We are starting a series of posts showcasing some of the Smörgåsbord ‘zine swap comics we have shared at the meet ups. First up is this from Ell J Walker. She did this one for the theme of Loneliness. You can see more of her work at her new website.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!