Trevor Beattie on Apollo


Trevor Beattie is an ad man, filmmaker, and producer of the Bafta award-winning movie Moon, directed by Duncan Jones . He is also devising the marketing campaign for Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Space Tourism Programme. Here’s his thoughts on Apollo:

“As a child of Apollo, I grew up bedazzled by Buzz and Neil. This really was a cartoon adventure, of epic proportions. Happening in my living room. And my imagination. How apt then that those superhuman escapades should now be represented and captured so lovingly as a Comic Book. This book is a thing of beauty. It takes me back, yet projects me forward. The spirit of endeavour depicted here is the very reason I now possess a ticket to fly to Space with Virgin Galactic. Space is the ultimate comic adventure. It started with Apollo 11, and it’s never left me.”


Comic News Insider Interview

Back in September, we attended Thought Bubble and took part in a panel discussion with Apollo artist, Mike Collins and Comic News Insider host, Jimmy Aquino. Listen to the whole damn thing HERE (not to be missed if you want to hear Chris’s David Lynch in space impression).


A Tribute to Stan Lee

This week, we were asked to write a tribute to Stan Lee for creative website Little Black Book. You can read our contribution as well as those of a number of other creative industry folk on this link, but if clicking’s not your thing we’ve helpfully cut and pasted our tribute below. RIP Stan.

It’s very hard to talk about working in comics without mentioning Stan ‘the Man’ Lee. In a sense, Stan was the pusher of a gateway drug that leads to harder stuff. Ask around and everyone has that story, the one where they picked up their first comic, maybe on some holiday in an airport or in a grimy newsagents that had this imported American stuff.

Our generation wasn’t as fortunate as today’s (they said sounding old) – comics were on the periphery of culture – but there were still a few recognisable titles we all gravitated to. Spider-Man was one of Stan Lee’s greatest achievements. He wrote a relatable outsider kid that suddenly gains incredible power, more importantly, he struggles with that and it’s compelling even to readers today.

Stan the Man implanted important messages into fantastic settings and it changed comic books. As writers we too try and enhance the human aspects of fantastic tales. It’s as important to us as it was to Stan. It’s very hard to even think that he is gone, but there is so much of him out there in the DNA of our culture. The power of comics is Magick. EXCELSIOR!


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:


Published by Abrams Books

Out now


Published by Editions Dunod

Out Now


Published by Knesebeck Verlag

Due for release early 2019


Published by Norma Editorial

Due for release June 2019


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.

DnyY5KJXkAElYZU.jpg No champagne, John?


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.


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!

Apollo Thought NYCC Panel.jpg

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!



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: