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Comic Con Report, volume 4 - Yew Erdri Ming

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Here's a shot from downtown, early Thursday morning. I love weird lighting effects on big buildings.



This is near the theatre where Conan O'Brien hosted his show throughout the Con. I saw O'Brien on the way home that day but I didn't manage to get a good picture before my camera ran out of memory.



I got a new camera not long ago but I'm still using my old memory card, I guess the pictures and video this one takes are much bigger. But I like having a true zoom on this one instead of just a crop on the spot.

Here's the event hall early on Thursday which was surprisingly not very crowded:



While I didn't get into the Star Wars panel, I did see a few cool Star Wars related things. Though maybe many of you won't be quite as delighted as I was to see this young lady (on the left) keeping the EU flame alive with this Grand Admiral Thrawn cosplay.



Her friend on the right was a character from some anime, I forget which.

This year the late Grant McCune, special effects designer on the first Star Wars film and many other films, had a large booth in the event hall with actual models used in the production of films he worked on.



This X-Wing was about fourteen inches long.




The TIE Fighter was about fourteen inches tall.





I was surprised by how large this jet from the X-Men movies was.



McCune's Oscar.



This is the actual Winnebago model that was used for Spaceballs. I ran into some Spaceballs cosplayers later at the other side of the Con--they'd heard that the model was on display so I tried to give them directions but rather failed, I think, vaguely waving my arm, "It's over that ways."




Leia and Han.



There were a few impressive Darth Vaders, this one I thought could have pulled back his helmet just a bit. Of course there was a steampunk Vader:



Well, that was a lot of pictures. I think I might be able to finish up with these reports to-morrow with . . . even more pictures! Oh, you lucky people, stay tuned.
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From:everville340
Date:July 15th, 2015 09:25 pm (UTC)
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Thanks again for the photos and videos, including Grand Admiral Thrawn. It is good to see things that reinforce the time once well-spent reading all the (now) non-canon books. I appreciate your taking the time to describe all the volumes: looking at everything is truly like being there and having a real feel for what's going on without even attending.
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From:setsuled
Date:July 16th, 2015 12:05 am (UTC)
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Thanks, I'm glad you're enjoying the posts.

It is good to see things that reinforce the time once well-spent reading all the (now) non-canon books.

I think Disney made a mistake trying to draw that hard line, the sort of fuzzy canonicity of the old Extended Universe seemed much smarter because then it seemed like a freer incubator of ideas. And now Disney has committed themselves to totally new things and thrown out things that have stood tests of time. But, then, I think there's a basic philosophical question--can Disney really make something "not count"? One could as well make the argument that anything that didn't come from George Lucas isn't canon, regardless of who paid four billion dollars for what. Some things can't be bought, any more than Lucas can make us like Jar Jar Binks. People like what they like.

looking at everything is truly like being there and having a real feel for what's going on without even attending.

Thank you--though the perspective I share is one tiny slice. While I was seeing panels, every room at the Con was filled with other panels, stuff was going on in the event hall, Comic Con is really like a whole universe.
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From:everville340
Date:July 18th, 2015 03:37 pm (UTC)
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I respect George Lucas as perhaps the Big Bang of everything Star Wars is becoming, but your perspective on the Extended Universe versus recent developments is brilliantly put. If I might ask, have you any novels or series from the old Extended Universe that you particularly enjoyed?
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From:setsuled
Date:July 18th, 2015 08:42 pm (UTC)
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your perspective on the Extended Universe versus recent developments is brilliantly put

Thanks.

If I might ask, have you any novels or series from the old Extended Universe that you particularly enjoyed?

I loved Michael Stackpole's X-Wing books--and the computer games they were inspired by. I read a lot of the books in the 90s, Timothy Zahn's books and the Kevin J. Anderson books and most of the ones in between. I generally enjoyed them. I thought Zahn's ysalamari came from his misunderstanding of how the Force worked but I loved Thrawn and Mara Jade. My favourite Extended Universe things, though, were probably the X-Wing/TIE Fighter games, the Jedi Knight/Outcast line of games, and, in terms of print, aside from the Stackpole books I particularly enjoyed the anthologies of short stories.
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From:everville340
Date:July 19th, 2015 03:54 pm (UTC)
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The X-Wing books were the only series of the Extended Universe novels I did not read during the 90s-00s, so thank you. I appreciate your taking the time to share your joy.
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From:setsuled
Date:July 20th, 2015 03:23 pm (UTC)
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No problem.
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