I tried floating this on Twitter and on Facebook, so I’m going to open this to comments here. 1) How many of you are going to Celebration/planning to go/thinking of going next year? and 2) If you do go, would you consider some alternative, unofficial programming at a hotel within walking distance of the hotel?
Here’s what I’m considering: a panel or a pop-up underground shop where if I recruited enough Etsy and DeviantArtists, they can sell the stuff we’d want. Or maybe something different.
Why? I think the fan panel deadline has passed and I only thought of this a week ago. And I couldn’t guarantee that puny little me could get a panel when most of the “fans” who do get them are BNFs or large fan organizations.
I got the idea because some of you have already bought tickets to Celebration and in light of recent events, aren’t exactly psyched to be going. Even if there’s another prequel appreciation panel like at the last two Celebrations, I have a feeling most of the programming will be about three things: Rebels, Episode VII, and the spinoff films. Which is fair enough, because of course Disney/Lucasfilm would want to promote what they are producing now. What I’m afraid of though is that the con could become a prequel-bash fest in their zeal to charm the hate boys back to loving Star Wars again. I don’t want to see jerk after jerk hate on the movies and spend all of their time saying they’re not going to make “those” mistakes.
Besides, off campus you can be more free to say what you want, not because I want to set up a slag fest but because I’ve noticed at previous Celebrations there’s a strong don’t-rock-the-boat vibe. Everyone’s just happy to be there because they spent a lot of money and made a lot of sacrifices, and this is maybe the first vacation they’ve taken in years. It’s the reason why nobody seems to get to angry at having to wait 90 minutes to get on Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland. Besides, wouldn’t it be nice to go to programming where you know there WON’T be bashing?
So let me know what you think. If there’s not much interest, I won’t pursue it further. If there is, I’ll have to start looking into logistics.
Tags: fan events