Star Wars Celebration VII

Anaheim Comic-Con 2010 Event Coverage

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The Force was strong with the Anaheim Comic-Con, which was held from April 16th-18th at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

Crowds at the convention were greeted by tweedling astromech droids compliments of the Astromech Droid Builders club. Plenty of costumed Star Wars characters - from Darth Vader to Boba Fett to stormtroopers galore - were on hand thanks to groups such as the Southern California Garrison of the 501st Legion, the Mandalorian Mercs, LA Jedi, Rebel Legion and Saber Guild. Some interesting displays, such as a fully functional Salacious Crumb, delighted fans. The 501st Legion had several helmets on display at their booth from their upcoming 501st TK Project, which will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" voice actors Tom Kane (Yoda) and Cat Taber (Padme Amidala) were on hand to sign autographs, fan favorite artist Tom Hodges was busy in artists alley and the showroom floor was loaded with cool Star Wars merchandise including a custom R2-D2 pachinko machine cabinet and a custom life-size Han in Carbonite made from fiberglass.

But the highlight of the convention for Star Wars fans was the panel discussion to celebration the 30th Anniversary of "The Empire Strikes Back". Unfortunately, Irvin Kershner, the director of the film, was unable to attend the panel due to his ongoing battle with cancer. The last minute announcement was delivered by a tearful Derek Maki, owner of Coolwater Productions, the public relations firm which represents Kershner and many others at conventions. Kersher did however tape a brief greeting for the fans and had signed a limited number of exclusive commemorative prints he had personally created for the show.

Despite the bit of sad news about Kersher, the show did go on, and Billy Dee Williams proved to be a fan favorite as usual. He entertained the crowd with tales about having to justify Lando's actions on the playground at his children's school years after the film's release. Seemingly everyone wants to still know what made Lando tick as crowd members asked Williams questions as obscure as "Did you know Lando was wearing Han's clothes at one point?" The crowd roared when Williams said he still drinks Colt 45 all these years later and also when he told fans he didn't have to audition for the role in "Empire" because he was a "big actor".  


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