Vaughan & Chiang's "Paper Girls" Builds a Familiar Yet Disconcerting World
The winners of the British Comic Awards were announced last night at the Thought Bubble Festival in Leeds, England. They are:
Best Comic: Grey Area: From the City to the Sea, by Tim Bird (Avery Hill Publishing)
Best Book: The Motherless Oven, by Rob Davis (Selfmade Hero)
Young People’s Comic Award: Star Cat, by James Turner (David Fickling Books)
Taking a cue from the beloved sci-fi franchise, one Star Trek fan is boldly going where no one has gone before by recreating the Enterprise-D, deck by deck, as a “virtual museum.”
Called the Enterprise 3D Construction Project, it’s every bit as ambitious as it sounds, with 3D artist Jason using Unreal Engine 3 and 4 to construct the ship from Star Trek: The Next Generation, inside and out. Although he’s nowhere close to completion, he’s released a video that takes viewers from the shuttle bay to the conference room to the bridge and beyond.
Some questions have plagued humanity for millennia: Why are we here? Is there intelligent life on other planets? Who would finish the New York City Marathon faster, Green Goblin atop his Goblin Glider or Batman in the Batmobile? Now handy infographic holds the answer to one of those. (I’ll let you guess which one.)
Although we’re probably a couple of centuries away from Star Trek-style transporter technology, this will do for now.
U.K. company Terry Lifts is marketing futuristic Lifestyle Home Elevators — “U.S.S. Enterprise Home Transporters” would probably cause trouble — that would presumably replace those dated, and far less fun, stair lifts. Capable of carrying up to 550 pounds, they don’t require an elevator shaft; they can be tucked in the corner of a room. Of course, it’ll take you more than a couple of seconds to dematerialize upstairs.
Want to boldly go where no man’s gone before? Well, we might not be able to yet but the people working on the issue are here to help you pay your way while grounded on Earth.
The NASA Federal Credit Union has teamed with CBS Consumer Products to launch a new line of Star Trek-themed credit cards available in four distinct styles: Starfleet Command, the Captain’s Card, Starfleet Academy Alumni and the United Federation of Planets.
Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, the feature that takes you into the home of a fan without getting arrested. Today’s collection comes from David in San Antonio, who shares a space-faring collection that features Star Wars, Star Trek, Silver Surfer and more.
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Now that the New Horizons mission has provided NASA with the most detailed images yet of Pluto and its largest moon Charon, it’s time for scientists to put names to the previously unknown surface features. And things have gotten pretty nerdy.
Maps the New Horizons team will submit to the International Astronomical Union for approval include nods to mythology, naturally. But there are also shout-outs to Star Trek, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, Firefly, Alien and H.P. Lovecraft.
Taking a large step back from what we know as fandom today, it’s amazing to imagine what things were like in the beginning — before we had the Internet to produce original material, before we had hundreds of pay channels. Long, long ago in the far away time of the 1960s, when a show reached a generation of people in a surprising new way.
The best stories sneak in moral lessons or truths about ourselves and our society, not in a preachy direct way, but couched in the comfort of fantasy and fable. “Persevere” sounds like a direct command, but “slow and steady wins the race” can be taken however we wish. Star Trek could be about racism, religion, greed or power balance, but because it was set in space and spoken in the language of science fiction, we chose how to interpret its meanings and the messages given to us by Mr. Spock.
A lot of obituaries for Leonard Nimoy, who sadly passed away today at age 83 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, will mention that Gene Roddenberry called him “the conscience of Star Trek,” something I’d never heard before but that I can believe wholeheartedly.
Fans have been arguing since roughly 1977 about which space opera is better, and now fan-trailer editor extraordinaire Alex Luthor pits the two franchises against each other in Star Wars vs. Star Trek.
Utilizing footage from a handful of sources, but primarily from the original Star Wars trilogy and J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot — which, depending on your perspective, may not seem like a fair fight — Luthor crafts a narrative involving the Empire’s attack on the Federation, punctuated by a showdown between the Emperor and Kirk, and a battle in the skies above San Francisco.
Now, if Spock only knew about the design flaw in the Death Star …
BoingBoing has stumbled across a vehicle so stellar you can probably see it from space. And it could be yours for just $9,500.
A Canadian man has (reluctantly) listed his sweet 1978 GMC Star Trek van on sale on Craigslist. The van, which is “NOT a vehicle for the shy,” according to the ad, consists of one, large paint job done by artist G.S. Roy.
Although he wasn’t seeking out new life and new civilizations, LEGO enthusiast Chris Melby was indeed on a mission: to build a replica of the U.S.S. Enterprise from J.J. Abrams’ rebooted Star Trek franchise.
Eight months, 18,000 bricks and “tons of coin” later, he accomplished just that, with a starship that measures 68 inches long, 29 inches wide, and stands about 32 inches tall on its wooden base. More impressive still, Melby found a way to do it while hiding all of the signature LEGO studs. (The solution? Layers.)
Passings | Acclaimed sci-fi novelist and manga writer Kazumasa Hirai passed away Jan. 17 at age 76. Hirai was the co-creator of several manga that spawned anime, prose and television franchises, including Genma Taisen and the classic cyborg superhero story 8 Man. He also collaborated with Ryoichi Ikegami on the Spider-Man manga, serialized from 1970 to 1971 in Monthly Shonen Jump, succeeding Kōsei Ono as writer. [Anime News Network]
Legal | The Bombay High Court heard arguments Monday on a public interest litigation petition challenging India’s sedition act. The petition stems from the 2012 arrest of cartoonist Aseem Trivedi on sedition charges, which were dropped after national and international protests. “It [sedition charge] can be misused any time,” said Chief Justice Mohit Shah. But Advocate-General Sunil Manohar, arguing for the state, said they only acted on the Trivedi case after receiving a dozen complaints: “The cartoonist [Aseem Trivedi] ran perilously close to borderline. He is not absolutely innocent. It is not the case that the state vindictively slapped charges on him.” The court did not immediately hand down a decision but has reserved judgment. [The Hindu]
Legal | The Wally Wood estate has sued Tatjana Wood, ex-wife of the late cartoonist, claiming she’s in possession of 150 to 200 pages of his art erroneously sent to her address in 2005 by Marvel. The couple were married in 1950 but divorced in the 1960s; Tatjana later worked extensively as a colorist for DC Comics. Wally committed suicide in 1981, leaving “all bank accounts, whether savings, checking, Certificates of Deposit, or otherwise” to Tatjana, and everything else to his estate, supervised by John H. Robinson. [The Comics Reporter]
Creators | “I’m an acquired taste,” says Howard Chaykin, who was speaking to the press in advance of this weekend’s Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival. He talks about working for small publishers, his unhappiness with the licensed Star Wars comics he did for Marvel, and the current trend of movies based on comics: “It’s really just a matter of the guys who beat us up in high school finally figuring out a way to make money off our asses.” [Las Vegas Review-Journal]
Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly look at one fan’s collection. Today’s collection comes from down south, as Scotty in New Orleans shows off his artwork, comics and much more.
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If the biggest surprise coming out of Comic-Con International on Friday was that, before last night, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez had never won an Eisner Award — seriously, how can that be? — a close second was undoubtedly the Star Trek/Planet of the Apes crossover from IDW Publishing and BOOM! Studios.
Yes, the two sci-fi franchises will finally meet in an alternate-future event that brings the original crew of the Enterprise together with Taylor, Nova and other characters from 1968’s Planet of the Apes as the Klingons secretly support a renegade gorilla general in a coup to seize control of Ape City. Writers Scott and David Tipton will be joined by artist Rachael Stott for the crossover, which marks the first time BOOM! has partnered with another publisher.
Other announcements of note:
• After being introduced into the Marvel Universe at the end of the Age of Ultron miniseries and discovering her past in Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm, Neil Gaiman’s angelic warrior Angela will star in her own ongoing, Angela: Asgard’s Assassin, by Kieron Gillen and Marguerite Bennett and artists Phil Jimenez and Stephanie Hans.