Friday, 26 September 2014

TEASER TRAILER FOR THE NEW "LOOKING AWAY TO THE HORIZON"

https://vimeo.com/107299758

Guest Blog on Coffee With Kenobi

Thanks to the folks over at Coffee With Kenobi for posting my article on the prologue in the Star Wars novelization!  Coffee With Kenobi is required weekly reading for me, they have a great team of writers that are always posting interesting takes on the Star Wars saga.



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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Coming Soon....MikeTarkin.com

I'm currently in the process of moving this blog to a new site.  Hopefully in the next few week you'll see a redirect to my new website:


www.miketarkin.com





Tuesday, 16 September 2014

"Naw, I'm Bithy."

A groan inducing joke from my brother, using my previous post of my custom Bith Rebel Pilot.  Thanks Doug!




Move along....move along.

Friday, 12 September 2014

See my Star Wars room on the official website!

Wow Wow Wow!!!!!

Amy Ratcliffe, owner of Geek With Curves and blogger for the official Star Wars website put out a call for people with large Star Wars collections.  I submitted some photos and information on my collection and it became part of an article about collecting!


So wizard!

Click the photo to go to StarWars.com



Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Toronto Fan Expo '14-Rebels Toys and Biggs!

Thanks to Jake at From 4-LOM to Zuckuss for posting my report from Toronto Fan Expo 2014. Head over to his site for my thoughts on the upcoming Rebels toy releases.





Gotta say, worst con ever as far as crowd management, obviously the Expo team WAY oversold tickets to Saturday.

Although it was extremely difficult to walk around and take photos my family and I still managed to have a good time, picking up some new items for the Star Wars room, including the final Original Trilogy ship that I needed, the B-Wing.

The highlight for me was meeting Star Wars actor,  Garrick Hagon who played Biggs Darklighter in the original film.  He signed my Premiere Magazine script, pointing out to his brother who was with him, the deleted scene from Anchorhead (I didn't even realize it was included).  A great guy and another example of how cool it is to be a Star Wars fan.

The 501st Canadian Garrison was out in full force too and my daughter and I continued a tradition I started at Walt Disney World this past February, Character Selfies!

So, Fan Expo planners, we'll be back in the spring IF you get a handle on the crowds!
















Saturday, 12 July 2014

Tommy Ramone RIP

A non-Star Wars post today. I have other influences in my life and last night I lost another one.



Aw, Tommy….

“Hey Johnny Hey Dee Dee/ Little Tom & Joey/You know we’re goin’ over/Sweet sweet little Ramona”

I’ve had a lot of musical heroes die over the years, Joe Strummer, Clarence Clemons, Roy Orbison and and now, the final member of the original Ramones lineup-Tommy Ramone.  Joey Ramone was always my favourite Ramone, as a tall, skinny teenager I’d try to do that weird walk Joey did in the scene in Rock n Roll HighSchool where the band was playing “I Just Wanna Have Something To Do.” But as far as influences go—I wanted to be Joey but I played drums because of Tommy Ramone.  

Back in the early 80’s I had friends who had a band that played some original music, but mostly Ramones covers.  Occasionally their drummer couldn’t be at practice because of hockey commitments so I started sitting in—and just like Tommy I started on the drums without ever knowing how to play them.  Over time I was able to play a simple beat (all that was required for kids playing Ramones songs at 3/4 their original speed) and eventually became, well, not bad.  The main thing when playing Ramones songs was just to keep up.  And I got pretty good at it.  Eventually I became the drummer of the band.  

It took reading interviews with Marky Ramone, who replaced Tommy in the late 70’s, to understand that what Tommy did may not have been technically difficult but it was a skill to learn nonetheless.  I left my basement band after about a year and was able to keep the drum kit for another 5 years or so.  In that time, I set the drums up in my basement and had a setlist consisting of first, Ramones It’s Alive (The Greatest Live Album Ever), and then expanded it to include songs by newer favourites like Bruce Springsteen and U2.

I don’t play the drums anymore.  The guys in my old band reclaimed the kit and I never bothered to pick up a new one, although I tell my wife that if she wanted to get me a cool birthday present, she could rent me a drum set for a weekend.  I drive her nuts every time we’re in the car as the steering wheel is perfectly tuned for playing drums.  

Last night at work, “Ramona” came on my iPod and instead of just letting it play and then shuffling to the next 5000 songs, I reflexively hit the Album button and listened to the album that the song is from, “Rocket To Russia,” my favourite Ramones album.  The album came out in 1977 and I’ve listened to it thousands of times.  But last night, when “Do You Wanna Dance” was playing I heard something I’ve never hear over the past 30 plus years. Toward the end of the song as Joey is singing, “Do ya, do ya, do ya wanna dance?” I suddenly heard an extra hit on the toms that I have never heard.  I repeated the song. Again: “Do ya, do ya, do ya wanna dance?”  “THOOM!”  

I couldn’t believe it. What a revelation after so many years to discover something new in a song you’ve listened to almost my whole life.

I continued listening to the album.  When “Ramona” came on, the line “Hey you kids in the crowd/You know you like it when the music’s loud” struck me as interesting enough to tweet it right then and there.  I finished the album, finished my shift and went home.

I woke up this morning and found out Tommy Ramone died yesterday.

Damn.  

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Custom Figure Fun!

So I'm in the Star Wars room wondering what types of Rebel pilots we haven't seen in action figure form and decided that the Alliance needed a pilot from Clak'dor VII. A quick trip to the comic shop for a couple $2 loose figures and voila, a Bith Pilot.  A pretty easy custom job, and my first one.  Maybe I'll try a Rodian pilot next.

I sort of see him with the nickname "Jazz" and he ticks off other pilots because he's constantly tapping out song rhythms or humming to himself while on an open comm channel.  






It's just too bad that Biggs got the short end of the customizing stick.

Canada Day/Star Wars Mashup Featured On "From 4-LOM to Zuckuss"

As Canada Day 2014 approached this year I decided to have some fun with my Rebel Base display in the Star Wars room.  As mentioned before on this blog, I have a cool story about Gold Leader, Dutch Vander who is played by Canadian actor, Angus MacInnes. I decided to honour the birthday of my country by having Gold Leader representing the Maple Leaf, Star Wars style.


After I posted the photo on Facebook, Jake over at From 4-LOM to Zuckuss asked if he could post the story as well.  You can read it here.

Thanks Jake!