Sunday at New York Comic Con 2013

Star Wars Programming at NYCC, Sunday

All good things come to an end, and sadly, today was the last day at New York Comic Con. Still, many exciting things happened. First up, I met up with @fangirlcantina and @blogfullofwords to exchange a few words about the Star Wars Rebel panel. From there, I got my Star Wars: The Clone Wars Episode Guide signed by Jason Fry and Ashley Eckstein.

Sunday at NYCC 2013 also included The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi panel with Jason Fry and J.W. Rinzler. The video I captured had poor quality due to my location in the audience, but I did capture the audio. There are gaps throughout the recording, where video footage was shown. The following is a description of those gaps:

  1. The video included action figures demonstrating the chase scene in the forest on Endor.
  2. Behind the scene footage of Harrison Ford and Billy Dee Williams rehearsing a scene before acting it out.
  3. A glimpse into the direction and consultation that were involved in filming the Battle of Endor.
  4. Richard Marquand speaking Darth Vader lines and giving direction during a scene with Luke. Also, Mark Hamill messes up at the end of the take.

To follow along with the photographs that were shown on screen and described in the audio, I’ve added them to The Wookiee Gunner‘s Facebook.

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Soon after the Return of the Jedi panel, I went over to the “End Bullying! Responding To Cruelty In Our Culture” to support the effort and bring awareness against bullying. The panel included Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition Founder Chase Masterson, NOH8’s founders Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley, Brad Bell, Bonnie Burton, Jenna Busch, Ashley Eckstein, and Cartoon Network VP Alice Cahn.

Here’s a quick excerpt, featuring Ashley Eckstein:

When I first started Her Universe, I was told from a couple of our license holders–we have a license for Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who–it was met with a lot skepticism. When I went to these companies and said, “I want to make sci-fi merchandise for girls,” and they said, “Well, there’s not that many female fans.” I said, “No, no, no. I’ve done my research and close to half of all sci-fi fans are women,” and they said, “Fangirls haven’t bought merchandise in the past, so why is this going to be different?”

I said, “Well, the girls are there, but they’ve give up–they’ve been ignored for so long, or they’ve been bullied and haven’t felt comfortable to speak up because they’re harassed online by guys, message boards, and forums.” So I said we need to create a safe community, where girls feel comfortable, speaking up and saying, “Hey, I’m a girl and I like Star Wars, and by the way, I’m sick of the guy’s boxy t-shirt. I want a Princess Leia hoodie, instead.”

For the rest of the panel, listen below. Apologies for missing out on the first few minutes.

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