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.
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.
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.
The Force Awakens….
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!!!
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.