Her Universe Offers “Informed and Fashionable” Fandom

Earlier this month, I noted that women associated with Star Wars keep showing up in mainstream female-oriented magazines. Each time they seem to be giving voice to women expressing themselves in powerful ways. Last time it was Keira Knightley talking about feminism and body image in Glamour. When former Deputy White House Chief of Staff for Operations Alyssa Mastromonaco announced she had taken a position as contributing editor at Marie Claire, she says in a Washington Post piece that she was “startled by some of the critical reactions.” Her piece challenges the notion that women can’t be “informed and fashionable.”

Opening up the August Cosmopolitan magazine, in the Fun Fearless Female section, the Her Universe Fashion Show to be held this week was highlighted under the Fun column. Ashley gave Teresa and I a rundown on the event in this month’s Fangirls Going Rogue. An announcement will be made at the event and it looks like some favorite fangirls, like Amanda Jeann and TK-6683, will be modeling new Her Universe fashion.

Jonathan Wilkins told Radio 1138 that the goodie bags will contain a copy of Star Wars Insider #151 with the Hera Syndulla cover. That issue also features an article by Lisa Granshaw on the rise of geek couture as well as my feature on Star Wars fangirls. Jeffrey Brown, the creator of Darth Vader & Son, Vader’s Little Princess, and Jedi Academy, as well as its forthcoming sequel and Good Night Darth Vader, will be Titan Magazine’s featured guest at their San . . . → Read More: Her Universe Offers “Informed and Fashionable” Fandom

Star Wars and the X-Wing of Joy

I’ve been in love with the Star Wars: Force for Change campaign since day one. In addition to holding a special place in my heart for Star Wars, I like it when large groups can rally to do good. So bringing together Star Wars fans to raise money for UNICEF’s Innovation Labs is a pretty fantastic venture in my book. On Monday, a new video came out from Lucasfilm and Omaze announcing a special bonus for the last week of the Force for Change campaign – those who donated this week would also be entered to win a private hometown screening of Episode VII before it hits theaters.

That is pretty cool, but something in the video quickly became arguably even more exciting.

J.J. Abrams was standing in front of an X-wing.

I, for one, got a bit overwhelmed with joy at the sight of it and, of course, immediately took to Twitter to share my feels:

I was not alone. Continue reading Star Wars and the X-Wing of Joy

Ridley Roundup: June 25 – July 22, 2014

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The Ridley Roundup for June 25 – July 22, 2014. . . . → Read More: Ridley Roundup: June 25 – July 22, 2014

Star Wars Books at San Diego Comic-Con 2014

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San Diego Comic-Con announcements are coming fast and furious. Sometimes news and goodies come ahead of the big event, like the recent Batgirl news; other times, fans learn something at the convention. This year, Del Rey is not keeping their Star Wars Books sampler a convention exclusive. It’s available now at Amazon. . . . → Read More: Star Wars Books at San Diego Comic-Con 2014

Harry Potter’s Leading Ladies

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Harry Potter’s Emma Watson tackles global issues and J.K. Rowling expands her fictional universe. . . . → Read More: Harry Potter’s Leading Ladies

Rancho Obi-Wan Second Annual Gala

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Teresa and I had a chance to talk to Consetta Parker about the upcoming Rancho Obi-Wan 2nd Annual Gala for this month’s episode of Fangirls Going Rogue. . . . → Read More: Rancho Obi-Wan Second Annual Gala

Star Wars Rebels at San Diego Comic-Con

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Looking ahead to the Star Wars Rebels panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2014. . . . → Read More: Star Wars Rebels at San Diego Comic-Con

Don’t Miss the Relaunch of StarWars.com

StarWars.Com Community Page July 2014

Disney|Lucasfilm recently relaunched StarWars.com to make it more accessible to everyone. . . . → Read More: Don’t Miss the Relaunch of StarWars.com

Dave Filoni on Star Wars Storytelling

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Dave Filoni explains Star Wars storytelling. . . . → Read More: Dave Filoni on Star Wars Storytelling

How Indie Directors Have Changed Hollywood

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The statistics of female directors working in Hollywood are pretty grim. It’s a combination of sexism and risk-aversion (not really, just sexism) that keeps them out of the top spots in film-making. . . . → Read More: How Indie Directors Have Changed Hollywood