A Review of Two New Star Trek Children’s Books

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201902.16 For those of you with little ones who need to be exposed to classic Star Trek at the earliest possible age, I recommend the new books I Am Captain Kirk and I Am Mr. Spock, both available on amazon.com, and are thankfully based on classic Star Trek, not the reboots. The artwork is outstanding, although Kirk doesn’t look much like William Shatner. I sent both books to my niece so she can read them to my four-year-old great nephew. Let’s get a new generation to love classic Star Trek! Live long and prosper.

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Happy Halloween

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201810.31. Today is Halloween, and my day off, although I do have to grade exams today. In other news, here’s the first two-person Star Trek portrait I’ve commissioned, featuring a younger me as Kirk and my former student and good friend Tomoka Yamamoto as the yeoman. Tomoka was in my class eight years ago and I still call her by her nickname, which is, believe it or not, Cheeky Rabbit.

Roger Kirk Cheeky Yeoman

Full Dress Uniform

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201809.6. I am pleased to show off the latest work of my preferred digital artist, Scott Jackson, who specializes in Star Trek art. Here I am as Captain Kirk in his full dress green uniform. What do you think? Not bad, huh? Looks like a scene from The Menagerie.

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Me with a Phaser Rifle

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201809.22. I am pleased to present another Star Trek portrait of me by Scott Jackson. Here I am (circa 2007) as Captain Kirk from Where No Man Has Gone Before, complete with phaser rifle. As I’ve probably said before, this is one of my favourite episodes, and I would love to have a 1:1 scale model of the phaser rifle. “Above all else, a god needs compassion, Mitchell!”

Roger Kirk Phaser Rifle

A New Semester Is About To Begin

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201808.26. To quote Kirk, “The impossible has happened.” A new semester of the Ethics of Star Trek is about to begin at Kyung Hee University, in Korea of all places. With that in mind, here I am again as Captain Kirk in the green wraparound shirt. It’s based on a tiny little gym ID photo from 10-12 years ago, before I grew my beard, and I think it’s pretty good. PS: I’ve heard that William Shatner had to shave his chest to play Kirk, but I am unwilling to do so, so my chest hair is not visible in this painting!

 

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