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Collect All 21 electronic edition: interview with Dave Filoni

Dave Filoni photo by Jim Carchidi

Please note: As of April 2012, Hukilau has closed its virtual doors, but I have made the expanded digital edition of Collect All 21! available through Amazon.

I’m wrapping up my teasers to the expanded electronic edition of Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek with a clip from my Star Wars Celebration V interview with Star Wars: The Clone Wars Supervising Director Dave Filoni. This excerpt runs about three minutes, and features Dave talking about how the cartoon series ties not only back to the original 1977 film, but how he works to connect the story with different generations of fans.

Dave Filoni at Star Wars Celebration V (Right click to download.)

The electronic version of Collect All 21! includes more of Dave’s interview, as well as interviews with Matthew Wood and Dee Bradley Baker, and much more material that’s not included in the print edition.

January 5, 2012 Posted by | 1970s, 1980s, Books, eighties, Film, geek, science fiction, Television | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Clone Wars Season Two, George Krstic and Star Wars Flashbacks

With this Friday’s premiere of Star Wars: The Clone Wars season two just a few days off, I’m excited to share another podcast/interview/reading with George Krstic, who wrote “Cargo of Doom,” the second episode of the one-hour season opener! “Holocron Heist,” the first half-hour, gets things started at 8 p.m. on Cartoon Network.

We chatted about the upcoming premiere and The Clone Wars in general (George also wrote season one’s “Downfall of a Droid” and “Storm over Ryloth”), and then dove into recollections of growing up as kids hooked on our Star Wars toys. I read/recalled some scenes from a chapter in Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek, while he jumped in with a bunch of fun memories of his own – including his nominee for Worst Star Wars Toy Ever (aka “How My Little Brother Wound Up in the Emergency Room”).

Grab your old plastic Darth Vader case and dump your Kenner guys on the floor: There’s some fun to be had!

The podcast runs about 30 minutes and is here in mp3 format. (Right-click and “save as” for an easy download.)

And if you missed George’s “Spaghetti Artoo” story in our first podcast, you can find that one here.

September 30, 2009 Posted by | 1980s, Current Affairs, eighties, Fiction, Film, geek, Ohio, science fiction, writing | , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Collect All 21! – Special Enhanced Podcast Excerpt

(If you just want to nab the George Krstic-enhanced “Collect All 21” podcast, it’s here in mp3 form, so you can right-click and “save as” for an easy download. The blog entry below tells about how it came to be, so feel free to come back and read and leave comments and feedback.)

UPDATE – George K. and I recorded a second one, too!

I’m a bit hyper about this little project having become a reality, so I’m asking forgiveness in advance for any fits of nerdbabbling.

Remember a few months back, when I got that note from “Clone Wars” writer George Krstic? Well, we’ve stayed in touch since then, and I mentioned that I’d love to do a sort of interactive podcast reading from “Collect All 21,” with George sitting in and sharing his own memories and thoughts on growing up addicted to the original trilogy.

So a couple weeks ago he let me know that he’d scheduled his usual summer return to Northeast Ohio, and we planned on hanging out and geeking for awhile and giving the interactive reading a shot.

Tuesday afternoon, then, we met up in Cuyahoga Falls for beer, pizza and wings, and passed a couple ridiculously fast hours talking writing and science fiction and cartoons and toys and video games and crazy people we’d known and cross-country road trips.

Then we headed over to my friend Keith’s house to record the podcast, which we built around the book’s second chapter, “The Droids We Were Looking For: How Kenner Took Ownership of My Childhood.”

(We actually got to Keith’s much later than we’d planned because we passed a Target and stopped to check out the Star Wars toys. I haven’t bought much of the new Hasbro stuff lately, but I picked up a very cool IG-86 Assassin Droid from The Clone Wars cartoon line because a) I was totally caught up in the evening’s geekdom and b) come on, I’m checking out Star Wars stuff with the guy who wrote “Downfall of a Droid” and created this character!)


Recording the reading and conversation with George was an absolute blast, and I hope the fun comes through in the finished product and gives some insight into what “Collect All 21” is all about. I can’t stress enough (again) how much I love hearing other Star Wars fans’ remembrances of their own experiences growing up on the toys and movies and books and comics of that era, and sitting down face-to-face and hearing some of those memories from a writer and guy like George was just an amazingly enjoyable experience.

The finished podcast runs about 45 minutes, and you can find it here.

MassiveSuperColossal Collect-‘Em-All Thanks to George – visit his web site to see the ton of neat stuff he’s done – for taking some time to nerd out and revisit the days when Real Action Figures Had No Knees, and to Keith for sharing his house and his recording setup and making this podcast possible.

July 30, 2009 Posted by | 1980s, Books, eighties, Film, geek, Ohio, science fiction, Television, writing | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Amazingly cool coolness from Clone Wars writer George Krstic

Just before I headed off to Penguicon, I received an absolutely jaw-dropping email about “Collect All 21!

It started off with one of the sentiments I love to hear most about the book, along the lines of how my recollections echoed or reawakened someone else’s memories of their own Star Wars-infused childhood. (This never gets old. Seriously.)

Then it went on to mention the sender growing up not only in the same era, but in the same corner of Northeast Ohio.

Okay, so that doesn’t happen very often…

And then this came along: “…finally, my ‘wasted’ youth paid off when I got onto ‘Clone Wars,’ so…”


>re-read the email subject line<

>flick eyes to signature and URL link<

>begin excitedly pointing at screen and babbling while Jenn watches with mild concern<

This. Is. SO. Cool: It’s from George Krstic, writer on Star Wars: The Clone Wars on the Cartoon Network!  (He also co-created “Megas XLR” and was a story editor and writer on MTV’s “Downtown.“) WNJC-AM’s “Fictional Frontiers” has a great interview with him here.

Honestly, just so stunningly amazingly neat that I actually held off on emailing him back for a couple days because otherwise it would have been a note like: “OMGbabblebleargh/CloneWarswriterproducer/fumblemumbleSqueee!”

And check it out – he wrote this blurb about “Collect All 21!” :

Whenever I’ve been asked where I would go first if I had a Time-Travel Belt, I’ve always said: Akron, Ohio – 1979 – the Children’s Palace Toy Store on Old Route 8.

The toys, the time, and the vibe were all amazing. The wonder of old-school “Star Wars” figures and ships stacked to the rafters, the simple joy of being a kid and loving a robot called R2-D2, and the anticipation of all of the cool sequels to come.

I never thought I’d actually get that Time-Travel Belt, but reading this book is almost better. (Except for the whole not being able to buy a mint-in-box vintage 12-inch Darth Vader, meeting my younger self and ruining the time-stream thing…)


The guy has been super nice and encouraging in the emails we’ve exchanged, and I can’t publicly thank him enough for this note and his thumbs-up, so expect me to write and say many more good things about him in the future.

May 11, 2009 Posted by | 1980s, Books, Current Affairs, eighties, Fiction, Film, geek, Ohio, science fiction, Television, writing | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments


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