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Posts Tagged ‘Star Trek Magazine’

Titan releases Star Trek Comic!

Posted by Michael Warren on May 10, 2009

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So, today’s Sunday Mirror (a newspaper I would ordinarily go nowhere near) had a free special edition of Star Trek Magazine from Titan Magazines. A 16-page “taster” issue, including what I imagine are interviews from the real issue 145, the Movie Souvenir Special.

However, the major surprise came on the back cover. As well as the advertisment for Star Trek Magazine, the back cover includes the first announcement of Star Trek Comic, a new release from Titan! This is the first I’ve heard of this release – and it is a bit of a surprise.

The bumper first issue is apparently out now (although I didn’t spot it anywhere after looking around for Trek merchandise on Friday afternoon after the film), and is 68 pages (I presume future issues will be 32 pages or similar). The issue features the first two issues of the film prequel Countdown, as well as various other features, and film stickers. Obviously, it is intended for a younger audience, but I shall be picking it up as soon as I locate it!

This appears to be a UK-only release, as Titan’s US website has no comics section.

More information can be found at Titan’s official website here.

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A little rarity…

Posted by Michael Warren on February 14, 2009

As I was browsing through the Star Trek Magazine Archives (preview; review), I discovered something I’d been trying to get my hands on for quite some time.

When Season 4 of Deep Space Nine premiered on video, a special piece of artwork was commissioned for “The Way of the Warrior“. This artwork appeared on the cover and inside gatefold of CIC Video‘s volume 4.1. It was also used to advertise the new release. A little while back, I wanted to try and track the artwork down. I knew there was a copy of it on the back cover of one of the older Star Trek Monthly issues, but, as I have mentioned previously, those are currently several hundred miles away.

Of course, with the new CD-ROM archive, that was no longer the case. And I was delighted when I discovered that the archives included the back covers as well as the main content. And that the issue I was looking for was in the first volume.

So, I present to you a little gem – the promotional artwork for “The Way of the Warrior”, as printed on the back cover of Star Trek Monthly issue 12:

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One of the things I would really like to know is who actually drew the image, and whether it was used to promote the episode in the States.

I have also made two wallpaper-sized versions for you to download and enjoy!

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Review – Exploring the Archives

Posted by Michael Warren on February 1, 2009

Star Trek Magazines - The Archives screenshotLast week, I told you all about the new Star Trek Magazine – The Archives, and said my order had already been placed. Well, it arrived on Tuesday, and, after a few moments of confusion about what the package was (since I hadn’t actually received an email confirmation that everything was OK with my transaction), I got on with the task of exploring the product.

Each issue has been carefully scanned and reproduced, with the exception of the comic strips that were originally featured in these early issues – licensing and copyright issues have prevented that. The interface is fairly basic, essentially a navigation frame built over a PDF document, but this release isn’t really about the programming, but the content. This first volume covers what many consider to be the “peak” of Star Trek in terms of popularity and impact – the mid 1990’s, between the launch of Voyager and the release of Star Trek: First Contact.

Admittedly, there are some gripes, like the fact that the text doesn’t quite display properly – the fonts seem slightly reduced, making them harder to read as a result. Also, the “copyright restrictions” message on the comic strips is reasonable, but does it have to be displayed in place of every single page? Why not just have one page with the message on, and then skip to after the end of the strip? Otherwise, it is extremely hard to navigate past it, as you don’t really know how many pages you’ve skipped, and how many more there are before the magazine appears again. Obviously, this isn’t an issue that has to be corrected for Volume 2, since this volume contains the only issues to include comic strips, and the restriction isn’t likely to be needed again (unless there’s an issue with the novel extracts…). The navigation menu – being set up by type of feature, rather than just the order in the magazine – is not all that helpful to navigate, as it happens, particularly if you want to jump past the comic strip (since you can’t tell what the first feature after it is).

Still, regardless of all that, it is a brilliant product, which does exactly what it says on the tin, and certainly will be of interest to those who crave background information on the various series. Volume 2 cannot come soon enough for me.

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Enter The Archives…

Posted by Michael Warren on January 26, 2009

Star Trek Magazine - The Archives, Volume One coverStar Trek Magazine has been around for a very long time now. I’ve been collecting since issue 4, way back in 1995 (when it was Star Trek Monthly), and am responsible for creating the articles on the issues found at Memory Alpha.

Most of the older issues are extremely hard to come by now, particularly those that sold out back when they were first released (issue 2 and 3 were a particular bugbear for me), and I have quite a few single-issue gaps in my collection as a result. Plus, my collection is now 200 miles away as a result of my move, and so it’s not possible to go back and consult them for behind-the-scenes information and the like.

Fortunately, Titan Magazines (who publish the series) are releasing a CD-ROM Archives series in partnership with SCS Group. The first volume, covering the first 24 issues (dated March 1995-February 1997), is out now, priced at £19.99 for UK orders, $30 for US orders, and £24.99 for other countries (+P&P). The issues are fully-searchable and fully-printable – sadly, they do not include the comic strips that were featured in the early issues (licensing and such, I imagine), but you can always get them in the Complete Comic Book Collection 😀

You can purchase the first volume online at the SCS website.

I’ve already placed my order…

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Extract of Destiny!

Posted by Michael Warren on August 19, 2008

Yes, I’m going to milk this “…of Destiny” thing for as long as possible…

An extract from the first Star Trek: Destiny novel, Gods of Night, has been released by Pocket Books. You can read it at the Pocket Books website, or at TrekMovie.com.

I haven’t read it yet – I’m doing my best to resist and wait for the novel itself, which should be out in one month’s time (Kobayashi Maru, the September release, has just started showing up for purchase online – my copy is on its way as we speak…).

Another extract (or possibly the same one) will be in the next issue of Star Trek Magazine (140/US #13, out this week in the US, and 18th September in the UK), with an introduction from author David Mack. An extract from the third volume, Mere Mortals, will be released with issue 141 in late October/early November.

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