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What I Learned about Life, Love and the Outlander Fandom at San Diego Comic-Con

Written by: Lisa Cole Perkis, Guest Contributor
Additional contributions by Christine Lewis and Lisa Ann Margulies

If you followed Outlander Cast on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter posts last weekend and thought to yourself “Wow, that sounds like so much fun!” and then thought, “I am going to take a jaunt to San Diego next year and check this Comic-Con thing out!,” then please proceed with caution. I have lived in San Diego my entire life, and heard stories about how extreme Comic-Con was from my friends who go year after year. Given that, I felt I was pretty well prepared for my first trip. I had meticulously thought through what I would bring in my backpack. I had planned my daily schedule, wore sturdy, sensible shoes, mapped out the Convention Center, and even pre-purchased parking. I came home from my first day at Comic-Con bewildered and dazed after over eight hours wandering between the Starz Outlander  booth on the exhibit floor and the back wall that housed the infamous “overflow” line. I was even questioning if I wanted to go back the next day. But, I did go back, and I learned a lot about myself and about the amazing Outlander  fandom. Here are my Comic-Con life lessons...

Season 3 Opener at Comic-Con: Risky PR Move?

Written by: Ashley Crawley

Were you one of the 4,000 fans, media and curious onlookers in Ballroom 20 for the Outlander panel at San Diego Comic-Con? If you were, then *slow clap* for your place among the fortunate few who were surprised with an advance screening of the Outlander Season 3 premiere seven weeks before its scheduled September 10th debut.  SEVEN WEEKS. While my initial reaction to this move was an emotional one driven by the green-eyed monster, I quickly moved to an intellectual one marked by a lot of head scratching and “say whaaaa?”. As an integrated marketing communications professional, my brain is now locked firmly on one question: STARZ, what’s the strategy behind this all-in move?

What the Outlander Season 3 Trailer Means

Written by: Janet Reynolds

If you're even a nominal Outlander  fan, you've probably watched the Outlander Season 3 trailer released today by STARZ at least a dozen times. And you've maybe  even hit pause a couple of times to savor a particular image or two. That just might  have happened. 

But now that the thrill is slightly abated, it's time to think about what it all means. What does the Season 3 trailer tell us about what we can expect starting—dear god where is time travel when you really need it?—on September 10th in the States? We've got some thoughts to share.  Read on to see if you agree or to share your thoughts of what's coming. TV-only viewers, click at your peril. Some Outlander book information will be part of this little post. #SorryNotSorry.

Ten Reasons Why JAMMF Could Never Be Your Real World Dream Guy

Written by: Nikki Gastineau

If you’ve watched or read Outlander, you might have thought to yourself once or twice that James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser is the perfect man. Maybe you even wished that you had a Jamie of your own or that your significant other was more like Jamie. I have to admit that, at times, Jamie does seem perfect. He’s rugged, brave, honorable, a fierce protector of family and friends, and he’s got some great lines of love in both the show and the books. However, he is very much a man of his time so unless you’re planning to travel back to 1740s Scotland, life with James Fraser in the 21st century is going to be a little unpleasant. Here’s why.

Get To Know Them: 15 Personal Questions With #Outlander Actor Grant O'Rourke (Rupert Mackenzie)

Written by: Blake Larsen

Mary and I recently had the pleasure of speaking with actor Grant O'Rourke (Rupert MacKenzie) on Outlander Cast.  While we don't yet know the fate of Rupert for Season 3, we interviewed Grant for the podcast and Outlander Cast Blog as part of our #Gonelander series — a celebration of all the actors and characters from Outlander who we fell in love with but who won't be part of the story in Voyager and beyond. You can find the audio interview here.

But as we've done in the past, we wanted to bring you an exclusive to the blog exploring 15 personal questions with Grant that were not included the original interview. Read on to find out more about Grant O'Rourke the person, including his favorite show, guilty pleasure, celebrity crush, and much more.

STARZ Announces Outlander Season 3 Premiere Date—September 10!

Written by: Blake Larsen

Break out the whisky, ladies and gents, because we are finally getting Outlander! And, it's coming a tad sooner than we thought—STARZ confirmed today that Season 3 will premiere Sunday, September 10. B'bye, #Droughtlander. Hit the jump for more details and the first Season 3 poster!

The Great Glencoe Challenge --- These Outlander-Loving Lasses Actually Did It!

Written by: Andrée Poppleton

Remember a couple months ago when I shared that my new Outlander pals and I were planning on doing the Great Glencoe Challenge? That verra long walk—as in, a 26.2 mile one-day hike through some of Scotland's most beautiful and challenging countryside—to pass the days of Droughtlander and raise money for a good cause? Spoiler alert: we actually did it and survived to tell the tale! Here's how the months of preparation led to one triumphant day for the New Glasgow Girls, a group who met in Scotland, bonded over Outlander and have remained friends ever since. The good news is you will stay dry and warm as you trek virtually along with us!

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