About Us

Who we are, why we're here, and what we believe.

About Youtini

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.

Our Mission

Youtini aims to make the EU accessible and fun to explore through a like-minded, positive, and uplifting community of fellow fans.

Our Goals

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.

Our Opinion on Star Wars

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.

About The Team

Corey Helton

Founder & Director, Podcast Host

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 Eilersen

Chief Editor, Podcast Host

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 Hanckel

Associate Editor, Podcast Host

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 Goldman

Social Media Manager

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.

Karl Sander

Content Creator

Karl lives on Whidbey Island, Washington, with his wife and fellow Star Wars fan Karissa. After completing a 20-year Navy career, he now works full-time as a freelance writer. When he’s not enjoying the galaxy far, far away, he can usually be found skiing, hiking, and supporting the northwest's independent brewers.

Stacey White

Content Creator

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 Dowell

Content Creator

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 Castoro

Discord Community Manager

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 Davenport

Podcast Audio Editor

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

Podcast Producer

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 Goodwin

Podcast Consultant

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 Jenkins

Podcast Community Manager

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 Emery

Content Creator, New Releases Manager

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 Mayes

Content Creator

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 Snellings

Leaks & News Consultant

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.

Trevor Davey

Keeper of the Timeline

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 O'Sullivan

Keeper of the Database

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.

Peter Paananen

Software Engineer

Peter is a life long nerd and Star Wars fan. Originally from Upper Michigan, he now lives in Northern Wisconsin and works as a Software Engineer and runs his small hobby farm. Peter is an avid gamer, hunter, and loves to discuss Star Wars fan theories.

Jared Nutt

Software Engineer

Jared's primary role at Youtini is the behind the scenes work on the Bookshelf and other software related projects. He's a life-long Star Wars fan and primarily enjoys the comics.

Andrew Bell

Content Creator

Andrew Bell lives in Central Alabama with his wife, daughter, and two dogs (Leia and Daisy). During the working hours, Andrew serves as Police Officer in his small town. When he's not playing intermediary between bickering neighbors, Andrew spends the bulk of his free time reading or listening to the hundreds of wonderful Star Wars books that exist within this small corner of the galaxy. Andrew's initial foray into a galaxy far, far away came when he was a young child and traveled with his father to job sites. While there, he would watch The Return of the Jedi on the home theater systems that his dad was installing. From his first fascination with the "teddy bears" in RotJ sprung an evolving fervor for all things Star Wars. Andrew hopes that his passion for this amazing universe is evident in the words that he writes.

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