As thousands of fanboys and girls descend upon San Diego for Comic Con, I stumbled across the one and only Chewbacca, Peter Mayhew, signing autographs at the Course of the Force tour stop in Huntington Beach. Beyond the free samples of Otter Pops and Farmer John’s sausages (couldn’t quite figure out the Stars Wars connections), Mr. Mayhew was offering his signature in exchange for donations to the Make-a-Wish foundation. While it would obviously be cool to see Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, or Harrison Ford, I have to say, seeing Chewbacca, was somehow more strange, thrilling and touching. Which Star Wars character would you most want to meet? Here’s to Chewie!
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Craig Detweiler is Professor of Communication and Director of the Center for Entertainment, Media and Culture at Pepperdine University. He is a filmmaker, author, and cultural commentator who has been featured on CNN, Fox News, NPR, ABC's Nightline and in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. He blogs as "Doc Hollywood" for Patheos.com.