Today we’ve got something special for you, not only an interview with the creator of the excellent Wobbly Model Syndrome web comics, but a chance to win some merchandise too! Wobbly Model Syndrome is a collection of sci-fi/wargaming related web comics, with new comics published twice a week. These comics are filled with charming artwork and great jokes which will to appeal to wargamers, especially Warhammer 40k fans.
Here are some of the usual suspects from Wobbly Model Syndrome. As you can see the characters have a familiar feel to those found in popular wargames, and the creator of the comic uses them to great effect, breathing a huge amount of personality and humour into these simply styled figures.
We contacted Wim, owner and creator of Wobbly Model Syndrome, and he kindly agreed to answer a few questions for us. Here’s what Wim had to say…
What was your motivation for starting a web comic?
Well I always loved to draw. Ever since I was able to hold a pencil, I drew stuff on everything! Even the walls of my parents’ house. When I was bored at school or waiting for something, I had the habit of making doodles in my books.
My friends always liked my drawings and encouraged me to do something with them. In recent years, they always said I had to make comics because my doodling would be perfect for that. So that’s basically how the first idea came to life. I thought about some concepts, like “how will I bring this to the public?” and “what will my drawing style be?”, and one day, I texted my best friend that I was going to do it, and that the name would be “Wobbly Model Syndrome”.
How long does it take and whats involved in creating each web comic?
Each comic begins with a basic idea that pops into my head. Once I think I have something that could be funny, I start thinking about characters, the number of panels the comic will require (1-2-4-6-9), the lines the characters will have to say, the position of the characters. Then, I quickly sketch it in my little doodle-book (or if that’s not available, on a random piece of paper) before the thought leaves my mind. When it’s time to draw a new comic, I’ll first refer to this quick sketch and start drawing the individual panels on my iPad using Sketchbook Pro. After all panels are complete, I use the same program to color them. If everything is finished, I upload the panels into PhotoShop, add them together, add the text and voila: a new comic.
The time it takes varies from comic to comic. Comics with only 2 panels will obviously take a shorter time then comics with 9 panels. Also, now that I use my iPad, I can copy certain panels to make new panels with only minor adjustments (like different head or arm poses). That saves me some time too. Back when I drew everything on paper (comic 1 – 84), I didn’t have that luxury.
Where does your inspiration come from?
It basically comes from everything that is connected to the hobby. I read a lot of books, army backgrounds and codices. With all these super-fantastical intergalactic heroes, there’s always something to find which can be pulled into the extreme. The inspiration for a comic can even come from one of our own battles. In fact, I even think I once said the words from comic 1 during a battle, before Wobbly Model Syndrome even existed.
Whats the biggest thing you’ve learned since starting Wobbly Model Syndrome?
I’ve learned a few things since the start. For example I constantly learn more about the programs I’m working with, how to make the website better… What I also like is that I learn to know some of my fans better, especially here in Belgium where I see them at tournaments. When they come to me and tell me that they love Wobbly Model Syndrome, well, that really motivates me to keep on going.
If you could give anyone thinking of starting their own web comic once piece of advice, what would it be?
Keep things simple and don’t be afraid to ask for help. I’ve learned alot from Curis from Ninjabread comics.
Tell us about your favorite army or model in Warhammer 40k?
My favorite 40k army would be the Tyranids. I always loved bugs and dinosaurs when I was little, and the Alien movies when I was older. When I first started to play Warhammer, I played Fantasy because of the Lizardmen and their dinosaurs. Back then, the Tyranids only had the army list in the 3rd edition Rulebook. When the 3rd edition codex came out, I immediately started collecting and playing them. And the Tyranid-bug never let me go – at the moment, I have about 10k points, all painted. I have other armies too: Word Bearers, Iron Warriors, Chaos Daemons, Genestealer Cult/Imperial Guard, Dark Eldar/Haemonculus theme, … but there’s no army I enjoy playing more than my ‘nids. My favorite Tyranid model would be the Hierophant – sadly, I still don’t own one…
What can Wobbly Model Syndrome fans look forward to in future?
Well, as long as I’m able to make my fans laugh, I’m a happy man. As for something special: I would really like to make a really Wobbly Model Syndrome comic book one day. Perhaps a story line one day as well. Only time will tell…
Many thanks to Wim for taking time out of his hectic comic-making schedule to answer our questions! If you’ve not yet seen one of Wim’s comics, here’s part of Wobbly Model Syndrome #82: Good Old Days, to give you a taste of what you’re missing…
Wobbly Model Syndrome Mini Competition! (Now Closed – See Below for Winner)
Wim at Wobbly Model Syndrome has kindly offered a WMS Keychain as a prize for one lucky reader! All you have to do is use the comments below to tell us which is your favourite WMS comic so far. The winner will be drawn at random from the comments below on Saturday 3rd November which gives you 1 week to enter. The winner will be notified by the email. Good luck!
Congratulations to Edwin Deverill, our winner randomly selected from the comments below – we’ll shortly be contacting you to arrange for your prize to be delivered. Well done!
If you didn’t win this time, why not check out our other competitions.
These keychains are available in either square or rectangular designs, with the choice of one of 5 Wobbly Model Syndrome pictures on them. There’s also lots of other goodies available in the Wobbly Model Syndrome Store.
Once again, our thanks go to Wim for taking the time to answer our questions, and of course for creating such a great comic – keep up the good work, Wim! We hope you enjoyed reading this interview, don’t forget to leave a comment below for your chance to win a Wobbly Model Syndrome keychain, or just to let us know what you think of Wobbly Model Syndrome and other wargaming related web comics.