Kevin Shirley

“This is the Way”: Inside the World of the Mandalorian

The Star Wars at Dragon Con Goes Virtual fan track presented a panel via their YouTube channel Sunday evening that focused on the culture of the Mandalorians. Joining moderator Thomas Harper were Bryan Young, Alexa Shipes, Tom Hutchens and Kyle Bennett. The panel sought to “unpack” and shed some light on Mandalorian culture now that we have seen the first… Read more →

Missions and Memories: Star Trek: Voyager at 25

Star Trek: Voyager first aired on the United Paramount Network (UPN) in January 1995. As the flagship show of a brand-new network, Voyager came to be the most successful series to premier with the network, lasting seven seasons. Voyager veteran and Trek Track Director Garrett Wang (Ensign Kim) welcomed long time colleagues, shipmates, and friends Robert Beltran (Commander Chakotay), Robert… Read more →

The Discovery Family: All about the Heart

The 4:00PM Saturday time slot on the Dragon Con Main Events channel welcomed four Star Trek: Discovery cast members to a question and answer panel with Marc Lee serving as moderator. Kenneth Mitchell, Mary Chieffo, Anthony Rapp, and Jason Isaacs gave the fans what they’ve come to expect from Discovery actors: insightful, heartfelt, and entertaining conversation. One of the primary… Read more →

John Garth and Tolkien’s World

Sunday morning at 11:30AM, Jim Wert of the High Fantasy Track, along with Kristin Cairns of TheOneRing.Net (TORN), welcomed John Garth to discuss his career as a Tolkien scholar, and his latest book The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien: The Places That Inspired Middle-Earth. Garth, whose work Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth established his place as a… Read more →

The Movies that Made Star Wars

Friday at 8PM, the Star Wars Track welcomed Bryan Young (moderator), Amy Richau, Marie C Gould, Hoai-Tran Bui, and Kai Charles for a panel focusing on the films that have influenced Star Wars directors and creators, from George Lucas to Jon Favreau, via their Facebook Group Page and their YouTube channel. At the forefront, and dominating the conversation is the… Read more →

The Latest News from Middle Earth

Jim Wert of the High Fantasy Track along with Kirsten Cairns (TheOneRing.Net) and Rebecca Perry gave us an update and the latest news on publications and television projects currently under development in the world of JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth.  During the panel, broadcast on the High Fantasy track’s YouTube page Saturday morning, Cairns was quick to point out that while… Read more →

Star Wars Fans, Friends, and Conversations

Star Wars fans have been the beneficiaries of a huge and ever-expanding universe of content including film (five in the last five years), novels, comics, and animated as well as live-action series for television. As the content has grown, so too have the ways in which fans consume, interact with, and comment upon it. Fan engagement, discussion, and debate within… Read more →

It’s A Thrill!: A Chat with Star Wars Authors

Bryan Young welcomed veteran Star Wars novel authors Kevin Anderson, Claudia Gray, E.K. Johnston, Michael Stackpole, and Timothy Zahn to a packed Hyatt International South Friday night to discuss their work, and the dynamics of writing in the Star Wars universe. The notion of a universe is key to understanding these authors and their approach to the work. They were… Read more →

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