Happy Star Wars Day

Austin Comic Con 2011

Compiled by Cynthia Leitich Smith

May the Fourth Be With You: It’s Star Wars Day by Bill Chappell from NPR. Peek: “Darth Vader walks the Earth today. And by that, we mean he’s walking all over the place — fans of the sci-fi franchise are celebrating Star Wars Day, or May 4 for the less geek-inclined.”

Celebrate Star Wars Day with Some Jedi Jams by Brian Truitt from USA Today. Peek: “So in honor of the fan holiday, here is the Jek Porkins Memorial Star Wars Day Playlist, a mix that even Jabba the Hutt would spin on his sail barge.”

May the Fourth Be With You: Seven Reasons to Get Excited About J.J. Abrams New Star Wars Movie from Peek: “The smartest thing producers did was to announce that the beloved trio of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) would be back for the first sequel, set 35 years after the events of Return Of the Jedi.” Note: Better gender representation isn’t one of them.

Celebrate Star Wars Day in the U.K. from Metro. Peek: “Simon Wilkie, who has built his own C-3PO costume, will be at Disney’s store on Oxford Street in London on Saturday, and Anthony Daniels, the man behind C-3PO, will be there from 12:30-2:30 signing autographs. Get there early to avoid disappointment.”