Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Review of issue 3 of Tales of Mystery

Things have been quiet here at the Terrier Blog, but we're busy behind the scenes and will be back blogging soon with news about the next Tales of Mystery and new kid on the block... Ailsa Dark.

But until then check out the G-man's review of our third issue over at Comics Anonymous -- a great place for keeping up to date with all sorts of comics news and reviews.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Ailsa Dark -- Scotland’s newest Superhero!

When there are Werewolves in Sauchiehall Street, who you gonna call?  
Ailsa Dark -- Scotland’s first line of defence against the supernatural!
AILSA DARK, Scotland’s newest Comic Book Hero will be released on October 28th at the GEEK OUT Entertainment Expo & Comic Con! 

In October of last year we successfully launched our anthology title Tales of Mystery and Imagination, introducing the world to our horrific creation The Tattybogle Man. Now we’re adding to our roster of Scottish-based horror comics with Ailsa Dark; chronicling the tales of a Scottish adventuress as she protects the good folk of Glasgow from supernatural threats. 
Aided by Detective Umair Farooq, Ailsa takes on a worldwide criminal organisation in her first adventure -- Werewolves and Bampots!

Working Scottish folklore and history in with Lovecraftian elements, Ailsa Dark will build a rich tapestry of colourful characters and scenarios. “The first story-line will run across two issues and introduce Ailsa and her supporting cast”, says creator William Hazle, adding that “In typical comic book fashion, Ailsa has two identities; one is the heroic crime fighter and the other is presenting cult movies on a late-night cable channel.”

Featuring two stories in each issue -- Ailsa will share her book with The Tattybogle Man who will be bringing his unique brand of horror with him from Tales of Mystery and Imagination.

The third issue of the Tales of Mystery anthology has just been released. William notes “We’re pleased that Tales of Mystery has been successful enough to let us expand our roster of Scottish comic book characters -- The Tattybogle Man and Ailsa Dark are just the start. We’re already planning our third on-going title and character.”

“Ailsa Dark’s publication will mark our first year anniversary ”, says William “and we’re excited to be launching it at Geek Out, just in time for Halloween!”

Friday, 8 July 2016

Tales of Mystery and Imagination #3 -- Sneak Peek!

Dundee’s twisted anthology title returns with a third issue that is resolutely old-school in design and modern in approach.  Behind Iain Smith’s fearsome cover lurks four tales of terror, each with its own unique style.

Editor and contributor William Hazle notes that “Issue one was a homage to classic horror literature, issue two featured original stories and this issue is a blend of both approaches.”  The classic is covered by Edgar Allan Poe’s ethereal poem The Raven which is given a thoroughly modern and stylish retelling by new contributor, Dundee and Angus College graduate Rebecca Tough. 

Rebecca explains what lay behind her approach in taking on such an iconic work. “Poe, like everybody, had his demons, but he managed to find a way to co-exist with his demons through his writing. I approached the adaptation from the angle of making it work on a personal level, to convey the story in a modern style,” adding with a laugh “Also, dealing with dark themes is something I find strangely soothing.”

As a mainstay of the series, Kieran O’Connor continues to present both creepy and comedic stories, “I try to do something different for each issue,” says Kieran “In this issue I wanted to evoke a sense of old-school monster flicks from the 50s à la Roger Corman. My story Skinny Dippin’ is, I hope, suitably funny and disturbing.”

William Hazle’s The Wolf Laughed is another original tale that was forged with input from fellow creators Stephen Milne and Lewis Cooper. William notes, “Classic horror films are a huge influence on me, and I wanted to tell a classic werewolf story in the style of a 1940s Universal horror film.  Moody and melodramatic in equal measures.”   

Ewan Smith brings another short, sharp and witty tale to the table with Zombees!! “I grew up reading 2000AD and always loved the Futureshock shorts. This was an opportunity to do what those stories used to: take a skewed look at a topic which has been making headlines and try and cram it into three pages with a twist ending. Plus I got to use a dreadful pun.”

But what of the comic’s resident resurrected psychopath, The Tattybogle Man? “After wreaking havoc in issue two, The Tattybogle Man has returned to his regular role as our resident, jovial host,” says William, adding “However, after positive reaction to the character’s origin story we’ve been working on a plan to let him off the leash in the not too distant future.”

And what exactly does the future hold for Terrier Studios? “We’ve given Scotland a new monster in The Tattybogle Man,” says William “so it’s only right that we give it a new hero and she’ll be debuting in her own comic this October. She’s Ailsa Dark and she’s Pure Gallus!”

Tales of Mystery and Imagination 1-3 are available directly from Terrier Studios, with digital versions coming soon! Issues 1 and 2 are also available on the comic book marketplace

Friday, 1 July 2016

Terrier's Glasgow Comic Con Competition

Be the Tattybogle Man's next victim!

If you're at the Glasgow Comic Con this weekend be sure to enter our Tattybogle Man Competition!  One lucky winner will be featured as the Tattybogle Man's victim in his next solo strip.

So -- if you want to be gratuitously slaughtered by the Tattybogle Man in our next comic -- make sure to drop by our table this Saturday and Sunday!

The rules:
1. Purchase Tales of Mystery and Imagination (you were going to do that anyway)
2. Like Terrier Studios on Facebook
3. Sign your name to go into the Sweet Skull of Doom

The winner will be drawn from the Sweet Skull of Doom on Sunday and notified by email or Facebook.

The prize: 
Copies of our next comic featuring YOU meeting a grisly end at the hands of the Tattybogle Man, and framed original artwork of the page you're on.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

From Beyond - preview

Here are the first four pages from Kenneth Anderson's Lovecraft adaptation from issue 1 of Tales of Mystery and Imagination. You can follow Kenneth at @charactercube and read the rest of the story on your Comixology app or Kindle.


Sunday, 24 April 2016

Tales of Mystery and imagination #3 is in production!

Set for a July release -- the third issue of Tales of Mystery and Imagination is in production and the Tattybogle Man is back in his regular role as the Host presenting our "Creatures of the Night Special!" 

Showcasing three original tales of terror and an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven", issue three is shaping up to be our best yet. 

More news on this -- and our new second publication -- in the days ahead.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Comics Anonymous reviews Tales of Mystery and Imagination #1 & 2

Click on the logo below to check out the G-Man's review of Tales of Mystery and Imagination #1 & 2 at...

The Tattybogle Man is let off the leash in issue 2 of Tales of Mystery and Imagination

Comics from Dundee have always been home to a menace or two, but the latest comic creation to emanate from the city is menacing on a completely different level. The second issue of Terrier Studios’ Tales of Mystery and Imagination introduces us to the Tattybogle Man, a comic book character who has more in common with ‘Elm Street’ than ‘Bash Street’. 

“Based on classic horror films of the 70s and 80s, the Tattybogle Man is certainly more like Freddy Krueger than Dennis the Menace,” says his creator William Hazle, adding that “He was created as the Host for our first issue but it was always planned that he would be spun off into his own disturbing and gory stories, that are more than a little tongue-in-cheek.”

“I’ve taken a few ideas from Scottish myth and legend, such as bogles and the Brollachan, and re-imagined them to create the Tattybogle Man’s backstory as a supernatural entity whose sole reason for existing is to cause chaos.”

Following on from the success of the first issue Terrier have committed to publishing further volumes on a quarterly basis and each issue will introduce new characters that will be distinctly Scottish in nature. Work is already underway on a Scottish werewolf story for issue three and issue four sees the Tattybogle Man getting to grips with internet trolling.

Adding to the overall Scottish flavour, artist Lewis Cooper sets his story From Below in the Glasgow Underground and introduces a creepy threat known only as The Green. Lewis explains that “From Below is basically a homage to 30s Pulp stories, but placed in a contemporary and familiar setting.”

Where the first issue adapted classic horror stories from Edgar Allan Poe and H P Lovecraft, this second issue has completely original stories. This mix of adaptations and original tales is something that will be a continuing trend in future issues. Assistant editor Arati Ahmed notes “We’ve already got talented new artists working on adapting Poe’s The Raven for the next issue and some more Lovecraft for issue 5.”
 After completing a work experience placement, organised as part of the company’s eight-year partnership deal with Dundee & Angus College, artist Kieran O’Connor has secured a place as a regular contributor. “I try to make each story as creepy and fun as possible” says Kieran. “The stories definitely have a dark sense of humour to them and horror fans should find lots to chuckle at.” William concurs, “We’ve ramped up the horror and humour in this issue. There’s a clever and witty story, written and drawn by Ewan Smith, that sets the tone from page one and Kieran’s regular Frightful Funnies strip closes the book with his skewed take on the horror genre.”

The future is looking bright for the Tattybogle Man and Tales of Mystery and Imagination.  

Friday, 29 January 2016

Terrier at the D&A College Code Academy launch!

Dundee and Angus College launches the Code Academy! 

D&A College's Code Academy was launched on Wednesday, 20th 2016 to great success. 
Situated in the college's Gardyne Campus, the Code Academy will offer a nexus for primary & secondary schools, businesses, and educational institutions to combat the current computer skills shortage. 

Terrier is closely involved with D&A College and is offering placements for D&A and Code Academy students. Angela Constance, cabinet secretary for education and lifelong learning was impressed by what she saw at the D&A Code Academy, and at Terriers Studios where she saw what we were working on and chatted with the students. Check out the images from the launch event via our Facebook page link below. 

Scottish Education Secretary Angela Constance visited Terrier's D&A branch during the D&A College's Code Academy launch...
Posted by Terrier Studios Limited on Friday, 22 January 2016

Friday, 22 January 2016

Terrier is going to the Dunfermline Comic Con!

Terrier will be attending the Dunfermline Comic Con on Saturday 5th March 2016!
The second issue of Tales of Mystery and Imagination will be launched there and a limited supply of our first Poe & Lovecraft themed issue will also be available.

Like Terrier on Facebook to keep up with the latest news on issue 2... and more!

As you can see, the Tattybogle Man is very excited about this!