We asked for changes to one of the frames. First we didn’t want the adversary behind Kirsten to have a gun (why would he wait to be only a few feet away from her before shooting?). Second, in an initial version, the weapon seemed too long and so the villain wouldn’t have any reason to be so close to Kirsten.
Initially, Roslo was supposed to be a man. During our discussions with Léon Leclerc, he said he felt that the Apatrides universe was missing female characters, so Léon created a sketch (see image). When we launched the project, we kept the idea of having a woman as the Consortium’s head of security but we sought to give her a look that would better mesh with late-80s fashion.
The idea for this online comic took root a few years before it first appeared in June 2010. For several months, we had the opportunity to have discussions with illustrator Léon Leclerc, who had already undertaken several comic book projects. Our talks helped define the outlines for the Apatrides and, while we each went off in different directions, his contribution can’t be underestimated. Here’s a panel that was produced at the time. The observant reader will recognize a scene from “Baptism of Fire.”
Transposing an idea into a drawing isn’t always easy. Very, very often, the drawing goes beyond the scriptwriter’s vision. But sometimes, the result isn’t as powerful as the image the scriptwriter had in mind. That doesn’t mean that the drawing wasn’t well done, but rather, that it’s lacking some spectacular effect. See, for instance, the first version of the explosion of the canon-buyers’ car in Bordeaux.