:: reviews Bucket List ::
:: notes entry, “Write Comic Book; See Name on Cover” ::
:: checks off Bucket List Item ::
:: dances around home office ::
Thanks to editor Sarah Gaydos and the good folks at IDW Publishing, my bro Kevin and I are getting to do something we’ve always wanted to do. For me, it’s a dream that goes back to when I was…what? Eight years old? Whenever I started reading comics with any regularity and occasionally took pencil or Crayon to paper in order to create my own horribly rendered comic adventures.
(No, none of those early efforts survived. All evidence has been purged. All witnesses have been silenced.)
“The Menace of the Mechanitrons!” is our contribution to Star Trek: Waypoint, a six-issue mini-series in which IDW is showcasing all-new stories penned and drawn by various folks with some sort of Star Trek connection past or present, as part of celebrating Star Trek‘s 50th anniversary. Sarah invited us to participate several months ago, and immediately took a liking to our pitch to write an all-new story that pays homage to those gloriously off-beat Gold Key Star Trek comics of the late 1960s and 1970s. Such tales were my first exposure to comics featuring Captain Kirk and the gang, and for all the many, many ways they are so totally inconsistent with the show from which they take their cue, they possess a charm that is all but impossible to deny.
Making things even better was Sarah’s enlisting of artist and Star Trek comics veteran Gordon Purcell, who as I write this is studiously working to complete his work drawing the pretty pictures which will breathe life into our pithy words. If the cover he came up with is any indication, this whole thing is going to be epic. Check it out:
Look! It’s our names! On the cover! I need a cigarette! I don’t even smoke!
:: ahem ::
The art provided by Gordon is for the issue’s “subscription variant” cover. The “regular” version for stores will feature art by David Malan.
Our story is one of two which will fill out Star Trek: Waypoint #2’s thirty-two pages. The other story featured in this special issue is being written by Sam Maggs, author of (among other things), The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy. Handling art duties for Sam’s story is one of my favorite comic artists currently toiling in the trenches, Rachael Stott. The issue will be out in November.
Check out more info on this issue and other Star Trek comics goodness coming later this year from IDW by reading this new article over at StarTrek.com:
Many thanks to Sarah Gaydos and IDW for inviting us into their sandbox to play for a short while!
Now, if you’ll excuse me……………..I need another cigarette.