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Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen #1 – The Colbert Nation Goes Into Space! August 14, 2007

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I FINALLY got a copy of Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen #1 the other day. It has been sold out nearly everywhere I looked – but but favorite local seller ordered it and held a copy for me (barely).

NO this is not Star Wars Legacy. It is not the greatest SciFi comic of all time.

BUT IT IS COLBERT

and it’s funny in a campy satirical kind of way.

Tek Jansen is a bumbling version of Colbert himself i suspect doing good in the galaxy and having his way with the women folk whom he saves and appreciate his efforts. He doesn’t listen to his superiors and ends up making more trouble than he saves. His best friend is the embodiment of evil that he carries around in a little cage – and which hates him too.

Yes it’s a bit weird – but what did you expect?

Colbert is a cultural icon and Tek Jansen is his SciFi bible, his Moses if you will. Jansen will lead the nation to the promised land and along the way he’ll part the galactic skyways and bring manna to the less fortunate.

Though far be it for me.. a mere serf of the Colbert Nation to criticize Pappa Bear’s disciple but…Oni Press (publishers of Tek Jansen) have chosen perhaps the most appalling paper stock i have ever felt. Usually you don’t think much of the paper on which a comic is printed..but Jansen feels like it was printed on photocopy paper…surely he deserved better..doesn’t he Mr. Colbert???

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1. No Fact Zone.Net » Stephen Coblert in the Zeitgeist - Feast of the Assumption edition. - August 15, 2007

[...] Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen #1 – The Colbert Nation Goes Into Space! – Show Me SciFi: “Colbert is a cultural icon and Tek Jansen is his SciFi bible, his Moses if you will.” [...]

2. Randal C. Jarrell - August 15, 2007

Thanks for the review! Glad you liked it.

About the paper…

Both the interior and covers are actually really nice premium paper stocks. The interior pages, which I assume your are talking about, are a 70# Offset smooth paper. This is actually far nicer than what most serialized comics have. We chose this for its brightness, its thick caliper, and its durability. Nothing but the best for Papa Bear. :)

Randal C. Jarrell
Managing Editor
ww.onipress.com

3. showmescifi - August 15, 2007

Randal,

Thanks for commenting – I should send you my copy of Tek Jansen – it’s not nearly as bright or as smooth as what Dark Horse for example uses on its books.

It actually is ‘dull’ in comparison..coming of as a matte sort of finish rather than glossy. For a ‘laugh’ line it up against this weeks DC/Marvel/Dark Horse/ titles and check it out for yourself.

Hope that doesn’t mean I’ve become spoiled by the other publishers..

4. Randal C. Jarrell - August 15, 2007

I think this is a good oppurtunity to clear ups some printing misconceptions.

FYI – Matte papers and finishes are actually MORE expensive than glossy ones. Shinier doesn’t equal better.

That being said, we didn’t want this to be a modern glossy comic. The aesthetic we were going for was a “pulpy” feel like the classic sci-fi stories from the 40s & 50s. That is why we went with an upgraded matte varnish on the cover and a nicer uncoated matte paper for the interiors.

Our other concern was that we had a durable book so it could be sold online at places like Amazon. If you compare thickness, rigidity, weight, and tensile strength of the paper we chose versus your average DC or Marvel title, you will see that TEK JANSEN #1 is much heftier and more durable.

Not everybody is going to like it, but we think it was the best choice for the book.

5. Stephen Colbert Tek Jansen #2 : What a shame… « Show Me SciFi - August 13, 2008

[...] colbert, Tek Jansen, tekjansen, The Force trackback It’s been a year since last we saw Tek Jansen in our local comic book shop. So it was with great surprise that we found issue #2 this past week. [...]


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