09:24:37 on October 30
By: Anonymous Coward
Dept: TrekWeb Features
Trekweb.COM brings you this exclusive interview with Steve Lieber, one of the artists for Wildstorm's upcoming 'Star Trek Special' comic one-shot, featuring tales with characters from all 4 Trek series.
Q: What can you tell us about your work on 'Wildstorm's Star Trek Special' ?
A : I illustrated a story called 'The Wake', a short story featuring Scotty, McCoy and Spock set just after the end of 'Star Trek Generations', so McCoy is over 140 years old. It was written by Jeffrey Lang, a wonderful writer with whom I've collaborated on stories for a number of other publishers. He wrote an extremely unusual story - it's almost an eulogy and I tried very hard to capture its wistful melancholy.
Q: Did you use and reference material from Paramount ? Like the actor's likeness and ship's exteriors ?
A: There aren't any ships exteriors - the story takes place entirely in one room. As I noted, it's an unusual story. My print reference came from my editor at Wildstorm. I used the movies, mostly, and I actually found the documentary 'Trekkies' to be quite helpful in nailing down the likenesses of James Doohan - his close-ups were on the screen a lot longer than you'll find in any Trek movie, so there was plenty of time to really study his face.
Q: Is this your first Star Trek work ?
A: Yes, though I certainly hope it won't be the last.
A: What's next for Steve Lieber ?
A: My next project is called "Morning Dragons'. It's an original graphic novel, written by Warren Ellis (Planetary, Spider-Man), that tells the story of a Viking incursion into Japan, set in the early 12th Century.It'll be black and white, around a hundred pages long, and drawn in something resembling the odd variety of techniques that I used in 'Whiteout'. 'Morning Dragons' will be published by Image in 2001.
Thanks to Steve for this exclusive interview. 'Star Trek Special' will be published by Wildstorm in January 2001. For a look at Steve's art (including samples of his work on DC's 'Batman : Turning Point'), go to his official website at