Star Gazing

So we all have seen, talked to, or at least been in the same building with someone who is reasonably famous (even if you didn’t know it). In Sioux City (Iowa) where I hail from we have an ACME Comics that, on May 4th , has a Star Wars day. During this day of sci-fi commencement they have many things going on: they have special deals on their Star Wars comics and other products of similar theme, they have games and other activities (mostly for kids but they’re pretty cool nonetheless), and of course they invite some Star Wars related figure, typically actors, to come down and sign posters, take pictures, and generally talk to the fans.

Me and Tom Kane

            In 2012 they invited Tom Kane to town, and in case you don’t know Tom Kane (which you probably do, you just don’t know it) I will pull out some names you might recognize. Tom Kane is a voice actor who has been involved in almost any recent animated Star Wars series of any kind and is very famous based on his voice-acting roles of Yoda. He did the voice for Yoda in the Star Wars the Clone Wars series (as well as that epic narrator voice which I love!). He has also done the same voice for various video games like Lego Star Wars, Star Wars the Voice Unleashed,  and Knights of the Old Republic. He has also done the voice of Gandalf in several Lord of the Rings games, The voice of Mayor Quincy Sharp in the Batman games, Mr. Harriman from Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends, and many many more. Feel free to check him out on IMDB and see all the things he’s done. Tom Kane IMDB

Tom Kane is awesome, when I went up to get his autograph he handed it to me and in the voice of Yoda said, “The Force is strong in this one!” That was possibly one of the most magical moments in my life and I’ve been to Disneyworld. I was one of the last people in line so I got the chance to talk to him about what it was like being in the entertainment field and what it was like being a voice actor. He was great about answering questions and we managed to have a slightly awkward (only because I was so nervous to talk to someone with experiences I totally wish I had) but bottom-line awesome conversation. Possibly one of the coolest moments in my life.

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