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Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day

Today is Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day! This started in 2010 when a young Star Wars fan, Katie Goldman, was bullied for liking Star Wars. When Star Wars fans found out, they rallied to support her, which eventually culminated in this day. Star Wars fans and geeks wear something that represents their fandom today, showing that their geeky side is something they’re proud of, and that no one, especially children, should be bullied for something they like. This is the 5th annual celebration, and we encourage you to wear something Star Wars related, take a picture of yourself, and post that picture along with #WearStarWars2014 on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook!

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Teresa Delgado gives us her suggestions on how to celebrate today, and how to brighten the lives of other geeks this holiday season!

1). Wearing something Star Wars or science fiction-related. 

2). Donating a Star Wars or science fiction toy to a child in need (but please put a post-it note on the new, unwrapped toy specifying that it can go to a girl or a boy; otherwise, these traditional “boy toys” will be given only to boys). You can bring the toy to a hospital, a shelter, or drop it off with any charitable organization collecting toys.

3). Post your pics on this Facebook page or on Twitter with the hashtag #WearStarWars2014

Your school or workplace can use this as a fun way to stand up to the terrible problem of bullying and help needy kids at the same time!

~ Bethany Blanton

Review: Star Wars Annual 2015

What is the purpose of an annual?

This admittedly odd question popped into my head when I flicked through my copy of the Star Wars Annual 2015 by Egmont Publishing. I confess I never really figured it out – at least by myself. I had to talk to several people on the internet, who very patiently explained it to me, using small words and varied hand gestures. Which was odd, because we communicated via text. No webcams were involved, and thus I couldn’t see their hand gestures. People are weird on the internet.

But this was explained to me afterwards. During the read-through, I struggled quite a bit. So perhaps it’s best that I split this review into two parts: my experience, and the experience of The Kids – because our experiences differed wildly. Before I continue, I want to point out that my reaction was largely negative, but not at the fault of the book itself. It was entirely down to me. This is because, as a kid in the late 90s, I had an annual that I adored. The Star Wars Annual 1998; I have it in my possession even now. These memories largely coloured my thoughts. But if you continue reading (please do, I’m needy that way), I think you’ll find all is explained. So. To business.

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#TheForceAges: Remember The Force Awakens’ One-Year Mark with a Selfie

It’s hard to believe, but a mere 365 days remain until the next Star Wars film hits theaters.

To celebrate, Star Wars fans everywhere are taking part in a #TheForceAges hashtag on social media. Our friends at JediNews explain it well:

365 days. That’s a whole ‘nother year to wait until The Force Awakens arrives in cinemas, and Lucasfilm’s Matt Martin started a Twitter Selfie campaign today by to see how much he would age between today and when The Force Awakens comes out.

We plan to compile all the images we can find from people who participate. If you want to participate all you have to do is post a picture of you with a sign that says “This is me one year from Star Wars The Force Awakens” and use the hashtag ?#TheForceAges?.

So what are you waiting for? Tweet those selfies! I did.

Dragon Con 2014 Sets Attendance and Fundraising Records

Greetings all! While this is a little late to send this out, I wanted to in the spirit of the holidays as I thought it’s a great example of a convention doing a lot of good for others. Dragon Con worked hard to raise money and food for those who need it, as well as having record participation in their blood drive, and you can see the efforts of that hard work more than pay off below! This is a convention that should definitely be proud of the good they do! ~ Bethany Blanton

PRESS RELEASE:

Official Charity Atlanta Community Food Bank Receives more than $115,000 and over 500 Pounds Food Items; Record Participation in Blood Drive Supports Critical Need. 

More than 62,000 fans, coming from every state in the nation and a few foreign countries, participated in the 28th annual Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, sci-fi and gaming convention, setting a new attendance record.

The convention raised over $115,000 for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, collected 535 pounds of food which will provide 445 meals for the food bank, and set a new record in its blood drive efforts.

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Star Wars Broadsaber: The Defense

(First of all: sorry.)

You may have heard, but there was this teaser trailer that came out a short while ago. It’s for The Force Awakens. Have you … okay I was going to say ‘have you felt it?’ but that would probably be too over done, not to mention it wouldn’t make any real sense as a question. How could you ‘feel’ a trailer? Unless you sensed through your ears the masses of Star Wars fans squeeing? (For my part, I do apologise to my dog.) I guess this side-track marks the end of my nonchalant opening. Anyhoo, have you seen it? Did you see the dude* with the lightsaber?

*No, not ‘The Dude’. As we now know, his name is Kylo Ren; though to me he will always be Mr. Kitty.

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