Your Podcast Hosts – Skywalking Through Neverland Step In Time and Classic Marvel Star Wars Comics
In the Summer of 1977, when everyone else in the world was seeing Star Wars, Richard was not. He held out because he was a rebel and he was rebelling. He couldn’t hold out much longer and needed to see what the fuss was all about. So off to the multiplex (which consisted of 3 screens) he went and…LIFE WAS NEVER THE SAME!
Star Wars was such a huge inspiration for Richard that it lead him to film school then off to Los Angeles where he worked in the film industry, most notably the creature effects department. Films he has worked on include Jumanji, The Arrival and many of the Puppet Master films.
Richard has been a Star Wars fan through the highs and lows and has had a lifetime of adventure. The biggest adventure of them all was marrying his sweetie wife Sarah! In their nine years of marriage they have gone on film location scouting, raising their Hoojibs (you may call them bunnies) and visiting the Disney theme parks all around the world. But in 2013, they collaborated their creativity into Skywalking Through Neverland and several podcast spinoff shows. And what lies ahead is what gets Richard up every morning, as long as he remember to never land on Alderaan!
Richard’s dislikes are spiders, sharks, intersections and watching someone open a vintage Star Wars collectible. Richard likes to push big red buttons.
I was born after The Empire Strikes Back *gasp* and so am generation 1.5 of Star Wars fandom – yes, I got into Star Wars in the Dark Times of the early ’90’s – thanks in part to Timothy Zahn’s amazing Thrawn Trilogy, as well as the Han Solo/Princess Leia love story. To me, Star Wars is all about romance!
As for Disney fandom, I was THE perfect age when the Disney Renaissance hit – The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King cemented my love for Disney. Not to mention my worn-out Mary Poppins videotape. Moving to Los Angeles to attend college at USC brought about my love for the Disney Parks, and I’ve been an AP ever since.
Richard and I host and produce Skywalking Through Neverland, Classic Marvel Star Wars Comics, The Culture POPCast and Step In Time. We also attend Star Wars, Disney and Marvel film screenings and press conferences to bring you film reviews and behind-the-scenes content. HUGE theme park fans, we also love sharing news, pictures and info from the latest Theme Park openings and seasonal debuts around SoCal. We are a husband and wife team, and our love of Star Wars and Disney brought us together. Now we share that passion with all of you Skywalkers!
Your Podcast Hosts – The Max EFX Podcast
Special EFX Artist Max Cervantes has had an incredible filmography. (Filmography includes Star Trek: TNG, DS9, Voyager, etc. / Beetlejuice / Masters of the Universe and more) This podcast will document his amazing work over the past 40 years.
Anything that had to do with science and the future fascinated me as a young child. Star Trek (TOS) and Space 1999 had my complete attention until my world was turned upside down by Star Wars! The design of the space ships, the cities, the robots, the fictional worlds of writers such as Roddenberry and Lucas- it was all I could think about! This began a journey of learning about artists like Syd Mead, Ron Cobb and Ralph McQuarrie that created the look and feel for these science fiction worlds. I had a great desire to draw them and build the model kits.
Continuing on my journey, I’ve held creative positions in advertising, stage crew and scenic painting with the Pageant of the Masters (in Laguna Beach, CA), video game production at Virgin Games and at Sony where I was a member of the launch team for the PlayStation. Currently, I am a visual designer focusing on UIUX.
I have been fortunate to meet amazing people in the visual effects industry, including many of my heroes that have worked on major films with ILM (Industrial Light Magic). I assisted on the set of the film Wild, Wild West, was a production assistant with Kiefer Sutherland’s, and Deadman’s Party, an Oingo Boingo tribute band.
As a fan of Science Fiction and an admirer of fantastic design, I collect all manners of art, models, and
books. I enjoy going to conventions, visiting with old friends, and making new ones!
Now, as the host of the MAX EFX Podcast, I have the chance to explore fandom in an entirely new way! I am so happy to be doing this with Max and am super grateful to Richard and Sarah Woloski for welcoming me into the amazing world of podcasting!
Your Podcast Hosts – Neverland Clubhouse
From the moment I could talk I was a Disney fan. All of my favorite movies are Disney films. Being a performer myself (dancer), I relate so much to the park, I even got to perform down Main Street once!! I dance Ballet, Tap, Jazz, lyrical, and Hip Hop, and even taught dance in my later years. I have performed at the Staples Center, the Thousand Oaks Civic Center and Reseda High School with the Marge Patka Dance Studio. I was also captain of my high school dance team.
The Disneyland Resort has become a second home to me, my sister Kelly and our friends. We try to go to the parks at least twice a month but every once in a while we will make a weekend out of visiting the parks. Of course the goal is to visit all Disney theme parks around the world, but I have a special place in my heart for the ones in California and Florida and can’t wait to get back!!
Disney has always been my top fandom but I also love Harry Potter, Marvel, Star Wars and DC Comics.
Kelly and I are so excited to be sharing our new adventure with all of you and we are going to have many adventures to report on from disney trips to conventions as well as smaller events, Disney news and reviewing movies and TV shows. Come join us!!!
I can’t even remember a time when I wasn’t a Disney Fan. Growing up in the 90’s we had all the Disney movies like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin plus all of the Disney sing-alongs and lesser-known Disney sequels like Aladdin: King of Thieves.
My favorite time of year was when the Disney Channel was free for the weekend and I would binge-watch as long as my parents would let me. Or we would receive a special VHS tape from our grandmother, who would record everything Disney Channel. Being able to go to Disneyland a couple times a year also cemented my Disney Fandom. I am a huge fan of the Disney parks and hope to make it to all of them someday.
In February 2018 and February 2020, Courtney and I fell in love with the Florida parks as well. As sisters, we love to travel together and do lots of fun events including D23 Expos, special screenings on the Walt Disney Studios lot, museum exhibits and tours and we love sharing them with you! I am also a fan of Harry potter, Marvel, Universal theme parks and movies.
I also love the performing arts and frequently go to plays, concerts and musicals. I started dancing and performing at the age of three and continued to perform with the Marge Patka Dance Studio up until the studio closed in March 2020 due to the Pandemic. I have taken lessons in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, lyrical, Hula, Tahitian and Hip Hop. I have performed at the Staples Center, the Thousand Oaks civic center and Reseda High School with the Marge patka Dance Studio. I have always felt like the stage is a second home and Neverland Clubhouse gives me a new stage to play on.
Rob Dehlinger (DEL-in-jur) is a composer, performer, and recording artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He performs over 200 shows a year, as a trumpet player and singer, and is the frontman of “Robert Dehlinger’s Alpha Rhythm Kings“. Rob has shared the stage with an eclectic array of artists, including Ledisi, Wanda Jackson, Dan Aykroyd, Michael Bolton, Theodore Bikel, and Meat Loaf.
Rob’s jingles and other compositions are featured in numerous podcasts, including “Skywalking Through Neverland”, “Rebel Force Radio”, “Disney Vault”, “Not Quite Famous”, “The Neverland Podcast”, “Fangirl Chat”, “Talking Apes TV”, “Step in Time”, and “Fangirls Going Rogue”. He is well-known to listeners as “The John Williams of Podcasting”. You can follow him @robdehlinger.
Your Podcast Hosts – Sabers & Spells
Teresa has been a geek for as long as she can remember. She first found her love of geek pop culture when she was little and was introduced to the Disney universe. Her mom would often take her and her brother out of school to see the first showing of a new Disney film when it was released. Her mom is also the reason she is such a strong Star Wars fan. She was raised on the Star Wars films during the dark times. When Teresa reached high school age she got to see her first Star Wars films in the movie theater.
When Teresa discovered Harry Potter it quickly rose to one of her top fandoms along with Lord of The Rings, My Little Pony, and Dr. Who. Teresa is such a big Disney fan she married her husband Greg at Walt Disney World and had her honeymoon there as well. Teresa works as an Athletic Trainer at a high school in Austin, Tx as her regular job. On the side she podcasts on several shows such as Fangirls Going Rogue, Star Wars Bookworms, Disney Vault Talk and Fangirl Chat. She also is a team member for Fantha Tracks.
You can find Teresa online everywhere @icecoldpenguin so feel free to follow her and interact with her online.
Christy has been a lifelong geek, starting at a young age when her dad introduced her to science fiction and fantasy movies, books and television. The two of them often enjoyed watching Aliens, Predator, Star Wars, and more together. Then when Christy met now husband, Michael, they bonded over their love of the same. When the two aren’t working, you can find them podcasting or at one of many geek conventions like Star Wars Celebration or Dragon Con.
In addition to being Co-host of Sabers and Spells, Christy Co-hosts The 602 Club podcast weekly with friend Matt Rushing, which reviews geek movies, books and television, Co-hosts the Planet Leia podcast for Fantha Tracks’ network, and does monthly segment, Star Wars Fashion in Five, on The Star Wars Report podcast. You can find Christy online @bespinbelle on Instagram and Twitter anytime to chat or share what you love too!
Writers and Contributors
Eric Onkenhout – Writer
I’ve been a Star Wars fan since my sister took me to see Return of the Jedi when I was eight years old. Ever since then I’ve been a fan of all aspects and eras of Star Wars. I toyed with writing fanfiction based on the X-wing PC game. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in English – Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. I’m a bookworm, reading whenever I can. I also enjoy watching movies. Besides Star Wars, my loves are The Beatles, hockey and my cat Zeke. And the films that have had the most significant impact on me are The Karate Kid, Back to the Future, and Flight of the Navigator.
Kai Charles – Writer
Kai Charles is a medical professional, Jedi hopeful, and independent book reviewer at Fiction State of Mind. You can also find her on Twitter at @yogikai tweeting about all things related to Books & Geek Culture.
Jonathan Marroquin – Writer
Hi, my name is Jonathan Marroquin. My first memory of Star Wars is seeing a dusty VHS tape in the corner, which my grandpa explained was a sci-fi movie. I fell in love with it immediately. In the next few days, I watched Star Wars: A New Hope more times than I could count. I like to say Star Wars was my first love, and it’s stayed true to me ever since. A LEGO enthusiast and stop-motion animator, I enjoy writing fan fiction in the Star Wars and Harry Potter universes. I love to read Star Wars books, build LEGO Star Wars scenes and ships, and basically do anything with Star Wars involved. I am also currently learning French. May the Force Be With You, Always!
Drew Kaplan – Writer
Drew Kaplan (AKA Jocasta-Drew on STN) has enjoyed Star Wars ever since he first saw VHS recordings of reruns of the original trilogy on TV. Since then, he’s greatly enjoyed both the special editions and prequel trilogy of Star Wars movies, and experienced his Star Wars fandom grow with the release of both Star Wars Clone Wars and Star Wars The Clone Wars. He has greatly come to enjoy the Star Wars books, especially reviewing them for Skywalking Through Neverland. He also writes at StarWarsMaven.info and is on Twitter and Instagram as @StarWarsMaven
Brian Sims – Photographer
I am a credentialed photojournalist and classically trained photographer working out of Southern California. My inspiration in photography has always come from the idea of protecting a memory. Capturing that moment that tells a story to share and look back on long after fleeting moments have passed. None of my fandom memories are more special to me than my memories from a galaxy far far away. From that summer day in 1977 at the Mercy Theater to whatever the latest Star Wars events are today, my Star Wars fandom has been that special place I return to for a smile, hours of enjoyment and the best friends in the galaxy. Follow along as I share pictures of anything Fandom with you here at Skywalking Through Neverland.