Episode 75: Author Jeffrey Brown and the Age Of Ultron



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In this jam-packed episode, Jeffrey Brown, author of the wildly successful Darth Vader and Son series of books, joins us to discuss his NEW book, Darth Vader and Friends! We delve into his artistic process and it is fascinating.

We got tons of interviews from the Autograph Hall at Star Wars Celebration which we will play throughout the next month. This week it’s RETURN OF THE JEDI creature shop technician KIRK THATCHER, and hang-gliding Ewok FELIX SILLA.

Also on this episode:

  • AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON – our first thoughts.
  • Ask Tink with MARGARET KERRY is back! Advice doled out in the cutest voice ever? Yes, please!
  • Skywalking Through Star Wars Celebration – #TeamHoojib Bryn MacKinnon’s review and revelations.
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Episode 41: Geeks vs. Fans



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GEEKS vs. FANS

Hey Hey Skywalkers!
On this week’s episode we tell you about our limited experience at San Diego Comic Con. We were only there one day but we met Dave Filoni, Sam Witwer and Ashley Eckstein. We also learned of another Star Wars: Rebels secret (SPOLIER ALERT), it’s going to feature the first Kenner toy based on a vehicle not seen in the movies!

Don’t worry, we were thinking about you the whole time. We collected as many swag items as we could for our SDCC SWAG BAG GIVEAWAY. You can enter here: http://bit.ly/STNwin

Are you a GEEK or or you a FAN? If you don’t know the difference listen to our discussion on this week’s Tiki Cantina. We are joined by Scott Murray of the Assembly Of Geeks podcast and Mark Oguschewitz who is the creative director here at Skywalking Through Neverland. When does one become the other and what is the point of no return?

There are still many people who have not heard that touching story by Kevin Smith about he visited the set of Episode 7. We’re going to play that audio in today’s show as well as include the “PS” that he shared at Comic Con.

We also have part 2 of Jim Pruy’s segment “Not Gonna Have It” where Jim goes off on the STAR TEAM line of toys from the 1970’s. These were the Ideal line of Star Wars knock-offs that included characters such as Knight of Darkness and ZEM-21. But which really came first Star Wars or STAR TEAM…..

and as always MUCH MUCH MORE! Neverland on Alderaan!

Podcast Guests

Scott Murray – Creator and Host of Assembly Of Geeks

Mark Oguschewitz – STN Creative Consultant

Jim Pruy – STN East Coast Correspondent

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Our SDCC Blog with lots of PICS and our story!

Thank you Rob Dehlinger for some awesome musical compositions sprinkled throughout this Episode. Check him out on his website.

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San Diego Comic Con, Here We Come…

by Richard and Sarah Woloski

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“Should we?”

“Shouldn’t we?”

After much debate about whether or not to go to Comic Con this year, we let all the tweets and FaceBook posts get the better of us. Plus now that we have SKYWALKING THROUGH NEVERLAND we figured it would be in our best interest to go. So we packed up the RAV 4 and drove 2 hours south to San Diego. We only had Friday afternoon and evening to spend at SDCC, but we wanted to make the most of it.

Finding a parking spot near the convention center is like finding a vintage rocket-firing Boba Fett for under $20. Not going to happen. So we parked a few trolley stops away and followed the Klingons, zombies and Stormtroopers to SDCC.

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This was exciting since we hadn’t been in 4 years in protest to the large crowds which consists of many who don’t even know that there is a difference between Marvel and DC. These Johnny-come-lately’s just want to see the celebrities and take part in this global event. (If you’re one of the many attendees who have noticed that your favorite vendor is no longer there that’s because there are many who are pulling out since their sales have plummeted. There have always been the must-visit tables where I would drop some petty cash, however they’ve stopped coming since it ended up costing them money in the end. so many inner struggles.) Damn you social media for pulling us back in! (We secretly love you, don’t leave us.)

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“EXCLUSIVES WHERE ARE YOU?” If nothing else I’m a sucker for convention exclusives. I had already ordered my Gentle Giant Jumbo AT-AT Driver so I didn’t have to worry about that one. Check. Time was ticking since we got there mid-afternoon so Sarah and I visited the Star Wars/Her Universe pavilion then decide to divide and conquer looking for items you couldn’t get anywhere else. Except eBay and Craig’s List for 2 to 3 times what the buyer got it for. Alas, many exclusives I was looking for had already sold out that day.

I met up with Sarah again and we stalked… oops, I mean we waited to talk with Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano of The Clone Wars). We’ve met her at several different occasions so we had facial recognition. She recognized Sarah right away since she does so much re-tweeting and posting about Her Universe and their Fangirl Of The Day. Also she knew her from Sarah’s alter ego, JediTink.

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Not wanting to leave our Skywalkers out, we collected lots of swag for an upcoming give-away. I know someone out there will be eager to get a box full of comics, posters, Star Wars Rebels pins, rubber eyeballs (???), and mardi gras beads (again ???).

We met up with friends such as Obi-Shawn, Chris Alexander (Star Wars Origami author), Angi Viper (cosplayer extraordinaire) and new besties Dave Filoni (Clone Wars and Rebels executive producer) and Sam Witwer (Darth Maul on The Clone Wars). Even though I was carrying a Boba Fett backpack full of out podcasting equipment, Sarah beat me to the punch and whipped out her iPhone and got sound bytes from Dave and Sam (that’s what we get to call them now. Seriously. Just don’t ask them about it. Seriously).

Dave Filoni SDCC

Sam Witwer SDCC

We did pick up a few small things such as the Tusken Raider and Bantha Itty-Bitty from Hallmark and, in a lack of foresight I picked up the 2′ Boba Fett candy bowl holder. For $30 I would have kicked myself if I did not get it. However, I forgot that we were planning on party-hopping in the Gaslamp Quarter right afterwards.

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The Boba Fett candy bowl holder comes in a very large cumbersome box which was very hard to hold without bumping into every passing Tardis, video game character and scantily-clad superhero variant.  Always seeing the silver lining, Boba became a great conversation piece. “Where did you get that?” was how we met many new friends.

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It was nearly midnight when we realize we were running on fumes and we both had work the next day. We followed con attendees who all had those giant bags, you know the ones where you could fit 2 Ewoks, a Hulk, the boulder that chased Indiana Jones and a goldfish, back to the trolley.

Sarah offered to drive home. I got in the car and the next thing I knew we were pulling into our driveway an hour and a half later.

We had a great time even though we were just there one day. But with social media and Amazon you don’t have to actually be there to get the minute-by-minute news and to pick up the con exclusives.

If anything SDCC got me into a con mood again. Next up – Long Beach Comic Con (yay! Just 13 minutes away), Stan Lee’s Comikaze then…then a little con called Star Wars Celebration Anaheim! Hope to see you there.

 

 

BLOG: Me and Mark Hamill

In 1994, Mark Hamill was starting to appear as a special guest at sci-fi conventions. One of his very first stops was in Anaheim, CA. Eureka! At the time I was living in the San Fernando Valley which was just a 45-minute drive. I never thought the day would come where I would get to meet Mark Hamill. But now, that day was here.

I got to the con bright and early and sat in the hall where Mark was going to do a panel later that day. I sat through a Dr. Who sound-alike-contest, a few Bugs Bunny cartoons  and a panel with the blonde guy from the Planet Of The Apes TV series. I loved the Apes series but I wished the blonde guy was a little bit more sober so I could understand what he was saying.

The hall soon started to fill up with hundreds of eager fans all waiting to get their first glimpse of Mark ‘Luke Skywalker’ Hamill. It soon became a packed house. I was ready with my very large portable video camera to catch this historic event. Bill Mumy, Will Robinson from the TV series Lost In Space introduced the “special guest” and the place went nuts! I went nuts! Mark Hamill stepped out on stage. There he is! I was so glad I was recording this.

“Sir, there is to be no videotaping at this event.” I was told by the convention security.

“Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!” I screamed in my head. I was not going to let this volunteer security guard thwart such a rare opportunity. I thought as quickly as I could and told him that I had called ahead and got clearance for this. He saw right through this lie, so not wanting to miss another second of the panel already in progress I laid the camera on my lap as if I was stopping. I never stopped recording but “cleverly” covered the red tally light with my hand. I may not get the nicely composed shot that I wanted, but still, I was getting it. In your face volunteer security guard!

Mark spent most of the panel telling us what a TV junkie he is and that he videotapes numerous shows with numerous VCR’s in numerous rooms of his house. And when he runs out of VCR’s, and rooms, he would have to call Billy Mumy to record a show or two. This anecdote was Mark’s way of answering the question, “how have you been?” I found it hilarious that he answers a question with a long twisting back-story that may have many side stories before he gets to the actual question.

After his panel where he told stories and answered hypothetical questions about the next proposed Star Wars trilogy, Mark was escorted to the convention floor where he was going to sign autographs. A snake-like line quickly formed that covered an entire section of the convention floor. As anxious as I was to meet Mark Hamill, I would wait until the line simmered down in a few hours, then jump in to get my autograph, handshake and maybe even share a few stories. This was a brilliant plan!

I walked the floor looking for any new collectibles. Star Wars fandom was now slowly waking back up from a long slumber and every so often new items would pop up. I picked up a couple of Bend-Ems and after about an hour I headed for the line that was still hundreds of fans thick. I stepped behind an official looking woman ready to wait out the next few hours.

“Sorry sir, the line has been capped,” the official looking woman said. UGhhhh! Why are these people trying to ruin my Mark Hamill experience? Suddenly everything went dark. Sounds around me were slurring and I was hearing them in slow-motion. That’s not true, that’s impossible! Did I really just blow my chance at meeting my childhood/adult idol? Apparently so! I must’ve looked like I was about to burst into tears or maybe I blacked out. Whatever happened it got me in line!!!!

I was so grateful to this convention stafffer who let me in line that I called her up at the convention headquarters that following Monday to thank her once again. She was extremely touched to know that she helped achieve a life-long dream. I like to let people know when their kindness and generosity makes a difference.

About an hour into the waiting process word had gotten out that Mark’s time was almost up. Anxiety was setting in. How could he leave with over a hundred die-hard fans still waiting to meet him? Another half hour went by. Followed by another half hour. And another. And another. Clearly Mark was staying until he met every last waiting fan. And that fan was me!

He knew it was me who was last in line because every once in a while he would look up to see how far back the line still was. He made direct eye contact with me every time he looked up. I now meant something to him. He knew that after he met me he could finally go home, go to the bathroom, see his wife and kids or whatever it was he wanted to do. I now played an important role in Mark Hamill’s life!

Over the next hour I started chatting with the guy in front of me. His name was Josh Miller. I remember his name because we are still good friends to this day. He was even a Stormtrooper at my wedding.

After about an hour a staffer told us to please have our stuff ready for Mr. Hamill to sign. I have to get my head together. What was I going to say to him? What fun facts can I pull out? I’ve waited to long, I cannot blow this.

Looks like I still have time to think this through. As close as I was it was still taking some time. I must say Mark Hamill really loves talking to his fans. He took his time with each person as if they were the only person in line. He listened to what they had to say and made each fan feel special. When the number of us were small enough we all gathered around in front of him for more of a personal discussion. It was like we were old friends from Tosche Station enjoying a glass of blue milk only without the glass of blue milk. An actual conversation with Mark ‘Luke Skywalker’ Hamill! I stood there rapt with attention, hanging on his every word.

I tried to think of something worthwhile to say or something that he hadn’t been asked a thousand times that day. Nothing was coming. I searched my mental rolodex for that obscure fact. Someone else jumped in and asked if he would be playing Anakin Skywalker in the prequels. A prequel question, that’s good.

“It might be gimmicky. Do you think people would like that or would it be confusing?” he asked us.

I immediately jumped in by also agreeing that it would be too gimmicky. He looked up at me and agreed. He just made direct eye contact. He knows my face. My mind raced for something else to bring up. Then my mind processed what had just happened. Did I just give Mark Hamill career advice? Did I just talk him out of playing Anakin Skywalker? Could Mark Hamill really be convincing as a 9 year old Anakin?

It wasn’t long before he signed his last autograph and was saying goodbye. Not so fast. A new line formed to take pictures. This guy’s a trooper. He took pictures with everyone that wanted one. I wanted a picture but didn’t have a still camera.

The line was dwindling, time was short. A guy leaving saw the panic look on my face and offered to take a picture of me. I thanked him profusely and offered a copy of my videotape of the panel and personal chat session in exchange.

Just as Mark was saying his final goodbye, I asked if he would take just one more picture. He threw his arm around me and pressed his head against mine. We were now besties (just let me have it, ok?)

GUEST BLOG: Dallas Comic-Con 2014 by @DarthTaxus

@DarthTaxus: Greetings Taxolytes!  It’s your Dark Lord of Tax, Darth Taxus, the Lord of the Schtick giving a full report on my visit to the Dallas Comic Con!  I’d like to first thank Sarah, Richard and the rest at Skywalking Through Neverland for granting me the opportunity to do this!


The excitement and anticipation had been building in us for months, but finally, DALLAS COMIC CON had come!  The Family Taxus was especially excited for the 2014 event because it was the perfect storm of prime choice cuts to feed our nerd hunger! Guests that piqued our interest included Manu Bennet, currently Deathstroke of the TV show ARROW, the entire FIREFLY cast, Jeremy Shada of ADVENTURE TIME and, as discovered with squeals of glee destroying the upper-limits of my hearing range by my girls, Todd Haberkorn of FAIRY TAIL.  I was really excited to learn that my saber manufacturer, Ultrasabers, would also be in attendance.  We are slowly hunting down the entire FIREFLY cast, so this was an amazing opportunity, if not just a couple.  But the end-all was that Stan “The Man” Lee was going to attend.  Given how woven he is into our culture, having a photo-op with him was a no-brainer!  And so with highlighters a plenty, we planned out our attack for the Saturday session & were ready to go!

Sabers? Check. Burritos? Check. Hit it.

Sabers? Check. Burritos? Check. Hit it.

Due to overwhelming popularity, this was the first time the event was held at the Dallas Convention Center; and I have to say that it was a much needed move!  Last year the only thing that helped us navigate the swell of humanity was a well-placed lightsaber leading the way.  Because of this, we hit the road early to make sure we were in good position for the 10:00 AM open!  So with our fully-charged sabers, bags to collect our swag and local made breakfast burritos in hand, we hit the road!  The parking was more than adequate, and we had a relatively nice position in the line.  I didn’t mind waiting as it gave me opportunities to take some pictures of the cosplayers also in line.  When we started moving, it took us no time at all to reach the event entrance!  Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that I had to trade in my pre-paid tickets for an armband in a room near the back of the line.  One mad-dash that felt like an eternity later, we were in!

I feel as if this sign is trying to tell us something.

I feel as if this sign is trying to tell us something.

From left to right: Ted Goodrich as Han Solo. Charles Pointer as Emmet.

From left to right: Ted Goodrich as Han Solo. Charles Pointer as Emmet.

From left to right: A helpful DCC staff person, Mason Stewart. Here there be walkers with Drew as an AT-ST. Jedi Knight Drew.

From left to right: A helpful DCC staff person, Mason Stewart. Here there be walkers with Drew as an AT-ST. Jedi Knight Drew.

If you’ve never had the rush of emotions that almost lead to a systemic shutdown, then there isn’t a good way for me to convey to you the overwhelming sensory input that almost placed me into a catatonic state.  It’s a cacophony that ebbs & flows until it blends into a rhythmic pulse that beckons you into its hive-mind.  Hive-mind of awesomeness!  The event entrance opened into the vendor main hall.  Rather than revert to an infantile fetal position and just rock back and forth, or fall into shock, I decided action was needed.  The kids know how to move with their old man through these things, so with precision and timing that rivals that of special-forces or ninjas, we started our attack.

To arms!  Not since the Black Friday of 2009 have we witnessed such action!

To arms! Not since the Black Friday of 2009 have we witnessed such action!

If you’re like me, you’re a nice combination of tactile and impulse buying tendencies.  This is not a quality character trait for restraint at a convention!  In a wonderful example of parenthood, I bought a Star Wars shirt just after telling the girls they need to look around at everything first and then decide what they want to buy.  The “do as I say and not as I do” law was immediately violated again as the rainbow gates of the Ultrasabers booth came into view.  Ultrasabers is a recently new resident of Texas, and I had to welcome owner Emory Harris and his fine staff here by beating them down with fan-boy (saber and business related) questions.  Given that my apprentice, Darth Lupus, needed to have a saber to defend herself against her Jedi older sister, Knight Kylaella, I had no choice but to buy another saber knowing I’d suffer the wrath of the Lady Taxus later.  It was wonderful to see so many people purchasing sabers!  I finally determined where we needed to go to procure our photo-op passes, so with one Bellicose Hilt in Arctic Blue with Flash on Clash Silver made onsite by Ultrasabers, we set off in pursuit of our prey!

Madre del Dios!  It’s like Bifröst has opened before us… But made of sabers!

Madre del Dios! It’s like Bifröst has opened before us… But made of sabers!

Why not red?  She says she’s not a totally bad Sith.  Recall she IS only an apprentice.

Why not red? She says she’s not a totally bad Sith. Recall she IS only an apprentice.

Well, there goes the neighborhood!  Can’t wait for the next HOA meeting.

Well, there goes the neighborhood! Can’t wait for the next HOA meeting.

The photo-op booth was at the far end of the hall for autographs and we made our way to get the Stan Lee passes.  Along the way, we were distracted by the autograph sessions for Jeremy Shada and Todd Haberkorn, since the lines were pretty short at this time (they quickly grew). So the girls split up and both got to meet a couple of heroes of theirs.  I ended up in the Jeremy Shada line with my oldest; where I asked him a quick question about new INCREDIBLE CREW episodes.  I might be wrong, but I got a bad feeling like there’s nothing coming up any time soon for that show, which is a shame since all the kids on it are extremely talented.

Jeremy Shada, what a nice young man.

Jeremy Shada, what a nice young man.

Grrr, hands off Jeremy Shadaaaaaaaaa!

Grrr, hands off Jeremy Shadaaaaaaaaa!

D. Lupus gets her shot with a native of Arlington, TX, Todd Haberkorn

D. Lupus gets her shot with a native of Arlington, TX, Todd Haberkorn

Since my youngest was still in line for Todd, I decided to sneak attack in to buy the pictures.  “Oh boy!  Stan Lee!  A chance in a life… huh?  Saturday, SOLD OUT.”  To quote Vader: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Stan Lee OH NOES

After regaining my composure and suppressing the immediate need to Hulk out, I decided Nathan Fillion would be a fine… what?  Saturday, SOLD OUT!

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OK, what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.  I scanned the list and found Manu Bennett still available.  Yes!

A little note about conventions, you have to play the waiting game.  You play it a lot.  It is not for those who lack patience.  So to pass the time, there are plenty of people there all willing and able to talk about common interests.  There are many cosplayers who love to talk about their costumes too!  And to pass the time, you can play a live version of Where’s Waldo?

Jason Jones as his own best friend, Barf!

Jason Jones as his own best friend, Barf!

Dan Madsen & Monica Shamburger both strike poses as Batman & The Riddler

Dan Madsen & Monica Shamburger both strike poses as Batman & The Riddler

They haven’t changed a bit since colleh-heh-heh… Well maybe Spaceghost! Thanks to Andy & Jennifer Meadows.

They haven’t changed a bit since colleh-heh-heh… Well maybe Spaceghost! Thanks to Andy & Jennifer Meadows.

James Jordan as Cobra Commander Resolute.

James Jordan as Cobra Commander Resolute.

***SPOILER ALERT*** That’s DIRECTOR Coulson to you.

***SPOILER ALERT*** That’s DIRECTOR Coulson to you.

No matter how hard you try, you can’t get red eye out of any Scott Summers pictures!

No matter how hard you try, you can’t get red eye out of any Scott Summers pictures!

It’s not a skirt, it’s a SPACE KILT!  Thanks to the troopers of the 501st.

It’s not a skirt, it’s a SPACE KILT! Thanks to the troopers of the 501st.

Ava, Morgan & Magnolia as “Superma’am,” Rapunzel & the highly unstably named “Femaquaman.”  Wheels off!

Ava, Morgan & Magnolia as “Superma’am,” Rapunzel & the highly unstably named “Femaquaman.” Wheels off!

Ironman wows a couple of young fans!  Up high!

Ironman wows a couple of young fans! Up high!

Charles King as Darth Revan!  (How come nobody ever cosplays the lightside Revan?)

Charles King as Darth Revan! (How come nobody ever cosplays the lightside Revan?)

I’ll bet the Johnsons pictured here as Sith Lords have interesting family reunions!

I’ll bet the Johnsons pictured here as Sith Lords have interesting family reunions!

It was a very quick game.

It was a very quick game.

I have to say that of the people we’ve had the opportunity to get photos with; all of them have seemed really appreciative of their fans.  Manu was no different!  He’s one of our favorite villains.  The Lady Taxus and I loved him in Spartacus (Kids, do not, repeat, DO NOT watch Spartacus!).  On the way out I did meet a happy couple who just met Stan Lee.  It’s not the first time I lived vicariously through others.

Patiently waiting to meet Deathstroke!  I need a father-of-the-year award.  How many take their girls to meet a guy with “death” in his name?

Patiently waiting to meet Deathstroke! I need a father-of-the-year award. How many take their girls to meet a guy with “death” in his name?

There is a reason this is cropped.  You only get one shot, and, well, I wasn’t ready.

There is a reason this is cropped. You only get one shot, and, well, I wasn’t ready.

Always the apprentice and never the master, sigh.  At least Brittany Flores & Antonio Guerrero got to meet Stan Lee!

Always the apprentice and never the master, sigh. At least Brittany Flores & Antonio Guerrero got to meet Stan Lee!

Next on our list was a Q&A on cosplay with Leeanna Vamp & Marie Doll.  We had a small window to get there after Manu; but due to many more cosplay photos along the way, we arrived 10 minutes late and the doors were locked.  You know what they say about the best laid plans.  But it was fine, because we were ready to just do some browsing through the vendors.

There were so many vendors with so much great memorabilia, but I tend to focus on Star Wars or nostalgic items.  Looking at the prices on some of the 1970’s/80’s Kenner Star Wars play sets had me wracking my brains to figure out where the heck I left Dagobah!  I was really overwhelmed with Main Street Mouse’s Disney artifacts that took me back to the mementos my parents had accumulated from their trips even before I was born.  

I think I ended up using the base piece to keep a table steady…

I think I ended up using the base piece to keep a table steady…

I think this should be Rich’s new podcasting outfit.  Could double for a rebel pilot jumper?

I think this should be Rich’s new podcasting outfit. Could double for a rebel pilot jumper?

Ummmm, this must have been the Adult Swim of Disney?

Ummmm, this must have been the Adult Swim of Disney?

In retrospect, I probably should have picked up a few items, especially a still promo piece of the Fox & Hound, since that was the last movie I saw with my childhood friend before an accident took his life at age ten.  He was also a Star Wars freak and we would have a grand time playing with the Kenner “wind pipe” lightsabers.  We even figured out how to remove the blades so that we could carry the hilts on our belts.  This is probably why I have such a saber fetish today!

I couldn’t buy it; the tears were 1) making it so I couldn’t see to count & 2) making my wallet slippery

I couldn’t buy it; the tears were 1) making it so I couldn’t see to count & 2) making my wallet slippery

Finally we had to take a trip by the area dedicated to the 501st, Mandalorian Mercs and Rebel Legion.  The craftsmanship of these groups is simply amazing.  They had a wonderful fundraiser that allowed the kids to take shots at Vader while he blocked them.  I had the opportunity to talk shop with some of the other saber enthusiasts.  I really hope that Disney fosters the home-made fan items as much as Lucas did and doesn’t go into corporate mode with a future CEO.

Ewok Attacks are on the increase!  Just ask Scout Trooper Nolan

Ewok Attacks are on the increase! Just ask Scout Trooper Nolan

Don’t worry my crew knows how to tame them.

Don’t worry my crew knows how to tame them.

Hands down this Boushh was one of the best I saw!

Hands down this Boushh was one of the best I saw!

Real Troops in the 501st (Highlanders?) wear kilts!

Real Troops in the 501st (Highlanders?) wear kilts!

Which one is the ejection seat?

Which one is the ejection seat?

Man, will he EVER finish hunting down all the Jedi?

Man, will he EVER finish hunting down all the Jedi?

Sorry if this picture is a little fuzzy...

Sorry if this picture is a little fuzzy…

If gonk droids dream, do they dream of being an unfinished Death Star?

If gonk droids dream, do they dream of being an unfinished Death Star?

Why, yes, it IS an Overlord saber with an Archon hilt in Red with Orange Flash on Clash!  How’d you know?

Why, yes, it IS an Overlord saber with an Archon hilt in Red with Orange Flash on Clash! How’d you know?

I’m sorry, did you need something?

I’m sorry, did you need something?

Fly the unfriendly skies!

Fly the unfriendly skies!

Darth Taxus & Sith Lord Valleck. Allies… for now… Thanks to Steve  Vaughn!

Darth Taxus & Sith Lord Valleck. Allies… for now… Thanks to Steve
Vaughn!

There were some amazing vehicles represented as well, but the coup de grace was a homemade landspeeder replica!  It was the smart vehicle equivalent, but amazing in all its detail.  It was close to the end of the day after that, and so we headed home completely tired but satisfied.

The teen is with you young one, but you are not a driver yet!

The teen is with you young one, but you are not a driver yet!

We feel you Tarful!  Thanks Mike Debrow.

We feel you Tarful! Thanks Mike Debrow.

WHEW!  What a day!  Special thanks to my brother for helping out!

WHEW! What a day! Special thanks to my brother for helping out!

 It will be a day long remembered!  Can’t wait until next year… Or Celebration Anaheim..?

It will be a day long remembered! Can’t wait until next year… Or Celebration Anaheim..?

It was an overall wonderful experience.  I was amazed at how many people attended, and as the day grew long, it seemed like more and more were arriving.  Reports were that for all three days over 50,000 people attended.  If I had to take some lessons from my experience, I would definitely advocate that you purchase your photo-op passes early and online.  Ideally I would have loved to attend all three days with VIP passes, but a Dark Lord of Tax’s work is never done and other duties called on Friday night and Sunday.  I’m also going to bring a better camera!  It was a shame missing Stan Lee, but I see that he is going to be at Comicpalooza in Houston Memorial Day Weekend.  Now how to convince the Lady Taxus…

Episode 10: R2 Builder Victor Franco, Long Beach Comic-Con & A Rapping C-3P0

Enhanced with Video! R2-D2 Builder’s Club member Victor Franco! He tells us about R2’s red carpet strolls, his starring commercials and the way he came to the rescue at our wedding; also what he thinks about the recent news of J.J. Abrams using a fan-made R2-D2 from the R2 Builders Club. Star Wars Episode VII continues the trend of fans being tapped to work on beloved franchises.

Several cosplayers and fans talk to us at Long Beach Comic-Con last weekend. Does the world need this many Loki’s? Answer: Apparently. And for the first time ever we get to hear a rapping C-3PO and a beat-boxing R2-D2 in our Vintage Video segment.

Our Guests:

Victor Franco and his R2-D2 Building Diary

Cosplayer Bill Jackson, aka Loki Hates You

Cosplayer Avery Faeth, aka Avery Faeth Cosplay

 Richard’s Wedding Proposal to Sarah — March 9, 2008

Our Star Wars/Disney Wedding Highlights — October 25, 2009:

Episode 10 Audio Only: R2 Builder Victor Franco, Long Beach Comic-Con & A Rapping C-3P0

R2-D2 Builder’s Club member Victor Franco! He tells us about R2’s red carpet strolls, his starring commercials and the way he came to the rescue at our wedding; also what he thinks about the recent news of J.J. Abrams using a fan-made R2-D2 from the R2 Builders Club. Star Wars Episode VII continues the trend of fans being tapped to work on beloved franchises.

Several cosplayers and fans talk to us at Long Beach Comic-Con last weekend. Does the world need this many Loki’s? Answer: Apparently. And for the first time ever we get to hear a rapping C-3PO and a beat-boxing R2-D2 in our Vintage Video segment.

Our Guests:

Victor Franco and his R2-D2 Building Diary

Cosplayer Bill Jackson, aka Loki Hates You

Cosplayer Avery Faeth, aka Avery Faeth Cosplay

 Richard’s Wedding Proposal to Sarah — March 9, 2008

Our Star Wars/Disney Wedding Highlights — October 25, 2009:

Episode 7: FINALLY! Star Wars Ep. 7 Release Date! Plus Stan Lee’s Comikaze



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We take you to Stan Lee’s Comikaze and discuss Star Wars Episode 7: Coming To Your Galaxy….at Christmas? Wait, what happened to opening in May like the previous six times? We weigh in with a discussion among Skywalking Through Neverland listeners and find “a different point of view”. Did you miss Stan Lee’s Comikaze convention last weekend? Don’t worry, we bring you with us as we talk to fans, cosplayers, The Clone Wars’ Ashley Eckstein, Mike Reed from Fangasm and Bonnie Burton (who reflects on drawing biblical pictures that include Darth Vader and pterodactyls.)

Explore More:

Ashley Eckstein’s Year Of The Fangirl campaign. Check out all the fangirls and congratulate a few!

Connect with Bonnie Burton @bonniegrrl on Twitter.

What Star Wars Holiday Special craft do you want to see? Email us with ideas.

See more pictures from Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2013.

Episode 7 Skywalking Through Neverland

Episode 7 Audio Only: FINALLY! Star Wars Ep. 7 Release Date! Plus Stan Lee’s Comikaze



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We take you to Stan Lee’s Comikaze and discuss Star Wars Episode 7: Coming To Your Galaxy….at Christmas? Wait, what happened to opening in May like the previous six times? We weigh in with a discussion among Skywalking Through Neverland listeners and find “a different point of view”. Did you miss Stan Lee’s Comikaze convention last weekend? Don’t worry, we bring you with us as we talk to fans, cosplayers, The Clone Wars’ Ashley Eckstein, Mike Reed from Fangasm and Bonnie Burton (who reflects on drawing biblical pictures that include Darth Vader and pterodactyls.)

Explore More:

Ashley Eckstein’s Year Of The Fangirl campaign. Check out all the fangirls and congratulate a few!

Connect with Bonnie Burton @bonniegrrl on Twitter.

What Star Wars Holiday Special craft do you want to see? Email us with ideas.

See more pictures from Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2013.

Episode 7 Skywalking Through Neverland

Episode 5: Cosplay =/= Consent



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If a female cosplayer wears a sexy costume, does that mean you can touch her and make lewd comments? Has geek bullying gone too far, like the incident at New York Comic Con 2013? We get together with male and female cosplayers, a slave Leia, a slave master and 16 Bit Sirens to discuss this hot topic in a special Tiki Cantina roundtable.

Visit 16 Bit Sirens Cosplay =/= Consent article that started it all.

Fancy a Slave Leia Bikini?

Connect with @BoobaFett83, Alexander Albatross and @JediTink

Cosplay Does Not Equal Consent

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