“Sometimes it is better than the movies”
Carsten Olsen is one of the most versed Star Wars experts in Denmark – and he really enjoys reading the Star Wars Rebels magazine that Egmont Publishing recently started publishing.
41 year old Carsten Olsen, who has been reading Star Wars comics since 1978, when he was only four years old, praises the Egmont magazine.
“I am very pleased that there is a good Star Wars magazine on the market again. I am so happy with Rebels, as it embraces the true Star Wars spirit,” says Carsten Olsen, who works as the manager of a day care, when he is not occupied with a galaxy far, far away.
Good read for adults
Carsten Olsen buys the Rebels magazine whenever it is released in Denmark. He even orders the very same magazine from the UK, because the stories are not completely the same – and he sure does not want to miss out on a Rebels story.
“Even though it is a kids' magazine, it is still worth reading as an adult, if you are into Star Wars. The quality of Rebels is really high. Sometimes it is better than the newest Star Wars movies,” Carsten declares.
“The battle between good and evil makes it so exciting, and all of the archetypes are there too – although portrayed in a child-friendly way. You can only love the stories in the magazine, and I hope they will evolve even more over the next months.”
Whenever Carsten has read the Rebels magazine, he puts it into his archive, which contains Star Wars comics from the past 37 years. But he does not save the old examples for the money.
“I own a lot of magazines and merchandise, but I keep them for nostalgia, not money. I remember playing with Star Wars figures as a kid. I still own those figures, and some of them are valuable, as they are rare, but I do not intend to sell them,” he says.
I build rockets myself
Carsten Olsen’s Star Wars hobby is closely linked to his fascination of space. This is why he builds rockets in his spare time, when he meets up with 50 other rocket builders from Denmark.
“It is NASA like project we are doing. Our biggest rocket so far was 14 meters tall,” he explains.
Copenhagen Suborbitals, as they call themselves, plan to send a manned rocket 100 kilometers up into the air, since that is the boundary of space.
Carsten Olsen’s next space adventure is already in the end of 2015, though. By then, the next Star Wars movie hits the cinemas.
“You can definitely find me in the theatre at the premiere. I will probably even watch it a few days in a row,” he grins.