Kay Reviews A New Dawn

Kay is back with a review of the latest Star Wars Books release, A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller. The novel is a prequel to the upcoming television series Star Wars Rebels, and includes the backstory on the two older protagonists in the show, Kanan and Hera.

From Kay’s review:

A New Dawn marks the beginning of a new era in Star Wars books. This is the first book to come out under the guidance of the Lucasfilm Story Group, responsible for coordinating all Star Wars stories going forward no matter the medium. All the previously published books of the Expanded Universe are now known as Legends. And while I understand why this decision was made and applaud the idea of better overall coordination, the April announcement left me heartbroken. I’ve spent many years of my life with those now legendary tales. I didn’t always love where some authors took the stories, but I came to know those characters of the post-Return of the Jedi era inside and out. Now their fates are up in the air. They may reappear as I knew them, in another form, or never again – with no known date when we’d know for sure. So I thought that this might be my exit point from reading anything new about that galaxy far, far away.

One person’s involvement made me decide to at least give this relaunch a chance: John Jackson Miller.

Click here for her full review.

Kay grew . . . → Read More: Kay Reviews A New Dawn

Path Dependence in Star Wars Storytelling

In Star Wars lore, Yoda famously described a variation on path dependence, too: “Once you set foot down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny.” Path dependence has a long history in prior Star Wars stories, and its impact will be felt on all of the new Star Wars stories coming in the years ahead. . . . → Read More: Path Dependence in Star Wars Storytelling

Tricia Joins Star Wars in the Classroom Spec Ops Team

Fangirls GGC SW Panel

Tricia joins Star Wars In The Classroom’s Spec Ops Team. . . . → Read More: Tricia Joins Star Wars in the Classroom Spec Ops Team

Fangirls Going Rogue Episode 10: Fangirls Geek Out Loud

On this month’s episode of Fangirls Going Rogue, Steve Glosson of Geek Out Loud joins Teresa Delgado and Tricia Barr for a lively and fun discussion about Star Wars.

Before getting started, the hosts sent their thoughts and prayers out to Robin Williams and his loved ones.

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After the segue to end all segues, Teresa shared listener emails on a variety of topics, including cosplay and fandom fatherhood. The ladies are always happy to hear that listeners are surprised they enjoy hearing about Star Wars from the fangirl perspective!

Steve Glosson photobombs the Fangirls Going Rogue at the RebelForce Radio meet-up at Star Wars Weekends. (Photo by David Manderville)

After the Fangirls bestowed Steve with the title of honorary fangirl, he shared his first memories of Star Wars – falling asleep during The Empire Strikes Back! – and what being a fan means to him.

What’s new in Star Wars? Apparently a lot! Tricia, Teresa, and Steve shared their favorites. They include the new Star Wars Rebels clips, Vanessa Marshall and Tiya Sircar being admitted into the Mandalorian Mercs, San Diego Comic-Con’s Hallmark exclusives, A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller, Episode VII filming in Ireland, a fanfilm with ties to a University of Georgia football star, and Kevin Smith’s reaction to his visit to Pinewood Studios.

After an explanation of Justin Bolger’s tweet from the Star Wars Rebels panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Steve helped the fangirls . . . → Read More: Fangirls Going Rogue Episode 10: Fangirls Geek Out Loud

Ridley Roundup: August 2014

Edgar Wright dinner

Not much news about Daisy Ridley during the filming hiatus, which leads to some FANgirl ramblings on the possibility of a female lead in Episode VII. . . . → Read More: Ridley Roundup: August 2014

Legions of Leia Fans

Marvel Star Wars Princess Leia cover

Princess Leia inspires legions of fans to create and speak out. . . . → Read More: Legions of Leia Fans

Mellody Hobson Encourages Women To Speak Up

Mellody Hobson George Lucas

Mellody Hobson talks about sexism and discrimination in July’s Cosmopolitan. . . . → Read More: Mellody Hobson Encourages Women To Speak Up

We Love Fan Feedback at Fangirls Going Rogue!

In this month’s Fangirls Going Rogue, Teresa and I mentioned some awesome emails from fans who support the show. Our biggest feedback month happened after our March episode that covered the Star Wars Rebels Toy Fair rollout. . . . → Read More: We Love Fan Feedback at Fangirls Going Rogue!

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 . . . → 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'm not tearing up while making noises that sound a lot like "SQUEEEE!" because I just saw J.J. Abrams next to an X-wing. You are. #StarWars

— Kay (@Geek_Kay) July 21, 2014

I was not alone.

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