Fantha Tracks launched on 31st October 2017 with Matt Booker, Brian Cameron, Mark Newbold, and David Tree at the helm, along with a team of experienced international contributors. Our mission: bring fandom back to the fans by involving Star Wars lovers both old and new in the site with the latest breaking news, content from across fandom, and collecting resources powered by YOU!
To contact and or find out more about each member of the team, click on their profile image below.
Dave TreeLucky Mascot
Matt BookerSocial Media Manager
Brian CameronLiterature Editor & Webmaster
Mark NewboldDaily News Editor
Dave Tree has been an active participant in the UK collecting and fan community for nearly 25 years, back when there was the resurgence of new comics, books, video games and “widescreen” VHS releases in the early 90’s.
Over the years Dave has participated and contributed to many Star Wars related projects and was the brains behind the fondly remembered Palitoy Archive exhibition at 2007’s Celebration Europe and was a member of Caravan of the Force which journeyed to Essen with Jeremy Bulloch for the 2013 Celebration Europe.
Dave eats, lives and breathes toys, he is the owner of toy and collectible retailer All The Cool Stuff and event management company All The Cool Stuff Events Limited, which creates promotional toy related events, including the popular Farthest From: Retro Star Wars Toy Show.
In addition, capitalizing on his industry background experience, Dave also provides services to several toy brands assisting and supporting with product development, marketing and product launches.
A fan of toy history and documenting has led Dave to be invited to present many panels and discussion groups both in the U.K. Europe and United States on toy brands and their development. He is also the curator of “The Vault”, an archive library of toy reference material comprised of some 400+ trade catalogues and articles (which is available for toy designers and design students to use for their own projects) and is the co-host of The Full Force podcast: a fancast of the world of Action Force and G.I. Joe.
Brian has written for quite a number of Star Wars sites since 1998, his most prominant work being articles for TheForce.net and JediNet.com before joining JediNews.co.uk. Jedi News was his home as their Literature Editor from April 2013 to July 2017. Brian left to focus on life outside of Star Wars having become frustrated with elements of the fandom. He used the time to pursue his own interests away from it – something he describes as a life changing period.
Brian has also ran a number of his own sites, most successful being his own Lost website which ran for seven years. In 2018 Brian will be launching his own Indiana Jones and cult TV and movie news sites which he has been developing since leaving Jedi News.
By day he literally counts sheep, cattle, and hens, well it beats being a bean counter…
In 2016, beans were added to his farms crop….
He does however deny having ever milked a moof, or herded a nerf.
Brian travelled to Skellig Michael in 2015, and is proud to say he was physically sea sick at the exact spot that Rey meets Luke. Before he knew that Rey meeting Luke there was a thing!
He was the the host of the Star Wars literature podcast, Take Cover for the Jedi News Network with Mark Newbold, and Matt Booker. Two very close friends he is excited to team up with again for Fantha Tracks.
His ancestor Dr Archibald Cameron was the last man to be hung, drawn and quartered in the UK and was the inspiration for the scene in Braveheart. He fears if he says anything more, he will be next…
He rarely smiles, but takes great joy in people not getting his humour, Planes, Trains and Automobiles (the movie, not necessarily the modes of transport) and of course Star Wars… but most of all he is impressed you read all this!
Brian is an obsessive collector of Star Wars books, comics, and magazines. With a collection extending into the tens of thousands, the more obscure a publication the better. What isn’t to love about about Yugoslavian Ewok comics…
In October 2017 the concept of Fantha Tracks was born. A site dedicated to becoming a resource and hub for all that is great about Star Wars. It’s philosphy for enjoyment, fun, laughter, engagement, openness and diversity of not just content but literally fandom is what excites him. He looks forward to being a part of the journey.
Teresa DelgadoAnimation Correspondent
Martin KeelerEvents Correspondent
Jonathan HicksRPG and Gaming Editor
Paul McQueEvents Correspondent
Paul NaylorEvents Correspondent
John ‘Dak’ MortonContributor
A fan since first seeing A New Hope at the tender age of 8 years, Richard found the collecting bug ignite in 1999 with the release of Episode 1 and his first piece, a Darth Maul figure.
Now Richard is a collector of memorabilia and autographs, with a strong focus on Hasbro 3 3/4 inch, 6 inch figures and anything relating to ,them especially the hunt for variant figures and packaging.
Teresa is a freelance writer and owner of Fangirl Next Door a fandom website that focuses on the world of girls in fandom. The site primarily focuses on Star Wars but looks at all things geeky. In addition she also is a staff member and writer for The Star Wars Report. She enjoys writing about the things she loves and sharing it with the world.
Teresa enjoys reading, writing, collecting and going to Walt Disney World. Her world of choice is one of fantasy and sci-fi and she tries to find every avenue she can to engulf herself in that magical place. She resides in Texas with her husband and Harry Potter named cats!
Martin entered a galaxy far far away, a long time ago when he saw Star Wars at the Dominion Theatre at Tottenham court road the week it came out in 1977 and was instantly hooked.
His lifelong love of the franchise developed into involvement in the fan community in 2013 when he started to take an active role after Celebration Europe II in Essen, Germany.
Martin’s most notable achievement is organising and running the pre-party for Celebration London #Cantina at the Brooklyn Bowl in the O2 Area.
Martin has also been a guest on podcasts such as Radio 1138, Skywalking Through Neverland and Blabba the Hutt.
He is married to Emma and has two children (CJ and Will).
Jonathan Hicks was born in 1971 and by the time Star Wars appeared in the UK in late December 1977 was already a huge science fiction and fantasy fan. He began writing stories inspired by Star Wars in the early 1980s. This love of the written word progressed into all kinds of writing which includes short stories, novels, novellas, scripts, game design and magazine articles.
After co-creating the Setnin sector, a playground for his Star Wars creations, Jonathan fleshed it out with the West End Games Star Wars D6 roleplaying game. He had already been involved in the roleplaying hobby since 1983. His writing credits include an article in Arcane magazine, he has been published twice by the British Science Fiction Association’s writer’s magazine Focus, written reviews for RPG.net, edited and published the free online RPG magazine ODDS, designed the missions and wrote the dialogue for a video game of Universal’s re-imaging of Battlestar Galactica, published the short story collection Those Dark Places and the book The Book Of Roleplaying Hints, Tips and Ideas, written articles for various online websites and runs the small RPG company Farsight Games and its accompanying blog Farsight Blogger.
Jonathan is the co-author of Stellar Adventures, an Advanced Fighting Fantasy RPG, which was released in mid 2017.
Jonathan is the former Roleplay and Gaming Editor of both Lightsabre and Jedi News and is also the founder of the GammaCon roleplay convention which held it’s first event in January 2012.
Jonathan lives in Northampton, England with his wife Lisa and his son Bruce.
Clair Henry was nearly 5 years old when she saw Star Wars for the first time at the Tonic Cinema in Bangor, Northern Ireland in 1977. This was the moment that has shaped and defined her. Clair grew up playing Star Wars with her childhood friend and they haven’t stopped yet!
Clair’s love for Star Wars has not waivered over the last 40 years, embracing all that the franchise has to offer! Her house has subtle touches and you’ll struggle not to find a piece of Star Wars in her wardrobe!
Clair is an active member of many fan groups, keep your eye out for her and her family in tow geeking out at events across the UK, Europe and the U.S.A. meeting with old and new friends in the Star Wars community.
When Paul isn’t working on a ship in the North Sea he likes to travel to as many Star Wars (and LOST) events and locations as possible.
He’s often found roaming convention floors cosplaying as Bad Robot. His love for J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot started when he became addicted to the TV show LOST and when his two fandoms collided to make The Force Awakens he had to pinch himself. When he wore his Bad Robot costume at Star Wars Celebration Essen for the first time Kathy Kennedy stopped a Lucasfilm meeting to have a picture taken with him. Kathy then told Paul that she was going to email the pictures to J.J. Abrams. Paul may or may not have wet himself a just little bit.
The sight of Bib Fortuna still freaks him out the same as it did when he was 6 years old watching Return of the Jedi in the cinema. Only these days he doesn’t need to run out of the room and miss all of the first act.
His love for R2-D2 (the true hero of the Galaxy) and now BB-8 influences what clothes he puts on each day.
There’s nothing that makes him happier than enjoying a few drinks with friends he’s met through social media at conventions and events. If you see him at a bar tell him you read this and he’ll buy you a blue milk.
Paul Naylor has been a fan of Star Wars since first seeing it on a cold February evening in Wellington, Shropshire back in 1978.
That defining moment saw him dedicate any pocket money towards merchandise from that galaxy far, far away. He collected the blue series of Topps trading cards and read Star Wars Weekly, but his greatest passion was the Palitoy and Kenner action figures. To this day he regrets selling off his Palitoy Death Star playset and vinyl cape Jawa.
As was the case with many, he reconnected with the saga in the early 1990s with the release of Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn trilogy. He can’t imagine the franchise ever going away again.
Previously a contributor for Jedi News, Paul is a former journalist, having worked for the Shropshire Star and Express & Star newspapers for 25 years. He left the industry at the beginning of 2017 and launched Media & You, a design agency focusing on business products and recipe books for Michelin starred chefs.
John appeared in A Bridge Too Far (1977), in the 1980 hit sequel film Superman II as an astronaut named Nate, also that year he appeared in Flash Gordon. He was featured in the BBC television series Oppenheimer (1980).
He portrayed Dak Ralter, Luke Skywalker’s Gunner during the Battle of Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. When Jeremy Bulloch played an Imperial Officer, he needed someone to cover him as Fett. Morton being similar in height was a body double for two days in costume. He filmed with another unit, the sequence when Fett confronts Darth Vader in the Bespin hallway during Han Solo’s torture – while Bulloch filmed his scenes as the Imperial Officer. Afterwards he left Hollywood and eventually settled in public relations work back in Annapolis.
He is also an accomplished musician (guitar player) and a writer (Backstory in Blue, 2008).
Becca Benjamin is a collaborator and contributor for many outlets within the Star Wars community. She has been an adoring Star Wars fan since the tender age of four and even had Darth Vader proudly displayed on her fourth birthday cake – trimmed in pink icing! The addition of the prequels only intensified her love for the ever-growing franchise and sprung her into the fandom community at full force, pun intended.
She began her blogging career back in 2006 with a paid subscription for the official StarWars.com website, and has dabbled in writing since her high school days, and even studied creative writing in college as a secondary major under her major in medical office. Currently, she holds a fulltime position as a medical receptionist for a Retina specialist/surgeon.
Becca is the Editor-in-Chief for the former The Cantina Cast website, co-host on Tarkin’s Top Shelf, a literary Star Wars podcast, and a Host on Kanata’s Castle Podcast. She also prepares titles and captions for Lucasfilm artist Steve Anderson and contributes monthly blogs for Coffee with Kenobi and MakingStarWars.net.
It was my Dad who initially introduced me to the saga as he was trying to educate me with as many classic films as possible. However my primary spark of fandom was really born in the summer of 2008 when my Uncle had come over to visit from Zurich, Switzerland, where he used to reside. I was on the summer holidays from junior school from at the time I was 9 years old. A new animated film called Star Wars The Clone Wars had hit the silver screen so it seemed a perfect excuse to go out. My uncle was already a bit of a Star Wars fan and I had only recently been introduced, so after deciding to invite my mum and brother along we set off. My memory from that age is a bit fuzzy so I can’t quite remember the details of the whole day, but what I can remember on that day is, how my life got changed. I walked out of that cinema feeling like I’d just been reborn into another universe, another life.
And so it started. From that point on my love of life became Star Wars. My brother and mum always said that “oh it’s just a fad” and “you’ll grow out of it one day”. Grow out of it I asked? The only thing I intended on was growing into it…and that’s what I did.
I’d really try and collect anything I could get my hands on, whether it was the weekly Clone Wars comic releases or the odd find at my grandma’s charity shop. Fast forward through 5 years of dedicated fandom and I start writing for Jedi News in April of 2013. It was at this point that my obsession turned into a passion and my love of Star Wars started to mature into another level of knowledge.
I started out mainly as a reviewer for the site, reviewing the Dark Horses weekly comic publications. Then I gained access to the Facebook page and started it growing into more Likes, and then over time I became a general staff writer for the site, while still co-running the Facebook page. I also started taking the role of events photographer for the likes of the MCM comic con expos, Farthest From events and Celebrations.
That’s what I really love about Star Wars, it’s not just a film, it’s a way of life.
Born in the early 70’s Carl is one of the OT Children so from ’77 – ’85 his parents were badgered into buying all sorts of merchandise from figures to bed sheets, and even took him to Asda to meet ‘Darth Vader’ when they launched a bedding range! (As if a Sith Lord would be seen in Brierley Hill)
Fast forward 40 years and as the Smiths said ‘there is a light(sabre?) that never goes out’ – through the advent of the internet Carl was able to reconnect with fandom and indulge his passion for the GFFA. This awakening also led to him attending more conventions and events, rating his favourites as Celebration Europe 3 in 2016 and the Star Wars Fan Fun Day in Burnley. He is also quite chuffed at having got most of the wristbands he wanted at CE16, including what would sadly be one of Carrie Fisher’s last Star Wars appearances. His collecting focus is Troopers & Ties (fighters that is).
When not focusing 100% on Star Wars, Carl can be found hitting drum-shaped things for several bands in the Midlands area including Amoeba Teen, Flying Ant Day, Sleuth, Grand Valise and BBC6Music faves The Humdrum Express.