-Manuel A. Carmona
Today we celebrated Tabernacle Church's Harvest Festival 2013 and I can only described it by saying... it ROCKED! There were plenty of kids from all over Norfolk, dressed in their Halloween costumes and having a grand ol' time. There were tons of games for the kids to play, there were clowns, balloon animals, tons of candy and of course; FREE COMIC BOOKS!!! That's where we come in. Through our non-profit organization Comics For Christmas, we gave away more than 400 comic books to at least 80 kids; completely FREE of charge!
We had an absolute blast handing out those comic books and what a reward it was to see all those kids' smiles when we handed those comics to them... priceless! There were a few kids that we've come to know because they follow us from event to event, which makes us feel good for two reasons: 1.They know what were about and 2. They like comic books and in some way it's because we gave them their first comics; which makes me feel pretty darn good! As if handing out free comic books wasn't enough, we also handed out candy to the kids so everyone left our table with a big smile; and that makes me very happy.
We want to help Tabernacle Church of Norfolk for organizing such a wonderful event for the kids around the community and for allowing us to be a part of it for the second straight year, we hope to be there next year and every year after that. It was truly a blessing!
-Manuel A. Carmona
As we promised, we're going to be doing a series of Cosplayer Spotlights and were going to give a fun interview to thos Cosplayers whom we are fans of. This week we're spotlighting one of the cutest Cosplayers in the world, the lovely Teeny Foxx!
Truthful Comics- So Teeny, let's start by asking you how long have you been Cosplaying?
Teeny Foxx- I've only been serious about it the past few years... but I've always dressed up in costumes for fun.
TC- Cosplay or Crossplay? Or both?
TF- Both. I like taking male characters and doing a female version.
I do it often with sentai Characters and Spiderman making Anya Corazon basically raiding Peter and Ben's closets.
TC- I see. Why do you Cosplay?
TF- because I enjoy having fun and what's more fun than being super heroes? Seeing kid's faces at events and cons just makes me wanna do this forever.
TC-Is Csoplay a hobby you consider yourself doing for a long time?
TF- I don't plan on quiting anytime soon.
TC- If someone told you they hated your Cosplay, what would you do? Be honest now!
TF- People have both good and bad to say all the time. I usually just take in stride.
TC- Great attitude! If someone told you they loved your Cosplay, what would you do?
TF- I'm always thankful for the support and compliments.
TC- Homemade Cosplay or bought/comissioned cosplay?
TF- I have made some of my Cosplays like my Starfire, but I also commission work from people like my Sentai suits.
TC- Oh yeah, you did an awesome job on the Starfire Cosplay. There is a lot of debate if western/asians should Cosplay. Your thoughts?
TF- I encourage people to do whatever they enjoy.
TC- Do you prefer to work alone or with others?
TF- I've worked with lots of Cosplayers and always enjoy working together.
TC- What is your most expensive cosplay?
TF- Sentai costumes can get pretty pricey with helmet costs.
TC- I can imagine! They look crazy though. What Cosplay has gotten more attention from your fans?
TF- I get different attention with different costumes from different people, but my Sentai Cosplays tend to get the most positive attention from all ages.
TC- What is a cosplay pet peeve of yours?
TF- People who are in it for something other than smiles.
TC- I like that about you, you're doing it for the right reasons. What was your first convention? What was the reaction?
TF- A toyshow in NJ, 4 years ago; I loved it! I found such fun stuff and it started my love for conventions.
TC- It's always great to discover a convention for the first time, it definitely opens your eyes to a whole new world! What was your last convention? What was the reaction?
TF- Zenkaikon - it was smaller than most I attend but was still very nice and had some fun panels.
TC- Photoshopped or un-Photoshopped images?
TF- I usually post un-Photoshopped pix but I like both. If a photographer does edit work, I post it just the same. I also recieve alot of pretty cool edits from my page supporters.
TC- How far are you willing to go while in Cosplay? At the end of the day, are you "YOU" or are you the character?
TF- When I am in costume, I stay in character for the kids I meet with, but once the day is done and the helmet comes off... I'm just normal me.
TC- How do you pay for your Cosplays?
TF- I work a regular job and do freelance makeup as well as get paid for Cosplay appearances.
TC- Nice! When do you do Cosplays? At conventions only?
TF- I try to do charity events, in-store appearances and photo shoots outside of my convention appearances.
TC- What got you into Cosplaying?
TF- A childhood dream to the characters I saw in cartoons and comics.
TC- Well, thank you for your time and continued success in all your endeavors. We definitely look forward to your next Cosplays and who knows, maybe you'll be Csoplaying as one of Truthful Comics' character in the near future!
Hello my little ones, Lance Danger (or Alvaro) here with another blog post. This is the BIG ONE from Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rico Comic Con, organized by Ricardo Carrion, keeps getting bigger and bigger every year. This year's guests included , among others, Greg Capullo, Joe Madureira, Dan DiDio, Toshio Maeda, and a host of other indie artists and publishers, and even a Funimation screening room!
This was easily the biggest convention ever in the island of Puerto Rico, in terms of both star power and also the massive turn out of people that attended. There was music and some pretty awesome cosplays as well. I was able to get autographs from Capullo and Joe Mad and even got a print signed and personalized for my girlfriend from Toshio Maeda! I got to actually chat with all of them for a few minutes and it was an outstanding experience to chat with them and with Dan DiDio! Also caught up with a few friends there as well. But enough of that, let's show some pics! And a special thank you to Carlos Alvarez who was with me for this journey!
The report was heavy rains and strong, tropical storm level winds gushing by. Traffic lights were malfunctioning and policemen would help out directing traffic. It was a perfect morning to geek out, because it was the 2nd Annual Comic Book Festival at the UMET Bayamon!
Last year I was invited as well, but due to the accident most of you know already, I was not able to attend it. But thankfully professor Freddie Gutierrez, organizer of the event, invited me once again. So definitely jumped at the chance to once again attempt to go, this time representing Truthful Comics, of course!
So there I was, exhibiting the few physical copies of "Fred Peterson, The Mighty Warlord", and some behind the scene sketches of the book as well as fliers and business cards that would direct any curious minds to this very site. All the fliers was snatched away and I showed off the sites mobile capabilities on my mini-tablet! I even forgot for a few hours that I'm actually a terribly shy human being.
Despite that, I spoke to other wonderful creators. Some old friends I hadn't seen in a while, friends who I had not met in person, and people I met for the first time ever. It was a great experience to be with fellow brothers and sisters in comicing.
It was a great day, spending hours talking with people that had many questions about Truthful Comics, many of them leaving the table excited with what we were working on. All in all, it was a fantastic experience hopefully this is just the beginning of many other stuff, so stay tuned ;)
I would like to thank the organizers at the UMET Bayamon for their generosity and service. The rain and wind prevented this from being an even bigger event, but as they host it more every year, it can only get bigger.
All in all, it was a great event that helped Truthful come out looking like a million bucks! Hopefully enough people got the bait and we can hook them....to what exactly? You'll have to wait to find out ;) Catch you all later!
~Alvaro Cortes Ortiz
PS- Was told that Warlord was actually better than Spider-Man XD Take THAT, webhead! Wait 'till Project: New Wave comes out! =D
PPS- Also, we were confused with big name studios for some reason XD My Jedi-Mind trick is starting to work!