‘David would have been pleased with the comic’

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page - By jAmEs simp­son

A DUNDEE comic book nov­el­ist who died last year would have been “very pleased” with the third part of a project that he helped launch.

David Wha­mond, from t he Hill­town, was 28 when a pul­monary em­bolism killed him on Novem­ber 3 2016.

David — along with il­lus­tra­tor Mark Smith, 29 — was in the early stages of cre­at­ing the third in­stal­ment of Kat-Ven­ture.

The se­ries, first cre­ated in 2015, fol­lows Mag­nus the meerkat who es­capes from Ed­in­burgh Zoo to be­come a trea­sure hunter be­fore get­ting him­self into a num­ber of dilem­mas along the way.

Speak­ing to­day, Mark, from Monifieth, said the third part of the project took about 10 months to fin­ish.

He said the com­ple­tion of the book has helped to give him some de­gree of clo­sure since David’s death.

The for­mer Aber­tay Univer­sity stu­dent, who first met David while at the Bell Street cam­pus, was not rul­ing out fur­ther ad­ven­tures for Mag­nus.

He ex­plained: “It has been a dif­fi­cult process.

“I am an il­lus­tra­tor first and a writer sec­ond.

“David first started writ­ing the third in­stal­ment a few months be­fore he passed.

“There was still a bit of work to be done from a writ­ing per­spec­tive but I think David would have been very pleased with how the third book looked.”

Kat-Ven­ture and the Pur­suit of the El­e­ments went o n sale

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