Celebrating the Unpopular Arts

Space Jam!

I just thought this would be a fun thing to share.

A running joke between myself and illustrator Chris Kohler for many years has been the groovy space hippies from Star Trek.

We love those guys.

(Many others do too, I’ve discovered….)

Anyway, this is just the preamble. Chris and I have been friends for almost twenty years, and he did Julie and me a huge favor not too long ago that saved us from a lot of aggravation. When I tried to say thank you he just said, “We reach.”

So his birthday was coming up and we wanted to get him something nice. So we commissioned Tom Beland to do a piece for him. Tom asked what we would like and I said, “Spock jamming with the space hippies.”

I was thinking something riffing on this scene, basically.

But Tom gave us something even better and more hilarious, and now that Chris has received his present I can share it with you folks without spoiling the surprise.


We loved it and blessedly so did Chris. I don’t know what makes me laugh harder, Kirk or the Talosian. Anyway, it’s too awesome not to share.

Tom does lots of commissions along with his regular comics stuff and he’s very reasonable. More examples here. Check ’em out.

We reach.


  1. dalgoda7

    Headin’ out to Eden. Yea, brother. Headin’ out to Eden. No more trouble in my body or my mind. Gonna live like a king on whatever I find, Eat all the fruit and throw away the rind. Yea, brother. Yea.

  2. frasersherman

    I rewatched that recently (collateral rewatch, my wife’s viewing a lot of Trek) and it no longer looks as silly to me as it did as a kid, the hippie era it’s riffing off being so far in the past. Which is something I’ve noticed about other stuff that shifts from “contemporary commentry” to “time capsule.”

  3. Jeff Nettleton

    Hard to think the “guitarist” is Charles Napier, aka Tucker McElroy of the Good Ol’ Boys, aka Duke Phillips, aka Marshall Murdock (Rambo), aka Maj. Red Buel (Baa Baa Black Sheep), aka Lt Boyle (Silence of the Lambs).

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