Why is it Always Star Wars Day?

Posted by Gia Manry on Jul 10, 2010 in Fandom, Star Trek, Star Wars |

Then maybe William Shatner could stop pouting.

As any well-trained fanboy (or fangurl) should know, Comic-Con International— also known as San Diego Comic-Con –is right around the corner, running from Wednesday, July 21st to Sunday, July 25th. Those five days are jam-packed with programming, and as usual, some of those days are…special.

At least since 2008, and possibly longer, Friday at Comic-Con has been “Star Wars Day.” Now, I understand why Sunday is “Kids Day”– it’s generally a lighter-traffic day, making it easier for parents to bring their spawn, and “kids” are a pretty general audience. But Star Wars, while immensely popular, is also something pretty specific.

My honest guess is that George Lucas and/or LucasArts spends a lot of money to ‘sponsor’ the day.

But, seriously, even though I’m more of a Star Wars (original trilogy) fan than a Star Trek fan, is the former really more deserving of a special day than the latter? Especially now that J.J. Abrams has managed to make liking Star Trek semi-kind of okay again?

Or, alternatively, make some days– perhaps the un-reserved, under-loved Thursday –cycle through different topics throughout different years, maybe even based on some of the content being offered up that year. Comic-Con could have a manga day (though that would involve acknowledging manga, so maybe not). Or they could have an action figures day. At the rate we’re going, they could even have a day for video games or TV shows. Why not?

Then maybe William Shatner could stop pouting.

Gia Manry is a professional writer specializing in geek culture. She currently writes primarily for Anime News Network, but also likes being followed on Twitter. She can be contacted via her website.

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