From epic fantasy worlds to romance stories for the ages to supernatural dramas, WEBTOON spans several different genres for readers to enjoy. And one that continues to live rent-free in our heads every day is LambCat‘s Cursed Princess Club. The comedy series follows a group of princesses who band together when they don’t fit the mold of your typical princess. It continuously has us laughing and hooked on what the next chapter will bring. We recently had the chance tWe had the pleasure of chatting with WEBTOON creator LambCat about their series, The Cursed Princess Club. Check out what they shared!o chat with creator LambCat about the series and what bringing a WEBTOON to life is like.
If you haven’t read Cursed Princess Club, check it out here!
Julia Roth: Cursed Princess Club is one of our favorite comedy series on WEBTOON. Where did you draw inspiration from?
LambCat: Thank you! I like a lot of comedy that ranges from soft and subtle to macabre and absurd. But for Cursed Princess Club, my editor, Eunice Baik, and I aimed to keep the comedy generally all-ages, light, and silly. Stephen Chow movies like Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle, classics like Clue and Princess Bride, and anime like Girls Monthly Nozaki-Kun and The Disastrous Life of Saiki K were inspirations for me, as well as just time spent with a lot of way funnier people than me in real life.
JR: What made you decide to go with a comedy series, and how do you go about blending in other genres as well?
LC: The initial answer is that I created Cursed Princess Club for a WEBTOON story-focused contest in 2018. There were four genres (romance/drama, action, thriller/horror, and comedy). I had never written a story or made a narrative comic before, and I figured maybe being silly was the only thing I had a chance at pulling off.
However, once I began making the story, I realized that humor, for better or worse, can serve as a mask to navigate through tougher topics and to distract from and deflect certain details. Comedy can allow you to discreetly transition into certain scenarios and develop them. But you have to know when it’s time to take that mask off and let the honesty of the situation breathe and resonate. That’s at least what I attempt to do at times!
JR: Each of your characters are so lovable. How did you spend time bringing each of them to life?
LC: That’s very kind of you to say! I guess all the characters have personalities that are amalgamations of traits from people I’ve interacted with or been friends with at some point in real life. We all encounter a myriad of the ways people carry themselves, communicate, or solve problems, and that’s an invaluable resource. I also think that most people have their own unique juxtapositions or contradictions, and I think these little mismatches can be very charming and endearing.
Over time, characters kind of just slip into some of these traits and develop their own inertia of how they’d think and act. And you can kind of just drop them into a situation and see how they’d react in your mind. And then you simply write that down.
JR: Do you have a favorite character? Or one that you really enjoy drawing?
LC: It’s always so painful to choose! I really like Princess Jolie. I love characters who appear prim and sweet but are actually quiet, subtle trolls. Drawing her eye sockets paired with a smile is also very fun.
JR: Can you give us a little look at your creative process? Do you have a set plan each week?
LC: From the moment I started making this story, I eagerly anticipated the day when I’d finally crack the code and figure out a sustainable weekly process for creating each episode. Now that I am in my very last week of completing it, I can confidently say that I failed abysmally. Every single week was a painful, super fun, exciting, and horrifying experience. But it would sort of resemble this:
At the start of the week, I would review the overarching outline of the story. This is the most important document, as it holds all the necessary details for each arc and character development. However, without fail, I would always envision too much happening in a single weekly episode, only to realize with horror that it couldn’t all be physically crammed into one.
The first half of the week involves storyboarding and preparing panels that get sent out to my incredible, incredible art assistants to draw, flat color, and shade over the next few weeks. The latter half of the week gets spent finalizing whichever episode is ready to go up next. And that includes finalizing all the text, doing final renders/edits of the art, several read-throughs, edits, and additions, going through checklists to try to catch continuity errors and important details, and if there’s time, my favorite part of making music in Logic.
Inevitably, during a season, though, everything goes awry, and I honestly don’t understand how each episode magically comes together.
JR: What future plans do you have for WEBTOON? Have you thought about creating another series?
LC: The second the final episode is uploaded, I need to rush towards the staggering pile of work I’ve been postponing for Cursed Princess Club’s next volumes of graphic novels, as well as some other types of books. It’s all incredibly fun and fulfilling work that I’ve been dying to get to!
After that all settles down, I have some loose concepts I’d love to explore for a new series, but I want to make sure I do it at a much more balanced pace than I had to for Cursed Princess Club, so it’ll probably be a long while…!
JR: How exciting is it to know that you have physical copies of Cursed Princess Club on shelves? Was this something that you always wished for?
LC: It’s beyond a dream come true to the point that sometimes I just stare at these three volumes in disbelief that they exist.
I had only ever planned on launching a small Kickstarter campaign at some point after completing the story and wondered anxiously about how I’d ever figure out how to make a book. I could never imagine this being the reality, and I have so many people at Wattpad WEBTOON Studios to thank forever for it all.
JR: What do you like to do when you aren’t creating the series? How do you balance your work and personal life?
LC: Working on a WEBTOON series often means sacrifice, so for me, my hobbies included keeping a fun list of all the things I couldn’t wait to do once this series was over. Or, sometimes, when I’m eating a snack, I’d watch YouTube videos of things like people getting to travel outside. Or people getting to have pets or people getting to play video games.
In all seriousness, though, my partner is the main reason I’ve been able to sustain this lifestyle, have a lot of fun making it, and have someone to talk to about anything and everything. I’m incredibly lucky and grateful for them!
JR: What advice do you have for creators looking to create a WEBTOON series?
LC: I remember feeling really overwhelmed and lost when I first started thinking of what story to make because, I mean, the possibilities are endless — you can write about anything and have anything happen in it. But one thing that really helped me was to ask myself, “What’s the point?” It could be asked in a mean way, like, “Out of the sea of endless stories and media being uploaded and released every second, what value does someone get out of reading your story?” Or it could be asked in a not-mean way, like, “What does this story mean to you? What are your goals? What do you want to get out of making it?”
I think exploring and keeping these answers to this question handy can be invaluable later on in this giant marathon of making a WEBTOON, during times when you feel like it’s really difficult, or maybe it feels like no one cares. It can maybe help you rejuvenate, recalibrate, or reconsider certain aspects. It very much helped me in deciding what story I wanted to make, and gave me the confidence to do it the way I wanted to.
JR: What current WEBTOON series are you enjoying?
LC: I am extremely excited for the days I have time to read again, be it on WEBTOONs or books or really anything. I have a super long reading list, and at this point, it quite literally just includes every story on the WEBTOON app because they all look INCREDIBLE!! Some of the most recent ones I look forward to reading are The Player Hides His Past, The Mafia Nanny, Never Ending Darling, Lady Liar, Maru is a Puppy, and too many more to list!
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