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Matthew "Matt" Paul Cushman (born 10 July 1971; age 49) is a graphic illustrator and the younger brother of Christopher James Cushman, [1] both known for their Star Trek cutaway posters they produced for SciPubTech. [2]

Cushman's first cutaway poster was of the Star Trek: The Original Series USS Enterprise for his technical illustration thesis in college. This first draft is considered the Franz Joseph interpretation. A subsequent third draft was made into a poster in 1995 released by SciPubTech. Cushman had been working on an even larger – eleven feet, the same length as the original eleven-foot Enterprise filming model, just refurbished by the Smithsonian Institution for Star Trek's 50th anniversary – and more refined fourth draft, slated for a release by the museum to commemorate the anniversary, [3] but as of late 2020, the release has yet to come to fruition in any form or format. [4]

Cushman also provided the ship and accessory A-4 sized technical blueprint art, included with three 1997 Playmates Toys releases. [5]

Cushman produced a cutaway-centerfold of the USS Daedalus for the Star Trek: Ships of the Line (2020) calendar, with additional contributions from Ali Ries, Karl Tate, Doug Drexler and Mike Okuda. A number of by Cushman signed copies of the calendar were sold upon its release. [6] He did a follow-up in similar vein for the Star Trek: Ships of the Line (2021) calendar of the Romulan Bird-of-Prey. [7]

Cushman has also created a cutaway poster of the original Thomas Kellogg design of the Class F shuttlecraft in 2018, at the behest of ILM model maker Bill George for showcasing on the latter's personal website, but which has otherwise not been released commercially. [8]

Besides his work on Star Trek related merchandise, Cushman also illustrated cutaway posters for the Star Wars franchise, such as those for the X-Wing and TIE Fighter (1997), the Wing Commander Tiger Claw, Speed Racer Mach 5, and NASA/USAF Project Orion.

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