Tea Time Thursday: David Hitchcock’s Gothic

Published on December 10th, 2009

Here at Comic Impact, I myself want to give you all a very warm welcome to the start of the festive season.  A time when we celebrate, and enjoy low prices on quality goods, when we all eat double our weight in fine bird and get drunk, as that’s what Christmas is all about, am I right? Well that’s about as far as my Christmas holiday goes, but regardless, for those of you all celebrating in style, and those who arnt, I send out my regards! Now, forget that, because who needs Christmas when you’ve got a bloody gem of a good comic to talk about!

You’ll have to forgive my lack of continuity once agan this week, as Thursday really crept up on me super fast, I forgot to type up my interview I said I would post. Hopefully it’ll be worth posting now ha, when I do get around to it, which will be soon I do promise. Perhaps it’ll be my Christmas gift to you all, I shall treat your eyes to my delayed interview! As I was saying though, yes it seems like only yesterday it was last Thursday, but as you can see, I’m hear, through thick and thin (mainly thick this week), ready to give you an extra-juicy horror comic, that is right up my street, I kid thee not!

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David Hitchcock is the chap on trial this nipper December week, and your honor, I am here to charge this gentlemen with creating a jolly good horror comic. A comic crafted as if by the immortal hands of Mars himself in those firery furnaces in the sky. Ok, so maybe the referrences to ancient Roman God’s are making this comic out to be something it’s not, it is sadly not the best comic anthology ever created, but you know something, for an indie horror comic it comes pretty damn close up there on the best I’ve read before.

David Hitchcock writes and draws this comic anthology entitled ‘Gothic’. It’s published by Black Boar Press, and is formatted in a newspaper style, just like ‘Wednesday Comics’ which was recently a big hit at DC Comics. It collects a whole variety of stories in the horror genre told by Hitchcock, some of these stories are long and some are short, so you’ve got a real selection, and they’re all one shots. I would also class this as a folklore based mystery collection as well as straight up horror, as it combines a lot of elements of the more classic horror stories one might come across, from days of tales of legend and not just vampires going around killing University students for the sheer thrill of it. The style of stories in this are the sort of classic horror stories I like to read.

Now, as I briefly mentioned in the above paragraph, David Hitchcock focuses most of his stories in here around actual folklore myths and legends, for example, Sringheeled Jack (a tale of folklore originating in London). Hitchcock cleverly adapts such tales and creates appealing stories of his own from such tales. For the first story in this anthology however, he does something a little different, but also slightly similar. He creates a story not from a specific myth or legend, but from an event that took place, in this case a witchhunt set in England during the 17th Century. This is what really appealed to me, and it was obvious the Hitchcock is certainly knowledgable on such stories and happenings in history.

The written style Hitchcock writes in for many of these stories is incredibly mysterious and often eerie. He makes good use of the old English tongue, which he gives to his characters when appropriate, which was something nice to see done well for once. I was pleased to see an experienced man give his take such stories and do them well in a style that couldnt be any more appealing to my tastes.

His artwork is astonishing, as I gather from this that he simply must like to work big, so the benefit of this being published in a newspaper format was perfect. He has big double page spreads in some of his stories here (and imagine  full double page spread, but on a newspaper scale… yeah… its pretty huge) and it is breathetaking. Even my father was stunned! Ha! No colour here though, so don’t be expecting any technicoloured dream coats et cetera. In toto, this art style is brilliant and unique, and ever so fitting to the creepy tales told within. That’s one thing I really do appreciate, when I see a creator do both the writing and artwork themself, it usually pays off a lot better in the end and certainly did here.

Now, if I can’t convince you to at least give this a little peak, then perhaps Mike Mignola can, as he so boldly states on the front cover of this comic “Yikes… I love this stuff”. Good solid words there from a man who is well up there in this particular business. I couldn’t recommend this enough to horror fans, and I picked it up at the Leeds Thought Bubble comic convention that I keep banging on about if you read my Tea Time Thursdays each week. It costs £3, or $6 is you’re stationed stateside. You can contact David at black_boar1@yahoo.com.

Rob  Andrews
Rob@comicimpact.com