Staff Bios

Editor-in-Chief

Mike Cooper

Regular Contributors

Rocky Blonshine

Ben Crofts

Alexander Gaultier

David Schwarz

Jay Shah

Ben Wahrman

Associate Contributors

Lisa Schap

Guest/Emeritus Contributors

    • Nicholas W. Adams
    • Eric Brown
    • Randy Cuneo
    • Frank-Joseph Frelier
    • John Gauthier
    • Tracy Gentile
    • K.J. Gray
    • Doug Gregory
    • Lance Henning
    • Becca Hughes
    • Lucas Jackson
    • Michael Lind
    • Jonathan Maurer
    • James Mckenna
    • Mia Moretti
    • Charles Phipps
    • Brandon Rhea
    • Alex Richardson
    • Tyler Williams

 

Mike Cooper

Scotch Tape and Popsicle Sticks

Mike Cooper has roughly a decade of experience in imaginary journalism, depending on where you set the bar. He founded the Unofficial New Jedi Order Homepage in 1999 (just shy of his seventeenth birthday), which he ran until 2002, when he and the site were brought under the wing of TheForce.net’s Books and Comics departments. He continued at TFN until 2007, doing regular news posting and book reviews as well as founding the EU Roundtable feature in 2004. Since 2007 he has remained something of an armchair journalist, producing the occasional interview or research paper whenever something has caught his interest, and he is excited to bring these varied pursuits back under one roof.

When not trawling Google Images for halfway-decent novel covers, Mike is a part-time videographer and facilities manager for the Space Upstairs, a performance venue in Pittsburgh, PA, and a full-time facilities manager (totally different kinda thing) for a small Pittsburgh law firm. He also maintains an intermittent political blog entitled Why I Enjoy Paying Taxes.

mike@eleven-thirtyeight.com

@NoTheOtherLeft

 

Rocky Blonshine

The Holocron

Rocky has been a Star Wars fan ever since she first heard of Darth Vader in first grade. Then she found the Jedi Academy trilogy on a teacher’s bookshelf, and fell head over heels into the EU. Ever since, she has been buried under a pile of Star Wars books, and has been known on TheForce.Net as SithGirl132. In her spare time, she absorbs obscure details about the lore of real and fictional worlds, plays World of Warcraft, and sells cars.

@ladydarthcaedus

 

Ben Crofts

Obiwomble’s Outlook

Ben Crofts is a philosophy and politics graduate who has been working in business support for regional government in London for over a decade. With wide-ranging interests in fantasy and SF and philosophy, politics and history, his interest in Star Wars is invariably filtered through a wide angle lens that factors these aspects in too. He is a regular contributor to the TheForce.net Jedi Council forums as Jedi Ben and at Millarworld as Ben the Obiwomble, although sometimes active at the latter in the persona of the Dealer, running Dealer Incorporated. Despite being a highly experienced administrator, he doesn’t own any capes and is happily married.

 

Alexander Gaultier

Pen and Paper

More commonly known as The Loyal Imperial on TheForce.net’s Jedi Council Forums, Alexander Gaultier is Eleven-ThirtyEight’s token Canadian and role-playing game enthusiast. A Star Wars fan for close to fifteen years, he embraces and elevates the concept of Star Wars above its execution and is greatly fascinated by all things related to the development and expansion of a galaxy far, far away. He prefers his fiction to embrace science over fantasy and possesses a boundless interest in all things pertaining to history, particularly its past and potential future influence on the background of a certain fictional universe.

@Loyal_Imperial

 

David Schwarz

Six on the Wild Die

David Schwarz, known as JoinTheSchwarz on the Jedi Council Forums, is a Spanish journalist currently living in the United States and totes loving it. He earns money thanks to his questionable literary abilities and his slightly less questionable ability to teach stuff to little humans. He came to love Star Wars thanks to the old roleplaying game and videogames and has had a (widely documented) love and hate relationship with the Expanded Universe for years. He’s also an avid roleplayer, having been a Game Master without pause for the last twenty years, and has multiple strange hobbies to help with his chronic procrastination issues. He’s also an indefatigably optimistic person, having less and less use for cynicism the older he gets. Some people are just weird…

@JoinTheSchwarz

 

Ben Wahrman

Sidelong Glance

Ben Wahrman, known as Cynical_Ben on the JC forums, is a geek for Star Wars, history and literature. A Star Wars fan since the days when the OT was only out on VHS tapes, Ben was drawn into the EU in the Bantam days and (almost) never looked back. The only thing he enjoys as much as watching movies or reading is writing, a mindset that bleeds into his criticism of most media. Ben has his own (sporadically updated) blog called Writer’s Blog Strike Back and dreams of being a professional writer, editor or critic some day.

@Benergizer

 

Lisa Schap

Halcyon Days

Lisa Schap has been a Star Wars fan ever since seeing the movies at a friend’s house when she was young. Her love of reading led her to discover the X-wing series when making the transition from child to adult books and she never looked back. In 2006 she discovered other fans of the Expanded Universe on TheForce.net as s65horsey. She moderated several parts of the forum over the course of a few years before retiring. Lisa, having taught Agriculture Economics at a junior college for a few years, is currently a nanny for her niece and nephew and steadily doing her part to create future Star Wars fans. She looks forward to having more intellectual conversations about Star Wars than those occurring with her nephew about “monster Yoda”.

 

Jay Shah

Imperial Court Circular

Jay Shah has been a Star Wars fan since he was very young. For many of his friends, he is the person that comes to mind whenever a new Star Wars news item is reported and he is the person they ask for commentary. His online presence centers around the Jedi Council Forums of TheForce.net, where he has been registered since 2000 and is the most prolific poster on that board. Known by the moniker GrandAdmiralJello, he combines an appreciation for history, art, politics, and culture with an almost unswerving dedication to the Galactic Emperor that often confuses many people. He is quite happy to provide grandiose propaganda that nobody should quite take seriously, not just because it’s fun but because it serves as a reminder that in fiction, as in real life, history is not a precise science and sifting bias and opinion from fact is a valuable skill.

@admiraljello