From the shad­ows

Comic dream How a chance meet led to a se­ries deal for Aly Fell

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Aly Fell met Dark Horse Comics edi­tor-in-chief Scott Al­lie at the week-long Il­lus­tra­tion Mas­ter Class in Amherst, Mas­sachusetts. So im­pressed was Scott with Aly’s work that he snapped it up as a six-part comic se­ries.

“I’d taken a rough draft of The Shadow Glass along with the in­ten­tion of work­ing on a cover idea,” Aly says. “Scott read a cou­ple of pages and be­came in­ter­ested. When I re­turned to the UK I sent him the whole thing and we started talk­ing about it more se­ri­ously. By the end of the sum­mer Dark Horse had made a firm of­fer. I kept think­ing it must be a dream and I’d wake up.”

The Shadow Glass is the story, Aly ex­plains, of a girl look­ing for an an­swer to the time-hon­oured ques­tion: who am I? She just hap­pens to live in the 16th century.

Aly was also asked to pro­duce a con­ven­tion-spe­cial cover from the comic book ver­sion of Buffy: The Vam­pire Slayer, with the re­verse fea­tur­ing a teaser for The Shadow Glass. The dead­line was tight, but it was an op­por­tu­nity too good to miss.

“I had two days to do it,” the English artist says. “Tips for short dead­lines? Drink lots of cof­fee. Some good mu­sic helps to get you in the zone. Be­fore you know it the sun is ris­ing to the sound of black­birds twit­ter­ing.”

To see more of Aly’s art take a look at www.dark­ris­

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Aly Fell’s new six-part comic se­ries, pub­lished by Dark Horse Comics, is set in the 16th century. Ally pro­duced a con­ven­tion-spe­cial cover from the comic book ver­sion of Buffy: The Vam­pire Slayer.

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