Posts Tagged ‘SWPAS Houskeeping’

This Is Star Wars Too Is Live

September 14, 2015

As threatened, I started a Tumblr called This Is Star Wars Too. If you’re on Tumblr, be sure to follow and reblog to your friends!

You can contribute too. In fact, I hope you do! The concept is to show prequel fans exist and the things they do to express their love for Eps I-III. I will also throw in the appropriate meme and promote anyone who’s making prequel stuff you might find interesting, both licensed and unlicensed.

Here’s what I’m looking for:

Photos or videos of…

Cosplay
Collections
Crafts
Fan events/cons
Meeting PT alumni
Hauls from the store or online

(All must feature prequel stuff, of course!)

I will also consider gifs, video rants, cartoons, and memes that drive home the point of “prequel rights,” i.e. promoting the prequels as an equal part of the saga. No knocking of the movies allowed.

Send anything you might have to SWPASadmin@gmail.com or PM SWPAS on Tumblr. Ditto if you have any questions.

So Why Did I Do This Site Anyway?

February 18, 2015

Seven years plus ago, SWPAS was born of frustration, like that early ’90s song. As I noted in my first post, I felt like somebody had to do something about the way the prequels were being perceived and treated. There were no sites quite like this one (though there have been PT-related fan sites for years) and very few fans who were outspoken about the PT.

The good news is that SWPAS is not the only game in town anymore and there are more people now who aren’t as shy about their support for the films. But has it gotten easier for any of us? Yes and no. People on various geek/nerd/comics/whatever sites who try to write anything even remotely positive about the films can still expect a gaggle of trolls and haters to fill up the comments with their bile. I’ve long said the obsessiveness of the haters outweighs the passion with which fans like us will defend the movies. A few people have commented negatively on that obsession but the internet, geek culture, and the media have fed off of it for too long. It’s everywhere.

I will admit that there have been many times when I’ve thought of quitting. Is SWPAS really making much of a difference or is it just flatulence in the wind? Taking on the hate machine can seem insurmountable and impossible. Fans can be very difficult to deal with sometimes and I don’t think very many people really understand where I am coming from. This is not a full-time job, it’s just something I do when I have the inspiration and the time. Even if this site was all about puppies, cupcakes, butterflies, and sunshine, there’s always the concern about keeping it fresh and not just phoning it in.

I want everyone to recognize that I don’t post inflammatory stuff just to stir the pot or as clickbait. I could sling red meat on here every day to keep up the numbers because controversy draws eyeballs. But I don’t do that, mostly because the focus here shouldn’t be on the latest jackhole to talk smack about the films, Lucas, or whatever. Now if that jackhole manages to get hired to write a Star Wars screenplay, that’s a different story. There’s a responsibility official fandom has to these films and to fans like us and when I don’t think they are living up to that responsibility, I’m going to say so.

It sounds like a cheesy cliché to say my readers drive me on, but there is truth to it. There’s a need for saga fans to feel accepted and validated and this is one of the few places where that can happen. The other thing is these movies and those who supported them were done a raw deal and that drives me crazy. Whether my Star Wars fandom fades over time or not, there’s a part of me that will never rest until that’s rectified. It sounds nuts but I’m being honest. Why else would anyone spend time on a site that doesn’t generate money or fame? I ain’t the Man Repeller or the Blonde Salad with magazine covers, big book deals, merchandising tie-ins, and freebies. I’m not even a big name fan.

It may be a quixotic quest but that’s my purpose in doing this site. Maybe one day I’ll walk from it for good. Maybe one day, I’ll realize my work here is done. But not today.

More Slow Posting

June 27, 2013

I’m going to be sort of offline the next week. I don’t know if I’ll have wifi or internet connection where I’m staying, so please be patient!

Sporadic Posts The Next Week Or Two

June 7, 2013

I’m in the process of moving across town, meaning I won’t be able to post as much over the coming week or so. Thanks for your patience.

And We Have A Winner!

May 20, 2013

Bob wins the Star Wars Prequel Appreciation Day contest.

Among three entries it was tough, but he pulls it out by making connections with the fewest number of people fastest:

1. Samuel L. Jackson –> Kevin Bacon

Samuel L Jackson was in “Goodfellas” with Robert De Niro. Robert De Niro was in “Sleepers”, with Kevin Bacon.

2. Ewan McGregor –> Jimmy Stewart

Ewan McGregor was in “Valiant” with John Cleese. John Cleese was in “An American Tail: Feivel Goes West” with Jimmy Stewart.

3. Natalie Portman –> Audrey Hepburn

Natalie Portman was in “Garden State” with Ian Holm. Ian Holm was in “Robin and Marian” with Audrey Hepburn.

4. Hayden Christensen –> Sterling Hayden

Hayden Christensen was in “Revenge of the Sith” with James Earl Jones. James Earl Jones was in “Dr. Strangelove” with Sterling Hayden.

5. Liam Neeson –> John Wayne

Liam Neeson was in “The Haunting” with Bruce Dern. Bruce Dern was in “The Cowboys” with John Wayne.

Thanks for playing!

SWPAS Stats For 2012

December 30, 2012

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 110,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Star Wars Prequel Appreciation Day Festivities

May 5, 2012

This year’s event Facebook is up! Accept the invite and invite others!

This year’s contest theme is “Memories.” I’m interested in your stories of seeing AOTC for the first time or participating in something related to the film. This year, you MUST submit your entries (any length is fine) to SWPASadmin@gmail.com in order for it to count. Posting on Facebook is fine but I will only count the ones e-mailed to the SWPAS account.

On May 16, I will post all of the entries at once and a winner will be chosen at random for a Really Cool Grand Prize. This year there will be two additional prize winners for Nearly As Cool Prizes. I will begin accepting entries today. Contest is open to residents worldwide. Contest ends 12 a.m. May 16, 2012 PST.

Undeniable Facts Epilogue

February 9, 2012

Where did I find my pile of facts (except for the semi-silly iPad one)?

1. “Anticipation: The Real Life Story of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” by Jonathan Bowen

2. Google

3. Box Office Mojo

4. Star Wars Insider

5. IMDB

6. Wookieepedia