Women in Star Wars: February 2015

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Women in Star Wars Around the Web

What promises to be a fantastic year in Star Wars fandom is off to great start in January and the women of Star Wars have already been getting the party started.

Over on the official site Amy Ratcliffe gave a great intro to the 7 Topics Star Wars Fans Love to Debate. Meanwhile host of Rebels Recon and social media correspondent for starwars.com, Andi Gutierrez, has started a new feature on the site called Social Scanner. It’s a peek into her favorite social media posts throughout the week with a new edition posting every Friday. It’s a great way to feature fans.

The cover was revealed for the upcoming Ultimate Star Wars – a guide to characters, creatures, locations, technology, and vehicles of the Star Wars universe. This book comes out in May and was written by Fangirls Going Rogue Host Tricia Barr as well as Adam Bray, Ryder Windham, and Dan Wallace.

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I joined Tricia on an episode of Fangirl Chat to interview Tish Pahl, Star Wars author, fangirl, and contributor to the latest edition of Athena’s Daughters. Tish has really interesting stories about being a fan of Star Wars from the beginning.

Natacha Guyot released her book A Galaxy of Possibilities: Representation and Storytelling in Star Wars, a collection of essays on the Star Wars universe.

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Rocky Blonshine of Eleven Thirty-Eight discusses the universality of Star Wars in A Kids’ Story for All Ages: Star Wars is for Grown-Ups Too.

At Tosche Station Bria is speaking up to ask where Hera (and sometimes Sabine) are in the Star Wars Rebels merchandise. Bria also shows how to bring Star Wars to office wear over at White Hot Room.

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The good news is Sabine is getting her own book: Sabine’s Rebel Sketchbook is coming out in February and the illustrator, Anii Stoll, has been releasing new Rebels sketches on her Tumblr each day in the lead-up as well as giving away the art to Twitter and Tumblr followers!

And in even more Rebels news, Lisa Granshaw covered the women of Star Wars Rebels – Hera and Sabine along with input from the women who voice them – Vanessa Marshall and Tiya Sircar. On Twitter April Johnson started sharing her paintings of Hera and other Star Wars characters (Sabine, Zeb, Kanan, BB-8) in the countdown to Star Wars Celebration.

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Geeky artist Karen Hallion shared a work-in-progress snapshot of a new piece she’s working on that crosses some classic Original Trilogy Star Wars characters with The Haunted Mansion.

Keira Knightley (Sabé in The Phantom Menace) is nominated for a slew of awards for her portrayal of Joan Clarke, a mathematician/code-breaker during WWII, in The Imitation Game.

The Force Awakens may have another female cast member in Leanne Best.

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Jenn of justJenn Recipes made some of her infamous Star Wars desserts for The Comic Bug’s celebration of Marvel’s Star Wars #1.

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January also saw the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland. There were many fangirls out there running with some pretty fantastic costumes – including Sarah Woloski from Skywalking Through Neverland who ran the 5k as The Force Awakens droid BB-8.

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And finally the month ends with Star Wars Report’s very own Bethany as the Her Universe Fangirl of the Day!

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Kay is a contributor at FANgirlblog.com where she writes about Star Wars, movies, books, and other various geeky sundry. She can also be heard on Hyperspace Theories talking about storytelling in Star Wars. A voice actor, photographer, artist, and consultant, Kay shares what she loves and what makes her laugh on Twitter @geek_kay.

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