Why I’m excited for Star Wars: Rogue One

rogueone_logo-0-0It all started one summer day when my dad sat me down and watched the Star Wars trilogy when I was five years old in 1988.  The following fall, in first grade, the teacher asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up.  Answers were what you’d expect – doctor, lawyer, mommy – and then it was my turn.  “X-Wing Pilot,” I answered, without hesitation.  The teacher told me that wasn’t a real job and I should pick something real.  Reluctantly, I murmured “Fighter pilot or astronaut then.”  The other children were confused, the teacher raised an eyebrow and she moved on.

The following years were full of Star Wars for me.  I watched the movies until I knew every line.  I found books and illustrations on ship schematics and obscure trivia. I read as many Star Wars books as I could, and re-read the X-Wing book series by Aaron Aliston and Michael Stackpole multiple times. I fell in love with space and the idea of space travel. I played the Imperial March on the piano for a recital and got my hands on as much John Williams music I could.  I even wrote John Williams a fan letter.  In high school, my friends and I passed around a Star Wars trivia notebook – we’d write trivia questions for the next person to answer as we passed each other in the hall.  We all went and saw Episode I, and I went to the movie theater opening week for every new movie released.  As an adult, I drove to Nashville and waited in the cold for eight hours for a shot to audition for The Force Awakens. When The Force Awakens was gearing up for theatrical release, I avoided all trailers, theories and spoilers possible.  I wanted to recapture that feeling of five-year-old me, seeing the space adventure that had shaped my life.  And it did.  I was enraptured from the moment the word crawl started.  It was so exciting to see a girl leading the charge – something that the Star Wars universe has always lacked.  I had tears in my eyes seeing Leia, still fighting the good fight. And as the credits were rolling, I looked to my left in the movie theater and saw a little girl and her friends, celebrating a birthday and watching strong female characters they could emulate and identify with.  Honestly, I was a little jealous.

imagesWhen I heard about Rogue One, I was excited.  My love for X-Wings had never left me, and the idea of seeing my favorite spaceship and the exciting stories of the pilots who fly them was amazing.  Then I saw the first trailer.  It was on the screen — a female pilot named Jyn flying an X-Wing around and fighting the Empire.  It was someone who looked like me, doing what I had always dreamed of doing.  And I was five years old again, the dream renewed.  With the film less than a month away, avoiding those spoilers is getting harder, but I’m more determined than ever now to sit in the movie theater as unaware of what’s going to happen as possible, eyes glued to the screen as my story unfolds on the opened S-foil wings of an X-Wing (or maybe a Z95 Headhunter).

~ Jen

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It’s beginning to look a lot like geekmas…

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Holiday-themed geek crafts are always the perfect touch!  Today, we made some comic-inspired snowflakes, which one of our fans sent to us. You can download and make your own here. Not enough geek for you? Check out all your options!

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There are Star Wars Snowflakes, updated every year!

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Maybe a Game of Thrones geekmas is what you need?

 

 

 

tumblr_inline_mxvidh2HCX1r497ugThere’s also Doctor Who snowflakes

 

And so many more!  Check out Delphic Digital for even more great snowflake patterns, complete with difficulty rating!

 

Did you make any of these snowflakes?  We’d love to see them!  What’s your favorite geek holiday craft?

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AthCon 2014!

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In less than two weeks, we will be panelists for the first time at AthCon!  We’re very excited about this, and want to encourage everyone to come!

“AthCon returns to Athens! The same company that brought you “May the 4th Be With You: A Star Wars Themed Fundraiser” in 2013 is back with out of this world fun. Programming includes Anime, Comics, Star Wars and Kids Tracks. There will also be a Pathfinder Gaming Room, a Monstrosity Championship Wrestling Event, a Cosplay Contest, and a Masked Costume Ball with a cash-bar. The 501st Legion will make a stellar appearance and present a Star Wars discussion panel. In addition to photo ops with costumed characters, a life size Tardis from the hit series Doctor Who will be available for AthCon revelers. Kids can also enjoy face painting as they stroll through our galaxy far, far away.

Star Wars themed activities include a mini staged reading of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, Tea Time in the Cantina with music and trivia, a children’s light saber creation station, and an X-Wing Fighter game demo. Star Wars  themed merchandise will be for sale, along with AthCon masks and t-shirts. The 2nd Annual AthCon will be held at the Holiday Inn Express 513 W. Broad Street Athens, GA 30601 on Saturday May 3rd from 10:00 AM-12:00 Midnight. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children. There is a 25% discount if you come in costume. Tickets will be sold at the door or click here.”

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The Full Scale Falcon Project

falcon-blueprint-header1250x133Over the weekend, we met the creators of the Full Scale Falcon project.  They were nice enough to let us tour the cockpit of what will be a full-scale model of the Millennium Falcon.  Check out our tour!

And because a tour wasn’t enough, we snagged a few minutes of their time to learn more about the project.  Check out the interviews below, and then go support them with this amazing project!

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Geeks and labels

There’s been an explosion of debate on the internet recently about “geek girls”, especially with convention season being in full swing. Before we start, I’d like to offer a few definitions, courtesy of Merriam-Webster:

Geek – noun
1: a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake
2: a person often of an intellectual bent who is disliked
3: an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity <computer geek>

Nerd – noun: an unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person; especially : one slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits

Enthusiast – noun: a person filled with enthusiasm: as
     a : one who is ardently attached to a cause, object, or
     pursuit <a sports car enthusiast>
     b : one who tends to become ardently absorbed in an
     interest

 
For the purposes of this post, let’s use the 3rd definition of geek – an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity. The enthusiasm attributed to being a geek can apply to any field – comic books, Star Wars, math, football, baseball, art, cars…the list can go on forever.  So a geek is someone who is ardently attached to a cause, object or pursuit, and who is an expert in that cause, object or pursuit. 

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