Archive for September 28th, 2007

Two Decades of The Next Generation

September 28, 2007

tngopeninglogo.jpgHas it been twenty years already or has there been some sort of rift in the space/time continuum? I was starting my first year at Cal State Long Beach the same fall season that Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered on television. Being a long-time fan of Star Trek: The Original Series I was eager to experience a return to the universe created by Gene Roddenberry some two plus decades previously — and I was not disappointed. Apparently, the same was true with many other viewers. ST:TNG lasted for seven seasons — four seasons longer than ST:TOS — and spun off two additional Star Trek series in Deep Space Nine and Voyager.

This past year I had the pleasure of serving as editor for IDW Publishing’s first foray into Star Trek comic books with Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Space Between with writer David Tischman, artist Casey Maloney, and colorist Len O’Grady. As cliché as it sounds, it was a dream opportunity for this fanboy.

For as long as I can remember, Star Trek, in one form or another, has been a part of my life and will probably continue to be so for many many more decades — perhaps even to the the chagrin of my future children… Generation after generation… Sorry, kids.