Lately I’ve been exercising my photoshop muscles and my creativity by constructing covers for paperbacks that do not exist. In this post, I have covers for a trilogy of Quantum Leap novels that continue the story from the television series. For more on what that story would look like, find a recent episode of Cosmic Potato: The Super Fan Talk Podcast where I appear as a guest alongside host Shawn Wray and very special guest Christopher DeFilippis (author of the Quantum Leap novel Foreknowledge) and ramble on about it.
Yes, this just happened.
To be fair, this alteration might already exist online somewhere, but I looked around for a bit and didn’t find it, so I made it myself.
I was hit by a fun idea recent;y, so I decided to hit it back by turning it into a series of images. These are Star Trek themed designs suitable for framing, or square coasters, or even tattoos if you’re feeling particularly saucy. I created four designs representing the classic recognizable divisions of Starfleet (plus the infamous and debatable Section 31 with custom made division emblem) and another four highlighting arguably the four most famous “villainous” alien races in Trek history.
Comment with opinions, suggestions, and questions below.
By now most of the internet-enabled public has seen or at least heard of the Power/Rangers “deboot” short film directed by Joseph Kahn and produced by Adi Shankar (who also produced the 2012 Karl Urban vehicle, DREDD. Remember that? It’ll be important later.) After some ominous rumbling noises from Saban Entertainment, who hold the rights to all Power Ranger properties, the hyper-stylized fan film was nearly purged from the internet entirely, even as the overwhelmingly positive reviews came within an inch of exhausting the world’s supply of adjectives synonymous with “dark” and “gritty.”
But then an agreement was reached, and it came back. If you want to see the NSFW version, it’s here. Why? Because I love you, and I want you to be happy.<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/120401488″>POWER/RANGERS (UNAUTHORIZED NSFW BOOTLEG)</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/josephkahndirector”>Joseph Kahn</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
Now, on to the Crossover Event mentioned in the headline. To producer Adi Shankar, I suggest this; to not only aid in the telling of additional Power Ranger stories using this “somber and gravelly” tone (thank you, thesaurus) but also to help gain ground in the battle to bring a DREDD sequel to the screen, slam these properties together! Rita Repulsa teams with Judge Death against Dredd the Black Ranger and his color-coded allies? Here, I even got you started with the image below.
Some of you may be aware that I have a store on CafePress (link can be found in the sidebar) where I offer some of my designs on shirts, mugs, glasses, pillows, and even a bloody Klingon teddy bear (seriously, they’re adorable. Great for gifts!)
CafePress holds licensing agreements with several companies to offer products with designs based on dozens of television and film properties. Star Trek is one of my favorite franchises of all time, and many of my designs feature it. However I realized the other day that another available property to design for happens to be the fantastic AMC production Breaking Bad. Like a madman, I began brainstorming concepts and design ideas. Like a fool, I didn’t read the entirety of the Submission Guidelines for Breaking Bad products.
No use of likenesses of the actors.
So here I sit, with a Che Guevara inspired Breaking Bad design that I can’t upload and sell on shirts and mugs and glasses and pillows and adorable teddy bears (have you ordered yours yet?) because it violates the Terms and Conditions. But that doesn’t mean everyone here has to go without at least seeing it, now does it?