STAR WARS CELEBRATION 2017 - Orlando, Florida

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About a month prior to "CELEBRATION 2017" my oldest son asked if I cared to fly to Orlando to help him man his table inside the Art Show Gallery of the STAR WARS convention. It was his third year in a row of having his art chosen to be one of the few pieces of flat art to represent the convention, this year being held in Florida. Needless to say, I jumped onto the bandwagon for an opportunity to work with my son to help in any way possible. So... away we went for 5 days of Luke, Darth, Han and Leia.

Besides owning his own graphic and media business, Jason is a licensed artist with LucasFilms, now owned by Disney. Working through Acme Achives LTD., he has had three years of successive submissions accepted by LucasFilms and featured as exclusive limited edition Celebration prints. The last three Celebration gatherings: Star Wars Celebration 2015 in Anaheim, CA; Star Wars Celebration 2016 in London, GB and Star Wars Celebration 2017 in Orlando, FL. were great opportunities for him to showcase his talents as a minimalist graphic artist.

Jason likes to tell the story behind his love for Star Wars and it begins way back in 1977 and the day I took him to the original movie: Star Wars: A New Hope. It was the first indoor movie that I remember taking Jason to and one that I had long been waiting to see. Little did I know the impact of that bonding moment between father and son and what effect it would have on my 6 year old son later on in life. Even though I knew right away that he enjoyed the movie I could not have believed it could have this lasting impression that it would have on him. Something seeded in Jason that took his love for Star Wars, rooted and then blossomed and grew to become the sturdy oak that it is today.

George Lucas once said that he wrote Star Wars as a sci-fi movie aimed at 12 - 14 year olds and he reiterated that statement during the "40 Years of Star Wars" panel discussion at Celebration. I think that is what appealed to me about the original trilogy. You see? My fondest memories of being a kid were, and still are, my pre-to-early teen years, which falls right in line with Sir Lucas' demographics. And, just like with the Harry Potter books and movies that J. K. Rowlings produced, Star Wars offers up a way for me to escape the reality of adulthood, that was the world that we had become, and find the parallels of my childhood to these characters through their magnificent way of delivering imagery and fantasy.

Both franchises, though completely different in storyline, characterization and back drop are similar in oh-so-many ways. They each explore the struggles between good and evil in fantasy worlds that do not exist anywhere but in the minds of the innocent. The heroes and heroines in either world couldn't be further apart, yet their developments of friendships and dealing with diversity are so similar as I struggled to find my way through adolescence that I lived through as a kid in the '60s. In my day. there were bullies, mean authority figures and lots of self-centereness people that made growing up tough.

For me, movies like Star Wars give kids, who are still in that awkward stage of growing up an opportunity to learn that their issues of discerning right from wrong and having to deal with adversity are universal; that life isn't always easy and that the initial compromise doesn't always work. The ultimate message I got out of these books and movies was that good eventually triumphs over evil but most often requires us to endure the toughest of situations that demand a lot of patience, soul searching and stick-to-it-iveness. In my opinion, the way the characters struggled with their issues yet continued fighting for their perception of right or wrong allows me to go back in time to when I had to do the same (only my struggles were never on the scale of which Harry Potter and Luke Skywalker had to endure).

Many of you who have followed my entries over the past 5-1/2 years know that there are two things I have come to enjoy later in life: remembering and reminiscing. So, any opportunity that I have to step back in time and recount my days of growing up, especially those days that I enjoyed most, is greatly welcomed. Star Wars and Harry Potter provide that for me by telling stories with similar struggles before them.

Obviously, I was a fan of the original Star Wars trilogy, which are episodes IV, V and VI. When the prequels were released, they didn't have the same effect on me. Even though I liked them, I found the prequels to be harder to follow probably because the storylines didn't continue on. Episodes I, II & III were before Luke, (who was the person I related to). It wasn't until the latest two episodes were produced: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (episode VII) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (which fits between episodes III & IV) that I got back into the thrill that I once had for the originals.

But, anyway...         this blog isn't about my opinions or love for Star Wars (per se) nor is it about Harry Potter (per se), nor is it a narrative about what they mean to me. Instead, I'm writing about an amazing 5 days of Star Wars Celebration that I had with my oldest son... Jason... and, what a magnificent ride that it was. One that I'll remember the rest of my life.

And, yes... I know... I got caught up in the excitement that was all around me. This entry serves as evidence to that. It is long, full of pictures and a few videos, as well. And, you know something? Even though that was a few weeks ago, I am still caught up in the magic that is one of the greatest film franchises of all time.


For me, the journey to Orlando started with a 3:30am alarm, reminiscent of the old days when I had to be on the road early to catch a flight. Janice offered to take us to the airport and then pick us up upon our return, which was a blessing in disguise considering the gear we were packing. She was a trooper for offering to get up that early and drive all that way just to make our morning easier. But that's my wonderful wife...

We were at Jason's by 4:45 that morning and at the airport by 5:15. Our flight was direct from Portland to Orlando on Alaska Airlines. The 5-1/2 hour trip brought us into Orlando at about 3:00pm local time and it was totally uneventful, other than giving us an opportunity to catch a few 'z's and get caught up on family business. Once we landed we immediately headed down to baggage claim to gather our belongings.

So you know, luggage was a bit lopsided. Jason had 3 hardshell cases that he had checked, each weighing under the 50 pound limit (but not by much) and each piece containng his artwork and supplies that he planned to sell or use during the event. If memory serves me, he had 146 pounds of the 150 he was allotted. He carried on and stored overhead a smaller, R2-D2 roller bag that contained his clothing and grooming supplies. I on the other hand had a single checked bag that weighed 21 pounds and I also carried on my laptop in my old trusty leather case that I used for 10 years with Patterson..

After retrieving our luggage, Jason and I went to the area normally reserved for taxis. Thankfully we commandeered a baggage claim agent and his cart to move our stuff around. But little did we know, we'd hailed an Uber driver and in Orlando, Uber and Lyft drivers are not allowed to use the taxi pickup or drop-off areas. So, we had to schlep the cases and our luggage up one floor and then to the other side of baggage claim, where our Uber driver met us, loaded our stuff and drove us to our hotel. Unfortunately, the baggage claim agent and his cart had long disappeared by that time. 

The fee for our ride was less than $20 (which included the tip) and our hotel was quite a distance from the airport, so from my calculation, the fare was much less than a cab would have cost us and it was a much better ride. The driver was communicative, spoke English and knew where we were going. Plus, we were picked up in a brand new Lincoln MKs - NICE!

Our hotel accommodations were at the Allure Resort, about a mile and a half from the convention center. If you google the Allure Resort don't let the pictures on their website fool you... the place is nothing like it is made out to be. The rooms needed painting, our bathroom had cracked tile, a water leak inside the wall from a previous issue near the shower head that looked like it had been recently repaired by Bozo the clown, and two elevators, one of which was not working during most of our stay and when it was it was so slow, dirty and noisy. Breakfast in the restaurant consisted of watery powdered eggs, turkey bacon and a bagel, harder than the floor we stood on. But, hey! All was not lost. We did have a 60 inch flat screen at the foot of our beds (which I found to be a bit of an overkill to see a screen that large at your feet) and we each had Sleep Number mattresses that neither Jason or I could get to work satisfactorily.

Still, it was a place to stay near the convention center and it was quiet and safe. We heard that they expected a record turnout for Star Wars Celebration so you mix that size of a crowd with the usual vacationers that head to Disney, Universal and Cape Canaveral and you usually get staff overwhelmed by the masses. loud obnoxious kids and parents who ignore them. We had very little of that going on, thankfully!

After unpacking, we headed off to venture at what used to be called Downtown Disney, but is now known as Disney Springs. If you haven't been, Disney Springs is pretty much a gigantic shopping mall owned by Disney and containing everything Disney with a few minor exceptions... there's a Cirque Du Soleil, a few recognizable restaurants (including the House of Blues) and a huge entertainment facility which houses a 24 screen cinema and Disney Quest (a large indoor interactive theme park complete with a bowling alley, much to the kin of a Big Al's or Dave & Buster's). Nothing like spending hundreds to thousands of dollars on stuff you can do and get at home, right?

Artist rendiion of the Cirque facility at Disney Springs, Orlando.

Artist rendiion of the Cirque facility at Disney Springs, Orlando.

When hunger pangs got the best of us, it was a Lyft ride back to our hotel's locale and a scrumptious dinner at one of my favorite Italian chain restaurants: Maggiano's. I had carbanara but it wasn't as good as I make it. Then, it was a leisure walk back to the room to hit the hay and ready for a busy day setting up.


Setup day for exhibitors was Wednesday. Jason and I were there early to meet Michael from Acme Archives who ran the Art Show. Michael was our point person and among everything else he had to do, he was responsible for handing over our exhibitors badges that would allow us access to the exhibitor's hall. Though he was a few minutes late, he was wringing wet from sweat from running all over the place. This facility was so massive, one could easily get lost.

We were greeted by Warwick Davis, who nearly ran us over with his Segway (accidentally, of course and by nearly, I am exaggerating just a bit -  he had to be at least 5 feet away from us). A quick wave and he was off, breaking speed limits everywhere he went. By 11:00 that morning (about an hour after arriving) we were inside the hall and un-crating the art and setting up the table.

STAR WARS CELEBRATION 2017 Exhibitor's Floor. Jason's table location is marked by the red arrow.

To help bring in traffic to Jason's cordoned off booth space,  we chose what we believed to be a prime location on the corner of the Art Show section. This so happened to be close to the entry doors to the exhibitor's hall and visible upon from the entryway.

We mounted Jason's banners on a 4 x 8 foot grid wall that we placed behind us. Jason was smart enough to bring two of each of his 3 banners, which gave us nearly 360 degree advertising by simply mounting them onto the front and the back of the grid wall.

The set up was completed in a couple of hours, which gave us plenty of time to walk the exhibitor's floor and see the other's booths. Of course, everything was Star Wars... and this giant monstrosity of a convention hall was filling up rapidly with every little thing Star Wars. ANA had three life-size A320s decorated in Star Wars themes, Nissan had 4 giant screens celebrating their success with the Rogue. They even had a Rogue decked out as a space vehicle. LEGOS were everywhere, as were other endless displays of Star Wars memorabilia, clothing and must-haves. Everything from costumes running $10,000 to tattoo artists ready to ink your body with any Star Wars character imaginable to books about Star Wars past, present and future filled this giant hall.

Photo of the Nissan Rogue on setup day that displayed throughout the event. Question: how do you get in it?

The immenseness of people's love of Star Wars didn't hit me as much the day of setup as it did the next day, when the event was in full swing.

By late afternoon we were off via Lyft to Universal Studios for an evening at Diagon Alley in Harry Potter World. A reasonable $20 fare got us to the ticket stand by 5:45pm. That was nothing compared to the hefty $130 per person price tag that awaited for us to get through the gates and was another $15.46 to get a cheeseburger at Mel's Diner that was so bad, McDonald's wouldn't serve it.

A visit to Universal Orlando would not be complete with a cheesy ride through New York with Jimmy Kimmel. This new attraction had a long waiting list that forced us to return once reserved / preferred guest passes had concluded.


The immenseness of people's love of Star Wars didn't hit me as much the day of setup as it did the next day, when the event was in full swing.

Upon arrival to the convention center, we found the line to get into the facility wrapped around the enormous complex and it wrapped around and beyond the back of the building. Someone remarked that the line just to get to security was 3/4 of a mile to a mile long before the show began. Someone else said that it took them until 2:00pm that afternoon to get into the building even though the doors officially opened at 10:00am that morning. Imagine that...

Here's a video I took off of YouTube of just how long the line was, to get in.

Uploaded by 904PinballZine on 2017-04-13.

I apologize in advance for a few offensive comments made by the contributor but this gives you an idea of the size of the crowd on Day 1.

Because we were exhibitors, Jason and I breezed through a special cordoned off area of security. We then made our way to another giant hall to wait for our hall to open... the special entrance for those of us working the show (which was to be opened for us at 8:00am).

When we got through security we weren't allowed on the floor right away but they made us wait in Queue Hall. To our surprise, more than 10,000 people were already there waiting in lines to view the morning's panel discussion that was to take place at 11:00am. They sat in portable chairs, lay on the floor on blankets and sleeping bags and stood, rocking back and forth in nervous participation of what was ahead of them.

Line to get into the 11:00am 40 Years of Star Wars panel discussions on the first day. This is known as Queue Hall and 10,000 people holding panel bracelets were allowed to stay inside Queue Hall on Wednesday Night for Thursday's presentations.

How long had they been there? I had to ask several of those in line. The people near the front said that they had been there for several days, most of which they had waited outside the building. Another couple said that they had followed the instructions they were given, showed up the day before and because they had their VIP panel bracelets, was sent to the front of the line.

What? People had been there for several days? Is that CRAZY? Apparently not! By the looks of the crowd, they were already tired. At least inside they had restrooms to use and a few concession stands.

At 8:05am they finally let the exhibitors on the floor, but none of the concessions on our side were open yet, so there was no coffee to drink or doughnuts to wake up with. That was okay, I guess, because our booth was ready in 5 minutes. Beating the crowd, I chose to stand in line for the Celebration Store to open up. Jason and a few of the other artists wanted commemorative programs and trinkets. There were at least 100 other people with exhibitor badges ahead of me, and by the time the store opened, maybe 2-300 behind me. It took an hour plus, but I was back in the booth by 11:00am and the place was already a madhouse of Star Wars fanatics.

Come 11:00am, Jason and I watched on our phones the first panel discussion. It was hosted by Warwick Davis and titled: 40 Years of Star Wars. We'd already delivered 4 or 5 prints to those who'd purchased them in advance and at least that many to early aficionados. But things got quiet and then there was a roar from a huge crowd that had assembled around the Celebration Stage, maybe 3 rows over from us. There was another loud roar from the crowd and Jason mentioned that we could pull up a simulcast of what was happening on our phones.

Chapin Theater packed and ready for the opening panel "40 Years of Star Wars"

 

Before a sellout crowd of nearly 7,000 that had amassed in an adjacent hall (known as the Chapin Theater) and also playing on two stages with 30 foot screens; (one in the exhibitor's hall at the Celebration Stage and the other in a series of rooms on the third level) Kathleen Kennedy, the president of LucasFilms, was introduced by host Warwick Davis and she addressed and welcomed the tens of thousands of Star Wars fans that were before her and standing in front of the ancillary stages. Excitement was in the air.

It was her honor to introduce the first guest but no introduction was needed. The roar was so loud it shook the rafters when with great surprise George Lucas, the writer, director, producer and brains behind Star Wars and the franchise walked out on stage. Of course his introduction was not expected since George sold franchise to Disney.

A brief discussion entertained the crowd until the next guest introduction. That was Dave Filoni, Jason's Star Wars mentor (he wishes). For those not familiar with the administrative staff, Dave was and still is the writer, producer, director and supervising director of animation for Star Wars: The Clone Years and Star Wars Rebels, two highly acclaimed animated television series.

Watch the complete 40 Years of Star Wars panel at Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017, featuring Kathleen Kennedy, Mark Hamill, Hayden Christensen, and more!

Then there was a pre-recorded cameo appearance from Liam Neeson who played Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn in episode I before onstage appearances from Hayden Christensen and Ian McDiarmid. Hayden played Anakin Skywalker (before Anakin transformed himself into Darth Vader) and Ian was Senator Palpatine and later Supreme Chancellor Palpatine and then Emperor Palpatine in episodes I - Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, episode II - Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and episode III - Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

If that wasn't enough, about forty minutes into the discussion another pre-recorded cameo was presented in the form of Samuel L Jackson (Mace Windu in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace). Then, there was Anthony Daniels (C-3PO, the human cyborg in all of the Star Wars programs and movies, including the upcoming episode VIII - Star Wars: The Last Jedi and two television series now in post production: Star Wars: Underworld and Star Wars: Detours), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) who has been in every movie since being introduced as Han Solo's sidekick in Star Wars: A New Hope and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and soon to be released TV series: Star Wars: Detours).

Still, that wasn't enough, the next guest to walk out on stage was Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and to the surprise of all 70,000 in attendance, Harrison Ford made a live appearance for the first time ever to a Celebration event. The crowds everywhere in the convention center obviously went nuts!

With the recent loss of Carrie Fisher, there was a great tribute which included the appearance of her daughter, Billie Lourd. It brought tears to our eyes and our hearts beat with sorrow that Princess Leia was gone.

How could you top all of that? Why not introduce John Williams and his orchestra to conclude the first panel and why not have them play the Star Wars medley for everyone?

WOW! Are you kidding?

What a morning?! It was far better than the best Johnny Carson Tonight Show or Jimmy Kimmel Late Night program. And remember, we've only just begun. We're talking about just a couple of hours - there's much more to happen. 

As I said, the place was packed, each and every day for four straight days. Thursday morning's blockbuster continued throughout the event, each day getting bigger and more crowded than the next. It was so busy that attempts to leave the booth were often met with the next wave of visitors seriously interested in spending big money on poster art. And, we were glad to accommodate even if it meant delaying a visit to the many restrooms and refreshment stands that were there for our convenience.

I have included 18 of Jason's 20 LucasFilm's approved prints that he has done over the past 5 years. He has three more very special prints that have been submitted and are being reviewed by Lucas Films. He hopes to have them available for San Diego Comic-Con.

Copies of Jason's Star Wars Celebration Poster Art from 2017, 2016 & 2015, the three Star Wars Character Series Prints that come with LucasFilm Certificates of Authenticity and twelve of is 14 Vessel Series Prints, all done in minimalist style.

Celebrities were everywhere... in the panel rooms, on the Celebration floor and out mingling amongst guests in the lobbies.

The first day could not have ended more special than it did for me. Thursday night, Jason took part as a panelist in an hour long discussion in Meeting Room W304 (The Behind the Scenes Stage) It was titled "Meet the Celebration Art Show Artists" The speakers were:
Jason W Christman
Brian Miller
Cryssy Cheung and
Jeff Carlisle

After closing up the booth at the end of Day 1, I headed up to room W304 and caught the last half of the question and answer program. The discussion was very enjoyable as the panelists were asked about their inspirations and media choices.

Funny thing came from that... the first thing the next day, someone from the audience came directly to Jason's table and bought a print. She told us that Jason made her cry with the story of how he became a Star Wars fanatic and especially loved the story he told that was the inspiration of the piece. Her tale almost made me cry... And, many others who attended the panel discussion came by to buy the print and thank Jason for his genius with minimalist art.

Hangin' with the evil Jedi: Fanakin Skywalker aka: Garth Vader. He's a Dana Carvey clone.

A few of you who know me really well, will get a huge kick out of this next segment... And, to those I laugh with you. Ha! Ha! Ha!

After a long first day, we got back to the room about 10:00pm. We were both dog-tired but still wired from the day's activities. Immediately upon settling in for the night I sat down at the computer and began developing a spreadsheet from all of the receipts. Jason had sold 96 prints through Acme Archive before the show began. Understand that he was only allowed to print 250 prints to number and sell, as well as, a few artist proofs for him to do with as he pleases. That means that nearly 40% of his latest print was sold before the show ever began. They hadn't been distributed yet, because the official unveiling was at Celebration. Everyone who pre-ordered and pre-paid had to come to the Celebration Art Show to retrieve their copy.

Anyway... sales were brisk. For every poster purchased, we figured that we had talked to 10 to maybe 12 people who were just there to look at the artwork being exhibited. We had 49 receipts from the first day. So, if you do the math, maybe 500-600 people stopped by, asked questions and retrieved prints and autographs... (autographs?)... Yes, Jason was a bit of a celebrity at the convention. People who stood in line for hours to buy the Celebration program sought out his (and other artists) to have them sign the page in their books that had their print.  

Sales receipts on Thursday would have been 52 but 3 people obviously had a change of mind, escaped the clutches of Disney and LucasFilms, never paid for nor picked up their prints. How dare they? Anyway, their copies were put back into the offering the next morning. Their Loss was Someone Else's Gain!

To continue on with the spreadsheet... of course... on Thursday, there were 36 of the 49 sales were for this year's print and the balance of the receipts were for his previous prints that he still had artist proof (or AP) copies of.

So, the spreadsheet gave us a better idea of how well he was doing and what we needed to do for the balance of the show, something he would have only guessed at had I not been there to be his accountant.

In keeping up with the sales side of the convention, on Day 2 (Friday) we had 46 receipts and we'd sold 35 of the 118 prints still available. The sale of ancillary inventory boosted the gross receipts to being a much more profitable day (about 50% greater) than it was on Thursday, which we thought was fantastic. Still talked to 5-600 or so people who stopped by the booth to look at the prints and had several who wanted us to hold their purchases so they could shop and watch panel discussions without having to haul around their copies.

Saturday was the biggest sales day of all. And... the busiest for us at the booth. We had 51 receipts of which 41 were of the 77 Celebration 2017 prints still remaining. Sales just barely squeaked past Friday's gross receipts thanks to selling other items. And by other items let me tell you about one...

We had befriended a gentleman in another booth who had plastic tubes with a strap to protect artwork from being wrinkled and damaged. He manufactured them in his New York facility but sells them at most large comic-con conventions. He retailed them for $10 each. We bought 20 of them from him and sold them for $20 a piece at the booth (or $15 if one purchased Jason's Celebration a print). Such a genius?!#&%. Needless to say, we sold them all by 5:00pm Saturday, so we went back and bought the rest that he had in his inventory. By 2:00pm Sunday we had more people asking for tubes at $20 a piece than asking for exclusive prints.

After day's end Saturday, we had just 36 prints left with the last day still to come and usually the last day is when most people purchase whatever is left, hoping to either get a discount or hoping a last minute decision wasn't too late for adding to the collection.

Need something to carry and protect your art investment?

Need something to carry and protect your art investment?

Sunday so happened to be the slowest financially day of the four but it was busy none-the-less. Had we had them, we could have sold 100 tubes and many of the limited edition prints people wanted at the last minute had all gone. In other words: we sold out of practically everything. There wasn't anything left to sell other than a few prints. Jason even sold the banners from the grid-wall behind us and his small book that contained a paperback-size copy of all 20 of his approved prints. And, by 2:00pm Sunday we had more people panicked and asking for tubes at $20 a piece than we had asking for exclusive prints. Had we not sold out early, we would have accommodated.

I think Jason brought back maybe nine exclusive 2017 prints in his case but that was it beside AP copies!!! Needless to say, his luggage was much lighter going back home. And what awaited for him there? Online orders for more prints than he had available.

Now - - - to brag about our son just a little bit more - - -

Jason was sought out by many of the vendors. His 2015 Millennium Falcon print was asked about often, as was his 2016 Escaping the Death Star print. His 2017 Bounty Hunters print has become part of Rancho Obi-Wan. Steve Sansweet, curator for Rancho Obi-Wan came by Jason's booth to specifically talk about his print and to obtain a copy for the collection. What collection, you ask? Why the largest privately owned collection of Star Wars memorabilia, that's what collection. Jason's only request... that he and his son Kaiden be offered a private tour. But, what about dad?

Click on picture to be magically transported to Rancho Obi-Wan website.

Click on picture to be magically transported to Rancho Obi-Wan website.

Steve received two prints from Jason. One for the museum collection and one to be auctioned off to charity.

Christman meets Christman. Stormtrooper TK-91488 Preston "Pretzel" Christman of the 501st Legion comes by the booth to get a personally autographed print from a presumed to be "distant cousin" far, far away. The discussion lasted a while. Apparently half the state of Pennsylvania is named Christman... or so the story goes.

Christman meets Christman. Stormtrooper TK-91488 Preston "Pretzel" Christman of the 501st Legion comes by the booth to get a personally autographed print from a presumed to be "distant cousin" far, far away. The discussion lasted a while. Apparently half the state of Pennsylvania is named Christman... or so the story goes.

By the way, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that Jason's 2017 Celebration print was on E-Bay and Amazon even before being released at Celebration. These are three different listings for them as seen on E-Bay Thursday morning.

Last piece of chest-thumping. He may have an IN with a major Oregon clothing manufacturer in the future. He met 4 specific criteria when we talked to one of the execs at the airport upon leaving. Those 4 requirements happen to be: he is licensed by LucasFilms, he lives in Oregon, he is available to do freelance work (he owns the company) and they like his minimalist style.

So, it was a successful business venture but best of all, it was a great bonding time. I got to spend time with my son doing what he loves to do. I got to enjoy the world that he loves to be a part of and I met many of his friends and fellow artists. Now, how do I get him to employ me...?

Hanging out with the artists at Buffalo Wild Wings at the conclusion of Celebration 2017.

Hanging out with the artists at Buffalo Wild Wings at the conclusion of Celebration 2017.

I am concluding this blog with a lot of memories! What an experience!


Below is a list of panel discussions throughout the event, a list of artwork and book signings and a list of people associated with Star Wars who were offering autographs at a price of $25 to $250 a piece. OUCH! There was plenty of things to do over the four days. No one could have felt boredom... No one!


PANEL DISCUSSIONS

THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2017

  • 40 Years of Star Wars 11:00am - 12:30pm (Rooms W304, Chapin Theater, Celebration Stage & Galaxy Stage)
  • Star Wars Story Time 11:00am - 11:30am (Room W311 - Family Stage)
  • Drawing with Brad Hudson 12:00pm - 1:00pm (Room W311 - Classroom Area)
  • Droid Racing 12:00pm - 1:00pm (Room W311 - Interactive Zone)
  • 40 For 40: Highlights from 4 Decades of Star Wars Collectibles 12:00pm - 1:00pm (Room W307)
  • Rated NA Podcast 12:00pm - 1:00pm (Room W310 & Celebration Stage)
  • Star Wars Rebels Theater 12:30pm - 7:00pm (Room W312 - Star Wars Rebel Theater)
  • S T E M Star Wars 12:30pm - 1:30pm (Room W300 - Star Wars University)
  • "We Are a Legion" The Star Wars Costuming Clubs 12:30pm - 1:30pm (Room W308 - Star Wars Fan Stage)
  • Hasbro 12:30pm - 1:30pm (Toys R Us Stage)
  • Marc Thompson, Narrator of Star Wars: Thrawn 1:00pm - 2:00pm (Penquin / Random House Booth)
  • StarWars Origami with Chris Alexander 1:00pm - 2:00pm (Room W311 - Classroom Area)
  • The Making of the Star Wars Encyclopedia 1:00pm - 2:00pm (Room W304 - Behind the Scenes Stage)
  • The Growing Galaxy of Women's Star Wars Fashion 1:30pm - 2:30pm (Room W307 - Star Wars Collector's Stage)
  • Podcrash with Chris Gore 1:30pm - 2:30pm (Room W310 & Celebration Stage)
  • Dave Filoni: Animated Origins & Unexpected Fates 1:30pm - 2:30pm (Valencia Rooms A, B & C and Celebration Stage)
  • Smooth Talkin' with Billy Dee Williams 1:30pm - 2:15pm (Chapin Theater)
  • StarWars.com: A Conversation with Dan Brooks 2:00pm - 3:00pm (Toys R Us Stage)
  • Meet the 501st Legion 2:00pm - 3:00pm (Rooms W308 & Star Wars Fan Stage)
  • Padawan Training with Saber Guild 2:00pm - 3:00pm (Room W311 - Interactive Zone)
  • Road Squadron: Building a CarFighter 2:00pm - 3:00pm (Room W300 - Star Wars University)
  • Game: I'll Take Droids for $500, Obi-Wan: An Interactive Show 2:30pm - 3:30pm (Room W304 - Behind The Scenes Stage)
  • Ranco Obi-Wan with Steve Sansweet 3:00pm - 4:00pm (Room W307 - Star Wars Collector's Stage)
  • Podcast: Radio 1138 3:00pm - 4:00pm (Room W310 - Celebration Podcast Stage)
  • Droid Racing 3:00pm - 4:00pm (Room W311 - Interactive Zone)
  • Drawing with Katie Cook 3:00pm - 4:00pm (Room W311 - Classroom Area)
  • Ian McDiarmid: Tales From the Dark Side 3:15pm - 4:00pm (Chapin Theater & Celebration Stage)
  • Spinmaster: BB-8 3:30pm - 4:30pm (Toys R Us Stage)
  • Star Wars Authentic Autographs 3:30pm - 4:30pm (Room W308 - Star Wars Fan Stage)
  • The Music of Rogue One 3:30pm - 4:30pm (Valencia Rooms A, B & C and Star Wars Galaxy Stage)
  • Food & Fandom: Star Wars Recipes 3:30pm - 4:30pm (Room W300 - Star Wars University)
  • Doug Chiang: The Production Design of Rogue One 4:00pm - 5:00pm (Room W304 - Behind The Scenes Stage)
  • Game: This Deal is Getting Worse All of the Time 4:00pm - 5:00pm (Room W311 - Star Wars Family Stage)
  • BYO: Mandalorian Armor 4:30pm - 5:30pm (Room W311 - Classroom Area)
  • Coffee with Kenobi 4:30pm - 5:30pm (Room W310 - Celebration Podcast Stage)
  • Star Wars Food Collection 4:30pm - 5:30pm (Room W307 - Star Wars Collector's Stage)
  • Chuck Wendig: A Small Group of Characters Can Change a Whole Galaxy - 5:00pm - 6:00pm (Room W300 - Star Wars University)
  • Meet the Mandalorian Mercs 5:00pm - 6:00pm (Room W308 - Star Wars Fan Stage)
  • Ray Park: Prepare to be MAULed 5:00pm - 6:00pm (Chapin Theater & Celebration Stage)
  • Star Wars 365: Fact of Fiction 5:30pm - 6:30pm (Valencia Rooms A, B & C and Star Wars Galaxy Stage)
  • Disney Parks & Star Wars Merchandise 5:30pm - 6:30pm (Room W304 - Behind the Scene Stage)
  • Kid's Costume Showcase 5:30pm - 6:30pm (Room W311 - Interactive Zone)
  • Star Wars Collectors' Cast 6:00pm - 7:00pm (Room W310 - Celebration Podcast Stage)
  • Star Wars Display & Advertising Collecting 6:00pm - 7:00pm (Room W307 - Star Wars Collector's Stage)
  • LGBTQ+ In the Galxy Far, Far Away 6:30pm - 7:30pm (Room W300 - Star Wars University)
  • Collector Jedi Council 6:30pm - 7:30pm (Room W308 - Star Wars Fan Stage)
  • Meet the Celebration Art Show Artists 7:00pm - 8:00pm (Room W304 Behind the Scenes Stage)
    • Speakers: Jason W Christman, Brian Miller, Cryssy Cheung and Jeff Carlisle
  • Tarkin's Top Shelf 7:30p - 8:30pm (Room W310 - Celebration Podcast Stage)
  • PopMinded by Hallmark 7:30pm - 8:30pm (Room W307 - Star Wars Collector's Stage)
  • Droid Building 8:00pm - 9:00pm (Room W308 - Star Wars Fan Stage)

FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2017

  • Rendezvous Point: The Military of Star Wars 10:30am - 11:30am (Room W308 - Star Wars Stage)
  • Star Wars Fan Girls / Star Wars Geek Girls 10:30am - 11:30am (Room W307 - Star Wars Collector's Stage)
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi 11:00am - 12:30pm (Room W304 - Behind the Scene Stage)
  • Drawing Star Wars with Randy Martinez 11:00am - 11:30am (Room W311 - Classroom)
  • Star Wars Portfolio Reviews 11:00am - 3:00pm (Room 309A)
  • Star Wars Story Time 11:30am - 12:00pm (Room W311 - Family Stage)
  • Droid Racing 12:00pm - 1:00pm (Room W311 - Interactive Zone)
  • Create a Clone Drawing Class with Chris Dee & Joe Hogan 12:00pm - 1:00pm (Room W311 - Classroom)
  • Saber Guild: Anatomy of a Fight Scene 12:00pm - 1:00pm (Room W308 - Star Wars Fan Stage)
  • The Art of Packaging of Vintage Star Wars Toys 12:00pm - 1:00pm (Room W307 - Star Wars Collector's Stage)
  • Always Shoot First: How to Start You 1st Chapter with a Bang (or Pew, Pew, Pew) with Delilah Dawson 12:30pm - 1:30pm (Room W300 - Star Wars University)
  • Star Wars Voicemail Recording by Marc Thompson 1:00pm - 2:00pm (Penguin / Random House Booth)
  • Story Time with Adam Bray 1:00pm - 1:30pm (Room W311 -Star Wars Family Stage)
  • Designing the LEGO Star Wars Galaxy with Rob Johnson 1:00pm - 2:00pm (Room W304 - Behind the Scenes Stage)
  • Star Wars Origami with Chris Alexander 1:00pm - 2:00pm (Room W311 - Classroom Area)
  • Ladies of the Legion: A Woman's Guide to Star Wars Costuming 1:30pm - 2:30pm (Room W308 - Star Wars Fan Stage)
  • The Making of Star Wars: Rogue One 1:30pm - 2:30pm (Valencia Rooms A, B & C and Star Wars Galaxy Stage)
  • Small Talk with Warwick Davis 1:30pm - 2:30pm (Chapin Theater and Celebration Stage)
  • Full of Sith 1:30pm to 2:30pm (Room W310 - Celebration Podcast Stage)
  • Displaying Your Star Wars Collection 1:30pm - 2:30pm (Room W307 - Star Wars Collector's Stage)
  • Mattel 2:00pm - 3:00pm (Toys R Us Stage)
  • Timothy Zahn: 101 Ideas in an Hour 2:00pm - 3:00pm (Room W300 - Star Wars University)
  • Padawan Training with Saber Guild 2:00pm - 3:00pm (Room W311 - Interactive Zone)
  • The Droids You're Looking For 2:00pm - 3:00pm (Room W311 - Classroom)
  • Star Wars Collectibles Update with LucasFilm's Brian Marten 2:30pm - 4:00pm (Room W304 - Behind the Scenes Stage)
  • Fangirls Going Rogue 3:00pm - 4:00pm (Room W310 - Celebration Podcast Stage)
  • The Star Wars Funko Pop! Vinyl Explosion 3:00pm - 4:00pm (Room W307 - Star Wars Collector's Stage)
  • Fang Fighter Battles 3:00pm - 4:00pm (Room W311 - Classroom)
  • Droid Racing 3:00pm - 4:00pm (Room W311 - Interactive Zone)
  • Star Wars Movie Trivia Schmoe-down 3:00pm to 4:00pm (Room W308 Star Wars Fan Stage)
  • www.starwars.com: A Conversation with Justin Bolger 3:15pm - 4:15pm (Toys R Us Stage)
  • Star Wars Portfolio Review 3:30pm - 4:30pm (Room W309A)
  • Star Wars University: Behind the Scenes of an Audiobook Recording Studio 3:30pm - 4:30pm (Room W300 - Star Wars University)
  • The Heroines of Star Wars 3:30pm - 4:30pm (Valencia Rooms A, B & C and Star Wars Galaxy Stage)
  • Game: This Deal is Getting Worse All of the Time 4:00pm - 5:00pm (Room W311 - Star Wars Family Stage)
  • Star Wars Building Challenge: Lightsaber 4:00pm - 5:00pm (Room W311 - Star Wars Family Room)
  • Extreme Droid Building 4:30pm - 5:30pm (Room W308 - Star Wars Fan Stage)
  • LucasFilms Publishing Writer's Turntable 4:30pm - 5:30pm (Room W304 - Behind the Scenes Stage)
  • How to Start Podcasting Like a Jedi Master 4:30pm - 5:30pm (Room W310 Celebration Podcast Stage)
  • Star Wars Original Props and Costumes 4:30pm - 5:30pm (Room W307 - Star Wars Collector's Stage)
  • Star Wars Comics in the Classroom 5:00pm - 6:00pm (Room W300 - Star Wars University)
  • Star Wars Origami with Chris Alexander 5:00pm - 6:00pm (Room W311 - Classroom)
  • Kid's Costume Showcase 5:30pm - 6:00pm (Room W311 - Interactive Zone)
  • Mark Hamill's Tribute to Carrie Fisher 5:30pm to 6:30pm (Chapin Theater, Valencia Rooms A, B & C, Star Wars Celebrity Stage and Celebration Stage)
  • Fantasy Flight Games: Star Wars Tabletop Games 6:00pm - 7:00pm (Room W308 - Star Wars Fan Stage)
  • Star Wars Obscure Character Face-off Strikes Back 6:00pm - 7:00pm (Room W312 - Star Wars Rebel Theater)
  • Inside the Force 6:00pm - 7:00pm (Room W310 - Celebration Podcast Stage)
  • Star Wars Collecting: Social Media & Networking 6:00pm - 7:00pm (Room W307 - Star Wars Collector's Stage)
  • Abrams Books  Present: The Art of Star Wars 6:00pm - 7:00pm (Room W304 - Behind the Scenes Stage)
  • Jason Fry: Learn From My Mistakes 6:30pm - 7:30pm (Room W300 - Star Wars University)
  • The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens & Rogue One 7:00pm - 7:45pm (Room W304 - Behind the Scenes Stage)
  • Mighty Marvel Geeks 7:30pm - 8:30pm (Room W310 - Celebration Podcast Stage)
  • Inside Star Wars Insider 7:30pm - 8:30pm (Room W307 - Star Wars Collector's Stage)
  • The Life & Times of Han Solo 7:30pm - 8:30pm (Room W308 - Star Wars Fan Stage)
  • Special Star Wars Celebration Screening of: Star Wars: Rogue One & Star Wars: A New Hope 7:30pm - 12mindight (Valencia Rooms A, B & C and Star Wars Galaxy Stage)

SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2017

  • Down & Dirty Mandalorian Armor 10:30am - 11:30am (Room W308 - Star Wars Fan Stage)
  • The Force of Fan Fashion 10:30am - 11:30am (Room W307 - Star Wars Collector's Stage)
  • The Rogue Squadcast 10:30am - 11:30am (Room W310 - Celebration Podcast Stage)
  • Star Wars Rebels Theater 11:00am - 5:30pm (Room W312 - Star Wars Rebel Theater)
  • Sith Lord Support Group 11:00am - 12:00pm (Room W300 - Star Wars University)
  • Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Sneak Peek 11:00am - 12:30pm (Chapin Theater, Celebration Stage, Rooms W304 - Behind the Scenes Stage and Valencia Rooms A, B & C)
  • Star Wars Story Time 11:00am - 11:30am (Room W311 - Family Stage)
  • Underground Toys: Upcoming Products & Collectibles 11:15am - 12:15pm (Toys R Us Stage)
  • Inking For Padawans 11:30am - 12:30pm (Room W311 - Classroom Area)
  • Star Wars Portfolio Review 11:30am - 1:30pm (Room W309A)
  • Droid Racing 12:00pm - 1:00pm (Room W311 - Interactive Zone)
  • 501st Legion Costuming in a Galaxy Far, Far Away 12:00pm - 1:00pm (Room W308 - Star Wars Fan Stage)
  • The Resistance 12:00pm - 1:00pm (Room W310 Celebration Podcast Stage)
  • 40 Years Later: Star Wars Original Film Memorabilia 12:00pm - 1:00pm (Room W307 - Star Wars Collector's Stage)
  • We Love Rebels 12:30pm - 1:30pm (Room W300 - Star Wars University)
  • Del Rey Books 1:00pm - 2:00pm (Room W304 - Behind the Scene Stage)
  • Story Time with Jason Fry 1:00pm - 1:30pm (Room W311 -Star Wars Family Stage)
  • Build a Paper BB-8 with Brian Miller 1:oopm - 1:30pm (Room W311 - Classroom Area)
  • Anthony Daniels: 40 Years of Threepio 1:30pm - 2:30pm (Chapin Theater & Celebration Stage)
  • Prop Building on a Galactic Scale 1:30pm - 2:30pm (Room W308 - Star Wars Fan Stage)
  • Hallmark Star Wars Collectibles 1:30pm - 2:30pm (Room W307 - Star Wars Collector's Stage)
  • Black Girl Nerds Podcast 1:30pm - 2:30pm (Room W310 - Celebration Podcast Stage)
  • History of Droid Building 2:00pm - 3:00pm (Room W300 - Star Wars University)
  • Padawan Training with Saber Guild 2:00pm - 3:00pm (Room W311 - Interactive Zone)
  • Star Wars Origami with Chris Alexander 2:00pm - 3:00pm (Room W311 - Classroom Area)
  • LEGO: Star Wars Collectibles & Playtime 2:00pm - 3:00pm (Toys R Us Stage)
  • Star Wars Portfolio Review 2:00pm - 6:00pm (Room W309A)
  • The Galaxy-wide Premiere of Star Wars Battlefront II 2:30pm - 3:30pm (Valencia Rooms A, B & C, Star Wars Galaxy Stage & Celebration Stage)
  • Behind the Scenes of the Cantina 2:30pm - 3:30pm (Room W304 - Behind the Scenes Stage)
  • Star Wars at the Movies: Vintage Theatrical Advertising and Collectible Ephemera 3:00pm - 4:00pm (Room 307 - Star Wars Collector's Stage)
  • Fandom Awakens Radio: 40 Years of Star Wars Homecoming 3:00pm - 4:00pm (Room W310 - Celebration Podcast Stage)
  • Of Mice & Medical: The Other Droids of Star Wars 3:00pm - 4:00pm (Room W308 - Star Wars Fan Stage)
  • BYO: Mandalorian Armor 3:00pm - 4:00pm (Room W311 - Classroom Area)
  • Droid Racing 3:30pm - 4:30pm (Room W311 - Interactive Zone)
  • Star Wars Celebration Championships of Cosplay 3:30pm - 5:00pm (Chapin Theater & Celebration Stage)
  • Christie Golden: Things I Hate But Learned to Do - And, So Can You! 3:30pm - 4:30pm (Room W300 - Star Wars University)
  • Marvel Comics Present: Star Wars 4:00pm - 5:00pm (Room W304 - Behind the Scenes Stage)
  • Game: This Deal is Getting Worse All of the Time 4:00pm - 5:00pm (Room W311 - Family Stage)
  • Funko: Q & A 4:00pm - 5:00pm (Toys R Us Stage)
  • Star Wars Origami with Chris Alexander 5:00pm - 6:00pm (Room W311 - Classroom Area)
  • Star Wars & Disney Parks: A Galaxy in the Making 4:30pm - 5:30pm (Valencia Rooms A, B & C and Star Wars Galaxy Stage)
  • These Are Not the Writers You Are Looking For: Bloggers Discuss Writing About Star Wars 4:30pm - 5:30pm (Room W308 - Star Wars Fan Stage)
  • A Star Wars Collector's Journey 4:30pm - 5:30pm (Room W307 - Star Wars Collector's Stage)
  • Star Wars Minute 4:30pm - 5:30pm (Room W310 - Celebration Podcast Stage)
  • The Art of Japanese Star Wars Vegetable Carving - Episode III 5:00pm - 6:00pm (Room W300 - Star Wars University)
  • Star Wars Building Challenge 5:00pm - 5:30pm (Room W311 - Classroom Area)
  • Hasbro Star Wars 5:30 - 6:30pm (Room W304 - Behind the Scenes Stage)
  • Kid's Costume Showcase 5:30pm - 6:00pm (Room W311 - Interacive Zone)
  • The Rebel Legion Costuming Community: Rebellions Are Built on Hope 6:00pm - 7:00pm (Room W308 - Star Wars Fan Stage)
  • Special Celebration Screening: StarWars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi & Star Wars: The Force Awakens 6:00pm - 12midnight (Valencia Rooms A, B & C and Star Wars Galaxy Stage)
  • Star Wars in Character 6:00pm - 7:00pm (Room W310 - Celebration Podcast Stage)
  • Fakes & Scandals 6:00pm - 7:00pm (Room W307 - Star Wars Collector's Stage)
  • Game: This Deal is Getting Worse All of the Time 6:00pm - 7:00pm (Room W311 - Family Stage)
  • A Unifying Force: Keeping Fandom Safe & Welcoming 6:30pm - 7:30pm (Room W300 - StarWars University)
  • Inside Maz's Castle: Designing the Unknown in DK Star Wars Books 7:00pm - 8:00pm (Room W304 - Behind the Scenes Stage)
  • Smuggler's Revenge: Kyle Newman & a Galaxy of Voices 7:00pm - 8:00pm (Chapin Theater and Celebration Stage)
  • Collecting Track Swap-Meet and Social 7:00pm - 9:00pm (Room W305 - Collector's Social Room)
  • Skywalking Through Neverland 7:30pm - 8:30pm (Room W310 - Celebration Podcast Stage)
  • Space Narrative: Storytelling in Star Wars Games 7:30pm - 8:30pm (Room W307 - Star Wars Collector's Stage)
  • Whose Line Is It, Alderaan? 7:30pm - 8:30pm (Room W308 - Star Wars Fan Stage)

SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 2017

  • Spinmaster: BB-8 10:15am - 11:00am (Toys R Us Stage)
  • 501st Legion: Bad Guys Who Do Good 10:30am - 11:30am (Room W308 - Star Wars Fan Stage)
  • Costuming with Flagship Eclipse 10:30am - 11:30am (Room W307 - Star Wars Collector's Stage)
  • Behind the Scenes with LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures 11:00am - 12:00pm (Room W304 - Behind the Scenes Stage)
  • Star Wars Rebel Theater 11:00oam - 5:00pm (Room W312 - Star Wars Rebel Theater)
  • Doug Chiang Master Class 11:00am - 12:00pm (Room W300 - Star Wars University)
  • These Are the Droids You're Looking For 11:00am - 12:00pm (Chapin Theater & Celebration Stage)
  • Rebel Reunion 11:00am - 12:00 (Valencia Rooms A, B & C and Star Wars Galaxy Stage)
  • Star Wars Story Time 11:00am - 11:30am (Room W311 - Family Stage)
  • Story Time with Cole Horton 2:30pm - 3:00pm (Room W311 - Family Stage)
  • Star Wars Origami with Chris Alexander 3:00pm - 4:00pm (Room W311 - Classroom Area)
  • Women in a Galaxy Far, Far Away 3:00pm - 4:00pm (Room W308 - Star Wars Fan Stage)
  • Star Wars Collecting in Argentina 3:00pm - 3:45pm (Room W307 - Star Wars Collector's Stage)
  • StarWars is Forever II 2017: A Fandom Homecoming, A New Beginning 3:30pm - 4:30pm (Room W300 - Star Wars University)
  • First Order Transmissions 3:30pm - 4:30pm (Room W310 - Celebration Podcast Stage)
  • Kid's Costume Showcase 3:30pm - 4:30pm (Room W311 - Interactive Zone)
  • From Star Wars to Rogue One: Unique Promotions from Spain 4:00pm - 4:45pm (Room W307 - Star Wars Collector's Stage)
  • Celebration Orlando Closing Ceremony 4:00pm - 5:00pm (Chapin Theater, Celebration Stage, Valencia Rooms A, B & C, Star Wars Galaxy Stage and Room W304 Behind the Scenes Stage)

Book / Artwork Signings

THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2017

  • Celebration Art Show Print Purchase & Signing 10:00am - 7:00pm (Celebration Floor Booth 2432)
  • Jason Fry / Author of Star Wars: Complete Locations & Star Wars: Rogue One: Secret Mission Book Signing 11:00am - 12:00pm (DK Booth #2625)
  • Christie Golden / Author of Star Wars: Dark Disciple Book Signing 11:30am - 12:30pm (Barnes & Noble Booth #2022)
  • Chuck Wendig / Author of Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy Book Signing 1:00pm - 2:00pm (Barnes & Nobel Booth #2022)
  • Tricia Barr, Adam Bray & Cole Horton / Authors of Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia Book Signing 2:00pm - 3:00pm (DK Booth #2625)
  • Timothy Zahn / Author of Star Wars: Thrawn Book Signing 4:00pm - 6:30pm (Barnes & Nobel Booth #2022

FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2017

  • Celebration Art Show Print Purchase & Signing 10:00am - 7:00pm (Celebration Floor Booth 2432)
  • Timothy Zahn / Author of Star Wars: Thrawn Book Signing 11:00am - 1:00pm (Barnes & Nobel Booth #2022
  • Tricia Barr, Adam Bray & Cole Horton / Authors of Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia Book Signing 11:00am - 12:00pm (DK Booth #2625)
  • Chuck Wendig / Author of Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy Book Signing 11:00am - 2:00pm (Del Rey Booth #2522)
  • John Jackson Miller / Author of Star Wars: A New Dawn Book Signing 12:30pm - 1:30pm (Barnes & Noble Booth #2022)
  • Christie Golden / Author of Star Wars: Dark Disciple Book Signing 1:30pm - 2:30pm (Barnes & Noble Booth #2022)
  • Timothy Zahn / Author of Star Wars: Thrawn Book Signing 3:00pm - 4:00pm (Barnes & Nobel Booth #2022
  • Timothy Zahn / Author of Star Wars: Thrawn Book Signing 6:00pm - 7:00pm (Barnes & Nobel Booth #2022
  • Josh Jushins / Artist of The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Print & Book Signing 7:00pm - 7:45pm (Room W304 - Behind the Scenes Stage)

SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2017

  • Celebration Art Show Print Purchase & Signing 10:00am - 7:00pm (Celebration Floor Booth 2432)
  • Tricia Barr, Adam Bray & Cole Horton / Authors of Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia Book Signing 11:00am - 12:00pm (DK Booth #2625)
  • Christie Golden & Delilah S Dawson Poster Signing 11:00am - 12:30pm (Del Rey Booth #2522)
  • Ashley Eckstein, E K Johnston & Marc Thompson / Authors of Star Wars: Ahsoka Book Signing 12:00pm - 1:00pm (Barnes & Nobel Booth #2022)
  • Phil Szostak / Author of The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Book Signing 1:00pm - 2:00pm (Barnes & Nobel Booth #2022)
  • Josh Jushins / Author of The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Book Signing 1:00pm - 2:00pm (Barnes & Nobel Booth #2022
  • Timothy Zahn / Author of Star Wars: Thrawn Book Signing 2:30pm - 4:30pm (Barnes & Nobel Booth #2022
  • Ralph McQuarrie, Brandon Alinger, Wade Lageose & David Mandel Poster Signing 3:00pm - 4:00pm (Abrahms Booth #2725)
  • John Jackson Miller / Author of Star Wars: A New Dawn Book Signing 3:00pm - 4:00pm (Del Rey Booth #2522)
  • Chuck Wendig / Author of Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy Book Signing 11:00am - 2:00pm (Barnes & Noble Booth #2022)
  • Christie Golden & Delilah S Dawson Poster Signing 5:00pm - 6:00pm (Del Rey Booth #2522)
  • Pablo Hidalgo, Kemp Remillard & Jason Fry / Authors of Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide, Star Wars: Complete Locations & Star Wars: Rogue One: Secret Mission 8:00pm - 9:00pm (Room W304 - Behind the Scene Stage)

SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 2017

  • Celebration Art Show Print Purchase & Signing 10:00am - 5:00pm (Celebration Floor Booth 2432)
  • Chuck Wendig, Christie Golden & Delilah S Dawson / Authors of Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy, Inferno Squad and The Perfect Weapon 10:30am - 11:30am (Del Rey Booth #2522)
  • Pablo Hidalgo, Kemp Remillard & Jason Fry / Authors of Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide, Star Wars: Complete Locations & Star Wars: Rogue One: Secret Mission 8:00pm - 9:00pm (DK Booth #2625)
  • Timothy Zahn / Author of Star Wars: Thrawn Book Signing 2:30pm - 4:30pm (Barnes & Nobel Booth #2022

Autographs

  • Riz Ahmed (actor) - Bodhi Rock / Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • David Barclay (puppeteer) / Star Wars: The Empire Strike Back &Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  • Paul Blake (actor) - Creedo / Star Wars: A New Hope
  • Steve Blum (voice actor) - Zeb Orrelios / Star Wars Rebels
  • Jeremy Bulloch (actor) - Boba Fett / StarWars: The Empire Strikes Back & Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  • Hayden Christensen (actor) - Anakin Skywalker / Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones & Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Anthony Daniels (actor and voice actor) - C-3PO / All Stars Wars movies and television series
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar (voice actor) - Seventh Sister / StarWars Rebels
  • Taylor Gray (voice actor) - Ezra Bridger / Star Wars Rebel
  • Garrick Hagon (actor) - Biggs Darklighter / Star Wars: A New Hope
  • Mark Hamill (actor) - Luke Skywalker / Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars / The Force Awakens & Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Brian Herring (puppeteer) - BB-8 / Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Felicity Jones (actor) - Jyn Erso / Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Denis Lawson (actor) - Wedge Antilles / Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  • Daniel Logan (actor and voice actor) Boba Fett / Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Angus MacInnes (actor) - Dutch Vander / Star Wars: A New Hope
  • Venessa Marshall (voice actor) - Hera / Star Wars Rebels
  • Peter Mayhew (actor) - Chewbacca - Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars / The Force Awakens
  • Ian McDiarmid (actor and voice actor) - Emperor Palatine - Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars:The Clone Wars
  • Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (voice actor) - Governor Arihnda Pryce / Star Wars Rebels
  • Tom Morrison (actor) - Jango Fett / StarWars: Attack of the Clones & Commander Cody / Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
  • Ray Park (actor) - Darth Maul / Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
  • Freddie Prinze Jr. (voice actor) - Kanan / Star Wars Rebel
  • Mike Quinn (actor) - Nien Nunb / Star Wars: Return of the Jedi & Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Clibe Revill (actor) - Emperor Palatine / StarWars: Return of the Jedi
  • Tim Rose (actor) - Admiral Ackbar / Star Wars: Return of the Jedi & Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Deep Roy (actor) - Member of Rebo Band in the Sy / Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  • Tiya Sircar (voice actor) - Sabine Wren / Star Wars Rebels
  • Alan Tudyk (actor) - K-2SO / Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Jimmy Vee (actor) - R2-D2 / Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Forest Whitaker (actor) - Ray Gerrera / Rogue One: A StarWars Story
  • Billy Dee Williams (actor) - Lando Calrissian / Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back & Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  • Samuel Witwer (voice actor) - Starkiller / Star Wars: The Force Unleashed & Darth Maul / Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Matthew Hood (actor and voice actor) - General Grievous / Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith & Star Wars: Clone Wars