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Comichaus Meets: William Hazle

Today we meet creator, writer & artist, William Hazle.

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

I’m William Hazle and I edit, publish and contribute to "Tales of Mystery and Imagination”, an anthology horror comic. Lots of unique writers and artists have contributed: Kenneth Anderson, Gary Burley, Ewan Smith, Bex Tough, Bartosz Masiak, Kieran O’Connor, Lewis Cooper, J.L. Brady, Iain Smith and Kenneth Watterson. There are currently four issues available and they’re all ghoulish fun.

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

Too many to mention them all. I loved Stan Lee and Jack Kirby on the Fantastic Four, in many ways the perfect adventure comic. The FF was a textbook example of a creative team understanding the individual voices of the characters and all modern superhero writers should be locked in a room until they’ve read every issue. The black & white monthlies were a big influence on me, e.g. Savage Sword of Conan, House of Hammer, Vampirella. I gravitated towards horror as a genre when I was a kid, probably because it seemed forbidden and dangerous, and I've never lost my love for the genre. I’d buy any horror title I could get my hands on and those were the obvious influences on Tales of Mystery and Imagination.

Other creative teams whose work I enjoyed were Steve Gerber & Sal Buscema on the Defenders, Gerber & Gene Colan on Howard the Duck, Marv Wolman & Colan on Tomb of Dracula, Bob Haney & Jim Aparo’s brilliantly bonkers Brave & the Bold, Moench & Gulacy on Master of Kung Fu, Michael Fleischer’s Jonah Hex with lots of great artists… I could go on for ages, but I’ll stop there. I’ve consumed more comics than I can remember.

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

None, if I can help it. I want to create characters that are distinctive in their own personalities. I want to learn about them as they grow with the story. That’s not to say that some of my personality doesn’t subliminally creep into the story, it probably does, but not the characters. I have a dark sense of humour, but it’s nowhere near as dark as my Tattybogle Man character.

Where did you draw your inspiration from?

Other than the comics I mentioned, it’s all classic horror movies from Hammer, Universal, AIP, Amicus and even Tyburn. I’m currently working on Ailsa Dark: Werewolves and Bampots and I’ve drawn on classic hardboiled fiction from the likes of Chandler, Hammett and Spillane for inspiration. Max Allan Collins’ Ms. Tree was also an influence on Ailsa Dark as was Modesty Blaise and Vampirella. The Tattybogle Man is my stab at creating a Scottish horror archetype in the vein of Freddy Krueger.

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

Mostly time management. There’s just never enough time. Every issue of Tales of Mystery was created to strict deadlines and now that I’m doing everything on Ailsa Dark, I know what I can achieve with realistic deadlines and how tight I can make them to still achieve quality work.

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

The comics have an old-school vibe. They embrace the melodrama of old horror movies and comics and aren’t afraid to ramp it up to eleven. There’s dark humour and a few subtle tales, but most of the stories revel in the grand guignol tradition of EC and Warren comics. Tales of Mystery and Imagination has lots of different styles and approaches to the genre in each issue and readers are sure to find a few stories that connect with them.

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

There's a Tales of Mystery and Imagination Special as part of my Ailsa Dark campaign that is currently running on Indiegogo and is now going indemand. Once that's wrapped up and fulfilled I'll be putting together issue 5 of Tales of Mystery and Imagination. So, the Comichaus App readers can definitely look forward to more Tales of Mystery and Imagination in the future.


You can read William'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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