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In the last year we have seen William Shatner and Zachary Quinto dip into the world of comics and graphic novels, and now Walter Koenig is jumping in with a new series about vampires plus a re-issue of his 1990’s comic series "Raver." We have more details below, including an exclusive image from the vampire series "Things to Come".
Koenig’s "Things To Come" – Post-apocalyptic Vampires
Walter Koenig is most famous for his role as Pavel Chekov in two seasons of the original Star Trek, and seven Trek feature films. But Koenig has written a novel ("Buck Alice and the Actor Robot"), a comic series ("Raver"), non-fiction ("Warped Factors", "Chekov’s Enterprise") and films ("inAlienable", "I Wish I May"). And now he is returning to the world of comics with "Things To Come", a new comic mini-series novel about vampires
Koenig’s four issue series "Things To Come" promises to be a different take on Vampires, set in a post-apocalyptic world where vampires are the dominant species. The new comic series is being distributed by Bluewater Productions, the same publisher behind William Shatner’s new comics. Bluewater publisher Darren G Davis tells TrekMovie "It’s quite epic. Fans of the genre might think they have seen this premise before, but Koenig’s vision for this is unique, creative and impactful. I am very excited to be a part of this project."
Two weeks ago, at the Star Trek con in Las Vegas, Koenig spoke about this project saying that even though vampire fiction is the big thing these days, he feels that his story is "a take that I don’t believe has been done before." Koenig also stated that the idea started as a treatment for a feature film, but that he is taking a "somewhat circuitous route" of doing it as a comic series first in hopes that it can lead to being developed later into a film (which is not unheard of).
The cover art for "Things To Come" is being done by GMB Chomichuk, with interior art by Nathan Ooten. The four issue series is tentatively scheduled to debut next spring.
In addition to "Things To Come", Bluewater will also be repackaging Koenig’s first foray into comics; the three-issue series "Raver" originally published in the early 1990’s at Malibu Comics. Raver follows the trials of a reality-bending hero whose psychotic episodes create a nightmare world with real villains and victims. And Norman Walters (Raver) moves from one twisted reality to the next trying to return to his original safe and stable existence.
The "Raver" graphic novel should hit comic book stores and online outlets in 2011 with new material and a new cover by Gregg Paulsen.