- Help a padawan. TFN alerts us to the plight of young Maddie.
- The important questions of our time. What was the best year for movies? 1997, 1994, or 1999?
- 501st. Fanboys director Kyle Newman was inducted into the 501st Legion.
- Ode to fandom, sort of. Variety did an article about the Star Wars presence at SDCC. That’s kinda snarky for Variety…
- Blog: Distracted by Star Wars.
Check out the full run of The Empire Muggs Back!
Insight is a collection of action figure photographs by Hasbro’s Gianni Lopergolo, who is living with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Hasbro is selling the collection – which features mainly photographs of their Star Wars, G.I. Joe, and Marvel lines, to help raises funds for his family and others suffering from the disease.
Obligatory adorableness. A variety of artists transformed blank Mighty Muggs into custom Star Wars figures (including at least two Georges and I think a Steve Sansweet) for The Empire Muggs Back project. The results will be on display at San Diego Comic-Con and auctioned off to raise funds for The Make-A-Wish Foundation. We should get a closer look soon, but for now my favorites are at right.
The lineup. StarWars.com has a list of Star Wars folks appearing at the official and licensee booths.
Begin your planning. The official Comic-Con schedule is up! If you a search on ‘Star Wars’ you’ll see some additional events that may be of interest… Or not.
Good news, everyone! Several of the initial auctions in the Australian bushfire charity effort wrapped up this week, with the character name rights both netting impressive takes – $1,725 for Karen Miller and $1,028.75 for Sean Williams.
- The blogside: People Are Talking is the seventh entry in Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff’s Padawan’s Journal.
- Fate of the Jedi: The release date for book 3, Denning’s Abyss, has been moved up a week to August 18th, according to Sue Rostoni. Our book release schedule has been updated accordingly.
- The Old Republic: Part 5 of the Threat of Peace webcomic is up, while the game’s developer blog takes a look at Ord Mantell.
The bushfires that raged in the Australian state of Victoria earlier this year killed more than 200 and left over 7000 homeless. The fires may be snuffed, but the victims are still hurting, and Star Wars fans have banded together to help them.
Though there are plenty of items up on Ebay now, including signed photographs from David Prowse, Kenny Baker, Jeremy Bulloch and Bonnie Piesse. But of particularly of interest to EU fans is a chance to get a namesake (tuckerized) character in the fifth Clone Wars novel by Karen Miller or a yet-unannounced Star Wars book (!) from Sean Williams. And Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta are offering an original manuscript from one of the Young Jedi Knights novels.
Facepalm du jour: Woolworths in the U.K. is requiring that people must be 18 or old to purchase a cheap plastic lightsaber, because it might be mistake for a gun. Meanwhile, I bet anyone can go into the hardware section and buy a working flashlight fully capable of braining a full-grown man.
- Incoming: The 501st is sponsoring the TK Helmet Project. Dave Filoni, Daniel Logan, Dave Dorman, Lawrence Noble, Don Bies and the Robot Chicken folks are among the participants.
- Music: John Anealio wanted the Millennium Falcon for Christmas, and thirty years later writes a song about it.
- Crafts: Check out the Star Wars LEGO nativity!
- Interviews: Lightsabre talks to Kevin Rubio.
- Reviews: io9 recaps, and also suggests suggestions for a Clone Wars Thanksgiving episode. Come on guys, this is Star Wars – we have quite enough turkeys, thank you.
- For a good cause: Jedi News and pals are celebrating the U.K. launch of the show by throwing a fund-raiser/giveaway for the Make a Wish Foundation.
Not only will it grab you a nifty little collection of figures, but a cow. You could buy a cow, people.