Star for a Princess

Let’s face it – 2016 was kind of sucky for fans. Many beloved pop culture icons lost. The latest is Carrie Fisher (and shortly after, her mother Debbie Reynolds). To say the biggest “duh” comment in the world – one of the biggest pieces of Carrie’s career was her role as Princess Leia in “Star Wars,” which has a huge fan following. One of these fans has done something truly remarkable in a year punctuated with sadness.

Carrie Fisher fan made Walk of Fame Star - Star Wars fan GrimlockI remember first coming across my Facebook friend Jason when I saw him in a fan documentary I found in 2011 at one of my favorite stores, Newbury Comics, in a used documentary section for $2.99. That film “Star Wait” soon become one of my favorites. Seeing these friends withhold an old tradition, fighting off the naysayers, fighting off drunken hecklers on the touristy Walk of Fame, and sometimes fighting each other, this community waited in line for over three weeks for “Star Wars: Episode 2” to premiere in a historic Hollywood theater while raising money for a charity called the Starlight Children’s Foundation through their fan organization LiningUp.net. I still watch it once in a while to this day, and likely will right after I finish this blog.

I got to interview Jason after linking up with him on Facebook in January 2012 (which you can listen to via the audio file I uploaded on YouTube here) about his fandom and what it was like to be in that documentary, getting all that attention. “I don’t think I can go a day without referencing it,” Jason said of the franchise. “I don’t think it ever really leaves you, you know?”

image2Jason tells the story in the interview of how he got into the franchise: “I don’t remember seeing Episode 4 in a theater in 1977 because I was three [years old] but I do remember seeing ‘Empire Strikes Back’ in the theater and something about it – I think it’s part of [being from] a generation looking for father figures, examples, you know, a generation raised by women, all that stuff. Somehow ‘Star Wars’ gave me those role models. It gave me a sense of what good was.”

When news of Carrie Fisher’s heart attack spread out, Jason was very upset, saying “this can’t happen” and proclaiming to donate multiple organs for her survival. When the news circulated that she had passed on, he stated in a Facebook post “This loss will always cause us pain, but a pain tempered by her towering legacy and the knowledge her life will echo through time.”

His words were not enough. Not when the work she and many others had given to the “Star Wars” franchise gave him and others so much. So he decided to take a step further. “Our princess didn’t have a star, so I gave her one.” He crafted a Hollywood Walk of Fame star in a vacant star spot, and this heartfelt act did not go unnoticed.

TMZ has covered the event, as well as The Hollywood Reporter, even Variety, and the list goes on and on. Even Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the same franchise, has a photo of her makeshift star adorned in memorabilia and trinkets pinned to his Twitter profile. Yet I haven’t seen a majority of this coverage credit Jason. Despite this, there are no bitter posts from him. Nothing but “thanks” to those in his same fan community for coming out, seeing the tribute, and for grieving together as a fan community for this loss.

Because that’s the kind of person Jason is. He is the Force, and the Force is truly with him.

 

 

 

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Fan Friends

Being a lover of fan culture, plus a very social and inquisitive person, I love meeting other fans and then hearing their awesome fan stories. In the process, I make amazing friends, so I just had to share these two items with you all:

Jasmine and Matthew Gay Gubler

Photo credit to Jasmine Mae With

My friend Jasmine, as you may have seen in a this hilarious video I did with her, is a HUGE fan of Matthew Gray Gubler of “Criminal Minds” and other projects. She moved from the midwest to Southern Cali to pursue her dreams, and on her time off, she goes on quests to meet the celebs who have influenced her. I’m happy to share she finally met Matthew, which she documents in this vlog. “I was all up in that armpit!” Her goal was to have him piggyback her in a photo, but he said he has done it before and it’s gotten him in trouble. Go watch the vlog and give her a thumbs up for taking a risk and accomplishing her fan goal!

blink182 concert photo

Photo credit to Amanda Rosenblatt

In another story, I met my friend Anthony at a Blink182 show in San Diego last year and we both shared the event of meeting members of our favorite band for the first time (you may remember, in this vlog, how I caught the moment on camera when Anthony learned that Mark got some artwork that Anthony made for him). Anthony has since attended WAY more shows than I have and has since had the pleasure of meeting the guys another time. He did an awesomely vivid writeup of what it’s like to go to these shows and he was nice enough to allow me to share it after the page break below:

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Fans in the News – September 2016

  • Screen Shot 2016-09-04 at 4.27.02 PMThe band Florida Georgia Line surprised a little lady named Angel who is battling cancer
  • In a similar story, two rival football teams got together to help a fan who is battling cancer to make his wish come true
  • To round out the feel-good news train, singer Jason Aldean surprised a winner of his Facebook contest by showing up at her doorstep during a Facebook Live session. Talk about a knock at the door you WANT to answer!
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Nostalgia

Walking Dead SDCC Proposal“There’s this deep level of sentimentality drawing back to the time they were first introduced to that film, character, story, or whatever. When they think on it, when they reflect on it, it brings up all these positive feelings and memories, and even that initial connection to what drew them there. That first sparked their excitement about that thing. Actually, psychologists have looked at nostalgia and they have found that nostalgia brings up not just positive feelings, but can raise our self esteem, our self value, and even kind of allow us to re-experience the connection with others, so it has that kind of social impact, as well!”  -Dr. Andrea Letamendi from the Ghost Busters fan documentary GhostHeads

Speaking on this subject: this photo on the left means a lot to me. Pictured is me from 2011, posing at the SDCC Walking Dead photo opp booth. The other photos are of being proposed to at the same Convention, but in the year 2016, yet still at the Walking Dead photo opp booth. I discovered The Walking Dead at SDCC 2010, which was also the year and event I met my fiancee, so this meant a lot to me. Thanks to everyone who has wished us well.

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Nerd Persecution

Screen Shot 2016-07-17 at 7.23.47 PMThings have taken an odd turn in the world of being a nerd (geek? whatever your preference). I’ve noticed some negativity and hostility towards our ilk.

First, I had an R2D2 Mickey Mouse pair of ears from Disney that I was wearing in the Tampa Airport a few months back, along with my R2D2 carry on roller luggage. I got a lot of compliments during my travels, HOWEVER, a bro-type dude with a Yankees cap, designer clothes and a Louis Vuitton bag looked at me, laughed and said “does that light up?” pointing to the bag.

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Star Wars Chick Essentials

My desk at work proves I like me some Star Wars

My desk at work proves I like me some Star Wars

A while back, you may recall I wrote about my visit to Disneyland and chronicled the fun Stars Wars stuff to do and buy there (the blog is here). I mentioned the Star Wars Zip Satchel by Dooney & Bourke that is exclusive to the Disney parks and how it was a little pricey for me. Well, my boyfriend’s stepmom randomly sent it to me as a gift! I am still shocked and so happy about it.

In honor of this gift, I wanted to do a little blog post about some great items that fellow Star Wars loving gals like me can look into (there are also some items that can work for dudes who are into the franchise as well – no worries). Whether The Force Awakens is your first experience with the franchise and you want to learn more, or you love the whole thing and just want to dive deeper into the fandom, here’s some info for you, past going to signature Star Wars events or the upcoming San Diego Comic Con:

CLOTHING & BAGS:

  • The Zip Satchel above is available from the Disney Store online and this particular design of my bag, as well as a beautiful black leather “Dark Side” theme with red trim, can be viewed at this link. Prices range from $108 to $298, and they are peppered among the other D&B Disney bags here (FYI – they also have an Avengers design and Haunted Mansion, which is a cult favorite ride at both parks)
  • Are the D&B bags are a little pricey? No worries! ThinkGeek has these beautiful R2D2 and Boba Fett purses for $50 here. Target has cool tote bags, backpacks and luggage that range from $15 upwards here. BoxLunch also has some sick looking backpacks and messenger bags for around $65 here.
  • Clothing – The aforementioned Disney store has lots of Star Wars clothes of all varieties, as well as Target, but you can also check out Etsy for truly unique items (including bags plus more items) and more typical vendors like JC Penney, Hot Topic, ThinkGeek, Kohls (as evidenced by Chewbacca Mom), and Her Universe (the lightsaber skirt is crazy!)

SONGS FOR YOUR iTUNES LIBRARY:

  • “Yellow Laser Beams” by MC Frontalot
  • “A New Hope” by Blink182
  • “The Saga Begins” by Weird Al

SUPPLEMENTARY FILMS TO WATCH:

  • Fan Boys – This fictional film follows the journey of some friends who travel across the country to break into Skywalker Ranch (George Lucas’ compound) to get their terminally ill friend to see the yet-to-be-released installment of Star Wars.
  • The People vs George Lucas – Just like how our parents aren’t perfect, neither is the father of Star Wars, Mr. George Lucas. The film is presented as a law case where what he has done to his own franchise is examined, for the good and bad parts.
  • Star Wait – This is a hilarious and raw documentary that examines a group of die hard fans who follow a tradition to camp out to wait for tickets to be the first people to see Star Wars at Graumans Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA.
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Blink Ink

Screen Shot 2016-04-27 at 5.52.38 PMI love when bands and celebrities are proud of their fan’s tattoos. With everything Blink182 has been through in the past couple of decades, it’s nice to see the fan base going strong.

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