This post has been a long time coming and I am very grateful that is now, when I am sat in Cornwall when I've been told the best news...
So guys, It looks like I've become a published author today.
My short story "A Single Wolf, Grey and Gaunt" is one of many of the short stories curated by Nicole Petit from 18thWall Productions.
Here's the description:
Award-Winning curator Nicole Petit presents the ginchiest look into the supernatural world of the 1950s.
Between poodle skirts and white picket fences, there should be only one place to meet a monster: at the local drive-in. Captured by technicolor, these creatures of the night are banished by hanging up the speaker.
But there are other forces at work in the night. The ghost of a wooden roller coaster haunts the theme park that tore it down. Hot-Rodders race a particularly hellish speed demon. An American P.I. in London braves the fog to find a man chasing lights in the sky. A small town boy detective takes on three impossible, eldritch cases. There’s no telling what’s out there, beyond the drive-in’s screen.
Sockhops & Seances features stories by Kara Dennison, Sophie Iles, Jaap Boekestein, Richard Sheppard, James Dorr, Josh Reynolds, Joshua Wanisko, Jackson Kuhl, David M. Heonig, M. Lopes da Silva, and Jon Black.
I started pitching for this story for 18th Wall in February last year, aching to write original fiction.
The only thing I was truly sure about was setting my story in Cornwall. A few weeks earlier I was visiting family in Fowey, before my parents then moved here early this year and i considered what a great setting it would be for a supernatural story. Fowey in particular felt like a great place for a mystery.
Whilst we were on the beach together, laughing and joking my brother was playing fetch with his dog Roxy on Par beach and that image wouldn't leave me head, and even now, was the biggest inspiration for the first scene.
Everything started to click into place after that, and was a joy to write, and re-write with the help of the wonderful editors and curators at 18th Wall.
Whilst I am determined to not reveal any spoilers, if you're into anything regarding old British legends, wise-cracking New Yorkers, deer-hounds, and 1950s television then you'll probably enjoy this story!
Last thing but really not least, my fictional Cornish harbour town was named after my Nan, Mena Trethewey, who passed away four years ago this January coming. I miss her every day.
Want to find out more? The best links to purchase the story is here:
Ebooks - PDF, Kindle, & EPUB (US, UK, & CA)
I've been lucky to have some wonderful friends in Bristol, who have helped me find an office space to work in. So I spent this morning setting it up. I have to admit it was very exciting. From June 10th this will be my home from home.
And here are some pictures to celebrate (and there's still not all of the artwork I want up on display yet. Though I shall save some for my home office...)
A year ago today my life changed forever.
Why? Today marked the first anniversary of the first night of Doctor Who On Twitch!
Honestly, I had no idea what this would become. I was working in a call center then, I had a few followers but nothing to brag about. I was still very new social media and putting my artwork up.
Who knew I'd have at least 30 followers by the end of that week, just for some simple doodles of my favourite characters and on, to create a charity anthology. On to leave my full time job to write and draw full time.
It's insane that's what it is!
So to celebrate here are a just a few of my favourites from my first three weeks of drawing.
So tell me, what was your favourite artwork inspired by the Twitch Stream?
Moon Man you say? What's that.
Well, it's a new charity anthology inspired by just Peter Capaldi and the roles he's played. The charity is raising money for the Glasgow School of Art, Peter's old school!
But why Peter? Well, why not Peter! Peter Capaldi's roles have stretched over a long career of comedy, drama and dramatic novelizations and the odd animated character or two.
Within the book also isn't just art but a story! Not just any story but a branching narrative! You've heard of play your own adventure books? Yes, a bit like Bandersnatch -- you chose how you navigation through the book.....
...and discover 41 beautiful pieces of art spanning his career along the way.
There's also some other awesome things with this anthology, and what makes it so special.
Not only do we have the choose your own narrative, but you can also get a load of awesome merchandise with this too!
I am totally getting the t-shirt!
Please don't miss out!
After all, my drawings are in the book too. If you want to see my version of Mr Curry from Paddington then you'll have to purchase the zine to find out!
Available for pre-order until April 29th! https://rathzem.com/
So, this was me a year ago.
This was my first ever con stall. I really didn't know what the hell I was doing and I had so much love and support from fellow artists and friends, and support from Colin Baker, one of my favourite doctor who celebrities.
I couldn't tell you how many miles, how many people, how many times I've been astounded by the love and kindness of people I've met. From some of the biggest venues, to the smallest.
Doing these events make every hard day worth it.
Next weekend I do my thirteenth convention! Bedford Charity Who 5, which you can find out more about here
I say, bring it on!
PS: To celebrate I'm doing a giveaway on my Twitter and Facebook pages. Which you can find more about here:
Facebook link: here
Twitter link: here
So, the wonderful TimeLordArchives has reviewed my story in Defending Earth.
“Overall: I very much appreciated having a decent, if short, adventure here, with characters that I love, from a period of the Doctor’s life that I love. It was quite a pleasant surprise to find this story, and I recommend it.”
Sarah Jane Smith is one of my favourite fictional characters. She's everything you want in a heroine, smart and funny, with soft edges and willing to take on the world to do the right thing
When I had the opportunity to pitch my idea to Mary-Helen, I never thought I would seriously get the chance to do something as special as I have for this anthology. Not only do I get to write Sarah Jane during her adventures on Bannerman Road, I had the chance to explore a 'what it' story that has been on my mind for at least three years. Along side some marvellous writers who I am lucky to class as my friends.
And then they landed me the bombshell and asked me to do all the interior and cover art work. I couldn't have been more thrilled!
My story is set during Sarah Jane’s later years whilst she lives at 13 Bannerman Road. Clyde Langer is attending open days to study illustration but he and Sarah Jane noticed that this university isn't all what it seems. Who is the mysterious grey haired man and who is his prisoner?
In the future, when the charity anthology is in print, I'd love to show you the process in which some of my inner drawings were created, but for now you'll have to wait in wonder.
Featuring stories by:
Josh Wanisko and his daughter, Lily Wanisko
William J. Martin
Tina Marie DeLucia
All proceeds will go to the Cancer Research Institute.
You can order your physical copy here and get a digital copy straight away!
Okay! As it's World Book Day I've decided to draw four characters that I remember impacting me as a kid that I read and loved in books. - a post of drawing and other surprises
My first is Remus Lupin from Harry Potter-- who without such I wouldn't have fallen in love with the Potter World. He felt so human to me. Kind, considerate and tormented. I was ten years old, and thought it was wonderful. To this day he and Ian contend for fav fictional teacher. I will always love Remus Lupin.
After this, the next book character has to be Darren Shan. The Saga of DarrenShan introduced me to horror as a child, I devoured it, and loved it so greatly, and though I love all the characters (particularly Larten Crepsley) it wouldn't exist without Darren -- so I drew him for you!
Okay, third character I want to introduce is Hester Shaw from the #MortalEngines series. The badass girl on to take on the world for revenge and learning about love and still being amazing. She was an amazing character to discover growing up.
Last but not least is Lee Scorseby from His Dark Materials! This wonderful Texan who helps Lyra in her adventures. I remember loving him and Hester, his daemon so much. Whilst the film isn't amazing, Sam Elliott was always Lee to me, but I'm very excited for Lin Manuel's version
Well, that was a whooping good way to open a new year. After having done my last convention at Stratford in December, I was hard pressed trying to decide what would be my first con of the year, preparing for a few other events that unfortunately were cancelled.
However, I did get the chance to attend as a trader at Science of the Time Lords at Leicester's awesome National Space Centre.
I mean, quite possibly the coolest place to hold a convention for a start! The fans and costumes and Doctor Who royalty that attended the event looked awesome against the space landscape. I was also incredibly lucky to be able to get a hug from Katy Manning and Lou Jameson when I gave them art prints. This particular convention meant the world to me because of that.
But it wasn't just the guests that were amazing, my fellow artists were awesome too! Chris Achilléos, book cover illustrator for the beautiful Target Novels that have inspired fans since the 1970s was one of many of the artists I had the honour to share a stage with at my first ever Q&A. I also was joined by Stuart Manning, Carolyn Edwards, Grant Perkins and Chris Thompson.
I am very lucky to announce I've already been invited back for next year, so if you're looking for a great family filled day out that you can take a Who fan for a late Christmas present, don't look any further than Science of the Time Lords next event! I might even see you there!
As it's only fair when Doctor Who On Twitch has returned to our screens. I spent the first three days really plowing and trying to get a lot of drawing done and in the process burnt my gears a little but you can find the drawing below.
I'm also going to be away and have another job that means I'm away from my desk which makes it harder to be as focused as last time, but it's always worth a shot!
I loved my doodles and might find a way to tighten some of these and make them full illustrations.
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