Cover art by Ken Penders

If at first you don't succeed, try, try and try again. Then again, I've probably been too stubborn for my own good, espcially when I have my heart set on accomplishing a specific goal.

I had submitted samples and inquiries to the Malibu Comics offices when it was first announced they were going to do a comics version of STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE. At some point, I actually made person-to-person contact with editor Tom Mason at a comic convention about the possibility of doing a fill-in story as my way of opening the door to further opportunities. Unfortunately, he had all the creators and material he needed at that point, so I chalked that up to "better luck next time".

When I heard through the grapevine a new editor was replacing Tom on DS9 months later, I immediately scrambled and submitted a new package, proposing a story I did with actor Mark Lenard about two years earlier. (At that time, we tried to sell it to editor Alan Gold at DC Comics as a Next Generation story. Check out the BLOOD & HONOR page for all the gory details.) The new editor was Mark Paniccia, and I was hoping my timing was better than last time.

Be careful what you wish for, however. Mark got the package. He liked it, and wanted to do BLOOD & HONOR as a special. He then asked if I'd be interested in pencilling a couple of stories in the meantime while he figured out formats and scheduling in regards to my proposal. As it turned out, the first story I pencilled ended up being in issue #20, while the second one, originally intended for publication in issue #20, was moved up to #19. Little did I know at the time, however, that the road to hell was being paved.

Still, as an added bonus, I even got to pencil and ink my very first STAR TREK cover ever. (Better still, not one editorial change was made at all on the artwork, a rarity among books dealing with licensed properties.)

This story was written by Dan Mishkin and inked by longtime DC Comics Trek inker Arne Starr.


For those of you wishing to purchase STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE #19 if you're unable to find a copy at your favorite store, go to the ORIGINAL ART & MORE STORE for further information.

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