News, books, and other tidbits!June 28th, 2015
First and foremost, if you haven’t already, please consider donating to Adam Nimoy’s Kickstarter for his documentary about his father Leonard Nimoy and his iconic role, For the Love of Spock. The Kickstarter campaign is in its final three day stretch and at the time of writing, is at 87% of its goal at $522,767 with a little over 7000 backers. We’re so close! The campaign needs to reach $600k by July 1 in order to be funded. Any amount is appreciated and you can currently pledge as little as $5 or as much as $3500, with varying rewards (which are pretty awesome). You can pledge through PayPal as well. If you tweet William Shatner, you might even get a personal “Thank you” for donating, as I did! Spread the word and let’s pull through in the final hours! And be sure to check out this interview with Adam over at Geek Nation.
Secondly, the third installment in the Star Trek reboot film series — possibly to be titled Star Trek Beyond — officially began filming on June 25! Soon after, it was also announced that Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto have extended their contracts which would allow for a possible fourth installment in the series.
Now, for some book news!
Leonard Nimoy’s 1995 autobiography, I Am Spock, is now available in paperback for the first time! If you never got a chance to read it or have had difficulty in finding a copy, rejoice! Also out this past week is The Wit and Wisdom of Star Trek, a book of classic quotes and photos from The Original Series.
The Spectrum War — the upcoming six issue comic book miniseries crossover event between Star Trek and Green Lantern — has a release date. Look for issue number one on shelves July 8 and check out the covers, including variants, for the first three issues over at Comixology.
In September we can look for The Autobiography of James T. Kirk (out September 8) which William Shatner is set to read excerpts from at SDCC on July 9 as well as Star Trek Costumes: Five Decades of of Fashion from the Final Frontier (out September 29). As a fan of Star Trek and costume design, I especially can’t wait to pick up the latter!
Shop ’til you drop!
I recently came across these cute TNG-style “Set Phasers to Stunning” cardigans — available in teal and goldenrod — over on ModCloth. It looks like the teal option is currently out of stock, however, they reorder based on community feedback. At the link, click ‘I need it!’, and they’ll email you if and when they’re back in stock. Over at Think Geek, the blue TOS dresses are back in stock as are the “Boldly Go” capri yoga pants. Finally, it’s convention season and StarTrek.com is having a 20% off uniforms and accessories sale through June 29 with the code KHAN20.
For the Love of Spock.June 3rd, 2015
This afternoon, Adam Nimoy launched the Kickstarter and official website for the previously announced documentary, For the Love of Spock, celebrating his father Leonard Nimoy and his iconic character. Watch the video below and be sure to follow the project on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We’ve added a widget to the Kickstarter in our sidebar and will be backing the project to show our support. We are very excited for this project and wish Adam the best!
ICYMI: News roundup!April 15th, 2015
Co-writer and star Simon Pegg told Comic Book Resources that the third installment of the latest series of Star Trek films will capture the spirit of the original show; you can read the full interview at the link. We remain cautiously optimistic and hoping for the best!
DC Comics and IDW announced at WonderCon that their Star Trek ongoing series will be crossing over with Green Lantern in a six issue miniseries titled The Spectrum War, scheduled to hit shelves in July.
Both of Leonard Nimoy’s children are producing documentaries in memory of their father. Adam Nimoy is producing and directing For the Love of Spock. The film will be narrated by Zachary Quinto and will focus on the enduring nature of Spock and Nimoy’s portrayal of the character. Julie Nimoy will be producing a documentary about the latest advances and treatments available for COPD in an effort to help educate patients with the disease as well as the public.
The first dates for the Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage concert tour were recently announced; the tour will begin in January of 2016 and tickets will go on sale soon.
We Love Fine has some new Star Trek apparel, including Starfleet delta shield leggings, TNG-themed ties, and a few other items.
Shop LLAP has memorial t-shirts available for $10 and the proceeds will go towards the COPD Foundation in memory of Leonard Nimoy.
Her Universe will be holding their second annual “geek couture” fashion show at SDCC this summer! The deadline for submissions for this year’s show is April 22. More information is available at the link.
Megacon!April 13th, 2015
This past Saturday, I attended Megacon in Orlando, Florida. I’ve been going to this convention off and on since I was around 14 years old, sometimes for the whole weekend, sometimes for a day. A lot of it has changed and a lot of it has remained relatively the same. The focus has shifted more toward the anime crowd in recent years, but they still cater to a variety of sci-fi and fantasy fans. This year, for the first time in a long time, the guest list did not include any Star Trek alumni. However, Trek was well represented in other areas of the con. I saw several cosplayers expressing their love for various incarnations of the show, and for the first time ever, there was an official Star Trek store booth! I should have taken a photo of the booth, but I completely forgot. I picked up the 2013 Diamond Select Spock and Horta action figure set for 20% off due to damaged packaging, old 1990s Playmates Jadzia Dax and Saavik action figures (buy one, get one!), an unboxed Funko Science Fiction Mystery Mini Amok Time Spock, a teensy Starfleet pin, a Spock car decal, and a Spock pillowcase (the last one available at the Star Trek store’s booth — if you’d like one of your own, Stylin Online has them in stock for $19.99).
Earlier in the week I picked up two of the four 3 3/4 inch Funko ReAction Star Trek figures. Series one includes Spock, Uhura, McCoy, and Sulu. These figures retail for $9.99 each and are available at Toys R Us, Target, and your local comic book stores as well as various online retailers. Shortly after I purchased these, Funko announced that series two would include Kirk, Scotty, a Gorn, and Vina. I don’t know about you, but I’ve got to collect them all! Series two is scheduled for release in July. April 2’s Teefury shirts were both Spock designs, so I ordered both and those arrived in the mail this afternoon.
Trek Life.March 27th, 2015
I’d like share with you what I did to celebrate Leonard Nimoy’s birthday yesterday: I finally got the Starfleet sciences tattoo that I’ve been wanting for a few years. Just in case it is not apparent, the tattoo is located on my chest in the spot where it appears on the uniforms. Originally, I wanted it to look as if my skin had been ripped to reveal a Starfleet uniform, but then my artist suggested a space background instead of plain blue and I loved it. It’s sort of a visual representation of Carl Sagan’s, “We are made of star stuff,” an extremely personal, almost religious concept to me — the universe is within us. My friend Nikita also got her Star Trek tattoo (that’s hers with the “Boldly Go” banner). We have pretty much been discussing these tattoos since we met in 2009, thanks to Star Trek. Our friend Jen will be getting her own version in the near future. The work was done by Dan Abner at Trinity Tattoo in Longwood, Florida.
Afterward, we stopped by Best Used Books where I traded in a bunch of my unwanted books and, naturally, picked up some replacements! I have been slowly collecting Original Series books for years — I have a list that I refer to, it’s very serious. I picked up Sarek in hardcover, Planet of Judgement, James Blish’s Star Trek 4 and 5, the novelization for The Undiscovered Country, Vulcan’s Forge, and Strangers From the Sky. I’m most excited about acquiring Star Trek: The New Voyages and The Official Star Trek Cooking Manual, however. The New Voyages is an anthology of short fan fiction that was published in 1976. It’s edited by Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath whose own Star Trek books are always a particularly weird treat, so I’m sure they picked some great stories! As for The Official Star Trek Cooking Manual, I have been searching for this book for quite some time. It’s pretty rare (published in 1978) and was marked at $50! I had enough credit from my trade-ins to get it at half off, so I treated myself. I skimmed through it and there’s a recipe section for each major faction, as well as every member of the crew and it’s amazing! It also features a section in the back with special picks from the cast. I can’t wait to share some of them with you all!
I hope you have found this post enjoyable because I will probably be doing more of this type of blogging in addition to the usual. Let me know what you think!