Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The Q Gambit, part 5 preview

Out this week is the penultimate issue of The Q Gambit, the fifth chapter in the six-part DS9 crossover story in the nuTrek ongoing comic series (a little late from it's nominal November release). Continue below for a look at the first five pages from the story:

QMx nuTrek insignia badges now magnetic

QMx have relaunched their range of nuTrek insignia badges, bring them up to the standard of their TNG and Voyager badges; the former pin backs have been exchanged for strong magnets, which will hold them in place through fabrics without leaving holes.

Alas not all Starfleet officers are created equal, while command, science, and engineering personnel are all getting an equipment update, you'll have to stick with holey pins if you want a career in Starfleet medical, as for some reason that style of badge has been left out (dammit Jim!).

Starships Collection updates and Titan progress

A few updates from The Official Starships Collection, starting with news from StarTrek.com of new ships set to join The Collection in 2015. Several ships which have been previously confirmed were mentioned: The original USS Enterprise, Centaur class, and Steamrunner class. Those will all be out by September next year (in the UK at least), which is where the running order as so far announced runs out, at issue fifty-five. But StarTrek.com also mentioned a couple more ships for 2015: Zefram Cochrane’s warp ship, the Phoenix, and a TOS Klingon battlecruiser. To accompany this news they also released a new group image showing most (but not all) of the series so far.

Meanwhile Eaglemoss have now made available a new binder to hold magazines from The Collection. A few months ago they distributed a survey to gage interest in alternate binder designs, and it appears Federation ships got the best feedback, as it's a gaggle of them which can been seen on the new binder design (not in fact one of the designs in the survey, but a new arrangement). The new binder is only available via Eaglemoss' online shop.

Continue after the jump for the latest previews of forthcoming issues of The Collection, and news of a major milestone for the USS Titan petition.

New Primate Directive covers

Due out right at the end of the month is the first issue of The Primate Directive, the TOS/Planet of the Apes crossover series. To launch the series IDW and Boom have generated no fewer than seven covers for the first issue! Two of those have only just been revealed.

As StarTrek.com have revealed, Nerd Block (which is one of those subscription products where you get a monthly box of as sorted stuff) will be including an exclusive variant cover in their latest delivery. The ape attack design is by the series artist, Rachael Stott, and Charlie Kirchoff.

One of the regular covers is by Juan Ortiz, and that retro design (featuring a snazzy Planet of the Apes font treatment of Star Trek), has finally been revealed on IDW's new preview site for the series:

Also posted on the IDW preview site is a new piece of artwork featuring a gorilla framed by a Starfleet delta. I'm sure if this is another cover, or who the artist might be, but you can check it out after the jump:

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Books bits: Shadows of the Machine blurb, and hints at future works

Lots of books news today, starting with a shiny new blurb for the next ebook novella, Shadow of the Machine, a post-The Motion Picture story from Star Trek first timer, Scott Harrison. which will be out in March:
An all-new original e-novella set in the Original Series universe—taking place immediately after the events of the 1979 film Star Trek: The Motion Picture!

After its recent encounter with V’ger, the U.S.S. Enterprise has returned to dry dock to finish its refit before commencing its second five-year mission. The crew has been granted a two-week period of shore leave before preparations for their next voyage begins. Shaken by their encounter with V’ger, Kirk, Spock, and Sulu travel to their respective homes and must reflect upon their lives—now forever changed.

Star Trek podcasts have been keeping Star Trek authors busy lately, with discussion of many works, and a few teases of things to come. Continue after the jump for news about a Quark ebook, DS9 and TOS novels, the US release of Star Trek Pop-Ups, a new book about costumes, and more!

Anovos' Enterprise uniform replicas

Anovos, makers of high end replica costumes, have announced a new range of Star Trek: Enterprise uniform replicas.

Expected to arrive next September, the replica jumpsuit uniform is based on screen-used originals, with all the original features, including a myriad of bespoke zips, the department pipping (available in all three colours), and an Enterprise NX-01 mission patch. The colour is based on the revised bluer shade, seen in the last two seasons.

As ever, Anovos are offering tiered pre-orders, with those who get in first getting a reduced price, ranging from the already sold-out first tier, at $375, up to the final price of $500.

Available separately, Anovos are also offering a set of Enterprise rank pips. The metal set of four can be individually pinned, to assign yourself which ever rank you please, and will ship in March.

And if you're planning a landing party, you'll be wanting a replica cap too, which Anovos are also making replicas of. These will be dispatched from July.

Continue after the jump for a closer look at the jumpsuit replica, and its many many zips.

Monday, 8 December 2014

This Month: December 2014

December is a big month for bluray, with the final season of TNG and related releases. We've also got the new Ships of the Line book to enjoy, two new prose adventures, four comics, the regular fleets of model ships, and much more. Continue below to check out everyone on the way this month:


The final season of TNG on bluray is here, possibly the final season of Star Trek in HD, at least for a while, as the prospects for DS9 and Voyager hang on how well TNG sells (so buy buy buy!). As ever, the release comes with hours of new documentaries, commentaries, deleted scenes, and more. In Germany there is also the option to pick it up in steelbook packaging.
STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – SEASON SEVEN includes all 25 episodes of the final season and a trove of never-before-seen interviews with cast and crew, including the three-part documentary “The Sky’s The Limit: The Eclipse Of Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “In Conversation: Lensing Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

Along with an unreleased gag reel and exclusive deleted scenes, the seventh season collection features some of the most acclaimed episodes of the series such as the conclusion to the two-part episode “Descent;” Worf’s (Michael Dorn) conflict with his human foster brother who violates the prime directive to save a doomed primitive race in “Homeward;” the two-part episode “Gambit;” Data meeting a woman who claims to be his mother in “Inheritance;” and the stunning, final confrontation between Picard and Q (John de Lancie) in the series finale “All Good Things…”.

Alongside the season set, there is also the stand-alone release of the finale, All Good Things..., which comes with a suite of special features exclusive to the separate release:
STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – ALL GOOD THINGS presents the epic feature-length series finale remastered into high-definition. The 1995 Hugo Award winner for “Best Dramatic Presentation,” the thrilling adventure was also hailed as a “picture-perfect” (USA Today) ending to the series.

A journey that takes fans to the end of the universe and beyond the boundaries of time itself, “All Good Things…” begins when Q tells Captain Picard that he is to be the cause of humanity’s ultimate annihilation. Thus begins an incredible journey through space and time that follows Picard’s first voyage on the Enterprise to 25 years into the future.

Fans can revisit the engrossing finale with the newly produced documentary “The Unknown Possibilities of Existence: Making ‘All Good Things…’” and never-before-released deleted scenes.

And with TNG on bluray now complete, it's also time for the complete series boxset. At least it is in the UK, where all seven seasons have been wrapped up into new packaging. But fear not, if you fancy getting all seven seasons in one box, this release is region free.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

The Red Shirt Diaries

Have you watched The Red Shirt Diaries? For the unfamiliar, it's a brilliant series of Star Trek parody shorts, presented as logs from Ensign Williams of the USS Enterprise's security department. Each episode takes place around a TOS episode, with the first season making up the first ten episodes of The Original Series. Check them out:

But that's just the start. The creators are busy planning season two, which will continue with parallel episodes to the rest of the TOS season one episodes. Aiming to step up their game, they hope to build a more screen accurate set for Ensign Williams, to film on location at Vasquez Rocks, and on a TOS bridge set at Starbase Studios. To help fund those more ambitious plans, they have an Indiegogo campaign, which ends today! They have actually funded all their stretch goals already, but I'm sure they wouldn't mind raising more to go further!

And you should also check out their website, for more information about the series, and to read The Red Shirt Diaries comic.

Made Out of Mudd preview

Out this week is the fourth issue in John Byrne's New Visions photo-comic series, Made Out of Mudd, featuring, in a cunning actor-likeness avoiding way, Harry Mudd, and a few other returning TOS guest characters (who I'll not spoil). And as is typical of the series, there's also a short secondary story, The Great Tribble Hunt!

StarTrek.com have released a preview of the first six pages of the main story, which continue here below the jump:

Friday, 5 December 2014

Comic covers: nuTrek and Apes

IDW have once again called upon the talents of Paul Shipper for a new cover, and this time he has returned to nuTrek with a new design for the forthcoming nuTrek ongoing mega omnibus, The New Adventures, Volume 1, which collects the first twelve issues of the series. Ahead of the release at the end of this month, Paul Shipper previewed this new artwork on his Tumblr:

Another of IDW's go to artists is J.K. Woodward, who's latest visit to the Trekverse will be as one of the many artists contributing covers to the forthcoming TOS/Planet of the Apes crossover series, The Primate Directive. That series also starts later this month, but Woodward's cover will be for one of the later issues, and he has been giving a look behind the scenes as he works on it, posting on his Instagram. This is the most recent version, with the background all done. Check out that Instagram feed to see how Woodward worked this up from a pencil drawing.

UPDATE: Another IDW regular, Joe Corroney, also posted some artwork recently, check that out after the jump: