We were asked by Mass Movement to create a video list of our top ten creative inspirations…
In this month’s edition of the Eisner-nominated PanelxPanel, Matt talks about his experiences launching a micro-publisher and how self-publishing compares to working with SelfMadeHero on Apollo.
Download the full magazine at panelxpanel.com
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!
Photography by Mauricio Molizane de Souza
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: bit.ly/sysuapollo
“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. Read the review here:
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.”
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.
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).
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.
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.