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Boba Phat is an underground character that publicly debuted in 2007 at Star Wars Celebration IV[1], although he was first spotted wearing the costume as early as 1998 at private parties.

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Also known as "Pimpin' Boba Fett", "Drunk Boba Fett", "Ol' Dirty Boba Phat", "Leisure Suit Boba Fett", or "Lounge Boba Fett", the character has been seen at Comic-Con and numerous Star Wars-related events. The character refers to himself as an "Intergalactic Booty Hunter" and is seen wearing a royal blue polyester leisure suit with ascot, an elaborate rhinestone ring carrying a plastic goblet filled with a mysterious purple liquid.[2]

Internet, documentary & print popularityEdit

Boba Phat has been featured in numerous viral videos,[3] as well as a number of Star Wars fan photos across the internet. Boba Phat is commented on by celebrities such as Fanboys (2009 film) star Kristen Bell,[4] artists such as Marvel Comics' J. Scott Campbell,[5] and musicians such as The Go-Go's rhythm guitarist Jane Wiedlin.[6]

He is featured in several noteworthy videos, making appearances at Star Wars Celebration IV,[7] as well as each year at Comic-Con. He appeared at San Diego Comic-Con 2009,[8] and its subsequent release of video footage onto the World Wide Web.[9]

Boba Phat photos and videos continue to pop up across the internet from fans as well as a multitude of media sources as a result of his prominence at San Diego Comic-Con 2009. LA Weekly featured a photograph of him under which they refer to him as their "perennial favorite Star Wars cosplayer, Pimpin' Boba Fett".[10]

While the 2009 convention attendance ranged anywhere from 125,000[11] to 140,000 people,[12] Boba Phat appealed to KSWB-TV Fox 5 San Diego, which featured him in 2 photographs in an image gallery entitled 'Monsters and Aliens at Comic-Con 2009'.[13][14]

Additionally, he was approached by Metromix Los Angeles, to whom he provided an independent interview,[15] and was also included in several of their video montages displaying notable cosplayers appearing at the San Diego convention.[16][17]

Boba Phat was featured in "Crashing the Con",[18] a documentary about notable cosplayers at San Diego Comic-Con 2008.

Most recently, he was videotaped and interviewed providing a testimonial intended to be used in an upcoming Lucasfilm milestone — the launch of the all-new Star Wars Stories Project.[19]

On October 2, 2009, officially declared "Stan Lee day" by City of Long Beach mayor Bob Foste, Boba Phat was again spotted at the inaugural Long Beach Comic Con after Stan Lee cut the opening ribbon, and was featured in both an article and photo on the cover of the Long Beach Press-Telegram the following day.[20]

On October 8, 2009, Boba Phat was featured in The Daily Titan newspaper,[21] both print & online.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Have You Seen Boba Fett Lately?". YouTube. 2007-05-26. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-sQmJCKdc0. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  2. Chinn, Derrik (2009-07-23). "Street". Signonsandiego.com — The San Diego Tribune. http://www.signonsandiego.com/entertainment/street/2009/07/post_70.html. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  3. "Drunk Pimp Boba Fett = Boba Phat". BuzzFeed. 2009-08-02. http://www.buzzfeed.com/drbrooke/have-you-seen-boba-phat-lately-hco. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  4. "Kristen Bell on Craig Ferguson Pt 1 (02.06.09)". YouTube. 2009-02-07. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2yzJrG7luw. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  5. "Incompatible Browser". Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/pages/J-Scott-Campbell/80791377580?ref=mf. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  6. http://twitpic.com/bhgfi
  7. "Drunk Boba Fett — Celebration IV". YouTube. 2007-05-27. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiCMH7EHh4k. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  8. "Boba Phat at Comic-Con (SDCC 2009)". YouTube. July 25, 2009. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uKm3ayjB4A. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  9. "Boba Fett / Darth Vader. Wingmen? on Flickr — Photo Sharing!". Vuze.com. 2009-07-24. http://www.flickr.com/photos/vuze/3752218405/. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  10. "Comic-Con: Day 3: Iron Man 2 Panel, Cosplay Madness, Lost and More". LA Weekly. 2009-07-26. http://www.laweekly.com/slideshow/view/28077406/3. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  11. Reid, Calvin (July 27, 2009). "Soldout in San Diego: Another Booming Comic-Con". Publishers Weekly (Reed Elsevier Inc.). http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6673130.html. Retrieved 27 July 2009. "David Glanzer, spokesperson for the San Diego Comic-Con, said the unofficial attendance figure for the soldout show is about 125,000—capped at that number by fire marshals—although the show organizers will provide an official tally in a few weeks." 
  12. Pickard, Anna (29 July 2009). "Comic-Con: revenge of the nerds". Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2009/jul/29/comic-con-2009-revenge-nerds. Retrieved 30 July 2009. "Every summer for the last 40 years, San Diego has hosted this international festival of "comic books and popular arts". The event has mushroomed: last weekend it attracted nearly 140,000 people." 
  13. Feria, Joel (2009-07-23). "Monsters and Aliens at Comic-Con 2009". Fox 5 San Diego. http://www.fox5sandiego.com/news/comiccon/kswb-pg-comic-con-monsters,0,6539069.photogallery. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  14. Jones, Jay (2009-07-23). "Monsters and Aliens at Comic-Con 2009". Fox 5 San Diego. http://www.fox5sandiego.com/news/comiccon/kswb-pg-comic-con-monsters,0,6539069.photogallery. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  15. Kenan, Amir (2009-07-25). "Boba Phat at Comic-Con 2009". Metromix. http://palmsprings.metromix.com/movies/world_now_video/boba-phat-at-comic/1347909/content. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  16. "Comic-Con 2009 Highlight Video". Metromix. 2009-07-25. http://losangeles.metromix.com/movies/world_now_video/comic-con-2009-highlight/1349135/content. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  17. Metromix.com (2009-07-30). "We Heart Cosplay!! (SDCC 2009)". YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Qi7n5RYiLw. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  18. Amazon.com, "Crashing The Con" http://www.amazon.com/Crashing-Con-Jason-Stout/dp/B002EVPY3Q, ASIN: B002EVPY3Q; Nice Try Productions, Inc., June 26, 2009.
  19. "Star Wars Stories Project Schedule at Comic Con". StarWars.com. 2009-07-16. http://www.starwars.com/fans/events/news20090716stories.html. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  20. Zonkel, Phillip (2009-10-02). "Heroes Welcome at Long Beach Comic Con". Long Beach Press-Telegram. http://www.presstelegram.com/news/ci_13476056?source=rss. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  21. Amarantus, Christine (2009-10-08). "Superheroes clobber Long Beach Comic Con". The Daily Titan. http://www.dailytitan.com/2009/10/longbeachcomiccon/. Retrieved 2009-10-13. 

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