STV: Mike Westmore on his aliens *and* classic Hollywood on exhibit, Part 3

Such a great visit and personal tour that Star Trek makeup icon Mike Westmore gave us at his career retrospective at his alma mater that it took up three online visits! (See below the fold) But yes, even as the “Lifeforms” exhibit wraps April 30 at UC-Santa Barbara’s Art Design & Architecture Museum on campus, these online visits will live …

STV: Noelle Hannibal, 1st Vulcan woman on Earth*, says Happy First Contact Day!

Happy “First Contact Day!” Want to hear from a witness? I mean, it’s only 46 years until the T’Plana-Hath catches Zephram Cochrane’s pioneering warp trail while passing nearby to Sol, and its Vulcan crew decide they better check it out… and humanity’s first First Contact (on the record!) makes history. So here‘s a celebration today you weren’t expecting, (below the …

Headed to Vegas Trek? Hop aboard our one-day “Kirk Memorial” Tour Aug. 1 now

Are you headed to the big Creation Star Trek Las Vegas convention this year? Want to add on a memorable side trip to your Vegas experience? You may have heard about the big #LA2Vegas Trek film site tour that @GeekNationTours produces every other year that I lead. After our biggest-ever 50th anniversary tour last year, you can’t sign up for …

STV: Michael Westmore tours us through his exhibition at UC-Santa Barbara, Part 2

As promised, here’s Part 2 of our tour of the “Lifeforms” career retrospective of the Trek and non-Trek work of makeup legend Michael Westmore—led by the man himself! In this segment, you get everything facecast, android and Borg, with some never-before-displayed pieces from the series and films—and all with commentary from Mike. The exhibit remains on view through April 30 …

STV: Athena Massey ‘Remembers’ Jessen on Voyager in new vidchat

“Remember” was a slyly powerful little third-season Voyager episode about repressed cultural shame, and I had a chance last year to vidchat with the lovely and thoughtful Athena Massey about her pivotal guest role as Jessen in that episode. And about how fandom surprised her at first, though she’s now seen often at conventions and signing shows. Athena, as you …

Trek it out, Iowa: Can’t wait to see you April 1 at Rod Con/ NIU—no foolin’

Another first for me—visiting northeastern Iowa! And once again I have Star Trek to thank for it. Specifically, that’s in just two weeks, at Rod Con 2017—the annual pop culture convention in Cedar Falls, Iowa, organized on the University of Northern Iowa campus by its very own Rod Library—and I’m thrilled that they reached out to me to bring all …

STV: Michael Westmore walks us through his exhibition at UC-Santa Barbara, Part I

Finally! A new “Switching to Visual” vidchat…and what fun: Part 1 of a personal tour by Trek makeup legend Michael Westmore of “Lifeforms,” his career retrospective now on view at his alma mater, University of California at Santa Barbara, through April 30. Get there if you can! My thanks to Mike and to UCSB’s AD&A Museum assistant curator Rebecca Harlow …

Gallifrey: Even Who fans want Trek, too

I know it’s a already a captive, sold-out audience… again… but even so, just wanted to say I’m excited once again to have a chance THIS Sunday, Feb. 19, to meet all the Who fans Trekking “in their spare time”* at this year’s LA Gallifrey One con, hosted by my friend Shaun Lyon for the umpteenth of its 28 years …

‘The Roddenberry Vault’ is a jaw-dropper! My vidchat with Roger, Denise & Mike Pt I

Quick! If you don’t have a copy yet of The Roddenberry Vault, the perfect cherry on top of this year’s 50th anniversary dessert… you can still likely order one for Christmas gift-giving! It actually sold out in 36 hours at Amazon last week, but has since been mercifully re-stocked—largely due to the huge fan word-of-mouth and, as you’ve seen by …

Welcome to the NEW Trekland and larrynemecek.com!

Once upon a time, the world changed. Internets rose, Big Boxes fell.  “Get yourself a blog and your own website,” they said, “but there is no manual. It’s being written as we speak.” And so the old larrynemecek.com website and HQ of all things “Trekland” was born on April 21, 2008. It served well…it was a beaut in its day… …

RIP Ron Thornton, CGI pioneer and fan media’s hero too

  I didn’t know Ron Thornton that well, although he was certainly kind and generous and supportive of me in my writing and projects. I may not even have any pics with him, back from the time of no cameras-on-pagers known as The Nineties. Following his passing Monday afternoon after a long illness, you can read much more by his …

After 20 years, “Tribble-ations” is still Trek‘s best fan film

November 4th is not only the day to say “Happy Will Rogers Birthday!”—yes, there is a physical as well as a philosophical link there—but this year it’s the 20th anniversary of DS9‘s delightfully and awesomely monument anniversary homage show, “Trials and Tribble-ations.” Now this is a valentine to fans. I mean, it’s pro-Trek’s own fan film, is what it is. …

Portal 47 Hosts Trek’s First Director in a Virtual “Open House”

My baby is one year old! Portal 47, the monthly insider deep-dive to more in-depth Trek, was launched a year ago this month—and we had a party to celebrate! Well, a virtual open house, actually: On Oct. 12, we hosted a special edition of one of our guest telebriefings. And in the spirit of #StarTrek50, it was a doozy: None …

A rare political move: Trek Against Trump takes a stand

Well, this is unprecedented. Nearly 100 names and faces who brought Gene Roddenberry’s hopeful, future universe to life over five decades are diving into Campaign 2016 with “Trek Against Trump.” From the original series right through to the Kelvin timeline films and even Discovery—before and behind the camera alike, and alongside too. And, I’m proud to say, me too. It’s …

STV: Happy 50th from Star Trek crews past

YES! Finally, new Trekland video—and a brand-new intro! But the 50th celebration has only just begun … for a whole year, yes? So here’s some faces and voices I’ve been holding back for the Happy 50th party—just the kind of behind-the-scenes insight that I love recording and revealing… from the TNG Companion where I met many of them, to our …

Portal 47: One year old — just now getting its space legs

Hard on the heels of Thursday’s #Happy50 #StarTrek50 celebrating… It’s hard to believe, but it was just one year ago that I sprung the official launch of PORTAL 47 on an unsuspecting Trekland…. where no savvy fan had gone before. And despite a couple of opening-night glitches as I scrambled to self-produce a combination talkshow/podcast/intro session, the Portal since then …

Happy Trek 50th! It’s only now I can be excited

Hey, it’s Sept. 8! The Official Big 5-0 is here, at last. Everyone and their alien dog is doing the Star Trek thing: mainstream news, bloggers, entire nations of state-owned media. So, just as I promised when I started this blog, I’ll take the personal route on this landmark day. And say, after a year of joining fans worldwide to …