The Last Viking Returns

Set design- interiors

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Last week I blogged about the designing the outside of Nan and Pop’s house. This post is about the inside.

Most features were made up, but one room has its basis in real life- Pop’s hallway is based on Norm’s hallway.

When I first visited Norm’s house, I was amazed at his collection of Viking artefacts. They take pride of place in the hallway, just as you enter the house.

Norms house 0Here’s Norm’s house, with Norm. Get out of the way Norm, I’m trying to take a photo.

Norms house 1
That’s better.

Norms house 2Here’s a close-up of the longship…


Norms house 3…and the sword, the Viking helmet and the little silver belt-buckle (to the right).

The big portrait of ‘Saracen’s Head’ (is it from a British pub?) gave me the idea of a portrait of Odin that watches over Josh.


page 8 storyboardAll these elements came together to form the scene where Josh receives a book on Vikings from his Pop.This is the first rough, from the storyboards.


page 8 gestural roughI drew this rough many months later. I still hadn’t decided where Wolverine should go.


The scene morphed and changed, until it became the final linework above.



Norm’s silver belt buckle still made it into the story- you can see Thor wearing it on page 13.


Author: James Foley

James makes books for courageous kids. His books include 'The Amity Kids Adventures', 'In The Lion', 'The Last Viking'. A couple of these books have won awards. People have also bought copies, and for that he is grateful. His new book 'The Last Viking Returns' is out now. Follow James at , @James_R_Foley on twitter and instagram or at

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