Monday, August 16, 2010

Days 12 & 13 - A Gallery of Imagination

The gallery presentation of Ralph McQuarrie's original art continued to be a popular attraction for the remaining days of Star Wars Celebration V.

Gary Kurtz (the producer of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back) stopped in and praised the gallery. Here he is chatting with Paul.

We were also visited by several ILM alum including Lorne Peterson and Jon Berg (pictured below with John).

All in all, we had quite a few visitors from around the galaxy.

Paul provided a narrative walkthrough for our friends at The ForceCast (coming soon to a podcast near you!), and John did an interview with

With John and Paul in the art gallery and Stan and Athena in the booth in the exhibit hall, we don't get a chance to experience the events of the show - we depend on the attendees to fill us in. The big buzz at the show came after Jon Stewart's interview with George Lucas, where the Star Wars Blu-Ray releases were announced (just one more year to wait), and a cut-scene from Return of the Jedi that will be included in the set was shown.

Our trading card giveaways were a big hit (sets are already on eBay), and we've got tons of comments in the guest book we'll be bringing back to Ralph. All in all, the positive feedback we received on the gallery was overwhelming.

Our last visitor of the show (after closing) was Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni, who has a true appreciation for Ralph's original art.

We then got to work packing things up. The first piece to go up was the first piece to come down. Vonna did the honors.

We got everything packed into the last of the crates before we had to be out of the convention center by 9pm.

The art is now on its way to someplace safe.

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