Bantha Tracks #85 went up last night, so Hyperspace members can head over to StarWars.com for an 8-page PDF featuring Germany’s Jedi-Con, WonderCon, and ‘Bantha babies’ (not to be confused with baby banthas. Next time?)
The official blog has a roundup/transcript of Steve Sansweet’s panel, which started off with the Celebration Japan announcement (CJ? HA!) The rest of the first part is Steve talking to The Force Unleashed assistant producer Brett Rector, who confirms a few pesky rumors… Including one about the big dude himself. (Vader, not George. Sorry.) The second part skims a bit to an appearance by Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, who talk Robot Chicken. And part three, with all the juicy Clone Wars goodness!
Bootleg trailer for X-Files 2 from WonderCon. Watch it before the copyright police find it! If you actually want to read, io9 has a bit on the panel itself.
There’s plenty going on for Star Wars fans at the San Francisco con. On Friday, look for the Lucas Licensing Portfolio Review and a showing of Star Wars fan films hosted by the fabulous Mary Franklin. Saturday brings a How to Draw Star Wars panel with Bonnie Burton, Matt Busch and Tom Hodges. And Inside Lucasfilm with Steve Sansweet, which will also feature The Clone Wars Executive Director David Filoni and Producer Catherine Winder.
Other highlights include an X-Files 2 panel with David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson Chris Carter, writer-producer Frank Spotnitz, a Sarah Connor Chronicles Q&A with Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau Brian Austin Green and producer James Middleton. Other highlights include a panels with J. Michael Straczynski, previews of Get Smart, Prince Caspian WALL•E and Iron Man.
Jessa discovered that David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will be making their first-ever joint convention appearance, along with director-writer-producer Chris Carter and writer-producer Frank Spotnitz to discuss the upcoming X-Files movie. This rare convergence will be taking place at WonderCon in San Francisco on Saturday, February 23.
Jessa also mentioned that she would be excited, except that there is no Skinner involved.
SFers looking for something to do this weekend? Well, there are several Star Wars-centric events going on at WonderCon, including a You Can Draw panel, a LFL-sponsored SW Costume Prize, Lucas Licensing Portfolio Review and a showing of SW fanfilms. There’s also a ‘Tournament of Roses “Star Wars Spectacular” Parade Experience’ panel with several of the 501st participants on Sunday. Other stuff to see include the first showings of 300 and previews of Spider-Man 3 and Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille.
AICN reports from WonderCon. Not much news, but confirmation that Celebration 4 is still in consideration for 2007.
Of more interest may be RebelScum’s coverage of Toy Fair – they have galleries of many of the new toys coming out, including Gentle Giant’s super cool Star Wars Animated line, which are original trilogy figures done in the style of the Clone Wars cartoon. The chioces are a little odd – Vader, Leia, Boba Fett, and… an Ithorian?