An interview with Rachael Stott

Art by Rachael Stott

The release of Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #1 is finally here! As promised, here is Rachael Stott’s interview. Enjoy!

Rachael, do you have any special memories of Star Trek or Planet of the Apes from when you were growing up?

RS: I wasn’t exposed to either of them until I was in my early twenties—so I don’t, unfortunately! Science fiction sort of existed in the Forbidden Zone a bit for my family. No one I knew was into it or talked about it, so the only way I was exposed to it was by venturing out into it myself. In a way I’m glad because Trek and Apes both have really fantastic metaphors and themes that I don’t think I would’ve appreciated had I watched them as a kid. Being into comics from a very young age was sort of my gateway drug that got me into sci-fi as I got older.

What was your reaction when you realized you really were going to draw a crossover of these two titans of sci-fi?

RS: I couldn’t believe it really. It’d only been a year before that I’d been drawing short Star Trek comics just for fun. I consider myself incredibly lucky to not only be drawing comics, which is my passion, but to also be doing this brilliant story by the Tiptons based on two franchises that I love and respect. I’m still slightly suspicious that I’m in a coma dream.

What was more difficult: drawing space ships in battle or Apes and why?

RS: It’s difficult to compare the two since they each have their own advantages and disadvantages. I’d have to say I love drawing both, but I really enjoy doing the Apes particularly—drawing all the different costumes and playing around with how to portray various expressions on the weird Ape faces. The actors would use really distinct body language too, which I love trying to capture.

It’s really refreshing to know that you don’t have to be a life-long fan of certain franchises to feel right at home in the sci-fi genre. Even if you’ve never seen an episode of Star Trek or you can’t remember much about the original Planet of The Apes movie, you can easily follow the story in this comic book, so don’t feel intimidated about adding it to your pull list!

If you want to feast your eyes on more of Rachael’s artwork, be sure to follow her on Twitter and Tumblr.