Hannah Berry, is the comix creatrix of two graphic novels, most recently, Adamtine (2012) and Britten and Brülightly (2008). Here she describes the process of making comics, and what inspires her art and writing.
Hannah Berry’s Adamtine
A sinister train chiller.
All people could do was speculate on the fate of those who vanished – strangers; seemingly random, unconnected: all plucked from their lives and never seen again. The notes found left behind, apparently describing some slender reason for their removal, were all that linked them. They were all delivered by one man.
Rodney Moon had admitted seeing those who had been disappeared and to passing the notes, but denied any involvement beyond that. Who wrote the letters, then? Moon shrugged during the trial: ‘It has no name,’ he said. ‘It’s a bogeyman. A monster.’
He was not mourned when the vengeful bereft finally found him.
Some years later, four strangers; seemingly random, unconnected, all take the last train home. But something each of them has forgotten – or is trying to forget – is catching up with them; with a terrible, inexorable purpose. The devil is in the detail, as they say.
Hannah Berry’s Britten and Brülightly
Quirky Ecuadoran detective discusses his cases with a tea bag in a period English mystery.
‘Nowadays I don’t get out of bed for less than a murder. I don’t get out of bed much…Until today.’
‘Private Researcher’ Fernández Britten is the messenger who would view being shot as a blessing. The years spent uncovering people’s secret dramas and helping to confirm their darkest suspicions have taken their toll. Battered by remorse over the lives he has ruined, he clings to the hope of redemption through delivering, just once, a truth with a positive impact. It’s a hope he has been clinging to for a long time.
And so Britten and his ‘unconventional’ partner, Brülightly, take on the case of suicide Berni Kudos. At least, suicide was the official verdict. His fiancée, Charlotte Maughton, believes his death was something more sinister.
Blackmail, revenge, murder: desperate acts are exposed, and this is no tree-lined avenue to justice. Each new revelation stirs the muddy waters of a family’s dark secrets, and each fresh twist takes them further from that elusive redemption.
There are murder mysteries and there are murder mysteries, but this is a noir where nothing is black and white.
Hannah is working on a new satirical graphic novel for Cape called Livestock and
“I’ve started a new podcast with Dan Berry called No YOU Hang Up, talking to creators of comics and other things.
Illustration is a detail from an illustration in Adamatine a graphic novel by Hannah Berry