‘Star Wars’ at San Diego Comic Con 2011: What You Need to See


StarWars.com has released a list of all the Star Wars panels this year at San Diego Comic Con. Readers are going to have their hands full with all of the cool stuff at the con, so here are my suggestions on what you must see. A complete listing can be found at StarWars.com.

Thursday, July 21:
3:30-4:30 PM Star Wars: The Old Republic: Join Us, It Is Your Destiny
BioWare and LucasArts are creating the most immersive MMO experience you’ve ever played with Star Wars: The Old Republic. Hear from BioWare developers as they discuss development of a story-driven MMO, debut new gameplay footage, and perhaps spring a few surprises along the way. Exclusive reveals, giveaways, guests, and Q&A! Room 6BCF

Why it’s a Must-See: If you’re a gamer then you know that Star Wars: The Old Republic is going to be the biggest game of the year, MMO or not. This is your prime opportunity to get the inside scoop from the people who know best.

Friday, July 22:
12:00-1:00 PM Star Wars Books
Star Wars author Timothy Zahn and Del Rey editor Shelly Shapiro discuss the 20th anniversary of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire and preview upcoming Star Wars titles from Del Rey and LucasBooks. Room 7AB

Why it’s a Must-See: Meet the man who brought Star Wars fiction to the New York Times bestseller list.┬áTimothy Zahn’s Star Wars: Heir to the Empire revolutionized Star Wars fiction, and as a guy who has an advance copy of his new one, Choices of One, I can tell you that he’s still got what it takes to rock your galaxy. Also, Shelly Shapiro knows what’s going on in the world of Star Wars fiction better than anyone. Find out what the next big must-buy will be.

Saturday, July 23:
8:30-9:30 PM Star Wars Trivia Game Show
Think you know all about the galaxy far, far away? Put it to the test! Win valuable prizes at the San Diego Star Wars Society’s 10th annual Star Wars trivia game show. The San Diego Star Wars Society has challenged fans at Star Wars Celebration III and Comic-Con International for ten years with intriguing trivia. New this year: Multimedia clues and a game round for kids 12 and under. Do you have what it takes to win? Come and find out! Room 7AB

Why it’s a Must-See: Sure, you’ve wowed your friends with your Star Wars knowledge, but do you have what it takes to to challenge one of the biggest gatherings of Star Wars fans in the world and take home a prize? This is a rare opportunity to prove your skills. Don’t miss it.

Sunday, July 24:
12:00-1:00 PM Star Wars Crafts
Give in to the power of the crafty side! Find out how to turn felt and googly eyes into a Jedi Master with this fun, hands-on puppet tutorial. The Star Wars Craft Book (Del Rey/LucasBooks) author Bonnie Burton shows fans of all ages how to make a simple Yoda puppet from her new book. Bonnie is also the author of You Can Draw Star Wars (DK Publishing) and Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Klutz Books). Room 30CDE

Why it’s a Must-See: Let’s face it: even the most hardcore con-goer is going to be worn out on Sunday. What better way to relax than to chill out with some puppets? Plus, you’ll make a Yoda puppet. Your fellow passengers will appreciate the┬ádiminutive green Jedi Master’s solemn wisdom on the flight home.