The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 34 – Coming Back For More, Part 1. Which is actually Part 4…

Hello there! You may have noticed I was M.I.A. for a couple of months. Or, maybe you didn’t. If you didn’t, good. Just don’t tell me that you didn’t. Anywho, I’m back, baby, better than ever, and I’m ready to inundate you with thoughts, feelings, and remembrances. What you are about to read is part 1 in what will be an ongoing series about the Star Wars films. We all love Star Wars, most of us started out with the films, and we keep coming back to them time and time again. We all do this for different reasons, but the one common factor is that they just kind of feel like old friends, don’t they? Or a warm, fuzzy blanket on a chilly afternoon. Or….you know what, I’m gonna stop that right there before I drink a gallon of hot cocoa and fall asleep. My point is this: We love the saga. What I have been pondering is each film as a separate work. What keeps me coming back to each film individually? When I decide that I want to watch one, why do I choose the one that I opt for? I’ve found that the answer is different for each chapter in the saga, and that’s what my next several blogs will be concerned with. I’m going to go through each film one-at-a-time and discover what it is uniquely about THAT film that I am drawn back to. I’m sure I’ll surprise myself with a few of my findings, and hopefully it will give some of you an appreciation for elements of the films you’ve never noticed, or encourage you to consider this topic for yourself and discover your own answer for each film.

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What I Learned From Spiderman: Homecoming

Jay’s Galactic Expressions

Warning: Major Spoilers ahead for Spiderman: Homecoming!

Everywhere I look in our society today, I am bombarded by messages of “girl power.” Some are very positive, encouraging and empowering. Others leave me – a grown woman – with the proverbial “very bad feeling” about what my younger female counterparts may eventually be molded into.

With the release of the cartoon shorts Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, there has been a noticeable spike in the conversations regarding female-centered role-models, and how those role-models are being utilized to market not only merchandise but the message of “what it means to be a girl.” I love the series, and I believe it sends positive messages that transcend all human-imposed boundaries. However universally acceptable I feel the series to be, there exist those who oppose and/or challenge that notion, for whatever personal motives or agendas they may have. As Palpatine said: “so be it.” I’m not here to change anyone’s beliefs or opinions, but I do have some things to get off my chest.

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New Coffee With Kenobi Format Debuts May the Fourth, Star Wars Day!

To help celebrate Star Wars Day, Coffee With Kenobi is set to debut the new show format this May the Fourth! Host Dan Z. will be joined by the legendary James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and so much more!) & Coffee With Kenobi’s Co-creator, Cory Clubb, with Tom Gross covering the latest Star Wars news.

So, be sure to set aside some time this Thursday, May the 4th, and join in the Star Wars Day festivities with CWK!

You can find Coffee With Kenobi on iTunes, Stitcher, Pod Directory, Google Play, and YouTube.

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The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 33 – Our Little Fandom Is All Grown Up

Well, I’m back from Celebration Orlando. A grand time was had by all. Or at least by most. Probably by all. It wasn’t without its hiccups, but what large gathering of 60,000 people isn’t? The short version of my experience is this: It was great to see some friends again after 2 years, and great to meet some new friends for the first time, including my Comics With Kenobi co-host, the illustrious Mr. Matt Moore. There were a few nice surprises, which I’m sure you’ve read about already: Harrison Ford and George Lucas onstage for the 40th Anniversary Panel, John Williams playing Princess Leia’s theme as part of a tribute to Carrie Fisher, and the reveal of the teaser for The Last Jedi, to name just a few. There was one moment that was simultaneously somewhat surprising and not shocking in the least. Read on to find out what it was!

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Star Wars Celebration | Come See Coffee With Kenobi on the Podcast Stage!

If you’re attending Star Wars Celebration in Orlando next month, be sure to stop by the podcast stage to see Coffee With Kenobi! Dan Z and Cory Clubb will be taking the stage on Thursday, April 13, from 4:30 – 5:30 pm. There will be giveaways, a special guest, an announcement about CWK’s new format — and it will be Cory’s last show. It’s an event not to be missed!

For more information about Star Wars Celebration, visit the official site here.

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The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 32 – Good Expectations. Not Great, But Good…

We’re just a few short weeks away from Celebration Orlando!!! Can you feel it? I can feel it. It feels….good. This will be my second Celebration, and it will be VERY hard to top the experience I had in Anaheim in 2015. It was, quite honestly, one of the best times I have ever had in my life. Meeting friends IRL for the first time, making new friends that I’m going to get to see again, eating good food, and being immersed in Star Wars for 4 days was kind of my own version of Heaven. Can I expect the same sort of thrill this time out? Probably not. But that’s ok…

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Celebration Orlando Coffee With Kenobi Tees & Hoodies Available Now!

The Coffee With Kenobi Celebration Orlando tees and hoodies are available now! The exclusive logo features a beautiful image of an iconic Star Wars staple as it marches towards palm trees, on the way to sunny Orlando, Florida, and Star Wars Celebration.

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Voting is Now Open for the 2017 Star Wars Podcast Awards!

The Star Wars Podcast Awards are back for 2017, and voting is now open. Fans will be able to vote for their favorites in a wide variety of categories, but it’s no easy task! There are a lot of shows to choose from.

The Coffee With Kenobi family has garnered nominations in five categories, as noted below:

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The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 32 – Wait, What Did I Just Say?!?!?

You guys, something has happened. I don’t know when, I don’t know how, and I don’t know exactly WHAT it is just yet, but SOMETHING has definitely happened. Something that has me questioning who I even am now. Something that has shaken me to my foundation. Something…

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Turning off the Mic; the Future of CWK

Hello CWK family and fans!

It was almost four years ago to the day that Dan and I were hanging out and dreaming up what has now become the Star Wars podcast network, Coffee With Kenobi. Through that time I’ve had experiences I could have never dreamt of, will never forget, and will continue to have. I’ve had the pleasure of becoming friends with folks through fandom, and who I now talk to daily.

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