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2014 – The Year Of My Fandom

2014 – The Year Of My Fandom

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Christmas has passed and we are heading ever so quickly to the end of 2014.  How fast time has flown! Hopefully everyone has had an enjoyable Christmas season. It’s hard to believe that in a few days we will enter 2015, a year that has been long anticipated by fanboys and fangirls everywhere. There is so much to look forward to, but that’s a blog for next year.

Let’s take a look back at 2014. It has been an amazing year to be a Star Wars fan. From Rebels to Episode 7 announcements, we the fans have been on the edge of our seats all year long! It has been quite the year for me, not just for my fandom but personally as well.

First off, having the honor to share my passion for Star Wars through Coffee With Kenobi has been, for me, the biggest impact on my fandom. I can’t thank Dan and Cory enough for this opportunity, and for all the opportunities that have come from this. All the fantastic bloggers I have been honored to work with and fans I have gotten to know have been incredible. It’s an honor to call you all friends.

Star Wars Weekends. WOW! I have never had so much fun during this event as I did in 2014 while covering it for Dan and Cory. It was great meeting the cast of Rebels before we really knew much about them or the show, not to mention the honor of having a discussion with the great James Arnold Taylor about Coffee With Kenobi during a chance encounter outside the Premiere Theater.

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James Arnold Taylor and I outside the Premiere Theater. Star Wars Weekends 2014

I had a great time meeting other podcasters during Star Wars Weekends as well. Tricia Barr and Teresa Delgado from Fangirls Going Rogue, Eric Geller from The ForceCast, and Sara and Rich from Skywalking Through Neverland were so much fun to meet and share fandom with.

Tricia Barr, Teresa Delgado, Eric Geller and Sara and Rich Woloski with me at Star Wars Weekends 2014

Tricia Barr, Teresa Delgado, Eric Geller and Sara and Rich Woloski with me at Star Wars Weekends 2014

After the Weekends ended, I was honored to have guest appearances on The ForceCast, Assembly of Geeks,  Bantha Banter, and of course Coffee With Kenobi. I had so much fun participating in each show and it was an honor to be invited on each of these shows.

Then the long anticipated Rebels finally premiered. Spark of Rebellion blew my mind! I was lucky enough to be able to watch the premiere with my daughter by my side. She isn’t a Star Wars fan, but she wanted to see what had me so excited. The stories continually improved and I have yet to see an episode that bored me in any way. The writers and cast wasted no time in digging into each character, plus bringing back characters we all love.

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The Force Awakens….

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Chilling, isn’t it? When I first saw the cast photo released showing the Big 3 back together with the new cast of Episode 7, I was as giddy as a school kid.  Then, out of the blue, we got the name: Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I’ll be the first to admit, I did, and still do, have some reservations about the title and its possible implications, but any doubts or reservations I have are quickly fading, and it’s all because of the teaser trailer being released.

Chilling. That teaser left me with a smile that didn’t fade all day. My co-workers had so much fun with me that day cause nothing could put me in a bad mood or set me off. I had just seen the Falcon soaring through the sky battling TIE fighters. It was the first time since Return of the Jedi had we seen the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy in action and it was wonderful!!!

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Of course, I have seen my collection grow throughout the year as well. From t-shirts to Black Series figures, I have collected more Star Wars items this year than in the past few years combined! Now I’m just waiting for Rebels figures to be released in my area so I can add even more to my Star Wars Room!

The new year is rapidly approaching, but as you can see, it’s been quite the year for my ever-growing fandom. I can proudly say 2014 was the year of my fandom. So now I ask you, looking back, what kind of impact has 2014 had on your fandom? Share it with us by commenting below. I would love to hear how 2014 has grown your passion.  If you want to reach out to me about this or anything else, you can find me on Twitter or email me here.

So until next month, may you each have a safe and Happy New Year’s and as always, may the Force be with you always.

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7 Comments

  1. Jon
    December 28, 2014 at 12:18 Reply

    very curious to see where things go with Rebels in 2015. I like how the episodes are growing a little better with the passing of time. I am also very interested in any more revelations involving characters from TCW.

    1. Aaron Harris
      December 29, 2014 at 20:45 Reply

      Jon, I’m so excited too! The show has started off at a faster pace than I expected. I am so pleased with the development of the overall storyline and the character development. So excited for the future!

  2. Gian Pietri
    December 29, 2014 at 17:17 Reply

    I can’t wait to stand outside of those doors to the Premier Theater with a Lightsaber in one hand a coffee from the Writer’s Stop in the other. Hopefully to watch a show hosted by James Arnold Taylor. Or starring James Arnold Taylor. Or just to have James Arnold Taylor walk out of those doors, stop and say hello before rushing off to one of his other amazing shows. Just remember to finish the coffee before entering the theater and not to sit on the railing outside the theater.

    1. Aaron Harris
      December 29, 2014 at 20:48 Reply

      Gian! My friend I’m so psyched for Star Wars Weekends this year! I’m working on my plans now and will share those at a future date. I’m looking forward to seeing you again there! We will have to grab a drink in the Wroter’s Shop soon! MTFBWY!

  3. Melinda
    December 30, 2014 at 20:46 Reply

    Aaron, for the first time, I got the opportunity to experience Star Wars Weekends — all because of you! 🙂 True, I didn’t get to go to a Disney Park for any of those events, but you made it possible for me to enjoy them. Thank you so much! 🙂

    Dare I say I’m as big a Star Wars fan as ever? 😉 The year started off on a strong note for me (as far as SW is concerned), and it’s ending that way as well. 🙂 However, my excitement is mounting as Episode VII gets closer and closer … one day closer as each new day dawns. 🙂 I love “Rebels”! I am so glad Dave Filoni and his team were able to segue so smoothly to the new series. 🙂

    I can’t wait to read what you have in store for us come 2015!

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful new year. MTFBWY 🙂

    1. Aaron Harris
      January 3, 2015 at 22:55 Reply

      Thanks Melinda! I’m so glad you were able to experience Star Wars Weekends vicariously though my experiences! This year is going to be great! I’m working on ways to push the bar and make this year’s coverage even better. 2015 is going to be a spectacular year to be a Star Wars fan and I definitely expect to see our numbers swell! Hope you have a wonderful new year and I look forward to your wonderful blogs through out the next year!

  4. Becca Benjamin
    January 4, 2015 at 18:23 Reply

    WOW! You truly have had an Amazing Star Wars Year, my friend. 🙂
    Not to mention, through it all, you’ve even managed to give all of us a tremendous gift. Sharing it ALL with us, your readers 🙂 Thank you.
    Hope you had a funtastic Holiday Season, Aaron.

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