Ridley Scott’s Alien through the eyes of an 11 year old


Sometimes as a kid you aren’t allowed to see a movie, which forces you to create it in your head. That’s probably the best way to describe Alien age 11, a comic book adaptation of the Ridley Scott film by John White, which he made as child without seeing the film. White describes it as follows:

This movie adaptation made at the time that ALIEN hit theatres around the world but long before the underage artist had actually seen the film itself. That wouldn’t happen for 3 or 4 more years… it was done with nothing but an Alan Dean Foster novelisation with its few colour glossy photos as a visual reference, and a satire by Cracked Magazine that came out much later.

The result is a bit of inspired goofiness that’s surprisingly fun. It’s the kind of unintentional manic comedy that only a child could create (which is awesome, obviously).

I’ve included a few sample pages in the gallery. You can see more of young John White’s take on Alien at the official site for Alien age 11. It updates regularly. You should also check out Star Wars age 9, another childhood comic adaptation from White, but for a movie he’d seen.

[Alien age 11 Via io9]

Hubert Vigilla
Brooklyn-based fiction writer, film critic, and long-time editor and contributor for Flixist. A booster of all things passionate and idiosyncratic.