May the Fourth…

My love for the Star Wars universe came at an early, early age. I saw it when A New Hope first came out in theaters, and at the ripe old age of five, I knew I found something amazing. With Empire, I fell in love with Han Solo. Hard. In the sixth grade, spurred on by our love of Return of the Jedi, my best friend and I created a Jedi Club. We “trained” at a local park using the monkey bars and declared our love in writing for Harrison Ford or Mark Hamill. I chose Ford;  she chose Hamill, a decision that still haunts her. 

Fast forward a whole lot of years to this April, when I was able to attend Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim. It was like a mini Comic Con solely for Star Wars. There’s something incredibly cool about being surrounded with thousands of people who love something  as much as you do, maybe even more.

  
 The cosplay was amazing, the fan-made props were incredible, and the amount of really awesome and necessary merchandise was extensive. I unfortunately missed the world premiere trailer of The Force Awakens at the J.J. Abrahams panel, and I only made it to one other panel. Too much time was spent just taking it all in. 

 

Just another day at Celebration

  

Roxy the Rancor

  

Admiral Ackbar Sushi Set!

 

I have a weakness for Stormtroopers

Good times in the Rancor Pit

  
Next year, Celebration will be in London, and I’m so glad I went this year. California is a bit closer than England.

May the Fourth be with you. Now go watch The Force Awakens trailer again. You know you want to. I know I do. 

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Ce N’est Pas Une Lune!

Yesterday, a couple of friends and I decided to explore our artistic sides at a social art studio called “I Painted That!”. We signed up for the two hour art class, which was to be a picture of a couple strolling through Paris. We were also encouraged to bring wine. Drinking and painting? Yes, please.

A few days before, I jokingly said that I was going to paint a zombie horde coming toward the blissful couple. Then I decided I’d paint Chris Hardwick as the guy in the picture. Then the idea of the TARDIS and the phrase “Allons-y” became a possibility. After the Jurassic World trailer came out, I really wanted to paint a T-Rex. But when the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer was released, I knew it had to be the iconic Death Star hanging in the Parisian sky. I love Star Wars, and more importantly, the Death Star is basically a circle that even I could draw.

Before the evening class, my friend had already hit the Chardonnay in the afternoon, so I knew it was going to be a hilarious class. Exhibit A, and by the way, I’m the blue texts.

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When we arrived to class, we had all our necessary materials: bottles of wine, popcorn, chocolate-covered Lays potato chips, and some salami and Gouda cheese. Oh, and no artist would ever attempt their masterpiece without a wine glass sippy cup.

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The canvas already had the couple and Eiffel Tower roughly sketched in pencil, so anyone could do this. As the night progressed, that blank canvas started to tell a picture.

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But while people worried about creating the perfect color for their dusky skyline, I was wondering about the perfect color for my Death Star. And in the end, I created exactly what I wanted.

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We drank. We laughed. We painted. We spilled wine. And then we drank some more. I’m quite sure the teacher was not impressed with what we did, but at least we put our own twist on it. I was 99.9% sure that she would pixelate us out of the Facebook and website picture, but she didn’t. I’m secretly hoping that when someone takes the “Parisian Stroll” class, they request the Star Wars option.

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Gorgeous Galaxies

Today, pictures surfaced on the internet that made me incredibly happy. If New York Fashion Week and San Diego Comic Con had a baby, it would be these gorgeous dresses from Rodarte.
And although a certain “stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf-herder” appears to be missing from the collection, I’m pretty much in love.

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