The is Comic Creators Speak, where I feature guest essays from comic creators that I admire - BC
Hi, I’m CW Cooke, writer of L.U.C.H.A., currently funding on Kickstarter, which is a comic book story about a luchador detective fighting monsters and a world that is changing quickly around him. I’ve written independent comics since 2007 and recently obtained an option on my first creator-owned series, Solitary, for film and television development.
What is L.U.C.H.A.?
I’ve read comics since I was a kid, following the adventures of superheroes like Superman and Captain America and the X-Men and so many others. I wanted to be them. I wanted to live their lives and have their adventures and punch out Nazis and save the world, day after day. I daydreamed about becoming a superhero and leaving home for Westchester, much in the same way Calvin was Spaceman Spiff in Calvin and Hobbes. I wanted to be these heroes and live out these fantasies, so for as long as I can remember, I wanted to make comics. I started out trying to be an artist, making terrible fan comic versions of the X-men on loose leaf paper with markers and pencils. They would be whoever my favorite characters were that week fighting against whichever villains I could think of, most likely involving Mojo and Longshot at any given moment or Juggernaut punching out Colossus.
As I grew older, my art didn’t develop much. I still wanted to draw but I knew I didn’t have the chops for it, and because I still loved comics and still wanted to make comics, I had to learn a new trait. I had to develop a new skill. I had to become a WRITER.For years I went to Planet Comicon, a local Kansas City comic book convention, as a fan. I spent loads of money meeting my favorite creators and getting sketches and commissions and new reading material every year, until one year post-college I decided to investigate how to become a comic book writer. I talked with numerous folks like Phil Hester and Ande Parks and received wonderful tips and ideas on what to do and how to do it, most of which amounted to just doing the thing.
So I did. I started writing. I started failing at writing. And I started working at it to force myself to get better and to develop the skill for the sake of my dream.
What does this have to do with L.U.C.H.A.?
Well, that’s the easy part. L.U.C.H.A. is the culmination of what I’ve learned about myself and comics in the 11 years since I started. It features perspectives and ideas that I might not have felt comfortable to explore or capable of exploring at first, and it allows me to tell a story that is fun and big and exciting. It’s everything I’ve always wanted to do in comics, wrapped up in a fantastic package drawn by an incredible co-creator with colors and letters by a team I’m blessed to work with.
L.U.C.H.A. is the next step in my evolution as a creator. 2017 and 2018 have been an evolution of my person to be what I’ve always meant to be, and L.U.C.H.A. and Solitary and everything else I’ve been working on this year has brought me to the path I’ve been trying to find for 11 years. It’s my big announcement project, my big HERE I AM world comic, and I’m excited to show it off. It’s sci-fi, horror, drama, comedy, wrestling, action-packed wonder that is vibrant and alive and is going to knock people’s socks off and then twist and turn them around into a pretzel.
It’s everything I’ve ever wanted to do in comics. And I can’t wait for you to read it.