Well my friends... I think my pull list is about to get a big hit in terms of how many print books I get on a monthly basis. Here's the thing, last Christmas my wife gave me a NOOK from Barnes & Nobles as a present and, even though I loved it, I was kinda ignoring it because I felt that if I read too many digital comics I'd be turning my back on this medium that I love so much. As it turns out, prices on comics keep going up, page count keeps going down, plot lines are being dragged on way too long in order to sell trades and my bank account keeps suffering because of it I feel I have to support the comic book industry. So, last night I got my NOOK, charged it and I said to myself: "the heck with it"! Today i took my NOOK out at lunchtime, downloaded Thor: The Mighty Avenger Vol. 1, read it, took it all in and... I LOVED IT!!! The colors were as vibrant as they were intended to be, the pages moved just like a comic would, the prices are far less than the print versions and more importantly; I can carry 100+ books anywhere and everywhere I go without a problem. I absolutely love my NOOK. So, from this day on I solemnly swear that I'll cut my "pull list" at least in half and I'll be reading the trade version on my NOOK. Thanks Barnes & Nobles and thank you NOOK! (This read like a paid advertisement for NOOk and/or Barnes & Nobles but I swear it wasn't!) LOL!
As we promised, we're going to be doing a series of Cosplayer Spotlights and were going to give a fun interview to those Cosplayers whom we are fans of. This time we're spotlighting the lovely Gia Blanco, known in the Cosplay world as Stahma Cosplay!
Truthful Comics- How long have you been Cosplaying?
Stahma Cosplay- I’m a relative newbie! I’ve been cosplaying since 2012
TC- Cosplay or Crossplay? Or both?
SC- I have never Crossplay but if I find a cool character why not
TC- Why do you Cosplay?
SC- Well I started cosplaying for a very different reason than most cosplayers do. What I liked about cosplaying was the charity we do. Like visit children’s hospitals for example. I have a soft spot for children and I like to make them happy!
TC- Is Cosplay a hobby you consider yourself doing for a long time?
SC- As long as it makes me happy and I can continue doing charity I’m in! There’s a LOT of awesome older characters I can cosplay jeje
TC- Homemade Cosplay or bought/comissioned cosplay? Did I mention I sucked on my crafts class?
SC- The sewing gene apparently skipped me. I have tried but it just doesn’t happen!!! I have a VERY vivid imagination and I know exactly what I want and how I want it to look. But I need the help of a seamstress… for now.
TC- Do you have a current Cosplay favorite?
SC- Oh gosh… I currently have just a handful of cosplays so it’s hard to choose, but I would have to go with Master Fay (The elf Jedi) and Bo (the succubus protagonist of Lost Girl).
TC- What is your most expensive Cosplay?
SC- One of my Jedis, Pandora. The fabrics were crazy expensive
TC- What Cosplay has gotten more attention from your fans?
SC- Probably Master Jedi Fay, the elf Jedi. Her pointy ears, the electric blue eyes and the kimono like robes catch a lot of attention. Although I’ve come to think every person holding a lightsaber catches the eye. LOL!
TC- What was your first convention? What was the reaction?
SC- My first convention was on Feb 2012. I went as Master Jedi Fay and it was a huge success!
TC- Photoshopped or un-photoshopped images?
TC- How do you pay for your Cosplays?
SC- Ha! I have a secret money tree on my house! jajaja Well, I have to stick to a budget really… ensamble my cosplays with time and patience helps a lot too. Creating a cosplay in a longer period of time allows you to space out the expenses.
TC- When do you do Cosplays? At conventions only?
SC- No, I do a lot of charity work in costume like children's hospital visits, 5K marathons, health fairs, educational and cultural activities for kids, etc.
//I'll take this opportunity to mention that you and I will be making an alliance of sorts through our Comics For Christmas non-profit organization and you'll be our contact in Puerto Rico, so Comics For Christmas is about to reach Puerto Rico for the first time; which I'm very excited about!//
TC- What got you into Cosplaying?
SC- A very close relative. He’s a kid diagnosed with autism. And he was just nuts about Star Wars so I became a Jedi for him. That still drives me today, the kids’ faces when they see me in cosplay are priceless.
TC- Well, I'd like to thank you for a super fun interview and more importantly, for taking the initiative to help us with our non-profit organization; it means a lot to all of us here at Truthful Comics. Hopefully we'll do this again soon, maybe spotlighting your newest Cosplays.
-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
If you recall, last week I wrote a blog entry here on the website regarding the importance of strong female characters in comic books (http://www.truthfulcomics.com/1/post/2013/07/the-importance-of-strong-female-lead-characters-in-comics.html), the importance of good role models in movies and comics for young ladies and I wanted to hear feedback from as many people as possible. So far I've received good feedback on that last blog, I've seen many people sharing the link on Facebook and I've also seen a very positive reaction to the blog entry which means I might be unto something.
One of the many who gave me feedback on the blog was our
good friend Mr. Tom Harris, host of the Radio Free Asgard Podcast. He actually dedicated the first half of his latest episode to our blog and gave us his honest opinions on the matter and I couldn't be more happy about it. Here's the link to the latest Radio Free Asgard Podcast episode: http://www.comicspodcasts.com/2013/07/18/radio-free-asgard-112/
Tom had some good points regarding my article and he mentioned that at least two of the characters I mentioned as good role models (Power Girl and Witchblade) are very much in the "T&A" style of making comics. While that is a valid point, Sara Pezzini (Witchblade) was a police officer and is now a detective and a single mother; which makes her a compelling character and in my opinion, a good role model. Kara (Power Girl) has a running joke about her ginormous boobs, but besides that, she's a self-made multi-millionaire business owner/entrepreneur, she's a single woman and she's powerful, beautiful and fun; all great qualities to find in any woman. The big boobs is something that's made to attract male readers, but many women have big breasts too, so as long as the characters are well written, big boobs shouldn't come into the equation. Regardless, I'd like to thank Mr. Tom Harris for dedicating half the episode to my blog and hopefully in the future we can do another episode of Radio Free Asgard and talk about my favorite character: The Mighty Thor! FOR ASGARD!!!!!!!!!
Today I want to talk about a cool comic book from a an even cooler creator; Wild Wild Astral by Rigz Jimenez. Even though Rigz left Truthful Comics for a brief while, he's back now, stronger than ever and we caught up with him and decided to ask him a few questions regarding his Magnus Opus known as Wild Wild Astral!
Truthful Comics: So, when did you came up with the concept for Wild Wild Astral?
Rigz: The concept was born while writing another comic of mine call bye bye world,, this last was basically a adult oriented comic , wwa is basically a more commercial version of that one, Wwa is more of a futuristic Bible.
TC: A futuristic Bible???
Rigz: A world were all ancient religions had died off. Science become the new religion, factions of this post apocalyptic neo scientific era fight among themselves for supremacy, using as weapons the wild Aztral arts , now confronted by a new messiah they are guided toward a new genesis for humanity ,, and the world is engulf in a Wild, Wild Aztral.
Rigz: Wild Aztral is the name of this new religion that is sort of a marriage between faith and science , earth had suffered a polar shift causing humans to evolve and develop new abilities, abilities that they master thought the teachings of the wild Aztral arts
TC: Cool, and who is this so called messiah?
Rigz: The messiah is part of a prophesy from the age of chaos that states that one day the messenger of the stars will come and unite all wild Aztral factions and defeat he who strives on the negative spark. At the times of the wwa a woman appears claiming to be the messenger of the stars. She got the powers and the charisma , but is she truly who she claims to be?
TC: I don't know, is she? jeje
Rigz: You need to read the series to find out, Alafta surely fits the part but her extroverted behavior, sometimes even a little crazy, makes some at the high clericcal level of the Maka Union question her true identity. She is sometimes a hero and sometimes, not so much; she certainly has her own agenda.
TC: I know I have to read it! And where can I read this by the way?
Rigz: Eventually the series will first appear online on its own website but links and updates can be reach here, at www.truthfulcomics.com
TC: cool! And when will you be launching the next webcomic?
Rigz: I am hoping that by august the series will premier here at TC. Wild, wild Aztral will be a stand alone tittle so you don't need to have read bye bye world to understand it or enjoy it,, still for those who did read bye bye world there wold be plenty of references and easter eggs in the series.
Rigz: WWA, putting it in simple words is a celebration of classic science fiction "B" movies. Imagine the Bible in the world of Mad Max but with the technology of Star Wars and the attitude of the X-Men. It's crazy I know!
TC: Crazy isn't necessarily a bad thing in comics my friend! Well, we're certainly excited to have you back with the Truthful Comics family and we can't wait to finally launch Wild, Wild Astral to the masses, it's going to be one hell of a ride! Welcome back home my friend.
For those who interact with me on the internet (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) is common knowledge that I'm the president of a non-profit organization called Comics For Christmas and that we had scheduled an event for this weekend. It was called The Comics For Christmas Free Comic Book Giveaway at The Book and Movie Exchange and we were going to give away at least 2,000 comics and candy to every kid that stopped by the store. But, what ended up happening was far from what we've expected and to be honest, it was quite upsetting to say the least.
The thing is, we do this because we care about kids, we want to encourage kids to read and we put a lot of effort behind this events, we invest our money and time trying to make this events as successful as humanly possible, but we need the support of the people involved with the events as well. We make the flyers, print them and provide the store owners with enough flyers to pass along to their customers and of course, we expect them to pass them along.
But how upsetting it is to stop by on the day of the event, have the store owner pull you aside and tell you: "I went on the website on the flyer and found photos that made me not pass the flyers". The photo in question was the one I posted to the right ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------>
Pretty much every comic book fan knows that the character being portrayed by the model is none other than Sara Pezzini (aka Witchblade) and that Cosplay is in no way, shape or form pornography. I mean, if we want to get technical, there's far more offensive material in a DVD/Blue Ray store than on any Witchblade comic book, but regardless, because of our last Truthful Comics Spotlight the store owner didn't promote our Comics For Christmas event; AT ALL!!! As you might imagine I'm beyond upset and because of this we won't be visiting The Book and Movie Exchange tomorrow or ever again because we feel that it was totally unncesary and rude to have us pay for flyers and then basically throw them in the trash because you didn't bother to either contact me or do your research into who the character is or what the model is doing. This could've easily been avoided by giving us a call, e-mailing us or even massaged us through Facebook but to wait until we arrive at your store, after we've been promoting your store non-stop everywhere we go and we're ready for the event, and then you basically tell me that you don't know how many people will come because you didn't like a picture on my website and it made you not pass the flyers to the parents; that's unforgivable.
Regardless, kids did showed up and we handed out a few hundred books, candy, we had some great interactions with the parents and the kids who attended and we even left a few dozen comic books in case some kids show up tomorrow. I have to admit that I'm so disappointed with this whole situation that if it wasn't for the kids, I'd stop doing it but we have a mission and making kids happy is more important than wasting a few bucks and a few hours because of some people who lack vision.
I hope that we can find other establishments who are willing to open their doors to us and believe in our cause which I believe is so important. Kids need to learn to read, they need to love reading and what better way to instill that love of reading than to provide them with books filled with stories about their favorite characters. They'll follow their favorite superheroes on numerous adventures and hopefully they'll graduate into novels and so on. I want to help light that spark of imagination in their young minds and I'll use comic books to do the trick.
For the past two months me and two of my internet buddies have been doing a podcast delving into the world of comic books, movies, video games and everything else pertaining our geek culture. I've decided to announce it here on the blog now because I wanted to make sure we were going to stick with it and also, see if it would even work and so far; it has! We still got a lot to learn in the world of podcasting but we'll have fun getting there and hopefully you'll join us along for the ride. I'd like to introduce the Truthful Comics Podcast crew to everyone and the reasoning why we decided to do this.
First off we have the man with the most podcasting knowledge, the mastermind if you will, Aaron Hoover (a.k.a. Uncool Aaron). This is the man responsible for the recording and editing the podcast as well as being the master of ceremony if you will. But that's not all he does, Aaron is the co-host of another podcast called confessions of a Movie Snob and he recently launched the Nerdvana Network, a website dedicated to all things geek that also serves as homebase to his podcast as well as his blog. If you like movies, comic books and everything else geek, you should check it out: http://nerdvananetwork.com/
Then there's our young ward, Nolan's Batman #1 fan and Truthful Comics Podcast's boy wonder himself: Cory A. Gaitan! This dude has an encyclopedic knowledge of the Nolan Batman Universe as well as anything related to the Dark Knight. This self proclaimed DC fanboy is also writing his own comic book as well, so pretty soon we'll all be reading his work alongside our regular comic books. Cory is also an avid gamer and DC Comics connoisseur, so if you're thinking about picking up any DC book or maybe jumping into the New 52, it might do you a lot of good to listen to this young man.
And last but not least is me, Manuel A. Carmona. As you might or might not know, I'm the co-founder of Truthful Comics as well as President of a non-profit organization called Comics For Christmas (http://www.truthfulcomics.com/comics-for-christmas.html) and I'm also a comic book artist (Captain Action, Phazer, Project: New Wave). I'm a huge Star Wars fan as well as a longtime comic book fan. I read comic books on many genres and companies from Marvel to DC to Image to Dynamite and I'm a self proclaimed crusader of Ultimate Spider-Man (Miles Morales), The Mighty Thor and Stephanie Brown (Batgirl) LOL!
Listen to the Truthful Comics Podcast HERE: http://www.truthfulcomics.com/podcast.html
I hope you join us on this crazy ride and enjoy our podcasting shenanigans. If you have any comments or suggestions, please leave them on our comments section, we'd really appreciate it!
Today was one of those days when I just wanted to take my family out for a long drive without a specific destination and just wing it. Fill up the gas tank, lower the door windows, open the sun roof, turn the volume and just enjoy the ride; so that's what we did! We drove for a while and my wife spotted a dance studio (she's a professional dancer) and asked me if we could stop real quick, to which I replied: "Sure". Of course, I immediately spotted a book store right next to the dance studio and I told her I wanted to check it out afterwards. The books store was independently owned and it looked inviting.
There were tow male clerks who immediately acknowledge me and my family and were very courteous, something that employees from every field are missing more and more these days! I looked around for a few minutes and they asked me if I needed help, but before I could ask them, I noticed that one of the clerks had a pile of at least 50 comics in front of him! All I could say was "Yes you do!" He looked at me funny and I said "Comics, do you guys carry comic books?" And he said "Yes we do!" He showed me three aisles full of comics ranging from Batman to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to The Mighty Thor to Wildcats! It was a beautiful thing!!!
As soon as I turned that corner where the clerk told me to, I was suddenly in front of what can only be described as a comic book hidden treasure! Even more so when it's located in Virginia Beach, so to me it felt like I was a pirate, and I discovered an abandoned treasure chest full of comic book gold! I'm talking about hundreds, if not thousands of comic books, and at great prices too! It's too bad that I had just went to my local comic shop and spent a pretty penny there, because I only had so much extra cash to spare. But rest assure, I'll be stopping by this book store on a more regular basis and I'll be getting a bunch of those comics they had in their store.
So, next time you're in Virginia Beach and get the mood to buy some comic books, visit AFK Books, Music and Movies.
They're located at:
4801 Shore Drive, Suite D
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
Press Release- Apr. 3, 2013 - OLATHE, Kan.
You can find out everything there is to know about the Nerdvana Network by visiting: http://nerdvananetwork.com/
Well, today we launched unto the interwebs our first effort from what is going to be the Truthful Comics Podcast. This is something I've been wanting to do for a while now and thankfully, I met Aaron Hoover, a master in the art of podcasting, through the magical world of Facebook and now I can truly say, we've become good friends. And what do friends do? They help each other out or course!
Being that he's such a wizard in the art of podcasting, I asked him to help me out with this little experiment and he agreed! No loopholes, no small print in a shady contract and no bribes, none of that was necessary for him to give me a helping hand; and I appreciate him for that. He not only co-hosts the podcast, but he's also is the driving force behind the editing and post-production of the episodes and all the technical stuff I have no idea how to deal with, plus he produced the intro to the podcast which I fell in love with as soon as I listened to it, being a HUGE Batman: Brave and the Bold fan. I think what he's doing with this podcast asa favor to me is incredible and the appreciation I feel for my friend is something I can't quite put into words, but I'll just say: Thank you Aaron!
Joining us on this crazy ride will be Ethan Parker who is Aaron's co-host on a podcast called Confessions of a Movie Snob (http://confessionsofamoviesnob.com/) as well as Batman super fan Cory Gaitan. So, without further further ado, I give you Issue #0 of Truthful Comics Podcast.
Truthful Comics Podcast Issue #0: http://www.truthfulcomics.com/podcast.html
We hope you enjoy our little podcast and we're looking forward to listening to your feedback. If you have questions or you want us to discuss anything in particular, send us an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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