In 2006, Tokyopop celebrated Star Trek‘s 40th anniversary with the franchise’s first official manga (Antarctic Press’s Star Trekker had been unlicensed). As a publisher and distributor of black-and-white manga comics modeled after a style developed in late 19th-century Japan, as well as the similarly styled animation known as anime, Tokyopop has offered stories based on Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Dark Crystal, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and more. Star Trek, therefore, was a natural fit.
By 2009, Tokyopop had produced three volumes set during The Original Series and a single edition based on The Next Generation, with each anthology featuring the works of multiple creative teams. My column this week looks at how these four books offered prequels, sequels, and tie-ins to onscreen Star Trek. Read the full article here.