Author: Muldwych

Betty ‘The Slayer’ Mitchell #2 Available to PRE-ORDER

Hey guys,

It has been a while I know but getting back on track with a lot of the projects and Betty ‘The Slayer’ Mitchell is available to pre-order NOW with a 10-page preview when you do.

In issue #2 of Betty ‘The Slayer’ Mitchell, we catch up with Betty and new companion Ronald as they continue to eliminate monsters and beasts that are the scourge of our world. In the good old U.S of A Betty and Ron’s relationship continues to grow as they battle with the nightmare that is The Mothman!

Get it at this link https://www.comixology.co.uk/Betty-The-Slayer-Mitchell-2/digital-comic/729836

I have to mention that issue #1 is also still available to purchase from ComiXology as well at the link below so go read it now if you haven’t already.

https://www.comixology.co.uk/Betty-The-Slayer-Mitchell-1/digital-comic/657585

The team I am working with on this book Ka De Oki on art and Tiko Capdevilla of colours are absolutely smashing it, we are onto the FINAL ISSUE art wise and issue #3 will be finished up (and hopefully out) before the year is up.

Thanks as always for your support ????

Regards

Alex/Muldwych

BETTY ‘THE SLAYER’ MITCHELL… AVAILABLE NOW!!!

Hey guys,

Technically it’s been available for a couple of weeks now but I am only just getting round to updating my website.

We have a few reviews on Comixology already and are rated 5/5 at FIVE STARS, super happy with that.

We have also had some great reviews on the below websites, feel free to click the link and have a read.

Omnicomic

“Betty ‘The Slayer’ Mitchell #1 is anachronistic in a way that offers readers a glimpse at a new character fighting known entities.”

Thefellowshipofthegeeks

“She’s a great character, and this is issue 1 of 5, so we can look forward to much more from her in the coming months. Now’s the time to get on board.”

Thedreamcage

“So, all in all, a good start to what could become a fun series of comics.”

Readingwithaflightring

“Proof positive that Markosia is home to some fine storytelling.”

Indievolt

“Making Betty “the Slayer” Mitchell a High Voltage book. But as always you don’t have to take my word for it, you can pick up your copy on Comixology.”

Indietoaster

“I enjoyed reading through Betty ‘The Slayer’ Mitchell and would love to read more.”

We also got a fantastic review from the guys at THE AWESOME COMICS PODCAST who said the awesome line.

“It’s like a cross between Buffy the vampire slayer and Penny dreadful and to be honest, if you said there was a comic or show like that I would think it would be fucking great.”

Listen to it here!

If you haven’t already purchased to read please do so as I think you will really like it, it is available from ComiXology at the following link.

Betty ‘The Slayer’ Mitchell #1

A spate of grisly murders leads to a desperate plea for help from renowned monster hunter Betty ‘The Slayer’ Mitchell. This one is personal though, when she finds out that the brutal killer is none other than Spring-Heeled Jack. It was he that attacked Betty previously and led her to the path that she is now on, hunting down monsters of legend, and she wants some closure!

PURCHASE HERE!!!!

https://www.comixology.co.uk/Betty-The-Slayer-Mitchell-1/digital-comic/657585?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9SZWNlbnRBZGRpdGlvbnM

Once all five issues are out digitally, the book with become a physical entity which will be available through all major book distributors.

Here is a look at the first pages to see if I can entice you into wanting more.

Want to say how unbelievably happy I am with the artist Ka De Oki who has been PHENOMENAL, he is actually pencilling page 4 of issue #4 at the time being and the colourist Tiko Capdevila who is putting out some crazy good pages (wait till you see the flashback scenes).

Will let you know when issue #2 is available.

Give our Facebook page a like over HERE.

Regards

Alex

‘Almost’ by Giles, Dunham & Gonzalez Page 4 Peek from Kayfabe Anthology

Hey guys, been a while since I have put a post-up so thought I would share this sneak peek of a page from the eight page story ‘Almost’ that I wrote and lettered with brilliant art from Chase Dunham and Maxi Gonzalez with some phenomenal colouring.

The story is going to be in Kayfabe Anthology which as you probably already have guessed is all about wrestling.

The standard of talent working on the book is pretty amazing.

Will have more information on when it will be available soon but I can tell you that you can purchase it both digitally and in print from drivethrucomics.com when released.

Also after having some discussion’s with Chase and I am positive Maxi will be on-board we are actually going to be turning this story into a miniseries.

The three of us are MEGA busy on other projects for the remainder of 2016 but hopefully early 2017 we can get the pitch sorted to send to publishers 🙂

Here is a little sneak at page four from our story and an unlettered panel from page one.

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Thanks for reading.

Chase Dunham Facebook Page HERE!
Chase Dunham Twitter HERE!
Maxi Gonzalez Twitter HERE!
My Twitter Here! (and at side of page)

Take it east

Alex/Muldwych

House Of Mirror’s by Freya Giles (my daughter)

Hello, so I am putting this post out there and it’s a poem but not one of mine, it’s a free verse poem that my amazing daughter Freya wrote when she was THIRTEEN years old, and yes the thirteen is bold for emphasis of her age at the time of writing.

If you know me or read my website, you will be aware that I also write poetry and that I am unbelievably proud of all three of my children.

I just really wanted to share this poem after rediscovering it today after forgetting how good it was.
My children never fail to make me feel happy, proud and lucky and this here is an example of one of that instances, when I read this for the first time I was blown away, possibly just because she was only young and I shouldn’t have been as ive read some amazing writings and poetry from her before AND given she is interested in possibly perusing a career in writing (or politics, or writing about politics :-))

This is Freya reading a book in hospital about five months before writing this.
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Anyways here it is.

House Of Mirror’s
I went to a funfair once, a long time ago,
Most of the acts were boring and childish,
But one tent caught my eye…

I entered into the house of mirrors, and I never returned.

The first mirror showed me a large house,
There I saw myself with four children and a slim, posh man,
His arm was around my shoulders and his smile was true.
I submerged myself into that world and was satisfied when I left.
I regained my feel for reality and when I was sure…

I continued into the house of mirrors, and I never returned.

The second mirror showed me a messy flat,
There I saw myself scowling with a large, burly man,
His arm was touching my ass and his smile was cruel.
I submerged myself into that world and was bleeding when I left.
I regained my trust in reality and when I was sure…

I continued into the house of mirrors, and I never returned.

The third mirror showed me a secluded cottage,
There I saw myself happy with a tall, Gothic man,
His arm was around my waist and his eyes were intense.
I submerged myself into that world and was filled with longing when I left.
I regained my expectations for reality and when I was sure…

I continued into the house of mirrors, and I never returned…

The fourth mirror showed me my parents flat,
There I saw myself alone with a petite baby girl,
Her head was nuzzled into my neck and her smile was satisfied.
I submerged myself into that world and was exhausted when I left.
I regained my strength in reality and when I was sure…

I continued into the house of mirrors, and I never returned.

The fifth mirror showed me kneeling on the floor,
There I saw myself crying and shaking my head,
Her eyes looked pleadingly into mine and her shake was determined.
I submerged myself into that world and found I couldn’t leave.

I stayed in the house of mirrors, never to return.

By Freya Giles

Hope you enjoyed it as much as me 🙂

Take it easy

Alex/Muldwych

Wrestling Story by Me and Chase Dunham (concept art)

Hello,

Thought I would post a little update about one of the projects I am working on.

I have been working on an eight page wrestling story that is going to be submitted for an anthology to be published for summer time 2016.

The story is called ‘Close’ and I can’t really tell you anything about the story itself but what I can share with you is some concept art from the artist I am working with, I am super happy to be working with Chase Dunham who I met when I lettered the book Sineater he does with writer Jo Jo King for Insane Comics.

This is cover for issue #2 before i came on-board to letter, available at InsaneComics.Com NOW and issue #2 available in a matter of weeks.

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This is me by Chase 🙂

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I was instantly a massive fan of the art work and ecstatic when he agreed to work on this project.

Here is the first concept art for the ‘Close’ and can’t wait to show you more as we go.

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Please give Chase a follow on twitter HERE and like his page on Facebook HERE.

Take it easy

Alex/Muldwych

I Won Lettering Round for the Upcoming Comic ‘Jitney’

Some more news on the lettering front, I won the round of letters for ‘Wonderfunders Anthology Volume 2’ where I will be lettering a 5 page story in the anthology itself and a 22 page main story called Jitney.

The 5 page story will be based on Jitney as well leading into the 22 page story.

The group was created to provide a method for participants to make working connections with other comics creators, to create work that could be purchased, thereby giving all participants 3rd party publishing credits, to produce 1 x 22 page book per quarter that represented the best work of the group and an anthology where many creators collaborate on 5 page stories with as mentioned above ‘Wonderfunders Anthology Volume 2’ coming soon along with the 22 page Jitney.

For the 22 page story what happened was each round people would submit their effort for example the inker, colourist and here is my page I submitted for the lettering round, it’s a page from the upcoming story.

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Then the group all vote on the best one with a poll and the winners from each round create the 5 page and 22 page stories.

Give the page a like HERE so you can keep up to date with the news on when they come out.

Really happy with this 🙂

Will also some news on ANOTHER awesome project coming soon with a great writer and phenomenal artist who are both pals.

Take it easy

Alex/Muldwych

Day Twelve Learning to Draw Comics/Manga and Where i Am At

I am now on day twelve of my learning to draw and thought I would put up a post at nearly the end of week two.

If you remember the first post HERE, I was drawing on lined paper from work and normal pencil that I didn’t even know the hardness or blackness of, well I got myself a proper pad, a set of twelve pencils from 4h up to 6b and even a ‘Faber-Castell’ four piece artists pen set for inking which is 0.3mm, 0.5mm, 0.7mm and 1.5mm.

Along with that I have even installed Photoshop to play around with too 🙂

I can definitely see improvements to my drawing and I kind of worked my way up from doing heads/faces to on Tuesday night I done a full bodied female with hand and feet etc along with last night (Thursday) I tried a male.

I found the make sooooo much harder than the female and I realise with both I still have a LOT of work to do hahaha

I will continue to draw full bodied male and females going into next week trying different poses and then will try to do some images with them interacting, fighting, kissing, hugging etc.

After that I think I will try some images with backgrounds before trying actual comic panels.

Anyways here is some of what I’ve done so far.

This was done on Sunday.
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Monday.
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Tuesday.
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Wednesday.
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I also inked Tuesdays picture yesterday as well and just tried it in Photoshop this morning.
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Took me ages to work out how to use the layers and I realize this is total garbage but figured would share anyways.

Just a first attempt but at least I understand it all a bit better, also done this in 20 minutes so could be a lot better if i put more time in but it was all just about finding way around the software.
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That’s all for now, I am trying to do one picture a day at present and that is why some are not as good as they could be, I possibly should take longer but I don’t want to dwell too much as it’s just a learning period 🙂

Take it easy

Alex/Muldwych

Teaching Myself to Draw Comics/Manga and Ray Fawkes Inspiration.

Howdy,

Thought I would have a little post about my drawing up, or should I say attempt at drawing as I am not very good.

It started because for my New Year’s resolution I decided to trim down my hobbies and focus on just the ones I was passionate about as I didn’t have enough time for them all.

I was spending too much time watching sport, running a few websites I had little or no interest in anymore and so I stopped them.

Now after this I was basically just writing, reading, watching the odd TV show/Film and spending time with my family which was nice but I did have a little spare time and I really wanted to fill it with something new, something again that I was passionate about, and then I seen this.

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I am a massive Ray Fawkes fan in regards to both his writing (Mnemovore, Constantine, Justice League Dark) and his art which you can see on his website HERE.

Now ever since I was a kid I’ve always wanted to be able to draw but have just not been any good BUT I though SCREW IT, and it’s my new hobby the break the monotony of looking at a screen when both at work and whilst writing.

Feeling inspired by Ray I headed to the supply cupboard at work (shhhhhhh) and got myself a notepad, pencil and rubber and the first day began.

Being a comic book fan as you are probably well aware of I thought I would try and draw someone, I didn’t know who, what sex, age or anything I literally just started drawing and came up with this.

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I rubbed out the eyes a few times and struggled a bit with them and so hence the practice eyes on the sheet.

In all honesty it was better than I thought it would have been, I haven’t really attempted to draw since 2nd year at school 23 years ago unless you count suns and rainbows with my kids.

It seems due to the fact I was (kind of still am) an anime and manga fan so my drawings kind of fell Into looking like that I think.

After that I spend an hour Monday night drawing eyes and another 30 minutes dinner time yesterday doing the same like in this image.

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I have got a better understanding now definitely than I did on Monday and then Tuesday night I drew this 🙂

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Looks much better I reckon, and then today’s dinnertime I have just drawn this 🙂

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Anyways, I know I am not amazing and I don’t expect to be drawing any comics anytime soon but it does feel good finally learning.

My main hobby will still be writing though and any comics you get from me will have my name firmly under the ‘writer’ section and not the art one.

Next I’ll try some mouths/lips as struggled a bit with them too.

Will show you some updates over time and hopefully see some improvements, hell, I might even start a deviantart 😉

Should have some news on ‘The Odd Lot’  and ‘Here They Come’ in a week or two also.

Take it easy

Alex/Muldwych

‘How dare you’ Step-Parents (poem)

I have been really busy lately with the comic book writing side of things but I did write this poem here called ‘How dare you’ Step-Parents.

I know a lot about step-parents in that I have a step-dad myself, my brother is a step-parent to his eldest daughter and my partner Sabrina who I wrote another poem for HERE is a step parent to my eldest and a damn good one at that.

There are many myths about step-parents like the ‘The Wicked Stepmother’ or ‘The Abusive Stepfather’ which just aren’t the norm, these are terms which are just ridiculous and from all the step-parents I have seen just not true.

It’s put into the mind set (like most things are) from the media with films and TV shows where they show the step-parent trying steal the affection from the child or being the bad abusive, cold hearted parent who resents the child being there.

The truth is much different, the truth is a parent who truly NEVER feels 100% accepted by all, the grandparents, the child, schools and teachers never really accept them and generally most of the population.

It’s difficult for anyone to become a step-parent as you don’t just fall in love with your partner YOU HAVE TO fall in love with the child no exceptions, even if they are a bit of a nightmare.

There is an expectation that you will just fall in love with the child immediately, and they you but that’s not true either, that is a relationship which both step-parent and child work at.

In the case of my partner who was already a step-parent to my daughter for five years, before my ex-partner and daughters biological mother passed away and she came to live with us.

This is a start of a whole new load of troubles with people looking in and being all like “you will never replace her real mother” or “I hope she doesn’t think she will make her forget her real mother” WE BLOODY KNOW THIS!!!

She carried on doing an amazing job being there for my daughter , in fact scrap that out OUR daughter like she already had been doing for years prior, the only difference being that instead of weekends and holidays she was staying permanently.

This is them way back in 2011
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They have a hard job and people need to stop making it even harder for them.

I will forever be grateful for the relationship she has with our daughter and I will forever be grateful for my own step-dad who IS my kids grandfather and to all you other step-parents who step up through all the crap you get thrown at you THANK YOU……

‘How dare you’ Step-Parents

Here is your role should you choose to accept it, the one you will never be good enough at or be a success,
You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t, how you really feel you’ll need to repress,
You’re going to be tested now by everyone you know, relatives, neighbors, friends and the child,
You’ve accepted the role of a step-parent you see, so sit down and strap in because it’s about to get wild,

Here is your ready-made child, who you will shower with happiness and give your heart,
You will be there for them always no questions asked, but some think of their life you should not be apart,
They’re NOT your blood, they’re NOT your DNA and they didn’t come from your womb,
How dare you teach that child right and wrong, how dare you try and help them bloom,

How dare you try and replace, a parent who isn’t there,
How dare you step up to the plate, and wipe away that child’s tear,
How dare you give that child your all, right up until your last breath,
Even though their real parent isn’t here, through being forced to, choice or death,

How dare you try to be a role model, teaching them right from wrong,
How dare you accept them into your life, making sure they know they belong,
How dare you rise up above everyone, when they are trying to destroy your name,
Even though you accept that no matter what, you will always be given the blame,

It winds me up and gets me down, the misconceptions out there for these people,
So what they weren’t there at the beginning, they still deserve to be treated as equal,
There needs to be some recognition, to the impossible job they accept,
I’ve seen one frustrated and exhausted, I sat with her as she just wept

It’s a role they accept for many a reason, but one that overall stands above,
The reason they accept becoming a step-parent is for that one special word, called love,
The last two lines now and I want to say, you step-parents to me are amazing,
Outstanding humans, who deserve more than you get, I will personally never stop praising.

Take it easy

Alex/Muldwych

Taking Writing to the Next level and Being REALLY Busy.

Haven’t posted for a while due to being really busy at work, home and with the writing so thought i would put up a little post as to what I have been up to.

As mentioned previously my comic ‘And the Come’ is being worked on with Chandra having finished the pencils and part inking on the cover and pages one and two.

Ah. what the hell, here is the pencils for the cover but this is all you are getting until its finished 😉

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I have actually started writing issue two as well and currently am on page five of it BUT it’s on hold just now.

The reason issue two is on hold at the moment is due to three other projects I have going on, the first of which is for the Breaking Into Comics: Darby Pop’s Script Contest.

What is the contest?

“Script a one-off issue within the INDESTRUCTIBLE universe that is focused on Stingray (who appears in INDESTRUCTIBLE issues #1 – #4, which are collected in the TPB Vol. 1). A former superhero who turned (or was led) down a darker path, Stingray has the potential for a rich backstory that you should feel free to explore in whatever way you see fit. You can spin a tale that takes place before the events of the first TP. Or, after. Or even concurrent with. Please be mindful, though, that if you write something with implications too far-reaching, you might put yourself in conflict with our future plans. So, we’d really prefer you focus on a more personal story for Stingray. And feel free to utilize any of the other characters already established in any/all issues of INDESTRUCTIBLE — “our” world is your oyster.”

Darbypop Comics is an offshoot of IDW so it’s a good competition to enter and as the old saying goes, you’ve got to be in it, to win it 🙂

Anyways, I have finished my first draft and its being worked on for the second draft.

The closing date is October 22nd and so will work on it right up until 20th or so.

Along with this I am writing a four page Future Shock to submit into 2000AD

“Future Shocks are self-contained, four page science-fiction short stories with a twist ending. That means you only have four pages to establish your situation and protagonist, develop the situation through dramatic conflict, and then resolve it with an unexpected twist ending.”

And

I have the opportunity to work with another phenomenally talented artist on a short story and illustration book so am currently coming up with ideas for this.

All the while still working full time, spending time with my gorgeous misses and beautiful kids AND STILL running The Riddle Factory so really, REALLY busy and exciting times 🙂

Figured I would try for the next ten years to give the writing lark a proper good go and then at least will never wonder if I could have done it.

Probably be a few weeks before I post again.

Take it easy

Alex/Muldwych