Fandom Fashion Friday #2

Black Widow and the Avengers Shirt

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.


Star Wars

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).

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The Evolution of Women in the Star Wars Universe: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Guest post by Amy Richau

In the first two Star Wars films the women beyond Princess Leia appeared as mother figures, background fillers, and in The Empire Strikes Back (TESB) active members of the rebellion. There were no female villains in A New Hope (ANH) or TESB or seemingly any female aliens – except for a brief appearance by the Tonnika Sisters in the Mos Eisley Cantina. Female pilots have also been absent, as women were shown as only working in the control room or in the flight crew at the rebel base in Hoth.

The sixth Star Wars film, Return of the Jedi (ROTJ), has more female characters than ANH or TESB in a wider variety of roles. However, some of the female characters may not be the roles you were looking or wishing for.

Jabba’s Palace

It’s really hot on Tatooine. That is the easy explanation for how many females characters are so scantily clad in Jabba’s Palace. Although this explanation falls apart when you see the male characters all in heavy clothing.

The real explanation for the female wardrobe choices at Jabba’s Palace are that almost all of the women shown are figures of entertainment for Jabba. And Hutts seem to really like seeing women in a variety of galactic bikinis.

The main female character in Jabba’s Palace is also the most tragic. Oola, the first Twi’lek in a Star Wars film is Jabba’s current favorite slave at the beginning of the film. Played by Femi Taylor, . . . → Read More: The Evolution of Women in the Star Wars Universe: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Kay Joins Rebel Yell for the Siege of Lothal

Rebel Yell Podcast Art

4/5ths of the Rebel Yell Council return to the podcast for discussion of the Star Wars Rebels Season 2 opener, Siege of Lothal. Some of the recent storytelling choices for this second Rebels season, as well as this episode itself, have invoked my small galaxy syndrome feelings, but even I agree with the rest of the Council that Darth Vader is one not to be messed with on this show.

There’s also much to discuss about the Empire’s interest in the planet itself, speculation about Ahsoka, and of course “space married” makes an appearance. It’s always an interesting conversation when Steve, Teresa, Erich, and I are all at the same table.

“Rebel Yell – Siege of Lothal” can be found:

on iTunes under Disney Vault Talk

on the Geek Out Loud website

Kay grew up wanting to be an astronaut. After seeing Star Wars, she wanted to be Princess Leia, Han Solo, and an astronaut. Life’s taken her on a bit of a different path, but she’s still a Star Wars fangirl at heart who enjoys surprising people with how geeky she really is. Currently a voice actor, photographer, and artist who also consults in communications and marketing, Kay spends the little bit of free time she has reading, writing, learning and, of course, making pew pew noises. She would pick up more jobs and hobbies if she was a Time Lord. You can follow her on Twitter.


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Hyperspace Theories Episode 10: Rey, Resources, and Whimsy Courtesy of Miyazaki


The June episode of Hyperspace Theories tackles ideas about speculation and storytelling from several different perspectives.

We begin with our intermittent Spoilers Beware segment in light of several recent news items about The Force Awakens. One of them – the upcoming line of themed makeup from Cover Girl – includes some tiny hints about movie dialogue in officially licensed products. We also discuss promotional art from Russia that seems to have escaped the veil of secrecy a bit early, and what appears to be a leaked screenshot from the film previously described in various rumor reports. If you don’t want to hear any speculation based on possible The Force Awakens actual material, then skip over this segment.

For our segment on the methodologies of speculating, we return to a fun way to consider how new Star Wars stories might unfold in the future: assessing the impact of various influences on the storytellers. This month we discuss acclaimed animated filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. Although his influence on George Lucas is not as direct as other Japanese artists like Akira Kurosawa, he has been a direct influence on the creators of Star Wars Rebels. Dave Filoni has related that Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy specifically identified Miyazaki as an artist the Rebels team should draw upon for inspiration. In sharing our reactions to Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Spirited Away, we discuss Miyazaki’s approach to characters, plot, visuals, and storytelling and the ways in which we see his influence appearing in Rebels. Kay . . . → Read More: Hyperspace Theories Episode 10: Rey, Resources, and Whimsy Courtesy of Miyazaki

Linda’s Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Fan Interviews: FANgirl Staff

SWCA Linda - Linda GL cosplayer

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.

So far, I have been interviewing mostly new people for this series, but I thought it would be fun to see the perspectives of the staff members of FANgirlblog. This time, I’ve asked everyone from the blog who was at Celebration Anaheim a few questions about their experiences. I started off with BJ, our Senior Editor, because he’s been to many Celebrations. I asked Kay, our Staff Writer, about her experience cosplaying Rey. This was the first Celebration for Skylar, our Junior Contributor, so I asked her to share what was most exciting for her. For Tricia, this was a very busy Celebration; between podcasting, parties and book signings, she was a blur of action – I wanted to know what stood out the most for her. And just to round it out, I added a few of my thoughts about being at my second Celebration.

Join the FANgirlblog staff as we review SWCA from a very personal point of view.


Was this your first Celebration?

No, I’d . . . → Read More: Linda’s Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Fan Interviews: FANgirl Staff

RebelForce Radio Star Wars Oxygen: Vol. 18, Attack of the Clones

The newest episode of RebelForce Radio’s Star Wars Oxygen: The Music of John Williams is available, and it features one of my favorite themes in the saga.

We kick off our review of the music of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones with the track that dominated the film, “Across The Stars”. David W. Collins & Jimmy Mac dig deep into this composition with insight and analysis you will not hear anywhere else. Discover it’s connection to the narrative of the film as the piece switches moods from romance to intrigue to danger. The Sith hits the fan as we uncover a potential theme for Count Dooku and David helps us understand the re-use of music we’ve heard in The Phantom Menace. Plus, Listener Feedback and more.

The June episode of Fangirls Going Rogue also featured a discussion of favorite musical moments in the Star Wars movies. Give a listen to see which music Tricia, Teresa, and Sarah picked.

Tricia Barr 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.

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

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Fangirls Around The Web: Her Universe 5th Anniversary Bash Special Edition

Her Universe Hope hoodie

Tricia and Ashley at the C5 Her Universe Booth

Fangirls Around the Web is a post series that spotlights amazing fangirls and their heroines around the web.

June 22nd marks FIVE years for our favorite fangirl fashion company, Her Universe. It’s been a privilege to work with Ashley Eckstein through the Year of the Fangirl initiative, which is still running over two years since it started. Even Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy is wearing Her Universe, sporting the Lightsaber Star Wars Logo t-shirt during The Force Awakens panel at Celebration Anaheim. To celebrate their milestone, Her Universe is celebrating all day Monday, June 22. From the company’s blog:

1) Every order placed on June 22nd at will receive a FREE gift (randomly inserted in a purple envelope with their order and personally autographed by Ashley) of $5 up to $500! Will YOU be the lucky one to win $500?

2) We’re re-releasing three of our original and most popular Star Wars pieces launched years ago for all of you who might have missed out on these Force-ful fashions! You will be able to find them here on the 22nd.

3) We’re throwing a 5th anniversary party on June 22nd at the Her Universe offices with live stream segments all day via the social media app Meerkat. We’ll post the link on our Her Universe Twitter and you can watch the live stream segments throughout the day. Here is the tentative schedule for the . . . → Read More: Fangirls Around The Web: Her Universe 5th Anniversary Bash Special Edition

Star Wars Weekends 2015: Weekend Five

SWW 2015 Mayhew TFA trailer

My primary plan in going to Weekend Five of Star Wars Weekends this year was the RebelForce Radio meetup with listeners on Friday afternoon. By the time the three days were over, though, my experience had more highlights than I ever expected. Looking back over the three weekends I attended, this year’s Star Wars Weekends will definitely take its place among the most memorable of the many years I’ve made the event part of my early summer routine.

As it turned out, my weekend got off to a great start even before the RFR meetup with two more interviews for Fangirls Going Rogue with visiting guests Taylor Gray and Ray Park. Luckily the timing worked out perfectly, and my timeslots were scheduled for midday on Friday. I arrived at the interview location to find Jimmy Mac and Steve Glosson getting ready to conduct interviews for RFR and Ryan Hurley, whom I’d met at last year’s RFR meetup, preparing on behalf of Sorcerer’s Radio. My interviews with Taylor Gray and Ray Park went great – be sure to check out the July episode of Fangirls Going Rogue to hear them.

With interviews concluded, the group of us headed over to the Theater of the Stars for the Star Wars Rebels show, where we caught up with Bethany and Riley Blanton from Star Wars Report. After a great show from Taylor Gray and James Arnold Taylor, we hustled across the park to the New York Hotel at the Streets of America for . . . → Read More: Star Wars Weekends 2015: Weekend Five

Tricia Talks Ultimate Star Wars on Coffee With Kenobi Book Chat

Ultimate Star Wars cover

For the June 10 episode of Coffee With Kenobi’s Book Chat, Adam Bray and I joined Dan and Cory to talk about Ultimate Star Wars. From the show notes:

DK Publishing recently released Ultimate Star Wars, and the book more than lives up to its name. At 320 pages, the comprehensive book is a detailed encyclopedia of the Star Wars galaxy that is also the first canonical resource for both old and new fans alike. Adam Bray and Tricia Barr co-authored this amazing work, and we are excited to have them return to Coffee With Kenobi to share their experiences writing the book. This is the podcast you’re looking for!

Click here to listen to the show.

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

Fandom Fashion Friday

While the apparel options for grown women in various fandoms still don’t quite equal the amount offered to men, there are still some cool items out there. So we’re going to highlight some here to make sure you know about them too. And because one way of letting companies know that women are fans too is to show them through where you put your money.

This will be a recurring feature here on FANgirl and while it’ll most likely be Star Wars heavy, I’ll throw in a few items from some other fandoms when I can.

Star Wars

Tatooine Sunset Maxi Dress:

It’s really easy to accumulate a lot of black in your wardrobe if you’re a Star Wars fan. ThinkGeek has a couple Star Wars maxi dresses, but it was neat to see this one have some color!

$39.99 at ThinkGeek


Star Wars Dangle Earrings:

If you ever wanted TIE Fighters, X-wings, or Death Star hanging from your ears, this will be easier than buying small toys and making earrings out of them. These will probably weigh less than hanging toys from your ears too.

$24.99 for each set at ThinkGeek


Darth Vader Dark Side Tank Top:

Neat tattoo-like design not on a black shirt – which is nice for summer.

$20.50 at Hot Topic


Darth Vader Damask Print T-Shirt:

This one is listed in men’s sizes and my experience with buying men’s shirts in small sizes to wear fitted here is that they’re definitely . . . → Read More: Fandom Fashion Friday