Spotlight

Mythic Mayhem – Fantasy and Folklore!

Delyth Thomas is a freelance artist and webcomic creator. She hails from the soggy UK and has been drawing dragons for as long as she can remember. She has always enjoyed creating characters and fantastical creatures to tell stories so naturally this has progressed to creating a webcomic. She is the creator of Mythic Mayhem.

Synopsis: Join the wizard Gwydion and the mischievous dragon Goch as they recount fantastical tales of mythical beasts and otherworldly beings. Gwydion will delve into lesser known myths and legends from around the world.

Did you go to school for either art or writing? If so, what school?
I attended Glyndwr University to study Graphic Novels and Illustration up in North Wales.

What is the main genre of your comic? What appeals to you about that genre?
Mythic Mayhem is well rooted in the Fantasy genre, allowing almost anything to be possible. Fantasy is a great medium to bring people together from around the world as it can create a space anyone can escape into. And often uses classical storytelling tropes which are comforting.

Are there any other genres that apply to your comic?
Informative would apply, as each story Gwydion recounts comes from various folklore, myths and recorded tales from around the world.

What was your inspiration for the story?
My main inspiration was that many younger readers and people in general have lost touch with the old myths and legends from their countries. Many also do not travel far either unless featured in popular media and games. So to start with I wanted to help bring some of the forgotten myths of my homeland Wales to light. I would as a child spend hours with a torch under the bedcovers reading stories of fantastical dragons and magical fair folk, along with the escapades they got up to. I wished to reignite this feeling in my readers by creating a cozy place where they may be told such tales.

Do you have any favorite artists or writers who influenced your style?
As a child growing up in the 90s I grew up watching a lot of older anime shows and manga which had been a big influence on my style and tastes. But the big turning point was encountering Brian Froud, the artist behind the Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. His style and whimsical portrayal of faeries captured my imagination and put me on the path for pursuing art as a career.

How long does it take you to complete one page?
As Mythic Mayhem is a Webtoon, I don’t really make them in the conventional page by page format, so I will create the episode as a whole. This can take between 1-2 weeks depending on length and detail.

What is your process like for creating comic pages from start to finish? What tools do you use?
My process starts with researching the myth I’d like to cover that month, looking at both book and online resources before creating the script. Letting me work out how much text will be needed along with the panel count and flow.

This then moves on to drafting the comic using Clip Studio Pro which is wonderful for its comic based tools. After the draft is done I then move on to inking the comic over a day or two. The fun bit is colouring it all in as its rather relaxing to just chill out and have a film or show in the background as I do this part. Next is adding the shadows, gradients and any effects before lastly inserting the wood balloons and sound effects.

Is your comic a finished work? If not, how long do you think you think it’s going to be when it’s complete? Is there a definitive ending or will you just keep going for as long as possible?
With Mythic Mayhem it’s a little hard to say, by its nature each webtoon episode is a stand alone story. I’d love to go as long as possible depending on both my health and work situations as Mythic Mayhem is a passion project of mine.

How many pages do you have complete at the moment?
Currently there are nineteen tales recounted barring the little bonus episodes.

How long did it take you to plan the comic before even beginning to physically create it?
It took around four months of planning, from the early ideas, character designing, researching, scripting and then creating the first batch of episodes before launch.

What was the biggest hurdle you faced during the course of making of your comic? If you could go back in time to the point where you just started making it and give yourself a pep talk, what would you say?
The biggest hurdle was learning the Webtoon format, as I had been taught the more traditional print page format instead of the newer scrolling sort. This involved a lot of googling, youtube videos and reaching out to other creators for tips and tricks.

If I was to go back in time I’d reassure myself that it takes time to build an audience and that to focus on what I enjoy, as in time those that enjoy similar things will come and enjoy what your passion creates.

What is your favorite part about working on your comic?
I love designing the creature for each episode. Taking the various depictions of it and adding my own spin to it. Being that creature design is a passion of mine this is always the exciting part of the comic process.

What is the most difficult part about working on your comic? How do you overcome it?
The hardest part would be fighting that good ole mental monster depression, it often saps my energy and motivation to create, often making it very hard to pick up my stylus and start.

What I like to do is look up my older episodes and read the comments readers have left on them. Seeing those who’ve enjoyed my work is very encouraging and helps get me motivated again. I can’t stress enough how important reader interaction is to helping creators, both in rankings and in helping them feel it worth creating their comic.

Do you have a favorite character to write for? If so, why? Tell us more about them!
I love to work out what mischief Goch the dragon gets up to during either end of the story. As she’s like a cheeky cat often tormenting poor Gwydion with her actions.

Which character gives you the most difficulty to write for?
I wouldn’t say either give me much trouble as the cast for the comic is pretty small. Sometimes it’s hard to work out how to simplify or break down a myth into its core parts to stop the comic being too long.

Do you have a favorite character to draw?
I love to draw Goch, but being a dragon that’s pretty much the big reason. The fun part is doing cute and fun little poses with her.

Which character gives you the most difficulty to draw?
The hardest thing to draw is Gwydion’s hat, this piece of clothing seems to have a life of its own, changing sized between panels and episodes.

Where can we find you?
Mythic Mayhem can be found on Webtoon here – https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/mythic-mayhem/list?title_no=320375

My Patreon where I post behind the scenes snipits, art rewards and more – https://www.patreon.com/DelythThomas

My Tumblr blog for the comic – https://mythicmayhemcomic.tumblr.com/

My Twitter for all the latest news and updates – https://twitter.com/delyththomasart

And my Instagram for all my arty antics – https://www.instagram.com/delyth_thomas_art

Anything else you want the people to know about yourself or your comic?
I’d like to thank my wonderful readers for their support, they really make it worth it. I also encourage those who would like to see certain myths and legends covered to reach out to me and leave suggestions as I’m always wanting to learn more about other mythical creatures from around the world.