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Old Today, 02:40 AM   #1
Mark R. Largent
Location: Dallas, Texas, USA
Star Trek: Save What From Heaven... Fan Comic

Hi everyone!

Wanted to share with you a project my pal Mark McCrary and I are working on. We've been friends for over 30 years and we both have been Trek fans for even longer.

We're also fans of comics and making comics, so it was a natural for us to have made some Star Trek comics over the years.

There was one that always stood out for us and when we were discussing doing an online Star Trek fan comic recently, McCrary suggested we go back and complete it.

"Save What From Heaven Is With The Breezes Blown" was originally written and pencilled in 1992. It began in late 1991, shortly after the TNG episode Unification aired. We were both thinking that it seemed like Kirk was no longer alive in the TNG time and we decided to do our own version of what had happened to him.

As such, this story was written before much of the continuity was established that would make it no longer fit. That might have been why we dropped it after the pencil stage, but I honestly don't remember.

It was too long ago.

So, fast forward to now and we are having a great deal of fun inking, coloring and lettering the story.

It's sixty pages long and despite having sat in boxes for over 20 years, we have all but six of them. McCrary is going to redraw those lost pages.

As a fan comic, we can't make money off it (of course) and we're nowhere close to deciding how to make it available for people to read. (We'd welcome opinions on how to best present it and promote it.)

In the meantime, I've set up a Facebook page and have uploaded the first seven pages as a teaser of sorts.

Timeline-wise, this story has a framing sequence that takes place shortly before the TNG episode Unification and then the bulk of the story takes place 37 years before.

Not sure how many Trek stories have been done when all of the major characters are in their extreme old age, so this probably sets this story apart. :-)

I can't yet post images, but I can put this link to the Facebook page.

I hope you will check it out and let us know what you think!
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Old Today, 03:06 AM   #2
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Re: Star Trek: Save What From Heaven... Fan Comic

I think it looks great!

I'd love to read it, when it's finished. I suppose the easiest way to publish it would be a PDF or a CBR, if you just wanted to distribute it digitally.

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Old Today, 08:15 AM   #3
Mark R. Largent
Location: Dallas, Texas, USA
Re: Star Trek: Save What From Heaven... Fan Comic

Thanks, Madman! I like the idea of a downloadable file, but I'm not sure of where we could distribute it. If we just set up a website, there's the matter of trying to let people know about it. Not to mention the potential cost.
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Old Today, 03:39 PM   #4
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Re: Star Trek: Save What From Heaven... Fan Comic

You're doing the best kind of marketing right here. With fan productions, a good preview and a link to the download site are all you really need.

As for the site itself, there are any number of providers who can set you up with a basic site and a custom URL for a reasonable rate. It's mostly just a matter of shopping for them.
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Old Today, 05:27 PM   #5
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Re: Star Trek: Save What From Heaven... Fan Comic

I really like the artwork, it looks quite professional to me! And the story sounds interesting too. But I'm having quite a bit of trouble parsing that title.
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Old Today, 06:40 PM   #6
Mark R. Largent
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Re: Star Trek: Save What From Heaven... Fan Comic

Thanks, guys!

Rattrap, I was thinking this time we'd look at options with social media. Try to put the pages out in several locations that people might have a better chance of stumbling upon.

B.J., I blame youth for the title. :-) It is a seriously weird experience to pick up a script you wrote almost half a lifetime ago (I was 25 then and I'm 47 now.) It's almost like reading something written by someone else. "Save What from Heaven is With the Breezes Blown" was a line from a poem that I came across in a college literature class and wrote down, thinking it sounded like a Star Trek title. (It's from Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats.) I'm sure it reminded me of some of those lengthier Trek titles like "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky." I think it makes sense in the context of some of the latter part of the story, but I don't think I would have used that title now ....and I've been trying to abbreviate it wherever I can. :-)

Although McCrary and I have never done professional comics work, we've enjoyed doing our own stuff over the years. We've got two graphic novels up on our website, Greyhawk and the Starbucklers. The first one starts here, if you want to check it out. It's a space pirate comic set in the 17th Century. The title character was raised as a pirate on Earth and uses it as his home base. It's fun space fantasy stuff, mixing swords and sailing ships with aliens and spaceships.
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