Saturday, July 23, 2011

Trish: DAY 1 (Thursday)

This was the longest day I have ever spent in my 8 years of attending Comic-Con Intl.  I spent the majority of the day in panels and did not set one foot in the exhibit hall.  My morning was filled with non-Star Wars panels, but I made sure to fill the afternoon with as much of the force as I could!
My son and I were ecstatic when we were able to make it to The Old Republic (MMO RPG) panel.  We were able to see a new trailer for the game and view the Sith prologue.  We learned that there will be 8 classes of characters to choose from.  There is a unique story for each class.  You will be able to switch classes and they have made sure that there will be no duplicate missions.  The game follows a "story & choice" format and this is BioWare's first "Full Voiceover MMO".  Voice talents such as, David Hayter, Catherine Taber and Holly Fields are featured in the game.  Pre-Orders began on Thursday on and at the end of the panel, all in attendance received a pre-order code! Woo Hoo! They finally gave us a release date (kind of)-Holiday 2011.

Next up was Star Wars The Clone Wars Season 4 Panel.  I had goose bumps pretty much the entire time!  Season 4 has been given the title- "Battle Lines".  Which, according to Dave Filoni, means "lots of Boom!".  We got to see some clips from the new season.  From the trailer, we got to see Mon Calamari and "Captain" Ackbar in action.  "Death Watch" is back and with a female captain, voiced by BSG's Katee Sackhoff.  Jon Favreau will also be returning to do the voice of Pre Vizsla. Dave also let us know that Lux, Cad Bane and Bossk will also be returning.

Towards the end of the panel, some Night Sisters joined Dave on the stage.  He shared that they were one of his favorite things in Season 3.  As a special treat for the attendees, we got to see an unfinished scene, featuring the Night Sisters, from Season 4 that even George Lucas himself has not seen yet!  Lucky us!

That was pretty much it for my Star Wars panels.  I did try to make it to the "Her Universe" panel, but couldn't due to my son and I being able to make it to an advance screening for "Captain America".  It's so hard to keep my priorities in check.  But I did receive this email from "Her Universe" and you can check out what they've been up to, so far.  I will do my best to get more info. for you over the course of the weekend.


With superheroes ruling the box office and latter-day pulp heroes dominating the dial, “geek chic” is all over pop culture - but despite our cultural embrace of all this "genre" goodness, geek girls are still struggling to be heard amidst the squeaky wheels of male fandom. Noticing a distinct lack of representation for the growing numbers of female fans, actress Ashley Eckstein (the voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star WarsTM: The Clone Wars) is leading the charge and taking up the cause - creating a voice for girls no longer willing to be relegated to the sidelines of popular entertainment. A year ago, she launched HER UNIVERSETM, a female genre line featuring fashionable apparel and accessories for fangirls from the beloved Star Wars franchise. These unique female-focused products are offered through her website, or at select Sci-Fi conventions around the country.
Eckstein is quickly proving that there's more than enough room in the science fiction universe for everyone. As further evidence of that, her company, HER UNIVERSE, is premiering its all-new Syfy branded line of fangirl apparel and accessories for Battlestar GalacticaWarehouse 13 and “Syfy’s Original Movies” at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con (July 20th-24th). Included in the launch are shirts, a sweatshirt and jewelry “designed in part by women for women,” which will also be available online.
“I am so excited to be partnering with Syfy as they are a television destination for millions of fangirls,” said Ashley Eckstein. “As women, we are passionate about our favorite shows and characters and we want to show off that passion by the items we wear. Now, just like Star Wars, all of the female Syfy fans will have some feminine and fashionable pieces made just for them.”
In addition to the premiere of HER UNIVERSE’S “Syfy Gear” line, Eckstein will be offering new releases in her burgeoning Star Wars collection which includes female-focused shirts, hoodies, undergarments, hats, earrings, bracelets and more. Because of demand, Eckstein is now offering two popular Star Wars designs in children’s sizes for younger fangirls too!
San Diego Comic-Con fans are always looking for those elusive exclusives each year and HER UNIVERSE will not disappoint. Available in a limited number for purchase at this year’s convention will be an exclusive Battlestar Galactica “Toaster” necklace and a Star Wars charm which can be added to the Star Wars charm bracelet – also making its debut at San Diego.
Eckstein’s new endeavor, however, is not just about selling merchandise. She has begun setting down the roots of a movement within the Sci-Fi community to equally acknowledge the female fan base and connect fangirls to one another. For the second year-in-a-row, HER UNIVERSE will be sponsoring a special panel at Comic-Con featuring a group of distinguished panelists from film, television, comics and publishing. This year’s topic, “What Women Want in Their Sci-Fi Heroes,” is hosted by Eckstein and is scheduled for Thursday, July 21st from 6pm to 7pm in room 25ABC.
The current line of HER UNIVERSE Star Wars apparel and accessories can be found at The new HER UNIVERSE Syfy branded apparel debuts at San Diego Comic Con and online simultaneously. If you would like more information on HER UNIVERSE or to schedule an interview with Ashley Eckstein, please contact Dan Madsen at or at 646-922-0663.


Also, CHECK OUT THIS ARTICLE FROM MTVGEEK about the panel I missed!  Full Coverage Stuff!


  1. Yay!!! Cad Bane will be back!!

    Did you see the Her Universe fashion show? I watched it on Youtube. I was very disappointed how the models were dressed. Every single one was wearing skimpy underwear with no pants!!

  2. I did see the show, on YouTube, as well. I had my son with me and was glad I missed it at the con. I'm not sure I liked the skimpy underwear either. My daughter is a huge fan and loves the clothing line. I know she would have been shocked and dismayed, if she had seen the show. I'd love to see some REAL fan girls in some cute REAL clothes model the shirts.