IDW Plans To Forge Own StorylinesBy Michelle
September 5, 2007 - 10:07 PM
IDW Editor Andrew Steven Harris said that there might be post-Nemesis comic books in a separate universe from Pocket Books' Star Trek novels of that era and said that it was probably impossible to please everyone when it came to deciding which branches of canon to follow.
"All of our material will be compatible with official canon, but compatibility with non-official canon is another matter entirely. For one thing, there's just an enormous amount of it," Harris told TrekWeb. "Are our writers and editors really going to read every ST books out there, and then meticulously conform our stories to the contents of every single published page?"
Harris feels that it would ruin the storytelling of the comic books, "spending hours upon hours fact-checking against every Trek book, all for the sole purpose of actually limiting the stories we want to tell", to please the small number of potential readers who are also voracious fans of the novels. Additionally, "some of the material already contradicts itself", and some readers might believe that "as a fellow comics publisher, IDW should regard the Marvel [comics] as more quasi-canonical."
Harris said that IDW did not expect to adapt William Shatner (Kirk)'s Star Trek novels or any other existing stories, "since right now we're interested in telling our own stories." He did not rule out the possibility in the future of that or of adapting post-Nemesis stories.
The full interview is here.