Star Wars: It’s About Family

Star Wars has many themes, and one of them is family.  It’s relatable.  It’s honest.  And that’s powerful.

Since the very first film, Star Wars introduced us to a new family, the Skywalkers.  A family that lives in a galaxy far, far away, but at the same time, that family feels like home.  Sometimes, it feels or has felt more like home than home.  At one time or another, we were Luke.  A dreamer.  We were Leia and Padmé.  A strong leader. We were Shmi.  A nurturer.  And yes, even Anakin.  Fiercely loyal and yet tried and troubled too. After all, what family is not all these things and more?

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Melinda’s Brew: The Thrill of Victory…

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You know where, in The Empire Strikes Back, Yoda encourages Luke: “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”? A lot of Star Wars fans take exception to Yoda’s lesson. They think that Yoda is wrong in making such a statement to Luke, our fledgling Jedi-in-Training. These fans criticize Yoda because they believe he is not validating the significance of the ol’ college try. They argue that trying counts for a lot. I can see their reasoning.

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Melinda’s Brew: Princess. Senator. Freedom Fighter. A Rose By Any Other Name…

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Creating Your Own Galaxy

Throughout the forty-year history of Star Wars, there have been countless ways that fans have chosen to show their appreciation for the saga. Since the advent of the internet, it has made many of these ways much easier. Whether it be through podcasts or websites just like this one, fans have come out en mass to show their support for the Galaxy Far, Far Away. While podcasts and websites certainly have their own merits and outreach to them, it would be wrong to omit one of the other sides of the Star Wars fandom, those that create their own Star Wars fan-works.

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Melinda’s Brew: Rey of Sunshine

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A couple of days ago, I stopped into our local financial institution to do a bit of banking, and since there were no other customers waiting in line, I took a little extra time to chat with the friendly teller. The course of our discussion took us down the path of musing about change and how open to it people are. About 35 years my junior, I was surprised when Sam told me she did not like change at all. “I like to know what I’m doing when, where I’ll be tomorrow,” she remarked. I remember being her age, and being very open to change. Don’t get me wrong. There is something comforting about the steadfast day-to-day goings-on, but change can open whole new worlds to a person, give one the chance to explore the previously unknown frontier. Different strokes for different folks, of course, but that didn’t stop me from smiling to myself as I left the bank, shaking my head pondering what Sam could be missing by wanting to keep her feet firmly planted in her own yard.

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Comics With Kenobi Issue #25 (229)

Oh my. So much Star Wars comics from November in this episode.

So much we even had to include an issue from December, too, to be sure we got them all.

How many? Six. Just like the original trilogy plus the prequel trilogy.

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Melinda’s Brew: Finn – A Stormtrooper With Heart

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I am well aware that each of us has our individual list of favorite characters from the Star Wars Galaxy. We might like the same character for the same reasons – or even for vastly different reasons. Some of the reasons might revolve around major themes a character embodies, maybe traits we see in ourselves [or wish we’d see].

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Keeping Up with Star Wars is a Fulltime Job!

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Movies. Books. TV shows. Web shows. Comics. Podcasts. Blogs. There has never been a better time to be a Star Wars fan. However, watching, reading, and listening to all the content is quite difficult to do, especially if one has other interests (like work, family, school, other hobbies – crazy, I know!). I admittedly cannot keep up with it all. Here’s a quick look at some of the amazing offerings that we fans have available to us. Hopefully you don’t pop your top like poor R5-D4!

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Melinda’s Brew: It’s A Tie!

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Poor Obi-Wan. [Come to think of it, that’s not a very good adjective to affix to one of the Greatest Jedi who ever lived.] He gets such a bum rap from certain segments of the “Star Wars” fan base. He lied to Luke. He failed Anakin. How much guff can a Jedi take?

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In a First, Marvel’s Star Wars Comics Slide Out of Top 20 in July

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Marvel achieved a milestone in July: None of its Star Wars comics were among the top 20 books sold in comic shops during the month, the first time since the debut of Star Wars #1 in January 2015.

The sales rankings are compiled by Diamond Comics Distributors Inc.

Author and comics aficianado John Jackson Miller breaks down the sales estimates monthly on his website, Comichron: The Comics Chronicles, to determine how many copies were sold that month of a particular title, while also including the cover price of each particular issue. (Diamond and Miller track only print sales, not digital.)

It’s clear that the slide in rankings, and decline in issues sold for the Star Wars titles, was due, in part to the massive success of DC ComicsRebirth, which has dominated charts, sales and comics conversations since its ramp up in June (The harbinger of the initiative, DC Universe Rebirth #1 was released in May).

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