Saturday, March 31, 2012

A side venture

I've always loved comics. When I first started going to art school, I wanted to be a comic artist. That didn't quite pan out, but I still faithfully follow a large number of webcomics. Most of these artists don't make a living from their comic work; they get a little money from merch, but it's mostly a labor of love, putting their work up on the internet for people to enjoy for free.

My husband has a webcomic. It's called Hobo Lobo of Hamelin. In this loose adaptation of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, there are these little rats that I adore. I wanted to make something to show my appreciation, the same way I make animal sculptures to express my fascination with them. It was thus that I made my very first piece of fanart:
Hamelinian Rat, from Hobo Lobo
While I was really happy with it, I had a conundrum. I didn't want to put it in the Cretur Fetur shop, because it didn't really have anything to do with the goals I wanted Cretur Fetur to accomplish. I could maybe open a different shop, and make more of this sort of thing, I thought. So I set about contacting a few of my favorite webcomic authors, asking for permission to make their characters into 3D needle felted sculptures.

And so, Stabwool was born!

Death from Lamezone

Onion baby from Bad Machinery

Fox from Gunshow

Barbary sheep from Skin Deep

Giraffe by TPHD

I have approximately a thousand million plans for more of these, and I don't plan on abandoning Cretur Fetur either. So, if you like them, please follow my Tumblr for updates, and my Twitter for progress photos and inane ramblings, and check out all these people's lovely comics (though, be warned, several of them are not safe for work).

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  1. Love it! Can't wait to follow this new venture and read all of these comics. I love the meeting of two of my favorite things: crafty arts and online comics. :D

  2. I love of of these, especially the Barbary sheep!