber, Obi-Wan’s “Extreme Edition” lightsaber with revealed interior, Windlass’s replica Star Wars costume collection and much, much more!

Make sure to head on over to our image series for a sneak peek at what Comic-Con Premiere Night attendees are viewing right now!

Lost McQuarrie Art Revealed at CJ Panel

Pete Vilmur | July 19, 2008

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When John Scoleri, co-author of the recent Art of Ralph McQuarrie book, discovered that a stash of early Star Wars illustrations had been uncovered behind a broken furnace in the artist’s home, he was elated — and frustrated. He and co-author Stan Stice had just sent their Art of Ralph McQuarrie to print — too late to include the new material. Fortunately for us, along came Celebration Japan.

Scoleri and Stice felt the event would be a great opportunity to showcase some of this lost art, and have put together a fantastic convention exclusive that’s sure to have many Star Wars and Mcquarrie fans calling in favors to their Japanese friends.

See more lost McQuarrie artwork after the jump –

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