Star Wars has been an icon in popular culture for longer than I have been alive. You would think after almost four decades the franchise would start to lose steam. While it certainly has seen its fair share of "dark times," I personally am more excited than ever to be a fan of the space saga that started a long, long time ago....
My name is Andrew Lupi. I've been a vocal, fandom entrenched fan since 2006. In that time we've seen the start and end to an award winning Star Wars show, novel series have started and stopped, and comic lines have come and gone. We even had Star Wars return to the big screen in 2008, albeit different than it had ever been before. It was during all those events, like The Force Unleashed launching and The Clone Wars beginning, that I really started to get a sense of the Star Wars fandom as a whole. I have to say, I liked what I saw.
So much so, in fact, that I teamed with my friend Austin Blankenship to begin EUCantina.net. From 2007 until 2011, I also co-hosted EUCast and The EU Review; both of those programs I am honored to have been a part of. In 2010, I was able to attend Celebration V in Orlando, Florida and it was one of the best experiences that I have been able to have in my twenty two years on this Earth.
All those fan projects and interactions helped me through high school and college. They gave me skills that are priceless and which I still use each and every day. For that, I will always be grateful. But even with with all that excitement, there was still one thing that I never got to experience: the build up to a Star Wars movie, with a bunch of Star Wars fans. Sure, my friends and I loved seeing the prequels as they came out. But I never had time to look at rumors, see leaked stills, or even look up the cast. In 2012, that all changed when Disney, now the owner of Star Wars, announced more movies.
In short, I needed something to spark my fandom. I needed to see my favorite franchise be powerful again. But this time, I wanted to be there in earnest, and commenting on it. Not on the silly things, but the content itself. I wanted a place to be..... Me. That is why I'm so excited to be a part of FAR FAR AWAY RADIO. It means the world to me to be able to experience Star Wars like this, and I hope you'll join my friends and I for the ride!