Kevin Shirley

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 →

Classic Shatner

Monday morning in the Marriott Atrium Ballroom William Shatner once again entertained and captivated his audience with stories that ranged from his humble attempts at frying turkey to unexplained mysteries of the brain. After wishing all a happy Labor Day, and wondering about BBQ, Shatner recounted his misadventures with deep frying a turkey. On one occasion while in Kentucky, he… Read more →

George Takei: An American Voice

George Takei: An American Voice

A grateful and passionate George Takei took the stage in the Marriott Atrium Ballroom Sunday morning to answer questions from fans of all ages about “all things Takei.”  He began with a boisterous “Oh Myyy,” followed by a moment of reflection on the occasion of the 53rd anniversary of Star Trek and just what that meant. A television series that… Read more →

Peter Mayhew: A Member of the Family

Peter Mayhew: A Member of the Family

Sunday afternoon in Marriott A601-602, friends, loved ones, and fans of Peter Mayhew gathered to share their memories and love for the man who created one of American film’s iconic characters: Chewbacca the Wookiee from Star Wars. Bryan Young, Albin Johnson, Cheralyn Lambeth, and Ryan Ziegler guided the hour. This was not a Q&A. Rather, the session was an opportunity… Read more →

Had to Get it Right: The Wookiee and the Droid

Had to Get it Right: The Wookiee and the Droid

Brian Herring, the puppet master being the droid BB-8, and actor Joonas Suotamo, who plays Chewbacca in the current run of Star Wars films, joined moderator Riley Blanton in Hyatt Regency VI–VII Saturday afternoon to discuss their participation in and contributions to the saga. They came to the work from different places, but both appreciated the good fortune and responsibility… Read more →

The Return of the Space Western

The Return of the Space Western

Riley Blanton welcomed Peggy Eisenhower, Christy Morris, Michael Morris, and Bryan Young to the Marriott (A601-602) for a discussion of the soon to launch live-action series The Mandalorian, which will be part of the Disney+ streaming service. The series, created by Jon Favreau, will be set after the fall of the galactic empire and before the rise of the First… Read more →

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