1979 gave the world two graphic novel adaptations of the smash hit: ALIEN. One was excellent!
This - is the other one.
Author & Illustrator
A creative 11 year old geek in a small Irish village, c.1979. So, this movie adaptation was made by a child, around the time that ALIEN hit theatres worldwide. But!—it was long before that young artist would actually see the film, 3 or 4 years hence.
Initially it was done with nothing but an Alan Dean Foster novelisation and its 16 colour photos as a visual reference, and a brief look at his uncle's HR Giger Movie Design book. Later, a satire by Cracked Magazine also helped—in some peculiar ways!
So, done anything else?
It's brought to you by the maker of the Award-Nominated grown-up Between * Wars webcomic, and similar to this, the popular Star Wars age 9 webcomic. You may think of SWa9 and Aa11 as mid-Life Crises I & II. More»
To you now... from 1979
Made between 1979 & c.1984: experience a strange creative patchwork and a youthful labour of love
In 1979 there were 2 Graphic Novel adaptations of ALIEN. One, by Archie Goodwin and Walter Simonson was excellent. This, is the other one.
It's a peculiar take on the movie ALIEN. Drawn by a boy in Ireland aged 11, in 1979, and revisited and added to, up to when he was around 16. That boy is me. And I've also added some new, grown-up pages to fill in the gaps.
A Unique Contemporary Document of the Movie...
...from the time when the movie shocked the world, by a kid who hadn't even seen it.
The First Book
Much like my other Star Wars age 9 webcomic, you'll see how the comic was made and re-made and added to. You also see some odd discrepancies with the film itself, because I hadn't seen it on my first-pass (I was too young!). Later, after buying the Cracked Magazine version, I added newer, more mature pages but decided to stick with the earlier oddities—because of the work already invested. I still hadn't seen the actual film itself!
The Second Book
After finally seeing the film, and the amazing Archie Goodwin/Walt Simonson graphic novel from the HEAVY METAL magazine publishers, when I was 13 or 14 perhaps?—I started a completely new version at A4 size, which I never finished. That version is more accomplished but less amusing than the first one. Take a look at both and you'll see what I mean. But first, start here...