If you’d like, please check out the past few Time Capsules:
With all the cons currently canceled or relegated to streaming presentations, including this summer’s pop-culture Krakatoa, San Diego Comic-Con, this week’s Time Capsule is a journey back to the early years of SDCC when, in 1976, a plucky parsec-y indie flick about cosmic wizards made its humble geek convention debut.
Yup, we’re talking about Star Wars – aka Episode IV: A New Hope – and back when Comic-Con was but a youngling, just a few years old, Star Wars made a big, nerdy splash with the sci-fi nerfherders of the era. Little did these bell-bottomed folks know but their lives were about to change forever. In a year’s time, their entire personalities would transform into what can only be described as “problematically obsessed with laser swords.”
The mastermind behind the Star Wars 1976 tour of the Con scene was Charles Lippincott, George Lucas’ Jedi master of marketing and advertising. Lippincott, who sadly passed away just over a week ago, was instrumental in spreading the Gospel of Skywalker to the masses. After experiencing resistance on several traditional fronts, and finding the overall lack of faith disturbing, Lippincott realized that convention-goers were the most game when it came to first-looks, sneak peeks, and basic intel about upcoming genre projects. Look, nerds be nerdin’ no matter the decade. It’s just that back then they all listened to Jethro Tull and looked like BTK.
No video is available for the Comic-Con Q&A panel (but keep scrolling for actual video from a different con), but feel free to check the heck out of these pics from the ’76 show…
— Star Wars (@starwars) July 20, 2017
The best part of those four images from Lucasfilm — which feature Roy Thomas (who ushered in Star Wars’ comic adaptation) and artist Howard Chaykin showing glimpses of Vader and Leia to the characters from Dazed and Confused who just drove around all night — is clearly the one where the film is listed as “The Star Wars.” Which is what parents everywhere would call the film for decades when they weren’t referring to it as “the reason he never leaves his room.”
And it’s not like we have no video to show you. It’s just not one of SDCC. But here’s the summer of ’76 Star Wars panel from the long-running MidAmeriCon – which sounds like the most wholesome Transformer ever — featuring Lippincott, star Mark Hamill, and producer Gary Kurtz. And, yes, a few future fans asking things like, “What device do you use to explain going faster than light?” Oh, you sweet summer child. So precious. So pure. Watch:
And don’t think we don’t see you, Mr. “Sixty Seconds in and You’re Mad Leia’s Not Being Sexualized.” What a massive [searches Star Wars glossary]… mynock? Amirite? Some things never change. Talk about abilities some consider to be unnatural.
In other, more innocuous, Star Wars fan news, a #MakeSolo2Happen moment has popped up online seemingly out of nowhere, like a Palpatine clone, by those deciding to clamor for a sequel to Solo: A Star Wars Story two years later.
On top of this, Justified’s Timothy Olyphant has joined the cast of The Mandalorian: Season 2 as Cobb Vanth, a character first introduced in the 2015 novel Star Wars: Aftermath.