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Comichaus Meets: Callum Fraser

Today we meet creator & writer, Callum Fraser.

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

Hi, my name is Callum Fraser and I am the lone chief goblin at Grym Comics. I’m a writer of both comics and prose. I’m fortunate to have worked and collaborated with a few talented folks over the last couple of years since starting in the comic making community, including: Rob Jones, Emiliano Correa, Angus Medford and Hannah Baber. Emiliano, Rob and I are the creative team behind Peace of Mind.

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

The first comic I read that made me think “I really wanna make comics” was Serious House on Serious Earth by Grant Morrison, Dave McKean and Gaspar Saladino. It showed me that not all comics can, or should, be made into TV or film – it can be its own thing and that’s perfectly fine! Comics have their own magic that can’t be replicated outside of the medium.

I’m a big fan of magical, weird and wonderful comics, such as the old Hellblazers (Delano’s run holds a special place in my heart)

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

I’d say each of the main characters in Peace of Mind echoes an element of myself. Some of my annoyance, beliefs, naïveté… for good or ill they’re all in there, mixed into the cast

Where did you draw your inspiration from?

Growing up watching sci-fi and my unease with unethical data companies, shifty Silicon Valley corporations and the unknown when it comes to tech made it inevitable that my first ever comic would end up being a sci-fi tale. The idea of digital constructs in the Matrix inspired certain elements in Peace of Mind.

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

As this was my first ever comic, the struggles were many! First, I had to learn how to script properly. Whilst I had done practice scripts, I wanted to format them in a way that was professional, so in the end I settled on the Dark Horse method as I found it to be the one that came more naturally to me.

Second was finding a creative team that clicked. After shouting into the ether for some time, I fell in with a good crowd and am very fortunate.

Third, the dirty word – money. Creatives should be paid their rates and finding ways to pay usually means that crowdfunding is the only way for a lot of us. I managed to partly self-fund.

Lastly, the business side of comics took me by surprise. It’s almost a second job to promote, run social media, set up websites and run Kickstarter campaigns whilst writing, liaising with your artist, letterer and printer. I never anticipated that, but I’m enjoying it!

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

Peace of Mind takes the already evil world of corporate greed and perverts it into an overdrive, so it is a future I hope we never stumble into! In the comic, hyper-capitalism no longer wears a mask as its tendrils are so gorged, it seemingly seems impervious to critique, and a consequence of this is the VR addiction which is front and centre in the story. I wanted a sci-fi dystopian with some heart and warmth, I refuse to believe that in a bleak totalitarian world, people become as cold. Some may do, but not all, some will survive and even try to fight back in their own way – even if that means a little kindness.

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

March 15th is a big day for Grym Comics. We will be launching the Kickstarter for Peace of Mind’s trade paperback. The whole story, from start to finish, will be in one book and it’s very exciting to be doing it. Once we’re done with that, I’ll move onto the next comic project… I put it to a vote on Twitter and the next story will be in the vein of ‘Mad Max meets Dune’. I’m hoping to finish the script and get an artist onboard before the end of the year.


You can read the Grym Comics 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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Maya 2017 #1
Peace of Mind  #1
Peace of Mind  #2

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