Some comics are more photoshop-heavy than others. My stupid head tells me these things won’t be too hard, along with all the other stupid stuff it tells me, like “Make a Star Trek comic” and “$stupid_comic_plot”.
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But I’ve been watching Star Trek since I was a little kid. . . doesn’t that make me a Star Trek hipster?
No, it makes you a nerd.
So I managed to break my duck and make a Deep Space 9 comic. Who knows, another 7 years and I might think of another. Also, today’s comic is not sponsored by anyone, honest.
I’m especially pleased with how panel 2 came out. Ahh, the feels.
I notice that Picard and friends spend a lot less time than Kirk did fighting various gods, and far fewer aliens want to take control of the Enterprise D, or force the crew to spend “the rest of your lives here.”
Picard talks about how he’d sometimes give almost anything to command the Stargazer again. Presumably almost anything except giving up the Enterprise. The Ferrengi did give the Stargazer back to Picard after all, and it made it all the way to the end of the episode. I went back and checked (just to be sure, didn’t watch the episode because, you know, season 1.)
Today’s comic requires some knowledge of 80’s pop culture, which is what TNG is . . . I have a hard time believing that these two things are from the same decade (although I suppose most of the good episodes were early 90’s.)
I suggest listening to the song while reading the comic for the full effect.
It appears that we are back, for what would seem to be season 4 of Evil Picard by some strange mathematics. It also means this comic has now been running longer than the original broadcast run of The Next Generation. Not as many episodes mind you. As usual I make no promises about how often I will update. Probably mad spurts of creativity and yawning gaps of apathy as usual.
This comic has been brewing in my head for years, but since it’s not Trek I kind of feel like I needed an excuse, and fifty years seemed as good an excuse as any. I would love to see more backstory from the Doctor’s youth, and I can’t help but think about when the Doctor, the Master and the Rani as schoolkids when you see them squabble like old friends, or best enemies.
“Hey give that back!”
“Give what back?”
“Mine, give it back.”
“Say it. . . ”
” ::sigh:: The pencilcase. . . of the Rani.”
I’m not sure if the writers had something else in mind for Guinan having special powers, but I love all the finger-pointing in this scene. It’s never revealed what “dealings” Q and Guinan have had, but they do act a lot like exes.
This episode, The Apple, has a special place in my heart. It was the first of any Star Trek I ever saw when I was six years old, and I was immediately hooked. So much happens in this episode – exploding rocks, evil computer that won’t allow touching and kissing, natives attacking with chip-forks fought off by Kirk’s deadly upper-arm chops and double-axe-handles, Prime Directive, Scotty losing his job, and above all solving all problems with liberal use of phasers. And they tell Spock that he looks like Satan. Now I think about it, this episode contains more Trek cliche than any other I can think of =)
Vol’s tricks are all the more impressive when you consider that it’s powered entirely by fruit thrown down its throat by its servants. It’s nice to see that the Prime Directive doesn’t apply when the culture in question is clearly wrong.