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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 2 J U L Y G R A P H I C S P R O 5 5 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 2 J U L Y G R A P H I C S P R O 5 5 W hat is the StarFest? Since 1977, StarFest has been Colorado's homegrown celebration of multi- media science f iction entertainment. StarFest is a combination of several unique conventions rolled into one big event that takes place over three days. What was dif- ferent this year is that it would be the last. StarFest was more than a comic conven- tion. StarFest is an entire weekend of sci- ence fiction entertainment. is is where we met friends old and new, saw great cos- tumes, browsed collectibles, attended live performances, presentations, panels, auto- graph and photo sessions, talent contests and most importantly, talked face to face with actors, directors, producers, writers, illustrators, scientists, special effects art- ists and more. People, remarkably, just like us! At StarFest, we could learn to fight like a Klingon or Jedi, played games with designers, and spoke and learned from actual astrophysicists. We met comic artists, designers and creators and even added to our collection. We learned from stunt coordinators, writers, producers, and directors and spoke with popular authors. ere were hundreds of activi- ties that made up our StarFest weekend. Sadly, this will be the last StarFest (Denver). e lovely folks that have put it on for five decades will be retiring. We have been the exclusive provider of wear- ables for StarFest since before the turn of the millennium. As you know, we have written about several sci-fi projects includ- ing StarFest. We printed an image of the original Star Ship Enterprise and then for the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, the new USS Enterprise. Of course, the Star Wars crew has been featured sev- eral times since the '77 debut. Stargate, Deep Space Nine and others were featured over the years. For 42 years of StarFest, Special shirts for the event staff. we featured the characters from A Hitchhiker's Guide. Finally, after a t wo-year hiatus because of the pan- demic, we f inally got to showcase baby Yoda that we started in early 2020 and e Mandalorian. In short, it's complicated but this is the premise. Beginning f ive years after the events of Return of the Jedi and the fall of the Galactic Empire, e Mandalorian follows Din Djarin, a lone Mandalorian bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the galaxy. He is hired by rem- nant Imperial forces to retrieve the child Grogu, but instead goes on the run to pro- tect the infant. While looking to reunite Grogu with his kind, they are pursued by Moff Gideon, who wants to use Grogu's connection to the Force. We controlled this project from the get- go. We love pushing the limits of design and print as often as we can, though in hindsight, this was a lot of imagery to bring together, time consuming, and a challenging separation process.

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