Fangirl Chat 17: An Oral History of Fandom with Maggie Nowakowska

If you haven’t checked out Star Wars Insider #151, it’s now available at newsstands and bookstores. I have fielded some questions about where to find it in the magazine racks. In most stores, Star Wars Insider is stocked in the Entertainment (Film, Television, Genre) section. You can also find this issue in the July Nerd Block and order it from Titan directly. There are two collectible covers – one with Jeffrey Brown’s fabulous artwork and the second with Hera from Star Wars Rebels.

In issue #151 you’ll find an interview with award-winning author Jeffrey Brown (Vader’s Little Princess; Goodnight, Darth Vader), a new short story from Alexander Freed with art from Joe Corroney, an article on geek couture written by Lisa Granshaw, an interview with Vanessa Marshall – the voice of Hera Syndulla in Star Wars Rebels – and an article written by me about how fangirls have been an important part of the Star Wars franchise since 1977. This article was based on an interview I did for part of an oral history project started for Fangirl Chat.  After meeting Maggie Nowakowska at last year’s GeekGirlCon, I wanted to make sure her memories of fandom in the pre-internet age weren’t lost. What was it like to be Star Wars fans before message boards? Definitely different, but when you hear some of the people she has met and things she had a chance to participate in, you might be wishing for a time machine to take you back to the good old days.

Thanks to Teresa Delgado for formatting the video!

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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