Back in July I was approached by Stephen Henning about a possible commission relating to a young adult novel he had written and intended to self publish. Stephen is a publisher and now writer. He knew my work from my Doctor Who book covers in the 1980s and he had most of the the books when he was growing up and really liked the work on my website.
We exchanged emails and he decided to commission an image that best reflected the book and featured the main characters, teenagers Sam and James who discover they have gained superpowers following a traumatic event. The image would initially be used for the website. I decided to draw the figures and then render the art digitally using all number of ‘tricks’ I hadn’t tried before. Stephen was delighted with the final images.
The Class Heroes book and the website has just gone live and the first title, A Class Apart, is now available from Amazon. For more info, character profiles, preview chapters and much more, visit www.classheroes.com AND www.247interactivenews.com for the Class Heroes ‘live’ television reports.

Teenage twins James and Samantha Blake are caught up in a seemingly random terrorist bombing while on a school trip. Many of their friends are killed. When the twins wake up in hospital, their lives have changed forever.
The doctors are amazed at the speed with which James and Sam recover from their injuries and, when the twins begin to exhibit extraordinary powers, it is obvious that something incredible has happened.
As James and Sam attempt to overcome their fears and embrace their new abilities, a series of murders and disappearances start plaguing the hospital. The twins aren’t the only ones with special abilities and it becomes apparent that someone is coming for them.
Will James and Sam be able to survive the nightmare into which they have been plunged? Who, or what, is behind the murders at the hospital? And was that terrorist incident quite so random after all?

 

Andrew Skilleter