Posts Tagged ‘Contributors’

Introducing… Jonathan Rinzler

J.W. Rinzler | July 23, 2012

Editor’s Note: Even though it has been 35 years since Star Wars was released in theaters, and almost 30 since Return of the Jedi, we remain fascinated with untold stories and unseen assets that take us inside the production of the movies. Few people are more devoted to unearthing and telling these stories than Lucasfilm’s J. W. Rinzler. With an unprecedented level of access to the Lucasfilm archives, and to the cast and crew who helped create Star Wars, Rinzler has authored definitive accounts about The Making of Star Wars and The Making of Empire Strikes Back, and is now hard at work on The Making of Return of the Jedi. And, with all of his spare time, Rinzler has agreed to join us a regular contributor to the blog. Read on as he introduces himself and shares more about what you can expect in his future posts!

With the signed photo that ILM gave George Lucas upon completion of their first ever visual effects shot for Star Wars, in front of the Main House, SR (we reproduced this in the Making of ESB book).With the signed photo that ILM gave George Lucas upon completion of their first ever visual effects shot for Star Wars, in front of the Main House, SR (we reproduced this in the Making of ESB book).


Introducing… Leland Chee

Leland Chee | July 19, 2012

Editor’s Note: One of the biggest strengths of the Star Wars expanded universe – and something that sets it apart from similar franchises – is the fact that in its 30+ years of existence there’s never been a need for a reboot. Continuity has never become so out-of-whack that writers have been forced throw in the towel and start over and that’s largely due to the efforts of our newest contributor, Leland Chee – the Jocasta Nu of the real Jedi Archives. Leland is an easy contender for the “coolest job ever” award, in fact, his job is so cool that Wired Magazine did a full profile on him back in 2008. Read on for Leland’s story and check back for regular updates from the Keeper of the Holocron!

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Introducing… Albin Johnson

Albin Johnson | July 16, 2012


Hello to all my fellow Star Wars fans! My name is Albin Johnson and I’ve been a fan since I was eight years old when I saw it in a grimy theater in 1977. It was such an amazing beacon of hope and adventure that I went back thirty more times! Twenty years later in 1997 I bought a set of Stormtrooper armor and started a website called Detention Block 2551, where I posted pictures of me in armor and hinted at a unit that served Lord Vader personally. In no time other Stormtroopers joined and it quickly grew to become the 501st Legion costuming group, featuring all the bad guys we’ve come to love.


Introducing… Jennifer Landa

Jennifer Landa | July 12, 2012

Editor’s Note: If you were at last year’s Comic-Con, or visited this blog last summer, you might recall our profile of Jennifer Landa, an actress, video blogger and life-long Star Wars fangirl who got a lot of attention for her hand-crafted Death Star Dress. She has also produced and appeared in several Star Wars web videos, including the Star Wars Blu-Ray Rap. Now, as this year’s Comic-Con gets underway, we’re pleased to welcome her as the newest contributor to the Star Wars blog, where she’ll be covering crafts and pop culture from the fan girl perspective. Read on for Jenn’s story, and check back throughout the weekend for her dispatches from the floor in San Diego!



(Re) Introducing… Pablo Hidalgo

| July 11, 2012

Editor’s Note: Long-time readers of this blog will be familiar with Pablo Hidalgo, who spent several years as the Managing Editor of, is an ongoing contributor to Star Wars Insider, and is also one of Lucasfilm’s most authoritative experts on all things Star Wars. In addition, Pablo is the author of several Star Wars books and guides, the next of which – The Essential Reader’s Companion: Star Wars – is due out this October. And now, despite his best efforts to escape the internet’s gravitational pull, he’s back here, blogging. Read on for his thoughts on how that happened, and for details on what you can expect from his posts.



Course of the Force: Alison Haislip Video Blog

Alison Haislip | July 11, 2012

Introducing… Mary Franklin

Mary Franklin | July 9, 2012

Editor’s Note: Fans who have attended previous Star Wars Celebrations, or visited Lucasfilm’s booths at ComicCon or other major events, might well recognize Mary Franklin. Since 2001, Mary has been coordinating events large and small for Lucasfilm, and is often one of the main points of contact with the fan community. She also edits Bantha Tracks, the fan mail column in Star Wars Insider, and starting now, will be a regular blogger here at, covering the worlds of events and fandom. Read on for her first dispatch…


Introducing… Ashley Eckstein

Ashley Eckstein | July 6, 2012

Editor’s Note: For fans of The Clone Wars, and a huge number of Star Wars fangirls, our newest contributor needs no introduction. But for the rest of you, we’re pleased to introduce Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano and the entrepreneur behind Her Universe, a company specializing in awesome sci-fi apparel and accessories designed just for women. Ashley has appeared in this blog in the past, but starting today, she’ll be joining us as a regular blogger!


Course of the Force: The Fan is Strong with Me

Alex Albrecht | July 6, 2012

Alex Albrecht

My name is Alex Albrecht and I’m a Star Wars nerd. I say this with pride. As a child of the ‘80s I, like most of us, fell in and out of love with many different nerdy things over the years. My love affairs included trysts with the likes of Inhumanoids, Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors, Visionaries as well as many others. What did they all have in common? I stopped being enamored with them all. All except one, Star Wars.


Course of the Force: Star Wars Changed My Life

Chris Hardwick | July 5, 2012

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I was born in the 70s. I don’t remember much of it, other than seeing Steve Martin live in Vegas with my parents, “Bewitched”, and a vague notion of un-ironic green shag carpet. My greatest memory from the otherwise greasy time period was undoubtedly seeing Star Wars in the theater on opening weekend. My dad and I had dropped my mom off at the airport back in the days when you could smoke on planes and walk people to their gate. We left the terminal and went straight to a movie theater to see what this space movie business was all about.

One hundred and twenty-five minutes later (no, I’m not counting the previews for whatever disco-themed movies probably ran) my brain was altered. A New Hope had grabbed my tiny imagination by the scruff and shook it for all it was worth. I saw the movie again. And again. And again.