Slave Leia Sells? Amy Schumer, Boy Toys, and the Star Wars Fandom Double Standard

Amy Schumer GQ kickline

One week after we celebrated our first glimpse of Leia rocking a commanding costume in the behind-the-scenes reel from the The Force Awakens panel at San Diego Comic-Con, which followed two outstanding teasers that proved a mega-franchise movie doesn’t need to stoop to sexualizing any of its characters to generate interest, social media was atwitter over Slave Leia. First, a local Fox station in Philadelphia ran a segment called “Star Wars Action Figure Has Parents Furious” after a father of two daughters took issue with finding Black Series 6” Slave Leia action figures marked “ages 4 and up” in the toy aisle at Target. Later, GQ magazine released images of feminist comedienne Amy Schumer posed provocatively in the Slave Leia costume alongside other famous Star Wars characters.

Judging by the headlines across media outlets, it would appear significant segments of fandom are irate with the local station and the father who instigated its report, as well as with Schumer, who allegedly earned the “ire” of Disney|Lucasfilm. To date, the official Star Wars Twitter account has issued a one-line response, lacking in any actual corporate-level indignation, to fans who reacted to the Schumer images and held Disney|Lucasfilm accountable for them. A short statement from Disney was also released to Variety, along with the admission that parodying the franchise is covered under fair use.

@CPThrio @icecoldpenguin Lucasfilm & Disney didn't approve, participate in or condone the inappropriate use of our characters in this manner

— Star Wars (@starwars) July 16, 2015 . . . → Read More: Slave Leia Sells? Amy Schumer, Boy Toys, and the Star Wars Fandom Double Standard

Taylor Gray and Ray Park Join Fangirls Going Rogue

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The ladies fly fast and shoot straight with their ‘ships in the newest episode of Fangirls Going Rogue. Bria LaVorgna (Tosche Station, White Hot Room) joins Tricia Barr, Teresa Delgado, and Sarah Woloski to discuss survival skills for a new era of Star Wars movies. Lessons learned in the ‘shipper wars in the Prequel Trilogy and Expanded Universe eras spur a discussion on how to be passionate about our favorite characters without making enemies of fandom friends. Parents, Parents, this is the podcast conversation to help guide you and your younglings through the social media era. Hear the ladies’ thoughts on Star Wars Rebels Season 2 summer premiere; short form #spacemarried, #Vaderrules, and #fangirlflail. Speaking of Rebels, the fangirls round out interviews with all the members of the Ghost‘s crew, speaking to Taylor Gray. From Star Wars Weekends, Darth Maul stunt actor Ray Park shares how Star Wars inspired his career and how martial arts can help little (and big) kids focus. Finally, the character discussion gets imposing as Agent Kallus takes center stage.

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Bria LaVorgna as Jedi Mulan

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Linda’s Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Fan Interviews: Charlie and Chris

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.

I met quite a few interesting people at Celebration Anaheim, and in this series of posts I would like to share their stories with you.

When I first met Charlie and Chris, I thought they were two hapless business travelers accidentally booked into the Anaheim Marriott during Celebration. Who could blame me? Chris was dressed in Vineyard Vines and Charlie was not wearing his white Stormtrooper watch yet. How wrong I was. The two have been friends nearly twenty years, bonded through Star Wars. Together, they have been to every Celebration since III.

I liked Charlie and Chris immediately. They know their Star Wars, they’re funny, intelligent, and articulate. Charlie and I spotted a Stormtrooper in a kilt and had the same immediate, classic kilt question. You know the one. That was the moment I knew we were destined to be friends. Over the long weekend of Celebration, I got to know them better, not just as fellow fans, but as the kind of companions who don’t shy away from honestly . . . → Read More: Linda’s Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Fan Interviews: Charlie and Chris

Hyperspace Theories: The Force Awakens SDCC 2015 Panel Reaction Special

Star Wars and Lucasfilm have a long tradition of making waves at San Diego Comic-Con. With The Force Awakens due in December, this summer’s convention was no exception. Friday evening July 10 the famous Hall H hosted the movie’s panel, moderated by Nerdist founder Chris Hardwick and featuring nine panelists: production masterminds Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Lawrence Kasdan; John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, and Oscar Isaac for the light side; Adam Driver, Domnhall Gleeson, and Gwendoline Christie for the dark side; and legacy actors Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford. Although the panel’s conversation was great fun, for purposes of speculation and insight into the movie nothing could top the three-and-a-half minute behind the scenes reel which premiered early in the panel.

Naturally the video formed the basis for a special reaction episode of Hyperspace Theories, speculating about the movie based upon the new glimpses and clues provided by the reel. Tricia, B.J., and Kay are joined by Sarah and Richard Woloski from Skywalking Through Neverland for the discussion. We share our reactions to the panel and the video, then proceed to analyze the video in chronological order. Watch along with us while you listen!

You can also listen to Hyperspace Theories at Libsyn or download the show there. Or subscribe on iTunes.

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Kay tweets @Geek_Kay.

Richard and Sarah are on Twitter . . . → Read More: Hyperspace Theories: The Force Awakens SDCC 2015 Panel Reaction Special

Daisy Ridley Roundup: San Diego Comic-Con 2015 Edition [Updated]

Daisy in Falcon set

Daisy Ridley Roundup is a monthly feature where we spotlight all the happenings surrounding the exciting new actress taking Star Wars by storm.

On July 6, 2015 autograph hunters spotted The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley at Los Angeles International Airport. That put us pretty high on the confidence scale that we would see Daisy Ridley at San Diego Comic-Con. Below is an older tweet, but we thought it struck the right tone for things to come…

Just cried in cinema when my best mates face popped up in the STAR WARS trailer. Get ready for December people. Get ready for Daisy Ridley.

— Louisa C-Burnham (@louisacburnham) January 19, 2015

Her co-star John Boyega told the BBC back in February that The Force Awakens will be Ridley’s “breakout role.” Likely, both Boyega and Ridley will leave their mark while finding friendship along the way.

Phone conversation with peanut (daisy) discussing change, friendship and family. Both motivating and therapeutic. #Herewego!

— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) May 30, 2015

Isn’t it cute that he calls her “peanut”?

Based on this footage of Ridley in Youngers, she might have been destined for Star Wars.

A while back Hoth Bricks spotted Rey’s speeder disassembled. Now, we have her minifig leaked at SDCC. The full-size replica revealed at Celebration Anaheim as Kira’s speeder can also be found at San Diego Comic-Con, along with kiddie versions of the character.

couldn't help but think of @Geek_Kay when this young Rey visited @DelReyStarWars booth. . . . → Read More: Daisy Ridley Roundup: San Diego Comic-Con 2015 Edition [Updated]

Killing Your Darlings: The Life and Death of Ahsoka Tano

Hasbro SWCA Vader Ahsoka poster

One of the goals for our podcast Hyperspace Theories is using the perspective of storytelling to inform the process of speculation about future Star Wars tales. While promotional reveals and rumored spoilers can shape fans’ ideas about directions for speculating, getting inside the mind of the storyteller also can provide a basis for anticipating future developments or culling among more likely and less likely possibilities.

Last week Tricia and I were discussing a key decision for any storyteller: writing the death of a fan-favorite character. Certainly neither of us is opposed in principle to “killing our darlings” in stories; anyone who’s read our fiction knows that. At the same time, when carried out poorly such a death can cause a profoundly negative fan reaction and corresponding detrimental impact on subsequent interest in purchasing later stories. In the Legends era, for example, fans were heartbroken by the death of Ton Phanan but still hold the character and his demise in great esteem; by contrast, the death of Mara Jade Skywalker garnered little but ill will and declining sales for the novels. Fans spurn deaths that undermine characterization or themes, lack adequate reasons in the plot, or fail to pay off in future stories, among other flaws – but they also may come to revere a death written with meaning and impact. In other words, although one decision must be whether to kill the character, that choice cannot be separated from the why and how portrayed in the story.

In the course . . . → Read More: Killing Your Darlings: The Life and Death of Ahsoka Tano

Kay Returns to Nerd Lunch for Return of the Jedi

Leia Rescues Han in Return of the Jedi

The craziest multi-step plan in all of Star Wars. But let’s not forget Leia’s entrance.

It’s time for the Nerd Lunch crew to close up shop on the original trilogy drilldown. So I reconvened with CT, Pax, Jeeg, and Michael May to discuss the divisive Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. As usual we talk about our favorite and least favorite parts as well as how it fits for us personally in the rest of the trilogy. And of course since I’m there, someone starts singing at some point.

Other highlights include my theory on how Luke completed his Jedi training and his status as Loki of the Rebellion, how Darth Vader and Luke resonates with fathers and sons, and a breakdown of how crazy the plan is to rescue Han. All in all it was a good way as any to ring in my 10th official Nerd Lunch appearance.

You can also find Nerd Lunch on iTunes and Stitcher.

Be sure to also check out our previous Star Wars drilldowns with A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and the podcast episode that started my journey as Nerd Lunch Leia – Setting the Table on Star Wars.

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 would pick up more jobs, hobbies, and fitness routines if she was a . . . → Read More: Kay Returns to Nerd Lunch for Return of the Jedi

Kay Stops by Starmageddon for SDCC

Starmageddon is a relatively new podcast hosted by Michael May and Dan Taylor that celebrates liking both Star Wars and Star Trek. I’ve been a guest with Michael on several episodes of the Nerd Lunch podcast including our breakdown of The Empire Strikes Back so I was happy to get a chance to chat with him again on his show.

In this episode we take a look at what’s on the panel docket for Star Wars and Star Trek enthusiasts at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Afterwards we briefly discuss introducing Star Wars and Star Trek to kids including the tough situation of when the kids in your life are as interested in your fandoms as you are.

You can listen to Starmageddon Episode 05 – The Podcast Strikes Back on their website or 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 would pick up more jobs, hobbies, and fitness routines if she was a Time Lord. If you listen closely you can allegedly hear her on all the Star Wars podcasts. You can also follow her on Twitter.

Dark Disciple Review by Kay

Dark Disciple Cover

There are times when you find yourself unable to put down a book you’re reading. Although some of those times you don’t want to put it down because you know if you do, you won’t pick it back up again. While it started out fine, reading Dark Disciple eventually became one of those latter times.

Christie Golden’s latest is based on an unproduced eight-episode arc of The Clone Wars television series and finds the Jedi Council assigning Jedi Quinlan Vos to team up with former dark-sider Asajj Ventress to end Count Dooku’s reign of terror.

Like other recent Star Wars book releases, setting this story between the movies leaves the author with a challenge. We already know from the movies how Count Dooku dies, and it isn’t by the hand of Quinlan Vos or Asajj Ventress. So how does this story keep its tension and interest when the outcome of the mission can’t hold that?

The short answer is it doesn’t, really. Too soon the pacing of Dark Disciple becomes the world’s most consistently disappointing rollercoaster with long, info-dumping setups and blink-and-you’ll-miss-it payoffs over and over again. The television show episode structure is still readily apparent, which might not be the worst if you want to imagine this as more episodes of The Clone Wars. But if you want to read it as one big story, it’s awkward.

Probably also due to the episode structure, the beginning of the book feels like it’s Vos’ story. After a bit Ventress comes . . . → Read More: Dark Disciple Review by Kay

Linda’s Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Fan Interviews: Annalise Ophelian

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.

I met quite a few interesting people at Celebration Anaheim, and in this series of posts I would like to share their stories with you.

Anaheim was my second Celebration, Orlando in 2012 being my first. Celebration VI was my second con and the biggest con I’d ever attended. It was completely overwhelming. Because I had a better idea of what to expect, and because I’ve been involved in the Star Wars community for longer now, Anaheim seemed more accessible to me, while at times still overwhelming. In particular, I was much more open to all the fascinating stories surrounding me.

Annalise is the first new friend I made going to Celebration. Like Dan Brooks, we met waiting for our flight to Anaheim when I complimented Annalise on her bags – one a Star Wars bag and another a kitty pattern bag. We were both staying at the Marriott so we shared a cab to the hotel and were fast friends from there on. Annalise is a generous, receptive listener, and . . . → Read More: Linda’s Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Fan Interviews: Annalise Ophelian