PJ Holden has given us five pages of art from the 86ers and some background on the series:
86ers was a series I was hoping to be in on the ground floor. But, in what has become something of a recurring theme, it was given to someone else to draw and then they dropped out.
I think I did some cracking space flight stuff in this – surprising myself. The job is to make a space flight chase seem readable and clean – the problem? no defining landmark, no “floor” and no way for the reader to orientate themselves. I think I did ok. (And this first page is still a favourite of mine).
If I had been involved from the ground floor, I’d’ve redesigned their bloody helmets to something where you can see their faces, the number of times one of those characters is required to “smile” through a full on face mask. Sheesh. (In the end I did an x-ray view).
I was all set to do the final series with Arthur Wyatt, and I’d totally redesigned the helmets and space suits so I could get more expressions and then, of course, the entirety of the final series was a flash back – feeding into episode 1 meaning I couldn’t change a damn thing. Oh well.