Fallen Heroes 2 has been completed is currently going to print. The hope is that it will be resting alongside the larger Unseen Shadows graphic novel at Thoughtbubble but we cannot confirm that at this stage as the book is so close to the date in question. We have no doubt that Stu at Ukomics is doing everything he can to make sure visitors at Leeds get to have a look at the new edition.
Featuring Ben ‘The Hand’ Ashodi and Stephanie Connisbee from the previous issue (and the Tales of the Fallen Graphic novel) as well as introducing some pivotal characters and developments to the FH canon, it’s been put together by Barry Nugent (writer of the original novel and general demagogue), Martin Conaghan (writer and calm voice of reason), Steve Penfold (me, on pencils and inks), Gat Melvyn (colours, seamlessly professional) and Paul Mclaren (lettering and diligent communicator).
There is a secret file that was sent to Nic Wilkinson (formerly editor for Insomnia Publications) but was never seen by Barry Nugent and Martin Conaghan (the writer of the novel and the writer of the comic adaptation). It was with my own blessing as you can see below. When I saw the finished design of the Reverend I knew instinctively I’d got it massively wrong. I may have been reading a lot of Preacher at the time but it was all a bit Saint of Killers. Certainly not what we were looking for.
Anyway, as I mentioned in last week’s blog there was a boycotted Reverend design and here it is. As you can see I designed it to make it absolutely clear that it wasn’t considered a decent design – something Nic was very quick to confirm. This was hidden from the Nuge – thankfully as it could’ve severely damaged my chances of success being picked as the artist for the project. Sorry Barry. We figured it out in the end though, eh?
Even now I wonder what the hell gripped me before I drew it. It looks like Stephanie Beacham at a wake armed with semi automatics. Sheesh.
Fallen Heroes and Beyond the Bunker, Copydesk and Geek Syndicate rocked the Cardiff International Comics Expo twice yesterday in an astonishing feat of consumer excitement generated no doubt by Mr Barry Nugent, Geek Syndicate and http://www.fallenheroescomic.com. After a last minute dash to prepare for the opening the doors opened on the event at 10:00am. By 11 all copies had been sold. We found 10 more earmarked for sale to Martin Conaghan later in the day which then sold within 10 minutes. On top of which it was the first chance to meet Barry Nugent and hold a copy of Fallen Heroes in my hand. Gat Melvyn’s colours were the toast of the convention which is no surprise at all.
Fallen Heroes it would appear has very much arrived on the map and I’d like to thank everyone I met over the weekend for making it a kick ass experience. Next time we’ll make sure we bring more copies….! Full news and info on the events and experiences of Cardiff International Comic Expo will be here over the next few days (with pictures) including the panel and setting a Dalek on someone.
More will be made available soon for order and the Ipad/Ipod version will be available from tomorrow. Further details to follow.
The first book to carry a Beyond the Bunker logo is now complete. Sent yesterday as a PDF to Ukomics, Fallen Heroes is the adaptation of Barry Nugent’s novel of the same name, adapted for release as a comic by Martin Conaghan, Drawn by myself (Steve Penfold) and completed by the very able Gat Melvyn on colours and Paul McLaren who stepped in at the last minute to complete the lettering.
The first part in a five part story arc (the first of 3 arcs culminating in 3 graphic novels in the distant future) it follows the stories of Ben ‘The Hand’ Ashodi, Jason Chen and Napoleon Stone among others through a world populated by heavily armed mercenaries, monsters and mysterious unseen forces. Who are the ‘Fallen Heroes’ named in the title? Read on to find out.
You can pre-order the limited edition first print on the Fallen Heroes pre-order page over at Fallenheroescomic.com.
The first edition includes pin up artwork by Andy Tong (DC Comics, Marvel, Darkhorse, Mirage Studios, Image and Markosia Comics), Leigh Gallagher (DC Comics and 2000AD) and Emma Viecceli (Self Made Hero, Marvel, Image, Random House, Tokyopop and Future Publishing) as well as 21 pages of espionage, intrigue and supernatural visitations. Enjoy!!
And in case that wasn’t enough to whet your appetite here is the Launch Trailer – for Issue 1 completed by Dennis Morrison of Zizzl Films. (Massive thanks for the amazing job done on that! Again, Enjoy!!
This week – to kick things off towards the release of Fallen Heroes 1 in February we have the sketch work that started the whole process off. Martin Conaghan is a precise and clear writer with a strong idea of how to achieve the best results and requested a full set of pencil lined draft pages. Although you haven’t seen the finished result I thought it might be interesting to show you the process that built it. BEWARE: SPOILER ALERT!
Team: Barry Nugent (Author), Martin Conaghan (Writer), Steve ‘Penners’ Penfold (Artist), Gat Melvyn (Colourist)
Fallen Heroes is beginning to show signs of life. Its motor is beginning to run and the final technical checks are being done. 6 more tweaks and final details before the polish and spit is applied and it rolls out for the exhibition lap in Cardiff. The team working on it are poised, professional and clear on their jobs. The sponsors are in place and are being prepared to be emblazoned across its fine chassis. Garish, wild and uncontainable it awaits the last remaining parts to be completed and its ready to race.
Team: Dan Thompson (Writer), Steve ‘Penners’ Penfold (Artist), Ivanna ‘The Fury’ Matilla (Colourist)
The Moon workshop, while still in a slight state of disarray but with a smaller but no less a dedicated, determined or credible team. The parts are there – except two (pages 21 and 22) that are being put together by the chief engineer and will likely be the most powerful components in the vehicle, neatly aligned and ready for assembly. The chief engineer has identified 3 components (pages 12, 13 and 14) he thinks might slow it down and is moving to replace them. However, we all know that the best way to start a race is with a rolling start and this one’ll prove itself when the time comes. The newest crew member (Iv, colourist) is proving herself fast, ferocious and capable – only driving the chief engineer faster and harder to create better and sleeker parts. Knocked together with spit, glue and hard work – Moon’ll track up to the starting line purring like it was the easiest thing in the world.
The simple fact is that both will be rolling out onto the starting line and both crews will be proud of what they’ve achieved. Both will carry the Beyond the Bunker logo on their chassis.
All joking and obscure metaphors aside – it has been a long road (sorry) to reach this point in which all the components are in place and a cohesive and effective team on both projects exists. The February is a clear deadline and Iv and Gat are both tearing their way through the pages to create an immersive and impressive visual read. A bit more elbow grease and we’ll be on our way and you’ll be able to read Fallen Heroes and Moon Issue 1.