From Days of Long Ago : An Anniversary Book Review

From days of not so long ago, earlier this year to be specific, fans from across the globe were finally able to purchase the Voltron Anniversary book “Voltron: From Days of Long Ago: A Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration” from their countries’ local bookstores.  And like Voltron, fans from Italy, Canada, and Australia have come together and sent their reviews of this amazing coffee-table book.

Shiny Anniversary Cover

Q1: How did you find out about the Anniversary book?

Flora (Italy) – I found out about the book on the web, through the Voltron fandom’s word of mouth.  I’m a long time Voltron fan, I was a child when the show first aired in Italy, and I’ve been addicted to the show since then. When I heard a book was being issued to celebrate Voltron 30th anniversary, I couldn’t help but adding it to my collection.

Fererik (Italy) –  I found the news about Anniversary Book on KAEX Yahoogroup. I’m interested with the book because I’m a longtime Voltron fan.

Josette (Canada) – I think a better question would be where did I not hear about this book.  Before the book had been released, it had been frequently mentioned in the Let’s Voltron Podcasts, as well as on the Voltron Facebook and Twitter feeds.  Also, the upcoming book was a popular topic of discussion between friends. Since I am truly a huge Voltron fan, this book being a commemoration of the big robot, it just seemed natural to buy a copy. Definitely considered as a must have for my collection.

Robbie (Australia) – It was a Christmas present from a fellow Voltron fan

Cubbie (Australia) – Found about the book on social media. There was a whole flurry of tweets about preorders and where we could buy a copy especially for fans from overseas.  Promoted as a coffee-table book, it is a must-have for anyone who grew up with Voltron.

Q2: How was your experience buying the book?  Did you buy the digital / printed or both? Why?

Flora (Italy) – I received the printed copy of the book through Book Depository, and everything went smooth and fine. The book arrived in a good packaging, and in perfect condition. When it comes to books, I usally prefer to have a printed-on-paper copy, as I like the feeling of the “real thing”.

Fererik (Italy) – Usually I prefer printed book because I don’t have e-book reader or smartphone, I can read them only with computer.  I prefer the printed version it’s more comfortable to read. Also the quality of this book is high, with the hardcover and silver printed details, so I thinks it’s a pleasure have the printed book.

Josette (Canada) – Before the book was released, the Canadian Amazon website offered the option to pre-purchase a copy of the hardcover version of the book. So of course, with free-shipping, it was a no brainer. I received emails notifications when the book was shipped and it arrived directly at my door on time. Easy-peasy! By the time I heard that the digital version was available, I wasn’t sold on the idea of buying it. I was completely in love with my hardcover version. That poor book was totted with me almost everywhere I went so it could be shared with friends. It was proudly displayed on my desk at work and coworkers stopped by to have a look at it. A few actually obtained a copy for themselves as well.

Robbie (Australia) –  I only have the printed copy.

Anniversary book limited edition

Cubbie (Australia) – I have three different copies:  a regular book,  a special limited edition that was only available at New York Comic Con 2014, and an ebook / digital copy I purchased online from Amazon Kindle.  The regular copy is for reference and is dog-eared from use; the special edition is a signed copy and a prized part of my collection (and not for everyday reading); while the digital ebook copy is very accessible via my mobile or tablet.

Q3: What did you like about the book in general?

Flora (Italy) –  I love its length – which appeals to a fan’s appetite – the luxury edition binding, and the beautiful shiny cover. I also like the fact it’s well presented and neatly organised, with different sections for each aspect of the show.

Fererik (Italy) –  I like the book design, the hardcover and all the details that I can discover about Voltron and characters.  It’s a wonderful book for all Voltron fans.

Josette (Canada) –   Overall, I really liked the book. I was happy to see the variety of topics that were covered, such as the toys and Robeast index. I was also interested to see mini-bios for Lion pilots and villains and supporting characters. Really felt that this book is not only for the avid fan, but for just about anyone that that would like to learn more about Voltron.

Anniversary book - bios

Robbie (Australia) –  I like the format and the different sections. My son loved the robeast cards and wondered where we could possibly buy these cards.

Cubbie (Australia) –  I love all the different sections, from the history of Voltron and the people who worked together on the cartoons to the section about the toys launched throughout the years was an absolute eye-opener.   The book really lived up as a ‘coffee-table’ book, designed as a showcase piece for any book lover and child of the eighties.

Q4: What was your favourite part of the anniv book? Any particular section / chapter of the book you liked most?

Flora (Italy) – I really loved “Part1- The Story”, which recounts how Voltron came to be. It’s a very interesting insight on the people behind Voltron, and how they worked to give form to the show we know and love. This part really exudes the sheer passion the production crew involved in the project had for Voltron, and this really sparkled a flow of admiration and nostalgia from my part.

The characters’ files were great too, as well as the chapter devoted to the Universe of Voltron, so full of interesting details about the settings and mythologies surrounding our favourite Giant Robot. The wonderfully drawn comic that ends the book, also gives closure to the saga of Voltron (but with some hints for future adventures) and – as a long-time fan of Keith and Allura – I particularly loved their long awaited kiss and the reference to a soon-to-be royal wedding!

Fererik (Italy) – I’m a classic Voltron fan, so I love so much the chapter about old 80’s version. I like the information about characters and the sketch sheets. It was so interesting to read about technical info about Voltron, the robot lions, and robeasts.

Josette (Canada) – My absolute favourite part of the book, was the Voltron Force comics section. The day the book was delivered, I immediately read that section first and read it over like a dozen times  Since the Voltron Force animated series only had one season, and ended on a cliffhanger, it left me wondering what happened next. Most importantly, I was quite interested to see what happened between Keith and Allura. The comic also ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, which disappointed me at first, but I now feel that it leaves the door open for the series to be picked up again.

Robbie (Australia) –  I love the comics section: I love the way it was drawn with the vibrant colours and the drama.

Voltron Anniversary book - comics page

Cubbie (Australia) –  As a fan of the Voltron Force series, the epilogue comics was my most-awaited/coveted section, brilliant storytelling by Brian Smith and artwork of Voltron Force Keith and Allura by Jacob Chabot.

Q5: Was there anything you think the authors could’ve improved, changed, or added?

Flora (Italy) –  The book is wonderful the way it is, and I love it wholeheartedly. Maybe a few more pics taken from the original show could have been added to the chapter dedicated to the characters. A comparative gallery with all graphic incarnations of the characters would have been interesting, to showcase how they have changed through time.

Fererik (Italy) –  In my opinion the characters in the comics is so different from classic version (the only one see in the Italy television is the first season) so I don’t like it so much. Also Vehicle Voltron isn’t interesting for me, but only because I never see them in italian version. If possible I would like to see more about classic version, more sketch sheets preparatory and a comic in classic anime style.

Josette (Canada) –  The Lion descriptions were cool, but some were inaccurate. For instance, it mentions that “the deepest dive on record made by a Blue Lion pilot took place in the famed Greater Arusian Trench”. This is contrary to the remark in the episode Dark Blue where it was mentioned that the lions had never been tested in such depths before.   I would have also preferred if they would have used the actual names of the weapons like they did in the episodes, such as“Electro Force Cross” and “Spinning Laser Blades” instead of “Atomic Emblem” and “Shooting Stars”.  Even though I’m not a Vehicle Voltron fan, I was disappointed that they didn’t at least make mention of the Pilot’s names. The DVD box cover already features the related artwork and they could have easily reused that for that section of the book.  It was as though they rushed through this section.

Robbie (Australia) –  Nothing. I love the book how it was divided into specific sections.

Cubbie (Australia) –   I can’t help it as I am a shipper at heart:  I would have loved to see Keith and Allura finally tie the knot (Who said they didn’t before Keith left with the rest of the team?)  Oh, and I would of course have loved a Happily-Ever-After ending.  Then again, that’s why we’re here fangirling Voltron, writing fanfiction, and drawing fanart because they didn’t close the door on this specific Voltron universe / version.

Voltron 30th Anniversary Book From Days of Long Ago

Voltron: From Days of Long Ago:
A Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration 
By Brian Smith, Marc Morrell, Joshua Bernard, Jacob Chabot
152 pp. Perfect Square. $29.99

Wear Your Fandom

I have been following HerUniverse, GoldBubbleClothing, and FanAlley  on social media and I felt very envious of how much of their merchandise catered to geekgirls and fangirls.

Because of the ridiculously low number of Voltron merch for fangirls, since my last blog post I have been busy finding ways to use my creativity in order to express and show off my Voltron geekgirl / fangirl mode.

First, I had all my Voltron tees altered with shorter sleeves & tapered sides.  This was one of the tees I have had altered:
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Next, I bought a vintage bedsheet on etsy and had a seamstress turn it into a summer dress.
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Finally, since I’m from Melbourne, Australia, I approached two Aussie custom crafters / upcyclers.

First was GlamComix, who used comic book covers and pages, repurposing them into useful fangirl items. Since we love #KeithandAllura, @Deensey hunted down old Voltron books and used pages from both Voltron DDP and Dynamite comics.
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Headband, Bangle, Notebook and Flask by GlamComix

Then, there’s @dspdavey from Two Cheeky Monkeys Jewellery. As a upcycler, crafter and jeweller, she has literature jewellery (lockets, pendants etc) on her etsy and madeit stores.
Using our commissioned artworks by Elmer Damaso, artist of the Voltron Robotech crossover comics, we now have these new gorgeous creations below:
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necklace watch with 80s Voltron Keith and Allura

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necklace locket with Voltron Force Keith and Allura

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Also, she featured the custom Voltron items on her blog.

And recently, for the first time ever, there is now a Voltron ladies t-shirt over at the official Voltron estore. They also have a new Blazing Sword pendant by Han Cholo, which IHMO would go well with the ladies tee.

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Voltron ladies t-shirt

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Voltron Blazing Sword by Han Cholo

But because our blog is mainly about the beloved canon couple, like Voltron, we’ve combined both pendant and locket to form one gorgeous fanship necklace.

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Perhaps one day, when DreamWorks Animation comes up with either a new Voltron series or the much-awaited Voltron movie,  Voltron will eventually have that ‘mega-fandom’ status with devoted fans and followers to rival fandoms like Harry Potter and Star Wars, and there would be more merchandise for Voltron fangirls.

For now, we want to show the world that there are devoted fangirls and shippers, who love our favourite giant robot, who would not only write FanFiction, or draw fanart, or cosplay Voltron and its characters, we want to wear our fandom for the world to see.

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@cubbieberry with her Tagabike

Fandom’s Fastest FanFiction Writer

updated on March 20, 2015 (Australian EST)

Writing Voltron FanFiction doesn’t just fall under the sci-fi genre, where Voltron comics are normally classified. When writing about the canon pairing of #KeithandAllura, it’s usually Sci-Fi Romance or SFR.  But then again, the Voltron universe includes magic, and an Arusian princess’s ability to speak to her dead family, so we can also add fantasy and the paranormal into the mix.   In the Voltron comic miniseries “A Legend Forged”, the Voltron Force even went back in time, with sorcery involved.  That comic series in itself covered sci-fi, time travel, fantasy, the paranormal and historical royalty

Keith and Allura from Voltron: A Legend Forged,

Keith and Allura from Voltron: A Legend Forged by Blaylock. DDP Comics (2009)

Similarly, Voltron FanFiction writer Paulina Ann has written stories so different and diverse, some of which include inter-dimensional travel, time travel and historical romance. Since writing her first KA pairing fanfiction in January 2014, Paulina Ann has written 38 stories in the space of a year, cementing herself as the Voltron KA fandom’s fastest FanFiction writer. For this month’s blog post, we celebrate not only the blog’s 2nd year anniversary, but also Paulina Ann’s birthday month.  For each of March’s thirty-one days, we will share Paulina Ann’s best FanFiction stories. To Paulina Ann, Happy Birthday and thank you for feeding us insatiable KA fans with (almost) daily uploads of fresh FanFiction stories and chapters with Keith and Allura pairing! *cheers*

1)    Mistletoe and Valentines

2)    Hidden Hearts

3)    Retaliation

4)    Unbroken 

5)    Ready to Engage? 

6)    Duchess 

7)    Mistletoe Revisited

8)    Finding Love in a Lion

9)    Part of Your World

10)  Breaking the Rules, Dradin Style

11)  A Mother’s Gift

12)  Longing

13)  Hand Caught in the Cookie Jar

14)  Between a Rock and a Hard Place

15)  Unexpected Rescuer

16)  A Shower Might be Safer 

17)  If You Have a Lane, You Have a Chance 

18)  Remembrance 

19)  Open Wounds

20)  Cold Shower 

21)  Out in the Cold

22)  Still in the Dark

23)  Tannenbaum

24)  Role Reversal

25)  Unexpected Twist

26)  Just a Kiss

27)  Shirts vs Skins

28)  Chivalry

29)  Lion House Restored

30)  Doomed Quest

31)  Alternate Choices

Commissioned Artwork of #Voltron Force #KeithandAllura

Voltron Force Keith and Allura by Elmer Damaso

After listening to Let’s Voltron podcast #31, where podcast host Marc Morrell interviewed two Voltron comics artists N. Steven Harris and Jacob Chabot, two avid podcast listeners from Canada and Australia had a light-bulb idea.

Josette and cubbie, fangirls and shippers from completely opposite sides of the world, were blown away by Voltron’s latest completed five-part Robotech / Voltron crossover comic mini-series, where they saw ’80s Voltron and its beloved canon pair Keith and Allura make an amazing comeback with brilliant artistic precision based on the original Japanese animation or anime style. It was all thanks to the comics’ talented artist, Elmer Damaso.

Because these two shippers also fangirled the Voltron Force (VF) 2011 version of Keith and Allura, they decided to commission Mr Damaso to create a digital artwork of Keith and Allura from this specific version of Voltron.  Mr Damaso accepted the challenge, and after several exchanged emails that flew across several timezones, he sent first a rough pencil sketch, then an inked version, until finally, a fully rendered version…with a few minor… ah…changes *sheepish grin*.

Since this was Josette and cubbie’s first request for commissioned artwork,  they had a couple of hoops for Mr Damaso to jump through. First, they wanted the artwork to closely resemble Keith and Allura from the Nicktoons cartoons version; Second, there was a question about a ring. As VF KA shippers, they wanted to know whether Keith and Allura were engaged or married at the end of VF series? Since they requested the commission before the Voltron 30th Anniversary book was released, they wanted something…ambiguous perhaps? It could either be a wedding ring or an engagement ring; it would all depend on the viewer’s point of view. And finally, they had to figure out the hotly-debated and contested issue regarding eye colour.

To cut a long story short, we are happy to share that Mr Damaso was most patient with the two over-eager nutbrained fangirls-shippers (*waves hi to Elmer*). Josette and cubbie have a version of VF with coloured eyes in their private collection.  However, for the purpose of this blog where ALL versions of Voltron are loved and supported, they’ve decided to share the artwork where Keith and Allura’s eye colour remained unchanged from its inked version, hoping to appease the 80s Voltron fangirls who preferred Keith’s eyes either black or dark brown.  (yes, inside the kaex yahoogroup, among KA fans themselves, divisions exist regarding the different versions of K/A).


Thank you Mr Elmer Damaso for an amazing commissioned artwork. Brilliant job. Two Thumbs Up.

We hope World Events Productions and Dreamworks Animation would re-hire you and the Digital Arts Chefs for Voltron’s next comics project.  We would love to see more of the Defender of the Universe and its beloved pilots, drawn faithfully from the classic 80s cartoons that we all grew up with.

Gingerbread Voltron

For this month’s blog post, let’s all welcome Voltron  #KeithandAllura fan, Josette Melanson from Canada, sharing her amazing story about Gingerbread (GB) Voltron.

GB Voltron and JM


Right before Christmas, I stumbled upon a photo on Facebook and YouTube clip on how to make a gingerbread Voltron.  This blazing, edible artwork was made by cake artist Gonzuela Bastarache.

GB Voltron Gonzuela and Voltron

Ms Bastarache, whose confectionery creations were regularly featured in Cake Master magazine, was recently on Food Network’s Sugar Dome’s Halloween Wars, where she was member of a competing team called ‘Sweet Nightmares

What surprised me about the talented and popular cake artist Ms Bastarache was that she also lives in my city of Moncton, New Brunswick.  Located in east coast, Atlantic side of Canada, Moncton, known asCanada’s polite and honest city, is a small city with a population of 146,000.

After the Christmas holidays, back at work, my dear friend and fellow Voltron fan Stephen, (who shared the Voltron prize Memorabilia)  told me about GB Voltron.

GB Voltron and Voltron fan Stephen

He mentioned that, like most edible, freshly-made baked goods having short shelf lives, a close friend rescued a very special gingerbread confection from being tossed out, and had it delivered it to his house. 

Stephen generously offered to share the gingerbread robot creation.

GB Voltron Top Closeup

It was love at first bite…er…sight. We were in complete awe! I mean, how could two people in little old Moncton be in possession to what we thought was the greatest piece of edible art?

GB Voltron Stephen with lionhead attack

GB Voltron YummyEven though I am pictured taking a huge bite of the mighty robot, I honestly could not bring myself to eat it. This is Voltron after all! Since neither of us had any room in our freezer to store the two foot gingerbread man without it falling apart, we resolved ourselves to the unevitable. But before discarding the now stale cookie, my friend gave me the head of my beloved Blue Lion as a keepsake. Best gift ever!

Happy 1st Anniversary @LetsVoltron podcast!


I’ve never religiously followed podcasts until the Let’s Voltron podcast came along.  Hearing 80’s Voltron Commander Keith Kogane shout out Voltron’s activation sequence, together with my favourite Voltron Force soundtrack as the podcast’s intro gives me goosebumps. Every. Single. Time.

Listening to the Let’s Voltron podcast became a more wholistic experience when podcaster Marc Morrell discussed Voltron stuff that I had purchased or was keen to purchase.  Having something tangible pushed the fangirl learning into an experiential level.


Podcast [002] Robotech / Voltron #1 with Tommy Yune gave a fantastic insight with regards to the crossover comics series.  As a newbie Voltron fan, I was eager to complete my first ever comic collection.  I am now the proud owner of both digital version and hard-copy of the Robotech / Voltron crossover series.


I never had my own Voltron action figure.  Back in the 80s, I wasn’t allowed to play with robots as they were “boys’ toys”.  After listening to Podcast [005] George Sohn & Toynami’s 30th Anniversary Voltron Collector’s Set  I wanted to save up for this beauty.  And on my 41st birthday, I finally had my wish fulfilled.  It’s never too late to own your own Voltron robot.


As a late-comer to the Voltron fandom, one of the first items that seasoned fangirls told me to purchase was this hard-to-find Voltron Omnibus by Dan Jolley.  The Omnibus was published in 2008 and comprised the compilation of Devil’s Due comics that had started in 2003. This version of Voltron had also been the backbone of some of the Voltron fanfiction writers on FanFiction.Net.    Reading the book, the fanfiction stories, and hearing Podcast [007]: Voltron DDP Comics Author Dan Jolley‘s inputs completed the fangirl experience.


As big fans of the Voltron Force version (Nicktoons 2011), my 8yo daughter and I totally geeked out when we listened to Marc Morrell interview Brian Smith, writer the Voltron Force comic novels, in Podcast [008]This podcast episode was also a kid-friendly episode with Marc Morrell’s son Lucas as his co-host.


Podcast episodes [006], [015], [022] and [030]  were in-depth discussion and comparison of Voltron episodes 1-16 both 80s Voltron and Go-Lion versions. And each time, after listening to each podcast episode, I wanted to pull out my DVD box sets and watch the cartoons straightaway.


Voltron Dynamite Comics Issue #11 (with #KeithandAllura on the cover) was my very first Voltron comic book.  I was never into comic books before.  Until Voltron Dynamite.  The comics writer for this series was Brandon Thomas (Podcast [021]), who was the first Voltron comics writer I ‘met’ on Twitter and actively replied to Voltron fans’ queries on this social media platform.   The artist for Dynamite Voltron issues 6-12 was N.Steven Harris (Podcast [031]), who gave Voltron fans amazing preview pages via Deviantart.  During that time, I was in my first school term at the local community art school and I struggled with drawing different perspectives. N Steven Harris’ Voltron artwork was my inspiration during that school term in basic drawing and painting.


And the pièce de résistance, the highlight of the year, is this coffee-table book “From Days of Long Ago” where a group of people have come together to make Voltron’s 30th Anniversary very special.  It took three different podcasts to cover and discuss this awesome tome,  Podcast [029] with NYCC Preview,  Podcast [031] with Jacob Chabot’s interview, and Podcast [034]: “From Days of Long Ago”


Finally, the trifecta of all the Voltron podcast episodes is from the World Events Productions (WEP) team.  To hear Voltron stuff straight from WEP is pure gold for this fangirl who lives far, far away from Voltron HQ. Listen to Mr Bob Koplar in podcast episodes [012] [013] and [035];  Ms Tiffany Ilardi in Podcast [028] and Mr Ted Koplar in Podcast [019]

Thank you Marc Morrell for a fantastic 2014 with mind-blowing thirty-five podcasts.   Voltron fans around the world are so lucky and are very grateful for all the Voltron updates.   We look forward to more podcasts and we are keen to see what’s in store for Voltron in 2015.  In the meantime, we would to share our wishlist for future podcasts:

– Interview Dreamworks Animation

– Interview voice actors of Keith and Allura from Voltron Force

– Interview Tommy Yune and Elmer Damaso during TP release date of Robotech/Voltron crossover comics

Finding KA Beyond Fanfiction & Fanart

After sifting through a wealth of Voltron fan fiction on Fanfiction.Net to build what is now the Keith and Allura Community List,  I found myself still craving more than just stories featuring our favourite canon pairing of #KeithandAllura.  Being a very visual person, I also love VF KA Fanart.  Hubby Chris occasionally indulges me with delish VF KA fanart,  but when I need my KA fix, my quiet, happy escape to get through the tough days of real life, I also turn to Cheetoy.


VF KA fanart “Hold Me Please” by Cheetoy

I was so inspired from all the stories that I began writing fanfiction myself.  And thanks to Cheetoy, she inspired me to take up art classes, so that one day, I too could draw VF KA fanart.

However, like other KA fans, I was still hungry, insatiable even.   But where else could I find KA?  Suddenly curious,  I began my first step of finding KA by researching via the Internet.  What would I look for?  Would I look for similar physical attributes, character traits or both?  But first, where do I look for KA?

KA in Anime / Manga

Since Voltron began as an anime in Japan as Beast King GoLion circa 1981,  the first stop was anime and manga land.  Do present-day animation companies still use the classic template that Toei Animation had used for GoLion’s Akira Kogane and Fala Hime more than thirty years ago?  Fortunately at this day and age, there are now (android) apps that could play/stream full episodes of animation for mobile phone devices.  There are also apps where one can read the latest manga issues in English.   It has been thirty years since Voltron and there has been a lot of anime and manga produced since then.  So, I decided to focus on what was readily available on mobile apps.

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I was blown away with the stuff I found.  The Het pairing of (dark, brooding, loner Commander/Protector/Knight/Noble) with (bright,leading female Princess/Ruler/Fair maiden/Royalty)  was everywhere.  Some anime/manga literally were reincarnations of KA, with Knight-Princess pairing.  There were anime/manga types that had no pairings, but the lead male character looked like Keith Kogane.  I found so many manga/anime KA-lookalikes, (and most some titles were in Japanese too) I decided put the images randomly together to show you a mere glimpse of what I found.

KA in Fiction

But I wanted to read romance and outer space, just like in the Voltron universe. The hopeless romantic and KAshipper in me was still hungry and was hankering for more KA-esque characters to read.  Then, one day on Twitter, I saw a retweet about this Aussie author with a new book that had the story elements I craved: Sci-Fi / Romance, or simply SFR.  I was gobsmacked to find such a genre I never knew actually existed.  I’m such a late bloomer; I spent most of my twenties on autopilot: as a corporate drone, buried in graduate school studies reading academic journals, and in my thirties I was devouring parenting, motherhood and breastfeeding books.  Anywhooo…

I was having an author crush on Anna Hackett.  Here was a fellow Aussie, a mum of two young kiddies, and a published author writing the kind of stories I was looking for.  And yes, Anna grew up watching Voltron too! *sparkly teary eyes*  Her book Winter Fusion had KA-like characters: ex-space marine Savan and planetary negiotator Brinn.  Her latest book In the Devil’s Nebula had VF KA-esque space pilot Commander Zayn and blonde-haired Ria as her kickass couple.

Anna Hackett book cover Winter Fusion Anna Hackett book cover In The Devil's Nebula

I was smitten from the get go.  From there, the floodgates opened and found myself immersed, reading e-book after e-book of SFR.   I also found myself following both Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly and SFR Brigade on Twitter.

KA Fanfic Writers Turned Authors

At the end of the day, I went back to our fandom and continued to look for more KA-pairing stories.   But something was still missing.  I wondered about fandoms. The big fandoms / mega-fandoms have their own fanfic writers-turned authors. After reading Anne Jamison‘s FIC: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over The World,  I found myself reading all of Christina Lauren‘s books, and the (in) famous Fifty Shades by E.L. James.  By this time, I wondered if the Voltron fandom has its own fanfic-writers-now-published-authors?  And the answer is yes! One of them is Shannon Muir: one of Voltron’s first fanfic writers and is an author of several books. Surely there are others too, unbeknowst to this newbie fangirl? Amongst KA fanfic writers, even?  Was there a fanfic-writer-turned-author from KAEX yahoogroup?

And the answer is another big yes! One of the KAEX Yahoo Group’s earliest members, David A. Tatum aka Desaix on FFN, has had a few published books under his belt and his latest one, The Kitsune Strategem, had KA-lookalike characters.  I was instantly drawn to the book cover. It was like looking at KA from a different universe.  I was mesmerised from page one and couldn’t put the book down.  It was like reading Go-Lion/Voltron but in a fantasy version, with a solid, expansive, and detailed world-building universe behind his main characters Keiras and Mathis.

David A Tatum book cover Kitsune Strategem

But I do need to mention that Kitsune Strategem is not SFR genre, but rather heroic fantasy genre.  But still, I loved the way he wrote Keiras and Mathis, the friendship that appeared to grow chapter after chapter, how they look after and protect each other, it was like falling in love with KA all over again.  David A Tatum’s Mathis and Keiras reminded me of KA’s GoLion and Voltron DotU universes, where fans could logically infer something was going on between Kogane-Fala / Keith-Allura (however, unlike the Voltron Force Nicktoons version, KA was affianced by the end of the series).   By the time I finished reading The Kitsune Strategem, I wanted Book 2 straightaway.  Just like KA, I wanted to find out (and speculate?) if there would be more than friendship between Keiras and Mathis.  (Suddenly itching to write a fanfic *tee hee*)

So, who else among the KA fanfic writers have published books? I’ve asked our current and amazing fanfic writers –Drowningblonde, KathDMD, Mertz, and RedLion2–  if they’re close to publishing soon?  They got their stories under wraps.  They got me all excited, eager to cheer and promote our fandom’s next batch of upcoming authors.

KA in Voltron’s new 30th Anniversary book

At the end of my research / reading journey, I eventually went full circle.  I found KA again, inside Voltron’s 30th Anniversary book “From Days of Long Ago.”  It’s a beautiful coffee-table book and a must-have for Voltron fans from every generation.

Voltron 30th Anniv Book From Days of Long Ago

Now the only thing left is, unfortunately still stuff of science-fiction:  Is there a way to program an e-Reader to change characters’ names and attributes to match my favourite couple? *grins*

Long Live Keith and Allura!

KA from Voltron Anniversary Book


This blogpost became live on 13th November 2014:  Cheetoy, I dedicate this blogpost to you: Happy Birthday fangirl!


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