ComicCon-ing: Friday Recap and Saturday Preview of Wizard World New Orleans

Friday is always a great day at Wizard World New Orleans.  It is well attended but at the same time, it is the easiest day to browse.  And browse we did.  We already have our eye on some artwork!

We did get to meet Patricia Summersett, the voice of Zelda.  This was a huge deal for Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple. Her first game was The Legend of Zelda.  She has been obsessed ever since.  I can’t even count the number of Zelda items we own.  Ms. Summersett was charming and even signed her name in the characters language and left us a surprise message on the back of the photograph.

The Nola Nerd Baby just chilled and enjoyed the show from her stroller. She actually clapped when Ms. Summersett signed her photograph, which was random and funny.  She did get quite a few compliments on her Supergirl outfit.

Today, we plan on going to a few panels including Mads Mikkelsen’s one at 5 pm.  We may even meet him today or tomorrow to get a Rogue One poster signed. We also might meet Ms. Summersett again to sign an item we already own.  We also plan on complimenting all the great cosplay we will see.

We also recommend stopping by the 501st booth.  The 501st is made up Star Wars fans who take Star Wars costuming seriously, and even though they dress as dark side characters, they take charity work even more seriously.  Go take a picture with a Tie Fighter pilot and learn more about their great organization. One of our correspondents, Bill Plasse, will be at the 501st booth today.

A former student of ours is also a featured Wizard World cosplayer.  She has her own table and her cosplay work is outstanding.  Her cosplay name is INeedSuger.  If you are a cosplayer or interested in cosplay, go tell her hello!

See you at the con!

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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!

StarWars-ing: Links

Do you need a huge Star Wars book that goes deep into how Star Wars was created? Well, we do. The Star Wars Archives produced by Taschen comes out on December 15. It will have art from Ralph McQuarrie and tons of photographs from the original trilogy. It does come with a hefty price tag!

Disney has posted the first images of Millennium Falcon in their upcoming park “Star Wars: Galaxy Edge.” The new park opens up in Disneyland in 2019 and Disney World in 2019.

If you look at the IMDB page for The Mandalorian, not only does it list Pedro Pascal as the title character, but it also has Gina Carano and Nick Nolte in the cast.  StarWars.com announced today that Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, and Omid Abtahi have also joined the class.

Star Wars-ing: Luke Had Every Reason To Quit

Walking out of the theaters for The Last Jedi, I was disappointed.  I thought the film was overlong. Canto Bright didn’t feel right to me for numerous reasons. Poe’s character became too cocky and didn’t really have the moment of reckoning for his actions.

I did enjoy the way the story treated Kylo and Rey.

And, I needed Luke to have the story he did.

Too many people think Luke is a hero that is a perfect knight. I don’t. He can’t be. Too much happened to him:

  • the only parents he has ever known are burned alive because he decided to buy that droid.
  • on his way to see a princess, he finds the planet destroyed
  • he rescues the princess, but only to find the mentor he had been searching for his entire life dead right in front of his eyes
  • he blows up the Death Star. Now, this is a heroic action, but it also brings about a significant loss of life and he probably knows not everyone on the ship is not evil.
  • his second mentor tells him saving his friends lives is the worse thing he can do giving him an impossible choice.
  • finds out the guy that killed his first mentor is his father.  Not only that, but he now knows that his parents and mentors have lied to him.
  • he finds out a girl he kissed his sister
  • watches his second mentor die
  • can only save his father by offering himself up for sacrifice which in turn ends up saving, and killing his father.
  • failing Ben Solo

It is incredible that he doesn’t go to the dark side.  His PTSD has PTSD. He has every reason to give up. He is a good man, but good men can only take so much.

This is not unfamiliar in hero stories. All heroes have moments of doubt and failure.  Jesus has the garden. Luke has Ahch-To.

What makes Luke a hero is that he doesn’t stay on Ahch-To (ok, well he does, but…). He chooses to act.  Answering the call to action, even when you have lost faith, is a hero’s action.  However, while I do think Luke has had a crisis of faith, he hasn’t lost hope. Rey, who has nothing but faith, has inspired Luke. Rey is not a Mary-Sue; she is a true believer. Luke has always struggled with faith (again see above as to why), but he finally sees the why he should have faith in the force.

Hope exists. He saw a new hope in Rey. He can continue and complete, as much as any character in Star Wars can, the hero’s journey.

 

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!