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The creators of ‘Elena: Divinity Rising’ speak!

Writer Darren Pearce and artist Stuart Jennett finally found some time in their busy schedules to answer a few questions about themselves and the soon-to-be-released ‘Elena: Divinity Rising’.

First up., it’s Darren:

Introduce yourself!

I’m Darren Pearce, co-creator of Elena: Divinity Rising

What made you want to work in the comics industry?

I love the visual side of comics, I feel that this is the best example of the saying ‘a picture says a thousand words’ and I also felt that this was the format I could best achieve the goals of this story

Tell us a bit about your book?

At it’s heart, Elena: Divinity Rising is a tale of good versus evil and of a family torn apart in the pursuit of power.

Who/What influences your work?

For me Stanley Kubrick is the ultimate story teller, and I have a lot of respect for George Orwell
What are your favourite comics/graphic novels?

Difficult to answer as there are so many, but I love V is for Vendetta

What advice would you give someone who wants to break in to the industry?

Always put the characters first, readers need to be able to empathise with a character to engage in the plot
Links to website/works/blogs/facebook etc:

Currently we are using Twitter to communicate all updates about the series, you can find us on @ElenaAnchova

 

And now, Stuart:

Introduce yourself!
 
Hi I’m Stuart Jennett, one of the writers on Elena : Divinity Rising and I also provide all of the art duties as well. 
I work mainly within the games industry as a concept artist but also have a background in the comics scene starting out with Marvel UK back in the early 90′sI’m also the creator of Chronos Commandos which was published earlier this year. 

What made you want to work in the comics industry?
I’ve always read comics since I can remember, starting off on the usual US super hero material before moving onto more British comics such as 2000AD, Action and WW2 comics like Battle and Commando. I’d always wanted to draw comics as a child and I feel very lucky that I’ve had the ability to dip my toes into the market from time to time.  

Tell us a bit about your book?
Elena is very much a spy thriller book with a very slight twist of the fantastic. We’ve always been mindful to ground things as much as possible and in context though with it’s roots definitely influenced by the cold war eraYou won’t find any spandex clad heroes in this book for sure , it’s more along the lines of Cronenberg’s Scanners and the Bourne movies I guess.

Who/What influences your work?
Definitely movies, I’ve always been an avid cinema goer and love all kinds of genres, especially sci-fi and fantasy. 
I also like a lot of Frank Miller and Mike Mignola’s work, very stripped down and minimal, very graphic.
I’ve also been heavily influenced by a lot of UK artists such as Mike McMahon, Kev O’Neill and Cam Kennedy. 
I’m sure there’s a strong European influence as well , Moebius especially.  

What are your favourite comics/graphic novels?
Loved growing up with Judge Dredd in the 70′s and early 80′s , they where the real golden years for me . 
Hellboy is great as well, just love Mignola’s work

What advice would you give someone who wants to break in to the industry?
Draw , draw , draw and get a thick skin. Watch and absorb as much as you can from all kind of mediums 
and try and develop a strong sense of narrative and story telling. 

Links to website/works/blogs/facebook etc:
 
www.stuartjennett.com
www.stuartjennett.blogspot.com
www.alienapplestudios.com
 

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‘Elena: Divinity Rising’ makes the news!

Darren Pearce and Stuart Jennett’s amazing ‘Elena: Divinity Rising’ attracted the attention of the Manchester Evening News on Friday 26th September 2014, so much so that they wrote about it to help us spread the world that it is coming soon!

Check it out:

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And here is the cover for issue 1!

 

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