A word from Ian...
I can't believe how time is flying by and its remiss of me not to have been more up to date with the site.
It seems like days ago when I was writing about the convention in Devon only to realise that since then I've been to C3 and Japan and loads of conventions in between.
In that time too we've sadly lost some
great favourites from the Star Wars Galaxy: Will Hootkins (Jek Porkins: Red Six)
was always such a laugh at conventions and he was also a very fine and highly
gifted actor and he will be sorely missed. John Hollis (Lobot) has also left us:
John worked in my Hiss & Boo Company in jkits very early days.
It was largely thanks
to Michael that I got involved with the Star Wars characters at conventions. I
was asked to write an obituary for Michael which I gladly reproduce here:
On a more cheerful subject, Celebration 3 in Indianapolis in April 2005 was as much fun, if not more so, than Celebration 2. The highlight for me was a very unexpected presentation of an award from The Rebel Legion: see attached pictures. I was very touched by the trouble these guys had all gone to on my behalf and was taken aback by the presentation. The plaque sits proudly in the dining room at home.
News is travelling fast about Celebration
and one of the very first places you would have heard about it would
have been on firstname.lastname@example.org thanks to the sharpness of our wonderful
editor in chief on the site ( and wesjanson.com US correspondent) LeAnn LeVeque.
Needless to say I hope to be there but it's still a tadge too early to know what the guest list will be.
Apart from some fun conventions in Birmingham, Colchester and Swindon - where I proudly received another award for "The Best Crash in Star Wars" from organiser Luke Skywalker. Yes, the guy changed his name! -- WWW.LUKESKYWALKERS.CO.UK
My trip to Japan in February (courtesy of Masahiro Abbey Abe) was hugely enjoyable even if some of the venues were hastily organised. We had a good turnout wherever we went and made many new friends. Not least an Australian actor called Kyle Rowling who was Christopher Lee's sword double and had much to do with various fight sequences.
He was in the company of Gary X from US autograph experts Wattographs. Check out their site at http://wattographs.com/articles/recollections to see a Q & A article they've recently done with me.
The memorable aspects of the Japan trip were a visit to a Kabuki Theatre, a wonderful, memorable trip to Kyoto (as well as Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya with a trip on the Shinkansen (bullet train) and a hugely enjoyable trip to a Sumo wrestling tournament. What a shame our promoter couldn't find the money to pay our fees still, a good time was had by all and the hospitality was second to none. Japan is a beautiful country and very well worth a visit.
What's next? Well I'm in
the middle of hectic preparations for all the Christmas show which I produce.
See www.hissboo.co.uk for details: as you'll see from the site I'm also appearing
with my own shows so I'm as busy as I want to be.
Go to the News Archive for past updates.