Empire Temple at Big Apple Comic Con


On March 11-12, 2017, Saber Guild’s Empire Temple attended Big Apple Con at the Pennsylvania Hotel, teaching new padawans and raising money for St.Mary’s Healthcare System for Kids.

On Sunday, Masters Kamyos Rehnard and Nivek Boc trained dozens of younglings in the ways of the Force. Even though the evil Sith D’elirium and Jovan Sceris challenged the new Padawans, the younglings of Big Apple Con demonstrated how strong they were in the Force and were easily able to defeat them.

One highlight for Saber Guild was meeting actor and special creature performer, Spencer Wilding – most recently known for his work as Darth Vader in Rogue One. When asked about how he got into character for Darth Vader and if he was able to put his own spin on the character, Mr. Wilding said, “Every character of mine has a presence and a spirit – their own spirit. Believe it or not, there is a presence of Darth Vader that is out there – and he chooses his people to play him or use their body…You’ve got to respect that force. And he’s the Dark Side. And I don’t think anybody can beat the Dark Side. It’s the Dark or the Light.”

Since many of the Lucasfilm Ltd. recognized fan groups have members who dress as Darth Vader, we asked how one can call upon that presence, even if they are physically a bit different than the original actor/actress.

Mr.Wilding replied with, “You know what? I can’t teach people how to bring a presence. It’s naturally with them, you know what I mean? You have to feel it. But normally if you’ve been invaded by it, that’s something different. The doorway’s open. For all the creatures and all the characters I play, I’m loving every moment of it.”

It was reaffirming to hear from an actor like Spencer that, when it comes to dressing as your favorite character, the most important traits to have are presence and dedication.


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