Over the weekend, I was the guest on The Awesome Comics Podcast
At the moment I am working on the Hoodie 2: Witch Trials trailer.
For that it means that I have had to dress up as The Witch Doctor for some of the scenes.
So this is how it went.
This is how I always conceived The Witch Doctor
Now I could not get the dreadlocks but I thought that a hoodie (so important in this book!) would work well and give off a menacing look.
So this is my transformation.
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Graphic Scotland has mentioned that Hoodie and myself, Luke James Halsall have been nominated for awards at the Eagle Awards alongside fellow GLoW members Gordon Robertson, John Lees, Gary Chudleigh and Gill Hatcher.
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Hoodie 2: Witch Trials
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Hoodie 2: Witch Trials
Hoodie 1 and 2
The villain for Hoodie 2: Witch Trials is called The Witch Doctor. The Witch Doctor came from many different influences but first I want to share with you the main reason why he did not appear in the first book. I have long been an avid comic book fan and believe that often it is best to let your greatest villain shine later on in your series. Lets look at film versions of comics. Batman Begins works much better than Batman (not just because it has an awesome script, Nolan, brilliant cast etc) but because Batman has the air time to shine. In Batman he had to share it with his arch nemesis that meant that his characterization was completely void. Batman Begins no-over overshadows The Dark Knight. Further when the time came to bring the Joker in it was just as effective because the character was so well built up: he was rounded, three dimensional.
I wanted to try and do something similar with Hoodie. I am not sure whether The Witch Doctor is his greatest villain but everything that happens in this book will effect Hoodie in book 3 and 4: everything is down to The Witch Doctor and his influence. When writing Hoodie I want this series to show every action has a consequence: just look at his origin! Therefore someone as lethal as The Witch Doctor will have huge effects on Hoodie, his life, and the city he lives in.
So how did I come up with the character you might ask?
Well first of all I remembered back to my childhood and I thought about how I watched wrestling. At the time there was a character called Papa Shango. He was a voodoo character and he scared me like never before.
From here onwards I started to think about Witch Doctors. I thought about how they are always seen as great and good figures: I wanted to do something different. I wanted to take their opinions and show how someone completely screwed up could mess around with them. I was already taken by Papa Shango’s costume but I wanted to do more research. Once I saw another picture of a Witch Doctor I knew I had the right villain for book 2.
As soon as I saw the mask and the hair I knew that I was onto a winner. I loved the way they looked. I thought to myself that here is a character that could look truly terrifying at night if modeled right. I wanted to modernise the costume though and decided that the mask was the best thing to keep. I want to take what I will call the hair and use dreadlocks instead for greater effect. So the mask itself has a huge role in the book and the story.
Here is what I think the mask would look like in the book.
Hoodie 2: Witch Trials was released on Halloween and went straight into the superhero kindle chart at number one. I was very lucky to be able to find Hoodie and he agreed to another interview.
Luke Halsall (LH): So Hoodie how does it feel to go straight in at number one?
Hoodie (H) Justified.
LH: Is it good to say that both of your books have been number 1 in the superhero chart?
H: Cause it is you prick. It is about time that I got appreciated. Even my BO reeks of awesome.
LH: Right. Well. That is all very good. Could you tell us a little bit more about the new book?
H: What do you need to know? I’m in it. That should be enough!
LH: Well what about the new villain, The Witch Doctor?
H: Oh him. Yeah. I’ll admit he was a shit that just would not flush away.
LH: Is this your biggest challenge to date?
H: Fuck off. None of this is a challenge. Do I even look like I care?
LH: Well no.
LH: What about the fans that have been buying your book and got it to number one again. Are you grateful?
H (shrugs): I suppose.
LH: Is there anything else you would like to say to them?
H: I’m not making any shitey fan club that’s for sure.
Hoodie then stuck a finger up at me, kicked the camera to the floor and wandered off.