Thursday, August 22, 2013

Icarus: Creatures of Darkness - A Graphic Novel

Hello again everyone! To all of you reading this through the screen of their laptop, desk computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone, tablet, or those experiencing this on their holodeck (if this survives to the 24th century), I thank you for taking the time to read this. If you're just in it for the illustrations, I promise, they're coming up.

For the majority of you who probably don't know me, my first and foremost love will always remain writing: novels, short stories, whatever, I like 'em all! However, I have also grown to relish the thrill of sitting inactive at my desk for hours, meticulously laboring with my laptop and a Wacom tablet over the appearance of a 72 dpi image in Photoshop. Believe it or not, it really is a rush.

Quite recently, I have completed my first full-length graphic novel, entitled "Icarus: Creatures of Darkness." This is intended to be the first volume of a four issue series, and work on the second one is already underway.

This is the description of "Creatures of Darkness":

  In a world where death, tragedy, and demons plague the shadows, anything seems possible. And when Etha Fidalgo's little sister, Elle, disappears, she takes it upon herself to find her. However, along the way, Etha encounters misanthropes and villains who threaten to further disrupt life in the destitute city of Damocles. In order to rescue her sister and save her home, Etha becomes the vigilante Icarus, armed with only a wingpack, her fists, and her mind. But will this be enough for Etha to defeat the Deadly Warpaint, a masked criminal who takes scare tactics to the next level?
I have spent an estimated 250 hours slaving away at this. I will be the first to admit to you, it was a learning experience; the illustrations near the end are definitely better than those in the beginning. While "Creatures of Darkness" has its fair share of inconsistencies and quirks, it was a labor of love, and I promise you that #2 will be even better. Although writing is my passion, and I feel more comfortable within the realms of a novel, this has been a fun, challenging ride. For those of you who have read this far, I thank you.
"Icarus: Creatures of Darkness" can be purchased through Amazon here. The collection includes the 50 page comic, and 20 pages of bonus material! So indie comic book enthusiasts, get your copy now!
"Icarus: Creatures of Darkness" cover
Excerpt "Icarus: Creatures of Darkness": Page 4
Excerpt "Icarus: Creatures of Darkness": Page 13
Excerpt "Icarus: Creatures of Darkness": Page 38



Anonymous said...

Hi Hannah. My son, Ben, and I just met your grandparents this past weekend during their moving sale. We started a conversation because my son picked up a book and your grandmother told us that you write and like to do comics. My son, also a writer, was intrigued. She showed us your comic: Icarus: Creatures of Darkness. We were impressed! Ben LOVES comics and we both thought you did a wonderful job with yours. Ben writes a column for an on-line publication and has a blog of his own. He writes the column about his experiences as an adult with autism and his blog is a place where he can write about all his other interests - and he has many - including comics. He loves to write reviews of the many that he reads. I think that I'll purchase your two publications for him and maybe he'll write a review of them on his blog if that's okay with you. Let me know. I'll still purchase your stuff for him. He really enjoyed it when your grandmother showed him the other day. Ben hopes to publish his own children's books and novels one day as well. I wish you good luck with your work as well. Theresa Kellogg

Anonymous said...

Hi Hannah. I think you are trying to get in touch with me on Facebook. Your blog image keeps flashing on my Facebook page, but I can't catch it in time to see what's going on. If you want to "friend" me on Facebook that's okay. My name is Theresa Kellogg. Take care. T. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi again, Hannah. Well, maybe you weren't trying to contact me on Facebook! LOL I saw something flash on the screne, but now I'm not so sure it was you!! Sorry bout that! If you want to contact me on Facebook, it's still fine by me,though. Take care. T. :)

Hannah Smart said...

Dear Theresa,

Thank you very much for your kind comment. I’m very glad that you and your son enjoyed my comic, and I would be more than happy to have Ben do a review of it on his blog. In fact, I would be honored! All I ask is that you send me a link to his blog so that I can read the article! I hope to one day see Ben’s works published, and I’ll be sure to keep my eye out! Thank you – your words have meant a lot to me.

Best of Wishes,
Hannah Smart

P.S: Unfortunately, I do not have a Facebook account, although if I did I would be sure to “friend” you. 