Well hello CWK and Star Wars Fans! It has certainly been an exciting couple of weeks for Star Wars Fans. Somewhere around 100,000 of us flocked to Anaheim, California for the amazing Star Wars Celebration VII. I could go on for days about my experience, but I’m going to break it up into Epiblogs. If that’s not a word yet, I claim it.
Did you happen to see any good trailers lately? Well, if you were lucky like us you got to see it (twice) at Star Wars Celebration VII Anaheim! For those of you that couldn’t make it, hopefully you were streaming it live. What a great way to share the Celebration experience. Once they announced the simulcast I was so happy for the fans that couldn’t make it. Another great aspect was getting to sleep a little later. I knew we didn’t have to get there at the crack of dawn to get in line to see JJ Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy open the event. With 11 San Diego Comic Cons and 1 Celebration (IV) under our belts, we have come to be OK with arriving closer to opening of 10:00. If we couldn’t get into the live room, we could get into a simulcast room. If we didn’t get into a simulcast room, we could watch it on our phones. No worries.
Right when we got off the freeway the signs were saying “Convention Center full, Park here”. It was still 3 miles away, so no way. As a resident of SoCal, I am familiar with the shenanigans of that area and know to never believe the signs. It’s their way of controlling traffic, plus you can always make a U-turn later. After three signs advising against going to the Convention Center, we pulled around to the back of the Anaheim Convention Center to a very available parking garage. It’s about 9:20 and the day is already good to go.
We get to the end of a line that was near the garage and start to feel the energy. There was a staff guy with a fistful of blue bracelets that made me wonder aloud, “Are those for the opening?” His reply, “Simulcast room.” Well isn’t that swell?
Me outside – note the blue bracelet
After a few minutes we started moving and my heart started pounding. We got into the simulcast room a little after 10:00, stood in the back with no crowd, just in time to see BB8 leave the stage. That wasn’t a big deal since the next guests to take the stage were the youngsters of The Force Awakens – Daisy Ridley (Rey), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), and John Boyega (Finn). It was great to get to know the actors behind the new faces in our Galaxy. Right after they left the stage, enter the new Stormtroopers. I don’t know how you feel about the new Troopers, but I am more than digging the new look of them. Then as if the stars aligned, Anthony Daniels, Carrie Fisher, and Peter Mayhew with his helper Mark Hamill were on the stage! This was the first time we have seen Mark Hamill in person. The 6-year-old in me was just screaming so loud in my head. The adult in me was just screaming out loud. Knowing I was going to meet all of them when I got their autographs later was just surreal. They left the stage and I knew…I knew it was time for the trailer.
Kathleen Kennedy says there’s a surprise for us. I yell, “Jar Jar lives!” A lot of the room laughs. Kennedy then threatens the crowd with JJ Abrams detailing his childhood love for Star Wars. JJ says otherwise and asks if we want to see the new teaser trailer. The rooms explode with uproarious cheers, the lights go dark, and the rooms go silent. The awesomeness summation – Crashed Imperial Cruiser with X-wing, Luke’s voiceover begins, melty Vader helmet, Luke (we assume) and R2, Leia (we assume) and a lightsaber, awesome, awesome, Kylo Ren, more awesome, Falcon, new TIE fighter pilot, then “Chewie…we’re home.” And the crowd goes wild. Both Brandy and I felt like crying. I was connected to that 6-year-old kid again. Honestly, as much as I love the prequels, I don’t think I had “that” feeling about new Star Wars like I did this day. Then, they played it again…perfect.
Now it was time to go to work for Coffee with Kenobi, meet Dan and Cory in person for the first time, and do whatever we can to help. We head downstairs to the Podcast Stage in Room 208B to be part of the first podcast to broadcast at Celebration. Seriously, it’s truly an honor to be a part of this family. We get to the room and there is a line outside. I tell the staff member watching the door that we were there to help, she saw my CWK shirt, then let us into the room. We’re just that VIP. Aside from Dan, Cory, Tha Mike Pilot from the podcast “Full of Sith”, and John “Dak Ralter” Morton, we were the first ones in the room. Yeah, we had Dak! After hugs, handshakes, and some setting up we were ready. More of the CWK and GHG family arrived – Becca, Jeff, Pamela, Jay, Deej, and Ilan. It was time to let the listeners join in our awesome energy that was already filling the room. I was handing out CWK trading cards and Brandy handed out raffle tickets.
From L to R: John “Dak Ralter” Morton, Dan Z, and Cory.
Marvindog Media/CWK’s Jeff McGee joins the discussion to talk about the Celebration exclusives. Poor guy missed the trailer and was given no spoiler alert. CWK Q&A with Tommy “DJ Maul” Mac
Well my friends, it’s time to end this tale of Geekdom just for now. Please come back next month for Epiblog 2: Day 1 – “The Line Strikes Back”.
Be sure to keep your ears and eyes on Coffee with Kenobi – “The Podcast you’ve been looking for”. We are growing, and it is all thanks to you…
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