So long, Dean Stockwell. You will be missed.
So long, Dean Stockwell. You will be missed.
Just updated the comic’s archives for the first time since… geez… 2017. The archive, for those who don’t know, compiles the strips into comic book page form. I’ve added “Mudd Slide”, “The Word of God”, “The Motion Picture Redux”, and even the published portions “Red Meat”. It’s a great place to reread, remind, and catch up. Check it out in the top menu!
My TOS Vaccine poster has always been hit. I created it back during the measles scare in 2015. Who knew it would be so much more horrendously relevant today? That’s why I’m back at it with a TNG Version starring Mr. Worf. Click on the image to get a poster sized version suitable for printing.
For those curious about my comic drawing process, I created a time lapse video of the creation of yesterday’s strip. You can see what apps I use (Final Draft, Illustrator, and Photoshop) and the whole assembly from text layout to sketching to color. It’s three hours of work condensed to nine minutes. And, if you’d like to see what every sketch looks like and get the strip a day earlier than the rest of the world, check out my Patreon!
I spent a little time today touching up and adding detail to the final crew shot of The Motion Picture Redux. It makes a really great wallpaper for your desktop! Click the picture to get the full size image.
Guess what folks? We’re moving across the Bay, to Alameda!…County! We’ll be East Bay citizens in four days. Due to all the packing and unpacking and settling I don’t know when the comic will be coming back, but I’m guessing two weeks the latest.
So, what’s with that exquisitely rendered scene from Star Trek: The Motion Picture on the front page? That’s the beginning of a new interim project I’m calling TMP:Redux. It’s something to tide us all over while the next original comic storyline is being worked on. Mixing what we saw on screen with concepts from Roddenberry’s novelization of the film, I’m attempting to create an ending for The Motion Picture that I think makes more dramatic sense. Part of that means recasting Decker. Besides the fact that Stephen Collins the man is fucking gross, as an actor he’s also terribly bland with all the emotional impact and sex appeal of an over-cooked lima bean. I replaced him with Glynn Turman, a much more attractive and dynamic actor who is the same age as Collins and also did much of his work in the 70s and 80s.
There’s going to be a lot of changes besides just the visual, but I don’t want to ruin the surprise. Even though The Motion Picture is a polarizing film with most fans considering it a slow-moving mess, there are many, like myself, who really dig it. To those who hold the film sacrosanct, know that I do love it. That’s why I want to play with it. Shitty things you hate just aren’t worth the effort. For the rest of you, maybe this will give you a new appreciation of the slow-moving mess.
The first week of my daily live read of Star Trek: The Motion Picture’s novelization was a sexy blast of hot Roddenberry futurism and boner alerts. You can check out the fun archived in the threads posted below. If you want to join me live, the next read is about an hour. You can catch it here.
Day One – The Forward and Catching up with Kirk and Spock.
Day Two – Kirk get’s back his ship and the Enterprise prepares for launch.
Day Three – Ilia arrives, Kirk and Sulu get stiffies, and the Enterprise finally launches.
Day Four – The Enterprise nearly hits an asteroid and phaser bypasses are discussed to death.
Day Five – The crew face the cloud head on and Ilia bites it trying to save Spock.
The comic may be on a bit of a hiatus, but Ryan and I are definitely on it. In the meantime, while you’re stuck sheltering-in-place, why not join me for a live reading of Roddenberry’s novelization of Star Trek: The Motion Picture on Twitter. Every weekday, starting Monday March 23rd at 1pm EDT/10am PDT, I’ll be reading a few chapters from the book and giving my notes on the various interesting aspects and total deviations from the movie. TMP’s novelization is a cornucopia of often bizarre and sometimes brilliant Roddenberryisms that this comic has drawn from on occasion. In some ways it’s superior to the movie. In others you can tell Gene’s a TV writer who can’t quite summon the energy for a 400 page book. It’s a must read for any Trek fan. Start following @trekcomic, #TMPRead, and join me daily. What better stuff do you have to do anyway?