It’s been just (a few days) over a year, since I submitted my first article on Sequart Organization’s New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Comics, by Joseph F. Berenato. It’s been a busy year for everyone involved, too; since the book’s launch at Shore Leave in Aug 2014, Joe and ‘the gang’ have made the rounds at various comic cons, doing interviews, panels and signings. New Life and New Civilizations has become a hit amongst Star Trek fans around the globe. Joe has even put this incredible, must-have anthology of critical essays up for consideration, to be recognized and nominated by the World Science Fiction Society for the prestigious Hugo Award in the ‘Best Related Work’ category.
Joe used part of my review (as well as others) in his blog, asking for the society’s consideration:
“In a word, New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics is Awesome! It’s everything I was hoping for, and – more. This amazingly-researched, lovingly-written anthology takes us on a journey into every aspect of Star Trek comics.” — Lt. Eric Cone, VisionaryTrek.comI stand by that review! New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics delves-deep into the nearly 49 year history of Star Trek comics, with a series of 18 essays which range from the first Gold Key issues, all the way to the present IDW Publishing line. Also included are comic strips, Happy Meals, coloring books and more.
Within that terrific Pat Carbajal cover, you’ll find a foreward by Star Trek legend David Gerrold, as well as an in introduction by Joe, himself; (I, and my Visionary Trek colleagues, were honored to be mentioned for our support and participation in this book’s reach).
The contributors are an eclectic group of Star Trek alumni who are giants in the genre. You get the likes of Robert ‘Bob’ Greenberger, Scott Tipton, Keith R. A. DeCandido, Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore, Ian Dawe, Martín A. Pérez, Rich Handley (with two essays), Jim Beard, Julian Darius (also, with two essays), Mark, Martinez, Alan J. Porter, Colin Smith, Cody Walker, Joseph F. Berenato, David McIntee and Tom Mason.
Not only do we get a history of the comics, themselves, but you’re given valuable insights into the ‘behind the scenes’ aspects of the different publishers, including interviews with writers, artists and editors, as well. Mixed-in is a selection of artwork from the many covers, interiors, sketches and the like. This book is loaded with information!
But, don’t just take my word for it; here’s what others had to say:
“But – New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics did one thing, it finally interested me in what was out there when it came to Trek comics. The book was not a gushing tribute to the wonderful comics over the years as one might have expected, but a realistic assessment of them, pointing out the flaws as well as the positive things about them.” — TrekToday.com
Joe (standing) with (L-R) Dayton Ward, Bob Greenberger and Kevin Dilmore, launching New Life and New Civilizations at Shore Leave in August.
Still not satisfied? Take Joseph F. Berenato’s word for it (above), and buy this amazing book. You will not be sorry. Trust me…
‘Til, next time, see ya ‘out there…’
Lt. Eric Cone