By Lyndon White
A fantasy graphic novel about a young girl who sets out to steal magic from an evil Witch and use it to save her dying village.
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Generation after generation people are taught one thing, never use magic. The evil Witch has cast a plague known as Dark-bark over the land and one by one, infected villagers are lured into the enchanted forest never to be seen again. As a last resort to save her family, Grace embarks on a quest to steal the Witch’s magic and use it to save her dying village.
Meanwhile, Idris, a flamboyant sorcerer and his talented apprentice Ava, are outcasted from their town and begin to track the source of the Dark-bark. Wolves howl at the night sky and candles begin to glow. The Witch must be stopped at all costs, however, everything is not as it seems.
A graphic novel about magic, family and a plague that has no mercy. Candles is the latest graphic novel from Lyndon White, creator of Sparks & the Fallen Star, the popular Horror Concertina Book series and co-creator of The Mind of James Svengal.
Candles is a more grounded fantasy story and is focused more in a specific area rather than a long-formed quest with lots of walking. It takes direct influence from traditional Brothers Grimm fairy tales, mixed with the flair of Studio Ghibli. It’s light and humorous, yet a little dark and twisted. It’s a world that has been lived in by the characters and where effects of using magic has become taboo.
Our protagonist, Grace, is the one person in her village who sees the good that magic can do. However, after generations of villagers being subjected to the evil Witch and her plague, the villagers and want nothing more to do with it. Despite its potential to cure them and once and for all.
Idris and his apprentice Ava get caught up in the mix of all this. Failing to keep a low profile they cause chaos in their home town and are exiled as magic users. While in exile they find signs of the Dark-bark infecting the land. Due to Idris’ good nature and always wanting to do the right thing, they set out to find the source of the dark magic and destroy it. Not because they seek adventure, but because Idris knows they are the only ones capable of stopping it.
Aimed at lovers of fantasy, fairy tales, monsters and magic, Candles is an all ages book that will take you on a hero’s quest, with all the wonder and heart break that comes with it.
All supporters of the book will see updates the book and how it develops, as Lyndon works through the line work, inking, colouring and lettering of the book. The plan is first to complete all the line work, followed by all the inking, colouring etc.
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120 Page Full-colour Hardback (190mm by 260mm)
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Lyndon White is an illustrator, writer and comic artist, having worked on a range of popular graphic novels, concertina books and comics. On occasion, you’ll even find him teaching comics. Outside of comics he produces art work and designs for music bands, book covers, textile illustration, storyboards and concept work. Lyndon takes the essence of the narrative and ensures that he adds his unique flare of undertones including horror and surrealism.
Having sold artwork across the UK, Europe and recently in L.A. He spends most of his time drawing in his studio, playing loud music and drinking coffee.
- 4th November 2019 Thought Bubble
It's the week of Thought Bubble, one (if not, the) best comic events of the year here in the UK. If you are attending, I'll be at Table 177, in the Ask for Mercy Hall with a bunch of comics, graphic novels, A2 art prints, original drawings, concertina books, postcard books, flyers and bookmarks (yes, it's a very full table).
Unbound's graphic novels editor, Lizzie Kaye, will also…30th October 2019 Happy Halloween
Pages are continuing to be inked and I'm now a little over a third way through inking the book. All the detail that I've put into the line work has meant this has taken a little longer than usual, but it's worth it.
In terms of sheduling, I need to finish the colouring on Re-Animator (the other graphic novel I'm working on) and then it's full steam ahead on Candles. It's been an amazing…28th June 2019 Pen & Ink
Just a quick progress report in regards to the inking. I've been working my way through the pages and I'm now about a quarter way through inking the entire book. These pages are comprised of the first three big scenes:
- The opening scene with the Witch.
- Grace defending the village from the giant wolf.
- Idris and Ava on the run in the town.
There's a lot going on in…21st May 2019 London MCM
For those of you over in the UK this week is London MCM Comic Con, one of the biggest shows of the year. I'm be there all weekend so if anyone wants to come say hi, chat about Candles (or anything really) you can find me in the Comic Village table CV15. You'll be able to spot me with by the huge banner of Idris behind my table.
Over the course of the…14th May 2019 New pages - The Opening Scene #2
Following on from the pages I started drawing last week, here are the final pages to the new opening. Overall, there's magic, some sword fighting and lots of fire!
General note: click on the images to see them in hi-res.
Following on from the previous page, Nadia decides to attack the Witch rather than run. As she runs with her sword, the Witch sets the sword on fire…10th May 2019 New pages - The Opening Scene
It's been a busy week. I wrapped up drawing the line work on the other graphic novel (Re-Animator) that I've been working on and I also mapped out the new opening scene for Candles. The scene takes place the night before the village is attacked and follows a group of adventurers heading home. I've just finished drawing the first two pages which you can check out below. I'll be working on the remainding…2nd May 2019 The opening scene
It's been awhile since I've updated you all on all things Candles. Previously I'd mentioned I was contemplating changing the opening scene. Not redrawing any pages, but simply adding in a scene before we meet Grace and the giant wolf attacks the village. That extra scene has now been written and I'm going to start drawing those pages next week, bringing the sequential page count up to 122…1st March 2019 Line work edits
We've now hit March and I'm about to start getting on with inking. Over Feburary I've been editing the line work while balancing a few freelance jobs. Due to the nature of freelancing full time, I have to switch gears and work on other projects from time to time, espcially if the job is time sensive. However, thankfully those side projects are finished and today should be my last day on…18th January 2019 Hitting a Milestone - Line work complete!
I've been working hard getting pages penciled and I am very happy to say, LINEWORK COMPLETE!
After spending the majority of my time over the past four and a half months working my way through the book, I drew the final three pages today. This means I now have a visual for every comic page in the book. The line work is the core visual of each page and (if drawn well) can stand on its…17th November 2018 The Girl and the Wolf
Things are ticking over nicely and new people are discovering Candles bit by bit. I've been working hard on drawing the line work and theres roughly 85% of the line work finished, ready to be inked! Which is quite a milestone. I've been drawing in a lot of detail throughout the book and its nice to see it all coming together. As such, I wanted to share a couple of pages that are part of the…22nd October 2018 The Game Plan
Firsty, thank you for checking out and possibly pledging to Candles. I'm having a blast working on this book and hope you all enjoy the finished product. I wanted to go over the process quickly of how I'm making this book and the "Game Plan" sort of speak.
At this point, the script for Candles is finished. Aside from some slight edits to dialogue or tweaking a panel here of there, it's all locked…
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