Name: Finn Lucullan
Type of Creator: Artist, Writer-as-necessary
List your work:
- Crash and Burn,
- freelance painting digital illustration
Website, online comic: cb-comic.tumblr.com
What inspired you to make comics?
A few things bundled together and I ended up with a story of my own — until recently, I’ve been using exclusively traditional media and one-off art pieces, not sequential comics and certainly not digital art. Adapting has been difficult to say the least!
Comics are a way I can react to the stories in media that I love but still have problems with; in fantasy and sci-fi, universes with a lot of creative potential tend to maintain some irritating stereotypes, particularly around gender, sexuality and racial diversity. (Why do all the aliens I ever see have the exact same gender roles and gender binary as humans do? LAZINESS, I SAY.) I hope to bring to life creative universes where these things are challenged, but are still focused on whatever adventure the plot is handing out. I want everyone to be able to see themselves as a protagonist.
What do you like about comics? What is it about them that interests you? Inspires you? Moves you?
They have the potential to be so accessible, and so varied! It doesn’t take an entire production studio to make a comic; it takes one or two people who are passionate about an idea. This means all kinds of ideas can get out there, by authors of all kinds of backgrounds. A greater range of stories and collection of authorial biases makes for a really exciting, creative body of work to choose from for comics collectively.
What is the most important thing people need to know about comics?
YOU CAN MAKE THEM. Anyone can make them. You don’t have to believe you are good enough to start making them. Learn by making a ton of mistakes.
What comic would you recommend to a first-time reader?
Something in a genre they like! I think people forget that comics span an entire range of genres (something that kept me out of comics for a long time). It’s not all superheroes in a single art style.
What’s the first thing you do when you sit down to work? Do you have a routine?
I make tea, light a stick of incense, and put on music to focus. Having a routine makes it a lot easier to sit down to work every day — I often can’t motivate myself to sit down and draw, but I can certainly motivate myself to make tea. One thing leads to another and I end up working out of habit.
Future Projects you are working on/would like to work on?
I can’t say too much about my next project yet, but I’m very excited to continue to be involved in small teams who are passionate about their ideas, and who are bringing something original to the table. People who really believe that their work needs to exist are fantastic to collaborate with, provided they let you in on that vision!