HARU by Joe Latham

Joe Latham’s gorgeous middle grade fantasy graphic novel Haru just came out from Andrews McMeel a few months ago:

Haru Spring by Joe Latham

In their review of Haru, Publishers Weekly said:

“Latham sets this dazzling work in a Tolkeinesque world, employing clever pen and ink drawings awash in luminous colors to deliver a cliffhanger ending that will have readers eagerly anticipating the next installment.”

Below are some spreads that show what PW was talking about.

 

Haru Illustration by Joe Latham

Haru Illustration by Joe Latham

Haru Illustration by Joe Latham

Haru Illustration by Joe Latham

On his Substack, Joe explained why he creates comics like Haru:

“I started making comics out of my own impatience, many years ago. I did them for me, I shared them online and friends seemed to like them, so I did more, and realized it was a way to have a voice that felt like wearing a comfy jumper to me. It helped me to express and explore feelings and thoughts I couldn’t find the words for any other way. It’s always been for me, yet it’s connected me to people in ways I never expected.”

Below are some process images that show how Joe builds his illustrations from pencils through inks, colors, and final art. He’s an incredible artist (and available for freelance illustration work!).

Haru Ink Illustration by Joe Latham

Haru Color Illustration by Joe Latham

Haru Illustration by Joe Latham

Haru Ink Illustration by Joe Latham

Haru Illustration by Joe Latham

Haru Ink Illustration by Joe Latham

Haru Color Illustration by Joe Latham

 

Haru Sketch by Joe Latham

 

Haru Ink Illustration by Joe Latham

Haru Illustration by Joe Latham

Joe has several upcoming events to celebrate the release of Haru:

Buy Haru here.

Connect with Joe on his website.

Connect with Joe on his Substack.