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Matt Wokas
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Posted: 26 November 2008 at 1:19am | IP Logged | 1  

How happy are you working on Star Trek compsred to working on other properties? Is this something you always wanted to do? How does it compare to other titles you've lent your talents to?
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John Byrne
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Posted: 26 November 2008 at 6:23am | IP Logged | 2  

So far I've been having a ball. Unlike licensed properties on which I have
worked in the past -- EMERGENCY!, SPACE: 1999, INDIANA JONES, even
WHEELIE AND THE CHOPPER BUNCH -- there has been virtually no
interference from the franchise owners (Paramount, in this case.)

I can't say it's something I've "always" wanted to do. Certainly I wanted to
get myself "a piece of the action" back in my teens, when the show was in
first run. I drew several abortive TREK projects, and even "created" my own
ST rip-off for a series of short stories I wrote. But when I got into the
business and found out very quickly what a pain it was working on licensed
properties -- it seemed the owners went out of their way to find people to
put in charge who had absolutely no idea how comics work -- I soon set
aside any thoughts of working on such projects. The one time I let my guard
down and tried working on INDIANA JONES, the results were disastrous.
Thus, when IDW contacted me about doing some TOS work, I was at first
strongly resistant, until Chris Ryall, the head honcho there, came up with
something that could be relatively smooth sailing, the single Romulans issue
for their ALIEN SPOTLIGHT miniseries. That allowed me to try a toe in the
water, and from there expand my involvement as those waters showed
themselves set for smooth sailing.

Right now, there is some concern, as the dynamics are shifting at
Paramount, and we're not sure how things will shake out. (This has nothing
to do with the new movie -- so far.) Hopefully, I will be continuing my
association with STAR TREK for a long time to come.
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John Caliber
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Posted: 26 November 2008 at 6:46am | IP Logged | 3  

Right now, there is some concern, as the dynamics are shifting at
Paramount, and we're not sure how things will shake out. (This has nothing
to do with the new movie -- so far.) Hopefully, I will be continuing my
association with STAR TREK for a long time to come.

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Mr. Byrne, your ST comics are genuinely my only reason for bothering to visit comic book stores on a regular basis, so big fingers-crossed the ST comics will continue to reward your talents.

I suppose ... the possibility may come into being that Paramount wants to heavily capitalise on the new movie by putting a hold on adventures taking place elsewhere in the Trek universe (including the TOS continuity), but it couldn't last for long.

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