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Comichaus Meets: David Lumsden

Today we meet creator & film-maker, David Lumsden.

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My name is David Lumsden and I write the Graphic Novel series Boat. It is based on a short film I directed that was released in 2015. Volume 1 had artwork from Mark Weallans, additional art by Tammy Le Vasan and Cover & Letters by Andrei Staruiala. Volume 2 & 3 was illustrated by Marc Olivent with Letters again by Andrei. Volume 3 had the same team but this time we had cover artwork by Amir Zand.  

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

There are lots of books that have inspired me. When I started reading comics I was mainly buying 2000AD (for Judge Dredd & Rogue Trooper) & Dark Horse (Aliens, Predator). One of the first Graphic Novels I remember buying was James O’Barrs, The Crow. I loved the artwork and especially how they portrayed the flashbacks in the story. I really liked the graphic novels that were film adaptations or spin offs. These titles were a big inspiration for me starting to write comic books. 

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

I would say it’s a mixture of little aspects of myself or people I have met over the years. There are quite a few unsavoury characters in our book that luckily I haven’t come across! A lot of the characters are based either on friends or certain things that friends or family would say. I definitely draw on some personalities or combine aspects of certain people in my life. 

Where did you draw your inspiration from?

The main influence for me was Edinburgh and to show it in a different light. It’s the city where I grew up and I wanted to see it in a way that it hasn't been seen before. This was a big motivation for me when I was making the short film too. A lot of people I have spoken to when making films in Edinburgh would say they wanted to film it in a way that no one had seen before. I feel it has been seen or filmed in many ways but no one has seen it flooded before, so the idea started there and then the story followed. 

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

The most difficult area for me would be letting a project go. I think I could tinker with dialogue until I send the book to the printer which I am sure drives my letterer mad. I have spoken with a few of my friends who are writers and they say they have similar issues. Budget is always a factor too, when it comes to script I try and reduce certain things now to save costs on additional pages but I’m always trying to push myself when it comes to the length of a book. I would always obsess with page count but sometimes you don’t need to. I think now I just write until the story is complete and not worry about fitting into guidelines or expectations. 

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

Well Boat is a post apocalyptic graphic novel set in a flooded dystopian world. The book follows our main character Charlie from two points of view. One as a child surviving this disaster and trying to overcome personal tragedy and the other from his present day, trying to survive new threats on the rooftops of the submerged city of Edinburgh now known as ‘No Land’. People describe it as The Road set on water. So I guess the main thing readers would need to know before starting is that it’s not a comedy. 

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

I have the final two instalments of Boat. Volume 4 is out this year and the final book will be out the end of the year or early 2020. It has taken longer than usual as I have been rewriting sections. I think I was obsessing over it too much. I am looking forward to finishing it off and seeing what people think. 

I have two other projects I have been wanting to start on that I am currently looking for artists for, they are very different from Boat. I am really looking forward to getting them out there. 

You can read David'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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