With the launch of Truthful Comics latest title the indie publishing world has a potential powerhouse in it's hands. Backed with witty writing and gorgeous artwork, Project: New Wave has what any comic book needs to succeed; but will it be enough? In this exclusive interview we go inside the mind of the writer of Project: New Wave, Alvaro Corte Jr. See what goes on behind the scenes, how he sees the industry, where he sees Truthful Comics in the next ten years and so much more.
So Alvaro, when did you get to be the writer of Project: New Wave?
I was at a forum, PR Comix, where I met NW creator Manuel Carmona. He started reading my webcomic Fred Peterson The Mighty Warlord, we exchanged DMs and he invited me to a convention he headed in his hometown.
We ended up finding our we hat a lot of things in common we got to keep in contact in real life.
I ended up writing a draft for him, met at Border's to have our first "business" meeting, and it's gone off since then.
When will your run start?
I'm on since issue 2 and a one-shot that's getting turned into a graphic novel. Manuel's KILLING it with his art!
What made you accept writing Project: New Wave?
First, being the visual medium that it is, seeing Manuel's art. I saw his character designs, the promo art, and the page samples of issue 1.
He's an alumni of the Kubert School, and his artistic influences are pretty much the same that I have, so we have many things in common creatively, I mean, the chemistry is crazy. There'd be times I come up with a plot and he'd tell me he was just thinking the same thing, and vice versa.
After reading the original issue 1 and seeing the art, and getting bits and pieces of the characters info, I put together a draft and full script, and luckily Manuel loved it.
Also, it had been years since I had written anything aside from Warlord and my own properties. Like four years before I had written a hand full of short stories for a zine named CF Comics, and a few things here and there that never got published. So I was looking forward to the challenge of writing something other than my own things and having fun in someone else's sandbox.
What can we expect from Project: New Wave?
A team book of ragtag orphans that go on these high octane adventures and personal growth. I'd like to hope that there is a good balance between action, fantasy, drama, character development, mystery, conspiracies, essentially the 90s X-Men mashed with the 80s Teen Titans with a dash of big budget action movies and anime.
Manuel is cranking out some serious great art, and colorist Francisco is doing an amazing coloring job. I just happy to be along for the ride writing these stories for this group of characters, and I hope people enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed putting it together.
It's the right time to do it. Self publishing is easier to do now compared to when I was growing up. Technology and the internet changed everything. We can reach people in ways that weren't available before and without being held accountable to any big company, just to ourselves.
And that way we, as creators, have a say and control over the franchise as opposed to having too many cooks in the kitchen.
How do you separate yourself from the thousands who self publish their books every year?
By making a fun product that we believe in. By thinking outside the box in terms of how to make our comics available and how to promote it.
Again, being independent gives us that flexibility and the ability to experiment and get our creative juices flowing.
To Be Continued...
**Stay tuned for PT.2 of this interview coming in August