SWCO vs. The Dental Convention

With convention season in full bloom this spring I decided for this month’s blog to compare the two conventions I attended in April: Star Wars Celebration Orlando and the Utah Dental Association Convention. Both conventions are filled with panels and vendors, both attract geeks from around the world, and at both I was able to spend time with people that I appreciate more than I can say. Let’s break them down and see which wins the tale of the tape.

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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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The Road to Celebration, with One Week to Go, featuring Amy Ratcliffe (253)

Note: Our most sincere apologies for the audio during our conversation with Amy Ratcliffe. This is through no fault of Ms. Ratcliffe, and is completely due to an error in production; we hope you will bear with us, as Amy has some awesome things to say!

The Road to Celebration concludes as Coffee With Kenobi‘s Dan Z & Cory Clubb talk with Behind-The-Scenes Stage Host Amy Ratcliffe, as they give their Top Five panel recommendations. They also discuss the return of Hayden Christensen, look at the Celebration store exclusives, and provide a few essential reminders. With one week to go, Dan and Cory discuss:

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The Star Wars Show | Making Darth Vader’s Castle and Chris Conley Loves Star Wars

Is it Wednesday already? It sure is, and it’s time to check out the latest installment of The Star Wars Show. This week Andi and Anthony bring more news from the galaxy far, far away, including the long-awaited return of Hayden Christensen to Star Wars Celebration, Webby nominations for the official site, and much more. Lucasfilm’s Doug Chiang talks about designing Vader’s castle for Rogue One, and Andi sits down with Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley about how much he loves Star Wars.

See it all in the video below:

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Hayden Christensen, Mark Hamill, and More to Honor ’40 Years of Star Wars’ at Celebration Orlando

HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN, MARK HAMILL, AND MORE HONOR 40 YEARS OF STAR WARS AT CELEBRATION ORLANDO
THE ACTOR BEHIND ANAKIN SKYWALKER RETURNS TO CELEBRATION, PLUS MORE STAR WARS LEGENDS CONFIRMED FOR A SPECIAL 40TH ANNIVERSARY PANEL!

Star Wars turns 40 this year, and Lucasfilm is celebrating with an event that will be long remembered.

On Thursday, April 13, Star Wars Celebration Orlando will feature “40 Years of Star Wars,” a special panel gathering Star Wars creators and stars from across the saga’s history. Although many galactic-sized surprises are still being saved for the event, Lucasfilm is excited to announce some new panelists that are among the biggest names in Star Wars.

Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker), star of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, returns to Celebration for the first time since 2002. Christensen will also meet fans and sign autographs at the show.

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