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John Byrne
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Posted: 16 May 2008 at 4:53am | IP Logged | 1  

Something I have long admired about JB's work is that he does such a
good job placing the characters in natural settings and poses.



Thanks! One of the most important aspects of this kind of storytelling --
and one all too often overlooked by many artists -- is the grounding in
reality that comes from accurate renderings of body language,
backgrounds, fashions, etc. Jim Shooter used to make the very valid
point that it was important to learn how to draw the simple things -- he
cited telephones as a good example -- that keep the reader's eye and
mind involved in the flow of the images. Part of the "assignment" in
ASSIGNMENT: EARTH, for me, has been capturing a kind of generic 1970s
feel, which places the story in its proper time and place without actually
drawing attention to itself.
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Re: A question posed in Shipping in May thread. . .

From best evidence (ie, the single broadcast episode) Gary Seven is not a
time traveler. Altho Mr. Scott indicates that the teleportation beam that
brings Seven to earth is so powerful that it "could have brought him back
thru time", Seven identifies himself as a "human being of the 20th
century".

He has an awareness of some elements of Earth's future -- he recognizes
that humans in the company of Vulcans indicates that the Enterprise
is from the future, for instance -- but these seem no more than educated
guesses. Of course, if humans survive long enough to venture out into
deep space, they will encounter and become friendly with many alien
races.

He also mentions that the planet that sent him is "hidden" and will remain
so even in Kirk's time. This could be taken to indicate that Seven is
himself from the future, but more likely is merely represents the kind of
long term planning his bosses do. After all, if they have really been
taking humans to their planet and training them for thousands of years,
as indicated, solely to help humanity survive the 20th (and perhaps 21st)
century, they really do plan things out well in advance.

Best evidence that Seven is not from the future, however, comes in the
closing scene of the original episode, in which Kirk and Spock reveal that
their record banks have data on Seven's exploits on Earth, information
Seven himself does not have. Given the nature of his mission, it would be
odd indeed if he was from the future, but his alien bosses had given him
no advanced warning of what he would be up against.
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Glen O'Brien asks: "Does the first issue come out next week?"

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According to my local comic shop, it is indeed coming out this week!

(Along with a "Virgin Varient Cover"?!? What is this, JB?)

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Beats me!
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Paul Greer
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The virgin variant cover is just the same JB cover image minus any color. For every 20 copies ordered the LCS can get one of the "virign" black and white covers. I've ordered one of these for every issue so far. That way I do my part to make sure my LCS is buying at least 20 copies of each issue.
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Todd Douglas
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Is it necessarily black & white?  I know IDW's been offering "virgin variant" covers for Angel: After the Fall, which have been in color, but they're minus the logo, or any other trade dress.
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I was told by my LCS that it was a B&W cover with no logos. He could be wrong. I'll find out soon enough.

 

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This one may be, so it might not be an "either/or" scenario.
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JB, have you read the non-Star Trek treatment for the Assignment: Earth pilot, where Seven was originally conceived to have been sent back in time to fight an alien race's attempt to subvert Earth's history (kind of like what the Borg tried to do in First Contact)? Interesting stuff, which of course should have no bearing on your miniseries whatsoever -- I thought it was a historical curiosity you might be interested in.
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I have NOT read that, JM -- but curiously, it parallels my 4th issue quite
closely!
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Interesting bit of synchronicity there.

I was interested to discover that Isis was intended originally to be an opponent, rather than an ally, of Gary Seven.
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Flavio Sapha
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She seemed quite similar to another cat-lady from TOS second season,
didn't she? Watching the pilot, I kept waiting for a reveal that tied Isis to
that other-dimensional race.    
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