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Star Trek's Walter Koenig Talks "Things To Come"

Since Vegas Khhaaan! of last year, we've been waiting to get our hands on Walter Koenig's new projects; the graphic novels / comics "Things to Come" & "Raver". We talked to Walter back in November of last year about both works, on our "Life After Trek" podcast, and he reveled that both will be released this year. They'll be published by the independent comic house Bluewater Productions. Walter was recently interviewed by Ain't it Cool News where he gave more detail about each, as well as a fantastic bit of wisdom for the aspiring creatives out there.

"I think first of all perseverance, faith in yourself. You have to really have a passion and a belief that will stand the test of the myriad rejections that are bound to come unless you are extraordinarily gifted and recognized for it immediately, it’s a hard course to travel, but ultimately it’s a short life and you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do you know and I don’t believe, now more than ever, in a very pivotal and critical time in my life with events having taken a very tragic turn, I believe that you must live it fully and do what is important to you and if possible not to do what’s simply safe and comfortable you know." Walter continues; "If you are creative in any field in any capacity or if you have just a driving ambition in some area, I think you must acknowledge that and respect it."

He revealed a bit more about the premise of "Things to Come"; "200 years after the apocalypse the human race, buried in the bowels of the earth, is a few tortured breaths from extinction. It offers up one last gift to the poisoned surface and the mutant life forms that survive there, a new species. Up until now the creatures are fiction, these new beings must determine the purpose of their presence. Are they only the violent spawn of mankind’s ego doomed to a soulless eternity or the progenitors of a better more hopeful world? Is it possible for them to tear the throats of their prey, drink the blood, and still pray to God? The story of THINGS TO COME."

Walter gave another bit of wisdom for those who strive to be creative; "1969 when Gene Roddenberry called us and said STAR TREK was over, I said “right, well what do I do with the rest of my life?” I discovered that things have a way of happening that I have very little control over. I think the most important thing, if you are in the arts is you have to not only be at the right place at the right time, but be prepared and that means if you are a writer or involved in that kind of intellectual pursuit that you have something to show immediately, you know? If you are an actor, you should always be working whether it’s a little theater or workshops or whatever, you’ve got to continue to do that. Nothing happens…nothing just falls into your lap, I don’t believe. You’ve got to work for it and you have got to persist."

Keep an eye out for "Raver" and "Things to Come" in September

Read the full length interview here.

(Source Ain't it Cool News)

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