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'Until such time as the producers of STAR TREK -- in whatever form future iterations may take -- are prepared to embrace its origins rather than being embarrassed by them, no one will ever "be Kirk". Kirk belongs to the age when STAR TREK could be boldly and unashamedly all about gunboat diplomacy. Kirk was "also trained to be a diplomat" ("Metamophosis"), but that was Picard's primary function. Kirk found ways around the Prime Directive, Picard used it as an excuse to end the episode. And the commanders and captains since Picard have been even weaker and more watered down (with the possible exception of Janeway, who approached Kirk's chutzpah from time to time, but who, I suspect, is disliked by the {predominently male} fans for the same reason Makel Barret's Number One was rejected by the old boys at NBC).' - John Byrne

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'Chris Ryall and I have been discussing an "omnibus" edition of the NEW VISIONS books, as a companion to the 500 page hardcover of my conventionally illustrated TREK work, and I've said if we do this I want to go over the whole thing, some 500 pages also, to tweak everything up to the present levels of my skills with the photo-manipulations. Everything from the kerning in the balloons to the feathering on the edges of some figures. Maybe even changing some panels entirely now I really know what I am doing.' - John Byrne

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"Howard Mackie, vacationing with his wife in Hawaii, sent me this email yesterday:

"'Nice to know that dropping you name can still get a response. Deb and I were driving back to the hotel with a group of "celebrities" (voice actor who has also been in movies, and one of the guys from MYTHBUSTERS) and they are talking Star Trek. I mention that a friend mine is doing some Star Trek work, describe it to them, they are kinda interested... and then I drop the hammer and your name...total stunned silence in the car as eyes go wide, "John Byrne? John Byrne John Byrne? X-Men Fantastic Four John Byrne?" They turned into little kids, and my bffs.'"

"What's wrong with this picture?

"They are John Byrne fans. They are STAR TREK fans. Yet they had no idea I was doing STAR TREK projects. Why?"
- John Byrne

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"I'm not expecting to capture new readers with my book. But where are the longtime TOS fans who, by any sort of reckoning, should be hungry for new material?"

"The frustrating element for me is that, based on the many positive reviews, STNV has solved all the 'problems' traditionally associated with TREK comics. The characters and sets all look like themselves. They characters 'sound' like themselves. The plots are not 'comic-booky.' The titles are not goofy. And TREK fans mostly don't know I am the Great Satan, so where's the problem?" - John Byrne

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'As the number of trade paperback collections (up to three now) increase, I am hoping their presence in real bookstores and on Amazon will prompt a sudden surge of 'discovery' by TOS fans. Based on the almost universally positive reviews by those who have seen and read the book, I can only assume they would enjoy it! Once again, note that I want this book to sell because it's STAR TREK, not because of any financial considerations. I receive no royalties, just my page rate -- a page rate I am reducing for the second time to help IDW keep the book alive." - John Byrne

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"I'll admit to being a touch surprised that more people haven't realized this. Quite frankly, I expected the internet to be ablaze with declarations of my out-of-control ego." - John Byrne, on using himself as the model for a character this issue

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