Jul 2012

Face Front, True Believers!
by Fleetfang on Mon Jul 02, 2012 1:53 pm
On July 1st, 2012, comic book legend Stan Lee became an Honorary Member of the 501st Legion. At Oz Comic-Con in Melbourne, Australia, members of Terror Australis Garrison presented Mr. Lee with the honor. It was a great surprise to Mr. Lee, who commented that although he has met George Lucas, he had to travel half-way around the world in order to become a member of the Legion!

Mr. Lee established himself in the annals of history by co-creating such comic icons as Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, The X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, The Avengers, Silver Surfer, and Dr. Strange. He also served as President and Chairman of Marvel Comics during the late 1970s and early '80s, where he oversaw the production of the Marvel Star Wars comic strip serialization and monthly Star Wars comic book series, both of which helped to establish the Star Wars Expanded Universe!

The Legion is honored to count Stan "The Man" Lee amongst its ranks! Welcome, Stan!

501st Celebration VI Schedule Now Online
by tuskentrooper on Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:47 pm
What happens when you mix the world's largest Star Wars costuming group with the world's largest Star Wars convention? A Star Wars Celebration you'll never forget! Check out what "Vader's Fist" is bringing to Orlando, Florida, this summer as the 501st Legion presents costumed characters, life-size props, interactive displays, fun charity events and more to the Orange County Convention Center from August 23-26. Click here for a full-listing of activities (and check back often as times and locations will be updated as information becomes available).

And the March 2012 Trooper of the Month is...
by TK-2257 on Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:59 am
Congratulations to March 2012 Trooper of the Month, Jacob French! Jacob French, TK-6283 of the Terror Australis Garrison, completed a 3,000 mile trek across Australia! He made the entire journey wearing his stormtrooper armor and was armed only with a buggy to carry his supplies. During his 'Trooper Trek', Jacob raised more than 60,000 GBP ($98,000 USD) for the Starlight Children's Foundation - an organization that helps sick children in hospitals across Australia. Upon concluding his walk, Jacob stopped in at the Sydney Children's Hospital to share his story with the young patients. Congratulations Jacob! More of his story can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/84vwane

And the April 2012 Trooper of the Month is...
by TK-2257 on Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:50 am
Congratulations to April 2012 Trooper of the Month, Brian Troyan! Brian Troyan, TK-8968 of the Midwest Garrison, is recognized for his dedication and expert execution in making Chicago's C2E2 convention a success. His physical energy, personal skills, leadership qualities, passion and knowledge were all shown when he went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that the Midwest Garrison and the 501st had a successful presence at such a high profile event. He managed convention badges for dozens of 501st and Rebel Legion members, coordinated the creation of new Droid Hunt badge art, secured dozens of prizes for the Hunt, led a highly professional panel discussion on the Legion, and made sure that the "Imperial Academy" obstacle course, an activity new to the MWG, had a smooth and successful debut. Congratulations, Brian, and keep up the great work!
See photos from C2E2 2012 here: http://tinyurl.com/8xcm72e

Please welcome our newest Honorary Member, Russell Walks!
by TK-2257 on Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:14 am
Russell Walks is a very popular Star Wars artist and a fan of the 501st. He has done work for LucasFilm, Paramount, Warner Brothers, and Marvel. In 2005, he participated in the 501st Legion's first TK Project. Russell also made the first ever 501st custom artwork at Celebration 2. The 501st warmly welcomes this talented artist to the honorary ranks of the Legion. Check out Russell's work here: http://bit.ly/OfZmVr

And the May 2012 Trooper of the Month is...
by TK-2257 on Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:22 pm
Congratulations to May 2012 Trooper of the Month, Adriane "Beans" Bean! Adriane Bean, TK-4541 of the Midwest Garrison is recognized for her coordination of the Midwest Garrison's appearance at a send-off party for a 7-year-old boy named Connor. Connor was about to undergo bone marrow transplant treatment to hopefully cure a rare immunodeficiency that makes it hard for his body to fight off infection. Beans spent many hours preparing for this event. She personally planned and arranged for a number of games and activities for the kids. In addition to being a blast of an event, the party also netted the garrison a donation of $300 for our walking team for an Autism Speaks walk in Chicago, which pushed us over the $2000 mark for direct fundraising. Beans was so touched by Connor's story that she registered with the bone marrow registry, to hopefully help another child in the future. She also kept up with Connor's story on his parent's blog. It was at this point that she really went above and beyond the regular call of duty. Adriane learned that Connor's treatment did not work, and quickly assembled donations for a care package to distract Connor from his medical issues. It is because of her extraordinary and selfless efforts that Beans was chosen as TOTM. http://tinyurl.com/bmyq9ws

Please welcome our newest Honorary Member, Jerry Vanderstelt
by TK-2257 on Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:17 am
Jerry Vanderstelt is a very popular Star Wars artist and a fan of the 501st. He has done work for LucasFilm, New Line Cinema, Warner Brothers, and Hasbro (just to name a few). His sci-fi and fantasy artwork is sought after by collectors and fans alike. The 501st warmly welcomes this talented artist to the honorary ranks of the Legion. Check out Jerry's work here: http://bit.ly/uWzGoc

And the June 2012 Trooper of the Month is...
by TK-2257 on Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:16 am
Congratulations to June 2012 Trooper of the Month, Jody McQuarters! Jody, TK-6443 of the Midwest Garrison, was recognized for his leadership, co-ordination, and hundreds of hours of preparation done to make the Star Wars Days at Joliet Public Library a success. He has worked tirelessly with not only the Joliet Public Library, but also with the City of Joliet (including the Mayor) to make sure this year's Star Wars Day was the best yet! Jody got the street closings organized with the Police Department. He worked with LegoLand, Cyphan, and numerous other vendors to make sure there was plenty of activities for attendees to utilize. Jody organized the building of the cantina set and worked with another trooper to build a Wampa from scratch. He worked with troopers from three states to organize attendance and set-up the museum for the public. Finally, Jody organized an after-party for Dave Dorman to celebrate his 30th year of creating Star Wars art. The party was a great time for everyone, but especially moving thanks to a heartfelt speech given by Jody at the end of the day. Jody has gone way above and beyond with all the work he has put into making Star Wars Day III a huge success for the Midwest Garrison, Joliet Library, and the City of Joliet. The troopers in attendance and the 3400+ fans that came out all had a fantastic time! Great work Jody! Pictures of the event can be seen here: http://bit.ly/Mawak4

501st Commemorative Sketch Cards
by tuskentrooper on Sat Jul 21, 2012 2:16 pm
During the past few months, the official 501st Legion Facebook page has revealed 904 one-of-a-kind artist sketch cards by 78 talented artists for a 15th anniversary trading card set to debut at Star Wars Celebration VI. However, there will be a few more very special cards to announce this coming week, and six lucky fans will be going home from Orlando with what just might be the most sought-after Star Wars sketch cards in history. Visit the 501st on Facebook to see all of the amazing artwork and share your thoughts on what the six final cards may be!

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