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The Foxglove Wood- Written and Illustrated by Katie Whittle
The Foxglove Wood is a 16 page horror comic written and illustrated by myself, Katie Whittle. The story centres around a young woman awakening in a seemingly empty wood and soon finding herself in danger from a supernatural being.
I wanted to experiment with colour and style with this comic, as my usual style is extremely busy and messy I wanted to simplify it and work with flatter images. As a massive horror fan I am really aware of the colour and style associations associated with the genre, I wanted to turn these on their head, as such I picked a colour palette not often associated with the horror - I chose more simple pastel colours, giving it a more delicate, aesthetic. As well as the colours, I experimented a lot with my style. I was heavily inspired by medieval tapestries and other decorative works rather than traditional horror art works. Because of this the comic has ended up with a unique, visually appealing look. I wanted it to feel decorative and patterned to lead the reader into a false sense of security.
Although the work is 100% digitally produced i'd like to print on a slightly more expensive stock of recycled paper to both give the feeling of quality and also add to the traditional appeal of the work. Because the work was originally done as a personal experiment and because it's such a short story I have posted it in it's entirety on the Frisson Comics website and on my personal Instagram @katiewhittleillustrates.
The story was really heavily influenced by several sources. I've always been a great fan of walking through the woods. When I was a lot younger I used to walk through my local woods with my dad and he'd tell me local ghost stories. As an adult I've often associated the beauty of nature with these stories and found myself imagining various horror stories.
The two trees in this photograph were the initial starting point for this story. While walking I stared into the gap and imagined a spectre, and had to take a photograph for future inspiration.
I've also been greatly Inspired by Asian horror stories, were the spirit is relentless and usually follows a set of unbreakable rules that the protagonist cannot escape, sometimes associated with certain places. Very little is usually explained in these stories which gives a sense of mystery and doesn't over expose the audience. I wanted to capture a similar creepy experience with this comic. Another aspect I've taken from asian story telling (specifically Hayao Myazaki and Juji Ito) is the use of sounds to tell a story, there is no speech in this story only sound, something I found quite liberating to create and an aspect that makes the work accessible to anyone of any language and also lets the images speak for themselves.
Why is this on Kickstarter and why £150?
I chose to fund this relatively small project on Kickstarter for several reasons. First and foremost I'd love to have copies of this book to sell at future conventions with my comic label Frisson Comics and funding the print run on Kickstarter takes the financial burden off my shoulders. Secondly, this is an entirely new style from my past comics and Kickstarter is a good way to gauge interest in future works in a similar style and vein.
The funds raised through this campaign will go towards printing costs of the initial 100 copy print run plus the cost of printing accompanying merch and fees. Because the book is relatively small I will be providing free postage and packing to people in in the UK.
For £4+ Bare Bones
The Foxglove Woods physical copy
£7+ In The Flesh
A copy of the book plus this A5 Print
£10+The Rot Has Set In
A copy of the book, the above A5 print plus these 2 wending popular prints from my horror collection A5:
£13+ In Bloom
for £13 you get The Foxglove Woods book, the above 3 A5 prints and a copy of my A6 zine, Owllustrations- An Owl Appreciation Book.
£18+ Giving Up The Ghost
You will receive The Foxglove Woods, 3 A5 prints, Owllustration- An Owl Appreciation Book and Mike Apnea's The residents, a 70 page graphic novella, another experimental story published by Frisson Comics.
Risks and challenges
As stated earlier on the page, the comic is already 100% finished and viewable here for as well as my Instagram page: @katiewhittleillustrates
Potentially there are very few risks, if I sold more than the requested copies of the book I could very easily increase the quantity I'd need to order. If the Kickstarter fails I'll be able to find a smaller print run from my own pocket.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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