William Shatner's new cinematic graphic novel, Man O War, debuted at the San Diego Comic-Con International on Saturday, and the author made an appearance at the comics convention to promote the book.
Adapted from his 1996 sci-fi novel Man O War, the cinematic graphic novel features music, sound effects and cinematic animation.
"It's a cross between a movie and a comic book," explained the science fiction icon who's a Central Kentucky horse farm owner but is best known for his role as Captain Kirk in Star Trek. "It's in between and I think, unique."
Shatner, 84, has authored a number of books including: Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large; Get A Life!; Star Trek Memories and Up Till Now, The Autobiography.
He has also recorded several CDs.
But his new cinematic graphic novel is a first for him. Shatner created it in order to bring his sci-fi novel Man O War back in a new, refreshing way, he said.
"Good science fiction is timeless," Shatner said. "It's also the first cinematic graphic novel ever. It's a new idea. It's an idea that nobody else, to my knowledge, had."
Man O War draws parallels to the American Revolution, Shatner said. Set in the future, main character Benton Hawkes must negotiate peace after a rebellion breaks out by the youth on Mars against Earth's domination.
LNL Partners licensed Shatner's sci-fi novel and developed it with Panelfly. Man O War is designed to be viewed on all digital platforms.
To see a trailer of the book, visit: Shatnersmanowar.com.