Alvaro Cortes Jr y Chago Rodriguez discuten varios temas de importancia sobre Puerto Rico Comic Con en relacion a la escena local de comics en Puerto Rico. Una discucion muy amena e informativa que todo fanatico y creador de comics deberia escuchar, analizar y llegar a su propia conclusion al respecto. Que lo disfruten y no olviden presionar el boton del Like y Sunscribirte a los canales de YouTube de Alvaro, Chago y Truthful Comics!
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Enter The Dangerzone Season 2 II Part 2 has begun! Let's take a quick look at the opening of Anyone Comics sister location in Long Island City, Queens... Everyone Comics & Books! Enjoy the video!
Suffolk Public Library's 6th annual, multi-fandom event ICONICON is back and Truthful Comics will be there in full force!!! Join us for the biggest free gathering of sci-fi, fantasy, comic books and Anime fans in the Suffolk, Virginia area. The event features a gaming tournament, comic book creators and publishers, cosplay contest, fan art contest, local vendors and so much more. This event is FREE to the public and it's a FAMILY FRIENDLY event, so bring you kids, your nephews, invite your neighbors, your coworkers and tell them they need to be at ICONICON.
Written by Manuel A. Carmona
Sometimes as artists we have a difficult time finding inspiration when it comes down to create. I know people immediately go to poetic answers when we talk about inspiration, but the reality is that in many cases; inspiration can come from the most unexpected places. For me, inspiration strikes anywhere and anytime; and I'm sure I'm not the only one. I could be driving around town and suddenly an old house gives me an idea for a horror story, or maybe a cool looking race car gives me the inspiration for a race story; so on and so forth. But, when it comes to sitting down at the drawing board and coming up with ideas, inspiration is elusive sometimes; that's why you have to be proactive when it comes to creating.
What do I mean by being proactive when it comes to creating? Simple, when inspiration hits; seize the moment. Don't wait until later in the day, don't let the muse escape you; stop what you're doing and create. You might be thinking "But sometimes we can't create at that specific moment in which inspiration hits, what then?" Well, here's what I do... I used to always carry with me some sort of notepad in case inspiration arrived; now I use the Notepad App on my phone. If an idea pops in my head, I simply pull out my phone and write a quick note; that way when I actually sit down to create I have a good starting point. That's me being proactive.
Now, the poetic answer about the things that inspire me is simple; my family. My kids have literally changed the way I view my art now, I don't create just for me; I create so that they can enjoy it as well. I've turned down projects because the themes are inappropriate for young audiences, cause as much as I appreciate fans loving my work; I appreciate my kids enjoying what I create even more. Other than my family, music inspires me.
Music is a powerful ally for creatives, it can motivate you, calm you down and some music can inspire you to create entire universes; for me music is as important as pencils and ink when it comes to creating art. Sometimes I need to illustrate a melancholic scene so I listen to Sarah McLaclhan, maybe I'm drawing a heartbreaking scene between two lovers so I listen to John Mayer, maybe I'm working on a fight scene so I listen to Eminem; it depends on what I'm working on at the moment but music never fails to inspire me. So there you go, my two main sources of inspiration are my family and music. Where Do YOU Find Inspiration When Creating Art?
What is IconiCon?
IconiCon is the biggest gathering of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comic and Anime fans in Suffolk, Virginia.
The Suffolk Public Library hosts the multi-fandom IconiCon in the spring each year complete with a Gaming Tournament, Cosplay Contest, Fan Art Contest, Exhibitors and more!
This event is FREE and for all ages.
10AM Doors Open!
10:30 Fantasy Themed Storytime with Ms. Elyssa
10-3 Demonstrations with Carlos Rivas of Mt Everest Karate Studio
10-3 Lego Fun with HARDLUG (Hampton Roads LEGO User Group)
10-3 Barony of Marinus
10-3 Passive Kids crafts
11AM Pop Culture Trivia
12PM Smash Bros. Tournament
Cosplay Contest Ages 0-8
1PM Maus & Banned Comics Panel with Geek Wellness Education
Fantasy Themed Storytime with Ms Elyssa
2PM Cosplay Contest Ages 13+
Art and Writing Contest Winner Announcements
Hang out with the @ThinkIndiePod team for a brand new episode sharing the love of ALL things #IndieComics and more! Join hosts: @Dodgy86inthemix @truthfulcomics @reikiwithtracy @paulgomez790 as they discuss and review King Spawn #1, Gunslinger Spawn #1, The Scorched #1 and the Spawn Universe as a whole. What did they expect when it was announced? Did it meet their expectations? Did it surpassed them? Join in the conversation by leaving your comment on their YouTube channel.
Also, they also discuss and review two more indie titles: first is the fantastic web comic Those Who Sleep by Kelley Leanne Harris, the second title the cover is Megatomic Battle Rabbit by Stu Perrins and Israel Huertas. Those Who Sleep is available on Webtoons and Megatomic Battle Rabbit is published by Fair Spark Books.
You can find the episode HERE!
The most important day of the year for independent publishers like ours is back! On Saturday, October 1st, 2022 indie creators and fans Worldwide will join in unison, both in person and online as well; to celebrate independent comics and their creators.
Buy Indie Comics Day was created so that independent comic book, zines, mini-comics, graphic novels and comics strip creators around the World could synergize on a single day designed exclusively to celebrate their work.
It is our hope that all comic book retailers across the Globe will take this as an opportunity to stock up on indie comics, that consumers will take a chance on new titles and creators they've probably never heard of and that creators have an event created specifically to showcase their work to a much larger audience than a normal comic book convention ever could.
If you're a comic book shop owner/manager or if you're an indie comics creator and you're wondering how you can be a part of this global event, here are some easy to follow graphics that show what you can do on such a glorious occasion as Buy Indie Comics Day! The guys over at Buy Indie Comics Day want this year top be their biggest ever and we feel it might just be if we all join forces and start early, hence us pushing it in February!
Please, contact your local comics shops and ask what they have planned for Buy Indie Comics Day, if they don't have anything planned for that day then it's your time to shine and be a part of this Global movement! We're counting on you!
On this episode "The Katz" explore the range of comics from Albatross Funnybooks! And why you should check out their amazing books. Their range of titles can be found in your Local Comic Book Store, Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=albatross+... Their trades & graphic novels can be found in Good Book Stores and also check out their official website: https://shop.albatrossfunnybooks.com/ Thanks for listening / watching!
The Sunder Katz is hosted by: Dodgy @Dodgy86inthemix, Manny @truthfulcomics, Tracy @reikiwithtracy and Paul G @paulgomez790
Watch Ep.13 of The Sunder Katz HERE!
Written by Manuel A. Carmona
Today is a sad day for the comic book scene in Puerto Rico because Miguel Angel Sanjurjo, creator of Jibaro Samurai; has passed away. One of the most beloved and respected comics creators in the island, Miguel was as funny as he was talented. I know because I knew him personally. Back when I was living in Puerto Rico there was a growing local comics scene and we all got to know each other in some capacity, obviously some more than others, but with "Guelo" as his friends called him; we actually became quite close for short while.
I was doing my things as indie creators usually do, but in those times there was a group of creators who decided to join forces with whom they believed were the most talented creators at the time and also creators who'd work well with one another; this studio was called Algaro Comics. The group consisted of Efrain Morales, Rigo Jimemez, Joel Vazquez, Miguel Sanjurjo and they invited me to join as well.
For a while it was great and I have fond memories from those times, few as they were; I still remember many fun interactions with Guelo. We actually went to a few comic conventions together, we did a 12 Hour and a 24 Hour Comic Book Day Challenge, we met a few times at Cosplay meets and everytime we had a blast! It's always special when you meet someone who is as talented as you and as confident in his abilities as you are but also has humility and enjoys sharing his/her secrets, techniques and enjoys the experience of sitting down with other artists and just draw for the fun of it; almost like musicians jamming together. We had a bunch of those experiences and it pains me to say we drifted apart and we never got back in touch or could spend quality time like we used to. I'm not sure why we drifted apart, maybe the long distance, maybe his click didn't approve of him associating with me, maybe my arrogance pushed him away; whatever the case may be; it hurts because I never stopped respecting and admiring his work.
I know he'd been struggling with his health for the past few years and his mental health deteriorated quite a bit, which made it even harder for me because I knew I missed my chance to make amends, to explain to him that I always enjoyed our time together and always had fun hanging out with him; but like it usually happens I waited too long to say or do anything and now I have to live with it. Hopefully he's in a better place now, hopefully he sees the love towards him from our community, from his friends and hopefully he sees my heart and feels my sorrow and regret for waiting too long. I'll miss you and your work Guelo, and so will many, many more people! Rest in Peace and always... YUKA SLASH!!!
PS. Here are some photos from various events we spend time together.
When you talk about the true comic book titans it doesn't matter who you ask, they'll inevitably mention George Perez and with good reason; George worked on pretty much every title at Marvel and DC Comics with great success at both. To say he's the most successful and respected comic book artist of Puerto Rican decent is an understatement, since he's one of the best comic book artists the World has ever seen; period!
George Pérez was born in the South Bronx, New York City, on June 9, 1954, to Jorge Guzman Pérez and Luz Maria Izquierdo, who were both from Caguas, Puerto Rico, but who did not meet until approximately 1949 or 1950, after both had settled in New Jersey while searching for job opportunities. Pérez' first involvement with the comics industry was as artist Rich Buckler's assistant in 1973, and he made his professional debut in Marvel Comics Astonishing Tales #25 (Aug. 1974) as penciler of an untitled two-page satire of Buckler's character Deathlok, star of that comic's main feature. Soon after Pérez became a Marvel Comics regular artist, penciling a run of "Sons of the Tiger", a serialized action-adventure strip published in Marvel's long-running Deadly Hands of Kung Fu magazine and authored by Bill Mantlo. He and Mantlo co-created the White Tiger (the first Puerto Rican superhero in comics), a character that soon appeared in Marvel's color comics, most notably the Spider-Man titles.
Pérez came to prominence with Marvel's superhero-team comic The Avengers, starting with issue #141. In the 1970s, Pérez illustrated several other Marvel titles, including The Inhumans and The Fantastic Four. Whilst most of Pérez' Fantastic Four issues were written by Roy Thomas or Len Wein, it would be a Fantastic Four Annual where he would have his first major collaboration with writer Marv Wolfman. Pérez drew the first part of writer Jim Shooter's "The Korvac Saga", which featured nearly every Avenger who joined the team up to that point. Writer David Michelinie and Pérez created the Taskmaster in The Avengers #195 (May 1980).
In 1980, while drawing The Avengers for Marvel, Pérez began working for their rival DC Comics. Offered the art chores for the launch of The New Teen Titans, written by Wolfman, Pérez' real incentive was the opportunity to draw Justice League of America. Long-time Justice League artist Dick Dillin died right around that time, providing an opportunity for Pérez to step in as regular artist. While Pérez' stint on the JLA was popular with fans, he received greater attention for his work on The New Teen Titans, which was launched in a special preview in DC Comics Presents #26 (October 1980). This incarnation of the Titans was intended to be DC's answer to Marvel's increasingly popular X-Men comic, and it became highly successful.
Pérez took a leave of absence from The New Teen Titans in 1984 to focus on his next project with Marv Wolfman, DC's 1985 50th-anniversary event, Crisis on Infinite Earths. Crisis purportedly featured every single character DC owned, in a story which radically restructured the DC universe's continuity. After Crisis, Pérez inked the final issue of Superman (issue #423) in September 1986, over Curt Swan's pencils, for part one of the two-part story "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?" by writer Alan Moore. The following month, Pérez was one of the artists on Batman #400 (October 1986). Wolfman and Pérez teamed again to produce the History of the DC Universe limited series to summarize the revised history of their fictional universe.
Pérez also played a key role in the 1987 reboot of the Wonder Woman franchise. Inspired by John Byrne and Frank Miller's work on Superman and Batman, Pérez came in as the plotter and penciler of the series, which tied the character more closely to the Greek gods and jettisoned many other elements of her history. The series was a very successful relaunch of one of DC's flagship characters. Pérez worked on the title for five years, leaving as artist after issue #24, but remaining as writer up to issue #62, leaving in 1992. Pérez returned to the character in 2001, co-writing a two-part story in issues #168–169 with writer/artist Phil Jimenez. Pérez also drew the cover for Wonder Woman #600 (Aug. 2010) as well as some interior art. For the successful 2017 Wonder Woman feature film, director Patty Jenkins would credit Pérez's work on the title character as a major influence, on par with the work of the original creator, William Moulton Marston.
There's so much more we could talk about, so many titles he worked on, so many anecdotes from fans and peers alike that it would take a thousand blog posts to even make a dent; but I just want to shine a spotlight on how gigantic of an impact he made in the industry. Me personally, I didn't appreciate his work early on because I was looking more for expression and flash rather than detail and craftsmanship. I was more into Kirby and/or McFarlane, talk about contrast! But as I grew up and dabbled in illustration myself, I finally understood the importance of what George Perez did; and even more so for me since we're both of Puerto Rican decent.
It's crazy to think that the World celebrates George Perez' legacy, yet in Puerto Rico no news channel or outlet even knows who he is; much less talk about him. To me it's a perfect example of why art means so little in Puerto Rico unless you paint a traditional scene or do graffiti; the knowledge and understanding of art is EXTREMELY LIMITED in The Island of Enchantment. You would think that the media over there would celebrate someone who's had such an illustrious career but like I said, they have a very limited concept of art. I truly hope the people of Puerto Rico give George the respect he deserves before he passes away but if they haven't done it thus far, I don't see it happening; which is truly sad. Nevertheless, he has legions of fans who adore him, who've shown him love throughout the years and will treasure his work for generations to come; George Perez will live on forever through his work and through his fans.
Long Live Perez!