It was around this time last year that Eoin Marron and I began to put together an outline for what was to become the Hero. I’ve spoken about the Hero already, so I’ll keep this short so you can get right to the comic. At the time all we really knew was that we wanted to do a short action piece with a twist ending. We’re both readers of 2000AD and both fans of the Future Shock so it seemed like a perfect fit.

Somewhere between our deciding to work together and my starting the script, Eoin got a pretty cool internship, and darnit all if that didn’t push the man to overhaul the layouts and designs and put together a excellent comic! See that last panel, that very last panel right there at the end? All Eoin.

We were lucky enough to have approached Triona Farrell at the exact right time, with a reasonable enough deadline that she was able to take on the project, and really turn her colours to the storytelling. I believe her first comment on the inks was “this is going to be pinker than you’d expect”, before proceeding to explain a whack of colour theory that pretty much resolved any issues I could have with her pallet choice and storytelling. I think she did a brilliant job, and it broke my heart that this short first saw publication in greyscale.

I’d be remiss to not mention Kerrie Smith who not only lettered the comic and designed the logo but also prepared the final files for both print and digital distribution. I work with Kerrie on quite a few projects and I’m always impressed at how she changes up her lettering from project to project to suit the line-work and colours.

Right so, that’s enough from me. Enjoy the Hero!

Author: hugoboylan

I make comics. Sometimes I write about it.

2 thoughts on “FREE COMIC The Hero”

  1. Hey Hugo,
    Was just wonder if there was any way to buy a copy of Malevolence online anywhere. I live out in America now, but found out about your work through Project Crossroads. I went to uni with one of the creators Adlai McCook. Anyway i’ve been trying to get my hands on some of the new comics like your own that are coming out back home but it’s not easy to get my hands on them. If you could point me in the right direction i’d really appreciate it.


    1. Hi Breandán,

      I think we can definitely source you a copy of Malevolence! I’m going to shoot you an email (I’m assuming the provided email address will work!) and we can work out exactly how to get it to you!

      — Hugo

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