We have some exciting news on our digital front! Alvaro Cortes Ortiz Jr's Fred Peterson: The Mighty Warlord is now #4 in The Duck's Top 10 webcomics! The Mighty Warlord is the longest running Puerto Rican comic book series of all time. You can read the webcomic by clicking HERE!
For those who aren't familiar with The Duck, The Duck Webcomics is a free webcomic hosting site. It was founded as drunkduck.com in 2002 by Dylan Squires, who sold it to Platinum Studios in 2006, and was later acquired by Wowio in 2010, who changed the name to The Duck in 2011.
BUY INDIE COMICS DAY 2023!!!
The most important day in indie comics returns on
Saturday May 27th, 2023!
We started Buy Indie Comics Day with the sole purpose of having indie comic book, zines, mini-comics, graphic novels and comics strip creators around the World synergize on a single day designed exclusively to celebrate their work.
It is our hope that all comic book retailers across the World will take this as an opportunity to promote and stock indie comics, also that consumers will take a chance on new titles and creators they've probably never heard of and lastly that creators take this initiative and organize events created specifically to showcase their work and their colleagues work to a much larger audience than a normal comic book convention ever could.
Here's how CREATORS can make Buy Indie Comics Day a great event to sell a bunch of their books and grow their audience.
If you're a retailer, be sure to let us know about your event so we can spread the word. If you know a retailer, tag them! If you buy your books at a comic book shop talk to the owner/employees about Buy Indie Comics Day and how it would benefit their store.
What can RETAILERS do in their BICD events:
1. Invite local indie creators to do signings and sell their books.
2. Invite local podcasters to record live in their comics shop.
3. Have indie comics sales!
4. Invite local Cosplayers.
5. Do a Q&A with the guests.
6. Do art challenges.
7. Invite a renowned indie creator to do a signing at your location (Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Todd McFarlane, etc.)
8. Do raffles and the list goes on and on...
The Canadian Connection
Written by Manuel A. Carmona
Today I'd like to present to you all what can happen when a few creative individuals decide to unify their efforts and leave egos aside. Enter: The Canadian Comic Book Alliance! Now before we delve into this novel idea, I'd like to talk about what I've always tried to do which is basically what these Canadian creators have achieved in a short period of time; stand together under a unified front and face the harsh comic book industry landscape together as a unit rather than every man for himself. I sat down with Canadian comic book creator Jeff Burton to talk about his book and comics in general. One thing led to another and eventually we stumbled upon this great thing some comic book creators got going on in Canada, our conversation went something like this...
Jeff- So tell me about your work!
Me- I'm involved in a few things, I'm working on my creator owned series Project: New Wave. Issue #4 is 80% finished, already have issues #1 - #3 published and you can purchase them on our website. Besides that I'm one of the organizers of Buy Indie Comics Day; which btw you and every other indie creator should be involved with.
Jeff- Oh I know about Buy Indie Comics Day! I came across that and shared it around a ton last year.
Me- That's a good thing! Thank you for that. I also run a non-profit initiative with my wife called Comics For Christmas.
Jeff- Oooo... Comics for Christmas sounds cool too! That’s totally awesome man!
Me- And last but not least, I'm the President of Truthful Comics, an indie publisher through which me and a few great friends work and put out various titles such as: Fred Peterson: The Mighty Warlord, The Mysterious Exorcist, Stupid The Cat, Cannon Girl, Project: New Wave and a few others. My main thing is trying to establish a fellowship amongst indie creators, through which we can push each others projects, collaborate and be there for each other. Comics can be a very hard and lonely industry for indie creators, but why does it have to be though?
Jeff- Sounds like myself and the Canadian Comic Book Alliance.
Me- Wait, the what now? What's that about?
Jeff- Basically the same idea - a network of Canadian indie creators working together to help promote our work and indie comics in general throughout Canada.
Me- That's the goal! Man that's my dream for us here in Virginia and my birthplace of Puerto Rico!
Jeff- And in our members-only group we share what we are working on, some collaboration happens, we give each other feedback and advice etc. Fellowship. Cuz you’re right, it is a lonely world in comics; so when we can get tables as a group or close to each other at shows man... what a blast!
Me- It is man! It's cutthroat sometimes and it doesn't have to be. That's what I wish to accomplish, but more times than not people focus only on themselves (understandably so) and forget about everyone else; I feel if we'd all push each other we'd be able to reach a much larger audience than if we just stay in our own little bubble. So tell me, how did the Canadian Comic Book Alliance started?
Jeff- Well we started in 2017. A small group of us "prairie" creators talked about something like that, then I talked to a few other creators I had gotten to know and then; I pitched it to them too.
Me- Wow! So it was fairly recent?!
Me- From the way everything looks and how you guys promote each other's work, one would think this has been a thing for many years.
Jeff- The Adventures of Auroraman Annual was a collaboration comic - the characters in the comic come from other CCBA members' books.
Me- I guess great things happen when people put their egos aside and decide to work on a common goal. So, you mentioned attending conventions together or meeting at conventions; do ya'll attend the conventions together as vendors and split the table costs or do ya meet up just as fans?
Jeff- Some of us have split tables, other times we have asked to have our tables close or next to each other; and a couple shows we were guests at and they put our tables in the same area together.
Me- That's awesome man! I'd love to have that same camaraderie here in my neck of the woods. Notice I'm trying to pick your brain to see if we can duplicate your success, because I'm enamored with the idea of helping each other navigate the dangerous waters of creator owned comics. The way I see it, there's enough for everyone to have a piece of the pie; we don't have to kick anyone down for us to get a piece of the action. United we stand; divided we fall. Egos have to be left at the door though, we're all equal partners here; we're not rivals.
Jeff- Bingo! Personalities will be a big part of that.
Me- I totally agree. So, basically the Alliance operates like an umbrella, where many creators benefit from and help each other; but does the Alliance have a monetary structure behind it?
Jeff- No monetary structure. We thought, as soon as we edge close to anything that brings money in; stuff tends to slide sideways a bit. Small things have been ok, but any larger amount of money and things get messy; so we just left that idea alone for now.
Me- That's smart, after all "Money is the root of all Evil" as the say.
Me- Can you tell me who the members of the Alliance are?
Jeff- Sure, the members are (in no particular order): Andrew Thomas, Mark Armstrong Allard, Gary Boyarski, Brayden Martens, Alfonso Espinos, Mart Deschatelets, Elaine M Will, Ryan Howe, Scott W W Sawyer, Kevin Montpellier, Jeff Martin, Gmb Chomichukm, Sharon GauthierJason Sylvestre, Martin Boruta, James Zintel, Nathan Wahl, Davis Dewsbury, Andrew Lorenz, Dan Collins, Donovan Yaciuk, Josh Rose, Jamie Isfeld, Kevin Briones, Justin Shauf and Colin Work.
Me- Wow there's quite a few creators in the Canadian Alliance. So, to round this conversation; what advice would you give someone who's trying to create a group like the Canadian Comic Book Alliance?
Jeff- Egos at the door and make sure that everyone is friends going into it. All on the same playing field and page - no one is better or deserves more. You’ll grow better together.
Me- Better words were never spoken! Thanks for taking the time to talk comics my friend, I'm sure it won't be the last. And to you that's reading this, now that you know who the members of the Canadian Comic Book Alliance are, here is some of the work from many talented Canadian creators and as always... keep it Truthful!
The Avandrus Theory Kickstarter
Written By Manuel A. Carmona
So... a while back I reached out to some colleagues to discuss the possibility of working together on a brand new project as a collective. This is the first time in the thirteen plus years (at the time) living in Virginia that I've actually gone out of my way to collaborate with local artists. Now you may be asking yourself "why now?". Why after so many years is he finally reaching out to other comic book creators in the area?" Well, I did this for a variety of reasons:
1. I (like many comic book artists) tend to keep to myself and I'm trying to change that. Being a comic book artist is a lonely endeavor, you spend hours upon hours working on your books, you tend to become a hermit; especially if you do most of the work yourself. But in order to build community you need to socialize, create a network for yourself; at least that's what I'm hoping for.
2. I've been meaning to work on a project with brand new characters and add it to the Public Domain. I know for a fact that thousands of artists would love to work on a project and be allowed to use Batman, Superman or Spider-Man but obviously can't. I also know there's thousands of characters in the Public Domain that can be used by anyone, although there's no way to know for certain which characters you can use on your own projects and how; even though they're in the Public Domain.
So I thought to myself, why not come up with a new legend, a new story and new characters and allow anyone to use them? I reached out to my colleagues and to my surprise a few of them really liked the idea... so we went to work. We came up with a main character, a main villain, supporting cast and a fun concept that will allow for any artist to jump in at any time and not be jarring. I can't give you all the details at this moment but as soon as we have something more concrete we'll let you know, just know that we already started drawing pages, so this is coming sooner rather than later.
3. Why add it to the Public Domain or Creative Grounds? Simple, I want these characters to live on forever, I want people years from now to be able to use our characters and come up with their own adventures; I want these characters to live on through the minds of generations to come. Maybe they'll be set in a parallel Universe, maybe on a different Planet; but all part of the same legend. And lastly and more importantly, it's not all about money for me. Money doesn't drive me; creating a legacy that will live on through the ages does; I'm sure my Avandrus Theory colleagues feel the same way.
So, last month C.L. Zeno, Brian Lacy and myself launched our first Kickstarter together to produce the first issue of The Avandrus Theory. We set a goal of $2000.00 to cover printing and to our surprise the book was fully funded in less than 12 hours! By the end of the Kickstarter we had surpassed the $6,000.00 mark, more than tripling our original goal and allowing us to cover printing costs for issues #1 and #2. Humbled and grateful can't even come close to how we feel, ya'll really showed up for us and we've put our hearts and souls into this project; we hope you all enjoy what we've made for ya'll! From the minds of C.L. Zeno, Manuel A. Carmona and Brian Lacy comes... THE AVANDRUS THEORY!!!
Truthful Reviews: The Anchor
Written by Manuel A. Carmona
Since today is #throwbackthursday I decided to review an older book... let's review Boom Studios' The Anchor!
Published by Boom! Studios
Writer by Phil Hester
Illustrated by Brian Churillo
First things first, this book was a pleasant surprise! I don't know what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn't anything even remotely close to what this book brought to the table. At first glance this book is merely a punch up story and although it most definitely has plenty of fighting in it, it also has bits of religious overtones sprinkled in with some history as well; making a delicious stew of a beautifully illustrated religious carnage.
The story revolves around a stoic behemoth of a man with amazing powers who's sole purpose is to destroy these monsters that have suddenly appeared throughout the World. As the story progress we see more of his backstory and his reasons for being hellbent (no pun intended) in destroying these creatures.
Incorporating theology, history and very stylistic art, The Anchor is a book worth checking out. The art reminds me of Hellboy and with the inclusion of demons, ghosts and a monster hunter; any Hellboy fan would be pleased with this title. The book is fun, fast paced and beautiful to look at; overall a very entertaining read.