Saturday, July 31, 2010

Trish: Just a little more...

I know it's over, but I just can't stop thinking about all the fun we had at SDCC. I was going through my pix and just had to share a few more Star Wars moments from the Con. I hope that's OK!
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Jess: Celebration Art Show- Ken Phipps



While I am a fan of countless of the Celebration art show prints (there is no way I am going to afford them all) this has to be one of my favorites. The colors are amazing and it's nice to see a C5 print that doesn't have to do with Boba Fett. AND according to theforce.net - this print is limited to 125 and is only $16.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Jess: Star Wars: Celebration V and Us.




Hope you guys have been loving the FANTASTIC coverage we have had from SDCC. I know I have- I feel like I was there.

Now, I believe in the element of pleasant surprises, so I'm not saying anything concrete. But we have some AWESOME things coming at us at Celebration V.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Amy: SDCC Clone Wars Panel

I took a risk attending The Clone Wars panel (called Inside the Force in the program) for the sake of internet journalism.  You see, I have not seen all of season two of the show yet.  I knew there might be spoilers, but as it turns out, I remained spoiler free.  The line for the panel was long even an hour before it started, and I was glad I hadn't waited too long to queue up.  I filed in and got an awesome promo flyer for Celebration V from a Clone Trooper.  Have I mentioned how bummed I am that I'm not going to Orlando?

Anyways.  The panel featured Dave Filoni (supervising director), Joel Aron (CG Supervisor), and Kilian Plunkett (lead designer).  They went over how a script is developed and that Lucas works really closely on The Clone Wars.  Filoni, Lucas, and writers work on every story for the Clone Wars.  He says there are some challenges between being excited about characters like young Boba Fett and the possible headaches of having to figure out continuity issues.  They also discussed how characters are designed.  They used young Boba Fett as an example, showing how they got to his look - right down to what his hair would look like.  And apparently there were a few heated discussions was about the scale of Fett's ship Slave I.  This is why nerds rock.

They talked about how the look of the series has changed greatly from season one to season three.  Adding things like dust particles in the air and various assets (objects) like insects to the set really makes a CG set feel realistic.  Filoni asked to make Hondo's lair look like his office - really messy.  Filoni commented that Aurra Sing's ponytail (by the way, Filoni said, "There seems to be something about Star Wars with really pale skinned bald villains") was tricky because so much stimulation for hair is difficult.  This is why they don't do a ton of it.  He said, "Anakin's hair, he has the best galatic gel in the galaxy.  In season 3, probably not a spoiler, but we actually get the hair moving a little."  They said it won't be crazy Fabio type hair movements, but still - better than nothing.

The biggest challenge for season three was creating realistic CG water.  Dave had always told George, no way, can't do water.  But then they got Joel Aron working on the show.  He worked on The Perfect Storm, and Dave said, "there was a lot of water in that I noticed."  So they decided to take the show to Kamino.  It's hard to make water not look like a fake computer simulation, but if you check out the link for the season three trailer, you'll see they did a pretty kick-butt job.

The panel wrapped up with a trailer for season three of the show, which you can now view here at StarWars.com.  Cad Bane has a lightsaber there for a moment, Ahsoka has strong visions, and the action looks amazing  Not to mention the shots of Kamino... wow.


The Q&A at the end was fun because Filoni was so great with the kids that asked questions.  My favorite bit was when he was asked if he did the voice of Embo.  Filoni said he did come up with the language using French and a children's book about the Smurfs, and he did a test recording.  That recording ended up being used in the final edit.  Filoni didn't figure it mattered since the character was slated to be axed, but nope - Embo ended up being pretty popular with fans and Lucas. 

You also might have heard of the awesome surprise that happened at the panel - Guinness World Records editor Craig Glenday took the stage to present the series with a certificate proclaiming The Clone Wars as the highest rated sci-fi animation currently on television. 

Here's a link to part 1 of video for the panel and the same user has the remaining parts uploaded.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Amy: Star Wars Costumes of Comic-Con

I am almost recovered from my four days at San Diego Comic-Con. Almost.

The con was many levels of Star Wars awesome for me. Soon, I'll have a full recap for you of The Clone Wars panel and also some Q&A with Ashley Eckstein. I talked to her several times, and I bumped into Trish and her son on the first day while talking to her. It's a small world, even with 120,000+ people.

For now, I thought I would share all of the Star Wars costumes I saw while walking about the exhibit hall. I've included my two costumes in here too. Click on the photos to embiggen.

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If you are interested, I'm posting full recaps of each day, with more than just Star Wars, at my blog.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Trish: The Clone Wars magazine coming soon...

We are Star Wars Insider Subscribers, but my kids were very excited to learn that a new Clone Wars Magazine will be available this October. Check it out!

http://www.starwars.com/theclonewars/CloneWarsMagazine/index.html

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Jess: Her Universe Comic Con Panel

ClubJade.Net has video of most of the Her Universe panel. You can check it out here:

http://clubjade.net/?p=22215#more-22215


It's super awesome :D

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Trish: SDCC Day 3 - Final Day for Me...



OH MY GOSH! What a week! Today was my last day, sad to say. Highlight of today: Running into Dave Filoni while he was in disguise (NO HAT!). I happened to be wearing the Plo Koon/Ahsoka shirt that he designed. I got to talk to him for a little bit and he is the coolest guy!

I wasn't able to make it to the "Her Universe" panel this evening, because I had to go to a wedding. But I'm sure we'll be getting a report from fellow bloggers!

Goodbye SDCC 2010! See you next year!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Trish: SDCC Day 2...


FRIDAY STAR WARS DAY!!! Highlight: Hanging out at the "Her Universe" booth with Ashley Eckstein! I wore my Plo Koon and Ahsoka shirt on Thursday and wore my brand new "I Know" shirt today! I also purchased the Ahsoka Chibi shirt for my daughter and Ashley signed it!

Trish: SDCC 2010!!! Day 1 Re-Cap


Thursday July 22, 2010- My son and I descended on the San Diego Convention Center for our favorite Con! I just thought I would share some of the "Star Wars" highlights of our day!
Below-My son trying out the soon-to-be-released "The Clone Wars Adventures". It will be a free online game. Although, you will be able to purchase a membership if you want to trick out your ships, houses, etc.. It was easy for my 11 year old. I was told the target ages are 6-14. Release is set for late Fall.

We stopped by the Official Pix booth and had a nice chat with Catherine Taber (aka Padme). My son was so excited to find out that she also is the voice for Mission Vao, from the Knights of the Old Republic game. (I know my son is dressed like a hobbit-we attended the TORN panel earlier in the day.)

We were able to get into "The Force Unleashed II" live demo. It was EPIC!!!! I don't play the games, but I was blown away by the story and all the new tricks! My son was so excited! He can't wait for the October 26th release date! He also got to meet Haden Blackman at the end of the panel.

Lastly, I got to attend a panel titled, "Geek Girls Exist". I was not in a good spot for pictures, because it was PACKED!!! Bonnie Burton was on the panel and she cracked me up with all of her responses. Fellow blogger Amy was also in attendance. She is a pro and will probably have a full report for us! I'm new at this blogging thing and didn't write anything down. But if you have any questions about any of the things I mentioned from our day, just ask!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Jess: Off Topic- Happy Birthday James Arnold Taylor!



Hey everybody,

While this isn't really news or something that really pertains to fandom, I thought I'd wish James Arnold Taylor a very Happy Birthday today, because he's an amazing voice over artist and a really cool guy. He's been voicing Obi-Wan since 2003, as well as being the voice of Plo Koon in The Clone Wars. He's a super nice guy, and a true asset to fandom. Happy Birthday James!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Jess: Cat Staggs' Her Universe Shirt!!



Her Universe shirt by Cat Staggs

Jess. Is in Love. With This Shirt. No kidding.

Premieres at Comic Con 2010. When it goes up for sale, I am buying this immediately.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Jess; Straight out of Comic Con- Shaak Ti in The Clone Wars



To be shown at Comic Con 2010......Shaak Ti in Season 3 of The Clone Wars.

Anyone else excited!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Jess: The Clone Wars Season 3 spoilers

There are a ton of beautiful spoilers in this video. Personal Favorite? Ahsoka is getting a shoto in Season 3. Like the one Luke Skywalker constructed to fight his ex-girlfriend- Shirra Brie/ Lumiya.

Jess: Daily Image- Carrie Fisher's Shockaholic

For those of you who have picked up Carrie Fisher's "Wishful Drinking" and have read it's awesomeness, you will want to check this out. Carrie Fisher's "Shockaholic" comes out September 21, 2010. Also, if anyone ever gets the opportunity to see the stage version of Wishful Drinking- DO IT. I got to see it on Broadway last October and I loved it. I actually met Carrie after the show and got my playbill signed. Below is the picture of Carrie's Shockaholic and my signed playbill from Wishful Drinking. So today has 2 images :D




Carrie Fisher-Princess Leia

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Jess: Star Wars Subway Car- Improv




This has been making it's rounds. I thought it was really cool and that I'd share it with you.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Jess: Celebration V

The guest list is complete. Mark Hamill is going to be there (Fangirl squee!)

I have a few surprises for us in store at Celebration V, more on it when it's completely confirmed :D

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Jess: Comic Con-SHINING THE SPOTLIGHT ON FEMALE FANS: THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF SCIENCE FICTION THROUGH FEMALE EYES

If anyone is going to this, let us know. We'd love to cover it!



Date:
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Time:
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location:
San Diego Comic Con, Room 24ABC

SHINING THE SPOTLIGHT ON FEMALE FANS:
THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF SCIENCE FICTION THROUGH FEMALE EYES

hosted by Ashley Eckstein


Ashley Eckstein hopes to start a movement within the Sci Fi community to equally acknowledge the female fan base. Her first step will be coordinating and hosting a special panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, July 24th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in Room 24ABC, entitled “Her Universe: Shining the Spotlight on Female Fans – the Past, Present and Future of Science Fiction Through Female Eyes.”

This unique panel brings together some of today’s leading women who are movers and shakers in the various fields of Sci Fi and fantasy. The panel will discuss the influence of women working in the Sci Fi field, what kinds of entertainment female Sci Fi fans want to see more of, how to write fully-realized female Sci Fi characters, what has been missing up to now, and what female fans can do to encourage this growing movement.

Our dynamic group of women will discuss their experiences as well as a Q & A period with audience members. Panelists include:

JANE ESPENSON
(Writer/Producer - Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Angel, Dollhouse/Co-Creator of Syfy’s Warehouse 13)

MELINDA SNODGRASS
(Author- The Edge series, Co-Author - Wild Card series/Story Editor Star Trek: The Next Generation)

ERIKA KENNAIR
(Director of Development - Syfy)

CAT STAGGS
(Artist – Star Wars sketch cards, Marvel card sets, comic cover illustrator)

BONNIE BURTON
(Content Developer Lucas Online, Official SW Blog, Founder of Grrl.com)

KATIE COOK
(Artist – Star Wars, TOPPS sketch cards, comics, webcomic Gronk)
Mary Franklin (Senior Events Lead, Lucasfilm Ltd.).

Amy: Interview with Artist Katie Cook

If you've seen the Daddy's Little Girl t-shirt from Her Universe then you know Katie Cook's art.  Actually, I'm going to guess you've seen a lot of her work around.  She has created around a million Star Wars sketch cards for TOPPS.  She's also done tutorials and images for StarWars.com.  And yes, she draws stuff other than Star Wars too.




How did you start working with LucasFilms?
the first Star Wars thing i ever did were some sketch cards for TOPPS... and my own dinky little fanart pieces, but they got me noticed! i started doing some fun things for starwars.com and things have just taken off from there!

For the Her Universe shirt design, did they contact you with an idea or did you get free reign?
ashley contacted me with an idea for the shirt. she told me "daddy's little girl" with leia and vader and told me to run with it! 

How long have you been a fan of Star Wars and how did it start?
I've been a fan since i was a kid. i was born in 1981, so i didn't see any of the original trilogy in theaters... but we had them on VHS and my older brother watched them (and the original star trek tv show!) non-stop. i grew up in a house that loved sci-fi... star wars was just part of the love! later on, my brother went down the "trekkie" path while i stayed on the star wars path. it makes for enthusiastic debates nowadays.

Any particular scene or moment that you would love to illustrate but just haven't yet?
nah, i tend to draw the scenes that i love as soon as i can! but there are some EU characters i haven't played with much (like mara jade) and some fun creatures. i LOVE the animals of star wars, i'd love to do something with them.

What projects are you currently working on?
for star wars... something i can't talk about yet! but i will be soon.

other than that more comic work for other companies and myself. i have a new webcomic (Gronk webcomic) that i'm really excited about. also, preparing for the convention season! also also... i'm pregnant and going to have a baby in december, so i think that's considered a "project"...
 

I think that definitely counts as a project.  Probably the biggest one ever.  Thanks Katie for taking the time to answer questions!
 
You can visit Katie and see her art in person at San Diego Comic-Con.  She'll be in Artists' Alley at table GG-02.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Amy: Star Wars & Girls at San Diego Comic-Con

Though the official schedule for Saturday and Sunday aren't up on over at Comic-Con's site yet, it looks like there are a couple more fun panels for Star Wars fans to attend those days.  Especially for those of us eager to hear even more about Her Universe.  I grabbed this info from StarWars.com:

Saturday - 6:30 - 7:30 PM: Her Universe Panel
Her Universe will have a booth at one of the largest media conventions in the world! They will be located in Lucasfilm's special Star Wars Pavilion. Stop by and say "hello" to Ashley Eckstein and check out the premiere of the new Her Universe apparel line. Also stay tuned for news on our special Her Universe panel! Room 24 ABC

Sunday - 11:00 AM -12:00 PM: How to Draw Star Wars for Kids
Lucasfilm's Bonnie Burton (You Can Draw: Star Wars) and artist Katie Cook (The Clone Wars web comic) help kids draw fun Star Wars characters. Room 30CDF

Trish: Comic-Con Intl. Friday (Star Wars Day) Programming is announced..


Friday's schedule is up! Here is a link to all Star Wars related events for Thursday and Friday! I'm very interested in the "Girls Gone Genre" at 5PM! (If my kids will let me drop them in the child care!)
http://comic-con.org/cci/cci_search_results.php?strShow=27&txtSearch=Star%20Wars
And here is the updated Official Pix Link to see who will be there for autographs:
http://www.scifiexpo.com/DCC/sdcc10.html

Jess: Daily Image- Ben Curtis Jones' Celebration V Print

Hey everybody,

Just a small note, the daily image may be a little... sporadic... I'm really busy and I try to pick interesting things you may have not seen before. We all have seen studio shots of Luminara, Shaak Ti, or Leia in her Hoth gear. I want this to be something that surprises you and interests you.

Today's Daily Image is of Ben Curtis Jones' Celebration V art print. It's called "Betrayal" and is limited to, I think, 250 pieces. While some cringe away from Anakin/Padme, I happen to love their tragic story. I think this beautiful artwork represents their tragedy without being all in your face with "I wish, I could just wish my feelings away" and "hold me like you did by the lakes of Naboo". And the colors are SICK.



For more of Ben Curtis Jones' art, check out his website here: www.bencurtisjones.com

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Julia: Star Wars Speed Dating?

So now it begins, the ridiculing of Star Wars fans to the point that they have announced speed dating at Celebration V in Orlando. And it's going to be televised no less! I'm not sure who came up with this idea but it's a stupid one in my opinion. Yes, conventions have a long history of shenanigans that take place AFTER HOURS when the con is closed but during the con? Standing in line for hours IS speed dating! You meet so many people that you don't need an arranged event. And with men far out numbering women, it's totally easy for a girl to get a date if she wants one. Some girls may disagree with me but if they can't get a date at a con, there is something seriously wrong!

Is Reed trying to attract women with this idea? Who knows. I would rather they take the time and space allocated to having a female-based collecting panel or exhibit of costumes worn by the heroines of the movies. I am sure there are better things that could be done. I would even go as far to say that I would attend a cooking seminar based on the Star Wars cookbook (Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes if you are interested) over speed dating and I think that is a whack idea too!

We are female FANS of the movie and genre, not halfwits looking for something to do during the con. I'll be there - in the dealers room, in the collector panels, in the exhibits but most certainly not in speed dating! I hope to see you there with me!

Trish: Disneyland's Final Tour of Endor...


For those who are unable to attend CV and live on the West Coast, D23, Disney's Official Fan Club, is having it's own "Last Tour to Endor...". You must be a current D23 member, and the tickets are limited to 160. But, if you can get a ticket, (like I'm hoping to do), they become available Wed. July 14th at 10 AM at the D23 website.
http://d23.disney.go.com/expo/072610_EE_StarTours.html

Jess: Star Wars Speed Dating at C5




So, the news broke on last night's Force-Cast (the best Star Wars podcast in the galaxy) that there will be Star Wars "Speed Dating" at Celebration V. And I felt I needed to talk about it.

So, I'm a single Star Wars lady. This should be right up my ally right?

No. Completely, utterly wrong.

First off, the idea of this just plays into the stereotype that Star Wars fans have no life and need help getting dates. That's wrong. I have no problem getting a date. Even if it has cute and honest intentions, it stills gives off this vibe of almost like a mating cattle call..."Find your Star Wars mate here!"....Just no.

and...there will definitely be a ratio issue. I don't have the details on how it's going to work, but if theres 10 girls for every 50 guys, something isn't going to work. It could potentially turn in to the Star Wars version of "The Bachelorette" and it will just be awkward having to shoot down 4 guys.

Look, I want to meet people at C5. Would I go on a date with someone I met at Celebration? Yes. But gentlemen, do it the right way. Want to land a date at C5? Don't go to this. Plant yourself next to a girl in line for something, start up a conversation, sit next to her at the panel, ask her if she'd like to go check out the exhibits with you, and by the end of the night, you may have gotten yourself a legitimate date. Not something creepy and forced like "Star Wars Speed Dating" .....

However, I wanted to acknowledge that I think that the people behind C5 are trying to give us female fans more. Between the Fashion show, The Commitment Chapel (which I happen to think is cute) and this, it's like they are trying to give us something, which I appreciate. But why not instead of this, you give us a panel or meeting spot for female fans? I can always use more SW BFFLs :D All kidding aside, I love the progress, but us lady Star Wars fans should not be stereotyped as wanting/needing a Star Wars date. We get along just fine without them.

Dear Steve Stansweet- axe this disaster of an idea. If you want to give to the female fandom, give us something so we as women can connect, not force us into awkward situations

Trish: Comic-Con Intl. Thursday Programming is announced..


Check out the panel: "Geek Girls Exist-Really?" at 5:30 in Room 8. Or for more info., check out the following link:
http://www.comic-con.org/cci/cci10_prog_thu.php

Monday, July 5, 2010

Mary: Princess Leia


I know it might seem typical. But honestly, Princess Leia is my favorite character in the Star Wars universe. Watching the movies as a little girl, Princess Leia is what made me coming back.

She was not the Princess that sat around and waited to be rescued, but she was the Princess who took control, kicked butt, and said what ever was on her mind. She was confident, and beautiful. And I loved her for it.

When I was younger, I would make my mom put my hair into her trademark buns. and I would try and boss around the other schoolyard boys into doing what I wanted. Which was of course, play Star Wars in the park.

Princess Leia taught me to be yourself, believe in yourself, and stand up for what you believe is right. All while having great hair!

Jess: Daily Image and Some News

Hey everyone,

I had a lot come up at one time, so if you didn't notice there hasn't been daily images in a few days. Sorry about that. AND my own Favorite Character blog isn't up.......Sorry guys :D I am so glad to see that the blog went on without me though- You guys make me so proud :P

Today's Daily Image is of the Rebel Alliance symbol Necklace that Her Universe will be selling.



Pretty Cute!

and...my Her Universe tee came. I got the Luke Grey shirt. I'll have to post some pictures of me in it :D

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Trish: May the (July) 4th be with you...

My son made this in honor of The Fourth of July. I thought it was quite clever!

Titled: "May the 4th be with you"
George Washington: "Barrack-I am your founding father."
Obama: "No!"

Happy 4th of July! Enjoy!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Amy: Aayla Secura


Though I loved many characters from the films, it wasn't until the Expanded Universe that I met my favorite character. Aayla Secura - strong, intelligent, and a kick-butt fighter. The Twi'lek only narrowly escaped the fate of being a slave on her home planet. She was discovered by Padawan Quinlan Vos while he was on a mission to Ryloth. He sensed her Force sensitivity and got his Master's permission to take her to the academy for testing. She passed the tests on Coruscant and eventually trained under Quinlan Vos and Master Tholme.


Besides being a General in the Clone Wars and reaching the level of Jedi Master, she went though a lot. She survived being kidnapped by an uncle and being dosed with a drug that made her lose her memories. During this time, she was lured by the dark side of the Force. After her memories returned, she had to re-train in the Jedi Temple.



She played a key role in many battles of the Clone Wars. She was a skilled tactitian, and the Clone Troopers respected her for this. But she still managed to be slightly impulsive and mischievous in nature. This combination of traits, plus the fact that she wasn't afraid to use her attractiveness to her benefit sometimes, makes me respect and adore her. If you only know Aayla Secura from the brief appearance in the movies or the Clone Wars TV series, I highly recommend picking up the trade Rite of Passage.

If I were a Padawan, I would want to learn from her.