We interview, Val Wise– the artist behind the awesome Werewoofs Horror Comic Book releasing in Dec 2021! Val Wise is a cartoonist originally from Florida. He has worked with Oni Press as an artist for the graphic novel, “Cheer Up!: Love and Pompoms”, and has contributed to anthologies such as “Dates!”, “Wayward Kindred“, and “Rolled & Told”.
Q.1 Val, please tell the readers about yourself and your work. What is something you want everyone to know about you?
Val: Hi! I’ve been working as a freelance artist since 2018. I’ve contributed work to Wayward Kindred, Dates!, Rolled & Told, and I was the artist on Cheer Up! Love and Pompoms from Oni Press. I’ve also done a few creator owned short comics, and I’m starting a webcomic in Spring 2022. I don’t work in one specific genre or age demographic – it’s more fun for me to jump around to work on whatever I find interesting!
Q. 2 What or whom Inspired you to become an artist? How did your art journey start?
Val: I’m lucky enough to come from a line of artists! My grandfather was a watercolor painter, my uncle worked in sculpture, graphic design, and photography, and my dad put out a couple of original comic books in the early 90s. I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember, and comics especially have always been present in my life!
Q. 3 How was your experience working on this comic book?
Val: I honestly had a blast! I worked on this book in chunks of 15 pages (completing a batch of 15 from thumbnails to inks, then moving on to the next 15). I’d initially been hesitant about this method, since it wasn’t how I’d done things before, but I found it was a really healthy way of working for me. It was easy to stay engaged with the work when it was always changing, versus the monotony of doing 150 pages of thumbnails at once.
Q. 4 Which of your projects are your favorites and why?
Val: The projects I’ve worked on are so different from each other that it’s hard to make a comparison. Right now, I’m really happy with my short comic Délicatesse, just because it’s the first comic I both wrote and drew (and actually completed). I firmly believe that artists bring more to graphic novels than just the images on the page, visual storytelling is a style of writing in and of itself, but writing a finished script was a whole different ball game for me. I learned a lot!
Q. 5 What were the challenges faced by you and your favorite moments while working on this
Val: I learned how to draw dogs in order to work on this book! I’ve never been much of an animal person in terms of art, but it was really cool to develop a drawing skill I didn’t have before.
Q. 6 As an artist, what is your opinion about NFT (Non Fungible Token), the latest buzzword of
the art industry? Have you considered making one?
Val: I think the environmental impact of making an NFT just completely negates any reason you’d have to make or buy one. Just commission an artist – you’ll probably receive better art that way, too.
Q.7 How did you start working for horror comics? Please, tell us about your passion for the
Val: I’ve always loved horror! I grew up reading Tales from the Crypt, and watching movies like Poltergeist and The Haunting (the 60s one) at a very impressionable age. There’s not really a specific kind of horror I prefer over another. My favorite horror movies are Return of the Living Dead and Lake Mungo, which…Definitely evoke different feelings, haha. I never thought of making horror comics myself, since it’s such a difficult genre to “get right”, I think. Working on this book, as well as some personal projects, has made me a little more comfortable with exploring the genre further!
Q.8 Which artists inspire you the most and why?
Val: Sophie Campbell and Otava Heikillä are my favorite artists working in comics right now. I grew up reading both of their works, and Sophie’s way of drawing people so lovingly and carefully really stuck with me as a teenager. Otava is absolutely a master of quiet scenes for drama, horror, comedy…Just, such perfect pacing. Both of their comics are such a treat to read, and they make me really excited about the possibilities for visual storytelling!
Q.9 What advice would you like to give to those who want to be an artist like you?
Val: Don’t push yourself too hard. My time in art school really kicked an unhealthy work ethic into me – sleep isn’t important, food is a reward for finishing a page, etc. I’m lucky to live in a triple income household, but even without the financial pressure, that mindset is hard for me to work through. It sucks that as artists, we’re often expected by schools and employers to stop caring for ourselves in order to keep producing and keep producing, and I can’t say that you’re not going to encounter that. But how you see yourself can also add to that pressure – take breaks, eat when you’re hungry, and remember you’re more than just a machine for making art.
Q. 10 What makes this comic a must read for the readers and artists alike?
Val: There are so many fun characters in this book, both in the main cast and outside of it, and I’m so excited for people to meet them!
Thank you so much for your precious time and all the answers, Val! We wish you all the best for all of your endeavors! Keep making great art!
About the Werewoofs Comic-
In the small Midwestern town of Howlett, navigating high school is tough enough. But when a group of friends are inexplicably turned into weredogs, adapting to their new powers proves to be even tougher. This leads to an unlikely friendship with loner Mara, a werewolf whose father has mysteriously vanished. As the high schoolers team up to solve the disappearance, friendships are tested, and secrets are revealed as the Werewoofs prove themselves in an explosive showdown against a dangerous wolfpack and their vicious alpha.
Team behind the comic:
Writer: Joelle Sellner.
Art: Val Wise
Letters: Ed Dukeshire .
full color 160 pages
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Releasing in December 2021- Official website Page
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Sample page (More at the official website page above)-
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