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An Empire and an era remembered

It’s a smashingly gorgeous day here in Northeast Ohio, which made me extra glad to see people show up for my “Memories of an Empire” talk today: Tons of thanks to Fairlawn-Bath branch adult services librarian Cathy Morgan for inviting me and for supporting Collect All 21, and double helpings of gratitude to friends Adam and Kato and Wendy, who all came out to hear me talk Star Wars. (Kato also shot these photos.)  Several people, including some next-generation SW enthusiasts, and a couple of the librarians also popped in, and I really hope they enjoyed the program as much as I enjoyed putting it on, because I really felt good about the way things went.

"Quack" open a book - and it's a picture of a duck!

"The battle station is heavily shielded and carries a firepower greater than half the starfleet. It's defenses - no, wait. Wrong movie."

There are now several copies of Collect All 21 in the Akron-Summit library system, and it’s more than a little bit neat to see that a few have already been checked out.

"Staaaar Waaaaaars, give me those Staaaar Waaaaars, don't let them ennnnd."

Gotta love the library.

May 15, 2010 Posted by | 1980s, eighties, Film, geek, Ohio, science fiction, writing | , , , , | Leave a comment

Golden Age of a Saga

Last week, I got a nice note from Henry Hanks over at CNN’s Geek Out! blog – he’d found my site and thought I might be interested in contributing to the CNN iReport project on the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back‘s original release.

Click to view the video on CNN iReport

Seeing as how I’m in full-on Empire Recollection Mode this week anyway, I figured it would be fun – and it gave me a chance to work with a new video editor and sound setup installed post-Karmic upgrade.

Nothing fancy, but I like the way it came out. I can’t seem to embed CNN video, but it’s viewable with a simple click here.

And if it whets your appetite for some Empire nostalgia, come see me Saturday at the Fairlawn-Bath branch of the Akron-Summit Public Library!

May 13, 2010 Posted by | 1980s, eighties, Film, geek, Ohio, science fiction, Web/Tech, writing | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Memories of an Empire” – Saturday, May 15

Whatcha doin’ on Saturday?

Want to celebrate this month’s 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back with me? I’ll be at the Fairlawn-Bath Branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library for a 1 p.m. presentation, “Memories of an Empire”.

I’ll be sharing old (sometimes embarrassing) Star Wars-related pictures, nostalgic video clips, and reading parts of Collect All 21 focused on the awesomeness that was and is Episode V: The Empire Strikes Backreleased May 21, 1980 with less Wampa and a creepier Emperor and get off my lawn, you kids.

Hey, Luke! Um...guess what?

I never completed whole the Burger King sticker album, though.

Beyond the fact that it’s almost universally recognized as the Best Damn Star Wars Movie Ever, Empire tends to mean a lot to first-generation fans because it represents the first “oh-my-God-they’re-making-ANOTHER-ONE!” movie excitement a lot of us felt. And it was the first time we really got to see a pre-Star Wars movie merchandising and marketing juggernaut in action. I bet made more visits to Burger

Get 'em all? I wish.

Of the 12 scenes, I still have two that I completed.

King in 1980-81 than in the rest of my life combined, because they had the collectible glasses and the puzzle-piece sticker folders and the perforated-edge trading cards – and every peek into the new Star Wars movie was an adrenaline rush.

I still have one of those trading cards, too – it’s been in the photo sleeve of my wallet for years.

Defenders of winter fashion, too!

Pewpewpewww! (laser sounds, of course)

Be there, Saturday, you should! Fun, it will be, yes, hmmm!

And the listing includes handy buttons for Twitter & Facebook feeds, so feel free to share the news.

May 10, 2010 Posted by | 1980s, eighties, Film, geek, Ohio, science fiction, writing | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Road trips, readings, cons and prose

My calendar checked itself out this morning and honestly seemed a little surprised: “You know,” it said, “I don’t look half-bad the next eight weekends.”

“Don’t sell yourself short,” I said. “Four of those weekends look fantastic.” I did my best Peter Venkman (which isn’t very good) and added, “I love this plan! I’m excited to be a part of it! Let’s do it!”

First, there’s this coming weekend, which begins for me on Thursday with a road trip to kick off PAX East, and while there’s no direct Collect All 21! tie-in, the topic of growing up on Star Wars and sharing it with the next generation seems awfully likely to come up on the GeekDad panel (Friday night – 7 p.m.!) which I’m lucky enough to be a part of. To say nothing of the rest of the weekend. Can you tell I’m a wee bit thrilled about all this?

Then I’ve got three weekends off to get ready for April 23-25 and the Pittsburgh Comicon, where I’m doing two panels thanks to the members of the Science Fiction Alliance of Pittsburgh: First up is a Collect All 21! presentation/reading, Super Deluxe Special But-Han-Still-Shoots-First Extended Edition, and that’s followed by a publishing panel which also includes my friend and Deus Ex Comica author Adam Besenyodi, and writer Paul Anderson, too.

Bonus Points: Adam went to last fall’s Pittsburgh con and met Stan Lee, so for me, the incredible thing about this edition of the con is that Roy Thomas is going to be there – and while I didn’t grow up a comic-book addict, I most certainly did read and re-read and re-re-read the early-run Marvel Star Wars comics. (And I don’t care what anybody says, Roy, JAXXON RULES!)

The weekend after that includes Saturday, May 1, which is Free Comic Book Day, and I should be spending the day alongside Stormtroopers and the Batmobile and a bunch of other pop-culture coolness at The Toys Time Forgot in Canal Fulton, Ohio.

Finally, on May 15 I’ll be at the Fairlawn-Bath branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back with a 1 p.m. presentation, Memories of an Empire: Reminiscing and Readings from Collect All 21!

So, to sum up: Eight weeks. Four weekends of gaming, comics, toys and Star Wars. I like those numbers.

March 23, 2010 Posted by | 1980s, Books, Current Affairs, eighties, Film, Games, geek, Ohio, science fiction, Travel, writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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