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ThinkGeek’s May 4th Star Wars Deals

Hey all!

The folks over at ThinkGeek wanted us to make sure everyone got the word about some of their Star Wars deals tomorrow, May 4th!

  • 20% off all Star Wars products on ThinkGeek–including Exclusives!: 5/1 to 5/4
  • Free Limited Edition May the Fourth Pin when you buy $20+ of Star Wars items: 5/1 to 5/7
  • Visit this page for all things Star Wars… http://www.thinkgeek.com/star-wars/

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~ Bethany Blanton

Women in Star Wars

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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Star Wars Wampa Cake Recipe

Hey all! Kathleen of Yummy Crumble is at it again: baking awesome Star Wars goodies! Today, she’s brought us an amazing Wampa Cake! Beware Luke, it looks like it could try to eat you instead of you eating it!

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Kathleen describes this cake as: “made of rich red velvet cake, frosted with cream cheese frosting, and drenched in sweetened coconut. With fangs made of frosting and chocolate horns, he’s irresistible!”

Here is the recipe!

  • 1 box red velvet cake mix
  • Ingredients needed for cake mix
  • Cream cheese frosting (homemade or store bought)
  • 1-2 cups sweetened coconut
  • Melted chocolate for horns
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Prepare your miniature spring form cake pans. (mine were 5 inch)
  3. Prepare the cake batter according to box and distribute among pans to bake one layer at a time.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Once cakes are cooled after baking frost the entire outside, leaving the entire top naked.
  6. Spread melted chocolate on top of cakes and put in fridge to harden.
  7. Using a piping bag, pipe the frosting on top of the hardened chocolate into a “jack-o-lantern” face.
  8. Drench the cake with the coconut.
  9. Pipe some large eyes with the frosting, and using a #2 wilton tip, carefully pipe some sharp fangs.
  10. Using the melted chocolate (or chocolate frosting) pipe lips around the mouth.
  11. Using melted chocolate make horns on some parchment paper and harden in the freezer before applying to the wampa face.
  12. Blood is optional :)

For more details, check out Kathleen’s post here!

Dragon Con 2015’s Charity: the Lymphoma Research Foundation

LYMPHOMA RESEARCH FOUNDATION SELECTED AS DRAGON CON’S 2015 OFFICIAL CHARITY
New Slate of Superheroes Community Service Projects Lets Dragon Con Fans Lend a Hand
ATLANTA – January 12, 2015 – Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy and sci-fi convention, has selected the Lymphoma Research Foundation – Georgia Market as its official charity for 2015. Dragon Con will match dollar for dollar, up to $50,000, any money raised for this charity at the 2015 convention.
Dragon Con also announced its slate of Superheroes community service projects for Dragon Con members and fans in the Atlanta area. This program is now in its second year.
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In 2014, the convention raised over $115,000 for its official charity, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and collected 535 pounds of food. Through the Superheroes program, Dragon Con fans contributed more than 900 hours of community service.
“Selecting the Lymphoma Research Foundation as our official charity this year was a very personal choice,” said Rachel Reeves, convention co-chair. “We are grateful that organizations such as this are working hard to improve treatments and cures for this devastating disease.”
Two long-time members of the Dragon Con family – Eugie Foster, Director of the Daily Dragon, and Mark Brown, Co-Director of Convention Operations – recently died from lymphoma, while a third member is currently battling it.
Lymphoma is a group of blood cancers, most notably non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which accounts for about 90 percent of cases. Other types include Hodgkin lymphoma, myeloma and immunoproliferative diseases. Over half a million people are currently living with lymphoma in the United States – the most common blood cancer in adults and the third most common cancer over all among children.
Three Superhero projects are currently planned for the spring and summer of 2015. In addition to having a great time, people who participate in any of these service projects will be invited to an exclusive celebration during this year’s convention and will receive a Superheroes t-shirt.
“We had a great time last year, getting together as fans and volunteers, to do something good and make a difference in our community,” Reeves said. “Donations are always important, but there are plenty of organizations that also need volunteers to carry out their mission.”
The first Superheroes project will see a return to the Atlanta Community Food Bank partnership, with a half-day of work in an ACFB supported community garden on March 21st.
Community gardens act as a powerful tool for social change by providing neighborhoods with fresh vegetables, attractive landscapes, and place to meet and work towards positive goals. Volunteers help with weeding, seeding, planting, tilling, cleaning, clearing, and any other activity that can possibly take place in a garden.
For the second project, Dragon Con will field a team of volunteers to raise money and participate in the annual Lymphoma Walk, supporting the Lymphoma Research Foundation, on April 11th at Wesleyan School in Norcross. In addition to the walk team, the Superheroes will have other opportunities to volunteer at the walk – possibilities include registration, t-shirt table, set up/clean up, and route cheerleaders.
A third project is in the works, and details will be announced when they are confirmed.
About Dragon Con
Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day Weekend in Atlanta (Sept. 47, 2015). Organized for fans, Dragon Con features more than about 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music and gaming over four days. For more information, please visit www.dragoncon.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
For more information on the Lymphoma Research Foundation, please visit www.lymphoma.org.
For more information on Atlanta Community Food Bank, please visit www.acfb.org.

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Rebels Review: Idiots Array

Mitchell SteinLast week I was a bit underwhelmed by the appearance of Yoda voiced by the legendary Frank Oz in “Path of the Jedi,” and at the end of my review, I requested that if the writers could ever score another legendary original Star Wars character they should use them to the highest capacity. Well, it seems like the writers were listening, because this week delivered in extreme perfection.

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