Apollo goes international

We’ve had a lot of requests from overseas readers asking how they can get hold of Apollo, and we’re now very happy to be able to give details of all the foreign editions that are going to be available very soon!

So far, we’ve secured overseas publishing details in the following territories:

USA

Published by Abrams Books

Out now

FRANCE

Published by Editions Dunod

Due for release Oct 3rd 2018

GERMANY

Published by Knesebeck Verlag

Due for release early 2019

SPAIN

Published by Norma Editorial

Due for release June 2019

CHINA

Published by Post Wave

Due for release early 2019

 

 

 

Thought Bubble 2018… in pictures.

It’s the Monday after Thought Bubble. We’re tired, groggy, and still nursing a three-days-of-drinking hangover, but we’re also feeling energised and happy. Old friends were seen, new friends were made, and good times were had. Here’s our photographic highlights of an amazing rock n roll weekend of comics and good times in Leeds…

IMG_7022.jpegFirst beer of the weekend with John Harris Dunning bringing the class.

IMG_7092.jpegSigning at the SelfMadeHero table.

WhatsApp Image 2018-09-24 at 12.16.50 (1).jpeg They have a Hulk, we have a J Francis Totti.

IMG_7040.JPG The first hangover. Coffee required.

IMG_7090.jpeg SelfMadeHero crew.

WhatsApp Image 2018-09-24 at 12.16.52.jpeg Taking a break from beer.

IMG_7050.jpeg Mike Collins drinking Mike Collins.

WhatsApp Image 2018-09-24 at 12.16.51.jpegBeer launch and book signing at OK Comics.

WhatsApp Image 2018-09-24 at 12.16.50.jpegThings are starting to get blurry now…

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Krent Able, JAKe Detonator and Carolyn Craggs bringing some style and glamour to the Chris Baker party.

WhatsApp Image 2018-09-24 at 12.16.48.jpeg Photo-boothing with Laura Bailey and Mr Dunning.

IMG_7072.jpeg The results.

WhatsApp Image 2018-09-23 at 20.34.18.jpegWho would have thought so much fun could be had in the food court of a shopping mall.

IMG_7074.jpeg Only Laura Bailey has what it takes to pin The Totti.

7d3c9e89-4d7b-447a-89b3-6b6080010fa5.jpgThe morning after. Sunglasses and Advil.

IMG_7076.jpegNow we have to pull ourselves together to do a panel discussion with Jimmy Aquino…

WhatsApp Image 2018-09-23 at 20.34.17.jpeg Ok, let’s do this.

IMG_7078.jpeg Mission accomplished. Time for a post-panel selfie.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, was our Thought Bubble. Without a doubt our favourite con experience yet. So until next time, we’ll leave you with this…

John Dunning proving that he is, in fact, a basic bitch just like the rest of us by consuming a KFC. Classy my ass.

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Apollo @ Thought Bubble

Here’s everything you need to know about our panel at Thought Bubble in a few weeks. We’ll be joined by Mike Collins and will be taking all about our creative process. The discussion will also be recorded for the Comic News Insider podcast. Exciting stuff.

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Fitch & Baker Vs New York Comic Con

Hey gang, we’ve been busy boys working away in our respective caves these last few weeks but we can now announce a few things… the first is our exciting news about New York Comic Con!

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We shall be on a panel talking about non-fiction comics with some other fantastic creators including Peter Tomasi (The Bridge), Nathan Hale (Lafayette!) Ted Fox and James Otis Smith (Showtime at the Apollo) and Mikaël (Giant).

The panel takes place on Saturday 6th October at 2:30pm in Location 1C03. More details to follow as and when we have them!

We will also have a few signing slots at the Abrams & Chronicle booth so if you’re at the con, please come say hi!

THE ART OF APOLLO AND TUMULT PLUS LIVE Q&A

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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!

Apollo Launch Party – The Photos

Today we got our hands on the official photos from the sell-out Apollo launch party at Gosh Comics in London. It was a great night with a fantastic turnout and we wish we were still there partying with you all!

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Photography by Mauricio Molizane de Souza

Live Interview with The Comic Consultant and SYSU

This week, we had the pleasure of being interviewed LIVE by the lively and handsome ‘Comic Consultant‘ AKA Michael Ajih and long time friend and collaborator Lawrence Kao from Should You Start Up.

From a recording studio in the deep dark heart of Facebook’s London Headquarters, we talked writing comics, climbing the indie ladder and our latest release, APOLLO. It was a trip! All they asked is that we didn’t swear, other than that it’s no holds bared!

You can watch the full half hour interview here: 

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Apollo Review from Publisher’s 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, or if that single click is too much of a barrier for you, we’ve 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.”

Pipedream Interview

This month’s issue of the Pipedream Pull list is a sci-fi special, featuring an interview with us about in which we discuss Adventures in Science and what good sci-fi means to us.

For all your monthly indie and small press news, check out the Pipedream website here.

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We’re Thought Bubble Guests!

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).

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And what fine company we’re in, too! No doubt Charlie Adlard and Kieron Gillen can’t wait to meet us. They’ll probably want autographs.

 

Interview in Comic Scene Magazine

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.

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For more info, and to subscribe to ComicScene UK, click here.