Two major events collided during the same weekend as both the third annual Star Wars Reads Day event and New York Comic Con took place on Saturday, October 11, 2014. Though I missed out on Star Wars Read Day events across New York City libraries and bookstores, the place to be was at NYCC, where Star Wars appreciation was in full swing. Disney Publishing Worldwide and DK Publishing shared free gifts and signings with fans to celebrate Star Wars books and literature. I picked up a charming tote bag from the DK Publishing booth, and the kind and awesome staff at the Disney Publishing Worldwide booth shared an autographed copy of Star Wars Rebels: A New Hero with me as Pablo Hidalgo signed additional copies for fans at the table.
Many thanks to Mary Ann for making Star Wars Reads Day at NYCC all the more special!
Later that day, Pablo Hidalgo (Star Wars Rebels: A New Hero), Tony DiTerlizzi (Star Wars the Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight), Michael Kogge (Star Wars Rebels: Rise of the Rebels), and Matthew Reinhart (Star Wars: A Galactic Pop-up Adventure) attended a Star Wars Reads Day event at Books of Wonder. Executive Editor at Disney Book Group Michael Siglain expressed via Twitter that “a good time was had by all” at the event.
Tony DiTerlizzi shared a handful of humorous pictures at his personal website.
The Star Wars Reads Day celebration continued throughout the day, especially at the Star Wars: A New Dawn panel, where Del Rey Books discussed the upcoming Star Wars material. Though no new books were revealed, a significant detail about Hera Syndulla popped up during a conversation about Star Wars: Lords of the Sith, which features Cham Syndulla–her uncle! For a long time, many suspected that Hera was the daughter of Cham Syndulla, but now we know that he was her uncle. Cham will be an important character in Paul Kemp’s Lords of the Sith, scheduled for release on April 21, 2015.
For a detailed summary of the Star Wars: A New Dawn panel, visit my post at Making Star Wars.
Saturday also contained other fantastic panels, including “The Mary Sue Presents – Strong Female Characters: The Women Shining in Geek Media.” There, the voice of Hera Syndulla, Vanessa Marshall, expressed her thoughts about Princess Leia as a strong female character and spoke in greater detail about her own Rebels character and Sabine Wren, the Mandalorian of the team.
For an overview and audio of The Mary Sue panel, visit my post at Fangirl Next Door.
Later on, the Empire Stage filled up with Star Wars fans eager to learn more about the new animated series, Star Wars Rebels. Christian Blauvelt hosted the panel and asked Vanessa Marshall several intriguing questions about her role in the series, her character’s relationship to the other characters, and various other topics that led up to the preview of “Rise of the Old Masters” with Luminara Unduli.
Vanessa Marshall’s presence at New York Comic Con only made the experience more electric. Additionally, the presence and interaction between Star Wars fans, who I’ve come to know via social media, made for an unforgettable and outstanding Saturday at NYCC. The passion and dedication for the franchise were impossible to miss, even well into the night when a small gathering took place at a local restaurant.
Many thanks to Del Rey Books for providing a space and time for fans to come together and celebrate what we love most!