An Interview with David and Scott Tipton

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Are you as excited about the Star Trek/Planet of the Apes mash-up as we are? Can’t wait until December 31st to get your paws on issue #1 (you damn dirty ape!)? Over the course of the next couple of weeks, I will be posting interviews, concept art, and Star Trek/Planet of the Apes related news. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often!

Scott and David Tipton, the masterful writers of this series as well as the rest of your favorite Star Trek comics, and Rachael Stott, our illustrator extraordinaire, took some time out of their busy schedules to answer a few questions about these two legendary sci-fi franchises. Tipton’s is up first. Check back for Rachael Stott’s interview as well as a peak at some exclusive art. I hope you enjoy this sneak peek into the minds of the creators!

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David and Scott, did you have a difficult time imagining how the worlds of Star Trek and Planet of the Apes would come together in one story, or had the idea been brewing in the back of your minds somehow?

DT: The two universes are very different: different outlooks on the future, different perspectives on human nature, and so on. We needed to find some way to make those come together in a meaningful way. It was very important to us that the crossover had a good story at the core of it.
ST: It was never something we even considered, and when IDW first approached us about the idea, I have to confess to wondering how we could possibly make it work. The two franchises have very distinct approaches to their own respective histories, which would seem at first glance to be contradictory, to say the least. But once we figured out the mechanics of bringing the worlds together, then the story possibilities began to dawn on us, and that’s when we really got excited about doing this.

What is your favorite Star Trek episode of all time and why?
DT: Well, Scott and I just finished working on adapting Harlan Ellison’s original teleplay for “City on the Edge of Forever” for IDW, so clearly that’s one of our favorites. Another favorite of mine is “The Doomsday Machine” from the second season. It’s tense, tightly written, and features William Windom tearing up the scenery as Commodore Decker.
ST: Well, there’s “the best” and then there’s “my favorite.” I think the best is still “The City on the Edge of Forever,” Harlan Ellison’s masterful time-travel tragedy of lost love. So much heart and emotion in that one, and some of the best Kirk/Spock interplay in the whole series. But I think my favorite is “Space Seed.” Ricardo Montalban’s Khan just owns that episode. It’s one of the few times Kirk has a truly formidable antagonist to deal with, and one who so consistently outmatches him throughout the episode. And there’s some outstanding Kirk Fu in that one, too. I’ll watch it every single time it airs.

What is your favorite part of the original Planet of the Apes movie?
DT: Aside from the famous shock ending, I’m fond of the opening sequences: Taylor recording his ship’s log, and the subsequent crash water landing where the crew has to abandon ship. The film has a dizzying start, which I think sets the tone all the way to the end.
ST: How can it be anything else but that ending? Taylor pounding sand, staring up at what’s left of Lady Liberty. I remember seeing that on television when I was just a kid, and it was mind-blowing. Maybe the best shock ending in all of cinema.


It’s amazing how great moments in TV and cinema influence our imaginations and leave a mark on us forever, don’t you agree? Come back soon to find out if Rachael preferred drawing Apes or dueling space ships. And to all you newcomers to the sci-fi world, you won’t want to miss her answers!