The featured comic for this Moon is no other than Critter Coven, created by Lucheek, one of Wool Wolf’s founders. Critter Coven is a slice-of-life humor comic about the occult and witchcraft subcultures. This month is the 1-year Anniversary of the launch of the comic!
“When we strip away the fear of having bad and unrespectable art, we open ourselves up to many different types of possibilities of what we can create.”
Q: What lead you to creating Critter Coven?
“I’ve been a witch for most of my life, and at one point became active in the Tumblr Witchcraft community. It was around the same time that while in comics college, I was assigned to make a humor comic for a niche audience. The idea of a comic that brought to light the funny things about real witch’s lives seemed brilliant to me! It was something I had never seen before, and I had experienced first hand how silly and amusing real occultism is. After I graduated, I turned Critter Coven in to a real, on-going webcomic.
For a long time, it didn’t even occur to me that a humor comic about religion might not be the...brightest idea, especially on the internet, but I’m not letting that stop me. Critter Coven is supposed to be light-hearted, and I don’t plan on ever getting nasty and mean with the humor! I am a witch myself, and I think if we can’t laugh at ourselves, we’re going to be worse off for it.”
Q: Is there anything you would change about your comic now that you’ve had the experience of running it for a year?
“Well, I would’ve liked to gone back and started on my own website. Although massive web comic hosting platforms can offer a lot of exposure, it’s not worth being at the whim of their rules! I also wish I had started with a larger buffer. Buffers are extra comics drawn and in reserve to post before they are actually put online. They are a life saver for web comic artists! Knowing what I do know,I would’ve liked to have the first 10 strips completed before I ever launched, to avoid the hiatus I had to take.
But, of course, I didn’t do that and I did take a very early hiatus from Critter Coven....and the comic continues, with growing support. What I take away from this is that you will make mistakes and setbacks, but those don’t automatically make your comic a failure. The only thing that can ultimately stop your comic is you!”
Q: What advice do you have for aspiring artists and comic creators?
“The first big piece of advice I have is the aforementioned buffer. Not having to race to finish the comic right before posting is a real help, and it gives you wiggle room for those annoying but unavoidable off-days.
But, what I think is the most important advice I can give any type of artist is to let go of pre-conceived notions of what is “good art” and free yourself to explore art that you like. A lot of people feel that their art has to look a certain way and contain certain type of content to be “good” and “respectable.” That’s so not true! When we strip away the fear of having bad and unrespectable art, we open ourselves up to many different types of possibilities of what we can create. Take a good hard look at the art that you like- whether or not it’s “good”- and decide why you like it. Then you can start to work on the things in your work that will truly make YOU connect with it. That’s a secret to happiness for artists, if you ask me.
I’m trying to avoid rambling, as I have a tendency to do, but the last thing I would say is draw what inspires you. If you try to start a project because it’s what seems like a good idea, but you’re not “into” it, it’s not going to work. Whatever inspires you, create that. Audience will follow if you just keep going, no matter what it is.”
Q: What are some of your hopes for the webcomic community at large?
“Webcomics, small press, and self-publishing are the future of comics. For way to long main-stream comics have only let a very narrow point-of-view be heard, and it’s high time the medium of comics became accessible and available to more and more voices and types of story. Already, because of the great amount of diversity in webcomic creators, I am happy with the webcomic community.
For the future, I hope that webcomics will become more and more respected by creators and artists. Webcomics are not second-class comics, or just a vehicle to get hired by “real” publishers. I think as this respect grows, so will a culture of people who find it reasonable for people to live off of their creations. I want more fans to support their favorite creators, whoever they may be, and more artists to be able to dedicate their time to creating. Seeing a lot of people believe that webcomic artists don’t have “real jobs” or deserve any kind of compensation is very sad for me, and I hope it will change!”