On Episode 44 of Hyperspace Theories, Tricia, B.J. and Kay discuss Star Wars Celebration in Chicago and share our reactions to, and favorite moments from, the convention. The convention was definitely a busy one: we didn’t even have time to record the episode live at the con, but hopefully the clearer audio quality is a worthwhile tradeoff.
We begin, of course, with the Episode IX panel that kicked off the convention on Friday morning, April 12. In addition to the panel itself, we give our initial impression of the movie’s title, The Rise of Skywalker, and the teaser trailer unveiled at the conclusion of the panel – including a surprise appearance by the Emperor’s Ian McDiarmid on the Celebration stage.
We then talk about a wide range of other experiences from the convention. Panels discussed include The Clone Wars, The Mandalorian, Galaxy’s Edge, and Claudia Gray’s writer workshop. Other topics include merchandise, cosplay, the fan-organized Ahsoka Lives picture, and the fun of socializing with friends from all over the country and around the world. We also offer some constructive criticism on several of the logistical problems that arose before and during the convention, in the hope that these issues can be resolved for Celebration Anaheim in 2020.
We conclude the show with our favorite moments from the convention. For each of us, these were more personally important than anything else – but that’s what conventions like Celebration are really all about.
FANgirl Coverage of Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019:
- Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019: Episode IX Panel
- Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019: Bringing Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to Life at Disney Parks
- Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019: The Clone Wars Sneak Peek
- Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019: The Mandalorian Panel
- Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019: The Phantom Menace 20th Anniversary Panel
- Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019: The Music of The Phantom Menace With David Collins
- Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019: Logistical Problems and Areas for Improvement
- Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019: The Franchise Talking Points
- Fangirls Going Rogue: Basking In Celebration Afterglow
- Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019: Marvel Comics Presents: Star Wars
- Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019: The Meaning of Community: My First Star Wars Celebration
- Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019: The Freemaker Adventures and Star Wars: All-Stars Panel
- Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019: Star Wars Resistance Season Two Sneak Peek
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- Kay: Twitter @Geek_Kay; email Kay@fangirlblog.com
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 TriciaBarr.com.
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