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2010 will mark the 10th year for the popular Star Trek Ships of the Line Calendar series. Today TrekMovie has an exclusive first look at four months from the new wall calendar, including the first ever look at the USS Aventine.
New blood for the ships of the line
Like previous SOTL calendars, 2010 will have 12 month layouts and a centerfold. For their 10th year Pocket Books brings back many of the talented artists who have provided images of Star Trek ships in previous years. These would be: Daren Dochterman, Koji Kuramura, Michael Stetson, John Tesca, Max Rem, John Han, Mark Rademaker, and Andrew Probert, all being wrangled by Trek vet Doug Drexler, who also contributes. Here is the cover by Max Rem.
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But this year Doug mixed it up, but bringing on some artists he found on the web (Robert Wilde, Greg Stewart, and Steffen Weisener) as well as CBS-Digital Trek Remastered artists Niel Wray and Max Gabl (who have two contributions). There are also what Doug calls "a wider spectrum of media" as well. In addition to all the digital work, Probert’s contribution is based on a traditional painting, and John Han used old school physical models.
Here is the centerfold featuring an image from "Requiem for Methuselah", one of two images from Star Trek Remastered.
And here are a couple of Enterprises in February and August
Another first for the 2010 calendar is it is the first SOTL calendar to debut a ship from the Pocket Books series of Star Trek novels. Specifically the SOTL is where you can get your first look at the USS Aventine, which was featured in David Mack’s "Destiny" trilogy. Artist Mark Rademaker (who worked with Drexler on Battlestar Galactica) loved the Destiny series and asked if he could make the Aventine based on the aesthetic of the Enterprise E, along with the description from the books detailing the ship’s slipstream warp drive and "shark-like" appearance. Much time was spent on the details, down to ensuring that the nacelle pylons, shuttle bays, and number of decks all made sense.
Mark will be creating another image of the Aventine for one of the covers of the 2010 ‘Typhon Pact’ mini-series. He has also made an animation showing off a 3-D wireframe for the Aventine.
The Ships of the Line 2010 Calendar comes out in August and is also available for pre-order at Amazon for $11.19. Note that Amazon has an early dummy cover, the above one is the final.
More calendars for 2010
There will also be a Star Trek movie and Star Trek original series wall calendar in 2010, both of which are available for pre-order. A day-to-day digital calendar covering the entire Star Trek franchise is also in development (not yet available for pre-order).
Ships of the Line – The Book
The SOTL calendars are so popular that they resulted in a 2007 Ships of the Line (Star Trek) mini coffee table book, edited by Margaret Clark and Doug Drexler, with words by Michael Okuda