Celebration VI Set For 2012

It’s official! Celebration VI returns to Orlando August 23-26, 2012. Tickets and hotel rooms went on sale today, with four day passes going for $135. Visit starwarscelebration.com.

They’re also asking for our .02 worth on ideas for programming.


25 Responses to “Celebration VI Set For 2012”

  1. Paul F. McDonald Says:

    Ideas for programming?

    We need a few panels on symbolism and mythology and that sort of thing.

    We also need another “Why We Love the Prequels.”

    And while we’re at it, we might need some “State of the Fandom” address. Or more than one. Panels dedicating to building a bigger, nicer, saner, more civilized fandom.

    And if that doesn’t work, at the very least get the people up on stage who have hated everything SW since 1980 and have them explain how (and why) we should continue to call them SW fans.

    • lazypadawan Says:

      Supposedly you can suggestions to starwarscelebration.com and Bryan Young has already started the drumbeat for another prequels panel (my only suggestion is that this time, they have some women on the panel…there weren’t any the last time).

      • Paul F. McDonald Says:

        It would be nice for you to be up there, LP. If you can survive a panel with David Brin, you could certainly do an inspired job at CVI.

  2. Omar Says:

    that’s awesoome, especially since I live in Orlando myself. by the way, wasn’t Celebration VI supposed to be in 2013 for ROTJ’s 30th anniversary?

  3. Paul F. McDonald Says:

    Omar, that’s so cool. Congrats on the convenience.

    And yes, CVI was going to coincide with ROTJ, but I think they just want to tie in asap with the new Star Tours. BTW, have you been to ST yet?

    P.S. Still want a SWPAS meet-up.

    • Omar Says:

      Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to go to ST yet becuase of university and budget issues. But if things go well, I’m pretty sure I can make it by August (better late than never, right?).

  4. Lin Says:

    THERE – and more prequel everything, please

    • maychild Says:

      Definitely more prequel everything, and more acknowledgement that there are fans, lots of fans, who don’t think everything else is secondary to the holy ESB.

      And for pete’s sake, quit listening to, and promoting, prequel-bashers, on the official site, no less (i.e., granting that butt-wipe Simon Pegg so much time and space).

  5. oxward321 Says:

    “THERE – and more prequel everything, please”

    I AGREE! πŸ™‚

    I sent Mary Franklin a email. I’ll let ya know if she responses.

    • maychild Says:

      Here’s an excerpt from my e-mail to Ms. Franklin:

      I’ve been a fan of SW since I was five, when the original movie came out. I love the prequels as much as I love the original trilogy. And that is why I’m writing to you today.

      See, I have noticed that SW events, and the official site, tend to give short shrift to the prequels, and a lot of space to people who hate them — in fact, more effort is given to promoting the Expanded Universe than the prequels. I don’t know if there’s a general feeling at Lucasfilm that fans hate the prequels, but if so, that is not the case. Those who hate them get a lot of attention in the media and dominate the online message boards, but they do not represent SW fandom. Also, they claim to hate the prequels so much, but still fixate on them…they are obsessing over Episode I even though it has been 12 years since it came out. Are these really the people that Lucasfilm wants to listen to, and craft its SW coverage accordingly?

      …speaking for myself, ESB is my favorite of the movies, but only just. I know many people who feel the same way, or who name one of the other episodes (usually ROTJ) as their favorite. But…something tells me that ROTJ’s anniversary in 2013 will be all but ignored, because supposedly there is overwhelming sentiment that everyone hates it and thinks it’s just one big “Ewok luau.” That is not true. As I said before, there are many people who name it as their favorite…and they love the Ewoks!

      I hope that CVI has another Prequel Appreciation Panel…

      …there are a lot of fans who love the prequels, and a new generation of fans who see no distinction between the prequels and the original trilogy — it’s all just SW to them. My nearly-nine-year-old nephew is one of them, and he has a LOT of classmates who feel the same way. And next year marks the 10th anniversary of Episode II…maybe there can be a celebration of that at CVI?

      • Paul F. McDonald Says:

        Very well said, Maychild. I’m feeling inspired to send a similar email. If this is going to be my first Celebration, I would hate to see the prequels get the short thrift.

        And even as an OT kid, my favorite movies for the record are ROTS and ROTJ.

        P.S. This whole retro-Ewok hating is utterly absurd. I was there opening day in ’83. Everyone LOVED Ewoks. Our jungle gym at school was a constant stand-in for the Ewok village.

      • Paul F. McDonald Says:

        Okay, here’s my email, though I immediately got a form response saying Mrs. Franklin would be out of her office until June 7 –

        First off, let me say I am very, very happy that another SW Celebration is in the works. Though a fan from 1978 onwards, I have never had the opportunity to attend one of these epic events. As a resident of Atlanta, it was especially heart-breaking to miss CV. Family issues prevented me from attending, so I am ecstatic that the convention will once again be held in Orlando. From what I’ve heard, Celebration gets better and better every time, and I think I speak for every fan when I say how utterly grateful I am to Lucasfilm for planning and orchestrating events like this.

        Second off, I would like to make a suggestion or two regarding programming. As a longtime attendee of Dragoncon, I really enjoy interesting, in-depth panel discussions. As such, I personally would love to see several panels dedicated to varying forms of SW scholarship. There are so many fans who are so knowledgeable in many different academic fields it would be fantastic to hear informed discussions about all the underlying themes buried in that galaxy far, far away. As I’ve grown up, I’ve moved from playing with action figures to analyzing and interpreting all the ideas and symbolism that permeates SW, and programming that is aimed in this general direction would no doubt prove fascinating for a lot of us. SW is an achingly fertile field when it comes to philosophy and psychology, religion and comparative mythology, and it seems to me CVI is the perfect arena for all of this to be explored.

        Third off, I would just like to echo what others before me have said, namely that – despite the media-baiting haters and the critics – most fans either loved the prequels from the start, or have warmed up to them considerably in the past decade. I personally loved them from the start, the debut of Episode One really evoking the same kind of feelings that the originals did in the late seventies and early eighties. A lot of people really want to see the prequels get the respect that they deserve, and any programming regarding Episodes 1-3 would be greatly appreciated. For the past year, I’ve heard people online wax poetic about the “Why We Love the Prequels” panel, the camaraderie lasting till this day. SW is a profoundly positive experience for most of us, and we would certainly like to keep it that way.

        Thank you so much for your time, and I really and truly hope I can attend what is sure to be a wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime event.

        Paul F. McDonald

  6. oxward321 Says:

    This will be my first Celebration, I can’t wait!!!!!! Everyone here that’s going we should all meet up at some during CVI! And make fun of all the Han Solo lovers. πŸ™‚

    • Paul F. McDonald Says:

      A SWPAS meet and greet is a good idea, though in fairness, I did spend most of my childhood pretending to be Han Solo.

  7. Aeryn Says:

    I’m getting inspired to draft an email to Ms. Franklin myself! πŸ™‚ And I intend to spread word of the email campaign at TMoI, too.

  8. oxward321 Says:

    Paul, I got the same response. I’m eager to see what she has to say. Here’s my email:

    Hi Mary,

    First off, I love your segment in Star Wars Insider. I’m writing in concern for the up-coming Celebration VI. This will be my first Celebration, timing and funds have been a factor for the others, I’m REALLY looking forward to it. My concern is, I’m hoping to see a even handed respect for the SIX film Saga. Not seeing ANY (cough, ESB, cough) one film put on a pedestal above the others. I’m disputing the undisputed. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been a fan since I was 4 in 1977, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE ALL SIX films! But, I’m so sick and tried of Episodes I, II and III unwarranted, and unwelcome , mockery! I understand that there are many fans from many walks of life with the own points on views, I respect that. But to name one film as “undisputed fan favorite” is wrong! EVERY fan has a favorite. Not everyone of them responses on polls. Star Wars is SIX films, not The Empire Strikes Back and some other films. That said, I’m hoping to see some actors (manly Hayden, I want to shake his hand for an OUTSTANDING job in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith!) from ALL six films. As well as props and presentations from cast and crew. Although, I personally do not see trilogies, (There are NO trilogies, only the saga. Six films, one story!) I have to put emphasis on the panel “Why we LOVE the Prequels” whinny members from my generation have misguided and controlled the media for FAR too long. It’s time we set the record strait! And share the same love and respect for ALL six films! And of course The Clone Wars! πŸ™‚

    • Paul F. McDonald Says:

      The actual response from Mary –

      Paul, thank you so much for taking the time to write such a thoughtful note!

      I am very happy to read you will be joining us in Orlando.

      I have read and reread your note. You have made some excellent suggestions, and I will put them all in my potential programming folder.

      At Celebration V we initiated a sort of Star Wars lecture hall. Much of what we presented there were classes with some lectures, but that was so well received that we would like to find a way to expand that this time around. It was good to read you support for that.

      You might enjoy this: at Celebration V one of our panels was named “Why We Love the Prequels,” and we had some celebrity guests like Kyle Newman on the panel.

      Thank you again for the thoughtful contribution, and we will see you there!

  9. oxward321 Says:

    Here’s mine:

    Chris, you might say it was a rant, but I really enjoyed reading it. Thank you for taking the time to send a really thoughtful note!

    We have moved toward a more regular Celebration schedule rather than one that has the events fall on anniversary years. We do want to Celebrate all the saga, including all six movies, television, and what is to come in Star Wars. I really am glad you will be joining us!

    Mumbo jumbo. 😦

  10. oxward321 Says:

    I’m under the impression they only listen to the douche bags! Pardon my Huttese. πŸ™‚ All she did was talk around the issues. I don’t care if it’s ketwal327 or Lucas himself, when I’m at CVI I see any bashing, I WILL RAISE HELL!

    • lazypadawan Says:

      Well, at least you got the word out there. It’s hard to get people to nail these issues down for a lot of reasons.

  11. oxward321 Says:

    “I did spend most of my childhood pretending to be Han Solo.”

    I won’t hold that against you. πŸ˜‰

    I kid, I kid. πŸ™‚

  12. oxward321 Says:

    “Well, at least you got the word out there. It’s hard to get people to nail these issues down for a lot of reasons.”

    True. I’ll keep on them when and where ever I can. πŸ˜‰

  13. Paul F. McDonald Says:

    You know, I don’t really think Lucasfilm’s occasional bit of alleged support of PT bashing adds up to much. Some of the stuff could be interpreted as parody. Some of it is more questionable, like the touting of Simon Pegg as an exemplary SW fan, which is ridiculous.

    But at the end of the day, there is no way Lucas devalues the prequels, nor does anyone who worked on them for over a decade.

    Sometimes I can’t help but feel Lucasfilm is just acknowledging the PT backlash and is trying to roll with the punches …

    • lazypadawan Says:

      I know the latter is definitely true but I’ve always felt that was a mistake. If your family dislikes your wife, you don’t respond by putting her down in front of them.

      Also, based on what I’ve seen some Lucasfilm employees post and say elsewhere, I can tell you anyone posting here is a bigger fan of Eps I-III than they are.

      • Paul F. McDonald Says:

        True enough, LP.

        Interesting what you say about “some Lucasfilm employees” … Don’t really have a context for that, but it’s unfortunate. And weird.

        I just can’t really take the backlash seriously at this point, nor can a lot of people. I seriously think most of it will die out, particularly with more up and coming generations. My default is – the movies are actually GOOD.

        The whole situation is ridiculous, but many aspects of our culture are ridiculous. It’s just a matter of taking it seriously or not. I know it’s so hard not to, because for most of us, this is our childhood here. All I can say is that I have noticed a shift after ROTS. It’s just not quite as cool to bash SW as it once was, and a lot of people at high levels of fandom have expressed the same kind of blood-pumping anger that always comes up when people start hating on Lucas and SW.

        But at the end of the day, we can’t control other people. What they do or say or post on the internet or whatever. That’s their own business – though the word karma seems relevant, too. They have to work out their relationship with SW themselves. And if we let ourselves be ruled too completely by fear of what others think or say about SW … well, that leads to anger, anger leads to hate, etc.

        If it hadn’t been for the haters, SW would honestly be one of the few things in my life to have been completely positive. But for whatever reason, that’s not the way it turned out. Still, as they say on the Forcecast, we can make our fandom positive. We can be supportive and faithful and write and blog and be creative and add to the fandom rather that drag it down. And that’s our only responsibility as fans. We worry about our own hearts and what we’re putting out there and we have absolutely no control beyond that.

        My god, it’s late. Sorry for rambling uncontrollably.

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