Monthly Archives: November 2014

Creator Spotlight: Ell J Walker

So. Creator Spotlights! Every couple of months or so I’m going to be asking one of our ELC regulars (or anyone in the Edinburgh comics community who’s willing to do it) to update the banner for this blog. I’m also going to be featuring the banner’s creator and their work here, so you can get to know them/it a bit more if you don’t already.

This month’s banner is brought to you by Ell J Walker!

Ell is the co-author of Galdr, a fantasy thriller webcomic available to read here.

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Galdr is co-written by James D Parnell, who in his own words ‘mostly sits’ while Ell does all of the artwork for the series. Actually though, he does a bit more than that – James studied film and uses his knowledge to help lay out the panels in an engaging, cinematic way, while Ell’s background in sculpture influences the distinctive style of the artwork. Ell describes drawing Galdr as a challenge she’s set herself mostly to develop her art, and you can already see that happening as the comic progresses.

The comic is set in the fictional city of Rivers Pass, a historical merchant town with a dark and chaotic underbelly:

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Tandy Tynan Fogg, clothing retailer and heart-throb, has a problem. Everybody close to him ends up going missing in mysterious circumstances (everybody except his pet iguana Marc, that is). He needs a lodger, but they don’t seem to last very long!

Eventually the post is filled by the enigmatic Mauve, who secretly begins to investigate the strange disappearances in his own gruff style.

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Tandy Tynan Fogg
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Mauve

As webcomics go, Galdr is still in its infancy. At the time of writing 22 pages have been published online. But the title might give us some clue as to the direction it will take – the word ‘Galdr’ is derived from the Old Norse for ‘spell’ or ‘incantation’. Just what is the mysterious power behind Mauve’s words? Will the secret of Tandy’s spare room disappearances be revealed? Is anything bad going to happen to the iguana? (Ell – it better not!) Galdr updates more-or-less every Tuesday, so check it out if like me you want some answers.

You can also follow Ell’s work on tumblr or twitter.

If you’re a Scottish/Scotland based comic writer and you have something to promote (or just too much time on your hands) then feel free to volunteer your banner-making services for the next Creator Spotlight!

November Smörgåsbord: Suitcase

November’s ‘Suitcase’ themed zine swap took it to the next level! Some serious effort went into these comics (click to view larger images):

Craig Cunningham‘s Bono saga continues:

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Zyzanna:

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Stephen Goodall:

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Sonya Hallett:

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Steven Ingram stepped up the origami competition with this one:

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Gemma Ingram:

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Aimee Lockwood:

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Ell J Walker:

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December’s meet-up will be happening as usual on the second Tuesday of the month, 7pm onwards at Boda! The Smörgåsbord topic is: MELT. Well, it’s kind of Christmassy. I’m looking forward to seeing how elaborate this crazy origami competition can get.

We’ll also hopefully be doing a Christmas Drink and Draw some time during December, so watch this space for more news on that!

Monster Evolution!

Well, it’s safe to say that we all explored the darkest recesses of our minds at last Thursday’s Hallowe’en Drink and Draw

We mostly played a game called Monster Evolution, in which one person draws a ‘starter’ monster and everyone else develops on it until the original has evolved way beyond recognition and (in some cases) decency.

Here are a couple of the more complete taxonomies we created (click the images to see them in their full horror glory):

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What do you think, should we do more Drink and Draw meet-ups soon? A Christmas Drink and Draw?

Our next Boda meet-up is fast approaching – don’t forget, the Smörgåsbord zine swap topic for November is SUITCASE! See you then!