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Interview – Hari Conner

Today we’re taking a look at the work of Edinburgh artist Hari Conner.  Their webcomic Nyx in the Overworld is currently in the midst of a kickstarter to fund a print run of the comic.  You can check out the kickstarter here.

How did you get into comics in the first place? Was there a particular comic that made you feel you wanted to use this as your art from?

I actually didn’t read a lot of comics, and wanted to be an author when I was a kid. Sometimes I found it hard to describe body language or action in the way I wanted, and way easier to draw it! At school I was always drawing comics in class, and did complete stories that were hundreds of pages long (but obviously not very good, as I was about 13).

What inspired Nyx in the Overworld?

I’m interested in how similar narratives and monsters pop up in myths and fairytales all across the world, as well as stories that mess with story tropes.

Clearly you enjoy video games. How did you go about adapting a game like story into a comic?

I think it was more about adding old school video game elements to the story!

The Kickstarter is already funded which is awesome! You have some artists lined up to do art for some stretch goals. Can we give them a shout out?

Yes! They’re all really cool and varied artists who produce really incredible work –
You can find the comic Peter Violini does art for at The Sisters,  Faye Simms does the art for The Foldings, and Felix Miall has his drawings up on his Instagram, where there’s a link to his shop with his book of illustrated fantasy short stories.

Nyx started off as a webcomic. Have you had any problems adapting it from a webcomic to a book?

Personally I really love reading printed books of comics, and ideally want to print every comic I do, even if it starts off online. So, I kind of made sure I had good static versions of each page as I went, for if I managed to get it printed.

What do you listen to while you are drawing?

I normally swap between podcasts, audiobooks and music – drawing is pretty much what I do full time, so I try and switch it up. I often listen to audiobooks I probably won’t get around to reading like classics or big non-fiction books, and the adventure zone is my favourite podcast/thing at the moment, that everyone should listen to if they aren’t already.

Can you give us some links to some great webcomics you’d recommend?

There are so many webcomics that are absolutely amazing!! I’m gonna tell you a few and definitely forget a lot that I really like… pretty much everyone I follow on twitter is an artist that draws an amazing webcomic tbh.

I already linked to The Sisters above, it’s an urban fantasy comic with a lot of geeky jokes and horrible demons and occult stuff, it’s awesome and quite different from a lot of other stuff I’ve seen around.

I’m doing some guest art for Inhibit and Shaderunners soon, which I’m REALLY excited about because they’re both comics I love and have been reading for ages. Inhibit and Kingdom of Awakening are both by Edinburgh artists and Extremely Good.

Also Yellow Hearts and Witchy which are also queer fantasy comics… I think I have a tendency to go THIS IS AMAZING and then realise it’s a

pretty similar genre to the kind of work I want to do oneday. But they are amazing, though. AMAZING.

Also this: Verse
and this: The House on the Cliff
and these: Undine Adventurer
Blindsprings

Drugs and Wires
ShootAround
Puu

Honestly this was a terrible question to have asked me there are so many good webcomics that I love a lot??

Thanks Hari!

You can find more of Hari’s work here and be sure to check the kickstarter here.

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.

Galdr-title-page

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:

galdrriverspass

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.

Tandy Tynan Fogg
Tandy Tynan Fogg
Mauve
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!