The fandom minute: Lucasfilm gives, Lucasfilm takes

Photographer Cédric Delsaux apparently has Lucas blessing to publish Dark Lens, a book featuring his Star Wars in Dubai photographs. George Lucas himself wrote the book’s introduction. (Yet… it’s unlicensed? So confusing.)

Roundup: Still counting down to Celebration V

It’s 50 days to Celebration V and I finally booked my flight! But seriously, here’s the haps, with more sure to come:

Meanwhile, let’s all just hope that skeevy celebrity blogger Perez Hilton doesn’t show up.

SDCC ’09 roundup: And thanks for all the fish

Panels and things. StarWars.com has reports of panels with The Clone Wars voice actors, Robot Chicken and Family Guy.

Fannishly. StarWars.com continues their Fan Movie winner profiles with Star Wars: Retold (yay!) and Star Sports. They also round up their picks for best Star Wars costumes (play spot the Jader in this one) and best costumes.

Videos. Big Shiny Robot caght up with Clone Wars voice actors Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka,) Dee Bradley Baker (OMG MOMO, uhh, he voices the clones) and Catherine Taber (Padme.)

Muggs. Empire Muggs back profiles of Dave Filoni, Cat Staggs, Robot Chicken’s Rebecca Van Cleve and Adam Koford. And thr auction is on now, with one or two figures currently fetching up to $425. (Most are still much lower.)

Buy stuff! Nab a Luke Dagobah Variant Mimobot flash drive without waiting in any lines at all.

SDCC ’09: Continuing coverage of Muggs, stormtroopers, and roller-skating mechanical chickens

Robot Chick Skate Party / starwarsblog @ Flickr / Photo by David IskraNow that everyone’s settled back home and able to blog more easily, we’re starting to see a few more con reports. StarWars.com has recaps of The Empire Muggs Back and the Robot Chicken Skate party (which is now moving on to L.A.,) while Rebelscum posted a gallery of Sideshow’s customized stormtroopers. Meanwhile, Atom.com has recruited G4 hostess Olivia Munn to help with their Fan Movie Challenge. We can only pray that mullet-play is optional.

In EUish news, the Scribe Awards were also given out at the con, and Karen Miller’s The Clone Wars: Wild Space did not take the Best Novel – Adapted prize under Speculative Fiction. It went to an actual adaptation, Bob Greenberger’s novelization of Hellboy: The Golden Army. However, James’s Rollins novelization of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull did take the Adapted prize in the category of General Fiction. (How are aliens general fiction, again?) Congrats to Rollins and condolences to Miller, in any case.

SDCC ’09: Saturday morning Star Wars news roundup

G4 folks and the Filoniator, sans hat / Photo by Jawajames

James sent in these photos from the Spectacular. Note the hatless Filoni. We’ve got a few hours to go on the G4 broadcast, but from what we heard last night I’m recommending copious use of the DVR. Below, the return of the hat, plus The Clone Wars voice actors.

Star Wars Spectacular: TCW voice actors / Photo by Jawajames

And now, your morning news updates:

  • Sounds like the Fan Movie Challenge Awards were anything but a disappointment: My favorite, Star Wars Retold, was the George Lucas Selects! Other winners include Saber, Family Dysfunction, Star Sports Theatrical Trailer, Star Wars in a Notebook and Star Wars Cinemagic. Check them out at Atom.
  • The reports from The Clone Wars design and The Old Republic panels.
  • And for those of you who like to check out girls in Slave Leia getup, StarWars.com provides.

Still no Fate of the Jedi panel writeups from anyone… It also seems odd that The Clone Wars footage isn’t up yet, but I’m hopeful it’ll be there eventually. UPDATE: The teaser went up just after the G4 broadcast. Duh.