Growing Up With The Clone Wars

I found Star Wars one year after Revenge of the Sith came out and I spent a lot of time wishing I had discovered it sooner. Even though I was only 11 years old, I felt like I had missed out on so much, especially since there was no more Star Wars to look forward to. When I heard about The Clone Wars movie, I remember being really excited about getting to watch a Star Wars film in the theater. This was my chance. I was going to watch a Star Wars movie with other people in the theater and it was going to be just like the end of that Episode I documentary when Rick McCallum is hyping up the crowd and everyone has their lightsabers out and the entire audience is screaming at the sight of the Lucasfilm logo… yup, it was going to be just like that.

In 2008, when I was 13, I had only recently become a proud Star Wars fan. I spent a lot of the first few years being embarrassed by liking Star Wars. It wasn’t cool at the time and my family and classmates thought it was for boys. So, when The Clone Wars came out it was a breath of fresh air and it felt like there was something to be excited about in the Star Wars fandom again and this time I was going to be apart of it, at least, that’s what I thought.

When I discovered the character of Ahsoka Tano, I remember being so disappointed. My only reason being was that I had written fan fiction (I didn’t even know it was called fan fiction at the time) about a girl who went on missions with Obi-Wan and Anakin and who had been a favorite of Master Yoda’s. I know, right? Anyways, I loved that character so much and often wished I could escape into the Star Wars universe and be her. As you can imagine, when I found out who Ahsoka Tano was, I felt a rush of anger and disappointment and jealousy. I never went to go watch the film at the theater and even though I did eventually watch the show on Cartoon Network, I became ambivalent about the whole thing. I thought Ahsoka was annoying and immature. She was around my age and nothing like the character I created in my head.

It wasn’t until season 3 that I started liking The Clone Wars. I don’t know if it was the show itself or having gone to Star Wars Weekends and Star Wars Celebration V that really changed my mind, but it was definitely around that time when I realized this is the Star Wars that’s part of my generation and the Star Wars that I’m growing up with. I felt like I had to be proud of that and also… the show just got better as it progressed.

As time passed, I realized that Ahsoka was changing and growing up, just like I was. I can’t really pinpoint what episode or moment made me start liking Ahsoka, but I can tell you that watching her walk away from Anakin and the Jedi Order made me an emotional wreck. It was in that moment that I realized Ahsoka had grown on me and I cared about her journey. I remember watching it in my living room alone and regretting how much I hated her at first, but I had to grow up to realize that she actually meant something to me. I felt a connection to her and have loved her ever since.

It’s been 10 years since The Clone Wars premiered and thinking back on the show and my relationship with it has made me incredibly nostalgic. It takes me back to the early days of my fandom, when I was just starting out and going to Star Wars Weekends to see all the voice actors. It reminds of my first Star Wars Celebration and the beginnings of Her Universe. I love the sequel trilogy, I love what Disney has given us, but sometimes when I think about those days when all we had to look forward to was a new Clones Wars season and a Robot chicken special, it makes me smile and miss it in a weird way.

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If you don’t know by now, there will be new Clone Wars episodes from Lucasfilm and Disney in the future. It was announced at San Diego Comic Con and pretty much blew everyone’s mind, mine included. I wasn’t expecting it, I didn’t even think it would be possible, but someone at Lucasfilm is paying attention and I am grateful.

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The episodes will be released through Disney’s streaming app and there will be 12 in total. I am so happy about this and I am happy for Dave Filoni who finally gets to complete his first show in the way he always wanted to. It feels like Star Wars really is Christmas now and it just keeps giving us gifts every year, whether it’s in the form of a TV show, film, book, or comic. I truly have never been more proud to be a Star Wars fan. After all, once you’re a fan, you’re in this life for good.

#CloneWarsSaved

Infinity War: Thoughts, Concerns

WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW.

If you haven’t seen the movie and do not want to get spoiled then kindly move along.

On Friday I saw Avengers: Infinity War.

I thought it was fucking great.

I will admit that recently I have not been the biggest MCU fan. I remember sitting in the theater when Iron Man came out and absolutely falling in love with the movie and Robert Downey Jr. and even getting into AC/DC for a little while. It was the film that got me into reading comics and superheroes in general. After a couple of years I moved on from Iron Man to Captain America. Steve Rogers was less annoying and a sweet heart. Also, Agent Carter FOREVER. Post-Avengers I just stopped caring about everything. I know. I was so done with Iron Man, I didn’t care for Thor or his films, and I fell asleep multiple times throughout Guardians of the Galaxy. This was also during the time when I moved on from superhero comics to indie comics and I didn’t really look back.

Winter Soldier and Black Panther were the last Marvel films I cared about or remembered. Then, just last week I managed to watch Thor: Ragnarok, which I absolutely adored. It was weird, funny, different, and put Led Zeppelin to good use. I seriously think it’s my favorite Marvel film and made me actually LIKE Thor. And now after Infinity War, I think I love him? It’s weird.

Infinity War is fantastic. It has its flaws, of course, but I don’t really put on my film critic hat with these movies. They’re big blockbusters meant to entertain and hopefully recruit nerds into reading more comics. Also, money. So, it’s never going to be a Casablanca and it either entertains me and makes me want to keep watching or it bores me to death. It didn’t bore me. My SO and I went to go eat after the film and I could not stop talking about the movie. I couldn’t stop thinking about it until we got home. In the end, Thanos retrieves all six infinity stones and with the snap of his fingers cuts half the population in the universe, including some of our mightiest heroes.

The ending was compelling yet, I’m smart enough to know that half of the people who died have sequels coming so, I knew that they weren’t really dead. I have not gone down an Infinity War theory hole yet, but I did manage to read about pocket universes and wonder if maybe that will come into play in the future.

My most hype moment was at the very end. The post credits scene. Nick Fury sends out a distress signal to none other than CAPTAIN FUCKING MARVEL as he disintegrates into thin air. I love Captain Marvel. I read the comics written by Kelly Sue DeConnick a couple of years ago and she is BAE. I am so fucking excited to see Brie Larson as Carol Danvers on the big screen. 2019 can’t come soon enough.

This movie renewed my love for the MCU. I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed seeing all the heroes come together and meet for the first time. It made me want to get back into reading superhero comics. I know I will be rereading DeConnick’s run of Captain Marvel soon and hopefully watch Spider-Man: Homecoming one of these days. I think I really like this version of Peter Parker. He’s young and full of hope and pop culture references, I think I’ll probably enjoy his movie a lot too.

If you are an MCU fan you have probably already seen the film and I don’t have to try and convince you. I think if you are like me and you’ve seen a good amount but don’t care that much, you should try and check out Infinity War. I also found A LOT of Star Wars inspirations peppered throughout the film, so be on the look out! It’s a lot of fun and the ending is pretty great. Even if you’ve spoiled yourself, I still think it’s worth watching!

 

Ita Bags, Enamel Pins, and Pinstagram

So, I have a new obsession.

Over the past few months I have been collecting enamel pins. You’ve probably seen them around on bags or jackets or lanyards, usually at conventions or most famously, Disney Parks. I don’t have a crazy collection because it can be a very expensive investment, but I have definitely collected quite a few since January of this year and I wanted to share how I started collecting and how I style my pins.

First of all, my new obsession is technically not new as I have been buying pins from Disney World since I was little. However, within the last year or so a lot of little shops online have started releasing originally designed pins that feature some of your most favorite characters, movies, shows, and pop culture phenomenons. It’s crazy how there can be a pin for literally anything these days. As soon as I started to see Star Wars pins that weren’t from Disney Parks pop up on Instagram, I was hooked.

Towards the end of 2017 I decided to bite the bullet and start collecting. The fact that people were wearing pins on their jean jackets and backpacks made me really fall in love with the whole idea. I liked that you could style your pins with a regular outfit and still give it a nerdy flair and I’m all about that subtle nerdy look.

Most of the time I wear my pins on my jean jacket and I switch it up almost weekly depending on how I’m feeling.

 

Now that summer is approaching and I won’t use my jean jacket as much, I’ve decided to put some of my pins on my Ita Bag. It’s whimsy and cute and stylish and something I bought specifically for Disney World and Comic Cons. My bag is from Lantern Pins, who now has a handful of colors (that I hope to purchase in the future), but you can find Ita bags all over the internet, including Amazon. I believe Ita Bags started as a phenomenon in the Anime community and have now taken over the pin community because it is so ideal for displaying pins and not having to worry about them falling off. Last year for Star Wars Celebration, I put a couple of pins on my backpack was constantly checking to see if they were still there and actually had to retrace my steps to find my beloved BB-8 pin in the middle of the exhibit hall.

Never again.

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I decided to get a little DIY with my bag. I was inspired by Jackie from Lantern Pins who put a colored paper in her bag slot so that it could have a more colorful background and so that the pins didn’t ruin the fabric inside. It’s a really great idea, but I will admit it was kind of a pain to do. If you’re curious, I essentially measured the bag as best I could and cut craft paper I bought from Michael’s. Honestly, when it came to putting the pins on the paper, you have to kind of just guess and risk it for the biscuit. Maybe there’s an easier way that I’m not aware of but I got it done and it doesn’t look half bad.

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If I’ve peaked your interest in any way I would suggest checking out my Instagram where I have tagged all the pin makers and where I usually take pictures of my pin hauls. I will list below some of my favorite pin shops and where you can find Ita bags. I also suggest checking out hashtags on Instagram if you’re curious about all the pins that are out there or how people are styling their own pins. It’s a really fun and creative community that I’m happy to support and hopefully one day I can design my own pin!

Favorite Pin Shops (keep in mind I mostly buy Star Wars pins):

Lantern Pins

Utinni Bikini

Kate Gabrielle (amazing classic film pin shop)

The Floral Martian

Squadron Goals

Fandom Flair Pins

Places You Can Buy Ita Bags:

Lantern Pins

Amazon

Instagram Hashtags to Check Out:

#Pinstagram

#PinGame

#PinGameStrong

#PinLife

#PinsOfIG

#PinCollector

#PinCollection

Vogue Squadron: Geek Fashion Finds (April 4 2018)

Rounded up some of my favorite geek fashion finds from the past few weeks!

Check them out below:

1. Star Wars x Po-Zu Han Solo Sneakers

These are both amazing and disappointing because they only have them in men’s sizes, starting from a US size 9. WHYYYYYY???? 😦

2. Captain Marvel Sweater from Marvel x Musterbrand

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I love it and I need it. This was announced yesterday but should be coming out very soon (most likely with the release of Infinity War at the end of the month)!

3. I Never Freeze Unisex Shirt – Jordandené

The best quote from Black Panther! Going to eventually buy this for my boyfriend and I because we say this all the time to each other.

4. Galactic Scavenger Cropped Sweater – Elhoffer Design

This sweater is inspired by Rey’s outfit at the end of The Force Awakens. It’s so beautiful and available for pre-order with very limited runs! Get it while you can.

5. 22K Gold PacMan and Ghost Earrings – Unicorn Crafts

They’re so cute! I love classic video games and PacMan was a staple in our house back in the day so I’m definitely going to try and get these soon.

Looking for Leia

Hey!

Let me tell you about this really cool docu-series called Looking for Leia. The project was originally going to be a documentary all about women in Star Wars fandom, but is now a six episode series ALL ABOUT WOMEN IN STAR WARS FANDOM and the creators need our help to get it done.

Check out the sneak peek below:

Check out the docu-series announcement below:

Annalise Ophelian is behind this wonderful project that features women of all ages and backgrounds who love Star Wars and not just in front of the camera but behind the scenes as well. After watching the trailer a couple of months ago I instantly regretted not having known about it last year, but it’s not too late to support the project and help get it out there for all of us to watch.

If you’re interested in donating, visit their crowd-funding page here.

If you can’t donate but want to get the word out, follow them on twitter @LookingForLeia.

#GirlsRunTheGalaxy

#WomenBuiltThisRebellion

 

 

Star Wars ComLINKS: Favorite Scene From Season 4 of Star Wars Rebels

Star Wars ComLINKS is a monthly link up by Anakin And His Angel centered around the galaxy far, far away. This month’s ComLINKS is about our favorite scene from season 4 of Star Wars Rebels.

To round out all the Star Wars Rebels series finale discussion, I thought I’d participate in this month’s Star Wars ComLINKS talking about my favorite scene from season 4.

There were a lot.

The latter half of this season was absolutely phenomenal. I loved every single episode and picking one scene is really hard, but I have to say that Hera and Kanan stole my heart in season 4 (besides Ahsoka, of course). By default I would totally pick Ahsoka’s powerful entrance in the finale (but it was a millisecond) and Rebels was about the Ghost Crew–Hera, Ezra, Kanan, Sabine, Zeb, and Chopper. So, my favorite scene from season 4 was in “Wolves and a Door” when Hera decides to trust Zeb and let Ezra and Sabine continue infiltrating the Jedi temple on Lothal.

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This scene occurs just a few days after the Ghost crew lost Kanan Jarrus. Watching Hera struggle with her loss was emotional and the fact that she had to continue and fight on was heartbreaking. In this scene she becomes worried about Ezra and Sabine who are struggling to keep things together while disguised as stormtroopers. She knows how important the mission is, but after losing Kanan she feels extra protective and wants to cut the mission short when she finds out Emperor Palpatine is involved. Zeb comforts her and tells her to remember why they came. In this moment, Kanan’s force ghost appears and puts his hand on Hera’s shoulder. Hera, unknowingly, puts her hand on his and can almost feel Kanan’s presence.

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She then decides to allow Sabine and Ezra to continue the mission. Zeb goes on to say “they’ll be fine,” to which Hera replies “I used to always believe that.” This scene broke me. It’s a beautiful and emotional shot that made me tear up when I first saw it. Hera’s reply to Zeb is so sad because she realizes that not everyone is going to make it to the end. Sigh.

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This was a pivotal moment because it allowed Hera to move forward in the grieving process. She comes to terms with the fact that the mission must go on, the fight against the Empire must go on, and she needs to go on.

Season 4 is filled with glorious moments that made me laugh and cry. Star Wars Rebels is over, but it will never be forgotten. It was a journey that I am proud to have been apart of and I cannot wait to revisit these characters and stories in the future!

It Belongs In A Museum!

Museums are pretty cool. You know what’s even cooler?

A museum that is dedicated to the art of visual storytelling, in other words, movies, paintings, visual media of all kind.

And guess what? George Lucas is doing just that.

On Wednesday the famous filmmaker and creator of Star Wars broke ground in Los Angeles, officially beginning the construction process for his long-awaited museum. For years I’ve heard about the Lucas Museum, not knowing exactly what it would feature, but knowing it had to do with film and probably Star Wars. I’m happy to hear that not only will the museum have a Star Wars collection, but also feature film memorabilia from the past to the present. As a film student, this sounds like a dream and I cannot wait to visit one day.

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George talking about his dream. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Concept design for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

I love the idea of being able to go to a place that has the ability to take you back into the past. Museums are modern day time machines that offer knowledge and hold artifacts from long ago. I have been lucky enough to visit a couple of museums in the past, but I have yet to visit one that focuses on filmmaking and visual narrative.

I can imagine the Lucas museum will feature all kinds of props and costumes from various Lucasfilm productions, including Indiana Jones. It makes me think of one of Jones’ most famous lines, “it belongs in a museum!” Seriously, so many people out there own really cool props, scripts, and costumes from classic films and I feel like those things belong in a museum for the whole world to see and appreciate. It’s nice to know that George will donate his collection, which includes over 10,000 paintings, illustrations, and film memorabilia.

I’m happy that George Lucas’ dream is finally coming true and I hope to be at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art opening day in 2021!