Joseph F. Berenato began as a mild-mannered reporter for The Hammonton Gazette and has returned to that position after an 18-year sabbatical. He is a published author and editor, specializing in pop culture analysis. You can find him on social media at @JFBerenato and at http://www.jfberenato.com.


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  1. Hi Joe,
    Sorry to send a cold message in this way. My name is Dr. William Proctor and I am a lecturer/ researcher at Bournemouth University, UK. I am Director of a five-year project, ‘The Force Re-Awakens: World Star Wars Audiences,’ which is a longitudinal study of Disney and the Star Wars franchise from the perspectives of production, promotion and reception. The first phase of the study is an edited collection I am putting together with leading scholars from around the world. ‘Disney’s Star Wars: Forces of Production, Promotion and Reception’ covers much ground from the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012 and through to the release of Ep VII in December. I am editing the book and my chapter focuses on the EU. I recently interviewed Matt Wilkins and he informed me about the books you were editing. So I thought I could email you and reach out to see if there was any way we could help each other (or at least be aware of one another’s work). I really look forward to your three books, especially the comics and EU focused volumes. I wonder if I could interview you via email at some point about Star Wars for the research project? I would like to invite you to contribute a chapter, but fear you may have all your thoughts taken up by your current endeavours. If you’d like to chat further, please email me at: bproctor@bournemouth.ac.uk. I have contributed articles to Sequart in the past, but would love the opportunity to do so again — especially about Star Wars given that much of my time is spent in the universe! What a job, but someone’s got to do it!

    I hope to hear from you soon, Joe. May the force (and all of that).

    Best Wishes

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