Thursday, April 23, 2015

Celebration Anaheim Journal Days Two and Three

Day One

On Thursday afternoon, I feel like I am missing something. People around me walk and walk, and they are very tall, and they know something I don’t know. I’ve gotten used to the convention center, the huge halls that, packed with people, still suggest emptiness with their high ceilings and exposed ducts. Thursday afternoon lulls as I float after finishing my coverage for the day. I have too much time, although there is an abundance of things to do and buy and see. I am waiting for magic to come to me, and it does not.

I realize only later that this is the emotional lee of the exhilarating morning.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What We Learned About Rebels Season Two

This weekend, I covered the Rebels season two premiere for Den of Geek. Over there you can find what we learned at the preview panel; please note that this was written before the season premiere, and therefore some of my speculation has already been proven wrong by the first two episodes. "The Siege of Lothal" wasted no time jumping right into the action, putting a considerable amount of focus on Ahsoka, and I enjoyed it a lot.

Clone fans had a lot to talk about after Celebration Anaheim, with Rex returning to Rebels and Echo's fate revealed in the unfinished Bad Batch arc. My review of that arc is also available at Den of Geek.

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Force Awakens Second Teaser Revealed

Fewer and fewer questions are left to be asked about The Force Awakens. We know the name of desert planet Jakku; we know that our hero starts out as a solitary shipbreaker, and we know a little more about the permutations of stormtroopers we'll see in the new film.

The energy around the Celebration Stage that morning was astonishing. My initial impressions can be found here, as well as a breakdown of the trailer on Den of Geek here.

Things are just going to keep accelerating from here when it comes to Star Wars. After all, even this was just a teaser.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Celebration Anaheim Journal Day One

Star Wars has always been about an adventurous child traveling to far away lands. Luke Skywalker was forced out of his home, but I like to think that some element of fannish wish-fulfillment involves choosing whether or not we want to leave a place. We want to live in a universe where we could leave the homestead if we wanted to. I think about this as I fly over desert states.

I'm headed to Celebration Anaheim, and will be reporting throughout on The Force Awakens and some of my favorite parts of Star Wars. On the plane ride across the country I play Creatures Such As We, a choose-your-own-adventure game about games and people and fans' relationships with art. Some of my own friends who are most tied up in fandom are going to be in Anaheim - people with whom I've had dinner and played Destiny and played word games.