Well, Star Wars Celebration IV was
something else. Something else indeed. I think it ate something like three
weeks of my life, leaving me with just blurred memories of stormtroopers, long lines,
and chocolate milk chug-offs to show for it.
I have to admit that I was very surprised by how much being there
on site and seeing everyone’s intense passion for the show (and the amazing
costumes) really rekindled my own interest in the franchise. I’ll be honest,
episodes 1 through 3 (and the video games and the novels and the comic books
and…) aren’t really for me – they’re
for my little brother. I’m more a fan of the older movies that had a wider
appeal – they were kewl and awesome when you were a kid but you still love ‘em
just as much when you got older (but didn’t necessarily grow up). As I was
walking the halls trying to put out fires, however, it wasn’t long before I really
wanted to sit down and watch ‘em all again.
Very simply, lightsabers and stormtroopers are some of the coolest
things ever and stuff like the Darh
Vader Helmet Exhibit clearly demonstrated just how far Star Wars permeates modern culture.
So yeah, I enjoyed myself. It was super crazy insane most of
the time (two words from Friday night: “security risk”) but I ended up having a
blast. It was all worth it just for the chance to hang out with my volunteers.
I wish we had more shows throughout the year so I’d have more excuses to work
But now it’s back to Indy. With a vengeance.
Usually we are busy with Indy, tear our hair out on that
show, then come back to the office and have to turn right around and jump into
So Cal without much time for a break. Coming off Celebration IV is kind of like that, but instead of a smaller,
lighter show we’ve got the biggest Indy ever (40th anniversary
Working on Celebration
IV unfortunately ate up time and pushed back timelines for a lot of Indy
projects so we’re trying to work as fast as we can to catch up. The big
priorities right now are program guide content and event placement. Both of
those need to get done realsoonnow before we’ll have attention for anything
else like late event submissions or some of the specialized programs we’re
experimenting with this year, such as Wednesday night gaming. There are going
to be a lot of 12-14 hour days in my future for the next few weeks at least.
Program guide content is a challenge for a lot of the programs
I’m directly responsible for because unlike most of Gen Con the anime and films
(and eGames) aren’t all run by other groups, companies and individuals. The central
core of those programs has to be set up and managed directly by us (or another group,
such as how Hades Pro handled it for us in the past) and the big SWCIV happened
right in the middle of when all that juggling was supposed to happen. It’s the
need to try to coordinate the whole schedule of events that’s making it hard to
put together the program guide content for anime this year and the film track
simply hasn’t gotten the attention I wanted at all this whole year. I still
need to revise the film contest timeline and details.
This means that pretty much all our (or at least my)
attentions are going to be focused on those two goals: program guide &
event placement. Events that were submitted late and haven’t been approved yet
will have to wait a bit before being addressed and everyone who is curious
about where their events will be should get an answer on that before long. We’re
workin’ on it.
That’s probably enough for now – hopefully I’ll have some
more new concrete anime & film news for everyone by the end of this week.