Mike Rondeau- As I’ve gotten older, my love for star wars seems to have grown. With the trials and tribulations of my own life, I often turn to the holy saga for guidance. I often find myself relating to the characters and the themes; for me star wars is very personal. It’s not just lightsabers and blasters kids.
Joao Stinson- My love of Star Wars started a bit later in life. It took until the age of 15 and the re-release of the Original Trilogy in 1997 to make me fall for Star Wars. I love Star Wars in all mediums, including fan fiction, video games, toys, and of course the movies. The Holy Saga has had a tremendous impact on my life, not only has it introduced me to my main hobby (podcasting) but it also allowed me to meet my wife, Racheal from 750 miles away.
Rebecca Benjamin- I’m just a simple girl, trying to make my way in the universe.Join me at the Cantina, writing and discussing everything Star Wars!(Freelance writer: Collaborated with and titled, 3 LE Star Wars Celebration Prints for Steve Anderson @SteveDAnderson (Lucasfilm illustrator) and recently titled, 2 LE Disney Prints as well. Blogger for Coffeewithkenobi.com and Blogger for Thebeardedtrio.com)
Alan Zaugg- I’ve been a Star Wars fan since I can remember (1979, I believe) . I remember my first experience, as a youngster, seeing Darth Vader in the theater. My destiny was sealed. I’m a husband, father, sports enthusiast and geek. I incorporate Star Wars into every aspect of my life, especially in sports. I co-host a sports podcast called Jedi & Jerms On The Jazz and am managing editor of a sports site. I enjoy writing and illustrating and am currently working on my first sci-fi novel. I love spending time with my family.
Mark Sutter – Mark is a stay-at-home dad from Ohio with a passion for Science Fiction. Star Wars was his first love. Well, next to dinosaurs and LEGOs (Dewbacks are basically dinosaur horses and all the best LEGO sets are Star Wars). He’s been a life-long fan of Star Trek and recently got into Doctor Who (seriously, why did no one tell him about this show). After the announcement of a NEW Star Wars Trilogy, he officially went of the nerd deep end and is now into the Fantasy Flight Games Star Wars tabletop gaming universe (X-Wing and Edge of the Empire/Age of Rebellion RPGs). He even has Star Wars decals on his mini-van.
Ryder Waldron- I am a lifelong fan of Star Wars and I’m excited that the saga is not only still relevant today, but keeps growing. I am a member of The Rogues with Star Wars in the Classroom, and as a dentist and author I use Star Wars to teach oral hygiene to elementary school kids. I’m thrilled to join The Cantina Cast.
Carrie Christian- Although I grew up with the saga, it was not until I saw Episode III in 2005 that I truly realized my fandom. I first started blogging as a member of the old Star Wars Fan Club. I am also an avid costumer and active member of the Rebel Legion. I look forward to this new journey at the Cantina!
Ted- I was eight years old when my father took me to see Star Wars in December 1977. It was an incredible experience where I watched the impossible come to life and Han most definitely shot first.Star Wars has always had an influence on my life, and with the re-awakening of the franchise I am reconnecting with the characters and stories I’ve enjoyed my whole life.I look forward to writing about Star Wars, both old and new, here at The Cantina.In addition to being an avid Star Wars fan I’m also very active in the World of Warcraft community where I run a Hunter blog called The Brew Hall, and am the co-founder and host of the Hunting Party Podcast. I also run a blog dedicated to the Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO, called The Cantina.You can follow me on Twitter – @TheBrewHall.
Kat- When I was young, my family owned only The Empire Strikes Back. Because it didn’t have a happy ending and Yoda creeped me out, I didn’t like it. When I finally saw A New Hope, it was a revelation, and my love of Star Wars was born. My addiction began when I discovered the Expanded Universe. Throughout school, my friend Racheal shared my passion, lent me books, took me to see AOTC at the Imax, introduced me to Spaceballs, and more. Much of my Star Wars knowledge I owe to Racheal, and my blog is dedicated in part to her. Currently I live and work in Japan with my husband, Raz. I enjoy experiencing the Star Wars Universe through a variety of mediums, and look forward to sharing them with you. Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu!
Patty Hammond- Patty Hammond is the Everyday Fangirl from Michigan who has a disguise as a mild mannered data analyst for an Advertising firm. She has a degree in Library and Information Science and has worked in the Marketing and Adverting industry for 20 years. Patty is the founder and administrator of the blog EverydayFangirl.com. She is also an editor for one of the stories in the SFR Brigade Anthology.Patty is a fan of many different genres and franchises, especially Star Wars. She first saw Star Wars at the Detroit premiere in 1977 thanks to her Mom who won tickets from a local TV station. Patty spent many hours acting out her favorite scenes with her brother and sisters, listening to the soundtracks and re-watching the films on TV and on home video.Patty is very active in the Star Wars community and the Geek community in general. She has previously provided content for the Detroit News Geek Blog, the Forcecast.net, Rebel Force Radio and Fangirls Going Rogue. She was also a guest on Episode 74 of Skywalking Through Neverland talking about her experience at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim.You can find Patty posting about Star Wars and much more on Twitter @Pattybones2.
Paul DePaola- Paul has been a huge Star Wars fan since the early 80’s and is always finding a way to tie Star Wars into every facet of his life. Paul lives in Virginia. He loves movies, plays guitar and is TK-5990, a proud member of the 501st Legion.
Amy Witcher Richau- I grew up with the original Star Wars trilogy. Now a stay-at-home Mom to a girl who thinks Star Wars is “boring” (where have I gone wrong!) and a boy who thinks it’s awesome, I try and find time to write as much as I can. I regularly contribute to the UK entertainment site Flickering Myth and the Denver Broncos blog Mile High Report (yes, I was at the Broncos-Seahawks Super Bowl and no, I will not discuss it without whiskey). Before kids and a move to CO I worked in several film archives preserving classic films – including a few lovely months at Skywalker Ranch. I managed to snag a Special Thanks credit – complete with my name in blue against a starry background for Star Wars: A Musical Journey (bonus points to whoever knows what that is!) which made this geek girl very happy.
Tom Burke AKA FedEx Tom- Father, husband, photographer, artist, writer, middle aged hooligan, lover of shenanigans and a man with no filter.
Eric G. Onkenhout- My names is Eric G. Onkenhout, and I’m from Massachusetts. I’m 40 years old now, and I’ve been a Star Wars fan since I was 7, before I saw any of the movies. I remember playing with my action figures before I knew any of their stories, so I would make up my own battles. I used to think the Stormtroopers were robots. Then I finally saw Return of the Jedi in 1983; reluctantly I might add because I knew Vader took his mask off. Of course things died down in the late 1980s, but thankfully I kept most of my toys and now my collection has grown substantially enough where I need a shed to house it all. Climate controlled of course. Unhappy with my job, I made a fateful decision of going back to school for a B. A. in Creative Writing at SNHU while still working full-time. I’ve been doing that since 2013 and I graduate in 2017. Right now I’m just trying to get my name out there and it would be a dream to one day work for Lucasfilm as a writer, where it’s Star Wars all day, every day.
Adam Stephenson- Husband, father, and life-long Star Wars fan who loves the prequels just as much as the original trilogy and keeps an Obi-Wan action figure beside his bed. Enjoys discussing the timeless themes and characters of Star Wars.
Matt Neve- Growing up I didn’t particularly like Star Wars *gasp* and then I watched it when I was 24. I loved it. I fell in love with the characters, the music and the story. I soon consumed the Clone Wars, Rebels, the books, the comics and now have started buying Lego! You could say I’m trying to catch up for all my lost years!I now have a huge love affair for all things canon (my wallet hates it). The EU being renewed was a way for me to enter the Galaxy Far Far Away and I shall always be thankful for it as a result. I do realise I have come into the fandom at the best moment possible and I aim to bring a newbies perspective to all things Star Wars.Away from my books and comics you can normally find me watching any type of sport, running or planning my wedding for next Summer. If you like what you read (or hate it) feel free to reach out to me on twitter @swcanonrebel. MTFBWY