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  • PREVIEW: IDW's Star Trek Comics For March 2015

    The holidays are just now upon us, but IDW Publishing is already looking into the New Year, all the way into March 2105. On tap are a wide array of Star Trek comic book adventures, and here's a preview of what's to come as winter nears its end.

    Star Trek #43: Five-Year Mission, written by Mike Johnson, with art by Claudia Balboni and a cover by Joe Corroney, continues the lead-up to the next Star Trek feature. Overseen by Roberto Orci, the all-new adventure follows Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise as they find themselves in uncharted space on their five-year mission of exploration… though a new alien threat may end their journey prematurely. Star Trek #43 will run 32 pages and cost $3.99; the subscription variant will feature a photo cover.

    Next, there's Star Trek, Vol. 9: The Q Gambit, written by Mike Johnson, with art and a cover by Tony Shasteen. In it, the crew of the new Star Trek film franchise encounters Q for the first time in this galaxy-spanning adventure developed in association with Roberto Orci. The mischievous Q sends James T. Kirk on a quest that will see the Enterprise joining forces with familiar faces from Star Trek lore. Vol. 9, which collects issues #35–40, will run 152 pages and cost $19.99.

    Also on the way is Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #4 (of 5), written by Scott Tipton and David Tipton, with Rachael Stott handling the art and cover. The story details the uneasy alliance that has been forged between Captain Kirk and Colonel Taylor. The question is, will it be enough to prevent Commander Kor and his Klingons from toppling the regime of Doctor Zaius? Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #4 will run 32 pages, feature an essay on Star Trek and Planet of the Apes by comedian and über-fan Dana Gould, and will cost $3.99; a subscription variant will offer a cover by J.K. Woodward. And just a reminder, be sure to ring in the new year with IDW Publishing, BOOM! Studios and your local comic shop by celebrating, on December 31, the biggest crossover event in the galaxy with the arrival of Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #1.

    And, finally, IDW will present Star Trek: New Visions: “A Scent of Ghosts,” the latest Star Trek photonovel by writer, artist and photo-manipulator John Byrne. This book will feature two stories: “A Scent of Ghosts” and “Memoriam." In the former, the past and present collide as the Enterprise takes aboard a special figure from Spock’s past, only to find themselves haunted by a mystery from years ago. And in the latter, someone receives a sad farewell. Star Trek: New Visions: “A Scent of Ghosts” will run 48 pages and cost $7.99.

    For additional details, contact your local comic book retailer or visit comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you. And keep an eye on StarTrek.com for further news about upcoming IDW Star Trek comic books.

  • Poll Says Captain Most Deserving of a Captain Day Is...

    Everybody loves Captain Picard Day, so we at StarTrek.com decided to ask the following question for our most recent site poll: Which Captain is most deserving of a day like Captain Picard Day? The reply options, of course, were Jonathan Archer, Kathryn Janeway, James T. Kirk and Benjamin Sisko. More than 12,000 fans voted, and here are the results:

    Kathryn Janeway (38%)

    James T. Kirk (29%)

    Benjamin Sisko (19%)

    Jonathan Archer (14%)

    Which captain did you vote for, and what do you make of where he or she landed in the poll results?

  • Star Trek Collectibles: Cute Trek

    Over the decades, Star Trek characters and ships have all gotten the plush treatment, with some being made into teddy bears. One of the more recent offerings include the 2009 Vermont Teddy Bear Company’s Kirk and Spock styled heirloom bears, perhaps the most elaborate Trek themed bears ever produced. The Toy Factory, which manufactures plush toys retrieved from claw machines, has during recent years transformed characters like Kirk, Spock, Uhura, Khan, Picard, and Data into cute toy versions. And who wouldn’t like to cuddle up to the either the ThinkGeek plush U.S.S. Enterprise or Romulan Bird of Prey?

    Not all cute items are huggable and snuggable. The original crew was transformed into the famously cute Precious Moments styled statues by The Hamilton Collection in 2012. Available by subscription, there have been five statues released so far in the line.  While difficult to cuddle, the cuteness factor is high with these handcrafted 4½ inch resin statues.

    Big or Chibi-styled eyes are one of the common design elements that are found in cute items.  This is especially seen in the new lines from Funko and QMx.  The Funko Star Trek action figure line includes cute versions of characters like Kirk, Spock (in regular and Mirror universe versions), Scotty, an Orion, Andorian, and Klingon (in addition to Big Bang Theory characters who are dressed in Trek costumes).  QMx has released several Trekkies Q-Pop figures to date, each with a note board to write messages on and big eyes to adore.

    In 2011, PPW Toys released four Star Trek-themed Mr. Potato Head toys. Kirk, Spock, Uhura, and Kor had all the trappings of any Mr. Potato Head, including swappable facial features and accessories. When assembled in their intended style, there is no denying the cute factor of these items which blend nostalgia with the future.

    What these cute collectibles teach us in part is that the audience for Star Trek is as diverse as the characters on the shows themselves. Star Trek items come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and for a variety of intended audiences and collectors. To get philosophical and psychological, there is also perhaps something comforting about these kinds of toys that reflect the comforting qualities of Star Trek itself – that everything will be okay in the future and that the world will be a better place.

    A bonus: In 2007, The Hamilton Collection had planned to release a “Captain Kirk in Command” bear statue that was never produced to date. This is the advertisement mailed to the public and included in newspapers announcing the never-produced cuteness.
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    Maria Jose and John Tenuto are both sociology professors at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois, specializing in popular culture and subculture studies. The Tenutos have conducted extensive research on the history of Star Trek, and have presented at venues such as Creation Conventions and the St. Louis Science Center. They have written for the official Star Trek Magazine and their extensive collection of Star Trek items has been featured in SFX Magazine. Their theory about the “20-Year Nostalgia Cycle” and research on Star Trek fans has been featured on WGN News, BBC Radio, and in the documentary The Force Among Us. They recently researched all known paperwork from the making of the classic episode "Space Seed" and are excited to be sharing some previously unreported information about Khan's first adventure with fellow fans. Contact the Tenutos at jtenuto@clcillinois.edu or mjtenuto@clcillinois.edu.

  • FIRST LOOK: The Autobiography of James T. Kirk

    James Tiberius Kirk. The man. The myth. The legend. If only he could write a memoir. Well, what if we told you that he has done just that? We're not kidding. It's called The Autobiography of James T. Kirk: The Story of Starfleet's Greatest Captain. Produced by Becker&Mayer! and published by Titan Books, it will out in the fall of 2015. StarTrek.com has an exclusive First Look at the cover, and here are details straight from the publisher:

    "Don't let them promote you. Don't let them transfer you. Don't let them do anything that takes you off the bridge of that ship because while you're there, you can make a difference. "—James T. Kirk, 2371
     
    The Autobiography of James T. Kirk chronicles the greatest Starfleet captain's life (2233–2371), in his own words. From his boyhood on an Iowa farm, his youth spent on Tarsus IV, his time in the Starfleet Academy, his meteoric raise through the ranks of Starfleet, and his illustrious career at the helm of the Enterprise, this in-world memoir uncovers Captain Kirk in a way Star Trek fans have never seen.

    Kirk's singular voice rings throughout the text, giving insight into his convictions, his bravery, and his commitment to the life—in all forms—throughout this Galaxy and beyond. Packaged in a handsome hardcover format, with a center section of photographs, sketches, and original illustrations, this in-world biography will serve as a profile of courage and celebration of a beloved Star Trek hero.

    Rumor is that David Goodman, noted television writer and author of Federation: The First 150 Years, will embody Kirk's voice, but we prefer to believe that Captain Kirk himself handled every last detail. Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for additional news about The Autobiography of James T. Kirk: The Story of Starfleet's Greatest Captain.

  • CHECK 'EM OUT: Japan-Exclusive Trek-Themed Crystal Products

    Star Trek's ever-growing international popularity is crystal clear. How so? Daiko Seisakusho Co., Ltd.  and Star Trek Network Japan have just joined forces to offer a variety of Star Trek-themed products, including crystal art. The 3D crystal art products -- currently available only in Japan -- have been created using highly precise laser processing. Among them are a USS Enterprise NCC-1701 Refit, K'tinga class battlecruiser, Romulan Warbird and Deep Space 9.

    Other products include: the USS Enterprise. This is a majestic piece in and of itself, but it also features a LED incorporated into the pedestal that makes the product truly soar.

    And then there are the crystal art key chains, with the lineup including: Original USS Enterprise NCC-1701, USS Enterprise NCC-1701 Refit, USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D, USS Defiant NX-74205.

  • Star Trek Online: Return of the Duty Officers

    Star Trek Online will be temporarily bringing back all the “out of print” packs for this weekend, December 19th, 2014 at 10 AM PST to December 22nd 2014 at 9 AM PST. That includes Reinforcements Duty Officer Pack, Romulan Survivor Duty Officer Pack, Fleet Support Duty Officer Pack, Gamma Quadrant Duty Officer Cadre, Federation Duty Officer Pack and Klingon Empire Duty Officer Pack. You think that is great? They’re not stopping there. They’re adding a 50% discount on top.

    Reinforcements Duty Officer Pack:

    Explore the galaxy and find new Duty Officers for your crew! The Reinforcements Duty Officer Pack includes many officers with new Active Duty Powers:

    Assault Squad Officer: Chance for extra Team Heal and area-of-effect resuscitation with Rally Cry
    Deflector Officer: Chance to reflect damage when using Polarize Hull
    Doctor: Chance for a second heal from Triage and Medical Tricorder
    Energy Weapons Officer: Chance to reduce recharge time on Cannon Rapid Fire and Cannon Volley
    Energy Weapons Officer: Chance to reduce recharge time on Beam Overload and Fire at Will
    Explosives Expert: Improve Abandon Ship damage and explosion radius
    Flight Deck Officer: Increase Carrier Defense in Recall mode
    Flight Deck Officer: Increase Fighter Accuracy in Intercept Mode
    Flight Deck Officer: Increase Fighter Damage in Escort Mode
    Geologist: Chance to create a Gravity Well when using Gravimetric Shift
    Gravimetric Scientist: Chance to create an aftershock Tyken's Rift
    Nurse/Medic: Increased Crew recovery rate when Crew is below 75 percent
    Security Officer: Increased melee Critical chance and Critical severity
    Tractor Beam Officer: Drain -10 Engine Subsystem Power with Tractor Beam Repulsors

    Each Reinforcements Duty Officer Pack will include:

    4 Common or Better Duty Officers
    2 Uncommon or Better Duty Officer
    1 Rare or Better Duty Officer
    A Bonus Item!

    Bonus items available are:

    Stack of Gamma Quadrant commodities
    Stack of Gamma Quadrant consumable devices
    Tuffli Class Freighter Ship Pack

    Romulan Survivor Duty Officer Pack:   

    Explore the galaxy and find new Duty Officers for your crew! The Romulan Survivor Duty Officer Pack includes many officers with new Active Duty Powers:

    Systems Engineer: Chance to add power to all systems when activating Engineering Team
    Research Lab Scientist: Chance to lower the cooldown on all Shield Heal powers by 15 seconds when activating Science Team
    Conn Officer: Chance to increase Perception and Accuracy when activating Tactical Team
    Energy Weapons Officer: Chance for Beam Overload to cause your attacks to ignore a portion of shields for several seconds
    Astrometric Scientist: Increases the duration of the defense buff given by Mask Energy Signature.
    Fabrication Engineer: Increases the duration of Reverse Shield Polarity
    Matter/Antimatter Specialist: Your Auxiliary Power to the Inertial Dampeners now also increases your Energy Resistance Rating and is increased in duration
    Development Lab Scientist: Each reflected hit of Feedback Pulse has a chance to lower the attacker's resistance ratings to all damage
    Biochemist: Your Nanite Health Monitor has a chance to have a number of additional charges
    Armory Officer: When using Stealth Module, increases the duration of the Stealth Ambush damage bonus effect
    Explosives Expert: Adds a chance for Disable Weapons to your Chroniton Mine Barrier
    Quartermaster: Your deployed Cover Shield gives bonus Resistance Rating to nearby allies
    Biochemist: Your Sonic Pulse now additionally roots all targets hit for a short duration
    Security Officer: Increases the bonus damage of Ambush by 100 percent, but all bonus damage from this ability is now dealt as Damage over Time
    Diagnostic Engineer: Your Weapons Malfunction has a chance to chain to nearby targets
    Damage Control Engineer: Your Quick Fix now adds additional bonus Resistance Rating to its target
    Assault Squad Officer: Your Sweeping Strikes now have a chance to cause an Electrical Damage over Time effect to your target
    Hazard System Officer: Your Fuse Armor has a chance to deal double damage

    Each Romulan Survivor Duty Officer Pack will include:

    4 Common or Better Duty Officers
    2 Uncommon or Better Duty Officer
    1 Rare or Better Duty Officer
    A Bonus Item!

    Bonus items available are

    Stack of Gamma Quadrant commodities
    Romulan Republic Duty Officer Exchange commission
    Stack of Embassy, Dilithium Mine or Spire Provisions
    Suliban Cell Ship 

    Fleet Support Duty Officer Pack

    New Duty Officers are ready to report to your ship! The Fleet Support Duty Officer Pack includes many officers with new Active Duty Powers:

    Damage Control Engineer: Chance for Auxiliary Power to Structural Integrity Field to proc a hull Heal Over Time
    Fabrication Engineer: Decreases the cooldown of space Operational Assets
    Hazard Systems: Adds a chance for your Aceton Field to diminish enemy power levels
    Matter-Antimatter: Your Emergency Power to Shields ability grants a temporary bonus to crowd control resistance
    Quartermaster: Provides a discount to purchasing Operational Assets. Different Quartermasters provide this bonus for Ground or Space
    Quartermaster: Decreases the cooldown of batteries
    Sensors: Increases the amount of damage you can deal to a target after jamming their sensors without breaking the jamming
    Systems Engineer: Viral Matrix has a chance to spread to other nearby enemies
    Armory Officer: Decreases the cooldown of ground Operational Assets
    Projectile Officer: Decreases the cooldown of mines
    Shield Distribution Officer: Draw Fire has a chance to cause a weapons malfunction on attacking enemies
    Astrometrics: When you find a rare particle trace, you have a chance to gain an additional rare particle trace
    Biochemist: Decreased cooldown on stims, shield charges, and power cells
    Photonic Studies: Chance for Photonic Shockwave to trigger Photonic Aftershocks on affected targets
    Assault Squad Officer: Chance to cause a Hold on the target when you use Lunge
    Maintenance: Emergency Power to Auxiliary increases your Shield Emitters and Hull Repair skills for 30 seconds
    Consultant: Increases your Expertise gain
    Consultant: Increases your Commendation Experience gain
    Consultant: Increases your Skill Point gain

    Each Fleet Support Duty Officer Pack will include:

    4 Common or Better Duty Officers
    2 Uncommon or Better Duty Officer
    1 Rare or Better Duty Officer
    A Bonus Item!

    Bonus items available are:

    Stack of Gamma Quadrant commodities
    A Stack of Embassy, Dilithium Mine or Spire Provisions
    A set of 4 Fleet Modules 

    Gamma Quadrant Duty Officer Cadre

    Each Gamma Quadrant Duty Officer Pack will include: 

    4 Common or Better Duty Officers
    2 Uncommon or Better Duty Officer
    1 Rare or Better Duty Officer
    A Bonus Item!

    Bonus Item will be ONE of the following:
    Stack of Gamma Quadrant commodities
    A Stack of Embassy, Dilithium Mine or Spire Provisions
    A set of 4 Fleet Modules

    Species available in the Gamma Quadrant Duty Officer Cadre:

    Bajoran (Federation only)
    Karemma (Federation only)
    Pardadan (Federation only
    Tosk (Federation only)
    Ferasan (Klingon Empire only)
    Wadi (Klingon Empire only)
    Dosi (Klingon Empire only)
    Hunters (Klingon Empire only)
    Cardassian (Both Factions)
    Jem'Hadar (Both Factions)
    Vorta (Both Factions)

    Federation Duty Officer Pack:


    This option will grant you a single pack of 7 random duty officers.

    The pack will contain the following rarities:

    4 Common Officers
    2 Uncommon or Better Officers
    1 Rare or Better Officer

    Klingon Empire Duty Officer Pack

    This option will grant you a single pack of 7 random Klingon Empire Faction duty officers.

    The pack will contain the following rarities:

    4 Common Officers
    2 Uncommon or Better Officers
    1 Rare or Better Officer

    Joining the fun at Star Trek Online is easy and free. Just visit startrekonline.com, register for a free account and then download and install the game. Once you've done that, just log in with your new account and you're ready to discover the entire Star Trek Online universe.

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