Wednesday, 13 January 2016

2017 Star Trek calendars revealed

You will have no shortage of Star Trek calendars to choose from for 2017, with no less than six designs from US publisher Universe Publishing alone (there are normally also a couple of UK designs, and sometimes others too). Amazon have posted the first details of the range, with what I am sure is not final art, but probably indicative of the formats once all the artwork is finalised, which we should start to see later in the year.

The most notable of the six is an entirely new Star Trek calendar for 2017, the Poster Calendar, which, despite only have twelve pages,  is intriguingly titled 50 Artists. 50 Years. I am very curious about that title; if it is just twelve images in this publication, might this be just the calendar version of a larger 50 Artists. 50 Years. project? Or maybe the start of a multi-year series of calendars? Hopefully more details about this won't take too long to arise. Here's the official description, which includes some of the notable contributing artists:
STAR TREK™ 50 Artists. 50 Years. 2017 Poster Calendar showcases the work of artists from around the globe who created original pieces to celebrate Star Trek's 50th anniversary. With easily detached perforations above and beneath the image, each calendar page becomes an 11x14-inch easy-to-frame poster perfect for display in a standard gallery frame.

Star Trek™: 50 Artists. 50 Years. 2017 features work by Leonard Nimoy, Tom Whalen, Nick Walker, Johnson Tsang, Derek Charm, Susan Beatrice, and others.



Also new for the 2017 range is a Star Trek Beyond calendar, although there have been calendars tied into the previous films close to their release. Naturally at this stage the promo art for this one has nothing to do with actual images from the film.
Based on the highly anticipated blockbuster film starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, and Idris Elba, this collectible Star Trek Beyond 2017 Wall Calendar celebrates the action and intrigue of the U.S.S. Enterprise™ 's new cinematic adventure.

Star Trek Beyond™, the 13th Star Trek™ feature film, is scheduled to beam into theaters in July, 2017.



The rest of the range is what has become the familiar four calendars published by Universe, including of course, the beautiful starships dedicated Ships of the Line. For 2017 it appears the calendar will focus exclusively on the classic USS Enterprise. Though the preview images here, borrowed from previous years, are a bit more diverse for now:
In celebration of Star Trek™'s landmark 50th anniversary, the 2017 edition of this fan-favorite calendar is dedicated to showcasing spectacular images of the most famous vessel in the Federation: the U.S.S. Enterprise™ (NCC-1701), in a variety of iconic scenes and settings.

The panoramic Star Trek:Ships of the Line 2017 Wall Calendar opens horizontally to maximize the detail and drama of each stunning piece of art.



The other long running wall calendar is dedicated to The Original Series, which of course returns among this fiftieth anniversary collection.
From the “#1 cult television series of all time” (TV Guide), Star Trek 2017 Wall Calendar features full-color photos of the entire original bridge crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise™, including Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner), First Officer Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Dr. Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley), Lieutenant Sulu (George Takei), Lieutenant Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), Ensign Chekov (Walter Koenig), and Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott (James Doohan).

Star Trek™: The Original Series celebrates its 50th anniversary throughout 2017. It is the base from which of an entire philosophy for generations of lifelong fans is formed, and continues to inspire and entertain millions.


The 2017 Engagement Calendar has also gone all out for TOS this time around.
From the “#1 cult television series of all time” (TV Guide), Star Trek 2017 Engagement Calendar features full-color photos of the entire original bridge crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise™, including Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner), First Officer Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Dr. Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley), Lieutenant Sulu (George Takei), Lieutenant Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), Ensign Chekov (Walter Koenig), and Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott (James Doohan).

Featuring more than 40 fan-favorite images from Star Trek™: The Original Series, this 16-month engagement-style calendar will captivate casual fans and die-hard Trekkers alike.
Star Trek™: The Original Series celebrates its 50th anniversary throughout 2017. It is the base from which of an entire philosophy for generations of lifelong fans is formed, and continues to inspire and entertain millions.


And finally, there's the 2017 Daily Calendar, which stays true to its regular format.
Every Trek fan's ultimate source, the Star Trek™ Daily 2017 Day to Day Calendar celebrates the landmark 50th anniversary of the iconic sci-fi franchise with canonical quotations, Trek trivia, character biographies, alien languages, and lore from more than four decades of Federation history every day of the year.

Star Trek™ 2017 incorporates every corner of the ever-expanding Star Trek™ universe, including each broadcast series and film-even the animated series.




Almost the entire range is currently scheduled for August release, with the except of the Daily Calendar, which is due in September. All the above are likely just place-holder images to indicate the style of each release, I would expect finalised art to be released in a few months time (which I will of course post as soon as it turns up).



6 comments:

Ben Ives said...

When was Yul Brynner captain of the Enterprise?

lily sawyer said...

Why does the 2017 wall calendar look different from the one they show on this page and Amazon's page? The cover photo and rest of the calendar is different.

lily sawyer said...

To clarify, I mean The original series calendar is different.

8of5 said...

Because this article was published in January, the covers have been updated since than, and reported on in more recent posts :)

lily sawyer said...

Darn, I actually liked that scene from Devil in the Dark a bit better. Not that I won't buy the one they have now.

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