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The Typhon Pact covers!

Posted by Michael Warren on March 2, 2009

Well, no, not really. Sorry. Just more of my Photoshop messing about, I’m afraid.

I was attempting to create a Star Trek novel cover, using the correct dimensions and all (having been able to get hold of the font used on the Destiny series), and I was so impressed with what I managed to achieve, I immediately decided to use it and make up covers for the Typhon Pact miniseries coming next year.

Of course, as so often happens with the stuff I do on Photoshop, the first one was a triumph, but repeating the effects and the style again were more difficult that I imagined. Still, the others look pretty good.

Note that the titles, the assigned authors and the characters present are entirely of my own devising, and in no way represent the work or intentions of Pocket Books – although I won’t complain if my guesses turn out to be correct!

Book I – Galaxy in Flames by Keith R.A. DeCandido

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This is the one I started out with, and was very pleased with – all of the composite images work really well with the colouring and the textures, and the Picard image stands out prominently.

I liked it so much that I created a solicitation cover for it as well (those temporary images you get in the Pocket Books catalogues and on Amazon in early pre-orders).

Book II – False Hopes by Christopher L. Bennett

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I struggled with this one for a bit – finding the best Martok image took some time. It was at this point, based on my – unintentional – juxtaposition of Picard and the Scimitar hall in Galaxy in Flames, that I decided on a visual theme of the characters being juxtaposed with settings associated with another species.

Book III – Broken Promises by James Swallow

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I was running out of ideas as to who to feature on the cover by now – Garak did have a small role in Destiny, and it might be that the limitations on revealing too much about the future of the DS9 relaunch may preclude any major appearances beyond the Aventine crew (of which, more momentarily), but I liked the image. I also went a bit “arty” on the First City panorama, throwing in a Brush Strokes effect that seems to work quite well.

Book IV – All Our Sorrows by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore

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And, taking the cue from what Margaret Clark said when the real series was announced, the Aventine appears on a cover :D. This one was the hardest of all – that damned Ki Baratan image just didn’t like the colour washes I chose for this cover, and then I had to modify the Ezri picture to reflect that she’s now command division and ranked Captain… It looks grubbier than the others, and I’m not as satisfied with it as the others, but it’s not bad.

And, finally, a montage of all four covers without titles.

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I take no responsibility for people thinking these are the real deal – they’re definitely not! Anyway, hope they were enjoyed.

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SCOT*E

Posted by Michael Warren on February 16, 2009

Empire Online has been doing these poster mashups for a few weeks now. This week, it was the turn of Star Trek. Most of them were utter rubbish – but the winner was absolutely fantastic.

I give you… SCOT*E!

SCOT*E

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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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Review – “To be regarded in his own age as a classic…”

Posted by Michael Warren on January 22, 2009

A Singular DestinySo, Destiny has reshaped the state of the Star Trek universe. And now, the ripples from that catastrophic trilogy are beginning to spread. A Singular Destiny is the first novel to explore this new horizon – and it sets the seeds for the next two years’ worth of stories.

Did it live up to expectations? Find out below…

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Majel Barrett-Roddenberry – In Memoriam

Posted by Michael Warren on December 19, 2008

Not surprisingly, the news from the Star Trek universe is dominated today by the passing of Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, best known as the widow of Gene Roddenberry and the actress who portrayed the characters of  Number One, Christine Chapel, Lwaxana Troi, and the Starfleet computer. It was only a week ago that it was announced that she would reprise her role as the Enterprise computer in Star Trek next year.

Her death is a huge loss to the science fiction community, and condolences go to her friends and family.

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Review – “Do Not Close Your Eyes”

Posted by Michael Warren on December 6, 2008

It has been said that history moves with the speed of a bullet…

The first issue of IDW Publishing’s latest Star Trek comic series came out two weeks ago. Falling under the Myriad Universes banner of alternate history stories, Star Trek: The Last Generation sees a devastated Earth under Klingon rule, after a single person in the wrong place at the wrong time leads history to take a decidedly different course.

So, how was it? Find out inside…

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Star Trek: Destiny – A primer…

Posted by Michael Warren on August 24, 2008

With this eagerly anticipated trilogy due to hit the bookshelves in about a month’s time, it can be tough to figure out exactly what you need to know in order to follow the story. Whilst it isn’t necessary to go into Gods of Night with any knowledge of what has come before – any notes of importance with regards to continuity or history will almost certainly be included where needed by David Mack – here is a brief explanation of some of the most recent events in the Star Trek universe, with particular relevance to factors and characters that may play a role in Destiny

Note that this primer will contain spoilers for numerous novels, including minor “casting” spoilers for Destiny itself. External links to Memory Alpha and Memory Beta may also contain spoilers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Column – IDW Month-to-Month Sales July 2008

Posted by Michael Warren on August 19, 2008

One of the (many) things I do over at Memory Alpha is update the sales figures for IDW’s Star Trek line each month, when the estimated numbers are released. Taking my cue from the work of Paul O’Brien and Marc-Oliver Frisch over at the comics blog The Beat, I thought it might be interesting to cover them here, as well. I also decided to follow the format they have established for similar articles covering Marvel, DC and other publishers (because IDW releases usually fall outside the top 100, they don’t typically cover those).

So, here we go. Each release will contain the estimated sales figures from ICv2 and Diamond Comic Distributors, along with the percentage drop from the previous issue, as well as some commentary on the figures, and the title, from myself. The number(s) before the series titles represent their position on the ICv2 chart, which catalogues the top 300 comics each month.

In July, with three of the four ongoing series receiving two issue releases this month, it was a pretty full pull list for Trek comic readers. As is now typically the case, one series comes to an end, with another starting up on its tail.

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