Zander CannonExploring the Star Trek Universe through comics. Spanning four decades reviewing the newest stories & those from the comic archives.

In this week’s show we have a special guest as Michael interviews comic writer and artist Zander Cannon. We discuss his five part miniseries from IDW Star Trek: The Next Generation: Ghosts as well as discussions on Star Trek in general including the JJ verse.

You can find Zander on twitter: @zander_cannon

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Interview copyright Michael Clark

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Issue 8: Interview with Zander Cannon Script / Storyboards

This week Michael interviews Zander Cannon. Here is a copy of the script & storyboards (courtesy of Zander) from the first two pages of Issue 5 of Ghosts. If you grab your copy of issue 5 you will be able to read along with the script, compare the story boards that Zander drew and match these with the finished product.

Star Trek TNG: Ghosts

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PAGE 1

PANEL 1
THE FIRST PAGE IS A SLOW PAN DOWN ON THE CAPITAL CITY OF DOROSSH. FROM HERE WE SEE IT NEXT TO THE GLEAMING TOWERS OF JUULET’S MAIN CITY, THE ANARCHIC MISHMASH OF HUTS AND LEAN-TOS THAT MAKES UP MOST OF DOROSSH.
CAPTION: First officer’s log, stardate 44751.7
CAPTION: The situation above Allios IV has reached crisis levels.
CAPTION: The current warlord of the primitive nation of Dorossh, WORIKK, has set a time for the captured and falsely accused LT. WORF’S execution: sundown TONIGHT.

PANEL 2
CLOSER NOW, WE ARE LOOKING AT ONLY A HANDFUL OF BUILDINGS, STILL OVERHEAD. THE GROUND IS DIRT, THERE IS TRASH AND CRUMBLING STRUCTURES EVERYWHERE, AND WE SEE ONE DOROSSHIAN WALKING, POSSIBLY WITH A SPEAR. NEARBY, HIDDEN IN SHADOWS, IS DATA.
CAPTION: All of our diplomacy has amounted to nothing when dealing with a leader so short-sighted as to care nothing for consequences.
CAPTION: All of our tracking technology has been useless when confronted with a city so dense and so chaotic that Worf could be literally anywhere.
CAPTION: These elegant solutions have failed us.

PANEL 3
NOW WE ARE DOWN AT GROUND LEVEL, AND DATA IS IN THE FOREGROUND, LOOKING AROUND A CORNER AT THE DOROSSHIAN WHO HAS PASSED BY. DATA HOLDS UP A PHASER AT THE READY. THIS IS THE ONE PLACE IN THE BOOK THAT IT’S ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL THAT WE KNOW IT’S DATA, SINCE THE JOKE DEPENDS ON IT, AND HE IS NOT MENTIONED BY NAME.
CAPTION: I feel that the answer lies in tactics that rely less on mathematics and probability and more on direct contact.
CAPTION: I’ve sent a crew member down to aggressively investigate the likeliest possibilities.
CAPTION: To bring the human touch.

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PAGE 2

PANEL 1
THE COLLECTION OF ZOOR ENERGY VICTIMS IN THE IMMENSE WHITE SPACE. PICARD, KALKASS, MMEMON, FIVE OTHER DOROSSHIANS, THE TWO JUULETIANS, AND KEER ARE ALL THERE. KEER KNEELS BY HER HUSBAND’S DISEMBODIED LIMBS.
CAPTION: I am sure Captain Picard would not have made the same decision, but he is missing following the Enterprise’s encounter with a cloud of energy, the residue of an earlier accident.
CAPTION: the energy has deposited him in a pocket dimension, along with a number of other victims.

PANEL 2
KEER HOLDS HER HUSBAND’S HAND CLOSE TO HER, AND WHERE THE ARM ENDS IN THIS PANEL…
CAPTION: That we know this is due to the aforementioned accident: a researcher named UUL EVERUUD was wounded by the energy and now is split between that world and ours.

PANEL 3
…IT CONTINUES IN THIS ONE, SHOWING UUL LYING ON THE TABLE IN SICKBAY, TROI CLOSE AT HAND.
CAPTION: Using his body as a conduit, Picard and the others may communicate with our sick bay, and chief of engineerring Geordi LaForge has set to the task of revising a physical link to the space.

PANEL 4
SHOT OF THE BRIG, WITH TWO GUARDS OUTSIDE IT. JUST INSIDE THE FORCEFIELD IS DEERON, WHO IS ANGRILY PLEADING WITH THE GUARDS TO GET RIKER SO HE CAN HAVE HIS SAY. THE OTHER TWO (FEMALE) JUULETIAN CREWMEMBERS ARE SITTING ON THE BENCH IN THE BACK OF THE CELL.
CAPTION: Those responsible for the energy mishaps have been detained in our brig, after attempting to silence Uul with another energy burst.
DEERON: This is all a MISTAKE!
DEERON: I demand to see Commander RIKER.
GUARD: I’ve been instructed not to speak with you, sir.

You can find Zander on twitter: @zander_cannon

http://www.bigtimeattic.com/