Day one of Celebration VI was very much a day of learning for me. This was my first Celebration. So not only did I not know what to expect (other than seeing pictures of past Celebrations), I really had no idea of the layout, even though I looked at the maps. Seeing it on a picture and being there are two very different things.
My first objective was to find the press room so I could pick up my media badge. Once I got there, I was a bit nervous. I had a what if my name isn’t on the list? feeling. To my delight, it was there, and I quickly received the golden ticket, er, my media badge. Once I put it around my neck and walked out of the room, I had a moment of awe wash over me. Here I was, at the greatest Star Wars fan gathering in the world, and I now had access to it. I had a brief moment of hesitation. What do I do next? Then all of a sudden, the months of preparation came to me: A panel I was wanting to see was just about to start!
As it turns out, my first Star Wars Celebration panel would be Inside The Clone Wars Tech, featuring Dave Filoni and Joel Aron. This was quite exciting for me. Until now, I had never seen a member of the Star Wars cast or crew in front of me, live. This was quickly about to change. I found a seat, then unloaded my camera and laptop (nope, I’m not a part of the iPhone crowd). The panel was great. Lots of great information from the masters and a great reception from the audience. I believe it was before this panel that I met a few of the staff from EU Cantina and The Star Wars Report. After this I knew the next four days would be unforgettable. My photos of Inside The Clone Wars Tech
I had planned to visit another panel that started 30 minutes later, but decided not to. I wanted to head to the exhibit hall, which was easily the busiest hub of people in the building. Once I reached the doors, I was blown away by what I saw. The Star Wars Celebration exhibit hall is every Star Wars fan’s dream world. From wall to wall, there’s toys, shirts, books, comics, props, games, fans in costumes, the occasional celebrity that walks by, droids… anything and everything Star Wars. What should I look at first?
Then I remembered: The Del Rey, DK Publishing and Her Universe booths were all side-by-side. Because I’m very familiar with those companies, I decided to visit their booths first. I’m glad I made that decision, because once I reached the Del Rey booth, I saw that they were giving out free stuff! I scored a paperback copy of The Old Republic: Deceived, four Scoundrels bookmarks and a 2012 Del Rey Sampler, a Celebration VI and New York Comic Con exclusive (I’ll share more about this book in another Celebration VI diary). From there, I continued to meet people that I’ve chatted with online for many months. Finally, my online world was beginning to mix with reality. Afterwards, I basically walked through each aisle one-by-one, taking pictures as I walked.
The rest of the day was pretty much uneventful for me; eating lunch, taking pictures and finding a spot out of the way to sit, upload pics and charge my electronics. Because of a prior engagement, I had to leave early on Thursday, but a shortened day was pretty much all I could handle. My first day at a Star Wars Celebration was fairly overwhelming, but in a good way.
I was finally here, and this would be an event I’d never forget.
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