Classic Interview: Mark Newbold: 23rd December 2007

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Between 1999 and 2009 Lightsabre.co.uk introduced information, fanfic, podcasts and far, way more to the lots. Our ninetieth friends was the webmaster of www.lightsabre.co.uk for ten years – Mark Newbold.

Paul Bateman, assistant to Ralph McQuarrie – If the Star Wars universe actually existed, (simply kidding, I do know it’s a documentary) who would you hang around with and the place would you prefer to stay?

MN – Okay, I’d be a smuggler similar to my alter ego Jan Lomona, so if we’re speaking the official stuff I’d be primarily based out of Corellia, hang around with Han and Lando, Talon Carrde, dudes like that. I’d most likely have a factor for Jabba’s dancers, so I’d be on the Palace lots. Yep, if there was a option to stay that documentary I’d be fairly the dangerous boy…

Neil Baker, documentary filmmaker and author/artist Turning to the Dork Facet – What does it imply to be a British Star Wars fan, versus an American fan (do you suppose)?

MN – Being a British Star Wars fan means a variety of issues. Many of the solid had been Brits, the unique trilogy and The Phantom Menace had been made right here, there have solely been three Star Wars administrators and one was a Brit, so there’s a deep connection to the saga, a way of possession that I’d say was equal to the People and the Aussies. And naturally nowadays with t’web and the like we’re all one true world group. In days previous we had been very fragmented, however now it’s simple to combine and share work, concepts and ideas. And naturally, British Star Wars followers can go and win Junior Mastermind, which is fairly neat too.

Anthony Harding, LucasArts Beta Tester – When you may choose ONE Feminine from ALL the movies who would you select? (be imaginative, Yaddle not relevant) :p

MN – Other than Yaddle? Sheesh, it could clearly be each 30-something guys first crush Princess Leia in that bikini or Mara Jade as portrayed by Shannon McRandle. And Natalie Portman has a traditional, Audrey Hepburn-like high quality. The six breasted dancer from Jedi was a hottie, and Gragra from The Phantom Menace had her charms. And Oola may bust a transfer…

Sarah Mills, good friend and sci-fi fan – The traditional desert island discs query – one film, one album, one e-book.

MN – Film, I’d most likely plum for The Empire Strikes Again, though Star Wars is the one one of many 6 that may stand alone as a self-contained entity. Album can be the Empire soundtrack, though The Phantom Menace is a stupendously good hear that will get higher with age. Ebook can be both Han Solo at Stars’ Finish or Revenge of the Sith. Stars’ Finish was the primary Star Wars e-book I learn after the unique novelisation and Sith is such a intelligent novel with the way in which it will get into the characters heads, it nearly outshines the supply materials.

PB – Which location/set would you prefer to have visited?

MN – That’s a goooood query. It must be both Chalmun’s cantina from A New Hope or Cloud Metropolis from Empire, lovely units each. The Cantina was fascinating to me as a child. The alcoves, all these untold tales, and the Millennium Falcon speaks for itself. Saying that, the units within the prequels had been incredible and I’ve an enormous comfortable spot for Anakin’s slave quarters and Watto’s Store (simply saying ‘Watto’s Store’ takes me again to 1999). The Emperor’s Throne Room from Return of the Jedi was good, as was the Sail Barge set.

PB – What’s your favorite EU character, from the books, comics, anyplace?

MN – Simple. Plif the Hoojib from the previous Marvel Comics run. Severely, if he hadn’t had mileage as a personality then he wouldn’t have been within the storyline for so long as he was. Mara Jade completely guidelines, as does Cade Skywalker (loving the Legacy comedian), and just about all the characters in John Jackson Millers Knights of the Previous Republic are good, an ideal ensemble solid.

AH – When you might be concerned ultimately with DIRECT enter within the upcoming TV collection what would you select? (Direct, Write, Artist e.t.c)

MN – Wow, I’d sweep the bloody flooring in the event that they’d ever let me on the set! I feel I wish to both be a recurring background character or concerned with the writing. Lightsabre is primarily a fanfiction web site, though clearly we’re greatest identified for the interviews nowadays, and our 200+ tales are woven collectively fairly neatly. I feel I’d have a fairly honest shot at rising a continuity and thread with one thing that expansive. So Rick McCallum, for those who’re studying this, you realize the place to seek out me…

PB – Do you’ve got a favorite episode of (Gendy Tartakovsky’s) Clone Wars present?

MN – Yep, that will be Episode 12 of season one, the place Mace is preventing a shed load of Battle Droids. No talking, simply monster motion and it actually confirmed what a Jedi may do when he cuts unfastened. There have been a variety of nice episodes and I want they’d simply let Tartakovsky proceed with the collection in tandem with the whole lot else. And I LOVED the ultimate shot because the Battle of Coruscant was kicking off, actually very cool.

PB – Why ‘Lightsabre’?

MN – You possibly can blame my companion in crime Louis Turfrey for that. Again in 1998 after we had been doing Wirezone – the location that grew to become Lightsabre – we determined to rename and make it purely Star Wars centered. Again then we had been all about our fan fiction, and I wished a reputation that will hyperlink in to that, so I wished it to be www.setninsector.co.uk or one thing like that. Louis very properly purchased the Lightsabre area title and it’s served us very effectively. Regardless of each American who visits the location telling us we spell it fallacious…

NB – You generally is a character for someday – Han or Jan?

MN – Jan, as a result of I’ve had that character in my head since I used to be 10, so to a big diploma he’s the brash, cocky and assured ‘me’ that I’d finally prefer to be. Generally I’m nearer to him than others, much less now as I become old, however Jan was fortunate. He has a poodu-hot ship, loyal pals, an ideal job, cash within the financial institution and he’s his personal boss. Who wouldn’t need that?

PB – Do you ‘dig’ Mecco?

MN – If by ‘dig’ you imply shovel a big gap within the floor and push him in…then no. If by ‘dig’ you imply secretly faucet my foot each time Star Wars disco comes on and look longingly at my 7″ vinyl model wishing I nonetheless had a file participant then sure.

PB – What do you hope to see within the stay motion TV present?

MN – Lot’s of Jedi vs Sith motion, lot’s of Expanded Universe references, loads of underworld motion – smugglers, bounty hunters, confidence tricksters, and a bunch of stuff we’ve not even imagined but. I’m actually hoping it is going to be like watching a brand new film each month and it retains the epic really feel of the film saga. What Revenge of the Sith did so effectively was shut the hole between the 2 trilogies, and this seems to be like it should do the identical, together with The Power Unleashed. And naturally, some superb music to accompany the present. I really hope they make it and deal with it like a film, as a result of Star Wars diluted for the tv is a BAD thought – it has to tonally keep the identical.

SM – Star Wars or intercourse?

MN – That’s sort of like saying ‘Choc ice or chips.’ Hmmmm, naturally as a totally grown geek I’d need to say intercourse, however then once more Star Wars is at all times tempting. After I’m doing one I’m typically considering of the opposite, so it could be a useless warmth. Then once more, mixing the 2 disciplines would make it okay, yeah? Ross from Pals obtained away with it, so I feel I may give it a shot…

PB – Within the stay motion TV present what do you hope they keep away from?

MN – Over-marketing the present. Hasbro will assume it’s Christmas each time a brand new episode hits, so I hope they reel it in a bit and I hope the cliches of style tv are prevented.

NB – What subject would you prefer to see for a fan movie documentary? (sure – I’m reaching out right here…)

MN – I’d prefer to see one thing that reaches deeper into the fandom. Not simply the blokes and dolls who gown up, or the clearly obsessed followers who assume it’s actual however guys like us. Day by day followers, site owners, conference goers. Plus it could be cool to listen to from a few of the celeb followers on the market. Sylvester Stallone, Eamonn Holmes, Tina Fey (bagsy me to interview her).

PB – When you may change one factor about The Phantom Menace what wouldn’t it be?

MN – Nothing in any respect. That movie will get higher with age, and now set within the context of the encompassing films it makes a lot extra sense than it did earlier than. Nice movie that’s maturing like a high quality wine, and ultimately I actually imagine followers will see that Lucas began the saga simply the place he ought to have finished. We wanted to see the place Anakin got here from to know the large fall he took.

PB – Jar Jar vs. Wicket – Who do you assume would win in a knife battle and the way?

MN – Wicket, as a result of that furry little dude actually is aware of how one can deal with himself. Jar Jar would do the entire tongue-flicking factor, Wicket would catch it, tie it to Anakin’s Pod Racer and blast it into the Jundland wastes at 600 miles an hour.

PB – If the Star Wars Vacation Particular ever obtained an official DVD launch would you purchase the 2 disk version?

MN – Hell yeah, and the field set with the accompanying CD of Carrie singing ‘The Life Day’ tune and the rest they determined to launch. Hasbro motion figures of Ackmena and Saun Dann that dance when she begins to sing ‘Goodnight However Not Goodbye’. If LFL ever get their fingers out and launched it, the ironic worth of proudly owning it could be an excessive amount of for any Star Wars fan to withstand. It could outsell the trilogy field set.

Initially printed on www.lightsabre.co.uk on 23rd December 2007. This interview has been barely edited for content material.

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