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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 24 January 2019 at 9:37pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

This is good read, too:

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Posted: 25 January 2019 at 7:09am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

On the matter of the character “voices,” many times it felt as if I was taking dictation. The characters were speaking their lines and I was just writing down what they said.

An illusion, of course, but I really know I’m working on a full head of steam when that happens!

(There’s a legend of Truman Capote being asked if he had really taken twenty-four hours to come up with a single word. “Yes,” he reportedly said. “But it was the right word!” I’ve not reached that level, but there were many times I found myself stopping to consider whether a particular character would use a particular word. Proof it’s not really dictation.”)

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Posted: 25 January 2019 at 9:33am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

It’s a subtle thing, but it’s vitally important. Without having actors (and their voices) to literally bring characters to life, the careful selection of words and speech patterns for characters is what brings them to “life” on the printed page. I often think of how Stan Lee did this in books like FANTASTIC FOUR. Giving the characters distinctive speech patterns and specific types of interactions with each other is a key part of what made them so memorable.

And so it was with TOS. If you were handed a page of a conversation without being told who the speakers were, you could pretty quickly determine if it was Kirk talking to Scotty, McCoy talking to Spock, etc. Getting those “voices” (and even accents!) right on the printed page goes a very long way to making up for the lack of the actors’ presence.
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Posted: 25 January 2019 at 11:32am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Initially I caught some flak for Chekov’s accent. I dismissed it, guessing I’d have been equally lambasted—probably by the same people!—if I didn’t essay an attempt at faux Russian.
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Posted: 25 January 2019 at 4:54pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I totally get how troublesome the accents would be.

If you veer too much into it, it can easily come across as cartoonish (as many TREK comics and novels have). If you go with full-on proper English for their dialogue ("Captain" instead of "Keptin", etc.), then it just...doesn't...sound...right.

I think the trick is remembering that Doohan didn't ALWAYS lay on the Scot-speak, and so one must carefully pepper in the "ach"s and "lassies" and whatnot when writing Scotty's dialogue. Pepper in those distinctive verbal tics when appropriate, but not every single time the character speaks.

Less so with Koenig, since he stuck to the thicker accent more consistently than Doohan. Lots and lots of "v"s swapped for "w"s, etc.
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Prior to New Visions, the only Trek comics I had liked were the early DC issues - I thought Mike W Barr did a good job with what he had.

New Visions is clearly the gold standard though.
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Posted: 26 January 2019 at 9:33am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

...”v”s swapped for “w”s...

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And the other way around! “Ve” for “we”, but also (famously) “wessels” for “vessels”.

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Posted: 26 January 2019 at 10:06am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yc6OeFmcJ0g
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Posted: 27 January 2019 at 11:50am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Mr. Byrne, any chance you would consider returning pencil duties for a future Star Trek project?  Hopefully Captain April and the crew of the Starship Enterprise?  

Altho the Captain's Log is part of the brand, I thought it was interesting in The Cage there wasn't one.  I believe Trek stories can be told without a log entry, and I liked to think the log entries were an evolution and not from the beginning (The retroactivity done on ST:ENT).  

Thoughts, Sir?
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