On Station At Celebration: Day 2

April 17, 2015 at 8:00 pm | Posted in Celebration, Conventions, Events, News, Star Wars, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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on-station-at-celebrationStar Wars Celebration Anaheim day two, what a day. For me, it all started with a series of author interviews you can look forward to seeing in the very near future, and ended with the Anthony Daniels panel on the Celebration Stage. Let me just say, he knows how to put on a show. But in general, this Celebration has really raised the bar on panel quality.

I have to admit, one of my favorite things about Celebration is meeting the authors. I’m a total book nut, so my passion for the Star Wars novels is definitely at the heart of my fandom. On top of that, getting to interview them is always a great experience. I try to bring my ‘A’ game with the questions, and if I do my job well, hopefully fellow book lovers will enjoy the results. Expect to see, or if the audio turns out well, hear, from authors Christie Golden, Drew Karpyshyn, John Jackson Miller, James Luceno, Daniel Wallace, Adam Bray and Tricia Barr in the coming weeks as we post those interviews with each author talking about their books and the stories behind them. We’ll also be doing some giveaways for signed novels so keep an eye out for that too.

Star Wars Bookworms Panel: Dan Wallace, Drew Karpyshyn, Teresa Delgado and Aaron Goins

As busy as that kept my day, I still managed to squeeze in some panels. First up was the Star Wars Bookworms panel. As fun as they are to listen to, they’re even better in person. Aaron and Teresa filled the room and brought in two authors: Drew Karpyshyn and Daniel Wallace. Drew talked about his current fantasy book series, The Chaos Born Trilogy, the appearance of Darth Bane in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, what he has coming out next, writing villains and the EU/Legends/Canon situation. Dan also weighed in on the canon situation. As a huge EU fan, it was something that wasn’t exactly easy for him. However, the excitement for The Force Awakens, and that element of the unknown with all of us not knowing what’s going to happen, is enough to give us all something to look forward to. They did some Q&A, and had a great discussion.

Afterwards, Teresa, Aaron, and guests Jedishua and Mark Newbold discussed their favorite Star Wars books/comics which included books like Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, the Darth Bane trilogy, The Essential Atlas, The Jedi Path, Dark Tide, Ruin, and even Rusty Miller’s Jedi Master Quizbook. Comics included the Quinlan Vos Twilight storyline and Marvel Star Wars #57. Lot of fun discussion with the favorites as they each talk about the titles and their thoughts on them. Wrapping things up, Erich Schoeneweiss came on to talk a little about what they’ve got coming at Del Rey, Lords of the Sith, Dark Disciple, and the newly revealed Battlefront: Twilight Squadron by Alexander Freed. Erich also joked with Dan that he was in Ghostbusters 2 and did not get interviewed for Dan’s upcoming guide to Ghostbusters. All around, it was a lot of fun and a great panel, which of course ended with giveaways, and in this case a huge stack of books, all of them signed (seriously, there were at least 20 books).

So far every podcast panel I’ve been to has been awesome. With a few days left, I highly recommend checking one out if you haven’t done so already. There’s great guests, great Star Wars discussion, and hey, free swag.

Cartamundi Booth

Cartamundi cards on display

Before I get to the end segment of my day, I did manage to get some moments of free time which led to some cruising of the con floor, cosplay picture hunting, and my first purchases. I picked up a villains deck of Star Wars cards from Cartamundi, and an awesome Stormtrooper ring from the Norse Legion booth. Having worn it all day, I can say it’s pretty cool. As for cosplay picture hunting, I saw some truly remarkable costumes. From a kid dressed as Darth Maul with the second gen cybernetic legs, to the full cast of Spaceballs and a Max Rebo hanging out with Jedi Tink. There was even a Rancor Keeper roaming about. I can only hope he took a moment to pose with Roxy the Rancor. I’ll try and get some pictures up next week with some of the tremendous costumes.

Kylo Ren

Spacetrooper

Speaking of costumes, I was able to get a look at The Force Awakens exhibit which showed off some of the costumes from the film, including ones not shown in the trailers. There was Rey’s outfit, Kylo Ren’s masked outfit which I have to agree with Bryan Young, looks kinda like a Kel Dor mask. It certainly has an Old Republic vibe to it, but in a bulky, threatening kind of way. There was also a spacetrooper and a new snowtrooper, and some models of the Falcon and one of the new X-Wings.

Anthony Daniels Panel

The end of the day called for something special, though. I did not get to see Anthony Daniels at Celebration VI, so that was on my bucket list for Celebration Anaheim. It kicked off with DJ Elliot mixing some wicked, creative tunes, to some preshow games with a Death Star ball and pursuing X-Wing balloons that the crowd had to maneuver for attack. Simple, creative, and a very fun way to get the crowd having fun. Host James Arnold Taylor did an intro singing Mr. Roboto, and had an absolute blast with Anthony Daniels who knows how to work a crowd. What a performer and entertainer. Between the two of them, it was even better than the Ian McDiarmid panel, but not to be out done, Ian did make an appearance via a video clip. Of course, Anthony did have a secret weapon: he played the new TFA trailer again which had the whole audience in sheer fandom chaos. It really does look great on that giant screen, and with the sound filling up that stadium, followed by the cheers of the crowd, it’s quite the experience.

Well there’s still two more days left, and tomorrow is going to have a lot of Star Wars Rebels coverage.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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