‘Star Trek’: Official Mazaine to Re-Launch in November

As the Star Trek universe continues to expand, it makes sense that the long-running official Star Trek Magazine would take the opportunity to re-launch with a fresh start. The magazine, which published its 79th issue in February, will switch to a new title, Star Trek Explorer, with its 80th issue in November, as Comicbook reports.

Why the change for the ‘Star Trek’ magazine?

William Shatner as James Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Spock in 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan'
William Shatner as James Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Spock in ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’ | CBS/Getty Images

Why did Titan Publishing decide to relaunch the magazine? According to editor Nick Jones, the intention was to reflect the exciting growth going on in the larger Trek landscape.

“The Star Trek brand is so exciting right now with new shows and storylines,” Jones said in a press release. “We wanted to match this excitement with a new, fresh-look magazine that will thrill long-time and new readers alike,” he added.

What can readers expect?

It sounds like there will be no shortage of compelling content for Trekkies to enjoy. It will feature a new design for the publication. And issues will include Star Trek short stories, interviews, and more. Each issue will come with a 16-page themed supplement. The first one will be a guide to James Kirk (William Shatner).

Will we get any digital content?

Of course, some of us prefer to consume content digitally, and the magazine will be accommodating those readers.

Titan is addressing this by offering exclusive digital magazines to subscribers, along with each issue of the regular publication. They will include printables, activities, short stories, and more. 

The magazine is available for preorder now. It will include interviews with Blu del Barrio, Ian Alexander, and David Cronenberg of Star Trek: Discovery, and showrunner Michelle Paradise. Readers can also choose from two different covers. The first is an image of Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the second is Star Trek the original series artwork by Tim Anderson.

The importance of magazines in fandom

In an era when so much of our content comes to us through the digital world, printed magazines can seem somewhat outdated. But they still hold an important place in the world of fandom.

Many fans grew up collecting magazines about their favorite fandoms. It’s why issues of publications like Nintendo Power are considered collectibles. A lot of fans also hold onto old issues of Entertainment Weekly, People, and TV Guide that included interviews with the actors and creators of their favorite shows. 

Then, of course, there are fanzines, which have added yet another layer to the importance of publications to fandom. It’s fans themselves creating the content and providing commentary of their own. 

Magazines are a record of the way in which a fandom changes and progresses over time. Look at where Star Trek fandom was in the 1960s versus where it’s at now, for example. And for those who collect them, it provides a sense of continuity, as well as some welcome nostalgia. So it’s good to see the official magazine of Star Trek still going strong.

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