Saturday, 20 December 2014

Interview: Kevin Hopkins on Voyager art

Bye Bye Robot have recently released five new Star Trek art posters, featuring subjects from all five of the prime series. Bye Bye Robot's Charity Wood was kind enough to put me in touch with all the artists involved, so we can talk about their new creations.

First up is Kevin Hopkins, who had the honour of producing the first ever Voyager design in Bye Bye Robot's collection, The Long Way Home. Here's what Kevin told me (continues after the jump):

So your first piece with Bye Bye Robot features the USS Voyager, what drew you to this particular subject?
I have been a science fiction fan from the time I first started reading. When Star Trek emerged it quickly became a large part of that interest and I am happy doing anything related to that subject. Voyager is especially interesting in the ship design and through my familiarity with the series.

I tend to consider myself an organic artist, doing my best work with anatomy and living things rather than machines. The organic design of the Voyager ship seemed a good fit even though it is technically a machine. The Voyager ship is really a stand-alone beautiful object and I find its form very appealing and attractive.
Did you know when you decided on Voyager that it would be the first image from that series from Bye Bye Robot?
Yes, I was aware that this was the first artistic rendering of the Voyager ship that Bye Bye Robot had commissioned. I did not know that it was the only image they had from the ‘Voyager’ series. It’s always nice to step into a new area and see what happens there and maybe supply the fans with something they’ve been missing out on.

Gingerbread USS Enterprise

Set phasers to sweet! The Blackmarket Bakery have made Star Trek the center of their Christmas decorations, with an amazing gingerbread rendition of the USS Enterprise now on display in their California store.

With details in sugar and chocolate, the impressive recreation of the Enterprise fires a candy-cane phaser beam at the landscape below, which presumably also helps to support the otherwise gravity defying display! Check out a few more images after the jump:

Star Trek paper clips!

Aren't Icon Heroes clever? They've only gone and made Star Trek themed paper-clips! Coming in the second quarter of next year, each pack of forty will include twenty silver USS Enterprises, and twenty golden Starfleet deltas, both ingeniously formed to bring a hint of Star Trek to all your paper-cliped things! (More images after the jump)

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Starships Collection's USS Pasteur and Species 8472

Two more issues of The Official Starships Collection have been solicited giving us new images of the models and magazine covers for issues thirty-two and thirty-three, the Olympic class USS Pasteur, and the very unique organic design of the Species 8472 Bioship. These ships should be out in the UK first, in March and April (images via Entertainment Earth and Big Bad Toy Store):

In other news from The Collection, Eaglemoss have completely revamped their website! The new look site includes new images galleries of all the ships up to issue thirty-five, the most recent release in the UK. Each ship gets four views, showing either side and the front and back. For example that most recent issue, the 22nd century Klingon Bird of Prey, gets the images after the jump. Hopefully the site will get regular updates as new issues are released.

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 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 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 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.