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Virtual ‘Star Wars’ convention to be held May 4-5

The event will fill some of the void caused by convention cancelations this summer.

In a report yesterday from Graeme McMillan of The Hollywood Reporter, it was revealed that Reedpop (the group behind Star Wars Celebration and multiple comic cons across the world) will be hosting a virtual Star Wars event May 4-5.

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For those of you not well-versed in all things Star Wars, May the Fourth is celebrated around the world as Star Wars Day thanks to its linguistic similarity with the phrase “May the Force be with you.” Revenge of the (May) Fifth has gained traction last couple decades thanks to its much more tenuous similarity to the phrase/title Revenge of the Sith.

The event will be held across multiple Reedpop convention social media accounts. In addition to scheduled livetweets of various Star Wars films and television episodes, there will also be interviews with Star Wars authors and voice actors on Facebook live. For those of you into tabletop gaming (a good hobby to have during a quarantine), Dicebreaker will be hosting a livestream play session on their YouTube channel featuring the Scum and Villainy RPG.

Fans who plan to participate in these events are encouraged to use the hashtags #Maythe4th and #Revengeofthe5th. Considering that there will also be trivia quizzes and prize giveaways, even the most ardent anti-hashtag folks would probably be best served swallowing their pride and going along with it.

You can see the full schedule for May 4th’s events here and May 5th’s events here…or just check out these handy graphics from Reedpop below.

The event will fill some of the void caused by convention cancelations this summer.
The event will fill some of the void caused by convention cancelations this summer.

While this obviously isn’t the same as an in-person convention, it at least provides those of us in the Star Wars fan community a fun and safe way to get together and celebrate while we’re stuck inside.

As far as what I’ll be watching/participating in:

  • The Ashley Eckstein and Vanessa Marshall interviews are obvious must-watch events, especially Eckstein’s. Her session takes place less than 12 hours after the final episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars airs.
  • Speaking of which, I’ll probably have watched the Clone Wars finale multiple times by that point, but a livetweet of the episode with fellow Star Wars fans sounds way too fun to pass up.
  • Same with a Revenge of the Sith and Empire Strikes Back livetweet.
  • What type of Star Wars comic/book fan would I be if I didn’t check out the author roundtables?

What will you checking out next week?

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