Apollo reviewed by Publishers Weekly

The first Apollo review has dropped and it’s a good one (breathes sigh of relief).

You can read it on the Publisher’s Weekly website, but we’ve also handily copied and pasted it below…

“Fitch, Baker, and Collins—a trio of Brits—bring an outsider’s POV to a quintessential American tale in this multi-layered graphic dramatization of the Apollo 11 mission that took Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the moon and back home again. The narrative opens with a visually dynamic presentation of the Apollo 11 launch at Cape Kennedy and ends with a haunting sequence looking at the Earth from the lunar surface, as the astronauts’ command module slowly recedes from view. All the major events—e.g. “one small step for man”—are represented, but it’s the depictions of smaller moments that set this telling apart. Remarkable scenes include the astronauts doing zero-G push-ups, a cutaway to President Nixon in the White House ranting about how history will blame him if the astronauts die but credit Kennedy if they live, and a truly surreal sequence where command module pilot Michael Collins plays a game of one-on-one basketball on the Sea of Tranquility with a jive-talking hippie who declares “They call me the Spirit of America.” The moon landing is one of the most well-documented events in human history, but it’s reimagined here in a way that makes it feel new again. Lovers of space-race lore will want to pick this up.”

The Final Countdown

This week marks the end of production on Apollo. Mike (Art), Kris (Colours), Jason (Colours) and Ian (Letters) are still racing to finish the book as the print deadline approaches while Matt & Chris (writers) make final tweaks to the dialogue and help oversee the proofing, layout and design of the book alongside Guillaume Rater, our editorial and Production Manager at SelfMadeHero.

It’s been a long, fun, sometimes tricky process, but we can confidently say we’ve all put our absolute best into this book and we can’t wait for the world to see it.

Without being too spoilery (yes, they make it to the moon!) here’s a sneak peek at a few recently finished pages…

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The Spirit of America

Apollo has been meticulously researched with the intention of being a 100% accurate account of the Apollo 11 mission… but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun!

Below are Mike’s development sketches for a character we like to call ‘The Spirit of America’, along with the reference board we gave Mike when he started work on the project.

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Buzz’s demons

Buzz Aldrin was and is a complex man. In Apollo we hope to explore some of this inspirational man’s more introspective moments.

This wonderfully simple panel by Mike depicts Buzz contemplating both his past and his future as he prepares to land on the moon, and seemed a fitting post for New Year’s eve as people all around the world look back and forwards at their own lives.

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ART!

It’s been a very long time since we posted on the blog, mainly because we’ve been busy turning all that research into ART (by ‘we’, we mean Mike, along with colourist Kris Carter and Letterer Ian Sharman).

We don’t want to spoil too much, but we’ll be giving you sneak peeks at a couple of non-spoilery pages over the next few days. To kick off, here’s a splash page from a scene revolving around the ill-fated crew of Apollo 1. Without the sacrifice of Gus Grissolm, Ed White and Roger Chaffee, Neil, Buzz and Mike would never have made it to the moon.

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