Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Star Wars - Thirty Years On

The Human Replica Droid Guri,
art by Ron Randall, from Dark Horse's
Shadows of the Empire: Evolution

As part of the Star Wars 30th Anniversary Celebration last evening, there was a panel discussion at Powell's Books, in Beaverton. Writer Timothy Zahn, Dark Horse Comics editor/writer Jeremy Barlow, and Star Wars comic artist Dustin Weaver and I were the panelists, and a squad of the 501st Stormtrooper Division (Cloud City) in full gear stood guard. There was a costume competition, mostly children. The Jawa won first place.

Tim was funny and clever; as was Barlow; Weaver kept passing the mike, so we made him the head judge for the costume contest. Modesty forbids that I brag too much about my own performance, but they laughed when they were supposed to laugh ...

We blathered on for an hour and half or so to a full house, hundred and fifty or sixty people, took questions, and signed books and comics, after which several of us decamped to a local Red Robin for a late supper. The science fiction guy at Powell's Beavo as the store is called, is Peter Honigstock, and I was pleased for him that we had a good turnout. Last time I did a signing at Powell's, they managed to book me on the Friday before the Rose Festival or somesuch, and attendence was sparse.

Thirty years. My, how time flies ...


Bobbe Edmonds said...

Is it just me, or are the driods getting a little.."hot"...These days?

Why would you put gazongas on a 'droid?

Steve Perry said...

There were but a handful of such droids made, for special purposes, notably spying. Lot of places humanoids could go without raising interest where a robotic droid would.

Guri could function as a human, able to eat and drink and do other things humans can do, but with an amoral nature that allowed her to be Prince Xizor's (her owner) strong right hand -- she had no problems with assassinations he ordered.

Michael said...

Sounds like a great time. I was in Portland this weekend, if I had known I would have stayed an extra couple of days to catch the event.