Introduction

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been fascinated with Space Travel. The idea of men strapping themselves to rockets and blasting into the unknown never fails to excite and amaze me.

So when Chris Baker and I were on the look out for our next writing project, we realized that the true story of man’s first step on the moon contained more adventure, danger and emotion than anything our own minds could conjure up. The opportunity to unpack the urban legends, the gossip and the speculation to tell a story about the life, death, dreams and reality of human kind’s greatest achievement in exploration took hold of our inner-writers and wouldn’t let go.

Mike Collins joined the project after we met him at a comic convention. Mike is one of those artists whose work you’ve definitely seen even if you don’t know it. From X-Men to Star Trek, Doctor Who to Batman, he’s drawn everything, and worked with everyone from Alan Moore to Chris Claremont. We are blessed and honoured to work with him on Apollo, and the fact that he shares a name with the Apollo 11 Command Module Pilot can only be a good omen!

Now, with the help of SelfMadeHero and Arts Council England, all the pieces are in place and we’re finally ready to begin writing and producing Apollo,a full-length graphic novel recounting the story of the first men on the moon. This blog will keep readers updated on our progress and allow them to follow the book’s journey from start to finish, offering a front row seat as the story develops and changes over time, with sneak peeks of artwork in various stages of completion, video diaries giving an insight into our thought process and what it takes to make a graphic novel and, eventually, posts focusing on more practical considerations, including page layout and the production process.

So climb aboard, perform your pre-flight checks, and join us as we prepare to launch in five… four… three… two…

– Matt

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