Fandom Fashion Friday #2

We’re back for another round of Fandom Fashion Friday – your place to see some of the latest finds for wearing your fandom. In this edition there’s even more items than last time so be sure to check out the links as not everything is pictured.

 

Han Solo Women's Costume ShirtStar Wars

Hot Topic and SuperHeroStuff are now carrying some of the items we saw in the Goldie/We Love Fine Star Wars collection. For example:

Chewbacca Hoodie at Hot Topic ($79.50)

Han Solo Costume Shirt at SuperHeroStuff ($43.99)

R2D2 Sweater at SuperHeroStuff ($56.99)

Organge Rebel Alliance Insignia Earrings from Hot Topic

 

Several new Star Wars earrings can also now be found at Hot Topic:

AT-AT Walker Necklace from Kohl'sRebel Alliance Insignia Earrings ($8.50) Oddly enough the product page for this one includes a Princess Leia quote from The Force Unleashed.

Also available: Boba Fett, stormtrooper, Imperial logo, and Darth Vader

 

This AT-AT walker necklace has some neat detail in it and is normally $100 (US) but you can find it currently on sale at Kohl’s for the low, low price of $29.99.

Choose Your Destiny Her Universe T-ShirtAnd a new plus-size Her Universe tee has appeared on ThinkGeek for $19.99. Are you ready to choose your destiny?

I recently discovered Junk Food Clothing carries some Star Wars items too. Some of the clothing is even on sale as of this posting – including this purple comic-y ladies Star Wars t-shirt ($10), this trippy Star Wars raglan ($18), and this particularly comfy-looking Empire Strikes Back hoodie ($30, technically men’s sizing).

And for those who like to keep their fandom apparel even more subtle than a piece of jewelry, Hot Topic also has no-show Star Wars socks. It’s a 5-pack set with designs for R2-D2, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, a stormtrooper, and Chewbacca. ($14.50)

 

 

Marvel

Black Widow CharmThe Black Widow tank top at ThinkGeek ($19.99) is a new form of the t-shirt already available at HerUniverse.com. And in more Black Widow goodness, you can also get a Natasha charm ($24.99 at ThinkGeek) for her (and other members of The Avengers) if you’re the charm bracelet type. I bet you could probably move it to a different chain or cord and wear it as a necklace too. It’s a fairly subtle piece.

Avengers Shirt with Black WidowSome of the Marvel by Her Universe clothing items have reappeared on Hot Topic’s website.

And there’s an Avengers shirt for women that also has Black Widow in the middle of the group. Try not to let your jaw hit the ground too hard. $24.50 at Hot Topic

 

Harry Potter

Feather Quill Harry Potter CharmThinkGeek has recently unveiled a surge of Harry Potter-themed jewelry.

Three different earrings sets feature Dobby, the Sorting Hat, and the Ministry of Magic logo. ($34.99 each)

There are also a whole slew of charm beads ($14.99 each) including a feather quill charm, the Triwizard Cup charm bead, and, of course, Hedwig the Owl. Now Dobby might get people’s attention but the quill and Hedwig could be ways to get your stealth geek on.

On the more sporty side there’s a H. Potter Gryffindor Jersey Shirt over at Hot Topic ($22.50).  If you’d like to stick with the Quidditch theme, there’s also a Weasley is Our King T-shirt ($22.50). And then there’s this nice reminder from Dumbledore on the Happiness Can be Found shirt ($22.50).

DCWonder Woman Collar Necklace

And finally if the new images from Batman v Superman – Dawn of Justice has got you wanting to add to your wardrobe, this lightweight Batman scarf is nice on a summer evening ($14.50 at Hot Topic).

ThinkGeek’s Wonder Woman premium raglan ($29.99) will protect you from the A/C. Possibly feel tougher than ever while wearing the Wonder Woman Symbol Collar Necklace found over at SuperHeroStuff.com ($15.99).

Or have a symbol face-off with this Dawn of Justice shirt on Amazon (prices vary).

 

All images from their respective vendors.


 

Kay grew up wanting to be an astronaut. After seeing Star Wars, she wanted to be Princess Leia, Han Solo, and an astronaut. A voice actor, photographer, and artist who also consults in communications and marketing, Kay spends the little bit of free time she has reading, reviewing, and, of course, making pew pew noises. She would pick up more jobs, hobbies, and fitness routines if she was a Time Lord. You can follow her on Twitter.

Inside Out Feels on Fangirl Chat

Inside Out hurrah

Erich Schoeneweiss (Geek Out Loud, Del Rey Books) and Sarah Woloski (Fangirls Going Rogue, Skywalking Through Neverland) join Teresa Delgado and Tricia Barr on the latest episode of Fangirl Chat to talk about the emotional highs and lows of Disney Pixar’s Inside Out. Our own childhood adventures with imaginary friends and traumas play into our discussion.

While we didn’t delve too much into some of these great articles, everyone had done their research, including some neat Easter eggs in the movie.

“It’s All In Your Hear: Director Pete Docter Gets Emotional In Inside Out” via NPR “Inside Out and the Pixar Formula: What if [Thing] Had Feelings?” via ScreenRant “What Will Pixar’s Next Movie Do For Girls?” via Vulture “Why Inside Out Will Start An Important Conversation About Mental Health” via HelloGiggles

You can find the ladies of Fangirl Chat as follows:

Twitter:

Fangirls Going Rogue: @FGGoingRogue

Tricia: @fangirlcantina

Teresa: @icecoldpenguin

Sarah: @JediTink

Erich: @Darth_Duff

Email: fangirlsgoingrogue@gmail.com

Facebook: Fangirls Going Rogue

The Evolution of Women in the Star Wars Universe: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Guest post by Amy Richau

In the first two Star Wars films the women beyond Princess Leia appeared as mother figures, background fillers, and in The Empire Strikes Back (TESB) active members of the rebellion. There were no female villains in A New Hope (ANH) or TESB or seemingly any female aliens – except for a brief appearance by the Tonnika Sisters in the Mos Eisley Cantina. Female pilots have also been absent, as women were shown as only working in the control room or in the flight crew at the rebel base in Hoth.

The sixth Star Wars film, Return of the Jedi (ROTJ), has more female characters than ANH or TESB in a wider variety of roles. However, some of the female characters may not be the roles you were looking or wishing for.

Jabba’s Palace

It’s really hot on Tatooine. That is the easy explanation for how many females characters are so scantily clad in Jabba’s Palace. Although this explanation falls apart when you see the male characters all in heavy clothing.

The real explanation for the female wardrobe choices at Jabba’s Palace are that almost all of the women shown are figures of entertainment for Jabba. And Hutts seem to really like seeing women in a variety of galactic bikinis.

The main female character in Jabba’s Palace is also the most tragic. Oola, the first Twi’lek in a Star Wars film is Jabba’s current favorite slave at the beginning of the film. Played by Femi Taylor, . . . → Read More: The Evolution of Women in the Star Wars Universe: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Kay Joins Rebel Yell for the Siege of Lothal

Rebel Yell Podcast Art

4/5ths of the Rebel Yell Council return to the podcast for discussion of the Star Wars Rebels Season 2 opener, Siege of Lothal. Some of the recent storytelling choices for this second Rebels season, as well as this episode itself, have invoked my small galaxy syndrome feelings, but even I agree with the rest of the Council that Darth Vader is one not to be messed with on this show.

There’s also much to discuss about the Empire’s interest in the planet itself, speculation about Ahsoka, and of course “space married” makes an appearance. It’s always an interesting conversation when Steve, Teresa, Erich, and I are all at the same table.

“Rebel Yell – Siege of Lothal” can be found:

on iTunes under Disney Vault Talk

on the Geek Out Loud website

Kay grew up wanting to be an astronaut. After seeing Star Wars, she wanted to be Princess Leia, Han Solo, and an astronaut. Life’s taken her on a bit of a different path, but she’s still a Star Wars fangirl at heart who enjoys surprising people with how geeky she really is. Currently a voice actor, photographer, and artist who also consults in communications and marketing, Kay spends the little bit of free time she has reading, writing, learning and, of course, making pew pew noises. She would pick up more jobs and hobbies if she was a Time Lord. You can follow her on Twitter.

 

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Hyperspace Theories Episode 10: Rey, Resources, and Whimsy Courtesy of Miyazaki

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The June episode of Hyperspace Theories tackles ideas about speculation and storytelling from several different perspectives.

We begin with our intermittent Spoilers Beware segment in light of several recent news items about The Force Awakens. One of them – the upcoming line of themed makeup from Cover Girl – includes some tiny hints about movie dialogue in officially licensed products. We also discuss promotional art from Russia that seems to have escaped the veil of secrecy a bit early, and what appears to be a leaked screenshot from the film previously described in various rumor reports. If you don’t want to hear any speculation based on possible The Force Awakens actual material, then skip over this segment.

For our segment on the methodologies of speculating, we return to a fun way to consider how new Star Wars stories might unfold in the future: assessing the impact of various influences on the storytellers. This month we discuss acclaimed animated filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. Although his influence on George Lucas is not as direct as other Japanese artists like Akira Kurosawa, he has been a direct influence on the creators of Star Wars Rebels. Dave Filoni has related that Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy specifically identified Miyazaki as an artist the Rebels team should draw upon for inspiration. In sharing our reactions to Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Spirited Away, we discuss Miyazaki’s approach to characters, plot, visuals, and storytelling and the ways in which we see his influence appearing in Rebels. Kay . . . → Read More: Hyperspace Theories Episode 10: Rey, Resources, and Whimsy Courtesy of Miyazaki

Linda’s Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Fan Interviews: FANgirl Staff

SWCA Linda - Linda GL cosplayer

One of the questions Tricia asked the panelists during the From A Certain Point of View panel was what we most enjoyed about Star Wars. Before Celebration Anaheim, I had a fairly stock answer: the movies, of course, especially IV, V, VI; some of the EU novels, especially Timothy Zahn’s; playing SW:TOR; and the interesting people I’ve met. What I realized at the convention was that really, truly, what I love most about Star Wars are the other fans.

So far, I have been interviewing mostly new people for this series, but I thought it would be fun to see the perspectives of the staff members of FANgirlblog. This time, I’ve asked everyone from the blog who was at Celebration Anaheim a few questions about their experiences. I started off with BJ, our Senior Editor, because he’s been to many Celebrations. I asked Kay, our Staff Writer, about her experience cosplaying Rey. This was the first Celebration for Skylar, our Junior Contributor, so I asked her to share what was most exciting for her. For Tricia, this was a very busy Celebration; between podcasting, parties and book signings, she was a blur of action – I wanted to know what stood out the most for her. And just to round it out, I added a few of my thoughts about being at my second Celebration.

Join the FANgirlblog staff as we review SWCA from a very personal point of view.

B.J.

Was this your first Celebration?

No, I’d . . . → Read More: Linda’s Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Fan Interviews: FANgirl Staff

Redbubble Art In Motion

RedBubble New Romantic

Redbubble’s Art in Motion line aims to give individuals the freedom to express their own unique style.

We’re not trendsetters or trend followers. Inspiration doesn’t come in a box, it comes in a bubble. So, slip into something a little more — not mass produced and let your imagination run wild, do cartwheels, breakdance and just shake its moneymaker.

Because life is art in motion.

And so are you.

Perusing the Look Book, the New Romantic struck my fancy with the flowered skirt and peacock scarf, so I gave them a try.

I tried out my Art in Motion attire on a busy Monday. I paired the skirt and scarf with a neutral grey shirt. While the skirt is definitely work worthy, the material is thin enough that the wearer needs to pay attention to undergarment color. I draped the long shirt over the skirt; the beautiful floral design was still visible. The scarf is my favorite part of the pairing. It’s comfortable and elegant, and also big enough to drape across the shoulders to add an extra degree of warmth when moving between the outside summer air and the chill of an air-conditioned office.

Over the course of the day I visited a job site and hand-grazed my horse at the barn. The skirt allowed me freedom of movement and proved versatile from office to outdoors. Generally I have to change outfits at least once. So the New Romantic look from Redbubble’s Art In Motion proved a hit . . . → Read More: Redbubble Art In Motion

RebelForce Radio Star Wars Oxygen: Vol. 18, Attack of the Clones

The newest episode of RebelForce Radio’s Star Wars Oxygen: The Music of John Williams is available, and it features one of my favorite themes in the saga.

We kick off our review of the music of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones with the track that dominated the film, “Across The Stars”. David W. Collins & Jimmy Mac dig deep into this composition with insight and analysis you will not hear anywhere else. Discover it’s connection to the narrative of the film as the piece switches moods from romance to intrigue to danger. The Sith hits the fan as we uncover a potential theme for Count Dooku and David helps us understand the re-use of music we’ve heard in The Phantom Menace. Plus, Listener Feedback and more.

The June episode of Fangirls Going Rogue also featured a discussion of favorite musical moments in the Star Wars movies. Give a listen to see which music Tricia, Teresa, and Sarah picked.

Tricia Barr is one of four authors of Ultimate Star Wars from DK Publishing, has written several feature articles for Star Wars Insider magazine and is a contributor for Her Universe’s Year of the Fangirl. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and RebelForce Radio Presents Fangirls Going Rogue.

For updates on all things FANgirl follow @FANgirlcantina on Twitter or like FANgirl Zone on Facebook. At times she tries the Tumblr.

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Kay Tries Out Fish Fingers & Custard with Nerd Lunch

Fish Fingers & Custard Before and After

Only my long-lost podcasting brother and my enthusiasm for Doctor Who fandom could combine forces to encourage me to make such questionable food choices.

The latest Nerd Lunch podcast Extra Helping finds my buddy CT and I paying tribute to the 11th Doctor by trying the character’s signature food combo – fish fingers and custard.

We talk about the faux holiday associated with it, attempt to be semi-scientific about the process, and yes, that’s my Amy Pond impersonation at the very beginning.

Have you ever tried it before? If not, proceed with caution. Much later after the recording my digestive system had a change of hearts.

And to hear more of CT and I talking about Doctor Who, be sure to check out The Nerd Lunch Doctor Who Drilldown.

Kay grew up wanting to be an astronaut. After seeing Star Wars, she wanted to be Princess Leia, Han Solo, and an astronaut. A voice actor, photographer, and artist who also consults in communications and marketing, Kay spends the little bit of free time she has reading, reviewing, and, of course, making pew pew noises. She would pick up more jobs, hobbies, and fitness routines if she was a Time Lord. You can follow her on Twitter.

Checking in with the New Big Three on Tosche Station Radio

Last week Tosche Station Radio invited me on to discuss the trio who look to be our new big three for the Star Wars saga when The Force Awakens comes out this December – Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron.

This is a strange and interesting time in which we’ve been treated to small tastes of these new characters but there’s still plenty we don’t know. We can use our knowledge of storytelling and Star Wars to make some guesses as to what might be in store for this trio. We can also make jokes.

Tune in to hear how we’re thinking about these characters right now along with some talk of what’s new in the world of Star Wars fandom.

Excerpt from the show notes:

Saf and Kay join us this week on Camie’s Concerns to discuss the new Big Three. What do we know? What do we hope?

Head over to Tosche Station to check out the episode #119 or you can find it on iTunes.

Kay grew up wanting to be an astronaut. After seeing Star Wars, she wanted to be Princess Leia, Han Solo, and an astronaut. A voice actor, photographer, and artist who also consults in communications and marketing, Kay spends the little bit of free time she has reading, reviewing, and, of course, making pew pew noises. She would pick up more jobs, hobbies, and fitness routines if she was a Time Lord. You can follow her on Twitter.

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