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.


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.



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.


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?



Mike getting some reference photos of the full size LM replica


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


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!


The Apollo crew walking on the moon!


Post-mission drinks…

A night at the (Science) Museum

Last night, as part of their ‘Robots’ season, London’s science museum held a double bill screening of 80s classic sci-fi movies The Terminator and Robocop.

While obviously not space-related, attending the screening came with an added bonus: a a chance to walk through the museum outside of normal hours, which meant we were able to get up close and personal with a number of the awesome space exhibits, free from the usual crowds.

Here’s what we saw:

The Soyuz TMA-19M descent module that carried British Astronaut Tim Peake home from the International Space Station in June 2016.

A full size replica of the Apollo Lunar Module.

IMG_6118The actual Apollo 10 command module, which carried Tom Stafford, John Young and Eugene Cernan around the moon in May 1969. 

IMG_6124A Nazi V2 rocket, developed by Werner Von Braun who went on to become chief architect of NASA’s Saturn V rocket after the second world war. The V-2 rocket was the first artificial object to cross the boundary of space during a vertical launch in 1944.

Sadly, this piece of actual moon rock was not on display, but here’s a photo taken in a previous visit: