Archive for the ‘Work’ Category

Blood Will Tell Has Been Told

September 5, 2007

bwt5cvr.jpgOne of the last IDW series that I served as Editor on was Star Trek: Klingons: Blood Will Tell— a five-issue miniseries that recounted some of the most memorable encounters between the Klingon Empire and the Federation of Planet’sStarfleet , namely one meddlesome Captain Kirk. The series was written by David and Scott Tipton — and to be honest, I was jealous of the two when they landed the gig. You see, I dig Klingons — have since the very beginning. Back in the days of watching The Original Series reruns as a kid, Christopher Lloyd‘s portrayal of Commander Kruge in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, the introduction of the first Klingon to serve with Starfleet (Worf) with Star Trek: The Next Generation — Klingons have always had an air of… kick ass to them. But, the Tipton Bros. did a great job with the series. And artist David Messina was a favorite of mine since the early days of my IDW editorial stint when I saw his work on an Angel series.

Even if I hadn’t played a part in putting this project together I could honestly recommend for readers to check the series out. You don’t need to be a die-hard Star Trek fan to enjoy — everybody is familiar enough with Klingons to give it a read and not feel lost. And Star Trek fans, well there’s plenty of “insider” material for you in there for you to enjoy above and beyond the read itself. The fifth and final issue of the series drops tomorrow (08/05/07) at local comic book shops — the collected trade paperback is due to hit shelves in a few months. Qapla’!

Note: Check out Scott Tipton’s Comics 101 web site.

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Editor’s Log—Stardate: 60773.4

April 24, 2007

f_styear4.jpgI’ve awaken from a month-long suspended statis to point out the fact that Newsarama.com is currently running a number of articles and interviews with an IDW focus — accurately enough called IDWeek. Yesterday’s pieces centered on 30 Days of Night. Today they are tapping into Star Trek — and first up is a piece by yours truly. Check it out here.

In other news… As is evedant from this posting, I am still alive. It’s just been a busy month. I hope to unleash all sorts of exciting news and worthwhile posts soon. Stay tuned.

Wizard World Los Angeles 2007

March 14, 2007

Well they may have just announced that David Arquette is making a special appearance at Wizard World Los Angeles this weekend, but there’s even more news… I’ll be at Wizard World Los Angeles as well!

IDW Publishing will have a booth (#715) at the show which will run Friday thru Sunday — March 16, 17, 18. I’m even scheduled to do signings on Friday from 3:00 Pm to 4:00 Pm, so bring your copies of (Super) Hero Happy Hour! And who knows…? Since I’m still not recovered from be flu bug that intensified from my trip to Wondercon earlier this month, and has been kicking my ass ever since, this may be your last opportunity to get your copies of Hero Happy Hour signed — this show may very well kill me. Then you can put them up on eBay and cash in on the riches.

So if you’re in the L.A. area and comic books are your thing, check out the show and come by and say “hey.”

Long Overdue Post

March 10, 2007

For those of you that may have been concerned (meaning my mom), I am still alive. Though, over the last few days I’ve felt like death warmed over. I went ahead and caught myself the flu bug. I had a cold before I left for Wondercon in San Fransisco last week, but thought I shook it. Instead I ended up getting even more sick. The last few weeks have been busy and stressful — which would explain the lack of posts and my general feeling like crud.

So I’m currently lying in bed with the laptop (on a nifty bed tray that I found at Target last month), catching up on seasons three and four of Star Trek: Enterprise, with a chance to catch up on my blog.

Let’s see… My name came up on a few sites over the last month — namely in regards to IDW’s Star Trek comic books.

Even though I ended up getting a nasty bug, Wondercon went relatively well. You can catch up on the ever-so-exciting panel I held with Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Space Between writer David Tischman at Wondercon ’07: IDW Panel — unless you were one of the fifteen people in attendance for the panel (or the guy that was asleep in the first row and missed everything).

In non-work or Star Trek comic related news… Spring training officially got underway and my Angels got off to a good start and are currently 7 and 4 as I type this.

There’s still no sign of Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip returning to NBC any time soon. And speaking of my favorite television shows — I think Scrubs may have run its course. While there have been some really strong episodes this season there has also been a “musical” episode, a “flashback” episode, and the last episode had a lame fart gag. As much as it pains me to say… Maybe it’s time to pull the plug rather than limp along on life support.

With the few moments that I’m awake when I’m not at work and commuting I’ve been working on a couple of side projects and will hopefully have something to show off soon — including Hero Happy Hour.

Alright, rather than add anything else to this hodgepodge of a post I’ll cut it short and hopefully follow it up with a string of substantial posts. Until then…

Wondercon

February 27, 2007

Hardly any posts this month and here I come with an excuse as to why I won’t be posting much else — this week at least. Thursday thru Sunday I’ll be at Wondercon in San Francisco. This will be my second time attending Wondercon. Saturday I will be conducting a panel and representing IDW. If you’re in the area this weekend and dig comics check it out.

Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Space Between #2

February 21, 2007

tng02-covb.jpgThe second issue of IDW Publishing‘s Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Space Between beams down to comic book store shelves today! Now, my opinion might be biased, but I think that that this issue is even better than issue #1. If you’re a fan Captain Picard you’ll dig this issue, entitled “Captain’s Pleasure.” We also have a number of supporting characters made up from a number of the “supporting” alien races–Andorian, Bajoran, Bolian…

Writer David Tischman’s “voice” of the characters has grown only stronger and Casey Maloney and Leondard O’Grady shine with art and colors. Be sure to check it out and let me know what you think.

You Can’t Please Them All All Of The Time

January 30, 2007

Originally I posted the comments below on the IDW Publishing Forums and I thought I’d post them here as well. It’s nothing ground-shaking — just thought in this time and age of fans posting their opinions on the internet that I’d share mine.

Honestly, harsh “criticism” or just plain declarations of dislike are to be expected to surface when producing a project such as Star Trek, or even Transformers and Angel. The one element that properties like these share is a strong, dedicated, and above all else, passionate fanbase. It is the passion of these fans that make these properties what they are — what makes them great.

We’re never going to be able to please 100 percent of the people a 100 percent of the time — no one can. What we can hope to accomplish is to please as many fans as we can — new and old alike. Personally, If I had the means to produce the perfect Star Trek comic book for each and every individual Star Trek fan I would — but that is an inconceivable feat in which to accomplish. The perfect Star Trek comic book for a 20 year-old fan attending college at Berkely, or a thirtysomething mother of three that attends sci-fi conventions, or a middle-aged dentist in Boston who grew up on The Original Series, or the guy who is thrilled to have the opporunity to Edit Star Trek comic books is going to be different from one another.

Unfortunately, it’s those that are unsatisfied for whatever reason that are more likely to make their opinions public. And that is fine — that is their right. If they don’t like something they’ll let it be known. Sure, some of the neigh-sayers might not be willing to give a project a fair chance because of a cover they didn’t like, or someone else’s opinion that they read on a blog or message board — but they’ll share their thoughts nonetheless. It is this “camp” of fans which tend to be lounder than the others.

For the most part, it has been my experience that if a reader of a comic book enjoys and/or is satisfied with the end result they’re not going to necessarily go out of their way to spread the word of their content. Sure, they might make a point to truly express what they did like about the comic or come to the defense when they read unflattering posts and it is honestly appreciated by everyone involved with the project.

Having vested what we have in Star Trek (or Transformers, or Angel, or 24) I make it a point to hear and read — good or bad — what is being said. I probably hear and read more across a larger expanse of venues than your average poster who feels compelled to express their opinions with a blog or message bost. I can honestly say that the favorable has outweighed the unfavorable — it’s just that those on the unfavorable team tends to turn the volume up a bit more.

As a Star Trek fan I can honestly say that I’m proud of what we’re accomplishing as a team. Are we batting a thousand? No. But like with any maiden voyage there’s going to be a bit of a “shakedown” at first. Having the knowledge of what is in store as well as seeing what is soon to come I’m not worried. The volume is sure to adjust and equalize and I foresee a pleasnt voyage.

To quote Mr. Erik Larsen, “But that’s just one fan’s opinion.” Like so many others out there.

Thanks.

As the current Editor on IDW’s Star Trek comic books, I welcome the thoughts and opinions of Star Trek fans regarding the current titles — just drop me a line.

The Space Between Begins Now

January 17, 2007

stng_01_calerosm.jpgIt’s Comic Book Wednesday! But not just any Comic Book Wednesday. Let this serve as a little reminder for comic book readers and Star Trek fans that the first issue of IDW Publishing’s Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Space Between hits comic book store shelves today! I’m not only excited about this because I am the Editor for this series, but as a comic book fan and a Star Trek fan. It is my honest opinion (completely non-biased, of course) that Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Space Between will not dissapoint. And from what I know on the inside, things are only going to get better for IDW’s Star Trek line.

So far the early reviews have been good… From good reader gone bad:

The bottom line first: Everyone working on this comic clearly has an appreciation for Star Trek and I think Star Trek comics fans are in good hands.

And from Fractal Matter:

Not just good STAR TREK but good science fiction, this is a great debut in the TREK universe for IDW and completely deserving of your time.

And there are a couple of more interviews with the creative team to be found online — writer David Tischman at ComicBookResources.com and artist Casey Maloney at Broken Frontier.

If anybody has any questions regarding IDW’s Star Trek comics feel free to drop me a line.

Tischman Talks Trek

January 11, 2007

An interview with David Tischman has been posted at Comic News International where he discusses writing the new Star Trek: The Next Generation comic book series for IDW. You figure he could have mentioned how valuable and helpful my input as editor has been. And how without me and my Trek knowledge at the helm he would be lost amid a void of confusion and self-doubt. But I only get the briefest of mentions. Oh, well… You just wait Tischman.

Editor’s Log: Stardate 60478.5*

January 5, 2007

trekdanblog.gifAnybody that knows me knows that I’m a Star Trek fan. Hell, this is the second post since Semptember (Note: I didn’t post much during the end of last year, with nothing posted at all during the months of November and December) that has the term “Stardate” in the title. Back in September I made reference to Star Trek‘s 40th Anniversary and gushed somewhat about my love for the sci-fi franchise.

2007 marks the 20th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation — which premiered September 28, 1987. Without a doubt, one element of 2007 that I am looking forward to the most is serving as Editor on the line of Star Trek comic books from IDW Publishing.

Short of actually serving aboard a Starfleet starship during the 23rd or 24th century, or more down to Earth, penning Star Trek stories myself, having the opportunity to work on and contribute in an official manner to something that has been such a major part of my life is a pretty sweet gig. Work is still work, but there’s something about going into the office and discussing all things Star Trek for a good part of the day — and getting paid for it — that would make any Trekkie (Orion Slavegirl) green with envy. If I had a glass of Romulan Ale I’d toast to the previous girlfriends who rolled their eyes whenever I got into a debate about Kirk vs. Picard.

The first issue of IDW’s Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Space Between — written by David Tischman, with art by Casey Maloney, colors by Leonard O’Grady, and edited by yours truly — is scheduled to beam into comic book shops on January 24th.

Who knows? Maybe this will be the year that I have a Star Trek story published. After all, I am in good with the editor.

*Note: Actual Stardate may differ according to “cannon” chronology and/or method used in calculation.