Last week, we (probably) got a new director for Episode VIII. The week before that, Harrison Ford broke… something on set. All that and the usual shameful spectacle…
James joins the latest Full of Sith. Bryan Young, Amy Ratcliffe and Anakin Young recorded the podcast at Origins, where they chat about the Aaron Allston memorial. Also includes Bryan’s interview with Nick Gillard at Salt Lake City Comic-Con’s FanX.
You may spot a few familiar faces in this video promoting A Force For Change.
Wrapped up in JadeCon preparations, I considered putting this off for about two seconds, before I realized just how much actually happened last week: Mark Hamill made his Star Wars weekends debut, two new actresses cast, leaked photos, you name it. In any case: Onward!
Nichelle Nichols crosses over, a new look at the twin sunsets, telling the Disney Store what’s up… We may not have got ny big news last week, but we did tweet.
Johnamarie Macias on the importance of diversity and representation. Since some people took yesterday’s big announcement as an excuse to snipe, Johnamarie takes on several common arguments seen around the Star Wars sites.
Last week, Episode VII filming began, the first Star Wars Weekend happened down in Orlando, and someone finally found (some) compelling evidence of who Adam Driver playing. Well, sort of. Here’s some money, go see a Star War.
I never, ever, ever wanted to be a social justice blogger. I still don’t. But apparently it’s happened, so let’s talk a bit about Star Wars, diversity and feminism, shall we?I have been very lucky in that I did most of my fandom growing up in spaces that were heavily female, from the early ship-war days to Club Jade to the fanfic community. That’s not to say jerks don’t happen in such spaces – the Star Ladies invented Attack Pattern Clinique back in the days of AOL chat rooms for a reason – but for the most part I ‘grew up’ in fandom areas where women and their contributions were unquestioned, where the idea that Star Wars needs more women was simply a given.
When I came back into general fandom via the StarWars.com forums, it was from a position of authority. Not big authority – moderator of a message board – but there was still a certain amount of respect expected and received. I’m sure having nicknames that tend to read masculine doesn’t hurt, either.
Still, in general fandom I have, for the most part, had a good experience in dealing with male fans. It wasn’t perfect, but I didn’t see a lot of random outright hostility due to my gender, either. Until I, oddly enough, started writing more extensively about feminist concepts. Curious, no? (Not at all, actually.) But I personally haven’t received any rape threats for criticizing Star Wars, as recently happened in comic fandom, so we have that going for us, I guess.