StarWars-ing: Warwick Davis Set to Host the Celebration Stage at Star Wars Celebration 2019

Star Wars Celebration will be here before we know it. We are so excited about attending panels, meeting celebrity guests and authors, and sharing our love for all things Star Wars with our friends – ones that we have known
for a long time and ones that we made at previous celebrations.

One familiar face at Celebration will be Warwick Davis. Mr. Davis will be hosting the Celebration Stage – the main stage- in Chicago. He will be interviewing some of the biggest stars of the saga and maybe will be in charge of giving us some incredible announcements. We attended quite a few panels he hosted at Celebration 2017. Being such a vital part of Star Wars itself, he knows the saga and what it takes to bring the magic of Star Wars to us. This knowledge allows him to go beyond the standard convention questions and helps the audience (which let’s face it, is pretty knowledgeable) learn more about the saga. Plus, he is incredibly charming and hilarious so he can make any panel entertaining.

Star Wars Celebration Chicago will take place April 11-15 at McCormick Place. Visit StarWarsCelebration.com for tickets and more info!

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StarWars-ing: Star Wars Celebration Announces More Authors

Star Wars Celebration Chicago added to their lineup of Star Wars authors that will be appearing at the convention! This was already a super strong author lineup, and Celebration just beefed it up some more.

EK Johnston: Ms. Johnston is primarily a young author writer, and has previously published the novel, Ahsoka, for Star Wars.  Her upcoming novel is the Queen’s Shadow, which comes out on March 9, 2019. The story follows Padme as she steps down from being queen and joins the senate.

Justina Ireland: Ms. Ireland has written Lando’s Luck, a story geared toward younger readers.

Zoraida Cordova: Ms. Cordova is a novelist and short story writer.  Her foray in the Star Wars galaxy was a contribution on the short story collection entitled From a Certain Point of View.

StarWars-ing: The Podcast Stage

Well, we applied for the Star Wars Celebration Podcast stage, but we weren’t selected. It wasn’t a surprise.  We haven’t recorded in a while due to some health issues. Well, that and the fact that there are so many great podcasts that cover all the facets of Star Wars.  I try to listen to as many as I can and quite a few of those made the podcast stage in Chicago.

The Skytalkers Podcast is quickly becoming one of my favorite podcasts in general, not just a Star Wars podcast. The hosts are smart and literate.  They bring a fresh look at the franchise and often discuss things that other people overlook.  For instance, they have an entire episode on the crawls and I learned quite a bit from it.

Coffee with Kenobi is another podcast that I listen to frequently. One of the reasons why I like this show is that a few of the hosts are educators. They also look at the saga in an in-depth manner. They have recently done a set of shows about “5 Things We Love About…” the different installments of the saga.  It was surprising and a refreshing look.  The Coffee with Kenobi is an entire network of podcasts and you should really check them out.

Between now and Star Wars Celebration I will be listening to a lot of the podcasts that made the stage and highlighting them here.  So stay tuned!

Oh, and may the force be with you!

StarWars-ing: Star Wars News Roundup

One of our favorite Star Wars authors is back writing one of our favorite characters in the Star Wars Universe.  Timothy Zahn is writing a third Star Wars Thrawn novel!  Thrawn is the perfect character to explore in the written word due to his methodical approach to everything.  He is the kind of character that you want to savor which makes him perfect for books. Mr. Zahn will be at Pensacon in 2019 and will be appearing at Star Wars Celebration as well.  We are looking forward to meeting him again in Florida, and attending any panels he is on at Celebration. It should be released next summer.

Darth Vader has been a wonderful character to explore in comics.  Charles Soule and Kieron Gillen have done excellent work with the character for Marvel. Now, writer Dennis Hopeless and artists Paolo Villanelli and Brian Level will bring us Vader – Dark Visions.  It will be a limited series run.  Thge comic should be out in March 2019.

Also, since Christmas is coming up, you may want to buy this for the Star Wars fan in your life. This keyboard is coded in Aurebesh!

StarWars-ing: Star Wars Celebration Announces Author Guests

While the celebrity guests garner most of the attention at Star Wars Celebration, they are not the only guests worth meeting. We had an amazing time meeting authors and artists of the saga just as much as we did the stars. 

This week Celebration announced some of its authors that will be in Chicago in April:

Alexander Freed: Mr. Freed is writing the upcoming Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron. He also wrote Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company and the novelization of Rogue One. He has also worked on story development on games such as Star Wars: The Old Republic.  He also worked on some Dark Horse era Star Wars Comics and has contributed a short story to the Star Wars collection A Certain Point of View. 

Cavan Scott: Mr. Scott wrote Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space. Mr. Scott is a prolific writer who has done works in lots of different fandoms such as Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes, and Warhammer. His Star Wars works focuses on younger readers. Which means, it’s on my reading list. I’m still young!

Claudia Gray:  New Orlean’s own Claudia Gray has a new Star Wars book coming out called Master & Apprentice. She has also written Leia, Bloodline, and the galactically beloved Lost Stars. 

Delilah Dawson: Ms. Dawson wrote the very popular Phasma. She has also contributed short stories to the Star Wars galaxy. We got to meet her last Celebration, and we look forward to getting Phasma signed!

Jeffrey Brown:  Mr. Brown is the author of Darth Vader and Family Coloring Book. This is one I definitely want to get for the baby while we are there. He has done quite a few children’s books. In California, Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple’s brother in law got Vader’s Little Princess signed by Carrie Fisher. 

Katie Cook:  Ms. Cook is the author of Search Your Feelings and other children’s books. We have a few of hers, and hopefully, we can have her sign the Nola Nerd Baby’s books!

Timothy Zahn:  Mr. Zahn is a legendary Star Wars author.  His Heir to the Empire trilogy, while no longer canon, is still beloved by Star Wars fans. His newer books on his character Thrawn are wildly popular.  He is also a pleasure to meet, and if you can attend any and all panels, he is on. 

Parenting: Star Wars Toys for Baby

Back in May, we attended Star Wars Galactic Nights.  The Nola Nerd Baby was three months old and did a fantastic job.  She didn’t complain and slept through most of it.

On the first meeting of her great-grandfather, he slipped her twenty dollars.  We want to make sure we bought something for her.  We settled on a two sets of toys.  There were squeezable Star Wars and Princesses.  We held up both in front of her.  She raised her hand closest to the Star Wars set.  We then switched hands and she held up that hand.  We know she really didn’t pick Star Wars but we acted as if she did anyway!

Over the summer, this became her favorite set of toys.  They were too big to fit into her mouth but small enough for her to grab.  If you squeeze them they will squeak.

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Over time, one of the toys became her favorite.  In fact, when you give it to her, her face lights up.  Surprisingly, it was C3PO. She also loves R2 and Vader.  Boba and the Storm troop pick up the rear with Chewie trailing behind.

We can’t wait to share more Star Wars toys with her in the future.  We really can’t wait to shop for her at Star Wars Celebration.  Hopefully, she keeps enjoying them!

Star Wars-ing: No Boba Fett Movie But a Late Thank You to Jeremy Bulloch

A movie about Boba Fett will not be made. Weirdly, the announcement saying it was not going to be made was made before any announcement that it would be made. At Nola Nerd Couple Headquarters, we would have went to see it, but it wasn’t a film we were asking for.  Personally, for me, he was perfect in the original trilogy.  A man with no backstory that just wants to get paid is needed in films like Star Wars.  While I know he has his diehard fans, I can’t help but think he is a character that is best left up to the imagination.  The more we know about him the less mysterious he is.  The charm, for me anyway, has always been that we didn’t know much.  Yes, the prequels give him an origin story, but that to me changed him in a way I didn’t like. When it comes to villains, I often like a lack of an origin story.

While Boba Fett has never been one of my favorite characters, one of the actors that played him is.  Jeremy Bulloch announced his retirement in early August.  Mr. Bulloch portrayed Boba Fett in both Empire Strikes Back (where he also had a second role as an Imperial Officer) and Return of the Jedi. Along the convention circuit, he has always been a fan favorite with long lines waiting to meet.

Meeting Jeremy Bulloch at Star Wars Weekends in 2009

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Mr. Bulloch at Mississippi Comic Con in 2017

Mr. Bulloch at Mississippi Comic Con in 2017

Since we became serious collectors, it seems that we have met him at least once a year at conventions. While Mrs. Nola Nerd is the true Star Wars autograph collector, it was people like Mr. Bulloch who got me hooked on collecting autographs as well.  Meeting him was always a joy, and he, often accompanied by his wife, made sure everyone felt the magic that the love of Star Wars creates. He would always honor autograph collectors requests (certain color ink is often what we ask for) and would share a story if he could.

It will be weird not being able to meet him again, especially at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. Yet, after giving back so much to the Star Wars fans over the last couple of decades, he has more than earned his rest and retirement.

May the force be with him!