Monday, September 22, 2014

REAL Superhero at Pocket Con?

This entry is more an excuse to post a cute photo of my girls at Pocket Con, a local Chicago comic convention geared toward kids.

I will post more details at another time.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Multicultural = I like Marvel *and* DC!

Some ideas for a T-shirt i want to wear at a local comic convention. Which one do you like best?

This may be the first of an ongoing series. I also have one for Star Wars and Star Trek.



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Star Trek Enterprise inspires Redskins name solution = Pinkskins

The Washington Redskins professional American football team has recently had a strong protest over the use of its name, which has been used as racist & derogatory term for decades. 
Redskins owner Dan Synder, among others, "say they believe that it refers positively to Native Americans, invoking qualities of strength and courage," according to Wikipedia
Many other people do not.  Here's an ad which will appear during the NBA playoffs in several cities, led by the Yocha Dehe tribe. is a website that is also spearheading these efforts.

This controversy just happens to coincide with the monthly art contest that TrekBBS (a Star Trek fan message board) was holding: New and/or improved.

So I took that opportunity to "improve" the Washington Redskins with a new name. It's one that was used frequently in Star Trek: Enterprise's episodes with the Andorians (blue skinned aliens with antennae, who have been around since the first show aired on TV nearly 50 years ago). It's Commander Shran's nickname for humans: Pinkskins. It's an "affectionate" name, that is surely as respectful as  claims "Redskins" is.

When the contest officially begins voting, I 'll add the link here.

Star Trek has been at the forefront of inspiring us to make changes so we can have a better future. Here's one more thing we ought to add to that list. 

Go #Pinkskins!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

These are REALLY the Voyages - how the Enterprise finale SHOULD have ended

We had a discussion on TrekBBS about Manny Coto, who came in the 4th Season of Enterprise and almost saved the franchise. The discussion of course included talking about the final episode of the series.

As you may know, the final episode of Enterprise (the fifth Star Trek TV series) was called "These Are The Voyages" and was supposed to be a "valentine" to the fans , according to Brannon Braga and Rick Berman, creators of Enterprise. It was an awful episode for most Star Trek fans.  They shoehorned a Next Generation episode as a framing device (and a bad fit), and also killed off a popular Enterprise character.  The episode was meant to close out not just the Enterprise series, but an era of new episodes of Star Trek.

So here’s my outline for a “better valentine” to Trek fans, that closes the door on the “silver age” of Trek. The story for the Enterprise crew is not really specified. I don’t think it’s as important as finding a credible way to tie the different series together. Feel free to suggest your own.

I used the Mindmapper program to help me sort out which series characters would be most likely available and interested in participating. (So I left off McCoy & Scotty for obvious reasons, and Kirk & Spock & Picard (and a couple others) because their actors are “too big” and/or too busy to be available. I mmatched up a TV series character with an Enterprise character I thought they could relate to.  Other series actors could also be part of the discussion as well; i just wanted to make sure someone from a previous series had a connection to the Enterprise crew member. Each Enterprise character would have one last chance to shine in each of the acts, but could of course be in the background for other scenes.

“The Better Valentine” or “These REALLY Are the Voyages…”

n  TOS Crew talking to Cadets/young officers (or just lucky Trek fans dressed in as Starfleet officers/cadets, hearing a story)
n  Switch to TNG talking to a similar group, in their era (in a 10 Forward lounge?)
n  Switch to DS9 and VOY crew at Quark's talking to cadets

Act 1
n  Bashir, O'Brien, B'Elanna and Harry relay to cadets some of their heroes
Explain how each made an impact
n  Phlox Trip and T'Pol do something to help injured people
n  What causes the injury (Romulans?) sets stage for the ENT story

Act 2
n  TOS sets up this scene
n  saying how Supporting crew made a vital contribution to that era
n  Sato Mayweather & Shran do something to help the Enterprise crew deal with this threat
n  Mayweather and Sato are AT LEAST a Lt. by this point, if not Lt. Commander

Act 3
n  Riker and Worf set up stage for Archer uniting the UFP founders
n  Archer's actions, along with Reed's expertise, help solve an issue

n  TNG, TNG, VOY and  DS9 crews talking about Archer helping found the Federation (the camera rotates around "the table" and each incarnation has a say)
n  ENT Last scene w/ Archer (like we saw in Enterprise..except Mayweather gets promoted)
n  Narrative “These are the voyages…”said by all Captains, one line at a time

Friday, February 28, 2014

February 2014 TrekBBS Art contest submisison

The Star Trek message board has a monthly art contest. This month's theme was basically getting a second chance at previous entries.   You can find it here--> February 2014 Challenge: 2nd Chance 

If you have signed up, please consider for me. My kids weren't cute enough last time!

Voting should start about March 2 or so, and last until about March 4 or 5.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

January 2014 TrekBBS Art Submisison

This is my submission to TrekBBS's monthly art contest.  The Janaury theme is "the Future of Star Trek"

So know would this be considered child abuse (i.e. setting them up for mocking by anti-Trekkies)?

Edit: Here's my final(?) submission: