Skywalking Through SDCC 2015 and Classic Marvel Star Wars Comics



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Star Wars dominates San Diego Comic-Con 2015! From Behind-The-Scenes footage to Harrison Ford positively GUSHING about THE FORCE AWAKENS to a Star Wars Concert for the fans, JJ and KK could do no wrong. Skywalkers Kai Charles and Margaret Mays attended and had LOTS to report, including what it was like to actually be IN that panel. We touch on the HerUniverse Fashion Show, the Disney Infinity 3.0 Pop-Up Shop and what it was like to see grown men fighting to get a toy that will be readily available in a little over a month. (14:13)

We debut our NEW segment, Skywalking Through Classic Marvel Star Wars Comics where we will be discussing every issue of the original Star Wars comics with Star Wars artist (and now Marvel Comic Cover Artist) Randy Martinez. He also gives us a run-down of his and Denise Vasquez’s time at SDCC. AND their encounter with J.J. Abrams!! (1:32:29)

Russell Flores, author of SEEN, UNSEEN DISNEYLAND is rolling out his NEW book, MORE SEEN, UNSEEN DISNEYLAND. It is absolutely amazing and we talk with him about sights, sounds and smells you don’t often notice at Disneyland. (1:14:38)

Also on this week’s episode:

  • El Capitan Theater Review – Dolby Atmos & Dolby Vision INSIDE OUT screening (4:28)
  • D23 Expo News – George Lucas to be named a Disney Legend! (8:33)
  • Skywalker Of The Week (1:08:26)
  • Skywalker Shout-Outs featuring Hyperspace Theories, Who Shot First and The Deucecast Movie Show (1:08:26)

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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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GUEST BLOG: The Phandom Penance by @DarthTaxus

Ever since the news in late 2012 that Disney was acquiring Lucasfilm, something inside of me that has long remained dormant began stirring; at least that is when I began to recognize a difference.  To be honest, ever since I was surprised with the Blu-Ray collection of the complete movies and the Old Republic online game in 2011, the change began, I just failed to recognize it for what it was.  I credit my wife for the catalyst that reignited my fervor and obsession with a story that I had began to take for granted as being equivocated to a static state the likes of which are ascribed to the Latin language.  I didn’t think that STAR WARS would really offer me anything else than what I first enjoyed as a child and my attempts to capture that feeling in 1999 with the release of the prequel trilogy.

When I was young, I ate, lived and breathed STAR WARS.  I tried to learn all I could about it in a world that had only recently enjoyed the convenience that microwave ovens offered in a mass scale.  I lived in what I thought was the Earthly incarnation of Tatooine and only heard rumors of the supporting fandom, but being only a child, there was no way I could engage with it.  I have seen every movie in the theater but RETURN OF THE JEDI was the first one I remember getting excited about with my friends.  I don’t know if I did join the fan club, but I recall getting one newsletter before the release of JEDI that showed a black and white picture of Lando & some other crazy alien I would later learn was Nien Nunb.  My mind was blown!  What is that thing?  Why is Lando in the Falcon?

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Then I got my hands on the storybook through my Scholastic book order in school.  Little Taxus poured over and over each picture dissecting each one as much as possible with the tool of conjecture.  After the release there was a time of continued rapture with it all, but that gradually began to fade.

Although STAR WARS was not all-consuming as it once was for me, I still had an interest in learning what I could along the way.  I bought all the West End Games material and learned it.  I read “Heir to the Empire” as soon as it was released while on a very long flight to Israel.  In my school, I was regarded by my classmates as the go to for STAR WARS debates (e.g. What’s the shelf life of blue milk on Tatooine vs. Hoth?).  My friend Aaron Lea (@AaronLea) and I held Star Wars roundtable discussions at our local Science Fiction Club meetings.  Later he and a few other friends (including @Darthweiser, @montepittman and @celindsey) and I joined the rest of the fandom community to stand in line all night long to be first to see The Phantom Menace.

Of course I saw the rest of the prequels after, but I met none of them with the fervor of the level of a child or the diminished amount as an adult in 1999.  Although I knew that this was just the back-story to our original beloved, I think I just didn’t “get it.”  Everything just looked too new and shiny.  I didn’t understand even what THE PHANTOM MENACE referenced as a title until much later.  Maybe part of my tepid acceptance was due to the fact that just like the movie TITANIC, I knew how this would end.

Fast forward about twelve years, and you’d see me beginning to break out of my slumber.  The Blu-Ray was simply amazing. And I began to understand better the universe that George intended to portray pre-Empire with the Old Republic game.  Everything was supposed to look new and shiny, but life under the Empire is a tyranny where everybody flies 1950’s Chevys since there are no new models available or if there were, people are hard-pressed to afford them.  But online there was my namesake awestruck by simply activating my in-game lightsaber over and over again.

I used my friends’ Twitter handles above intentionally since this is an extension of the growth I’ve experienced in my fandom.  Since the announcement of the new movie, my hunger for all things STAR WARS has been insatiable even though I have a feast of fandom before me (especially with STAR WARS REBELS).  I am enthralled by all the mediums involved with continuing the story of STAR WARS, but best yet, I can connect with others who are like me in ways I never imagined to discuss and digest!  My friends I grew up with are largely spread across the country and social media allows us to keep in touch as if we all lived down the block from each other.  Podcasts, Facebook, Twitter, et al has brought the entirety of fandom together like never before and I have fun with it all.  (Special thanks to @OldZorah who suggested I begin listening to such.)  I’ve even made new friends in the process, some of whom I have been able to meet in person.

But there is another aspect beyond all of us who can find each other with a hash tag.  I notice people in my everyday life have taken notice of the new direction and life that Disney has brought to the franchise.  Even at my office, there are those who stop and ask me about the latest news, cosplay questions or what’s happening in the fandom community.  Occasionally, those who know my secret identity will pass me in the hallways, nod and quietly say a greeting of “Lord Taxus.”

Thank you for following my retrospection on my journey to my current awareness.  I am sure there are those out there who have had similar experiences.  To me, all of this can be summed up with the very appropriately titled Episode VII.  Unlike Episode I, which I was a bit bewildered with, I think I really get it now.  Not only has The Force Awakened, but the fandom has too.


@DarthTaxus: Greetings Taxolytes!  It’s your Dark Lord of Tax, Darth Taxus, the Lord of the Schtick with my fandom story.

 

Episode 54: BIG HERO(S) at Comikaze



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Stan Lee’s Comikaze Recap! Did we get an interview with Stan Lee? What amazing, outlandish costumes did cosplayers come up with? All this, plus, we catch up with Margaret Kerry, Disney Legend and our Podcast Fairy Godmother!

BIG HERO 6 is in theaters now! We talk with Marcus Gonzalez, the man behind those cute Baymax balloons and beverage sippers at Disneyland. He is a HUGE Star Wars fan, too, and just may reveal some more exclusive information about what’s coming to Disneyland during Star Wars Celebration Anaheim.

Also on this episode:

  • Point 5 Past Lightspeed – Interview with OrionsOriginals.com Death Star Doll about her custom geeky shoe business.
  • Call for Questions! – Ask Tink is back, and we need your questions! Margaret Kerry will answer them all. Email here.
  • Fake Stan Lee – Yes! We got an extremely hard-to-get interview with Fake Stan Lee himself!
  • Letters to Santa with C-3PO – send us your Letters to Santa, and C-3PO may read them on one of our December episodes. We want to make sure Santa gets your wish lists. Email here.

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Star Wars Rebels Captures The Kid Again – @DarthTaxus SPOILER FREE Commentary

by @DarthTaxus

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With the imminent release of #StarWarsRebels (I do as you command Disney), we find ourselves in the middle of the myriad of social media outlet explosions over the show’s Disney Channel premier on October 3. We’ve all been slogging through blog post after blog post reviewing said Rebels, or listening to podcasts performing the same task. After all the discussions of the cast and crew of the show, speculation as to plot or Clone Wars continuity or just plain fan angst over a Mandalorian who spray paints as much as fires a blaster (you know who you are), I think that there is something that is overlooked that I had the fortune to witness yesterday.

Earlier in the week, a friend of mine sent me a link for passes to a screening of Rebels on Saturday, September 27 at a local theater. The girls & I jumped at the opportunity to go. Per the information on the printout of the passes, the actual screening would follow a time of Star Wars related fun, attendance by the Dallas 501st and swag grab. So, sabers & robe in hand, we headed out.

I had thought that this would be attended by many fans that were older, such as me, but I found that overwhelmingly we were surrounded by children (along with their parents). Furthermore, I was the only non-501st adult with any semblance of a costume (such as it is).

97d9xZn3My kids wore their favorite shirts and took their sabers, but my youngest hid hers in the swag bag, while my oldest dueled with me while we were waiting on the show.

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It seems that I have an eleven year old going on fifteen and a fourteen year old going on ten, but even my oldest was reluctant to geek out all the way in public (they both loved the Hera/Kanan tension).

Allow me to digress on a subject that everyone experiences. When compared to childhood, sometimes it sucks being an adult. Sure, there are fun things you can do that you can’t as a child, but there is a price that comes along with that. We work long hours. We have long commutes. We have bills. We have to maintain a household. We have to plan and cook, breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have to worry about staying employed during times of economic distress. A child doesn’t worry about these things (or shouldn’t have to). A child can find joy in the simplest of things. Sometimes, if we are lucky enough, we can catch a glimpse of that joy and recall ours from a simpler age.

And yesterday that is what happened to me. As mentioned above, I have been digesting hours of information about the new Rebels show. I bought the illustrated guide so I could obsess over the survival of expanded universe items into official canon. I read John Jackson Miller’s “A New Dawn,” just to get a taste of the new series. I’ve been engrossed in it as only an adult can.

And so at the theater I found myself in epic battles with little boys and girls in classic good versus evil style. It didn’t matter that their lightsabers were actually balloons, or that they weren’t dressed to the nine’s in authentic gear. What mattered to them is that they were there to see something from the Star Wars Universe and to have as much fun as possible. Suddenly, I was twenty-nine years back happily playing the bad guy in a make-believe Star Wars game with kids who didn’t care that I wasn’t some canonical character.

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It struck me then. The best thing that we as older fans can do is make sure that kids get to have that same spark that we had. There is always time to analyze, over-analyze and even under analyze later! Rebels isn’t directed completely at kids, there is plenty there for us “olds.” Even so, I wouldn’t care even if it was, as long as each time the show starts up, it brings joy to them. Some children need all the happiness and joy they can find, and I think they will get it with Rebels.

So whether it was the red saber, cloak, eerily yellow, blood-streaked eyes or the years of accounting pain on my face, the kids were there to play and identified me as a bad guy. A bad guy who died… A lot… To balloons… Balloons wielded by heroes all saving the galaxy.

P.S. – Sabine was completely awesome, and you do know who you are…

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!

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Scott Murray – Creator and Host of Assembly Of Geeks

Mark Oguschewitz – STN Creative Consultant

Jim Pruy – STN East Coast Correspondent

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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).

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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.

 

 

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!

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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 14: Star Wars Author Michael Kogge, Oscar Nominations and the Tinkerbell Half Marathon



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A few months ago at Long Beach Comic Con we were excited to meet Star Wars author Michael Kogge. He was very happy to come on our show and talk Star Wars and his new comic series Empire Of The Wolf. (15 years later, Richard was able to pinpoint why he flunked biology at Emerson College. He was devouring the new West End Games sourcebooks written by Michael.)
The Academy Awards were announced on January 16th (Richard’s birthday, Yay!). Skywalking Through Neverland’s film analyst Mark Oguschewitz weighs in about Disney’s nominations and snubs. And, what did he really think of The Lone Ranger?
We also hear from Monique Harr who, with Sarah, has completed 3 Tinkerbell Half Marathons. As she preps for next month’s Glass Slipper Challenge at the Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World in Orlando, she stops in on Mousedroid Mixer to talk runDisney, her collecting and her fascination with the Evil Queen.
And remember, never land on Alderaan!

Our Guests

Mark Oguschewitz – STN Film Analyst
Monique Harr – Skincare Consultant and Makeup Artist
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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: