Fangirls Around the Web: April 25, 2015


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Star Wars Costumes Shine at EMP Museum in Seattle


On the evening of January 30, the Grand Opening Gala for the Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume exhibit kicked off with a bang at the EMP Museum in Seattle, Washington. For me, the excitement started earlier that day when project director Saul Sopoci Drake walked me around the two-level exhibit. He shared insights into Smithsonian’s latest collaboration with Lucasfilm and the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. While he was explaining how the costumes of the Star Wars movie saga are arranged in imaginative narrative clusters – for instance, Han Solo and Zam Wesell in a Western movie gunslinger showdown – Jen Schommer of Smithsonian Public Relations interrupted to inform me that Anthony Daniels was available to speak about the exhibit. The glorious costumes faded into the background while the man behind everyone’s favorite golden protocol droid shined a spotlight on the artistry on display.

As I’ve listened back to the interview, which will is featured in the Star Wars Insider 157 out now, I realized that other than George Lucas himself, there probably isn’t any other individual better positioned to understand how the franchise’s artistic legacy has been shaped, from the influences of film classics to the contributions of concept artists like Ralph McQuarrie and Ian McCaig. Daniels explained it was McQuarrie’s depiction of the protocol droid, displayed larger than life in the exhibit, that drew him to the character. He described the costumes as characters in their own right as he gestured over . . . → Read More: Star Wars Costumes Shine at EMP Museum in Seattle

Hyperspace Theories at Celebration Anaheim

The Hyperspace Theories crew finally had time to break down the rest of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. We share our thoughts on The Force Awakens costume exhibit, the Star Wars Rebels panel on Saturday morning, the What Princess Leia Means to Me panel, and the Rogue One panel and Closing Ceremony on Sunday. Overall, the convention definitely left us with the impression that Lucasfilm was giving Star Wars fans a big hug.

Hyperspace Theories is now on Twitter @HyperspacePod!

Tricia is @FANgirlcantina on Twitter, as well as posting at FANgirl Zone on Facebook and on Tumblr.

Kay tweets @Geek_Kay.

Star Wars Celebration Debriefing With Skywalking Friends


Shortly after Star Wars Celebration Anaheim ended, Kay and Tricia joined Skywalking Through Neverland to share our memories. There were smiles and joy all around. From the show notes:

Minutes after the STAR WARS CELEBRATION ended, an assembly of Skywalkers gathered to discuss the best moments of the convention.

This episode is packed with THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer reactions (tears), Star Wars Celebration thoughts (and tears), Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Red Carpet Interviews (more tears), and even a word or two from Mary Franklin, Star Wars Celebration organizer-supreme!

Special thanks to our Debriefing Panel: Alan Sanborn, Robert (Bald Solo) Bapst, Tricia Barr, Geek Kay, Dave Skale, Joey Pittman, Matthew Clifton, Kevin Raidernerd Reitzel, David and Luann Manderville, Ryan Stampfli, Fernando Perez, Patty Hammond and Jeff Long.

And remember…NeverLand On Alderaan!

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You can follow Tricia @FANgirlcantina and Kay @Geek_Kay on Twitter.

Transitioning Back: Life After Star Wars Celebration

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim has concluded and it was a whirlwind of a ride. For many of us attendees it was downright overwhelming (in a good way) as we rode the high of being surrounded by so many people who love Star Wars as much as we do. I know I at least had to stop a few times and question if it was in fact real life.

I went from feeling totally fulfilled the first day to already getting sad the second day that it was half over. By the third day, I had to take a break and walk away for a little while. And on the last day, I just wanted to soak up every second of it.

As events drew to a close, I joked that there should be a panel called “Transitioning Back: Life After #SWCA”, but it turns out I wasn’t the only one to feel that way. So as those of us who were there struggle a bit with exiting the bubble of fandom awesomeness, here’s a guide to what you’ll need to deal with.


7 Things to Keep In Mind: You may in fact find yourself needing to talk about things other than Star Wars. (I know.) You may find yourself needing to talk about things other than Star Wars that are also not about what time you’re getting in line, how long a queue or its wait is, or how full a room is. If you enter a hotel lobby, . . . → Read More: Transitioning Back: Life After Star Wars Celebration

Celebration Kicks Off With The Force Awakens!


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Hyperspace Theories Pre-Celebration Show


We recorded a short episode of Hyperspace Theories to share our adventures in Anaheim the day before Star Wars Celebration begins. Linda joins Tricia, B.J., and Kay to talk Disneyland and more.

Hyperspace Theories is now on Twitter @HyperspacePod!

Tricia is @FANgirlcantina on Twitter, as well as posting at FANgirl Zone on Facebook and on Tumblr.

Kay tweets @Geek_Kay.

Hyperspace Theories Episode Eight: Star Wars Rebels


Kay, BJ and I recorded our latest Hyperspace Theories shortly after the season finale Star Wars Rebels. We ended up with so much to say that we’ve split our discussion into two episodes. In the previous show, we talked about Dave Filoni’s influence as a foundational creator of Star Wars stories, and speculated on the impact of his involvement as Lucasfilm continues to move the franchise forward.

In this episode, we begin with the world-building segment, Hyperspace Calculations. We consider the entire first season of Rebels to evaluate the choices made by the storytellers in building the small slice of the galaxy where the series begins its tale. Much of season one took place on Lothal for budgetary reasons, to allow assets to be reused across multiple episodes. We agree it works for the series, though, as the story starts smaller before the Ghost crew gradually becomes part of a larger Rebellion as the series moves forward. The existence of a Jedi temple on Lothal, though, was a little too convenient to avoid skepticism. We praise the world-building of the Imperial adversaries for the heroes, as well as the manner in which iconic Star Wars characters were weaved into the plot without detracting from the Ghost crew as the core of the series.

The storytelling segment looks ahead to the second season of Rebels, speculating on where the creators might take the series in the aftermath of season one. Topics include the story arcs for the Ghost crew, when we . . . → Read More: Hyperspace Theories Episode Eight: Star Wars Rebels

Celebration: From a Certain Point of View Panelists


One week from today, From a Certain Point of View: A Diversity of Opinions in Star Wars will be something that has happened. Be sure to check out the hashtag #SWDiversity while it’s happening.

The amazing panelists have already done their homework by filling out a questionnaire, and I can safely say we have an amazingly diverse set of opinions about the various questions the saga poses. Without further ado, here is the panel:


Justin Bolger writes for popular Star Wars website TheForce.Net and hosts their flagship podcast, The ForceCast. He is also the host and creator of the Star Wars podcast commentary series Star Wars With Friends. An ardent supporter of Palpatine and the Galactic Empire, he enjoys liberating planets in the name of peace and justice… in a variety of video and tabletop games, of course. Justin is also the founder of the ApexFan Audio network of podcasts, covering a variety of other genre worlds and stories such as The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and Doctor Who. You can find him on Twitter @TheApexFan.



James Floyd is a lifelong Star Wars fan who writes as jawajames for Club Jade and does comic reviews as GONK for He has one of the smallest official contributions to the Star Wars Expanded Universe, and is now a stay-at-home dad. James also co-coordinates the Bounty Hunt at Star Wars Celebration and is active in the San Diego sci-fi fan scene. Find him on Twitter @jamesjawa.



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Felicity Jones Lightsaber Color Choice is Pink

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On the latest episode of Fangirls Going Rogue, we were totally jazzed about the first standalone Star Wars movie, Rogue One. Now, how about this? When star Felicity Jones was asked about her lightsaber color of choice, she gave the best possible answer: “Pink.” . . . → Read More: Felicity Jones Lightsaber Color Choice is Pink