From the shadows
Comic dream How a chance meet led to a series deal for Aly Fell
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.darkrising.co.uk.
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.