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Why You Should Go to Dragon Con in 2016!

As usual, some of the Star Wars Report crew and fellow friends and fans of Star Wars will be attending Dragon Con 2016 this labor day, September 2nd through September 5th! You can purchase your four day pass here!

Dragon Con has been one of my favorite conventions to attend, and is the convention I’ve been to the most by far. So, here are the reasons I’ve attended Dragon Con faithfully since 2011, and why you should go too!

Because you have so much fun with your friends!

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Because you have so much fun with fans!




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Because of the amazing cosplay!

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Because of the wonderful, annual parade!

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Because of the hours upon hours of amazing content across all franchises!





Because the atmosphere is like a giant, happy party with all your geeky friends!




Because the dealer’s hall and artist’s gallery have the biggest variety of geeky items to buy that I’ve seen at any convention I’ve been to!




Because, for Star Wars fans, it’s like coming home to an intimate family setting at the Star Wars track!





Because no matter how many times you attend Dragon Con, there’s something new!


Because the Star Wars authors there are the most accessible that I’ve known them to be at any convention I’ve seen them at!


We still miss you, Aaron, and keep you in our fondest memories.


Because Dragon Con supports amazing charities!


Remember, you can get your passes here, and hopefully I’ll see you all there!

~ Bethany Blanton

Inside Disney’s Star Wars Land with Jedi Mouseketeer – SWR #211

Mark’s back from the trenches of Hoth! Disney’s Star Wars Land details, Blu-Ray Bonus features, and John Williams! All on this week’s episode of the Star Wars Report Podcast!


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2015 YIR: The Uhm… Other Stuff – SWBTF #195

2015 Year In Review! The uhm, other stuff. From The Force Awakens, to Disney Infinity, and BEYOND! All on the next Star Wars Beyond the Films. YOUR Star Wars discussion podcast! YOUR Podcast of Legends! YOUR ticket to that Galaxy far, far away! Your Fandom lies Beyond the Films.

This week true believers, Beyonders, Fanboys, Fangirls, respected aliens around the galaxy, The Champion of the Multiverse; Mark Hurliman, and your Count of Continuities; Nathan P. Butler sit down to discuss their ongoing 2015 Year In Review coverage. So strap in and tighten your crash webbing Fandom, Star Wars Beyond the Films is setting off on another rapid-fire trip into the galaxy far, far away!FB_IMG_1453243435772

This episode your hosts discuss: Continue reading

Analysis of The Force Awakens — Luke Skywalker: The Resolving of Gray


The premise that Luke has vanished is immediately intriguing. Like most people, I assumed when Episode 7 was first announced that Luke would be a central mentor figure from the beginning, having reestablished some form of Jedi Order. His absence raises many questions: Why is he missing? How long has he been gone? What could have driven him into hiding and kept him there all this time?


Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, co-writer Michael Arndt revealed that he originally planned for Rey to meet up with Luke early in the film. However, he found that Luke’s presence immediately took the focus away from Rey.

One early rumor regarding Arndt’s plot was that Han and Leia were being held prisoner by an Imperial remnant. Their two children were then going to search for Luke in order to break them out. If this was indeed the early plot, it seems that it was flipped so that Han became the guide and mentor for the young heroes and finding the location of Luke became their goal. Luke became the drive of the entire plot, rather than a character simply moving through it. While some found the lack of Luke disappointing, I believe it made for a better film, and a greater mystery for the other films to explore. Continue reading

Analysis of The Force Awakens — Maz Kanata: A New Kind of Force User


The Visual Dictionary reveals that Maz was a mentor to Han, likely getting him started as a smuggler. It is, of course, ironic that his mentor was a secret Force user. It makes me wonder if she ever tried to tell Han about the Force and he rejected the idea as nonsense, thinking she was using “simple tricks.”

Maz represents a type of character that I’ve always hoped would be explored in the films. She is an ancient Force user who draws upon the light side, yet is not a Jedi. Originally, Maz was going to show her Force abilities by bringing down a ceiling on troopers invading her castle, a scene that may be included in the deleted scenes of the Blu-ray release. Continue reading