Monthly Archives: June 2016

A photon torpedo to Star Trek fan films

CBS and Paramount released new guidelines on Star Trek fan films. It was aimed at Axanar, but this also cuts through Star Trek Continues. From Entertainment Weekly:

Among the 10 “guidelines for avoiding objections” are requirements that “fan productions must be less than 15 minutes for a single self-contained story, or no more than 2 segments, episodes or parts, not to exceed 30 minutes total,” and they must be fully amateur undertakings: None of the creators or actors can be compensated, and no one currently or formerly employed on an official Star Trek project can participate. The guidelines also state that fan productions “must be non-commercial,” with fundraising not to exceed $50,000.

This isn’t a huge shock, but it’s the end of something special. I look forward to these more than I do to what the studios are doing. I’ve previously posted here on the legal action.

It was fun while it lasted.


On a related note: Star Trek Continues had recently released another episode:

If you’re new to Star Trek Continues, start here.

War aims, 1944

I’d been looking for something worthy of a D-Day post that readers hadn’t seen before. Unfortunately, not only is this not related, it misses the spirit of the occasion. It was only by coincidence that it was printed on June 6, 1944.

Hence, I’ve waited a day:

“Headquarters? One of our men here thinks he'll fight better if you'd inform him what our war aims are!”

“Headquarters? One of our men here thinks he’ll fight better if you’d inform him what our war aims are!”

Dave Breger was drafted into the Army in 1941, starting off as a truck mechanic. He drew cartoons in his spare time, having worked in newspapers before, and got a contract with The Saturday Evening Post. The Army saw that, and put him to work on their magazine Yank. His cartoons there went under the title, “G.I. Joe,” and that’s where that name comes from.

The cartoon goes against the popular notion that our war aims were obvious in World War II. Today, defeating the Nazis seems like it was a pretty cut-and-dry goal. The cartoon is almost what you’d expect from today’s war, or during the Vietnam War.

The Nazi propagandist character in my first book, One Thousand Years, explains this when she says, “four out of ten Americans admitted in a poll that they didn’t have a clear idea what the war was really about.” That was from a real poll of the day. But even so, it’s striking to see this in a cartoon.