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The Beating Heart of Fandom

Today is T-14 days until my 40th birthday, and the Reconnection Project has empowered me more than I ever thought it would. Today, I start the process of moving beyond me... Let the games begin.

Fandom is an action and a community.

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When I say fandom is an action, it is a bunch of actions.

  • Reading and writing Fan fiction
  • Creating, sharing, and discussing Fan theories
  • Listening to, writing, and singing Filk
  • Sharing, making, and viewing Fan Art
  • Fan Vids
  • Fan films
  • Cosplay
  • Costuming
  • Roleplaying
  • Fan games
  • etc...

Every fan has their own way of participating in fandom. I used to participate a lot more than I do now. And that changes today.

When I stopped everything in the depths of my depression, I stopped playing in the fandoms I love.  I cut myself off from the fan communities I used to not only participate in, but I cut myself off from the people I used to interact with.

Community and fanac (fan activities) go hand in hand, especially now in this age of the internet.

We are defined by our actions

I cannot say that enough to myself or to you.

Ideas in your head stay in your head and if you aren't careful, they will cage you in there.

Life is action. If you want to live a life of compassion, you have to engage in acts of compassion or you are not compassionate. The same is true with everything.

If you want to define yourself by what you love, you have to engage in loving actions.

In fandom, that means, we have to share what we love and promote it. Don't let yourself be passive. Passivity is silence, and silence is nonexistence.

Take your voice back! Take your life back! Share your love with the world. 

Some people might think this is a silly or trivial thing, but it isn't.

My love for Yoda says something about me. He represents wisdom, inner strength, and the ability to find humor in any situation. These are all qualities I admire and desire in myself. When I see my Yodas around the house, it works as a symbol which draws up all these connections in my unconscious mind and strengthens those qualities within me.

Some people might think that is taking all this too seriously, but that is how mythology works.  It is a subtile effect on us, but it effects us all the same. By choosing to surround myself with these images, seeking them out, and sharing them, I am participating in the mythos. Ever time I quote Yoda, I am participate in the mythos and strengthen those qualities in me. 

Don't think that these are some kind of solemn acts. Solemnity isn't required for actions to have effects on our selves. Sometimes they are moments of catharsis, and sometimes they are pure frivolity.  

Today's Task: 

Find at least one thing you love and participate in it.  Share a picture, a video, read some fanfic, watch a fanfilm, or at the very least watch or listen to something you love.

Let me know how you are participating in the things you love.

The Star Wars Trilogy Video In 2 Minutes

This video retells The Star Wars Trilogy in 2 minutes using Legos and stop animation.  The video is great fan fun.  Watch the video above.

I love the scenes picked to highlight all of the events from the three movies.  There are many ships, settings, characters, and events featured.  One of my favorite is Yoda chilling in a recliner under an umbrella on Dagobah.  In context it's hilarious.

The language used is very casual and without names which works since the voice narrating it is a child.  This lends to the fun relaxed nature of the video.  For instance the scene where Darth Vader reveals his identity to Luke is phrased as "That was when the Boy got very surprising news about his dad... Wud up son."

I want that Lego collection, Wow!

(via /Film)

DIY Craft: Yoda Finger Puppet

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A great weekend craft for all of the Star Wars fans out there... A Yoda finger puppet.  I love this project not only because it's Star Wars and Yoda but also due to it's simplicity.

All you need is:

  • Green, brown, red and gray colored felt squares
  • Pillow stuffing
  • Brown and green colored thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors
  • star-wars-yoda-lightsaberStraight pins
  • C hopsticks
  • Pipe cleaner/chenille stem
  • Googley eyes
  • Yoda Body Pattern
  • Yoda Robe Front
  • Yoda Robe Back

The instructions consists of 4 easy steps.  Along with each step they also include pictures which I find really helpful.  Get the full instructions here!

Remember:  "Do or do not... There is no try."

(via StarWars)

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Randal Graves and the Empire Top 100

randaltop100 Randal Graves from Kevin Smith’s brilliant film Clerks has is number 92 on Empire’s Top 100 Greatest Movie Characters.

Why He's On The List: Randal is the voice of countless generations - anyone who's had a shitty customer service job in their early twenties will understand his attitude, wishing they could have articulated their frustration with his artful profanity and supreme disregard for, well, anything. But the key to Randal is that he doesn't necessarily hate his job, it's just that he remembers not to care (Empire).

Also on the List:

It is great to see how many Speculative Fiction characters make the list, especially in the top 10.  It makes me wonder if we should make our own list.

(via News Askew)

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The Clone Wars arrives Friday

clonewarsseries2 The Clone Wars series airs this Friday, October 3 at 9pm (e/p) on the Cartoon Network.  This 22 episode series is set during the years of the Clone Wars between Count Dooku and the Republic.  It Chronicles the adventures of Yoda, Obi-Wan, Anakin Skywalker and his Padiwan Ahsoka Tano.  The series picks up where the summer movie / pilot left off. On Friday they will show 2 episodes Ambush & Rising Maleovelence.

9:00 p.m. Star Wars: The Clone Wars "AMBUSH": Jedi Master Yoda is on a secret mission to forge a treaty with the King of the strategic system of Toydaria when his ship is ambushed by Count Dooku. Yoda and three clone troopers must face off against Count Dooku's dreaded assassin Ventress and her massive droid army to prove the Jedi are strong enough to protect the king and his people from the forces of the war.

9:30 p.m. Star Wars: The Clone Wars "RISING MALEVOLENCE": Creating panic throughout the galaxy, a devastating Separatist mystery weapon terrorizes the clone Starfleet. Anakin and Ahsoka race to save Jedi Master Plo Koon and his clone troopers in time. (via Star Wars)

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Star Wars: Visions of the Blade Online Comic

starwarsvisionsofhteblade Star Wars.com just posted a free online comic about the Soul Calibur IV / Star Wars crossover called Star Wars: Visions of the Blade. The comic is little more than an attempt to explain how Darth Vader and Yoda ended up in Soul Calibur IV.

It is hardly great literature, and the story is not that memorable, but the art style is interesting, and some of the panels are poster worthy.

If you are a Star Wars junkie, you may want to read it, if for no other reason than the seen with the exiled Yoda and Qui-gon on Dagoba, if that doesn’t interest you then skip it.

Reviewing The Clone Wars A Theatrical Pilot

Review of:  Star Wars: The Clone Wars Overall Rating: 8.5

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is a wonderful exciting movie that is a must see for Star Wars fans.  To clarify some points that apparently people did not get.  This is a pilot for a TV show that got a theatrical release not Star Wars Episode 2.1 movie.  The Clone Wars is a piece of   	 Fandango - We've Got Your Movie Tickets!fandom that has made it into the mainstream.

Don't This is a pilot for a TV show that got a theatrical release not Star Wars Episode 2.1 movie.  It is not a star wars movie George Lucas is done with Star Wars, there is only 3 about Anakin's rise and fall, 3 about his redemption, and there is the possibility for 3 more about the Skywalker family but George has already told us that he isn't going to do them.  For those who are upset over this it would be like watching Star Trek The Next Generation and getting mad that Kirk is not in it.

The Clone Wars is a piece of fandom that has made it into the mainstream.  Since this is a work of fandom it presumes that the audience has familiarity with the Star Wars setting and especially the Clone Wars animated series and so the pilot does not take time away from the story to tell the audience about things they should know.  This is great because the pilot has a great pace and does not sag to explain set up.

This pilot has a great pace, story, and action sequences.  They did a great job with the project.  It is a must see for Star Wars fans and a great film for those who like animated films.  I'm very excited about the series that is scheduled to start in January and can't wait to see more.

The Plot / Story: The Clone Wars is set in the time frame between Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.  As the war rages on between Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Galactic Republic Jabba the Hutt’s son is taken by a group of renegades.  Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi depart in search of answers: where is the Hutt’s son, and who is controlling this mysterious renegade group? Yoda also sends Ahsoka Tano along as Anakin’s apprentice.

Likes

  1. The old newsreel style of intro very reminiscent of Starship Troopers:  although I missed the classic scrolling intro it is only for the star wars movies.
  2. The animation style works, I found it curious at first because it is not familiar.  but is easy to watch and not distracting from the story, The ships looks awesome
  3. I was pleased to see that they did not live up to my two biggest concerns one being too kidsey and two the battle up the cliff face. they didn't make it too kidsey.  kept the same feel that we love about the Star Wars setting where it has a nice balance between being dramatic, comedic moments, moments of tension moments of excitement.  The battle up the cliff face made sense, was dramatic, and intense with a dash of play added in.
  4. they actually pulled off showing the severity of battle and not glorifying it by giving subtle moments where in the background after a battle we can see wounded soldiers hobbling off the battlefield or a trooper stooping down to confirm a fallen soldier was dead which showed the suffering of battle but did so without blood and all of the grotesque reality
  5. It is a wonderful follow up to the animated clone wars
  6. it has a great pace and does not sag in the middle, the story is set up like an intense duel where the overarching story is the two duelers which is supported with multiple mini tension objectives that operate to give tension and satisfaction but build one upon the other toward a clear ending.  They stay focused on the storyline there is lots to take in but nothing that is unnecessary for the storyline.
  7. The ending has a fun twist to it.  instead of the final battle and then the ending we get reminded that there is an objective and that the final battle is not that objective.  I loved this and of course they work out that the final scene is similar in style to the final scene in episode I and IV. a nice homage to the Star wars Movies.
  8. The characters were well done.  Asajj Ventress was portrayed much more like the Ventress in the books and earlier series.  I especially loved Ahsoka she was a perfect padawan for Anakin.
  9. characters have nicknames for each other which added a nice reality to the pilot especially for Sky Guy and Snips.
  10. The force powers are taken to the next level and since it is animation they were able to show those powers in their fullest.

Dislikes / Concerns

  1. Concerned: people will not get that this film is a TV Pilot released to the theaters and not a theatrical movie.
  2. Concerned: This is a film for fans of Clone Wars they don't baby the audience and unfortunately some "adults" can't handle that.
  3. I Still think Count Duku looked weird because he is so blocky

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