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Star Wars Reads Day: The Empire Invades!

Greetings Bothans! What follows is a post about some adventures had at this past weekend’s Star Wars Reads Day! Many of you will already be familiar with Paul DePaola who writes for a number of Star Wars fan sites and is also a podcaster, but be sure to check out his geek site Fanboys Talking! With that, I’ll let Paul take it away! ~ Bethany Blanton

The third annual Star Wars Reads event was held on Saturday, October 12th.  Troopers from all over the Empire showed up at their local book stores and libraries to celebrate literacy and reading.  I attended the event as a member of the 501st Legion, “trooping” my local Barnes & Noble as a Sandtrooper.

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Dragon Con 2014: Highlights from the Parade

Dragon Con’s annual parade was bigger than ever this year! Costumers from around the southeast gathered to parade along in the sweaty heat of downtown ATL this past labor day weekend.

The following are some picture highlights from this year’s parade:

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Dragon Con 2014 Saturday

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Our second day at Dragon Con began with us sleeping in a bit after a late night. The first thing Riley and Bethany did was to go see the famous Dragon Con parade! With hundreds of cosplayers from a wide variety of genres, franchises, and a mix of both, the parade was definitely a must see for anyone interested in seeing costumes or cosplaying. There was a big Star Wars presence in the parade from the 501st Legion, the Rebel Legion, and the Mandalorian Mercs. There were also a number of Battlestar Galactica costumes, Final Fantasy, Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings, Anime, and various other video game, TV show, and movie characters.

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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

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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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