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Celebration tips: The business of panel lines

This post has been completely updated for Celebration Anaheim.

There will be lines for panels. There is no avoiding the lines: There’ll even be a line to get in in the morning. There will be lines to get into the exhibit hall when it first opens. Lines are a Star Wars tradition; Realize that they will happen, and that you will have to stand in them. (There are Medical Badges available to those who need them.)

The good news is that rooms are cleared between panels, so don’t plan to spend the entire day in one place ala San Diego Comic-Con.

Check in early (at least an hour) if you plan to see any big stars.

Check in early (at least an hour) if you plan to see any big stars.

Some of the lines will be long; It entirely depends on the popularity of the panel. There is no doubt that the longest line at Celebration Anaheim will be the one for J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy on Thursday morning, and we already have all the details on that. Expect something similar, if lower key, for things like Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank on Sunday.

The next longest lines will likely be for celebrity panels and screenings; Plan to queue up at least an hour ahead of time for those, and be aware they will close off the queue if it gets full. Be sure to pick backups for the big events, just in case.

Most smaller panels for things like books will have much smaller queues; Give yourself time, but historically you can show up as early as 10 minutes beforehand and still get in the room.

However, Anaheim is looking like it could be the biggest Celebration yet, so it’s hard to say exactly how things will shape up. Many of the rooms, particularly the theater, are bigger than what we’ve seen in the past, though. Whatever the case, keep your eyes open, plan to be early, and have something on hand to amuse yourself and your friends if you need to wait.

(Autograph lines are a whole different ball game. Luckily, we have a post on them, too.)

Convention tips: How to photograph fans in costume


A convention is a great place for taking photos: there’s plenty of cool things worth turning into con memories — celebrity sightings, cool displays, and plenty of people in costumes. At a Star Wars convention, expect most of the costumers to be your fellow fans, so here’s some important etiquette for taking pictures of or with folks in costume:

The basic rule: A person in a costume is still a person. Acknowledge them and treat them with respect. Here’s how: Continue reading

EUbits: Vader’s Little Princess gets an adorable cover

Kids. Chronicle Books has revealed the cover for Vader’s Little Princess, Jeffrey Brown’s followup to Darth Vader and Son. In the spirit of the season, Chronicle is also offering printable holiday gift tags.

Vader’s Little Princess is due out in April.

Audio. The live performance of Kyle Newman’s Smuggler’s Gambit from Celebration VI is now available to download. The cast includes David Collins as Han Solo, plus Sam Witwer, Tom Kane, Ashley Eckstein, Matt Lanter, Dee Bradley Baker, Matthew Wood, Clare Grant, and Daniel Logan.

Short stories. Next Tuesday, Jedi News will have an exclusive excerpt of the Timothy Zahn eBook ‘Winner Lose All,’ which releases on the 10th.

Mappage. Jason Fry talks about keeping The Essential Atlas as a living book.

Interviews. EUCantina talks to Drew Karpyshyn.

Video: Ashley Eckstein’s Celebration VI diary

This is the whole thing, clocking in at almost 43 minutes and cameos from Star Wars and The Clone Wars cast/crew, plus fans like Amy Ratcliffe, Bryan Young and even a few Jader cameos!

Hint: At about minute 27, Ashley and artist Cat Staggs talk abut the con’s exclusive Mara Jade shirt.

Celebration VI: Steve Sansweet nabs Cupcake Wars TIE; Dave Filoni recaps the con

Wondering what happened to the TIE Fighter that displayed all the sweets you saw on Cupcake Wars the other night? Well, wonder no more: It’s headed to Steve Sansweet’s Rancho Obi-Wan, of course.

(On that note, Food Network has posted the recipe for the Spiced Black Pepper Cupcakes, if you want to try them yourself.)

In other CVI news, Dave Filoni posted about his own experience in Orlando.

Celebration Vegas? Reed asks Celebration VI attendees about other cities

If you attended Celebration VI, check your inbox: Reed has sent out a survey about the con! Most of it is fairly standard postgame stuff, but one thing that caught my eye was a list of city options which they ask you to rate. In addition to Orlando, they listed Las Vegas, Kansas City, Anaheim, Dallas, Cleveland and my beloved Indianapolis.

Now, the rumor mill has us back in Orlando in 2014, and I’m not inclined to disbelieve that at the moment, but that is an interesting spread of options. (Cleveland?!?) I have to wonder what Anaheim’s convention center is like, as that brings many of the same advantages (ahem, Disney-driven tourism trap) as Orlando, with better weather.