If you've been following news on this comic you'll be aware Byrne has been charting how he has developed it on his forum. There Byrne has noted that he has almost completed work on a second photo-comic, The Mirror, Cracked, which he expects to be released next year, and has already released a teaser page for a month or so ago. In addition to this he has also revealed that he has created a further five-page story, which will be included with the first two longer issues in an eventual omnibus book.
Bryne initially started out using pure stills for these comics, but as he has developed the idea his technique has got increasingly complex, recomposing multiple elements into some panels. Here's an example which he posted on his forums, from the second photo-comic; the panel top left is the finished item, all the rest are sources for elements within it:
Going even further, Byrne has also started to create virtual sets. I've previously posted some of his new Klingon sets, here's the latest, a corridor:
As well as adding new locations Byrne is starting to use computer created sets for already established places, as he described on his forum:
This morning I awoke with thoughts of possible future photonovels floating in my brain. One of the things that is most time consuming about working on these projects is "clearing" sets -- ie, removing from images of the bridge, or the transporter room, or the corridors, etc, figures I don't want in there. Sometimes, in order to get the right angle, I have had to remove EVERY figure, and add in others from different shots.Here is the first draft of that transporter room set Byrne posted, and then a much improved version after several further iterations (the red arrow in the second image is pointing to an errant shadow rather than being part of the decor):
So, since I have been somewhat successful building "sets" for Klingon ship interiors, I wondered if I might be able to convincingly recreate the Enterprise standing sets. I decided to spend today, pre-dinner time, building one. Started at 9 o'clock this morning on the transporter room, thinking it would be the "simplest". (And, oddly enough, it's also the set I seem to have the most trouble finding "clear" shots to use.)
This technique has also allowed Byrne to consider new views of familiar sets:
So it looks like we might be entering a second wave of John Byrne Star Trek comics, but not like any we've seen before. For a look at the first of the photo-comic, Strange New Worlds, continue after the jump for several preview pages. There are several extra features in this issues; an essay on photo-comics, and interview with Byrne. But it kicks off with John Byrne himself introducing the whole concept: