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Comichaus Meets: Allan MacRitchie

Today we meet creator, writer & artist, Allan MacRitchie!

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Please introduce yourself and your team (if you have one).

I’ve been making comics for the past five years, some I’ve written and drawn myself, others I’ve collaborated on with writers. My main ongoing project is Grave Wax- a supernatural mystery written by Heather Palmer and drawn by myself. We finished the first four issue arc last year and the whole thing is available to read on Comichaus.

What are some of the comics that inspired you to start creating your own? Any creators in particular?

My main artistic influences are Mike Mignola, Charles Burns and Junji Ito but what really inspired me to get back into comics was reading And Then Emily Was Gone by John Lees and Iain Laurie. Both the writing and the art were of extremely high quality and I wanted to make something equally as good as that. Heather and myself are contributing a backup story to an issue of John’s latest comic, Sink, and we’re both very excited about it.

How much of your own personality goes into your character(s)?

In regards to the cast of Grave Wax the characterisation comes from Heather. When drawing them I’ll use photo reference of myself- especially for facial expressions. These photos are all embarrassing and are immediately deleted as soon as I’m done with them.

Where did you draw your inspiration from?

All sorts of sources- other comics, art outside of comics, the natural world. Most of Grave Wax’s Highland setting was inspired by photos I’d taken of mountains when going on hillwalks. Sometimes I’ll get story ideas when I’m lucid dreaming. But they are all mostly crap.

What struggles have you faced with the creation of, and producing, the final release?

We initially enjoyed releasing Grave Wax as single issues as it meant we had something new to show at conventions every four months or so. But con attendees now are more interested in buying trades and collected volumes rather than floppies. It makes sense and we’ll be moving away from making single issues ourselves. Plus it cuts down on our con table space.

What do fans need to know going into their first issue of your comic?

Grave Wax has likeable, compelling characters, sharp dialogue, an evocative setting and moments of supernatural horror. Every issue has a clear beginning, middle and end structure, which makes reading every chapter satisfying. It’s exactly the kind of comic I’d enjoy reading if I saw it on the shelves.

What have you got coming up in the future? Are you working on more issues?

I’m several pages into the second volume of Grave Wax which is relocating the action from the Highlands to Glasgow. We’ll be releasing that as a single volume instead of single issues. Also I’m working on a couple of anthology pieces including one for Frisson Comics’ Mr Blobby Zine. Yeah. You read that right.


You can read Allan's titles over on the Comichaus App now, or purchase a print copy from the Comichaus Marketplace by clicking on the cover images below.

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Grave Wax 2016-Ongoing Vol.1 #1
Grave Wax 2016-Ongoing Vol.1 #2
Grave Wax 2016-Ongoing Vol.1 #3

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