How did the opportunity to do Stuck on Star Trek come about?
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What excited you most about the project?
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Which iconic bits of Trek did you have the most fun rendering?
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What's up with the dancing Kirk?
Corroney: I think dancing Kirk looks cool! It does look like he's doing the cha cha cha I guess, but remember, Kirk is a man of action. He needs to look like he's ready to rumble for a playset like this. Also, his arms are raised in an action pose since his hands are designed to hold phasers and other objects for the clings. I do seem to recall Kirk doing some dancing in the classic episode “Plato's Stepchildren,” though...
What else is in the ballpark of dancing Kirk?
Corroney: Well, Spock looks like he might be ready to cut a rug, too, and you could make it rain with Tribbles since there are a quite a few of those clings in the book.
In general, what kind of stylistic approach did you take? We you trying for semi-realistic? For the Animated Series look? Something in between?
Corroney: I worked with my friends and frequent collaborators, Hi-Fi Colour Design, on this project and they really knocked it out of the park with the artwork. I think the style evolved naturally since we work primarily as comic book artists in the industry. The general idea was to definitely retain likenesses as much as possible for the characters, but also keep them fun and animated-looking. It's just something we're really good at doing, having worked with Star Trek and other licensed properties for so long now.
If there are more Stuck on Trek books in the future, what would you like to realize?
Corroney: Wow, that's a good question. I would definitely love to do a second book featuring The Next Generation series. That would be especially cool. I love Picard, Data, Riker, Worf, Geordi and the rest of the crew. I think it would be really great to adapt some classic TNG episodes like “The Best of Both Worlds,” “QPid,” “The Big Goodbye” and “All Good Things...” There are definitely some great characters, costumes and environments in all of those episodes that would lend themselves perfectly for another Stuck on Star Trek book.
You've been a busy man lately on the Trek front, with Federation and Hive. How pleased have you been with the reaction to those two projects?
Corroney: I'm really thrilled the fans have responded so positively to both of those projects. It was great contributing artwork to Federation: The First 150 Years and to see my work featured alongside so many spectacular illustrations by friends of mine in the industry who also contributed art for the book. But I'm especially proud to see Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hive getting some really great reviews and positive feedback online. I worked really hard on my art for that series with my friends at Hi-Fi and Star Trek writer/producer Brannon Braga to make a truly memorable Star Trek adventure for the fans since the story felt like a true sequel to Star Trek: Nemesis. I can't wait for the fourth issue to come out shortly, so everyone can see how this epic final battle with the Borg ends for the TNG crew.
Trek-wise, what else are you working on at the moment?
Corroney: Currently, I'm doing some sketches for IDW Publishing's upcoming Star Trek Volume Two Deluxe Limited Edition book for their "IDW Limited" line. This will be a very rare, limited release for this collection of Star Trek comic books and each book in the black label edition will come with a unique, hand-drawn character sketch inside that I've drawn. There are also rumblings of a new Star Trek series on the horizon at IDW that I might get to draw, so I'm hoping that works out for me later this year.
Stuck on Star Trek will come with wire-o pages and a foldout stand for easy display, and play, in a cubicle or on any surface. It’ll be available February 26 from Universe. Click below to pre-order and HERE to visit Corroney's official site.