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Harry Potter and the Catoblepas of Anticipation

A few weeks back, I had to log off the computer and go downstairs to deliver some news to my daughter.

“Well,” I said, “I tried to get us tickets to the 12:01 a.m. showing of Half-Blood Prince – and it was sold out.”

I couldn’t bear to let the look of disappointment and shock sit on her face too long before adding “So I got us tickets to the 12:02.”

So, ten-odd hours from now, we’ll be gearing up for the midnight(ish) premiere of the sixth Harry Potter movie. I’m excited, but even though I love the movies, the anticpation is more about the opening night experience. I realized over the weekend that while I’ve seen my share of opening night movies – seeing Return of the Jedi (archived on an old Field’s Edge page) the day it was released remains my all-time favorite cinematic memory – I don’t think I’ve ever gone to one of these overnight shows, so it will be a first for both of us.

Double-checking the ticket confirmation online yesterday, I noticed there are now five just-after-midnight showings at the theatre we’re visiting, and they’re all sold out, which should make for a pretty buzzy atmosphere.

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July 14, 2009 Posted by | 1980s, Books, Current Affairs, Fiction, Film, geek | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Counting by summers.

CA21Bday

Technically, my lame manipulation of the classic Star Wars birthday poster – distributed back in 1978 – could be seen as overdue, since I announced the first release of “Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek” on July 2, 2008. Still, its Amazon and Target listings both put the official publication date as July 14, so I’m going with it. (Barnes & Noble, meanwhile, is listing a publication date of April of this year, going with the revised edition, so, Yay, Two Birthdays For CA21, I guess.)

At any rate, piles of sincere thanks to everybody over the past year who has read it, bought it, downloaded it, talked about it, linked to it, halfheartedly glanced at it, stopped by to ask me about it, or even just looked at the cover photos for a moment of nostalgia. Or to laugh at the dork in the brown corduroys and white socks playing with a Y-Wing.

Ten-thousand-credits-all-in-advance thanks again to friend & editor Adam Besenyodi, cover re-design master Kirk Demarais, and Down Under smart and hilarious foreword writer David Morgan-Mar. (Someday I hope to meet Kirk & David and thank them in person by buying them refreshing beverages of their choice, but until then, I hope these digital thanks across state and international boundaries are sufficient.) Thanks also to my buddy Dustin, who shared news of this spring’s revised edition through TheForce.net and Rebelscum.com.

The best thing of all has been hearing from people that the book gave them a chance to spend a little time revisiting a fun past, and reminded them about why so many of us are still attached to the Star Wars saga three decades after it was born.

July 14, 2009 Posted by | 1980s, Books, eighties, Film, geek, Ohio, science fiction, Weblogs, writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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