I grew up in Utuado, right in the middle of a little island in the Caribbean called Puerto Rico.
-How was your childhood?
My childhood was the best! I grew up in the 80's, need I say more? I had all the cool cartoons growing up, I had all the cool toys, Star Wars was new and I had a great circle of friends; it was the best.
-Did your parents encourage you to read?
I was raised by my mom and my stpedad and I'd have to say yes, they encouraged me to read. My stepdad is always reading the newspaper and any kind of document he can find so I had that role model to follow.
-Did they approved of you reading comics?
Absolutely! My mom especially.
-Did they ever bought you comics?
She used to buy me comics whenever she passed by this little collector's shop in the next town and brought me at least 10 comics at a time.
-Did you read comics as a kid or did you discovered comics later on in life?
I read as a kid although I really got into them around middle school. I do remember those mini comics that came in the Masters of the Universe action figures; loved them!
-What were your favorite comic book characters growing up?
The X-Men were my favorites, especially Wolverine. I also liked Captain Britain a lot, I dug his outfit! Of course I liked Batman as well.
Like I mentioned before, I read those mini comics that came in the Masters of the Universe action figures and really liked them but if I have to say when I REALLY started reading comics on a regular basis, I'd have to say first year of high school.
-Do you still read and collect them?
Do I? Yes, very much so!!!
-If so, what books do you currently read?
I read at least 20 comics on a monthly basis ranging from Batman, Ultimate Spider-Man, The Shadow, The Lone Ranger, Thor and many others. I also started reading the Walking Dead trade paperbacks so there's another book I'll be getting but yeah, I do read and collect them.
-When did you started doing comics?
I started doing comics right around the same time I started reading them. I'd say first year of High School. Of course it was just for fun but I was totally into them.
-Did you had any formal training?
I studied at La Escuela de Artes Plasticas de Puerto Rico, but they teach traditional art and I was interested in that. I applied to the Joe Kubert School of Cartooning and Graphic Art right after high school and got approved. I went there for a small period of time but ran into some personal problems and had to drop out. So I kinda had training but not as much as I'd hoped.
Well, I want to create my own books, always have, and I wanted to have the liberty to tell the stories that I want ot tell, so what better way that start my own company. I also have very talented friends that also make comics so I decided to invite them and join me in this dream project. The first one to join me, and who really became the co-founder of Truthful Comics, was Alvaro Cortez Ortiz Jr. We sat down and talked about what we wanted to do and how we wanted to doit, and the rest is history.
-What books are you working on?
I just finished a book for another publisher called Phazer #6 and I'm currently working on my own book called Project: New Wave, co-written by me and Alvaro Cortez Ortiz Jr and illustrated by me.
It's about this group of young adults who were basically adopted by the US ARMY because of the special abilities. Their parents all died in mysterious ways and we find out as we go that there's more to their deaths as was originally thought. They are immensely powerful and only go on top secret military missions, but their "surrogate father" and commander decides to use their gifts for his own purposes until they have enough and decide to go rogue.
-What's your goal as a creator?
My goal as a creator and as a human being is similar, I want to be remembered long after I'm gone. I want people to look at my body of work and get some sort of joy out of it, I want children ten or twenty years from now to be able to pick one of my comics and fall in love with the medium like I did so long ago. I want to be recognized by my peers as a truthful creator who didn't take shortcuts and who always gave his best. I'll never sell out, I'll always stand for what's right and I'll fight for our medium to get the respect it deserves as a legitimate form of art. That's my goal.