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Star Wars Celebration – Day 1

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Gold Five to Red Leader, I’m in Orlando for Star Wars Celebration!  Besides getting the chance to see and experience all things Star Wars, I’m also doing on-camera hosting and blogging for StarWars.com!  I geeked when I saw the callsheet for today.  I felt so official seeing my name next to Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick and G4’s Chris Gore!

 

The first part of my day was spent inside the Star Wars Digital Studio where I got to interview Star Wars crafters and artists.  I fell in love with Linzy Busch’s adorkable Star Wars puppets that she makes herself.  How cute is this mini Yoda?!

 

Check out artist Ken Lashley’s Boba Fett sketch.  He drew this within a matter of minutes, right before my eyes!

 

I also crafted a Huttlet plush toy with Terri Hodges, learned how to fold an origami Jango Fett with Chris Alexander, and Katie Cook taught me how to draw!  Here is Katie’s Yoda (and his pet womp rat) along with the Yoda I drew.

Look how amazing Katie’s drawing (on the left) is!  I got a little carried away in drawing Yoda’s ears so mine ended up looking a little like Stitch.  Regardless, Katie was a great teacher and she’s such a talented artist.  I can’t wait for you guys to see the craft/DIY videos.  I had so much fun chatting with my fellow crafters and gawking at all their amazing artistry.  All the videos will be featured on StarWars.com and I’ll be sure to let you know when they’re up!  After a fun day of crafting/drawing demos, I walked around the con floor and saw some awesome cosplayers along the way.

 

It’s everyone’s favorite mog from Spaceballs, Barf!  May the schwartz be with you.

 

Utinni!  What a very tall Jawa!

 

“I find your lack of faith in the Miami Dolphins disturbing.”-Dolph Vader

 

Where else can you witness an impromptu Astromech Droid parade?!

 

Droid dance party!  This R2 unit (R7-C1) was also a boombox that played Katy Perry.

 

Listening to Warwick Davis talk about his experience working on Return of the Jedi was definitely a highlight.

Part of the fun of Celebration is asking for a picture and ending up getting Force-choked.

 

After a long (but fun) first day at the convention, I treated myself to a lobster dinner.  From where else, Red Lobster!  And since it was within walking distance from my hotel, it made the meal that much more enjoyable.  Not to mention their cheesy biscuits are addictive.

 

That’s a wrap on day 1 of Star Wars Celebration!  Tomorrow I’ll be checking out Seth Green’s Super Secret Star Wars Panel AND seeing Mark Hamill in person!  I’ll try to be cool when I see Mr. Hamill.  Just know that I’ll be freaking out on the inside.  Until tomorrow Star Wars super fans!  : )

Gettin’ Crafty at the Renegade Craft Fair

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The Renegade Craft Fair is my favorite crafty event in LA!  The fair takes place generally twice a year at the Los Angeles State Historic Park.  If you’re a fan of DIY and indie crafts, you’ll love Renegade.  Vendors from all over the world come to the event to showcase and sell their handmade goods & original artwork.  And when you’re too pooped to shop, there’s plenty of shaded benches to relax on.  Or you can power up by grabbing a snack from one of the many food trucks!  Oh, and did I mention it’s free admission?  My trip to this year’s RCF was inspiring and fun as usual.  And instead of buying everything I loved (which was practically everything), I decided to take pictures instead!  Here are some of my favorite crafts & artwork from the fair today…

 

Antique Plate Art by BeatUpCreations

 

Chewbacca as a French general?  Très bien!

 

Join the rebellion by wearing one of these Mockingjay pins (by Enchanted Leaves).

 

Me encanta these calavera style Star Wars t-shirts!

 

Artist Jose Pulido creates the perfect mashup of Star Wars & Dia De Los Muertos style artwork.

 

El Plomero y La Princesa

 

Animal Crochet Pillows by Peanut Butter Dynamite

 

Ceramic deer heads by Lizbeth Navarro.  Who knew antlers would be perfect for hanging keys and jewelry?

 

A tote bag perfect for any CAG on the Galactica.

 

X-Wing and AT-AT prints by Marz Jr.

 

Jesse Pinkman would love this illustration of his former ride, yo.

 

Mmm, felt has never looked so tasty!

 

Speaking of noms, I thoroughly enjoyed my chicken strips from the Ludo Food Truck.

 

If you don’t live in LA, there are Renegade Craft Fairs in Austin, Brooklyn, San Francisco, Chicago, and London.  Check out the RCF website for more details.  Thanks for a craft-tastic time, Renegade!

 

My San Diego Comic-Con 2012 Experience!

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For me, San Diego Comic-Con is a sensory overload.  A sensory overload of awesomeness that is!  It’s only now (a week later) that I’m starting to process everything I saw and experienced.  Whew!  Here are some of my highlights from the con!

Cosplaying as the Millennium Falcon


When I decided to make my Millennium Falcon skirt, I had no idea what a challenge it’d be.  It was one of the most difficult craft projects I’ve ever worked on.  During the construction process I began to worry…would people think I’m crazy for wearing a foam starship around my waist?!  I put those thoughts aside and kept plugging away, hoping that it would all come together.  Amazingly, it did!  When I hit the convention floor, I couldn’t believe the response.  It was overwhelming!  Since the convention, my skirt has been featured on some sites like Bit Rebels, io9, Technabob, & On Wednesdays We Wear Pink!  I’m so thankful that everyone got a kick out of my “hunk of junk”.  <happy R2-D2 sound>  To read more on how I constructed my Millennium Falcon skirt, check out my post on The Star Wars Blog!

501st Legion Photoshoot
The 501st Legion is a group of talented people who create screen-accurate costumes. In the words of it’s founder Albin Johnson, the 501st is, “a worldwide costuming club that dresses in costumes of the Galactic Empire and associated ‘bad guy’ characters.”  They also organize and attend charity events in costume which makes them even more awesome!  Every year at Comic-Con the 501st members come together to do a group photoshoot.  This year I was invited to check out the shoot by my dear friend Elton Hom (who is also a member of the 501st).  He knew I’d be cosplaying as Miss Death Star that day so he thought it’d be fun if I stop by.  Seeing so many of my favorite Star Wars characters (Stormtroopers, Tusken Raiders, Darth Vaders, etc.) all in one place was a little mind-blowing.

Miss Death Star & Tatooine’s finest!

 

The details and craftsmanship on their costumes were like nothing I’ve ever seen before.  They looked straight out of the Star Wars films!  Not to mention all the 501st members I met were so incredibly nice and a lot of fun to hang out with!

Photo via TK 6682

 

I even had the honor of meeting the Supervising Director of Star Wars:  The Clone Wars, Dave Filoni!

Photo via Elton Hom

 

I didn’t think the day could get any better until the members let me photobomb their group shot!  UH-MAZING.  I swear I had to pinch myself and ask, “is dis real life?”  Thank you guys for letting me crash the party!

Photo via Lesley Farquhar

 

Fun fact:  I didn’t want to be late to the photo shoot so I had to be driven to the convention center in costume.  Only problem is, I can’t sit down in the Death Star skirt!  Instead I had to crouch down on all fours in the backseat of my car.  I can only imagine what onlookers must have thought as we drove by!

 

Her Universe “Geek Girl Trendsetters” Panel
I’m obsessed with the Her Universe clothing line.  They make some of the best geeky (Star Wars, BSG, Doctor Who) clothing & accessories for women.  Thanks to Her Universe, I don’t have to shop in the little boys section or alter an oversize tee to have a cool, geeky t-shirt.  So when I heard Her Universe and Ashley Eckstein (the creator of Her Universe) were hosting a panel at SDCC, I knew I had to go!  The panel was called “Are You A Geek Girl Trendsetter?” and included a fashion show/contest where fangirls could show off their geek chic outfits.  I wasn’t sure if I would enter the contest but after some encouragement from friends, I put on my Millennium Falcon skirt and headed to the panel.  I was immediately relieved when I saw the lovely Amy Ratcliffe and my favorite cosplayer Victoria Schmidt, who had both entered the fashion show as well.

Amy Ratcliffe (@amy_geek) wearing an R2-D2 inspired skirt

 

Victoria Schmidt (@scruffyrebel) in her Dr. Who inspired ensemble

 

I also saw my friend and hero, Bonnie Burton!  Bonnie is the author of The Star Wars Craft Book and she’s the host of Geek DIY, a new craft show on Stan Lee’s YouTube channel.  (You gotta check it out!  It’s so much fun to watch.)  While waiting with the other 24 contestants, I admired everyone’s outfits—there were decoupaged accessories, a parasoled Captain America, a dress made from Star Wars bedsheets and even R2-D2 inspired shoes.  Here are some of the fabulous creations I saw:

Super Mario Bros. Piranha Plant cocktail dress by Lindz

 

Amy’s hand-painted R2-D2 Tom’s

 

Geek girl trendsetters

 

I always love Amanda Jean’s geek chic style!

 

Amanda’s lil’ Chewie hair clip!

 

Star Wars dress & purse made from vintage bedsheets!

 

The judges for the Her Universe panel were:  jewelry designer Tarina Tarantino, senior buyer for Hot Topic Ed Labay, social media manager for Hot Topic Courtney Lear, actress Jaime King, actress Clare Grant, and author/geek extraordinaire Bonnie Burton.

We all modeled our geeky ensembles and shared our inspirations for our outfits.  As each girl showed off her creation, I was in awe of the talent and craftsmanship that went into each design.  So imagine my surprise when I took 1st place!  I was totally shocked and completely honored that the panelists liked my Millennium Falcon skirt.  Squee!

The Top 6 Finalists

 

Not only did I win a bag full of Tarina Tarantino jewelry and giftcards to Michael’s & Hot Topic, I even got to be interviewed for MTV Geek!

Me with Ashley Eckstein & Cat Taber!

 

The whole experience was surreal.  Getting the chance to meet Ashley Eckstein, Catherine Taber (voice of Padme Amidala on The Clone Wars) and so many talented, crafty gals at the panel was definitely a highlight for me.

This year’s Comic-Con was more exciting and memorable than I could have ever imagined.  My only regret is that I didn’t get to check out more panels!  However I met some great new friends and reconnected with some of my old friends too.

One of my best friends, Stephanie Thorpe!

 

I’m so grateful to be a part of a community that is fun, supportive, and inspiring to be around.  If you want to see some of the photos I took at this year’s con, check out my cosplay roundup on The Star Wars Blog or my album on Flickr!  Thank you SDCC!  I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year!

Y: The Last Man Rising

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“Y: The Last Man Rising” is a short fan film based on the graphic novel “Y: The Last Man,” and it’s finally been released on IGN!  The film is action-packed and even if you haven’t read the comics, you’ll definitely be entertained.  I’m so proud to be a part of this project.  I play a diner waitress about 1o min in.  Congratulations to my friends Kent King & Christian Cardona who worked so hard to create this special film!  Enjoy!

Hello, Hola, Konichiwa, Willkommen!

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Hello & welcome to my new website!  I’m so excited to finally have a real home on the interweb.  [puts feet up on the couch]  Ah, it feels good to be here.  This is where I’ll be posting all about my Star Wars adventures, crafting projects, and acting news & updates.  A huge THANK YOU to David Hoang for creating this awesome site!  He’s an incredibly talented web designer and he also happens to be a fellow Star Wars fan.  Awesome.

So come on in and look around!  Stay tuned for my posts from San Diego Comic-Con!

1-up if you can correctly guess where you’ve seen this robot and who is in the costume.  : )