Category: Fans + Community

  • 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 […]

  • Add the Force to Your School Supplies

    It’s August – funny how that happens every year – and it’s time for school to be in session again. I actually always looked forward to it when I was younger. Yes, I was that kid. I liked getting back into a routine, learning, having homework (unless it was math), and seeing friends. Mostly though, […]

  • A Back-to-School Guide for Padawans

    The time is here, my young Padawans, to head off to Jedi training.  Or as some people call it, “go back to school.”  Ah yes, I can hear you cheering now.  School is a fantastic place to learn, challenge yourself, and interact with all different types of people.  But for some younglings, heading back to […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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!

  • SWCVI: Imperial Troops Have Entered the Base!

    With Star Wars Celebration VI officially underway, members of the 501st fully deployed throughout the Orange County Convention Center, bringing that extra little something that only fully dressed Imperial Stormtroopers, Sith Lords, and Officers can bring to the biggest Star Wars party yet!

  • SWCVI: The 501st Legion Begins Landing Its Troops

    So with the once every two-years interstellar party that is a Star Wars Celebration kicking off with fans coming from all over (the galaxy…) to Orlando, Florida, one group in particular plays a very prominent, recurring, all-volunteer role in helping to make Star Wars come to life.   Among all the featured events, guests, panels, and […]

  • Maybe now my father believes me…

    We knew it would be big from the start. It was early June, 1977, and I had just graduated from high school in the small mountain town of Idaho Springs, Colorado. To celebrate, a buddy suggested we go to Denver to see a movie he had been hearing good things about.

  • The Celebration That Almost Wasn’t

    It’s hard for me to believe that we are almost upon the sixth Star Wars Celebration! Every few years, fans look forward to the mecca of Star Wars events and this year’s convention is shaping up to be the best ever.

  • SWCVI: We Call Her Roxy

    As a member of the 501st Legion’s Florida Garrison since 1999, I’ve been fortunate enough to take part in dozens of trooping events throughout the Sunshine State. And out of all of those memorable dates, none has stood out so much in my mind as Star Wars Celebration V two years ago. When I found […]

  • SWCVI: Bounty Hunters, We DO need your scum!

    Hello! I’m James and I’m one half of the brains behind the Bounty Hunt atStar Wars Celebration VI. My friend Dan and I have been organizing photo scavenger hunts and puzzle races for several years now, and we’re bringing all our fiendish fun to Orlando. We think that the Bounty Hunt is great for Star […]

  • DIY Jabba the Hutt Shoes

    It’s no secret that I have a crush on Jabba the Hutt. What can I say? I find his laugh irresistible. So what better way to show my love for the coolest gangster in the galaxy than by wearing him on my feet! Recently crafters have been hand-painting TOMS shoes with their favorite Star Wars characters. There have been […]

  • SWCVI: Star Wars Tattoos: A Celebration Retrospective

    My first exposure to the addicting world of Star Wars tattoos came from the same likely source as many other people’s first exposure – Jon Bradley Snyder’s short but eye-opening article entitled “Skin Deep” in Star Wars Insider #26, published in the summer of 1995. I was young, too young to get tattoos of my […]

  • The Life Cycle of a Saga

    With Star Wars Celebration VI just weeks away, it got this fan to thinking. Star Wars turned thirty-five this year. The 501st Legion turns fifteen. I mention the Legion because you write what you know, and the Legion is a ‘child’ of Star Wars so it lends some interesting contrast. It’s been fun watching the […]

  • The Littlest Jedi Uses the Force in a Big Way

    In November 2010, I wrote a post called “Anti-Bullying Starts in the First Grade” for my blog, Portrait of an Adoption. I was concerned because my daughter, Katie, was upset about being teased for carry­ing a Star Wars water bottle. Apparently, Star Wars was “only for boys, not for girls.”

  • Star Wars Uncut: Malcolm Sutherland

    When Star Wars Uncut was first released I was curious to see if fans could not only recreate Star Wars, but also reimagine it. Just two months after Uncut’s release, Montreal-based animator, Malcolm Sutherland, submitted three scenes that blew everyone away.

  • Introducing… Casey Pugh

    Editor’s Note: If you haven’t heard of Star Wars Uncut, you must have just recently discovered the internet (in which case welcome!) but as quick refresher to those of you with internet access and short memories, Star Wars Uncut is a film made up of hundreds of fan-created 15-second segments put together to create a […]

  • Weekly Roundup: July 20, 2012

    Wondering what’s been happening at StarWars.com? Here’s a quick roundup of what you might have missed last week, including Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 5 sneak peeks, Comic-Con highlights, Celebration VI updates and more! THE CLONE WARS SEASON 5 SNEAK PEEKS The Clone Wars panel at San Diego Comic-Con International revealed two previews of […]

  • Plastic Space Men Need Love Too

    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 […]

  • The ties that bind: Why Comic-Con and Lucasfilm are soul mates

    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. […]

  • Best Star Wars Costumes at San Diego Comic-Con 2012

    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 […]

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