Author: Adam Fratto

Star Trek

Star Trek: The New Adventures Vol 2
Writer: Mike Johnson
Artists: Mike Johnson, Stephen Molnar, Claudia Balboni, Ryan Parrott, Erfan Fajar

 

IDW Comics
Street: 11.19

 

Seeing how successful the new Star Trek movies have been, it only makes sense that someone would eventually get the bright idea of writing of a comic based on the new characters and new timeline. If you are a fan of the new movies, then this idea may or may not sound like it could be pretty rad. I am here to tell you that this comic series is nothing short of perfection when it comes to giving you more information to a story that you don’t get to see on the big screen.

 

This comic takes place in numerous different time frames, starting from before the first Star Trek movie, up until events that take place after the second. There are nine parts and each focus on either a character from the films that you weren’t given a lot of information about, or a new situation that has occurred that we know nothing about. I really enjoyed reading the stories of a few characters that made  minor cameos in the films. It was interesting to learn about their past, why they were in the positions they were in and how exactly they got there.

 

It starts with telling the story of the big guy who ends up beating James Kirk to a bloody pulp in a bar. Hendorff is his name, and you learn about why he ends up becoming a “Red Shirt,” as they call it. For those newer to the series, Red Shirts are essentially the brutes of Starfleet basically, doing all the heavy lifting and security work. Another character you get to know a lot better is the little guy that hangs around Scotty in the films. You know the cute fella that looks like he’s made of stone? It turns out his name is Keenser, and that he isn’t just someone that gets pushed around and yelled at by Scotty all the time. He is actually a very smart creature who, as a boy, fixed a problem on a starship shuttle that not even the great George Kirk could figure out, earning his way into Starfleet.

 

You also get to see Scotty and McCoy having a few drinks while Scotty attempts to explain how there are several realities parallel to their own. Then the reader gets a look into one specific reality where the federation has finally defeated its arch enemies the Klingons. Instead of giving the majority of the credit to Captain Kirk as some would assume, the credit goes all to Captain Spock of the Enterprise. Can you say “plot twist?” Then, tired of living in the shadow of the captain, Commander Kirk and a select few crew members decide that they have had enough of the Federation and want change. So they embark on a plan to hijack a certain Romulan mining ship and live separate from the federation. Oh, and I almost forgot about how, after the events of Into Darkness, Commander Spock comes down with a fever that turns him into a raging sex maniac. I will leave that there and let the thought of that boggle your mind for a bit.

 

As I was reading, I honestly could not find one thing that I didn’t like about this comic. The dialogue wasn’t confusing at all, and even though there were a couple different artists throughout, it still is done very well. Personally, when I am approaching the end of a comic, I get one of two thoughts in my head, one of which being, “Man, this was a solid read—now I can move onto something else I have.” But the other thought that I get is, “Holy crap, what is the quickest way I can get the next volume of this?” The latter was the feeling I was left with when I finished Star Trek: The New Adventures Vol. 2 and am currently still feeling. I can truly call myself a Trekkie.

 

Signature

Signature

Signature
Director: Kristijan Stramic

Street: 06.15

 

Signature starts with the familiar sound of a skater’s wheels rolling over cracks and features a skater named Luka Bizjak. The noise is always a good way to grab the attention of a viewer, which I really enjoyed. Within the first 10–15 seconds of this black-and-white skateboarding short, it seemed like all I was going to get out of it was five minutes a guy rolling around a city, weaving in and out of people—not much for a skater to get excited about. But as the guy kept skating, I realized that I was suddenly sucked into the world of this skater as he began tearing up the streets. The film shows Bizjak skating around the city of Ljublijana, Slovenia. And don’t assume that this guy is rolling around popping a few ollies and maybe a few kickflips—he shows that he has some really consistent lines, difficult manuals and can throw down some big tricks down stairs.

 

The main thing that stuck out to me the most that kept me interested was how the skating did not stop. It’s like it was one super-long line that Bizjak had carefully planned throughout the entire city. By far, my favorite line is when he half cabs over a little pole sticking out of the street and then throws an impossible over another directly after. We even get a second angle of the impossible in slow motion, and it really shows us the amount of pop it takes to get that trick over the pole. During one shot, the filmer is riding along, and we see a ledge with skate stoppers on it, which always brings up emotions to someone who has encountered these firsthand, whether they skate or not. I think what Stramic was going for in this shot is to show that even when people try to stop skaters from doing what they love, they will always find a way around it to continue on. That’s the beauty of skateboarding—having the feeling of freedom even when others are attempting to hold us back. Clearly, these silly little things don’t get in the way of Bizjak. It is quite interesting how most of the close-ups and slow-mo parts that Stramic uses gives us the feeling of being there or even making us feel like it is actually you out there skating.

 

We also get occasional shots of the city and people walking around it, which I feel like is just as important as the skating itself. When one skates around any given city, two specific things always emerge: People and structures—the two main things that make up a city. Having to maneuver around both of those obstacles will always be part of a skater’s life. In a written description of his film, Stramic speaks of this firsthand: “Nothing is intact or permanent, everything is affected and connected- the history, the city and the rider. Just as the city left a mark on the rider, he leaves a mark on the city even if just for a split second.” He continues to talk about the feel and sounds that a skater gets on a daily basis—echoes of wheels and the feeling of air, riding against the wind. He then ends it with a quote that any skater would agree could be best way of describing why we skate. “Like a signature, a rider leaves his mark – on the streets and in people’s memories—A signature of freedom.” Freedom is what we get out of skating, and we wouldn’t trade that feeling for anything. Even if you don’t skate, I challenge you to watch this short film and see what feeling it brings to you.

Dely Bosch. Photo Courtesy Zoo York

Dely Bosch was born March 7, 1990 in the great city of Amsterdam. You usually don’t hear of many well-known skaters coming out of the Netherlands, but with his skating talent, it was hard for Bosch to go unnoticed. With his effortless and clean style of skating, he isn’t afraid of throwing himself down a set of stairs or hit a big rail. As lots of skate companies expand overseas and start Euro teams, Bosch caught the eye of Zoo York and was put on the team as an amateur. Since then, he has kept killing it with his skating and gained more sponsors and coverage in the skateboard world.

SLUG: How long have you been skating? What got you into it?
Bosch: I have been skating now for about nine years. In my neighborhood there was a small skatepark and there were always older boys skating. When I saw them skating, I thought to myself, “That’s also what I want,” so my mother bought a skateboard for me and I started practicing.

SLUG: Did it start as just another hobby or did you plan on doing it as a career?
Bosch: No, it started as a hobby at first. I skate a lot with friends and one took part in a lot of competitions, so I also decided to start competing. After a couple, I got noticed by some companies and that brought me sponsors. So now, with the way things are going, it is a lot more serious than just a hobby.

SLUG:
Do you have any favorite skaters that continue to influence your skating?
Bosch: I think Rob Dyrdek is a very good skater. After I saw his program, Rob & Big, I found out that he just does what he likes. He just makes everything fun and that is the most important thing! Ryan Sheckler is a bit of a role model for me. He has achieved a lot in his life and he is also a very good skater. I like his style.

SLUG: Do you like to skate big rails and stairs, or are you more technical?
Bosch: I definitely like to skate more on big rails and stairs. I’m not afraid to fall and get hurt. I’m a daredevil, so I like to skate on big stuff. I’ve been thinking for a while that I want to go skate vert, but if I’m ever going to do it, I’ll just do it for fun, not to participate in competitions.

SLUG: Have you been filming footage for any upcoming parts?
Bosch: People who work for True Skateboard Magazine are going to make a video of skaters who come from different places in Europe. They asked me to participate in this video and I feel honored. I’ve heard of many other known skaters that will also participate in this video. They will start filming very soon.

SLUG: Have you ever had any serious injuries from skating?
Bosch: Not really, just a broken collarbone and a broken wrist, with the obvious further abrasions and bruises.

SLUG: What is the skate scene like in Amsterdam? Is the weather nice all year around?
Bosch: The weather actually sucks! Occasionally we will get some decent weather, but most of the time it will suck. The skate scene is good, we have a nice park called the Skatepark of Amsterdam, and there are some pretty good skate spots here, too. The Netherlands is not big so you can easily go to skate spots and parks in other places.

SLUG: Have you ever been to the U.S.?
Bosch: I’ve been to several places in the U.S. I went to San Diego on a skate trip. I’ve skated at the Kona Skatepark in Jacksonville, Stoner Plaza in Florida, and the Skatepark of Tampa. I even got a chance to skate at The Berrics and in Camp Woodward.

SLUG: How do you like skating for Zoo York? How did you get hooked up with them?
Bosch: I have a friend that rides BMX and was sponsored by Zoo York. One day I went with him to ride on a BMX spot that actually was also a good skate spot. It did not take long before I swapped the bike for my board and started skating. A guy from Zoo York came along and liked what he saw. That same evening my friend told me to call Zoo York because they wanted to sponsor me.

SLUG: WhO are your other sponsors?
Bosch: I’ve had many different sponsors over the past years, but at this moment, my sponsors are Zoo York, Wesc, Etnies (flow), Volcom (flow).

SLUG: What do you do when you aren’t skating? Has skating influenced any of your other hobbies?
Bosch: Besides skateboarding, I go to school five days a week. School influences my hobbies a lot! Because of it, I have less time to skate, though. I also practice martial arts.

SLUG: If you had never started skating, what do you think you would have done?
Bosch: When I was young, I played football and raced motocross. A few years ago I started with free fighting (MMA) and now I still do Judo and Karate. So if I never started skating, I think I [would have done] martial arts.

SLUG: What has skating done for you in your life? Why do you stick with it?
Bosch: Thanks to skating, I have sponsors and I get lots of stuff, and I’ve won prizes and money by skating. But the most important thing for me is that I feel fine when I skate, it makes me happy!

SLUG: Where do you hope your skating career will be in five years? Ten years?
Bosch: First, I wanted to be famous by winning a lot competitions, and my purpose was always to turn pro. But now I just hope to get a lot of fun in the upcoming years. I think winning and being famous are no longer as important. If I start winning competitions, it will be a bonus! And if I ever become a pro skater, it would be a super bonus! I just want to have a lot of fun, especially with skating.

It is nice to know that there are still skaters out there who do this great sport simply because they love it. The awesome feeling of cruising down a sidewalk or bombing a big hill is all that Bosch needs. Don’t think that means that he takes it easy though, when it’s time for business, Bosch will lay down everything he has. With a First Place finish in one of the Element Make It Count contests and also placing Third in the DC Agents of Change contest under his belt, Bosch is well on his way to establishing himself in the skateboarding world. His career is doing nothing but continuing onwards and upwards especially, with his part that will come out in the new True Skateboard Magazine video. Keep an eye for this kid.

Raw Footage from Zoo York on Vimeo.

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