Celebration VI is over, and the fun begins of writing recaps and finalizing various posts. Between the whole team we have interviews with Troy Denning, James Luceno, Timothy Zahn, and Drew Karpyshyn, plus coverage of the Star Wars Expanded Universe and The Clone Wars. I’m pretty sure my favorite panels were the smaller ones in the University Room – Dave Filoni talking about storytelling, Brian Wood and Randy Stradley discussing the upcoming Star Wars comics, and Ryder Windham dishing the secrets of the Chiss Jedi. (I’m partial on that last one because my customized Nuru Kungurama action figure had a co-starring role.) Check back over the next few weeks for lots more on Celebration, and in the meantime be sure not to miss my photo album over at Fangirl Zone on Facebook.
For starters, here is my funniest convention tale:
I travel a bit, and to keep the sense of home I like to bring along a stuffed animal or two – Eeyore has been to Europe and Africa. For Celebration, I brought along Iceman, my large stuffed wampa, and Stinky, the baby Hutt from The Clone Wars. When I left the hotel for the convention on Sunday morning, the gang – Eeyore, Stinky, and Iceman – took their place of honor atop the pile of luggage sent down to the bellhop storage room. At the end of the day as the valet loaded the truck, I realized Stinky was missing. I ran to the bellhop station, asking in all seriousness, “Have you found a stuffed animal?”
Bellhop 1 asks, “What does he look like?”
“He’s a baby Hutt,” I respond.
Bellhop 2 stares at me, then grins. “Let the princess in to rescue her Hutt.”
It was only then I realized that I still was wearing my Her Universe Princess Leia hoodie, and the utter hilarity of me declaring I’d lost my Hutt. I’m glad they had a little fun with it, even allowing me in the back room to assist in the search and rescue effort. So here’s the Star Wars Celebration happy ending – we found Stinky.
Check back later this week for more reports from the con.
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 strong female characters. She also writes about Star Wars for Random House’s science fiction and fantasy blog Suvudu.com. Her interview with X-Wing: Mercy Kill author Aaron Allston can be found in this month’s Star Wars Insider Issue 135.
In her spare time, Tricia puts the finishing touches on her first novel, Wynde. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.