There have been a number of tributes to acclaimed Star Trek artist Keith Birdsong, renowned for his photorealistic renderings of Star Trek actors, who passed away on 4th June 4 2019, the result of injuries sustained in an earlier car crash. He was 59.
An army veteran, Birdsong created the covers for more than 30 Star Trek novels, including Sarek, All Good Things…, Q-Squared, Time’s Enemy and The Final Fury, as well as for the reference book, Star Trek Chronology: The History of the Future.
He also painted portraits of Kirk, Spock and McCoy for the postal envelopes commissioned to celebrate Star Trek‘s 25th anniversary and, for years, painted many pieces displayed and sold by Lightspeed Fine Art at Star Trek Las Vegas and elsewhere.
In 2018, Birdsong suffered a stroke that resulted in memory loss and impaired vision. Although he was told he probably wouldn’t draw again, Birdsong’s vision began improving and he was able to resume his illustrative pastime.
Our sympathies to family and friends at this time.
• Keith Birdsong 14th July 1959 – 4th June 2019 | Services are scheduled at 2.00pm 14th June — a month before what would have been his 60th birthday — at Christian Chapel in Muskogee, 4043, Chandler Road
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.