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About The Making of Templar

Artists LeUyen Pham & Alex Puvilland and I had so much fun collaborating on our graphic novel Templar, we hated to stop! So we've gone and made another book together: The Making of Templar. And we're giving it away for free.

As usual for our projects, this one grew to be a little bigger than we expected — but no regrets. The Making of Templar is an 86-page e-book, lavishly illustrated with LeUyen and Alex's sketches and behind-the-scenes materials, in which we discuss our work process and five-year journey making Templar.

Topics include:

  • Differences between writing for comics and film/video game writing
  • Character design
  • Writing and storyboarding action sequences
  • Historical research
  • Creative collaboration

If you haven't read Templar yet, never fear; we've steered clear of spoilers.

We hope you enjoy The Making of Templar — and Templar, too!

"Mechner's experience as a screenwriter [results] in a fast-paced and unexpectedly moving adventure against one of the great historical dramas of the Middle Ages... Templar is yet another terrific book from First Second, which has been consistently producing high-quality editions of excellent original comics and graphic novels."

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"[The Templar history] constitutes a searing, sobering counterweight to the story's high-wire derring-do and jovial camaraderie. Add to all that a nifty Ocean's Eleven–style caper, outstanding artwork, and enough romance to get the heart invested, and you have an epic adventure comic for the ages."

Booklist (Starred Review)