Our blog post for 2022 chronicles a year filled with Star Wars-related events and activities. We attended concerts, conventions, and interviewed fellow fans and industry professionals. We had the chance to meet Star Wars’ movers and shakers, and attended the 2022 Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim. We also interviewed writers and VFX innovators about their work in the Star Wars and Marvel franchises, and covered a range of topics including trailers, comics, and films.
We’ve had so much fun, from taking our first flight as a family, hosting a panel ad Star Wars Celebration, and getting the opportunity to say hello to Star Wars and ILM during Keith’s birthday livestream. Our blog post highlights our passion for Star Wars and our commitment to sharing our love for the franchise with our readers.
In January, we started the year by reviewing “The Book of Boba Fett.”
In February, we traveled to Cincinnati to attend a concert conducted by Damon Gupton in honor of composer John Williams’ 90th birthday. We had the opportunity to meet him backstage after the performance and were thrilled to finally meet the man behind the craft after interviewing him in 2021.
In March, we spoke with Maria Marquez of Sistas with Sabers about her journey to becoming a Star Wars fan and her activism in the fandom. It felt like a family reunion as she was one of the people who helped bring us into the world of Star Wars fandom. We also had the chance to talk with Yoshi Vu, a VFX artist and 3D generalist, about his process for creating special effects for films and television shows.
April was an exciting month for us, as we made a trip to FANEXPO Philadelphia and made our first appearance on the podcast stage. We shared our individual journeys to becoming Star Wars fans and met many wonderful people in the fandom, including Chuck and Shauna Lindsey of Chuck Load of Comics, podcasters Kyra Navarette of Relatable Nerds and Mike and Zoe Hinton, and new Star Wars fans.
We also met Ashley Eckstein, the voice actor for Ahsoka Tano, and Keith was overjoyed to meet his favorite actor. We had the chance to meet Kerwin’s favorite author, Claudia Gray, as well as Charles Soule.
We also interviewed Catherine LaSalle, an actor, artist, and content creator, about her journey as a Star Wars fan, her acting career, and her artwork. We discussed the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series and shared our predictions. We also covered the backstory of the Inquisitors and did a character study of Doctor Aphra. Keith closed our Inquisitor episode with a flute solo of the theme from “The Book of Boba Fett,” which he wrote out entirely by ear.
In May, we traveled to Atlanta and Anaheim. These trips were the first time our sons Keith and Maceo traveled on a plane. We went to Atlanta to watch Damon Gupton conduct the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra playing the movie score from “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.” We met him backstage again.
At the 2022 Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, we attended several panels, including Summer of Lego, Bad Batch, and the 20th Anniversary of Attack of the Clones.
We met with Clayton Sandell from Newsy who interviewed us in the exhibition hall.
Also, we presented at the SWCA Podcast Stage, discussing how the theme of family runs throughout many Star Wars stories.
Keith was given backstage access to interview the voice actors of The Bad Batch, Dee Bradley Baker and Michelle Ang.
While there, Keith met the executive team behind the animated series Matt Michnovetz, Brad Rau, and Jennifer Corbett. . .
. . . and Kyrstina Arielle Tigner, host of the High Republic Show.
We ended our trip to Anaheim by visiting Disneyland for the first time and touring Galaxy’s Edge. The Falcon was amazing, eevn though we hade no clue what to do!
In June, Kerwin had the opportunity to meet and interview Raphael Moran of The Geeky Dad Podcast. We had a great time at the Hatfield Volunteer Fire Department’s Autism Awareness Day. Seeing new firetrucks, meeting new people, and, of course, Star Wars thanks to the 501st Garrison Carida.
In July, we discussed trailers for “LEGO Star Wars: Summer Vacation,” “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” and “I Am Groot,” as well as interviewing the writer and director of “LEGO Star Wars: Summer Vacation,” David Shayne and Ken Cunningham.
In August, we covered a range of topics, including the “Andor” trailer, the “Crimson Reign” Marvel Comics series with Chris Ryons, and the “LEGO Star Wars: Summer Vacation” film. We also spoke with Diseny veteran Mark Daniel about his visit to Skywalker Ranch and Shannon McClung, writer, actor, and co-host of “The Geek Buddies” podcast.
We discussed the possible appearance of the Fantastic Four in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and began branching out to review Marvel productions by sharing our thoughts on the first season of “She-Hulk, Attorney At Law.”
In September we participated in a virtual podathon to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We interviewed several cast members from Andor as well as shared the personal story of our friends impacted by Make-A-Wish.
“Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi” was reviewed in October. We also had a great time interviewing fellow podcasters Ben and Jan of Star Bros after appearing on their show the year before. They talked about their trip to the NYC Comic Con and everything they did there. We also did a livestream with Relatable Nerds’ Kyra Navarrete to discuss the latest episode of “Andor.” As if that wasn’t enough, we were able to interview Jordan Wilson, the “Supreme Emperor” of Wookieepedia, and learn more about the online encyclopedia.
We attended the Super Jersey Comic Book Expo in November, and met again author Claudia Gray, and attended the J1-Con in Atlantic City. We bumped into Kara DJ, who we just interviewed on our show. She is the creator of Into the Larger World, creating fantastic ezines. Even one featuring us!
We interviewed Karama Horne, author of “Black Panther: Protectors of Wakanda: A History and Training Manual of the Dora Milaje.” We also reviewed the movie “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and talked about the Ironheart character.
We also interviewed David Espinoza, an Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) VFX artist, and learned more about the work that goes behind special effects in several series and movies, including Wakanda Forever. We closed out the month with our weekly reviews of the first season of “Andor.”
In December, we interviewed model builder John La Valley for our “Star Wars In Our Community” series, did a look ahead episode regarding Star Wars and Marvel projects in 2023, and revisited the first season of “The Bad Batch” in anticipation of the season 2 premiere on January 4, 2023. We also shared new episodes of “Storytime with Maceo,” including one commemorating the 5th anniversary of “The Last Jedi’s” release.
We hosted a surprise virtual birthday party for Keith, and were surprised by guest appearances not only from friends and family, but Star Wars, Industrial Light and Magic, and former PR Head Lynne Hale.
Finally, in the two years of our podcast and channel, we connected with fellow podcasters in the Star Wars community. Some highlights included conversations with Alden Diaz/Ahch-To Radio, Big t and Lil T, Rule the Galaxy, Star Bros, Star Wars Geek Girl, Sistas with Sabers, and Star Wars: In a Galaxy. We even kicked off 2023 by chatting with Alex and Mollie of Star Wars Explained. It’s always a pleasure to connect with like-minded fans and share our love for all things Star Wars.
It’s been an incredible year for us as Star Wars fans, and we’re grateful for all of the amazing experiences and opportunities we’ve had. We’re looking forward to continuing our journey in the Star Wars community and sharing all of the exciting things that come our way with our listeners, viewers, and readers.
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