At first glance, this submission may seem to be a reupload, and in a way, it is. The original version of this artwork, which I commissioned from
last year as the "official" character design for my "Star Trek" original fiction protagonist (Captain M. Tobias Sun of the U.S.S. Farrington NX-2010), can be seen here: fav.me/d5nm9t4
However, there is one big difference with this version: it's been autographed by voice actor & multitalented performer, Vic Mignogna. Vic is best-known to anime fans as the voice of characters such as Edward Elric from "Fullmetal Alchemist" and Tamaki Suoh from "Ouran High School Host Club," but he is also one of the best-known celebrity Trekkies. I myself first heard Vic a long time ago as Broly in the dub of "Dragon Ball Z" (though I didn't realize it was him), and then heard more of his work in "Fullmetal Alchemist," "Bleach," "AIR TV" and "Ouran High School Host Club." I've also heard a number of his songs and watched quite a few of his interviews.
Around midsummer 2011, when I was continuing to work on expanding and revising the character design of my original-character protagonist (this was a year before his character design was created, by the way), I had come to the decision that in order for him to truly stand on his own as a character, he could not be allowed to look or sound like the real me. I had no way of figuring out what he ought to look like as I'm no good at drawing people (even in anime style), but I could at least make a decision on the sound of his voice. And after listening to a number of American voice actors and thinking very hard about the kind of person my captain was (having lived with, and grown with, the character since Spring 2002, I knew his personality pretty well by then), I decided that if he were ever to be cast as a voice role, he'd be played by Vic Mignogna. Vic is best able to make the kind of sound that captures who this guy is.
Here's the fun part. Shortly before I made that decision, I had the black uniform design I created for the character to wear in wartime service (the black costume you see him wearing in the artwork) created as a real-life cosplay and debuted it at Otakon 2011. I wore it again to AWA 2011 and that's what I had on when Vic and I first met. I had just come out of a cosplay panel on Saturday and wanted to do something for one of my housemates, who had been ill and wasn't able to make it to AWA that year. My housemate is a big fan of FMA and loved Vic's work as Edward Elric, so I rushed into the Dealers' Hall and managed to buy her a small Ed Elric plushie. Then a huge commotion erupted behind me and that's when I realized that Vic had come to the Dealers' Hall to sign autographs. I figured that if I could get the plushie autographed somewhere, it would be just the thing to make this gift really special and barely managed to jump in line before it got cut off.
When I got to see Vic, I told him my housemate's story and he was only too glad to write a personalized "get well" note in the tag of the plushie for my housemate. (I conveniently didn't tell her about any of this until I got home and surprised her with the plushie and the autographed tag - let's just say that her reaction was totally worth it, and that she is never taking that tag off.) On the other hand, Vic recognized that I had designed my own Starfleet uniform and liked the costume so much that he asked if he could take a photo of me - something that I thought was an enormous privilege. Vic remembers me because of that costume, and I've made it a point to say "hello" to him whenever I could see him at conventions ever since - most recently when I got to introduce him to some members of my "Star Trek" cosplay group at AWA 2013.
The ironic thing about our first meeting was that I had already decided, even before then, that Vic was going to be the "designated voice" of Captain M. Tobias Sun of April Welles' Starship Farrington. Vic was geeking out over a costume that had been created for a character that was deliberately intended to sound like him - and I never got to tell him that. Captain Sun's character design was finished in late 2012, so we finally got to see what he looks like as well as knowing who he sounds like, but I still didn't get the chance to tell Vic that my original character is supposed to sound like him until AWA 2013. He was surprised and very happy to hear that he's the "designated voice" for Captain Sun - and autographed the character art the next day at his autograph session on Saturday (09/27/2013) to show that he approves of this.
I also gave him both artworks of the character that I commissioned from :miacis83: along with the links to my Deviant Art posts, which can be found here: fav.me/d5nm9t4
and here: fav.me/d5zjgzb
More information on Captain Sun and his crew can be found here: fav.me/d6ilm22
and my designs & notes for the ships he's served on and the gadgets he's used can be found here: galaxy1701d.deviantart.com/gal…
Finally, a simple CGI model of his ship by
can be found here: fav.me/d6pvru8
"I ask you: just what kind of crew are we, where the brightest engineers in Starfleet should fear their own design? It has long been believed that craftsmen should take pride in the fruits of their vision; so show me, now, that you are willing to trust your creation with your lives!" - Captain M. Tobias Sun, September 2287
Disclaimer: Although Captain M. Tobias Sun is my original character, his ship, the U.S.S. Farrington (NX-2010) and her backstory are the intellectual property of model builder April Welles. I'm using her ideas with permission.