As promised, here are all the details of our Thought Bubble panel. We’ll be pulling back the curtain on our creative process and answering all your questions about Apollo and anything else you want to know!
From August 15-30th, The Orbital Comics Gallery will be hosting an exclusive exhibition of artwork by Mike Collins for Apollo, and by Michael Kennedy for Tumult.
The creative teams behind both books will also be in store on Thursday August 16th from 7:30pm for a Q&A, discussing how graphic novels are created from beginning-to-end. We’ll be joined by SelfMadeHero’s sales and marketing director Sam Humphrey, who’ll also be sharing rare and valuable insight from a publisher’s perspective.
If you’ve ever wanted to learn about the craft of storytelling, the art of collaboration, and pitching your idea to a publisher, this FREE event is for you!
Today we got our hands on the official photos from the Apollo launch party. It was a great night with a fantastic turn out and we wish we were still there partying!
Photography by Mauricio Molizane de Souza
Here’s a round up of the press and PR Apollo has received to date. We’ll keep updating this page as more come in.
“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.”
– Publishers Weekly
“Writers Fitch and Baker create a suspense-filled story. They convey surprising depth and emotion, as well as rich historical details of the era.”
– Scientific American
“A book that demands to be read in one go.”
“A thought-provoking souvenir of human tenacity, creativity and achievement.”
– Starburst Magazine
“Fitch and Baker transform the factual into a moving and involving story”
– Mass Movement
“With a huge amount of suspense and a lot of heart… you’ll be left enthralled.”
– Get Your Geek On
“it’s brilliant. Buy it now.”
“We need books like Apollo more than ever.”
– Book Munch
“A wondrous and truly immersive reading experience… Apollo is a must-read.”
– The Brazen Bull
“Apollo is clearly a labour of love for all involved and it shows on every page. An intelligently written and emotionally thoughtful telling of this story”
– Pipedream Comics
“Keeps this well-worn story feeling fresh and exciting.”
– Big Comic Page
“I wasn’t quite ready for how moving it was.”
“A revelation… truly wonderful from beginning to end.”
– ComicScene UK
“This incredible graphic novel is a love letter to the Moon landings and the passion for the subject drips off every page. ★★★★★”
– The Book Bag
We’ll be at Gosh Comics along with Mike Collins all to celebrate the launch of their new on Thursday the 14th June, 7 – 9pm. Everybody welcome, come along and get your copy of Apollo signed.
Apollo is one of Scientific American’s June book recommendations.
“Conveys surprising depth and emotion, as well as rich historical details of the era”
Read the review here:
A new magazine covering the UK comic scene old and new is out today. Comic Scene UK is a full-colour quality monthly magazine available in 26 Forbidden Planet stores across the UK, digital worldwide and by mail order.
The first issue of this exciting new magazine features an interview with us, in which we talk about Apollo, our writing process, and working with Artist Mike Collins.
The Thought Bubble guest list is growing and we’re pleased to announce that we’re now on it! We’ll be there all weekend signing copies of Apollo on the SelfMadeHero table as well as taking part in a talk (details TBC).
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.”