Weland the Smith – Preview

00 Weland the Smith cover

Weland the Smith is a new comic I’ve been working on in collaboration with Professor Howard Williams (University of Chester).

You can can see a preview of the first three pages of this eight-page comic over on the Heritage Jam website.

I’ve really enjoyed working with the early medieval art and artefacts, such as the Franks Casket and the Leeds Cross.

The full comic will go up on Prehistories and Howard’s blog Archaeodeath in a few weeks time.

Dr H

Making Comics with Southampton YAC


Last weekend I went to make comics with members of the Southampton YAC (Young Archaeologists’ Club).

After some warm up drawings…




 … we got down to the business of making comics.

The comic-making session followed a talk on excavations at the medieval sites of  Melorne and Temple in Cornwall, so  knights and castles featured heavily in the comics.


There was some prehistory too, including a telling of the folklore linked to the Merry Maidens stone circle.


Group members produced some excellent artwork.


Displayed excellent story-telling skills.



And excellent colouring skills too.


It was great watching all these stories come to life!

Many thanks to Alex Walker for the invitation.

Dr H

Thinkin’ ’bout Thinkin’

05 I'm Aiken Drum

I’m very excited to see my artwork used in the video for the song Thinkin’ ’bout Thinkin’ by the band Cuz (Mike Watt and Sam Dook). The song was inspired, in part by, the story of Aiken Drum as told by Scottish poet William Nicholson.

This all came about after I sent Sam Dook a link to my Chantonbury Ring comic, inspired by his song The Wheel and the Ring.

The video was animated by artist Esther Springett.

Watch the video here.

Video screen shot

Many thanks to Sam and Esther for making this happen!

Dr H