If there's one spot to showcase a new comic on late night television, it's probably "The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien." Besides sharing a name with U.S. President Barack Obama's favorite comic book barbarian, the Tonight Show host and former "The Simpsons" scribe has been a fan of the medium for many years.
It's no surprise then, that sci-fi legend and friend of the show, William Shatner would choose this outlet to promote his latest comic effort, "William Shatner Presents: The Tek War Chronicles" (which we exclusively previewed here on Splash Page last month).
Appearing on tomorrow night's episode of "The Tonight Show," Shatner is slated to preview and discuss the first issue of "Tek War," which arrives in stores on June 24.
Based on Shatner's "TekWar" series of novels the new comic book series tells the story of Jake, a wrongly-accused prisoner released from cyrogenic stasis into a world he no longer recognizes. His family missing and his former self-destructive tendencies emerging, Jake must resist the digital drug "Tek" and the manipulations of others to find his place in the world.
"Tekwar" is the latest in a line of collaborations with Bluewater Productions that includes "William Shatner Presents: Quest for Tomorrow" and "William Shatner Presents: Man O' War."
The "Tekwar" promotion marks the first comics-centric guest appearance on "The Tonight Show" since O'Brien took over on June 1. Shatner and O'Brien go back a long way, though, with the former Captain Kirk appearing on "Late Night" as a guest numerous times over the years as well as contributing the cryptic "Shatner Secrets" sketches on a semi-regular basis. Can "Tekwar" fans expect a humor-fueled tribute to their favorite title? With O'Brien on board, it's not difficult to imagine.
The episode airs tomorrow night at 11:30 PM EST on NBC.
Excited to see William Shatner on Conan's new set? Think You'll be picking up "Tekwar" this month? Share your thoughts in the comments.