Archive for September, 2015

Darvulia Parchment

Meet one of the eerily fascinating characters of Countess Báthory, Darvulia the iron nosed witch. She was a herbalist by all accounts, but it was her influence, according to legend, that tipped Erzsébet Báthory over the edge into madness. This is another preliminary character sketch of Darvulia by illustrator Tamás Vari. Our colorist Máté Vadas hasn’t added his final touches but this sketch sums up the character very well indeed, (and we approve of the use of parchment). An iron-nosed witch by the way, is an archetypal character from Russian and Eastern European folklore. Hungarians, Czechs, Slovaks, Croats, Slovenians and east Austrians all paid homage to the Pagan witch goddess Luca or Lucia, who wore an iron nose. Lucia, and other iron nosed witches at times were said to fly around on their mortars (spirit bowls) steering with their pestles. They would also ride on the backs of wild boar and could take on animal form. We will see more of Darvulia, not having a very good time of it, in our chapter for the Graphic Novel war chest.

And thrice as Báthory. Yes, we are quite aware that it has been a long absence. A painful one, even. But my lords, ladies and gentlemen, we have returned, and the money from our 2014 crowdfunding campaign is now being put to good use. Illustrator Tamás Vari and colorist Máté Vadas are at work on the 10 page spread we need to go with the cover art and script, which we will then ship off to some of the finest publishers of graphic novels in the known world. We certainly believe in the story, scripted by Sam Robinson Horley and Scott Alexander Young, after years of research and deliberation. And in Tamás Vari (“Tommy”) we have found an artist with an intimate understanding of the period, and a wonderful way with pen and ink. Exhibit A – this recent preliminary character study of Count Drugeth, the Blood Countess’s son-in-law. The eventual character will be a little more wiry and wily looking, and a shade less the classic, renaissance era knight. But this little soupçon still gives you some idea of the talent being deployed to bring this fascinating, blood soaked story of treachery and torment into vivid, pulsating life. It is good to be back and thrice as bad, and we will be back in a thrice with more…

Drugeth