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What are You Most Thankful for in Star Wars?

As Star Wars fans, we’re often thinking of our favorite characters, having discussions about Star Wars with fellow fans and friends, analyzing the latest, comic, book or The Clone Wars episode, and (typically) having a good time doing so. Our normal state of fandom, as with any fandom, I believe, usually remains in this zoomed in state. A state of consumption, reaction, and creative impulse like cosplay, blogging or podcasting, etc. Sometimes we take a look at what began it all for us. A particular friend who pestered us about watching that first Star Wars movie, a book that caught your eye while in Barnes and Noble, or a cool action figure that excited your imagination with thoughts of sword fights and blaster battles. But with the nature of today’s holiday I’ve asked: What are you thankful for in Star Wars?

I’ll paraphrase for the sake of keeping it short, but some responses I’ve seen are:

I’m thankful for the awesome people I’ve met and the friends I’ve made in the fan community.

I’m thankful for the books that opened up a universe for me to explore.

I’m thankful for all these awesome toys I can collect.

I’m thankful for TCW, particularly that I can have a great time watching it with my kids.

I’m thankful for the costuming/cosplaying community (501st, Rebel Legion and others) and all the great charity work they do.

I’m thankful for the movies, they were life-changing for me, and are always awesome to watch.

I’m thankful for GL and his vision. He created a universe quite unlike any other.

I’m thankful for the countless people who’ve added a little bit of themselves to this franchise, the artists, the authors, the fans, the producers, etc.

As I looked back at all of these, it made me ponder a bit. Sometimes I think we forget just how vast and interesting, detailed and fun this Star Wars franchise is. There is something to enjoy for just about any person, and the community created around this franchise provides us all with a place to make friends, learn, kick back, have fun, and love the WARZ!

What are you most thankful for in Star Wars?

~ Bethany Blanton 

ConCarolinas Star Wars Panel 2012

Nathan once again attended ConCarolinas this year, and, as is tradition, he recorded the year’s Star Wars panel for listeners who were unable to attend. On the panel for this year’s discussion are professional costumer Cheralyn Lambeth (also a member of the 501st and Rebel Legion), Kathy Johnson (501st member, wife of 501st founder Albin Johnson, and mother of Katie Johnson, whose story is recounted  on the panel), Tom Hutchens (founder of the Mandalorian Mercs costuming group), and Nathan (whom listeners know by now). We hope you enjoy this on-site recording and brief recounting of the convention.

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Signed Star Wars Clone Armor Helmets to be Auctioned!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FAN DAYS 2011 STAR WARS HELMET EBAY AUCTIONS ANNOUNCED

Los Angeles, CA – November 15, 2011

 

On Black Friday, November 25, 2011 the “Fan Days 2011” autographed Star Wars Clone Helmets will be put up for auction on ebay at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. The auctions will be listed under the seller name JaingSMandoMercsPO and will run for 10 days. All proceeds from the auctions will benefit “Princess Leah” and her family. This is your opportunity to own a rare, unique piece of Star Wars memorabilia.

The Republic Commando and the Animated Clone Trooper helmets were made and donated by Nick Bishop and his Thylacine Squad of the 501st in Tasmania.

Over 45 Star Wars actors, directors, editors, writers, artists and more signed each helmet. To document and authenticate the signatures, a photograph was taken of each person signing. These photos have been made into two photo collage posters and will be a part of the ebay auctions.

Kevin Ward of the Clan Murraan Mandalorian Mercs and his wife, Kelli, created one of a kind stands for each helmet. The base of the stands are engraved with the logos of four costuming groups who have been instrumental in helping raise awareness and donations for Princess Leah. They are: 501st Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, Rebel Legion and The Dark Empire.

A video documenting the signing of the Fan Days 2011 helmets created by Taylor Andriotis, aka LadyVader66, is available for sharing and viewing online via youtube.

Baby Leah Esquenazi and her parents, Zev and Frani, have spent most of the last 8 months in the PICU at UCLA hospital. “Princess Leah” as she has come to be known in the Star Wars community was struck by a mysterious illness that causes uncontrollable movement and breathing problems. She has had multiple surgeries including the removal of cataracts in both eyes and has to spend much of her time on a ventilator. Over 60 doctors, hundreds of tests and $2.5 million later, little Leah continues to struggle for survival.

For auction updates and more information via Facebook please visit:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stephen-Stanton/142208022510169

To view the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFWV_aVNMDU&feature=youtu.be

For more detailed information on Princess Leah and other ways you can help please visit:

http://www.princessleahdiaries.blogspot.com/

 

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