Wednesday 6 March 2013

March's TOS retro prints have revealed the latest in Juan Ortiz's TOS retro print series. Here they are, with comments from Ortiz on each design. For A Piece of the Action he decided to re-imagine the episode somewhat:

I don't think you need much when you have an alien holding a Tommy-gun. This may not be what they looked like in the actual episode, but I can imagine this working in either the Gold Key Comics or The Animated Series. I consider the two mediums to be part of TOS world.
I re-imagined the Iotians as shape-shifters. My interpretation is what I imagine them to look like still dressed as 1920's gangsters. Even if they don't shape-shift, it's nice to have that in the back of your mind while watching the episode. The phaser-Tommy gun melds the two eras together.

The Bread and Circuses design incorporates some design elements in pretty neat ways, as Ortiz explained:
Once I started to add the shield, I knew it would be a good way to include an element of the Enterprise.
The stacking [of the text] was meant to evoke a roman column without actually illustrating one.

For The Omega Glory he took the chance to depict a redshirt's demise:
I didn't think that I would get the chance until I came to this episode. This is one of maybe two where I paid homage to the red-shirts.
The opening teaser seemed interesting enough to include in a poster. The flag was added because of the episode’s story line. I think if you're unfamiliar with the episode, this image should spark some interest in viewing it.

Finally For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky, is, bright:
This one went through several rounds. I originally wanted to go with a romance novel type of illustration. I decided instead to focus on just McCoy, since Spock and Kirk had gotten their own posters already. Rather than focus on the negative aspect of McCoy's illness, I chose instead to celebrate his marriage and cure with a colorful rainbow effect.
The black and white image [of McCoy] avoids getting lost among all the color and fancy lettering going on around it. In keeping with some of the love theme, a novella is what the Latin soap operas are called.

The full set should be popping up with retailers soon, as will the usual glasses and T-shirt versions.

1 comment:

Maurice Mitchell said...

Man those are awesome. I love the retro look.

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