Special Issue on Star Wars: The Force Awakens Published in NANO: New American Notes Online

Special Issue Co-Editors Jason W. Ellis and Sean Scanlan are pleased to announce the publication of NANO: New American Notes Online issue 12 on Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Narrative, Characters, Media, and Event. Focusing on the transmedia aspects of the continuation of the Star Wars film saga following Lucasfilm’s acquisition by Disney, this issue’sContinue reading “Special Issue on Star Wars: The Force Awakens Published in NANO: New American Notes Online”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Special Issue of NANO Deadline Extended to March 5, 2017

Special Issue Editors Sean Scanlan, Alan Lovegreen, and I have extended the deadline for the special issue of NANO: New American Notes Online on Star Wars: The Force Awakens to March 5, 2017. We are working with the contributors and their submissions that we have received so far, but we wanted to keep the windowContinue reading “Star Wars: The Force Awakens Special Issue of NANO Deadline Extended to March 5, 2017”

CFP: NANO Special Issue: Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Narrative, Characters, Media, and Event

I’m co-editing (with my colleagues Alan Lovegreen and Sean Scanlan) a special issue of NANO New American Notes Online that explores Star Wars: The Force Awakens as narrative, character, media, and event. NANO is a badass journal that focuses on concise, rigorous, and multimodal arguments. It is dynamic in its writers’ approaches, and it is fast toContinue reading “CFP: NANO Special Issue: Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Narrative, Characters, Media, and Event”

Customized LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 75105 from The Force Awakens

Introduction After watching Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens for the first of four times (so far), I purchased the new LEGO Millennium Falcon 75105 (LEGO website page and Brickset model page). It is a wonderfully designed model that balances play with detail. This latest Falcon model from LEGO captures how the passage of timeContinue reading “Customized LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 75105 from The Force Awakens”

How to Build a Sparring Lightsaber with Parts from Home Depot and Spare Parts (with thoughts on learning and haptics)

My cousin Ryan Cox is a longtime practitioner of a variety of martial arts including kung fu and tai chi. Ryan and his two older brothers–Ian and Jarret–grew up learning, sparring, and developing uncanny skill in hand-to-hand combat and weapons sparring. While Ryan and his brothers have developed rhizomic networks to enhance their abilities and passContinue reading “How to Build a Sparring Lightsaber with Parts from Home Depot and Spare Parts (with thoughts on learning and haptics)”

Trying to Come to Terms with Disney’s Acquisition of Lucasfilm and Star Wars in About 1200 Words

Earlier today, I heard about Disney’s move to acquire Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise from George Lucas for $4.05 billion. At first, I was incredulous. I thought that this was an Internet hoax born of Hurricane Sandy regurgitating seawater onto a New England data server unfortunately left behind by the first responders. There isContinue reading “Trying to Come to Terms with Disney’s Acquisition of Lucasfilm and Star Wars in About 1200 Words”

Star Wars Galaxies MMORPG Closes for Good

PC Gamer offers a touching insider’s view and sendoff for Star Wars Galaxies here. Now that the license between Sony and Lucasarts has ended, Star Wars Galaxies has ceased to be. Next week, Star Wars: The Old Republic will launch (pre-orders should already have access to the virtual world); it is co-developed by Bioware, EA,Continue reading “Star Wars Galaxies MMORPG Closes for Good”