For the longest time it felt like Star Wars Celebration Anaheim was so far away. I've been looking forward to this event so much that I'm convinced it slowed down time. Celebration is my most favorite convention, and since it only happens every 2-3 years, it's extra special. I get to connect with pals I don't see anywhere else. My schedule for this coming Thursday through Sunday is at whoa crazy levels and I'm a little stressed but mostly? I'm practically bouncing up and down with excitement. It's finally here, and I'm going to see my Star Wars family in mere days.
If you're around the convention, please say hello if you spot me! I love meeting fellow Star Wars fans. As per usual, I'll be tweeting and instagramming (I made them verbs - I'm sorry/not sorry) and I'll likely be working with Fandango on some Periscope livestreaming. And here's where you can catch me in person:
Podcast Listener Meet-Up!
Thursday, Apr. 16, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Hilton lobby
Listen to a Star Wars podcast? Then chances are your favorite podcasters will be at this multiple-podcast event. I'll be representing Full of Sith with my co-hosts Bryan Young and Mike Pilot.
Star Wars Journalism
Friday, Apr. 17, 10:30am-11:30am, Star Wars Fan Stage (Room 303ABCD)
What's it like to cover Star Wars news? Come listen to Bryan Young (Big Shiny Robot), Tracy Duncan (Club Jade), Eric Geller (TheForce.net) and myself discuss the definition of the word confirmed and other fun topics. Bonus points if you bring coffee and donuts to this "early" panel. (Kidding).
#AhsokaLives Day Group Photo
Friday, Apr. 17, 3:00pm, fountain in front of convention center
Johnamarie Macias and I have decided to call Friday, April 17th, #AhsokaLives Day. This is the day to wear your Ahsoka t-shirt, face paint, costume, shoes, etc, and celebrate the return of the beloved character on Star Wars Rebels. Take a picture of your Ahsoka gear and hashtag it #AhsokaLives and then join us at 3:00pm at the fountain in front of the convention center for a group photo. It's going to be awesome.
Star Wars Insider
Friday, Apr. 17, 6:30pm-7:30pm, Star Wars Fan Stage (Room 303ABCD)
Read Star Wars Insider? Join editor Jonathan Wilkins and several contributors like Mark Newbold, Tricia Barr, Jason Fry, and myself as we talk about the magazine and ask you what you want to see more of!
Friday, Apr. 17, 8:00pm - ??, Admiral's Lounge
The 501st Legion is hosting a galactic party, and I'll be there for fun and to work with The Comlink. This is a ticketed event, but The Comlink will also have a livestream set up so those not at the party can enjoy it. We'll be chatting with celebrities such as Sam Witwer and Cat Taber, stage hosts, and surprise guests. Follow @the_comlink on Twitter to get the livestream link.
Full of Sith live podcast
Saturday, Apr. 18, 12:00pm-1:00pm, Star Wars Podcast Stage (Room 208A)
Join Bryan Young, Mike Pilot, and myself as we record live at Celebration. I have to duck out halfway through the podcast because all the Star Wars Rebels press stuff is happening Saturday but the show will go on because those guys are awesome.
Aside from these panels and events, I'll be running around covering panels, doing interviews, volunteering at The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience, working with StarWars.com, and taking photos of all the costumes. I'll even be taking a moment to breathe once in a while. I hope to see and/or meet many of you at the con!