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  • The Force is Strong with This Parade

    Every Labor Day, fandoms from all corners of the entertainment universe converge in Atlanta for Dragon*Con, which touts itself as “the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe!” One of the highlights of the weekend is the official Dragon*Con parade that […]

  • Dragon*Con Star Wars Costume Contest: Where do we go from here?

    If there’s one thing that’s central to the Dragon*Con experience, it’s costumes. You can’t wave a stick in any of the host hotels without whacking a costumed attendee. (Please, don’t wave sticks at cons with the intent of whacking people.) And because the con is so huge, most tracks have their own costume contests, in […]

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    SWCVI: Day Four in Review

    There are always so many great things happening at Star Wars Celebration events that it’s hard to keep track! Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Read on for highlights, photos and more!

  • SWCVI: Closing Ceremony

    The time has come to bid farewell to Celebration VI!  And what better way to start the closing ceremony than with a little dancing and singing?  In addition to a dance off between Jedi and Sith, Mark Daniel got the crowd to sing along to his Star Wars version of, “Feeling Hoth, Hoth, Hoth.”  Even […]

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    SWCVI: Everything is Going As Planned

    Days Three & Four of Star Wars Celebration VI were literally filled from beginning to the very end of each day (and night) with action for members of the 501st Legion.  By day, the convention center floor saw our full attention; at night, everyone witnessed the firepower – the stamina – we bring to keep […]

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    SWCVI: The Clone Wars with Dave Filoni and Joel Aron

    The Clone Wars is such a big deal that there were two Season 5 preview panels, one on Saturday and one on Sunday, at Star Wars Celebration VI.  I love the show, so I went to both.  On Saturday attendees were treated to an amazing surprise.  GEORGE LUCAS SHOWED UP!  Yes, the creator himself briefly […]

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    SWCVI: The Maul Within

    It was a no-brainer for Sam Witwer to agree to playing Darth Maul on Star Wars: The Clone Wars. He said yes to Dave Filoni even though he wasn’t entirely sure how he would play the character or even how the sliced and diced Sith Lord would make a realistic comeback. Maul wasn’t Witwer’s first […]

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    SWCVI: Behind the Scenes of the Cantina

    On Saturday at Star Wars Celebration Pablo Hidalgo and creature expert Tom Spina hosted a panel that focused on the aliens of the cantina seen in the original Star Wars movie.  They were joined on stage by Nick Maley who was part of the UK creature team and Jon Berg who was part of the […]

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    SWCVI: Why We Love The Prequels Panel

    I grew up with Star Wars, but unlike a lot of fans, I actually started with The Phantom Menace. I was eight years old in 1999, and the experience of seeing that movie did more to propel me into watching the Original Trilogy over and over again than any marketing campaign ever could. I was, […]

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    SWCVI: A Date With a Princess

    I’ve learned a few things at Celebration VI, and I can share one piece of important advice with you: if you ever get the chance to see Carrier Fisher live, you shouldn’t miss it. Princess Leia came to the main stage tonight, and she was as charming as ever. I don’t think that even Darth […]

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    SWCVI: James Arnold Taylor’s Talking To Myself

    James Arnold Taylor made me cry tonight. Twice. I won’t hold it against him though. He performed his one man show, Talking To Myself, at the Chapin Theater for 3,000 fans, and it was an experience I won’t be forgetting any time soon. Fans know him best as the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Plo […]

  • SWCVI: Smuggler’s Gambit

    There was a lot of speculation as to what Smuggler’s Gambit would be about.  As one fan told me, “all I know is it’s a radio show written by Kyle Newman so you know it’s gonna be awesome.”  And indeed it was!  Kyle Newman began the evening by telling us a little bit about how […]

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    SWCVI: The Future of Star Wars in 3D

    I went into the future of Star Wars in 3D panel excited to see clips from Attack of the Clones and walked out with a much greater appreciation for what it takes to make the films suitable for 3D. I have to admit that I didn’t realize the extent of the process. It took about […]

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    SWCVI: Star Wars and NASA Panel

    Today on the Fan Stage at Celebration VI, I had the pleasure of co-hosting a panel entitled “Star Wars and NASA: Science Fiction and Science Fact,” with Holly Griffith, a friend of mine who works as an International Space Station flight controller for NASA Mission Control in Houston, TX. Holly and I were joined by […]

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    SWCVI: The Second Session of the Super Secret Panel

    The Super Secret Panel with Todd, Seth, and Matt may not have been as secret today, but I don’t think the fact that people already knew a little made it any less funny. Plus, a very special guest did show up at the end of the panel who wasn’t at yesterday’s session. The team behind […]

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    SWCVI: This Will Be A Day Long Remembered

    For members of the 501st, Day Two of Celebration VI was packed from start to finish with panels, performances and some genuine playtime.  NO finer group of comrades could a Star Wars fan want, NO finer group of friends could a Star Wars fan have!

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    SWCVI: Day Two in Review

    There are always so many great things happening at Star Wars Celebration events that it’s hard to keep track! Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Read on for highlights, photos and more!

  • SWCVI: Mark Hamill

    Some fans waited in line for 6 hours.  And even though the theater reached capacity an hour before the panel, hordes of people waited outside with one hope:  to see Mark Hamill.  I’ve never seen Mark Hamill in person.  I’ve watched him hundreds of times in the Star Wars films, I’ve hung his photos on […]

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    SWCVI: An Hour With Anthony Daniels

    Throughout the six Star Wars films there has been a constant, and that person is Anthony Daniels, the actor who portrayed C-3PO.  On day two of Star Wars Celebration Mr. Daniels did his “An Hour with Anthony Daniels” show.  I call it a show and not a panel because that is exactly what it was, […]

  • SWCVI: Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Five Premiere

    Dave Filoni promised he would bring the big guns for Star Wars: The Clone Wars at Celebration VI, and he wasn’t kidding. I was thrilled when he announced the season five premiere would be screened at Celebration. I was excited to see the new episode, sure, but I also knew it would mean watching the […]

  • SWCVI: Super Secret Star Wars Panel

    Crowds of fans poured into the Chapin Theatre.  Onstage a DJ played a techno remix of AC/DC while images of the band flashed on giant screens.  Before long the crowd (including myself) started clapping to the catchy beat.  People jumped and waved as t-shirts were thrown into the audience.  There was so much anticipation and […]

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