Rise Of The Fab Convention With ReedPOP’s Mary Franklin

Chris Carver over at Lennd interviews the awesome Mary Franklin from ReedPOP.

Do you have a favorite event you work on?
Hands down, the Star Wars Celebration. I was hired by Lucasfilm to work on that show back in 2001, and I’ve been involved in all of them since infancy. I am a Star Wars fan and I have many good friends who are Star Wars fans. I’m very attached to that show.

How did you get the job with Lucasfilm in the first place?
This is crazy, but it’s awesome. In the mid-90s, I was living in a fishing village in Alaska that had no roads into town. You had to fly or take a boat. Being so isolated, a bunch of us Star Wars fans found each other online. I became president of the online fan club.

I did a weekly newsletter with subscribers in 23 countries, and Lucasfilm got really interested in it and the online community. Lucasfilm started talking to me, checking into what the fans were interested in. Then in 2001, they asked if I wanted to apply for a job to work on Star Wars Celebration.

Take the link to read this great interview about one of the key people behind Star Wars Celebration and so much more!