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Pictures: Class Abounds at the Suits, Sinatra, and Star Wars Party

I recently attended the Suits, Sinatra, and Star Wars Party at Dragon Con, and it was an absolute blast! I have to say that it was refreshing to go to a more slowly paced party. The rave isn’t really my scene. I found that the 1940’s era theme and music really allowed for better conversations and socialization.

I certainly had an absolute blast, and will definitely go next year given the opportunity.

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There was much class.
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And the Star Wars Report staff all dressed up!

Stay tuned to the Star Wars Report for further Dragon Con 2014 coverage.

-Riley Blanton

See the Star Wars Report Staff at Dragon Con 2014

Hello there!

Dragon Con has always been one of my favorite Conventions to attend as a Star Wars fan, and I’m happy to announce that the SWR staff will be there in Force (pun intended). Dragon Con is the biggest geek convention in the Southeast, featuring many fandoms, forms of entertainment, dealers’ halls, panels, media personalities, parties, and more! The Star Wars fan track is run by Brandy Roatsey and a team of other Star Wars fans, featuring this year Star Wars authors, actor Sam Witwer, and other media guests and fans.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and keep on eye on our site for coverage! It’s going to be an absolute blast! The following is what you can expect to see from the Star Wars Report staff at Dragon Con as well as where you can find us this year.

  • Live tweeting of panels
  • Pictures
  • Podcast episodes covering the convention
  • Written panel recaps
  • Video of the convention

You can find Bethany Blanton and Riley Blanton as panelists on these two panels:

  • A Farewell to The Clone Wars and Hello Rebels (Marriott-A706)
  • Episode VII (Marriott-A601-602)

You can expect to find Aaron Goins and Teresa Delgado as hosts on these two panels:

  • A New Trope: Discussions with Star Wars Authors (Marriott-A706)
  • EU Legends: Authors Edition (Marriott-A706)

Expect to find all four of us at many other panels and events throughout the weekend! Be sure to drop by and say “hi,” and have fun at Dragon Con! Wear your finest at the Suits, Sinatra, and Star Wars mixer, party like it’s your last party on Alderaan, and remember to wear your Hawaiian/Aloha, or brightly colored shirts, on Sunday to remember A.C. Crispin and Aaron Allston.

Convention starts tomorrow folks!

Andrea Letamendi on the Psychology of Star Wars – SWR #142

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On this week’s podcast, Riley and Bethany are joined by Dr. Andrea Letamendi to talk about the Psychology of Star Wars and much more!

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Topics include:

  1. Dragon Con Plans
  2. Tackling Mental health through pop culture
  3. The heroes journey
  4. Wars vs. Trek with Sam Witwer
  5. And more!
  • Download the mp3 HERE: (Right-click and “save as”.)
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Jimmy Mac is Back! – SWR #141

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On this week’s podcast, Riley, Bethany and Mark are joined by Jimmy Mac from Rebel Force Radio to chat all things Star Wars.

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Topics include:

  1. Catching up with his recent trip to Lucasfilm
  2. The happenings at Rancho Obi-Wan
  3. Thoughts on Star Wars Rebels
  4. And more!
  • Download the mp3 HERE: (Right-click and “save as”.)
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What’s Up with Dragon Con? – SWR #140

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On this week’s podcast, Riley and Bethany are joined by Brandy Roatsey, Director of the Star Wars Track at Dragon con to talk about the upcoming convention.

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Topics include:

  1. How Brandy Became a SW fan
  2. Dragon Con’s diversity
  3. What fans can look forward to this year
  4. Bethany and Riley will be on panels!
  5. And more!
  • Download the mp3 HERE: (Right-click and “save as”.)
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