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An Evening of Culture in Indianapolis... - "You didn't hear about the polar bear?"
April 21st, 2005
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An Evening of Culture in Indianapolis...
A visit to the Star Wars Celebration III convention, and the first night of the Indianapolis Film Festival!

Yes, I am cool. *L*!

Wow, what an odd experience, going to a Star Wars Con after the LOTR cons I've been to - only a few, mind you, but each of them very intense. Now here I was at a Con, looking in from the outside, so to speak. I don't know... I think LOTR costumers have a little more dignity, or something, going for them - perhaps because so many of the characters have so much dignity. Here it was a lot of Jedi, and Imperial StormTroopers, and it just felt a little more like boys dressing up as soldiers, you know?

And it seemed more about (and, yes, I DO appreciate the irony of ME saying this) the merchandise. I mean, they had an entire TRACK of talks on collecting. And that was one out of only about 2 or 3 talk tracks. There were also tracks on fan films, costuming, and mixed stuff, like Jedi fighting. But on top of the track on collecting, the next thing blew my mind. There was a Celebration III "store" in addition to the exhibit hall, where you could buy things that were either unique to this con, or perhaps available early here (I'm not sure). There was a line down the hall just to get in. And it wrapped around another hall. And another. And it wasn't moving. It was 5 pm and it had been open all day. Oh. my. god. Just to be able to buy stuff.

And, finally, I wasn't interested in the merchandise at all. Oh, okay, I did break down and buy two things: a Darth Tater (OF COURSE!) and a cute little ewok that looked like a little teddy bear. *G* In other words, I went for funny and cute. There WAS a bit of LOTR merchandise - *L*! - and I saw some folks with the blue glowing Sting... as well as the most popular toy, a great light sabre that you can clip to your belt.

So the good news is that I won't be tempted to spend all weekend there. *S* But I AM so psyched about seeing Charlie Ross doing the One Man Star Wars - whoooooooooooooooooooooooot! Cannot wait to see it and photograph it!

So then I moved on to see "Lonesome Jim" (described here http://www.ifsboston.org/2005/film_lonesomejim.html where it appeared at a Boston film festival). It was filmed in Goshen, IN by Steve Buscemi and stars Casey Affleck and (everything comes back to LOTR!) Liv Tyler. I enjoyed it. It was about a depressed young man who comes home to his dysfunctional family and faces his demons.

So, there it was, 8:34 pm, and I'd hit two cultural highlights already! I could have gone on to a concert, but decided to - exciting! - go grocery shopping instead.

Oh... your laugh for the day? This t-shirt I saw at the convention:

"WWJD
for a Klondike Bar?"

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From:lilithlotr
Date:April 22nd, 2005 04:35 am (UTC)
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If you meet Jeremy Bulloch - I used to know him quite well, from our Omnicon days. Used to help watch his boys... I wish I could go!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 22nd, 2005 03:46 pm (UTC)
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*L*! I'll see... but with 30,000 there? Doubtful. *G* I'm hoping I can get a decent seat for the 1-man Star Wars with Charlie Ross, and shoot some pics - whooot! *S* Love that guy.
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From:lilithlotr
Date:April 23rd, 2005 05:02 am (UTC)
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I imagine Jeremy is doing signings and things, but I don't know how that particular con works. Grab me a photo if you can! (He was Boba Fett, besides his stints in Doctor Who and Robin of Sherwood).
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From:green_ghost
Date:April 22nd, 2005 04:39 am (UTC)
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Coolio... you have great geek places to visit... (and you gave in to the power of the Tater!)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 22nd, 2005 03:47 pm (UTC)
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*nods* Yes, it is useless to resist the power of the Tater. *G*

Indianapolis is THE place to be for a geek this year: Star Wars III, GenCon, and the LOTR exhibit!

*proud to be a geek*
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From:bluelily17
Date:April 22nd, 2005 05:27 am (UTC)
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ekkk!!!!!!!!!! everyone I know goes to that one. I wish I had had time and money to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! darn. Have fun---and extra in my place!!!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 22nd, 2005 03:47 pm (UTC)
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Aw, darn... wish you could be here to see them! I'm afraid I don't know anybody. *S*
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From:freakspawn
Date:April 22nd, 2005 07:06 am (UTC)
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heehee sounds like you had a bit of a different experience.

I like the Storm Troopers and Jedis. I think alot of the difference between LotR Costumers and SW costumers is the male/female ratio, it is mainly females who dress up for LotR IMO!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 22nd, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC)
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That is EXACTLY what I was thinking! *G*
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From:abandonada
Date:April 22nd, 2005 12:50 pm (UTC)
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I saw "One Man Star Wars" at Comic-Con last year. Needless to say, you better not miss it.

I'm glad you're going to this event and giving a report for those of us who can't attend. Enjoy!!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 22nd, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC)
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GREAT! And I can't wait to see it. I'm actually hoping it's not hugely attended so I can get a decent, close, aisle seat for photos! *S* He's such a talented guy.
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From:psyknife
Date:April 22nd, 2005 06:23 pm (UTC)
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I believe he would walk across water for a Klondike Bar... or perhaps heal the sick for a Klondike Bar. *giggle* Ok, yes, that was bad.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 22nd, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC)
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*G* Very bad.

BUT NOT AS BAD AS YOUR ICON!!!!! *looooooves!!!*

*L*!!!!! Does that make Charlie the Wil Wheaton character? Didn't he carry around a bag like that???? Did you make that or find it somewhere???? *G*
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From:psyknife
Date:April 23rd, 2005 04:20 am (UTC)
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I found it somewhere... the creator is listed in the icon description in my profile. Don't remember who it was offhand. It made me giggle.
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From:psyknife
Date:April 22nd, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC)
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PS - did you see Captain Jack there? Er... Toby? He's the one over at www.sithcamaro.com - he does all the fab costumes. I know he's part of the Trooper brigade, or something like that.
Ahh... if only I could snag me that fine piece o' man-dork :)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 22nd, 2005 07:32 pm (UTC)
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*snorfle*

Well, first you set a trap... say, a rare Star Wars trading card for bait... and then do a Star Wars call to attract him: "Use the Force, Luke!"... and then...


*G*

No, do you have a pic of him in his Star Wars getup?
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From:psyknife
Date:April 23rd, 2005 04:19 am (UTC)
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He's got a few up at his website, linked in my orginal message. I believe he has a Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Anikan Skywalker, and maybe others... go take a lookie
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