Amidala Arrives for Star Wars Weekends

This weekend is the third of the four 2012 Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida, and it brings a ton of fangirl excitement.

An enthusiastic fangirl in her own right, Cat Taber, the voice of Padmé Amidala on The Clone Wars, is one of this weekend’s featured VIP guests. She’s scheduled for a stage appearance with Ashley Eckstein for the Behind the Force look at the making of The Clone Wars, as well as an autograph session near Echo Lake.

I’m also planning to get my copy of The Essential Guide to Warfare signed by author Jason Fry, and catch up with Del Rey editor Erich Schoeneweiss. They’re scheduled for two-hour book-signing appearances around lunchtime at either Darth’s Mall (Friday and Sunday) or the Writer’s Stop (Saturday).

Finally, if you missed it a couple weeks ago, be sure to read my Star Wars Weekends preview post for Suvudu and the accompanying Expanded Universe VIPs edition of my Star Tours Pop Quiz.

Oh, yes – like X-Wing Crashes Into Echo Lake, the title of this post was inspired by Cat’s arrival, which fittingly pairs up with another one of the teaser art advertisements for this year’s event:

Click through to to see the other print ads and video teasers for 2012 Star Wars Weekends.




Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and the intersection of women within Star Wars fandom. She is co-author of Ultimate Star Wars and Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia from DK Publishing, a featured writer for Star Wars Insider magazine with numerous articles on the Hero's Journey. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and Fangirls Going Rogue. Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to