Reed warns us that the schedule isn’t totally complete just yet, but the bulk of the panels are there. A few highlights:
- Pablo’s Behind-The-Scenes Stage will host panels on Fate of the Jedi, Knight Errant (with exclusive,) ’30 Years of Lucasfilm Licensing with Howard Roffman’ and Gary Kurtz, all on Saturday.
- Author panels on writing in the Project Room & Lecture Hall from Troy Denning (Friday at 5:30), Christie Golden (Saturday at 3:30) and Aaron Allston (Saturday at 5:00)
- Get started early on the EU when ‘Star Wars Galaxy with the Essential Guides’ will take over the Behind-The-Scenes Stage on Thursday at 1:30. CJ’s own Helen Keier will be making her first Celebration apperance along with fellow writers Jason Fry, Pablo Hidalgo, Dan Wallace, and Ryder Windham, plus artists Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas and Del Rey editor Erich Schoeneweiss. Could we get an announcement or two?
- EU Cantina is hosting a Friday panel on The Essential Atlas.
- Bryan Young (The Star Wars Examiner, Big Shiny Robot) is moderating “Why We Love the Prequels,” also on Friday.
- And last but by no means least, ‘Fandom in 140 Words or Less: Social Media and Star Wars Fandom,’ hosted by TFN’s Mandy and Eric Sunday at 2:30 in the Project Room & Lecture Hall. Your humble panelists include Bonnie Burton, Meagan Finnerty, Kyle Newman, James Arnold Taylor and…. Moi. WHOO-HOO!
But wait! That’s not all!
- Celebration V apps are now available in the Apple Store and Android Market. I downloaded it on my iPhone and found it rather underwhelming: Hopefully a schedule and map is in the cards.
- The merchandise catalog has also surfaced, so make your game plan.
- Meet the tattoo artists and make appointments…
- More artists! Sign up for speed dating… If you dare!
And I still probably forgot something. You know what to do.
The ‘lost’ Star Wars artwork of Ralph McQuarrie will be on display at Celebration. The pieces – discovered due to a furnace repair too late to make The Art of Ralph McQuarrie – include “design work on characters, creatures, spacecraft, weapons and worlds.”
Check out the badges! I like them a lot, though it appears I will be getting at least one Clone Wars character. Oh well, what can you do? Nice stuff from Grant Gould all-round.
- The George and Jon Main Event has been scheduled for Saturday at 11am. We’re going to need more box coffee for that line!
- More artists. No, Matt Busch did not put himself in his image this time. (I was shocked, too.) But seriously, some nice stuff. My picks: Malcolm Tween’s Millennium Falcon and Clark Mitchell’s Boba Fett. Yes, I picked a Fett. Hey, it’s very nice.
- A pair of new cereal box images! These are actually so adorable they kind of make me want to sit through collecting panels. (Note the ‘kind of.’)
Remember the Kessel Run puzzle race at Celebration IV? Well, our own James and Dan are back with the Bounty Hunt – this time with three different challenges – one each Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Sign up your team by August 5 to guarantee a spot!
- UPDATE: If you made your hotel reservations through 1800Hotels.com, double-check with your hotel! The company has filed for Chapter 11.
- The Commitment Chapel is now taking reservations. Sure, it’s not legally binding, but it will cost you 75 big ones.
- Want to take home a really permanent souvenir? Don’t forget your painkillers, because there’ll be live tattooing. If you’re not quite ready for that level of commitment, there’s a tattoo show Sunday morning or one-of-a-kind skateboard decks will be auctioned off for charity.
- Need a reason to get a smartphone? iPhone and Android users can look forward to a Celebration mobile app.
And don’t forget postmarks, the Star Wars Stories Project and cereal boxes.
There’s a preliminary event schedule up for Celebration V. Very preliminary. Which means there are a lot of TBAs, but I’m intrigued by something called the ‘Hoth Ice Bar.’ Here’s hoping that the fandom-centric panel offerings will go beyond costuming and collectibles!
The guest list is growing longer: Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) will join Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels and plenty of other original trilogy castmates in Orlando for the convention that celebrates the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back. In the actor’s first U.S. Celebration experience, he’ll appear on the Celebration Stage and sign autographs.
It was for all intents and purposes announced last month, but now everything is on the up and up, and the producer of A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back will be at Celebration V as a guest.
32 days to the con and there are mere hours left to order tickets if you want your badge mailed to you: The deadline is 11:59 PM ET. (If you’re reading this Monday morning, you can still register: You’ll just have to pick up your badge in Orlando.)
There have been more guests added (most notably Warwick Davis and Ben Burtt) but if you’ve missed anything (I know I have) check out this handy page at StarWars.com.
Our pal Steve Sansweet was hanging out on the Forcecast tonight, and he gave us some tidbits:
- Jon Stewart’s “Main Event” with George Lucas will be a one-time only thing, but there will be an overflow room.
- All six Star Wars films will be screened digitally, two a night.
- The U.S. Postal Service will be on hand the first day with a special mailing station and themed cancellation stamp.
- Randy Martinez is doing the program art.
- There will be some form of opening ceremony – because Steve needs to wear a silly costume (See right.)
- And weirdest of all… There will be speed dating. No, really. Speed dating.
The podcast is aired live tonight, but will be up later this week.
UPDATE: Listen to Steve on the ForceCast!
None of this is all that exciting, but I’m going to try and keep up with the CV bits and pieces every five days or so, and better 45 than 44!