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Comicon, Part 5

First on today's docket is a Jawa mannequin — quite well done. If you recall, in Star Wars, Jawas were short natives of Tatooine (Luke Skywalker's home planet). They were excellent scavengers, seeking out technology for sale or trade in the deep deserts in their huge sandcrawler transports. A band of Jawas were responsible for locating C-3PO and R2-D2 and selling them to Luke Skywalker's uncle, Owen Lars.

Then I turn and there is another Jawa — this one is real — you can tell by his convention credentials hanging on his lanyard.

Imagine you’re on the moon of Endor after taking Star Tours Flight 45. Close your eyes and concentrate on your surroundings. You can smell the forest, touch the soft humid soil, and hear the distant song of a lantern bird. Then, suddenly you might find yourself hanging upside down, caught in a booby trap of an Ewok tribe. Welcome to the land of the Ewoks.

There is actually an interesting backstory to the Ewoks — they evolved from Wookiees (like Chewbacca). George Lucas had foreseen that the decisive battle in the Galactic Civil War would take place between the Wookiees and the Empire, but since Chewbacca was too skilled at using technology, Lucas wanted a more primitive species to defeat the Empire thus Ewoks joined the cast of Star Wars.

Here Johnny was posing with an Imperial Stormtrooper. My buddy looks a bit nervous — is it the fear of a brutal attack by the Stormtrooper or is just that he doesn't want to get blood on his Lana‘i tee-shirt?

Ah, this is better — a friendly Stormtrooper with a clean suit of armor.

This is too cute — a diminutive Harry Potter standing next to a Stormtrooper.

A different genre but a fantastic costume. Sorry, I don't know the fantasy series. Love his beard and his ears. Nice wings too.

I do notice that his guns are not in their holsters — as with others, they were probably taken by security when he entered the convention center.

GHOSTBUSTERS! Great costumes but how did they get the car in past security? Oh, they must be part of the show.

More importantly, notice the little ghostbuster to the right — to me she stole the show! So cute!

Wow, another fantasy character with an incredible costume. He was really into his role — love the whole schtick.

All of sudden, this quilt jumped out at me. As you may recall my late mom was a very talented quilter — and, yes, she was a super hero to me.

Another great costume from Star Wars but I could not quite place it so I had to consult with Dr. Google. And I discovered that these "creatures" were called Twi'leks — occasionally referred to as Rylothians, a tall humanoid species whose most striking feature was a pair of long tentacles protruding from their skull, called lekku. They hailed from the planet of Ryloth, in the Outer Rim Territories. Female Twi'lek were often exported off world as slaves.

Ah, exhausted after a thrilling tour of fantasy, we left the convention center walking to the nearest Light Rail station — when we encountered a striking view — a building illuminated by reflections of the sun off the mirror-like windows of the building across the street. It looked unreal in person as well as in the photograph. An other-worldly fantasy farewell.

BTW, Johnny said he wants to come again next year — and I would certainly enjoy accompanying him. Next year, I think I'll just focus on photographing people in their costumes — to me, that was the hit of the convention. I hope you enjoyed this year's Comicon and are, like Johnny and me, looking forward to next year's convention.

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com