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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Day trip to the Moon

As you may or may not know, Mike is based in Cardiff, so most of our communication is done over e-mail and skype. But when you’re collaborating on a creative project, sometimes you really just need to get in a room together. So that’s last week we did just that… and where better to do it than London’s Science Museum?

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Mike getting some reference photos of the full size LM replica

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Matt reviewing some artwork. It’s important to make sure the script is translating well and make any necessary changes at this stage.

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Mike snapping the Apollo 10 Command Module. This bad boy actually orbited the moon in May 1969 before the Apollo 11 landing later that same year!

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The Apollo crew walking on the moon!

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Post-mission drinks…