Updated: Dec 2, 2019
When last we reported on the WarnerMedia/HBO Max presentation, the executives had announced a premiere year of 2021 for The Nevers.
As part of the presentation, Casey Bloys, President of Programming at HBO, took to the stage to unveil the upcoming slate of shows that would join HBO Max's 2020/2021 schedule. And that, of course, included ...
Bloys briefly touched on The Nevers, saying "I won't go into as much detail, but I wanted to highlight three big events for 2021. We have Joss Whedon's highly anticipated new fantastical series The Nevers..."
That in and of itself was gratifying. But it was the accompanying artwork that was really exciting! Whether this is official artwork for the series or one produced solely for the presentation is unclear, but it's likely the latter.
When it comes to The Nevers and Joss Whedon's work in general, it doesn't take much to excite me. So you can imagine my reaction to seeing the first piece of artwork associated with the series (actually the second if you include the possible logo that we reported on back in August)! In fact, I was so delirious with excitement, that I nearly missed two very crucial details which I'll discuss later.
As simple an image as it is, it's still rather intriguing. There's a few things that immediately grab my attention. Firstly, it's the faceless woman who stands front and center - or, front and to the left as it were. In all likelihood, she's meant to mirror the character of Amalia True, the main character played by Laura Donnelly. While the face is bare of any features or expression, the character still has an intense presence, exuding power and strength. It certainly adds an air of mystery to the series.
The second detail that equally excites are the cranks and gears discharging some sort of electrical current in the background. I love this. I can't explain why, I just do. Electricity excites! It energizes, it empowers and in the context of a Victorian sci-fi series, that could mean a lot. When Queen Victoria died in 1901, electricity was seldom used, so it's intriguing to see it featured so prominently in the artwork. It's possible that it plays a significant role in the series; the amelioration of a simpler time, perhaps. It's conceivable that electricity plays a part in the way that people are imbued with whatever power or ability that they have. Or could it be alluding to a larger role in the series for Penance Adair, who has genius for invention? Or maybe it was just something steampunk-y to throw on the poster.
Circling back around to the two crucial details that I broached earlier, two details that are quite personal to this author; two little nods, little acknowledgements to us here at hbothenevers.com from HBO themselves that still has me geeking out:
They used my title card and tagline in their artwork!
If you've been following our social media sites since their inceptions back in July 2018, then you're familiar with our artwork (title cards if you will) and it's evolution from then to now. These visuals are used to promote our various sites and the series itself. And to add some intrigue and excitement to the series, I came up with the tagline "They're coming."
When I conceived of this artwork, I was inspired solely by the description given for the series as well as the little that I know about the Victorian era. Based on that, I created the title card with the name of the series written in a font called Cinzel. I then came up with the tagline "They're coming." which we've been using as tags with all our social media posts. You also see it when you land on our website's main page.
All this to say that to be the author of the tagline that HBO/HBO Max chose to use in their artwork during their presentation, and for HBO to use my title card and arrange them in a way that we've used in our promo art, is the ultimate compliment and the sense of validation is overwhelming.
I'm a huge Joss Whedon fan. We all know this. And my fan brain likes to think that Joss possibly played a part in all of this. My fantasy goes as follows: Joss has seen what we've been doing here and on our other sites; encouraged by it and to show his appreciation, he asked HBO to use our work as a way of saying "I've seen what you been doing and I appreciate it. Thank you." However, the reality is probably that whomever was given the job of creating the artwork, searched online for inspiration, came upon us and felt that what we created was fitting. Either way I'm flattered, and as a fan, I couldn't have asked for more. Well, that's not entirely true. I'd love a job on The Nevers or at HBO. Or a cameo in The Nevers. Not a speaking role, mind you, just as a background extra. I don't ask much. ; )
So just to recap: we have our first official-ish piece of artwork for The Nevers, and HBO used our title card and tagline for it. I love being a fan!
You can watch Casey Bloys talk The Nevers and enjoy the artwork in the video below.