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John Mietus
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Posted: 05 June 2009 at 10:34am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I like the theory that Janice Lester, being nuts, was delusional on her whole
"[y]our world of starship captains doesn't admit women" thing.

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But the story indicates that she went nuts because she hit the glass ceiling and couldn't be a Captain.

That line has also been rationalized as meaning that Kirk didn't have room for a woman in his life because of his career, but Lester's behavior makes it clear that her single-minded goal is to attain a starship command.

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Whoa, I must have missed this thread. This is my first view of the cover. JB, these inks are superb. I would have thought Mark Farmer inked it. And I mean that as a compliment.
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Given the way the world was changing even in 1969, it seems in retrospect absurd that anyone connected with STAR TREK would have assumed a "glass ceiling" for women in the latter part of the 22nd Century. But, then, TREK has occasionally shown a tendency to stumble in this area. Consider the episode of NEXT GENERATION, in which Picard is transformed into a 12 year old boy -- retaining all his adult faculties -- and is informed that he can no longer be a starship captain. Experience counts for nought, it would seem. Packaging is all,
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I would have thought Mark Farmer inked it. And I mean that as a
compliment.



Extremely difficult to imagine how you could have meant it as an insult!!
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Posted: 05 June 2009 at 11:53am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

 John Byrne wrote:
Consider the episode of NEXT GENERATION, in which
Picard is transformed into a 12 year old boy -- retaining all his adult
faculties -- and is informed that he can no longer be a starship captain.
Experience counts for nought, it would seem. Packaging is all


Once again showing a Star Trek that reflected the times in which it was
produced...
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Posted: 05 June 2009 at 11:56am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

 Greg Kirkman wrote:
But the story indicates that she went nuts because
she hit the glass ceiling and couldn't be a Captain.


True -- but we both know that people don't just go nuts like that because of
a single catalyst. The damage had to be there already. I know -- I was
married to a Janice Lester.
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Posted: 09 June 2009 at 11:58am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

A little more sneekpeeking, suitably SPOILER-proofed.



Love me some STAR TREK, but MAN the bridge get's tiresome after a while!!
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Posted: 09 June 2009 at 12:07pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Blame the writer for keeping you on the bridge so much.
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The real annoyance is, back in the day when the lettering was on the boards it would have been possible to fudge some of the details until the lettering was done, and I could see just how much was going to show around the balloons and captions. Now, since I have no real idea of where the balloons will land, what shape they will be, or how large -- plus, I have to consider the potential customers in the aftermarket -- I have to draw everything, even tho I know a lot of it will end up being covered on the published pages.
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Posted: 09 June 2009 at 1:40pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Something I'm curious about -- since you've used the computer to letter
your pages before, and since you're supplying IDW with digital files, why
don't they just have you letter your books? You'd have complete control of
balloon and sound effect placement that way.
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Posted: 09 June 2009 at 1:41pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

...or am I presuming incorrectly that you're supplying IDW with digital files? I
surmised this based on your conversations with Tom Smith about image
resolution when he was coloring Assignment: Earth.
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