Interview: Shea Standefer

One of the best parts of Celebration is meeting in person many fans I’ve known online for years. I ran into Shea Standefer at the Dark Horse Comics booth on the first day of the convention, and at first I didn’t realize who her cosplay was supposed to be. There was a lot of purple, and having written for Suvudu I was familiar with the image by Frank-Joseph Frelier of Stealth-X pilot Jaina Solo…

I was amazed she had pulled off the costume so quickly and so well. Shea and I had interacted with each other for years at various Star Wars message boards and shared a favorite heroine in Jaina. Cosplayers are some of the nicest people you’ll meet. In addition to generously letting me wear her X-wing pilot costume at Celebration, Shea took some time to share with FANgirl Blog her thoughts on costuming and how she pulled together her fantastic look in time for the convention.

She also passed along a few images showing the evolution of Jaina’s character in costume, including some exclusive new pictures. Check out our interview with Shea. After reading it, you will see why I feel privileged to have a rare shot of her in costume as a smiling Jaina.



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 the intersection of women within Star Wars fandom. She is co-author of Ultimate Star Wars and Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia from DK Publishing, a featured writer for Star Wars Insider magazine with numerous articles on the Hero's Journey. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and 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

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