Star Wars-ing: Why Celebration Tickets Go So Fast

Star Wars Celebration tweeted on October 15 that Friday tickets were 98% gone.  By the time most new sites and blogs posted their story, they were gone.

I decided to look at the replies to the post.  A couple of people were questioning while sales were so early for Celebration, especially since there have been no real announcements coming from Celebration.  There have been only two panel stage hosts announced.  We still don’t have a clue of the celebrity guests nor programming.  They wondered why people are buying tickets in such circumstances.

We get it.  A lot of cons don’t announce guests until two-three months before the show, and Celebration is no exception.  But let’s face it, most cons, no matter the financial power behind them, are regional cons.  Star Wars Celebration is not a regional con.  It’s not even a national con.  People from around the world come to Celebration.

They have to announce and sell tickets early because of this.  Celebration requires people to work around work.  For a lot of fans, this is there 2019 vacation.  Hotel’s and transportation have to be booked.  We booked our hotel right away but had to wait for flights to be announced. We also have to find a babysitter. This takes months, not weeks, of planning for us.

Also, we have already started saving for Celebration.  Autographs, pins, comics, and other Star  Wars collectibles cost money.  (I always describe conventions as jewelry shows for nerds to my friends that have no clue what happens at these things).  We always say we are going to cut back and then Celebration announces people we have never met before (in 2017 Hayden Christensen and Sarah Michelle Gellar hit our pocketbooks hard…and before they announced we had hardly purchased any autographs.)  By paying for our tickets early, we can then purchase the autograph tickets when they become available without killing our budget.

So yeah, we are thankful that Star Wars Celebration was announced early.

Star Wars-ing: Autograph Look Out for October 19-21

If you are an autograph seeker like us, then Star Wars Actor Appearances is a must have this website in your arsenal. The team over there does a great job of listing every Star Wars actor, no matter the size of the part, convention appearances.

Making appearances this week are:

  • Gregg Berger
  • Trevor Butterfield,
  • Jim Cummings
  • Michael Henbury
  • Jason Isaacs
  • Ray Park
  • John Ratzenberger
  • Paul Blake
  • Chris Bunn
  • Mark Dodson
  • Mike Edmonds
  • Olivia Hack
  • Garrick Hagon
  • Bill Hargreaves
  • Alan Harris
  • Bai Ling
  • Sandeep Mohan
  • Cathy Munroe
  • David M. Santana
  • Felix Silla
  • Tina Simmons
  • Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
  • Jimmy Vee
  • Miltos Yerolemou

Of course, if you want to know when and where they are appearing, you will have to visit the Star Wars Actors Appearances website.

Star Wars-ing: Star Wars Links

Star Wars Authentics Releases Resistance Photos:  Star Wars Authentics, which is run by TOPPS, is the official source for Star Wars photographs.  For autograph seekers like us, this is where we go to get photos for conventions and Star Wars Celebration.  Well, they just released a slew of photos from Star Wars Resistance.  Who knows, maybe we will see a few of the voice actors at Celebration Chicago?

Star Wars Celebration Tickets: 5-Day and Saturday tickets sold out quickly.  Friday, tickets sold out this past weekend.  If you are planning on going, you need to act now.

Star Wars Halloween Mood Table:  You love Star Wars and being crafty? StarWars.com has a great idea for you to decorate for the second best holiday season of the year. (For us, it’s the regional holiday you dress up for).

Looser Episode IX: According to Oscar Isaac, filming for the latest installment in the saga has been “looser” with more improv. He credits JJ Abrams feeling less pressure which in turn puts less pressure on everyone else.

 

 

 

 

 

Parenting: Smiles Can Go a Long Way

Healthwise, the last year has been awful.  In fact, I wrote about it in last week’s parenting post.  I also used this metaphor to describe our sweet little one:

So, the Nola Nerd Baby has been at the center of this stormy, turbulent, terrifying year. But like all centers of a storm, she has been our quiet refugee.

I used it too soon.

Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple’s family was from the New Orleans area originally.  Her uncle moved first and then opened up his own business.  Her grandparents and family followed.  Eventually, her uncle and grandparents ended up in Panama City Beach.  Her mom resides in Panama City.

Last week was an emotional rollercoaster, to say the least.  I don’t want to get too much into it, but the bottom line is that everyone is safe and the property damage could have been worse, especially for her mom.  Her uncle’s place of business should be opening up soon, and he has power.

Her mom evacuated to this area. Wednesday was an extremely emotional day.  A day, the Mrs. and I only know too well for we lived it 13 years ago.  Nothing we could say or do could really provide them the comfort they needed.

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Silly even when she sleeps

Yet, the Nola Nerd Baby could.  She didn’t know what was going on.  She just lives in the moment.  Her favorite things are to grab things and smile at you.  She repeatedly brought my mother-in-law and step-father-in-law out of horrible realities they were facing and into a world where smiles are the only currency.  She was their quiet refugee in the center of the very real storm they were facing.

Because we have her, we can’t really go help with recovery until power and running water are restored (my mother-in-law has neither at this time, but her parents do). However, we do have a baby willing to smile and talk baby talk through FaceTime. Same with my mother-in-law’s other grandchild.

Because let’s face it, you can only rebuild if you yourself have a solid foundation.  And what is a better foundation, than the unconditional love of a child?

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How you can help?  Money is the best thing to give.  Actual supplies cause logistical problems (transporting them in and then find a place to store them.  Plus, they do have an influx of said supplies.)  Money helps because this is not a short-term problem.  This will be a long haul rebuilding of the area. Some charities include: 

Americares

Bear Creek Feline Center

Pensacola-Tallahassee Catholic Diocese

Star Wars-ing: Star Wars Celebration Cosplay Competition

If you have been to as many cons as we have, you would know that the best part of any con is seeing other con-goers dressed up.  We love all of them: lo-fi to good-enough-to-be-professionally designed. Celebration usually takes it to the next level.  Some of the finest that we have seen over the years was an unmasked Darth Vader (think the end of Return of the Jedi) to a life-size Jar Jar Binks.  I have dressed as a Hipster Vader once, while the Mrs. and her sisters went as Night Sisters.  One year, Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple went as Shaak Ti forcing my wife to act as her bodyguard and handler.  It was that good.  It was so good she should have joined the Star Wars Cosplay Competition!

That’s right, every Star Wars Celebration has a cosplay contest. Your entry must be a character from the saga or the Star Wars Universe. You will have to apply for the competition (they do get that many entries), so it can be reviewed before deciding.

Good news is that the application process isn’t open yet.  This gives you plenty of time to complete your costume and do some photo shoots for your application!

Star Wars-ing: Catching Up

On Monday, we wrote about how the Mrs. had to have her gallbladder removed.  Between all the tests she’s had to do up until the surgery, it’s been hard keeping up with all the Star Wars news that’s being released:

Star Wars Resistance:  The new Star Wars animated series debuted this weekend.  Since the Mrs. has her surgery, she is still feeling the after effects so we haven’t had a chance to watch. When we do, we will put our thoughts here or on a podcast. So far, the reception for it seems to be overwhelming positive.

NYCC:  At New York Comic Con, a new book written by Alexander Freed called Alphabet Squadron will tell the story of pilots of the rebellion chasing down leftover Imperials after the events of Return of the Jedi. The book should be out in 2019. We really need to catch up on some reading before Celebration.

The Mandalorain:  Disney announced some of the directors for its upcoming live-action streaming series, The Mandalorian.  Some of the confirmed directors are Dave Filoni (The Clone Wars & Rebels), Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), Bryce Dallas Howard (Call Me Crazy: A Five Film), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), and Deborah Chow (Reign).   Jon Favreau is the showrunner and producer for the series. Favreau teased auidences with this setup on instagram:

After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

We are thrilled by this line-up.  We are huge fans of Filoni’s work, of course, and Thor: Ragnarok is one of our favorite movies in the MCU.  Ms. Howard has is now a veteran actor and has seen quite a few good directors in action.  Hopefully, they will each bring a unique vision to each episode.

Episode IX Casting:  Matt Smith and Dominic Monaghan will be appearing in Episode IX.  We don’t like finding out too much about upcoming Episodes, but we know that these two can bring a lot to the saga.  We are hoping that they are more than just teases and actually have meaningful roles (I’m still salty about the lack of screen time Max Von Sydow had in The Force Awakens.

Kathleen Kennedy is Still In Charge: And why shouldn’t she be? Because some fans don’t like The Last Jedi? I don’t like Attack of the Clones, but I didn’t think George Lucas should be fired. Also, the “fans” that keep saying the franchise isn’t making money doesn’t really understand how movie finance works. Did Solo hit a bump in the road and under performed? Yes, and Kathleen Kennedy is to blame for that. However, she could have hired a director to just finish the film, the way Warner Bros did with Justice League when Mr. Snyder had to leave the project.  Instead, they decided to allow Ron Howard to make the film he wanted to make. I can see where people think this was a financial mistake, but I, for one, applaud Ms. Kennedy and Disney for wanting to create a good film to over just cranking out a mediocre film.  Besides, as this website shows, she has more touchdowns than punts.

We still have to do so much catching up.  We purchased Solo, but still haven’t had time to watch it with the Mrs.’s medical issues. We are trying our best to get her better in time for Celebration in Chicago in 2019!

May the force be with you!

Parenting: Dealing with Body Trauma After Having Our Little One

Last week, Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple had her gallbladder removed.

She had been experiencing pain on her left side since the baby was born.  She’s been easily nauseated and quite often would just have to vomit.  Most of these episodes were after a fatty meal.

However, while she had many of the symptoms, she wasn’t a textbook case.  Her general practitioner didn’t think it was the gallbladder but recommended her to a surgeon anyway.  The surgeon said she checked off enough of the boxes to make the decision to remove it.

So, let’s recap.  Since the conception of the Nola Nerd Baby, Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple has had extreme nausea, pre-partum depression, rapid weight loss during pregnancy, early delivery due to preeclampsia, three ER visits after birth also due to preeclampsia, and now this.

So, the Nola Nerd Baby has been at the center of this stormy, turbulent, terrifying year. But like all centers of a storm, she has been our quiet refugee.  She has comforted us more than we have ever had to comfort her.  She has been the best healing tool for mommy this week.  She has provided giggles and, even, cuddles (she is a very independent baby).

According to my wife, the Nola Nerd Baby is more than worth all the trauma that has been placed on her body.

In fact, she wouldn’t have it any other way. Well, maybe less pain, but still…