To Disney Infinity And Beyond To Force Friday: Fangirl Chat

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What to do when the next episode of Fangirls Going Rogue is a couple of weeks away and Disney Infinity hits shelves on the eve of Force Friday? Sarah Woloski joins Tricia Barr and Teresa Delgado on Fangirl Chat to give advice and tips on playing Disney Infinity 3.0. From riding tauntauns in the Tool Box to unlocking Hera Syndulla, Teresa and Sarah have got this one covered.

#onlyinthetoybox Ahsoka on a TaunTaun! @icecoldpenguin @fangirlcantina http://t.co/eZWtnKykXo pic.twitter.com/fUBXjFI2G1

— Skywalking Neverland (@SkywalkingPod) September 1, 2015

Then Tricia hops on her Segue to determine where to spend our Force Friday and what to spend our hard-earned fangirl dollars on.

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Nerdist Disney Infinity interview by Amy Ratcliffe Force Friday Preview on StarWars.com

You can find the ladies of Fangirl Chat as follows:

Twitter:

Fangirls Going Rogue: @FGGoingRogue

Tricia: @fangirlcantina

Teresa: @icecoldpenguin

Sarah: @JediTink

Email: fangirlsgoingrogue@gmail.com

Facebook: Fangirls Going Rogue

Sarah Michelle Gellar Stars In Star Wars Rebels’ Second Season

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Star Wars Rebels Season Two returns October 14th, 2015 with new star Sarah Michelle Gellar. . . . → Read More: Sarah Michelle Gellar Stars In Star Wars Rebels’ Second Season

The Supergirl Premiere: An Early Look

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A team of women outfitted in Supergirl shirts walked up and down the aisles of the room, handing out gold Supergirl tattoos to a rather diverse crowd of women and men, young and old(er). On stage local weekend morning anchor Marissa Bailey showed off the red cape attached to her shirt before introducing the new show and sharing that the network wants to know what we all think of what we’re about to see. I sat in the front of the room, hoping in an hour I wouldn’t feel like I’d wasted my time.

Three months before when a six-minute trailer for the new Supergirl TV show appeared online, I didn’t have much confidence in the program. Beyond not having a real personal history with the character, the preview felt like a hard sell on the idea girls would want to watch this. In some moments it came off like a rom com with a ditzy lead. Now there’s definitely a market for that, but it’s not what I’m looking for in a TV show right now – even less so for a superhero TV show.

On Assembly of Geeks’ Comic Book Passions & TV Show Reactions episode’ I mentioned how unfortunate it was that the Black Widow rom-com parody sketch had just appeared on Saturday Night Live and bore a superficial resemblance to the trailer. Host Scott saw similarities to The Devil Wears Prada while his fellow host Amy’s initial impression . . . → Read More: The Supergirl Premiere: An Early Look

Tricia Barr Talks Star Wars Land and More on Jogcast Radio

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Apparently the ladies of Fangirls Going Rogue have a fanbase in Australia! Tricia Barr joins Jogcast Radio to discuss D23 Expo news, including Star Wars Land, the Drew Struzan poster for The Force Awakens, and the Rogue One cast photo. Simon Pegg’s role in Star Wars resulted in differing opinions.

Plus, Tricia gets a chance to share some insight on her award-winning space opera Wynde.

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 is one of four authors of Ultimate Star Wars from DK Publishing, has written several feature articles for Star Wars Insider magazine and is a contributor for Her Universe’s Year of the Fangirl. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and RebelForce Radio Presents 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 TriciaBarr.com.

For updates on all things FANgirl follow @FANgirlcantina on Twitter or like FANgirl Zone on Facebook. At times she tries the Tumblr.

. . . → Read More: Tricia Barr Talks Star Wars Land and More on Jogcast Radio

Daisy Ridley Roundup: D23 Expo

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The summer convention season has presented great opportunities to learn more about The Force Awakens’ leading lady Daisy Ridley. If you missed our San Diego Comic-Con Daisy Ridley Roundup, be sure to check it out. Club Jade’s post-SDCC Twitter Roundup provided more glimpses of Ridley and John Boyega enjoying the convention hall via Dustin Sandoval and Jimmy Boy. One lucky Rey cosplayer shared her experience meeting the actress in person on her Tumblr page.

Lucky for Star Wars fans, Ridley joined director J.J. Abrams and fellow cast-mates Harrison Ford, Lupita Nyong’o, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac at D23 Expo last weekend. (top image via Pete Morrison)

HEY INSTAGRAM! Coming to you live from #D23EXPO #starwars #theforceawakens (trying to keep my dress crease less!)

A photo posted by @daisyridley on Aug 15, 2015 at 11:10am PDT

Ridley announced her arrival at the Disney fan spectacular with her new Instagram account. The actress previously had left Twitter during the filming of Episode VII. Of all the social media venues, Instagram might be the best venue for fan outreach in that its strength is sharing rather than conversation, creating a buffer against bullies and trolls. Ridley has already proved she can ham it up, showing excitement for the Drew Struzan D23 exclusive poster and getting her fangirl on with a . . . → Read More: Daisy Ridley Roundup: D23 Expo

Katie Couric’s Rise of the Female Superhero

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At Yahoo! News, Katie Couric has a wonderful new report titled, “Rise of the Female Superhero.” The video is about 17 minutes long, and covers a wide range of topics. It’s great to see a high-profile journalist like Couric giving reach to topics that fangirls have been emphasizing recently:

With a fan base that’s now 47 percent female, the notion of comic book superheroes being a boys club is now a thing of the past. Publishers like Marvel, DC and Image have answered the demand for more female protagonists, and behind the pages, a new wave of female creators are giving these characters the presence they never had. From writers G. Willow Wilson and Kelly Sue DeConnick to artists like Babs Tarr, the comic book industry has never seemed so diverse.

As many eagerly wait for Hollywood to catch up to comicdom with upcoming films like “Captain Marvel” and “Wonder Woman,” and television shows like “Supergirl,” these comic book creators are ringing in a new golden age for the female superhero, and the world of crime fighting will never be the same.

Only a few years ago, DC Comic’s Dan Didio publicly dismissed the concerns of female fans; now he’s seen the positives that diversity in stories – and the audience – can bring to the industry. With Mockingjay Part 2 and The Force Awakens coming to theaters at the end of the year, hopefully the trend Couric is noting will only gain more momentum in the months . . . → Read More: Katie Couric’s Rise of the Female Superhero

Sandra Choute Reports on Barnes & Noble Fangirl Friday

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Tricia Barr note: Do you know Sandra Choute yet? Well, you should because she likes to celebrate fangirls and fandom. We both attended Fangirl Friday at Barnes & Noble in different parts of the country. I spoke at mine; it was a packed house. I asked Sandra about her experience. Here is her recap.

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Last month, Barnes & Noble continued their “Get Pop Cultured” series with Fangirl Friday. It was a day designated for Fangirls to get together, have fun, play games, and share their passion with one another. Fanboys were welcomed to attend.

Many of you reading this may be wondering what exactly is a Fangirl. To fully understand what it means to be a Fangirl, I asked a good friend of mine to define and describe the term.

She said:

A fangirl is passionate about what she loves, whether it’s a television show, a sport, or a line of collectible toys. A fangirl fully embraces the things that makes her happy, even if others may think it weird or immature. Being a fangirl involves a lot of hyperventilating, flailing, and screaming, while also being considerate of other fans’ beliefs and points of view. What’s most important of all, a fangirl is someone who supports other fangirls. The fangirl community is one founded on solidarity and inclusivity. A fangirl does not exclude others or make them feel inferior for her own enjoyment or benefit. A fangirl celebrates other fangirls because it’s already in the name–we . . . → Read More: Sandra Choute Reports on Barnes & Noble Fangirl Friday

Supergirl Meets Her Audience

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CBS recently invited 400 mother and their daughters to attend a screening of Supergirl, rounding it out with a surprise visit from Supergirl herself Melissa Benoist. From CBS.com:

Before taking questions from her young fans, Melissa insisted that every girl in the audience stand and do the Supergirl pose. Mothers clapped as their daughters erupted from their seats with their left hands on their hips and their right fists aimed firmly to the sky. Melissa answered questions about her Supergirl costume, the powers she’ll have, and who her personal hero is: her mom. Before leaving, Benoist reminded the audience that what makes Kara Danvers “super” isn’t just her powers, but her love for her family, her courage, and the positive support she receives from those who love her.

This event follows a recent trend to use mothers and female empowerment as effective marketing tools. According to Variety, Supergirl is expected to beat out its competition Gotham for the valuable 18-49 audience.

Check out the recent trailer, where Kara Danvers proves she is not a reluctant hero.

Supergirl premieres Monday, October 26th (8:30-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.

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 is one of four authors of Ultimate Star Wars from DK Publishing, has written several feature articles for Star . . . → Read More: Supergirl Meets Her Audience

Fandom Fashion Friday #2

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We’re back for another round of Fandom Fashion Friday – your place to see some of the latest finds for wearing your fandom. In this edition there’s even more items than last time so be sure to check out the links as not everything is pictured.

 

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Hot Topic and SuperHeroStuff are now carrying some of the items we saw in the Goldie/We Love Fine Star Wars collection. For example:

Chewbacca Hoodie at Hot Topic ($79.50)

Han Solo Costume Shirt at SuperHeroStuff ($43.99)

R2D2 Sweater at SuperHeroStuff ($56.99)

 

Several new Star Wars earrings can also now be found at Hot Topic:

Rebel Alliance Insignia Earrings ($8.50) Oddly enough the product page for this one includes a Princess Leia quote from The Force Unleashed.

Also available: Boba Fett, stormtrooper, Imperial logo, and Darth Vader

 

This AT-AT walker necklace has some neat detail in it and is normally $100 (US) but you can find it currently on sale at Kohl’s for the low, low price of $29.99.

And a new plus-size Her Universe tee has appeared on ThinkGeek for $19.99. Are you ready to choose your destiny?

I recently discovered Junk Food Clothing carries some Star Wars items too. Some of the clothing is even on sale as of this posting – including this purple comic-y ladies Star Wars t-shirt ($10), this trippy Star Wars raglan ($18), and this particularly comfy-looking Empire Strikes Back hoodie ($30, technically men’s sizing).

And for those who like to keep their . . . → Read More: Fandom Fashion Friday #2

Steve Blum and Daniel Logan Talk to Fangirls Going Rogue

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It’s Episode 20: time to celebrate our 20th epiversary! What better way than to start out with the San Diego Comic-Con The Force Awakens toy announcement at Entertainment Weekly!

In other news, Sarah Woloski spots talk of strong female characters in Disney Infinity 3.0 during John Vignocchi’s interview with Game Informer. Teresa Delgado shares her excitement for the upcoming show Supergirl, featuring Harrison Ford’s wife Callista Flockhart in a lead role. Sarah and Teresa fangirlflail after seeing the Ahsoka feature video that was part of the Star Wars Rebels Season 2 roll-out by Lucasfilm. Tricia Barr shares her own fangirl flail moment upon seeing her article about Han Solo in Star Wars Insider #158.

An article on Hello Giggles about the new female Jedi Masters at Disneyland’s Jedi Training Academy kicks off a Star Wars Weekends discussion. Tricia interviews Steve Blum and Daniel Logan and also shares highlights from the Stars of the Saga show with Warwick Davis.

The main segment poses the question “What are your favorite musical moments from the movies?” Teresa, Tricia, and Sarah each pick three and to round out a top ten list Sandra Choute adds her favorite moment. The choices range all six movies. Sarah does a fantastic job of cutting in the music, making this a must-listen episode. And it might just get you even more excited for The Force Awakens!

The character discussion mulls over the possibilities for Barriss Offee.

Don’t forget you can get your own . . . → Read More: Steve Blum and Daniel Logan Talk to Fangirls Going Rogue