Hey, it was great to see so many of you at the Christmas Drink and Draw on Sunday night!
For those of you who couldn’t make it, we were mostly drawing Bad Santas – the Father Christmasses of your nightmares. As you can imagine that got pretty dark pretty fast, but here are a few of the more publishable ones:
We also had a comic going around the table, with everybody taking a turn to do half a page – the result is magnificent! But, uhh… this is a family friendly blog and the language is kind of colourful so I’m not going to publish the whole thing. Here are the first two pages though:
If you want a printed copy let me know and I’ll try to bring it along to the next meet-up!
The deadline for the ELC Secret Santa drawing exchange is upon us today – hope you’re all as excited as I am to see the results. They’ll be going up on the blog soon, so watch this space!
You’ll find us in The Southern (22-26 South Clerk Street) from 7pm on the 21st.
Knock up some last minute Christmas cards for your folks, work on whatever it is you’re working on at the moment, or just draw anything else you like! There’ll be a couple of activities to get you started as well, but please bring your own materials!
If you haven’t done so already, this is also your LAST CHANCE to sign up for our ELC Secret Santa drawing exchange! Everyone who’s signed up will have their recipient randomly assigned to them shortly, so you can spend Sunday trying to guess from their furtive looks who’s drawn your name.
Significantly upping the production values of the zine swap was Andy P, who brought us all a set of twelve cards from The Ghost Station Chronicles! Not on the Smörgåsbord topic of course, but we’ll let him off with it this time because we do love getting beautiful presents like this:
Next month’s topic is: TOTEM. We’ll be meeting at the usual time and place – Boda Bar, 7pm, second Tuesday of the month. Hope to see you all then!
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!
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!