Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Inktober: A Wellspring of Wizards

Well, it's become apparent that I am not going to end the month with 31 wizards, but this has been a very invigorating process nonetheless. I feel like, with this inktober wizard project, I've been stretching my creative muscles a bit. It's a good thing because all my book projects right now are in the writing and development phase -it's all text files and notebooks full of scribbles. So it's good to be pushing in different directions.

Here's the latest batch of characters from my world of Outlaw Wizards:


Crowquill isn't really a wizard at all. He's a government agent in a ludicrous disguise, sent by the nobility to spread dissent among the wizards. For if there's one thing the nobles fear it's that the exiled magic users will begin working together.


Mighty Rael isn't a wizard either. She was a contented ex-soldier-turned-farmwife until the day her husband was killed by crab-like mage. Now she wanders the Outlands hunting down magic users, and wearing the claws of the wizard that took her true love... (so dramatic!)


Emelia the All-Seeing is a professional treasure hunter and dungeon delver.


And finally there is Emerit the Handsome who is a very powerful wizard, but regrets ever starting down the path of magic because every time he casts a spell he becomes just a little bit smaller.

And that's all for this batch.

In other news, here is a link to a fun photo interview that I did with a book club at the Elliot Bay Book Company in Seattle.

And here is an illustrated column in the New Yorker, titled The Endangered Bookstores of New York which has stories from the bookstores across the city and makes a brief mention of me at the very end.

Okay! That's all for now.

UPDATE: Oh! I meant to leave you with a link to this crazy video about the Great Martian War. Discovered via Michael Gagne. It's crazy in the best possible way.

18 comments:

A.P.K said...

Are you going to turn all of these wizards into a story? You've already started world building.

Ben Hatke said...

This project ....might turn into a story. For now it's a creative exercise in worldbuilding. I'm trying to keep it fun and let my interests lead...

Sweet Enemy said...

These are great, as usual! I keep going back to Emelia...

Anonymous said...

I remember that eyeball.

Clare said...

So do Emerit's clothes shrink with him, or does he have get a new set every time... or does he just do a side spell to make his clothes be too tight, and then they're perfect once the main spell is over?
And if Emelia is professional, but she's a wizard and can't go into cities, does she just sell her finds to other outlaws? Or does the professional part just apply to the dungeon delving, which I assume means getting people out of dungeons, but if they've only just come out of prison do their friends pay her for them? Because I've always imagined once people come out of jail any sort of possessions they might have once had are gone... hmm.
Sorry for all the questions, but curiosity hasn't killed me yet... or did the cat die because it was a curiosity, or because small children were too curious about it and tortured it to death, or was a scientist curious about how its insides worked and killed it in order to dissect it? I hope my curiosity hasn't killed anything... I wonder... ;)

Ben Hatke said...

Clare,

I can't answer for the cat (at least not at the moment), but I can say that Emerit shrinks very slowly over the course of years. His clothes do not shirnk with him, but the smaller he gets the easier it is for him to sneak into town. And since he is Emerit the _handsome_ he has a few noble women (and a tailor) that he visits who are happy to fawn over hime and sew him new garments from time to time.

Ben Hatke said...

Emelia delves into dungeons to find lost or forgotten treasure hordes. She probably had a few reliable fences that get her good prices on the things she finds.

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