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Star Wars Fans Should Go to Dragon Con; Here’s Why

This is the first year that there was a Star Wars Celebration since the announcement that there will be more theatrical releases!

Problem is… It was in Europe.

So for US fans I submit that the number one 2013 convention destination for you as a Star Wars fan is Dragon Con 2013 in Atlanta GA. Is there an official Lucasfilm presence? No. Are there going to be any major announcements? Nope. Do either of these things matter?

Absolutely not.

There are three main reasons that you, as a fan of the “Wars” should head to ATL this Labor Day weekend and they are as follows:

1. The Star Wars Track

The program that the folks over at SWatDC put together is amazing. And it’s entirely run by volunteer fans. You’ll  get to do cool stuff like learn how to wield a lightsaber from the New York Jedi, there will be an Intro to the EU panel,  Aaron Allston, Michael Stackpole, Timothy Zahn and more SW authors will be on hand to answer fans’ questions, there will be Tauntaun races, (yes that’s a thing) trivia, Rebels, and of course the “Last Party on Alderaan”!

2.  Meet the Stars of Star Wars

Young Boba Fett himself will be there! Daniel Logan is always a super-cool guy who loves to just hang out with the fans. Brilliant sound designer Matthew Wood will also be on hand as well as the smooth scoundrel himself, Billy Dee Williams! (and many more)

3. Hang with fellow fans

The absolute number one reason is just to get to go meet, and hang out with fellow fans. Bethany and I (Riley) will be there all four days and we look forward to seeing great folks from past years and meeting new people this year.

Whether it’s fellow podcasters like Brian and Nanci from Tosche-Station, Shaun from Shauncastic, Bryan Young from Big Shiny Robot and so many more that I didn’t mention, Dragon Con is THE Con to be at if you’re a Star Wars Fan.

Watch the video below to find out what Panels we’ll be on and get a small taste of ATL before the Geeks invade this Labor Day weekend!

Remember we’ll be panelists at the Marriott A706 Fri 02:30 pm and Sat 07:00 pm for the panels; What we know about episode VII thus far and Blogs, Podcasting, Vidding, and FanFic respectively.

See you there!

-Riley

Rumor: Billy Dee Williams Asked On Board Star Wars Episode VII

Film Buff Online has a source (one that actually has a name, hurrah!) that says he talked to Billy Dee at the Monster Mania convention this past weekend:

Billy Dee said, he has been asked, but hasn’t decided if he is going to do it or not yet.

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Fan Days Update!

Riley, Aaron and I are really looking forward to being at Fan Days, and the time is getting closer!
This update almost makes me wish I was still a child and could attend the Lightsaber Training Academy.

Hopefully we’ll meet a lot of you there!

– Bethany

 

C2 Ventures, Inc.

Lewisville, Texas

Press release

 

Star Wars Fan Days tailor made for kids

 

What young Jedi hasn’t dreamed of honing his or her skills with a lightsaber, shaking hands with Yoda or going one-on-one with Darth Vader?

Kids will be able to do all those things and more at this year’s Star Wars-themed Fan Days Oct. 8 and 9 at the Irving Convention Center in Irving, Texas. A $5, two-day pass admits children ages 5 to 12 with a paid adult admission. There is no extra charge for the kids’ activities.

“We’ve always presented our shows as family oriented, and we’re working hard to bring in more events with kids in mind,” said co-producer Ben Stevens, who organized his first convention in 1994. “We want the younger fans to have just as much fun at our shows as their parents.”

At the Lightsaber Training Academy, kids ages 5 to 10 will learn basic Jedi moves, do battle with Darth Vader and receive a certificate upon completion of the course. Youngsters also can vie for prizes during Shoot-a-Trooper sessions as they take aim at a Stormtrooper or other Star Wars characters with a Nerf gun.

Young fans of the Cartoon Network’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series can meet the actors who provide the characters’ voices, including Tom Kane, who does double duty as “Yoda” and the narrator. Mr. Kane and Stephen Stanton (the voice of “Tarkin”) will sign Fan Days exclusive photos for free, and will take part in a Clone Wars panel discussion with voice actors Ashley Eckstein (“Ahsoka”), Catherine Taber (“Padme Amidala”) and Meredith Salenger (“Jedi Barris Offee”).

Also offering free autographs during Fan Days are Timothy Zahn and Aaron Allston, best-selling authors who have penned dozens of Star Wars books. The pair also will answer questions and offer writing advice during special author sessions both days.

For kids who love to dress up, there is a special Kids Costume Contest for ages 16 and under with lots of cool prizes. And, of course, there will be lots of costumed fans throughout the convention center who love posing for photos with kids.

Fan Days also will feature a long list of media guests signing autographs for a nominal fee. Topping the list is actor Billy Dee Williams, best known among Star Wars fans for playing the roguish “Lando Calrissian” in The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983). Also, George Takei, who played“Sulu” on the original Star Trek television and movie series, and is the voice of “Lok Durd” on The Clone Wars.

Fan days also welcomes living legend Jim Steranko, whose work as artist-writer on Marvel Comic’s S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America and X-Men revolutionized the comics form. He’ll be joined by almost 40 artists, including Herb Trimpe, Spencer Brinkerhoff, Joe Corroney, Scott Harben, Tom Hodges, Lawrence Reynolds, Cat Staggs and Denise Vasquez.

A complete list of guests and a schedule of events can be found at www.fandays.com along with detailed information on tickets. Cost to attend Fan Days varies depending on level purchased.

Hours for the two-day show are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9. The Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., is at the intersection of SH114 and Northwest Highway in Irving, Texas.

For more information, please visit the website at www.fandays.com.

 

Media contact:

For more information, to schedule an interview or to obtain press passes, please contact Kathy A. Goolsby at k_goolsby@tx.rr.com.

Images:

Downloadable images for use in promoting Dallas Comic Con, including images from past C2 Ventures’ events, are available at www.scifiexpo.com/DCC/press-pix.html

 

About C2 Ventures:

C2 Ventures is a partnership of long-time STAR WARS fans Ben Stevens and Philip Wise. Since 2001, C2 Ventures has been the most trusted name in STAR WARS autographs, providing more authentic autographs to fans than any other provider worldwide. We produced the massive autograph program at the official STAR WARS Celebration II in 2002, Celebration III in 2005, Celebration IV in 2007, Celebration Japan in 2008 and Celebration V in 2010.

C2 Ventures continues to work closely with more than 100 celebrities from the STAR WARS Universe, including Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Carrie Fisher, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels and Samuel L. Jackson, to provide or produce special appearances at conventions and retail stores, authentic autograph signings on your product or our licensed photos, special events, exclusives, and more.

 

Fan Days!

Greetings everyone!

In case you’ve missed it, we’re here to tell you a bit about Fan Days!


Riley, Bethany, and staff member Aaron Goins will be attending this year, along with many other Star Wars fans and stars, writers and creators! Fan Days is a yearly Star Wars (although other franchises are represented) convention held in Texas, this year on October 8th and 9th. Fan Days, is, as it sounds, by the fans and for the fans! This will be mine and Riley’s first time attending, and we’re really looking forward to it! Below is the official press release, check it out and consider coming! I’ll keep you guys updated with further information!

Bethany

 

 

Free signings during Star Wars-themed Fan Days

 

Star Wars fans are in for a special treat at this year’s Fan Days where at least half a dozen guests will offer free autographs. Tom Kane, the narrator and voice of “Yoda” on the Cartoon Network’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars, will sign Fan Days’ exclusive photos at no charge during the show Oct. 8 and 9 in the new 300,000-square-foot Irving Convention Center in Irving, Texas.

“We have a large, dedicated following of Star Wars fans at our shows, and offering coveted signatures for free is just our way of saying, ‘Thanks!’ to our many customers,” said Ben Stevens, co-producer of the show he started in 1994.

Also signing for free: Stephen Stanton, the voice of “Tarkin” in the Clone Wars series; Star Wars book authors Timothy Zahn and Aaron Allston; memorabilia collector and fan favorite Steve Sansweet; and Kyle Newman and Ernie Cline, director and writer, respectively, of the popular Fan Boys movie.

Fan Days also will feature a plethora of guests who helped create the Star Wars magic both on camera and behind the scenes. Topping the media guest list is actor Billy Dee Williams, best known among Star Wars fans for playing the roguish “Lando Calrissian” in The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983). In a career that spans more than 50 years, Mr. Williams has logged an impressive array of roles in such movies as Brian’s Song (1971), Lady Sings the Blues (1972) and Batman (1989).

On the artists’ side, Fan Days welcomes living legend Jim Steranko, whose work as artist-writer on Marvel Comic’s S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America and X-Men revolutionized the comics form. Mr. Steranko also is a musician, art director, magician, fire-eater, designer, publisher and filmmaker who has collaborated with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola.

Also making a rare appearance is artist Herb Trimpe, co-creator of Wolverine. He’ll be joined by almost 40 artists, including at least two dozen specializing in Star Wars artwork. Among the latter are Spencer Brinkerhoff, Joe Corroney, Scott Harben, Tom Hodges, Lawrence Reynolds, Cat Staggs and Denise Vasquez.

Fans of the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars series also can meet actor George Takei. Although best known for his role as “Sulu” on the original Star Trek television and movie series, Mr. Takei crossed over into the Star Wars realm as the voice of “Lok Durd” on the The Clone Wars. Other Clone Wars voice actors appearing at the show are Catherine Taber, Ashley Eckstein, Jaime King and Meredith Salenger.

Among the guests who worked behind the scenes to bring Star Wars to life are sound editors/specialists Ben Burtt, who has worked for Lucasfilm and Pixar; Matthew Wood, who also provided the voice of “General Grievous” in Revenge of the Sith; and David Acord, whose current work includes The Clone Wars series.

Stunt man Dickey Beer also will appear, along with actors Peter Mayhew (“Chewbacca”), Alan Flyng (an Imperial Officer in Return of the Jedi) and Veronica Segura (“Corde” in Attack of the Clones).

Outside the Star Wars genre, Fan Days welcomes actors Julie Benz (Angel and Dexter) and Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

Attendees also are invited to an after-show party on Saturday night that will include a screening of the new comedy Hughes the Force, a costume contest, and a silent auction benefitting PKDcure.org. Admission to the party is free with show entry badge but limited to the first 1,500 people.

Fan Days tickets are available online through Sept. 15 and at the door. Admission to Fan Days varies depending on level purchased.

VIP passes ($75) give customers admission to the show 30 minutes prior to other ticket holders, first access to the autograph area, and first seating in the Q&A sessions. Passes are good Saturday and Sunday with a limited number available.

Priority passes ($40) also are limited in number, allow customers into autograph areas ahead of general admission, and are good Saturday and Sunday. One-day General admission is $20. Admission for children ages 5-12 is $5 when accompanied by a paid adult; children’s passes are good both days.

Hours for the two-day show are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9. The Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., is at the intersection of SH114 and Northwest Highway in Irving, Texas.

For more information or to order advance tickets, please visit the website at www.fandays.com.

 

Media contact:

For more information, to schedule an interview or to obtain press passes, please contact Kathy A. Goolsby at k_goolsby@tx.rr.com.

Images:

Downloadable images for use in promoting Dallas Comic Con, including images from past C2 Ventures’ events, are available at www.scifiexpo.com/DCC/press-pix.html

 

About C2 Ventures:

C2 Ventures is a partnership of long-time STAR WARS fans Ben Stevens and Philip Wise. Since 2001, C2 Ventures has been the most trusted name in STAR WARS autographs, providing more authentic autographs to fans than any other provider worldwide. We produced the massive autograph program at the official STAR WARS Celebration II in 2002, Celebration III in 2005, Celebration IV in 2007, Celebration Japan in 2008 and Celebration V in 2010.

C2 Ventures continues to work closely with more than 100 celebrities from the STAR WARS Universe, including Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Carrie Fisher, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels and Samuel L. Jackson, to provide or produce special appearances at conventions and retail stores, authentic autograph signings on your product or our licensed photos, special events, exclusives, and more.

 

Philadelphia Comic Con 2011

This past Saturday, June 18, a couple of friends and I decided to check out Wizard World Philadelphia, or Philadelphia Comic Con as it is more commonly known. I am pretty new to the whole convention thing, only having gone to Celebration V and Steel City Con before this. Celebration, as most of you know, is a Star Wars centered con and Steel City Con is a very small convention in Pittsburgh PA. I was excited to attend Philly Comic Con because it would be the first large non Star Wars con I have been to, and I was curious to venture into this larger world.

We arrived at the convention center right as the doors were supposed to open at 10:00 A.M. Right away I realized I had underestimated the popularity of this con. There was a line all the way around the block. It took about an hour waiting in line to finally get into the convention. Judging by the t-shirts and costumes, there were many fellow Star Wars fans in line with us. We even bumped into a General Grievous. Not movie accurate by a longshot, but I applauded the costumer’s efforts.

Peter Mayhew, Daniel Logan and Jake Lloyd

After we got into the convention, we went straight to the first of two Q&A’s featuring Star Wars actors. This one had Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Daniel Logan (young Boba Fett) and Jake Lloyd (young Anakin). Peter Mayhew sort of acted as host, and they all took questions from the audience. Daniel Logan quickly stole the show with his humor and big personality, and Jake seemed happy to allow someone else to take the spotlight.

Daniel had funny stories about playing against Jake in the arcade podracer game, riding in golf carts on set with Ewan Macgregor, and meeting Christopher Lee for the first time.

Jake said he doesn’t regret working on Star Wars.

Both Daniel and Peter talked about how much they loved riding the new Star Tours.

Peter talked about his fond memories of Sir Alec Guinness and Irvin Kershner.

Daniel said he would work on Star Trek if ever asked.

Peter Mayhew – “What do you get if you shave a Wookiee? A Klingon.”

Peter said he was informed over a phone call about the impending death of Chewbacca in the book Vector Prime, and he also received a signed copy of the book from R.A. Salvatore that said “Sorry mate”.

Daniel said he is still working on Clone Wars.

Daniel’s favorite movie is What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

Favorite Star Wars Movie:
Jake – The Return of the Jedi
Daniel – The Phantom Menace
Peter – The Empire Strikes Back

Billy Dee Williams

The other Q&A was with Billy Dee Williams. There was a lot of discussion about some of the other projects that he has worked on, and about his art, but there were plenty of Star Wars related questions as well. As a side note, his art is actually very good. If you have never seen any of it I recommend seeking it out online.

He said he may be working on an upcoming Driving Miss Daisy project.

He spoke of his memories of working with Irvin Kershner.

His middle name is December, “..and I was born in April”

Women used to fall down when they would see him. He was afraid to help them up because if he touched them he thought they might die.

When asked if he would ever do voice work again for a Star Wars project he said, “There is something else that’s being done, but I am not at liberty to talk about it.” Clone Wars maybe??

When told that Lando is now married in the Expanded Universe Billy Dee said, “I gotta get that [book], gotta check it out. What does she look like?”

When asked if he liked the Prequels, “..billions of dollars are made with these things. People seem to really enjoy the adventure.”

Who was the most fun to work with on Star Wars? “Who was that guys sitting next to me? …. Nien Nunb”

Both panels were great fun, and most of the actors seemed to really enjoy themselves.

Convention Floor

The convention floor was packed with vendors selling comics, t-shirts, toys, and almost anything else a collector could want. I was personally able to find a Darth Vader Mighty Mugg to add to my collection and some Legacy comic trades that I had been looking for at a discounted price.

There was also an unbelievable amount of comic book artists at the convention. The only Star Wars artist I recognized was Tom Hodges who is probably best known for his art on the online Clone Wars series at StarWars.com. I picked up one of his sketch books, and he even did a sketch of Luke Skywalker in the back of the book for me while I was standing there. Very nice guy and extremely talented.

I also had a chance to talk to Daniel Logan for a few minutes at his signing table. I don’t collect signatures, but I do like to meet Star Wars celebrities when I get the chance. I had met Daniel in December and was so happy to talk to him again. He really takes time to talk to his fans and is a genuinely nice guy. It is obvious that he appreciates his fans and understands how important they are.

Unfortunately, I was only able to stay at the con for about 6 hours, so I had to rush to get to everything I wanted to do. I was very pleased with the Star Wars presence at the convention with 4 major Star Wars celebrities, a well known Star Wars artist, and all the comics and toys you could want. The convention was great fun, and I definitely will be attending again when it comes back to town. Next time, I will make better plans for dealing with the crowds and who knows, maybe I’ll even put together my own General Grievous costume. Probably not though.

Aaron Goins