Fascinating by Avik Kumar Maitra

Ever since the recent passing of Leonard Nimoy, I have wanted to post something that highlights the incredible fan-art that has been created around him and his characters. This seems like a simple task but it has been far from it, thanks to the sheer volume and outstanding talent of those involved.

After looking at thousands of images, I came upon this one – “Fascinating” by Deviant Artist Avik Kumar Maitra.

Whilst not the greatest digital painting ever created, there is something about it which just captures the Spock character perfectly for me, and if you removed the word “Fascinating” from the bottom, my mind would still inevitably conjure up that word regardless.

Spock Shall Prevail

Anytime Spock has an internal struggle between his Vulcan and Human side, my geek lights shine. I have always thought this little scene from Gold Key Comics captures that struggle well. I am still a little unsure why he is choking himself in that 2nd image, but check out that last pose. Spock is looking over some distant Vulcan horizon like a pointy eared Eastwood. Ready to lay a logic beat down on all of our enemies.


Star Trek Helmet

Star Trek Helmet – Be the Spock

What this helmet has to do with Spock is beyond me. Yes, I know it will never fit my giant head, but I can tell you this. One of these helmets is in the mail and on its way to its new owner, ME. I am finally a somebody! I will own a Star Trek Helmet!

When I was growing up an older kid on my block was a giant Star Trek fan. He had every toy imaginable, including this helmet. While he was much older than me, he let me see and play with his collection often. Still, the Star Trek Helmet was always off limits. It just sat on a shelf next to the box it came in.

Thinking back on this, I realize that I never questioned our age difference. He was maybe a decade older than me, but Star Trek fandom does not recognize age. That, and I was the only other Star Trek fan in a multi-block radius. It makes me smile to think of this young man, about to graduate from high school having a fun exploring imaginary planets with a kid who was just starting elementary school.

My sister informed me a few weeks ago that this guy had passed away. I was sad to think that someone with such a vibrant imagination is no longer with us. But I will I will always cherish the memories of the great times I had with the Captain of the Starship New Jersey.

A wise person once said, “He’s not really dead. As long as we remember him.”