Band drawn into spooky mystery in comic book artist's latest work
The antics of a band have been turned into cartoon capers in a comic.
Artist Rachael Smith, 27, has based the comic – her first full-length work – on Leicester band Her Name Is Calla.
The Way We Write – A 'Her Name Is Calla' Adventure, follows the band as they leave Leicester to take part in a writers' retreat in "haunted" Whitby.
Things do not go quite to plan.
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Rachael, who wrote and illustrated the comic, said she was planning to sell it online and in specialist stores across the country.
"I'd been wanting to do a full comic for a while because I've been doing short stories and one or two-page things," she said.
"I know the band and they sort of planted the seed when they said they were going on a writers' retreat to Whitby.
"Apparently, Whitby is haunted so I thought that might make a good story."
In a Scooby Doo-style adventure, the band – Tom Morris, Sophie Green and Adam Weikert – turn up at their writing retreat in Robin Hood's Bay to find rumours about ghosts and things that go bump in the night are true.
Readers will have to get a copy for themselves to find out how the story ends for the hapless musicians.
Rachael, who lives in Leicester's West End, has been working on the comic since September. "The writing always takes me longer than the drawing as I'm a little bit less experienced with words.
"I have been drawing ever since I could hold a pencil," she said.
"When I was little, that was pretty much all I did.
"It's great now to be able to see it printed.
"I'm already writing another one, but this one's a story that I've completely made up, with invented characters.
"I would like to work with bands again, though, because it was quite fun.
"It was really lovely to work with people in a different creative field whom I could bounce ideas off.
"I've really enjoyed it."
One hundred copies have been printed, but with lots of pre-orders, Rachael said she was hoping to double that.
The comic will be launched in Leicester with a Her Name Is Calla gig at The Cookie Jar, on Saturday, March 16.
Singer Tom, 29, said: "I think it's amazing.
"When I was growing up... well, actually probably more like well into my 20s, I collected comics, so to end up in one is really cool.
"I didn't know anything about it until she started, so it was amazing when she just gave it to us one day.
"It's based on something we're going to do so it might come true, which is a little bit scary."
Tom said it was nice for bands to be able to offer something different to fans.
"I think Wheezer had their own comic but I've not really heard of anyone else," he said.
"I heard about a couple of bands brewing their own ales recently.
"Lots of bands are doing different things now and I think fans like the personal and unique touches."
Copies of the comic can be pre-ordered by going to the website: