Happy 30th Birthday, Chewie!

But sometimes, it’s best not to show your wookie.

Note from the eds: This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first “Star Wars” movie. In addition, this past weekend’s Wizard World comic book convention in Philadelphia drew out hundreds of comic book geeksa demographic that tends to overlap with the rabidly enthusiastic, costume-wearing “Star Wars” fan community.

Our own Steve Spotswood attended the convention and returns with this report.



There are things we can learn from people who dress up in Star Wars costumes and show up at conventions. Namely:

  • It doesn’t matter what the event is; whether you’re at a comic convention or at a National Association of Black Accountants meeting, you’ll never go wrong with stormtrooper armor.
  • If you’re 5’6”, Darth Vader is probably not the way to go.
  • There are a limited number of people in the world who can pull off the Princess Leia gold bikini; it’s unlikely that you are one of them.
  • Your ratty bathrobe and a pair of Birkenstocks do not a Jedi make.
  • If your most notable accomplishment of the week was when you finally got your lekku to adhere to your head correctly for your Twi’lek costume, you probably took a wrong turn somewhere in life.
  • If you know what lekku are … see the previous sentence.
Article © 2007 by Steve Spotswood