Youtini was launched in 2017 to help bridge the gap between Star Wars fans and the vast Star Wars Expanded Universe. Started initially as a hobby, Youtini quickly developed into a large fan community focused on positivity, accessibility, and mutual love for Star Wars--and not just the films, but also the novels, comics, and other media that make up the EU.
On youtini.com, you will find up to-date-release schedules, complete timelines for books and comics, comprehensive book profiles for every single novel in the EU, along with commentary, analysis, and the latest news on the Youtini Blog.
Youtini also runs THE LIVING FORCE PODCAST, available on iTunes, or wherever you get podcasts, as well as active communities on both Facebook and Discord. You can keep up to date with our latest projects with the Youtini Roadmap.
We would be honored if you would join us on our journey through the Expanded Universe.
Welcome to the Youtini Family.
Youtini aims to make the EU accessible and fun to explore through a like-minded, positive, and uplifting community of fellow fans.
1. Simplify understanding of the Expanded Universe.
2. Teach new fans the basics and guide their exploration of the EU.
3. Show new readers the value of Canon AND Legends material.
4. Foster an uplifting community of fans that works together to promote positive values and collective joy found in the Star Wars Expanded Universe.
We love Star Wars. And all of it is worthwhile.
We choose to love all Star Wars. More than anything, Star Wars is a multi-generational, beloved experience that brings people together. And the Expanded Universe offers thousands of stories that enrich that experience in a way rarely seen in any other fandom.
Does this mean we don't have criticisms? Of course not! But we believe the goal is to share the love of Star Wars, and guide fans new and old into a much larger world.
Family Doctor by day, Star Wars connoisseur by night. Corey started reading Star Wars books in the 8th grade. At last count he was around 150 books in. He realized how difficult it was to stay on top of the books as a working adult and knew there had to be an easier way to stay in the loop. Thus, Youtini was born. Corey sees Youtini as the future of the EU - a place where readers can come to find all the relevant news, lists, and of course, books and collectibles in an incredibly easy to understand fashion. As the man in charge, it's his job to get us there. Corey manages the big picture. Marketing, design, content, book releases, etc.. Corey has his hands in everything.
Eric is a Chicago based actor who can proudly wear a different Star Wars shirt to work every day of the week. When not acting as the Managing Editor for the Youtini blog, Eric enjoys catching up on all the Star Wars books he missed out on in his youth, drinking wine, playing video games, creating D&D campaigns, and taking numerous walks with Mordin, the best corgi in any and all galaxies.
Charles is a family medicine doctor based out of Charlotte, NC. He’s been a Star Wars fan for as long as he can remember. In fact, his earliest childhood memory is placing The Empire Strikes Back on VHS into his VCR! While he enjoys spending his free time writing, playing basketball, and going to the beach, he always seems to find himself running back to Star Wars. He is an enthusiast of all forms of Star Wars media, including films, TV series, video games, and (of course) books! He loves interacting with other fans, so feel free to connect with him and the rest of the Youtini team on social media!
Heather has lived in Central California her entire life, but her heart has traveled to many worlds in a faraway galaxy since she saw her first Star Wars movie. It was The Phantom Menace in 1999, when she was six years old. Her love for the saga only grew from then on, taking in everything she could from the films and the Expanded Universe. But no amount Star Wars would be enough if Youtini hadn’t come along to give her an amazing community to share her passion.
Richard is a copywriter from Los Angeles, CA. His love for the Galaxy Far, Far Away likely began at his birth, and is unlikely to die with him, as his family will be legally bound by his last wishes to maintain what will surely be a vast and burdensome collection of Star Wars memorabilia. He provides written content for Youtini, drawing on nearly 25 years of Star Wars readership. He hopes to bring his enthusiasm to Youtini's subscribers, and stoke in them the same hunger and joy he feels for the hobby. In particular, he loves Michael Reaves, James Luceno, Paul S. Kemp, James S.A. Corey, and Timothy Zahn's contributions to the Expanded Universe.
Karl lives in Alaska, where he’s managed not to freeze any tauntauns before the outer marker. After completing a 20-year Navy career, he now works full-time as a freelance writer. When he’s not enjoying Star Wars, he can usually be found skiing, hiking, and supporting Alaska’s independent brewers.
Stacey lives in North Carolina and works in an office by day. She is a ‘round-the-clock Star Wars fan and enjoys discussing fan theories, movie tie-ins, and all sorts of Star Wars jargon with anyone who will listen. When she's not thinking about a galaxy far, far away Stacey can be found spending time with her family, enjoying a margarita on the rocks, or pretending to be a chef.
Meg is a health science writer by day and a Star Wars enthusiast 24/7. What started out as one spontaneous movie night with her dad quickly morphed into a lifelong quest to read everything that has ever been written about the world’s greatest fictional galaxy. She lives in Illinois with her cat, dog, and medal-worthy book collection, and believes any conversation in which Star Wars references are applicable is one worth having.
Chris hails from Long Island NY, is married with a daughter of 8. Obsessive Star Wars fan and over the past 5-10 years has become more and more interested with both the EU and Canon literature. Chris has 15+ years IT experience and over 20 in gaming and has the community lead on several platforms. Before the social chat gaming scene, I was a forum admin for a large SWTOR gaming guild (community) of 400+ members. I've always been drawn to a sense of community and bringing people with similar interests together, currently I'm the owner of several discord severs and admin in several others, I've learned the do's and do nots in Discord and looking forward to making the Youtini Discord the place to be.
Matt is a life-long Star Wars fan. You name it, movies, comics, books, music, toys, if it has the logo on it, he is all over it. IRL, Matt works in the world of television, but even there he is surrounded by Star Wars. Born in New York, Matt grew up on a farm in Idaho which provided plenty of space to set up his life-sized Echo Base in the winter. Matt's love of John Williams' music led him to create the 24-hour streaming radio station Matt's Movie Trax. He also hosts a one-hour version of the channel for a public radio station in Idaho. In the early to mid 2000-teens, Matt created and co-hosted two podcasts, Entertechment and the Dune Sea Diner. Matt is looking forward to engaging with the wonderful Star Wars fans here at Youtini.
Freddy Contreras is an Electrical Engineer in Orange County, CA specializing in renewable energy. His hobbies include reading, gaming, droid building, judo, podcasting, and trying to look like buff Kylo. *Trying*. His earliest memory of Star Wars is watching A New Hope and immediately trying to move a pencil with the force. To this day, he is still trying to move that pencil. Many years after that initial pencil incident, he picked up his first Star Wars book in class during a reading session. The book was titled, “Star Wars: The Truce at Bakura”. This was his first dose of the EU and he has no intentions of stopping. As his fandom grew, so did his need to connect to the Star Wars community. By co-hosting and producing his podcast, “The BCON”, he saw how powerful this platform could be. He hopes to provide his experience and knowledge with the Youtini team so that we can all reach and surpass our expectations.
Sage currently runs the Star Wars Battlefront Podcast, the TyeDyeSheep Entertainment podcast network, is launching a video game podcast network, and loves salad. His voice has been described as "The $%^&ing Batman." by several followers on Twitter. He has done design work for churches, libraries and the like. For the Star Wars Battlefront Podcast, he has had the pleasure to talk with the amazing people at DICE, including producer Paul Keslin, design director Dennis Brannvall, the campaign writers Mitch Dyer & Walt Williams and Criterion Games developer John Stanley. He has grown up with Star Wars all his life, first being introduced to the originals by his parents, later watching the Prequels, but his passion is for the games. Giving him the ability to *BE* in the galaxy far away, instead of just viewing it. Favorite Star Wars books have to be the Galaxy of Fear books by John Whitman.
Wes was born and raised in Houston, Texas and enjoys two vastly different lives. Hunting and fishing consumes a couple weekends a month while the remaining seconds are blanketed with nerdism and Star Wars anything. Whether it be gaming, EU reading, Canon watching, or podcast listening, he has come to terms with knowing there is absolutely nothing wrong with living and breathing the force.
Nathan has been a Star Wars fan basically all his life. He's read just about all the new canon books up to this point and grew up with the movies and EU. His first foray into the EU was with the Thrawn Trilogy. From there, he read random books from the library. Nathan's primary job at Youtini is the maintenance of the new releases page as well as regular content creation.
Jared is a passionate Star Wars fan and book lover who has now reached the phase of passing on what he has learned to his two amazing daughters. He first saw the Original Trilogy in theaters in 1997, not realizing that they weren't exactly new movies. When it comes to Star Wars, his interests lie primarily in books, comics, and podcasts. Although he loves the galaxy far, far away, he's originally from Arkansas. He grew up in Oklahoma and now lives in Massachusetts, where he serves the Leominster Church of Christ as a minister. He loves Oklahoma City Thunder basketball, the Arkansas Razorbacks, exercise, coffee, and the X-Men.
Ryan is from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He lives with is girlfriend and their two cats, Jabba and Bib. He graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2014 with a degree in business. When he’s not working at his day job at the University of Mary Washington, he’s usually doing something basketball, Star Wars or video game related. He helps cover the Los Angeles Clippers for Clipperholics, which is part of the FanSided network. Sports and Star Wars are hobbies 1a and 1b, so he’s always down to talk about either.
Jeremy A. DeFatta’s earliest Star Wars memories come from watching the Thanksgiving marathons on USA as a child, and his first Star Wars novel was The Crystal Star, a mixed bag. He holds an M.A. in English from the University of Southern Mississippi. His work has appeared in Black Magnolias, Vineyards, Valley Voices, Flytrap Uprising, Arkansas Review, and the recent poetry anthology The Night’s Magician. He is co-owner/co-founder of Blue Spider Books, a monthly subscription service for lovers of books and coffee. He currently works in an emergency room, where each day holds new lessons about life and death.
Ethan has been a Star Wars fan since he was young. Probably 10(ish) having watched A New Hope on his parents little bedside TV when it played on TBS dinner and a movie with the ridiculous commentary in-between commercial breaks. Reading came along with the prequels(all of Jude Watson's books). And then Zahn's books in High school/College. Having once been a pizza smuggler, he was often day dreaming that he was an imperial officer walking the halls of a Star Destroyer, dog fighting rebel pilot fighting traffic, or being a married Jedi traveling the galaxy or learning languages with his Jedi life. Now he writes his own Star Wars fan fiction for fun and reads all the new stuff while looking for a good place to jump back into the legends.
Kelsey Hunter has a hard time describing herself. Brown haired, blue eyed with glasses, average height and average weight. 28, married, apartment dweller with no children but a feisty cat who thinks she's a deity (yes, you, Artemis). A 5 on the Enneagram and an INFP for those Meyers Briggs fans. And lifelong learner with a BA in anthropology and a Masters in Worldview Studies, emphasis Social Justice. A lover of languages, fake and real--speaks English and Spanish fluently and is currently attempting mastery at Japanese (baby steps). A quasi-nomad by nature, she has lived in 3 countries and is dreaming about the next one. And a HUGE Star Wars fan, don't forget about that. Kelsey grew up with Star Wars thanks to her grandfather and his Star Wars shrine in his basement. Ever since she read her first book (yes, it was the Courtship of Princess Leia. Don't judge.), she's been hooked, gobbling up book after book. At the end of each book, she's thankful there is always another one to read!
A lifelong Star Wars fan, one of Trevor’s earliest memory’s is of his parents watching A New Hope on VHS to make sure it was suitable for their 3 year old son. Born in ‘76, this obsession has lasted the test of time. Trevor owns nearly every Star Wars story ever published, in one form or another, and is an avid timeliner and chronicler of the Expanded Universe. A supermarket manager for 12 years in his ‘real life’, Trevor’s other interests include his band, The Trees, whose debut album will hopefully be released in the summer of 2019.
Frank has seen 46 winters and lives in Dublin, Ireland, with his wife and four children. He works for the Irish Civil Service as a Database Administrator. (and really enjoys it). Frank used to have a saying, "It is possible to read too much Star Wars" and decided against reading large parts of the Star Wars Expanded Universe over ten year ago. Frank does not think this anymore, is on catch up and is loving the journey. His other love is reading Fantasy Novels, and his favourite authors are David Gemmell and R.A. Salvatore. His achilles heel is his love for craft beer.
In 1997, his father introduced him to Star Wars with the Special Edition. Ever since, whether it be movies, books, tv shows, or the out of print Star Wars CCG, Kendall has been in love with Star Wars. In 2011, Kendall started his first podcast and has produced over 200 podcast episodes since, including his various projects currently available on the KendallCast podcast network. In addition to helping out with Youtini's The Living Force podcast, Kendall writes book reviews and other content focusing on older or more obscure corners of the Expanded Universe.