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I’ve been asked, more than a few times over the last decade; “why Star Wars?” from people who just don’t get it. They either never saw the films at all, or did see them, under duress, and continued to hate them out of spite and a sense of superior bitterness.

This week, “Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi” opened in theaters. A new chapter in a 40 year old tale has been laid down as cannon and, as always, many “outsiders” are taking the opportunity to  vocalize their distain for the franchise as a whole. As it does every time someone’s fandom becomes popular, the haters take over social media. They are hard at work belittling the joy and excitement of fans with nasty comments and boisterous claims about how “adult” they are because they don’t like Star Wars, have never seen Star Wars and how, somehow, that makes them super cool, more mature, etc.. These are the folks who say, “Why? Why be into a series of movies about characters who have a made up religion with light up swords?” …as they go about their very “adult” business of watching chick flicks and binge watching Sons of Anarchy with a sense of superiority.

For all that bitterness, it does bring us to an important question. Why does *this* story create the feelings, the power it does within us? I thought as a former Star Wars hater turned super fan, I’d take a moment to chat about this. Why Star Wars?

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In this episode, AJ, Neehigh, and James review Thor: Ragnarok.  They also cover the news and tons more.

For the last few years, my little schtick here on The Mother Ship is to talk about geek parenting and what that looks like.
It’s included taking them to shows, conventions, playing video games, watching geeky movies, talking about life in general with still young, geek children in this insane world of fantasy, sci-fi, horror, mystery, adventure and magic.
We’ve talked about Gravity Falls and meeting Alex Hirsch, attending Star Wars Celebration, joining the Galactic Academy, attending ComicCon, going to Disneyland, what to be for Halloween, why YouTube sucks for kids under 15, we’ve talked about Autism in geek culture… oh wait, no… we really haven’t. Well, we should talk about that. Maybe next time. Anyway, that’s what we’ve done here so far and it’s been awesome, but now it’s time to get a little deeper, a little more personal and dive into the reality of day-to-day life of a geek mom.

This picture is just here because it’s my children being cute. We were at Disneyland, about to do a meet-and-greet with Jack, Halloween, 2014.

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Last night I headed out to Wondercomics in Yucaipa, CA to join them in celebrating the midnight release of Dark Knights: Metal.  For those who are unfamiliar with it, this is DC’s newest annual crossover comic book event.  Normally, I avoid midnight release parties like the plague because I hadn’t been excited for any comic book titles.  The last midnight book release I went to was for the last Harry Potter book.

What brought me out this time?  Well, while I was at San Diego Comic Con this year I happened across an image for the cover.  It contained the Bat symbol over a gear.  As hard I could try, I couldn’t make it past the crazy crowd in my wheelchair so I was unable to get into the DC booth to gain more information. Continue reading

By now we’ve all heard the news:
The 13th Doctor will be Jodie Whittaker, a woman.

In this episode AJ reviews Spider-Man Homecoming.

Also, AJ sits down with James Ninness to discuss his newest book John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction: Vault issue #1.

We saw Cars 3 on Father’s Day.

(**warning** Hints of plot spoilers) Now, this isn’t a movie review post and I’m not going to get into the details outside this recommendation: For those who are skeptical because they didn’t much care for #2, give this one a shot. It takes us back to the original magic. The heart, the passion and the roots laid down in the first movie have all come to flower in this gorgeous story. It had me tearing up through a great deal of it and it was absolutely worth seeing.

That’s all I’m going to say about it because today, I want to share something even more beautiful than the story itself.

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I must first begin by apologizing for the lateness of this post.  I had meant to post it sooner, but as soon as I got home from the show I became so swamped that I was never able to write about it.  Please don’t take the 2 week buffer between the end of the show and my post as any indication relating to my feelings on the show.

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Free RPG Day 2017  Free RPG day is upon us, and once again, like the kid who’s family doesn’t celebrate Christmas, I’m left empty handed and wondering what all the hype is about.

Since 2007, Free RPG Day has been partnering with RPG publishers and friendly local game stores (FLGS) to bring new quickstart rules and exclusive modules to gamers around the world. Providing of course, you have an FLGS in your area. Previous free RPG loot included in the celebration T-shirts, dice, Munchkin add-ons, Pathfinder modules, and dozens of new game quick start rules. This years Free RPG Day loot includes the new Runequest quickstart rules, a Pathfinder Bestiary, and I’m personally excited about the Modiphius Entertainment “Robert E. Howard’s CONAN” RPG quickstart rules.
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What I Read in May ‘17

So this month contains massive spoilers if you haven’t read the books I’m talking about.  Go do so, or don’t. But I truly recommend you do.  Continue reading

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