Star Wars Celebration: Exclusive first look at poster for Anaheim show

Nov. 13, 2014 | 5:01 p.m.
"Star Wars Celebration" will be held in Anaheim from April 16-19, 2015. (Lucasfilm)

Star Wars Celebration will be held in Anaheim from April 16-19, 2015. (Lucasfilm)

For many fans, J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” looms on the 2015 release date calendar like a most eagerly anticipated holiday gift that can’t be unwrapped quickly enough.

Organizers of Star Wars Celebration, the traveling confab that celebrates all things connected to George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away, are hoping to capitalize on that enthusiasm, looking to build attendance for the 2015 gathering, which rolls into the Anaheim Convention Center April 16-19. (Hero Complex readers can get an exclusive first look at the poster for the 2015 event above.)

“It’s going to be really interesting, because we are way ahead with ticket sales from where we usually are this far out,” said Mary Franklin, senior events and fan relations lead for Lucasfilm. “I feel safe saying this is going to be the biggest one yet.”

The Celebrations date back to the release of the first prequel in the “Star Wars” saga — 1999’s “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace.” The first convention took place in Denver just weeks before “Episode I” opened; subsequent events took place in Indianapolis, Ind.; Orlando, Fla.; and overseas, in Japan, England and Germany.

Franklin believes attendance for the 2015 gathering in Anaheim could top the record set in 2007 (the last time the Celebration took place in Southern California), when roughly 35,000 individual ticket holders turned out for the event.

While the upcoming Celebration will be the first to be held in the U.S. since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, little has changed in terms of planning the show, according to Franklin.

“The Celebration recipe is really built so much on fan passion and what the fans bring to the show,” Franklin said. “It’s really the same fan festival, just bigger.”

Programming will include interactive events — such as diorama building, Jedi training and “Star Wars” tattooing. A new session of “Star Wars University,” a classroom style presentation that in the past has featured a lesson in storyboarding with “Star Wars Rebels” executive producer Dave Filoni, also is set to take place.

As for major announcements about — or possibly early footage from — “The Force Awakens,” no details have yet been confirmed.

“We’ve got so many things coming from ‘Star Wars,’ I know it’ll be a very exciting show, I’ll say that much,” Franklin said.

— Patrick Kevin Day | @patrickkevinday

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7 Responses to Star Wars Celebration: Exclusive first look at poster for Anaheim show

  1. Mr.Taylor says:

    Jeez! Whatever happened to giving Mark Hamill/Luke Skywalker some of the dang spotlight?!

  2. larryleemoniz says:

    The poster is pretty slick. Very nicely done.
    I love the fact that everything Star Wars these days seems to focus on the Classic Original (Authentic) Star Wars. I am very much looking forward to the Return of the Star Wars I love.
    (Did I say Star Wars enough?)

  3. Dave says:

    erm… so I guess Luke's on one of the x-wings in the background??

  4. Charles says:

    Big fan of the convention, however why the retro poster? I want to see a promo poster for the new movie… CI – Darth Maul, CII – Anakin/Padme from Clones, CIII – Burning Vader … all promos for the new movies being released… Of course this is a major upgrade from the CVI poster which had all of our favorite characters in rediculous party (non-movie) poses.

  5. Gin says:

    I just hope Abrams and Disney don't screw it up royally. That will be destroying something special

  6. Anderson says:

    Where can I get this poster?!!

  7. Skywalker says:

    Alex Ross did a stunning artwork for the recent marvel comic cover this piece honestly is pretty lame in comparison you can do better there are tons of amazing Star Wars artists out there

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