Fallen Heroes: The unseen Reverend design

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.

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Fallen Heroes panel at Cardiff featuring Barry Nugent and Steve Penfold

Geek Syndicate owner and original Fallen Heroes scribe and all round nice guy Barry Nugent had arranged a panel for us to get on to at the Cardiff International Comic Expo hosted by (top lads) Gavin and Dan from The Sidekick with Barry Nugent and myself …. My first panel I wasn’t sure what to expect but it all flowed pretty painless. Heroically filmed handheld by Stu Tipple of Fatboy Comics at Barry’s request (cheers dude). Sorry for the wobble and the sound but some insight into the thinking and process behind Fallen Heroes is available here if you want to have a look….

The book itself, surviving Insomnia and the team itself (Barry, Martin Conaghan, myself and Gat) the challenges in bringing it to the page and the decisions behind picking me as artist.

Visualising the book, the introductions of the crew and a possible trip to South Africa, Barry’s response to the comic strip, alterations and the only minor disagreement on Issue 1, distribution, Oxicomics vs Comixology, definition of success and a difficult question for me….

Spin-offs, Cy Dethan, TV, the extra 10 copies, the original offer, faithfulness of the TV adaptation, Self publishing, the Grand Plan, why small press doesn’t have to be small press. Round up and questions. Weirdly, occasionally it sounds like a hamster is drinking out of a water bottle somewhere close by.

Ah thankyou.