They Boldly Went is a tumblr dedicated to Star Trek: The Original Series, featuring photos, videos, art, books, reference material, comics and very (very) occasional looks at the reimagining helmed by J.J. Abrams and company. We welcome questions and do our best to answer them.

It is maintained by Kevin Church, who writes comics, occasionally talks about other people's work, takes pictures and does internet marketing for hire.

He is on Twitter (and Facebook, but he doesn't particularly like it, so don't stalk him.)

In addition to They Boldly Went, Kevin also maintains the Agreeable Comics tumblr, which acts as an adjunct to his small publishing concern and Disco Potential, which focuses on disco, house and synthpop music.

If you enjoy this blog, you may wish to check out Boldly Gone, an irregularly-updated Star Trek webcomic, written by Kevin and drawn by Bruce McCorkindale.

(Yes, Kevin likes talking about himself in the third person.)

The city of Stratos from “The Cloud Minders” was built directly from the pictured rough sketch by Matt Jeffries. It was constructed from green foam that had been cut and shaped into the appropriate shapes with X-acto knives and glued together. Cotton was then added to the bottom of the finished model and it was hung from the ceiling.

Select Japanese episode titles from the first season of Star Trek.

A local book sale has a hardcover copy of "Spock's World" available for fifty cents. Is it worth it?
Asked by Anonymous

YES. I recommend you read The Wounded Sky (and My Enemy, My Ally) first, but they’re not required, really.

browsethestacks:

Vintage Magazine - The Electric Company Magazine (June1982)

Cover Art by Doug Taylor

browsethestacks:

Vintage Magazine - The Electric Company Magazine (June1982)

Cover Art by Doug Taylor

Hailing Frequencies Open! Ask Star Trek Questions!


The communications officer is standing by for our regular Friday feature, Hailing Frequencies Open. Just use the Tumblr Ask function and send in your Star Trek questions, commentary, etc! I’ll pick the best of the bunch and respond to them!

Before you write in, though, you might want to check out the Trek Answers archive to see if your query has been addressed already!

"The Way To Eden" director David Alexander didn’t film several reaction shots of Captain Kirk needed on the planet’s surface, so they reversed some footage to fake them. It looks terrible, which is not surprising, considering the episode they’re in.

Trek designer Doug Drexler put together this tribute to Matt Jeffries, the designer of the original starship Enterprise. It was originally supposed to be shown before a panel at SDCC 2014, but the audience never saw it.

bettyfelon:

09.15.14 outfit : kirk
black bow: Betty Felongold peplum dress: oasapblack & gold watch: NOOKAblack tights: uniqloblack over-the-knee boots: rainbow
I ordered this dress because it’s basically a business casual version of the Star Trek: TOS dresses, and now I just need two other girls to get the dress in different colors so we can form a proper Star Trek girl group. I ordered this dress in an XL, which fits great in the bust/hips, but it’s a bit loose and baggy in the waist. I’ll have to take it in at the waist before I wear it again (or maybe style it with a belt?).

Betty! So super-great.

bettyfelon:

09.15.14 outfit : kirk

black bow: Betty Felon
gold peplum dress:
oasap
black & gold watch: NOOKA
black tights: uniqlo
black over-the-knee boots: rainbow

I ordered this dress because it’s basically a business casual version of the Star Trek: TOS dresses, and now I just need two other girls to get the dress in different colors so we can form a proper Star Trek girl group. I ordered this dress in an XL, which fits great in the bust/hips, but it’s a bit loose and baggy in the waist. I’ll have to take it in at the waist before I wear it again (or maybe style it with a belt?).

Betty! So super-great.

The Red Shirt Diaries is a look at life on the Enterprise from the point of view of one young woman who’s recently come on board. View all the episodes on the website or subscribe on YouTube.

Hey! 13,013! Thank you!

Hey! 13,013! Thank you!

On September 11th, staff of the Smithsonian removed the model of the Enterprise from its current (rather silly) location in the gift shop and took it in for conservation, its first significant treatment since 2000. It will be placed in the reworked Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall in 2016, just in time for its 50th anniversary.

There’s a new installment of Boldly Gone, my irregularly-updated Star Trek webcomic with Bruce McCorkindale available at this link. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s basically The Office but  all Trekked up.

There’s a new installment of Boldly Gone, my irregularly-updated Star Trek webcomic with Bruce McCorkindale available at this link. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s basically The Office but all Trekked up.

There's a Humble Bundle of Star Trek comics available at the moment. Are there any in there you'd recommend?
Asked by Anonymous

You mean this Humble Bundle right here? First of all, I’m asking you all to please get it because all of the money helps the Hero Initiative, a nonprofit that helps comics creators who need help with medical and living expenses. Since we don’t live in the 23rd century and practical healthcare is something that Republicans are convinced ends with baby-murder factories fueled by the corpses senior citizens despite a raft of factual evidence proving otherwise, it’s the sort of thing I’m sorry to see we need, but urge people to throw money at.

Anyway.

The Gold Key archives are goofy and terrible but also pretty wonderful in their own way.

That Best of Klingons (an oxymoron if there ever was one #spaceracism) volume has the first four issues of the DC Star Trek series, which were the actual first time that Trek comics were pretty good, so that’s worth checking out. 

Surprising no one that reads this Tumblr, the Gary Seven series Assignment Earth is a big hoot for me. The same guy, John Byrne, wrote and drew the comics that are in the Romulans Treasury Edition, and even if they go against my personal continuity, they’re still fine tales of alien intrigue and politics. 

I thought Burden of Knowledge and The Enterprise Experiment were fine, if a bit too “licensed product” feeling for my tastes (I like when my comics feel like comics and not an adaptation of the script) and for some reason, I never read Mission’s End. Huh. I should get on that. 

The NuTrek comics are…they are what they are — things designed to make you buy them because you like those movies. I’m glad to see that Countdown To Darkness is in there because it’s got some intriguing little twists to the timeline that I liked. The first volume of the ongoing Star Trek series is pretty weak, to be frank, but over the last year, that book has has had a remarkable turnaround and later volumes are worth checking out.

Oh, yeah. I wrote a lot about Star Trek comics for ComicsAlliance a while back.

Hailing frequencies are open today! Ask questions about Star Trek and get answers…maybe!

Hailing Frequencies Open! Ask Star Trek Questions!


The communications officer is standing by for our regular Friday feature, Hailing Frequencies Open. Just use the Tumblr Ask function and send in your Star Trek questions, commentary, etc! I’ll pick the best of the bunch and respond to them!

Before you write in, though, you might want to check out the Trek Answers archive to see if your query has been addressed already!

Still, “Requiem For Methuselah”

Still, “Requiem For Methuselah”