Written by Manuel A. Carmona
Well, I guess the cats out of the bag; The Truthful Comics Podcast will be coming back this Summer! Alvaro Cortez Ortiz Jr (The Mighty Warlord, The Mysterious Exorcist, Project: New Wave) and Manuel A. Carmona (Project: New Wave, Captain Action) will be joining forces once more to bring you a monthly podcast dedicated to bring you all the news regarding Truthful Comics for your listening pleasure. The format will tentatively be one monthly episode, around 30-45 minutes long and the hosts will fill you in on everything that's happen the previous month and will give you a preview of what's coming next month from Truthful Comics.
The episodes will be posted exclusively on our website the last Monday of the month but a slide show version will be posted the next day exclusive on the Truthful Comics YouTube page. Besides telling you what went down and what's will be happening with Truthful Comics, Alvaro and Manuel will also be recording individual episodes that will range from in store signings, Q&As, Live streams, maybe do an episode talking about their artistic inspirations, etc. They'll also be discussing more in depth some of the blogs they've written on the site so that way, maybe people that are on the go don't have time to read a long blog but they can listen to it instead.
We'll be letting everyone know the exact launch date exclusively on our website so stay tuned!
Well, the hits keep on coming thanks to the Covid-19 Pandemic. An event we were very excited to be a part of has been cancelled making this the third cancelled event this year. Here's their press release:
Written by Manuel A. Carmona
These are scary and uncertain times we're living in these days, but it's nothing new; we should've been ready for it by now. I'm not saying we should've known how to handle a virus that we didn't even knew existed, much less that it had the capacity to cripple society like it has; I meant that we've dealt with enough tragedies in our lifetime to have learned our lesson and always be prepared. Obviously, by the chaos we're seeing from people fighting each other over toilet paper, people partying during Spring Break while being warned there's a virus swallowing the entire Planet and there's no cure in sight or people camping outside of supermarkets to buy everything they can get their hands on without even realizing most of that stuff will go bad in a week; we've learned nothing from our previous mistakes.
In my household we live under a certain... code that we follow religiously: Love God, Love One Another and Love Our Neighbors. I however, taught the wife MY personal Mantra, one I've lived by since I was very young: Hope for the best but ALWAYS prepare for the worst. Because I live by that Mantra we're always one step ahead of bad situations. We have means to store food, medicine, cleaning products, weapons, B.O.Bs (Bug Out Bags), maps, alternative routes; etc. So when this whole craziness of people going to stores desperate trying to buy the last roll of toilet paper began, we sat at our house thinking to ourselves how clueless some of these people are, how unprepared and/or unaware some people live their lives and it's sad but I guess we're witnessing Darwinism at it's finest... some people have learned from their mistakes and evolved while others are flocking supermarkets under a contagious pandemic trying to buy cases of toilet paper and Lysol.
So, since we were prepared from the start, I've taken advantage of this quarantine to work on a few projects I've been putting off because of lack of time. It's been a stressful time for everyone I'm sure, especially those in high risk areas but me personally; I've tried to not be overwhelmed with the situation and used this time to stay productive and creative. I've been busy finishing a short story I did for last year's 12 Hour Comics Day tentatively titled Spaceboy 2020, which will be part of the upcoming Truthful Comics Presents relaunch later this year.
I've also seen many of my colleagues doing the same, trying to stay positive and focusing on their projects although I know it's been extremely hard for some of them due to all the event cancellations because of this Pandemic; since they make a big chunk of money at these conventions. So, if you know any creators who've mentioned on social media that their upcoming events have been cancelled be a blessing to them by supporting them, buy one of their books, t-shirts, prints or anything else they produce; we all need to help each other out during this difficult times. Stay safe, stay indoors as much as possible and stay informed; we'll get through this together. As always... keep it Truthful!
March 28th - North Suffolk Public Library, Suffolk, VA
Join us for the 5th Annual IconiCon! This multi-fandom event is free to attend and open to all ages. We'll have vendors, panels, a cosplay contest and fan art contest, themed storytime and activities for kids, gaming tournament, family-friendly DnD, trivia contest, karaoke and more. Stay tuned for event details and special announcements!
Confirmed Vendors and Groups: Hampton Roads Droid Builders, Hampton Roads LEGO User Group (HARDLUG), The Rebel Legion Freedom Base, Darkon: Realm of Orcs, DreamPunk Press, CriAtions and Hats, Fehu Studio, 21st Century Sandshark Studios, Toonopolis with Jeremy Rodden, Ubercross/Guilded Age, Fauntroy Comics, Seppuku Comics, Millennial Comics, Author Katherine Bond, Saberdog Art (Comic Creator Kristin Mehaffey), Miguel Draws, Sinister At Arms Cosplay,
Jeffrey Onwularu, Comic Artist/Cartoonist/Animator, Toons by Troy, Truthful Comics and many more!
April 18th - Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA
Regent Con is returning for its 5th year on Saturday, April 18th, 2020 from 11 am to 7 pm! This convention is a family friendly event for all those LOVE comics, anime, cosplay, and fantasy!!
May 9th - Virginia High School, Bristol, TN
Join us at the newest, most exciting comics convention in Northern, Tennessee! Comic books, Cosplayers, toys, sci-fi memorabilia and lots of fans; it doesn't get any better than this!
"A fun convention with proceeds going to local scholarships. I suggest everyone check it out!"
PLASTIC CITY COMIC CON
August 1st - Wallace Civic Center, Fitchburg, MA
The Plastic City Comic Con Returns for our fifth and best year!
$5 Admission and Kids 12 and under Admission is Free! Bring the family down and share our love of comic books with celebrity creators, local talent and vendors! Free Parking! Plastic City Comic Con is the premier event for comics, toys and pop culture fans in North Central Massachusetts! Jam packed with comic artists, writers, creators and comic celebrities!
Today we want to delve into the mind of Alvaro Cortez Ortiz Jr, Editor-In-Chief of Truthful Comics and writer of many titles including Fred Peterson: The mighty Warlord, The mysterious Exorcist, Cannon Girl and Project: New Wave just to name a few.
When did you came up with the idea for Fred Peterson: The Mighty Warlord?
In 8th grade, actually. One of my best friends and me had this ongoing competition of creating characters and pitting them against each other. One day I saw a promo on a magazine for the manga Appleseed, which I had never seen before. It also had an ad for a Terminator comic, so I kind of just meshed the visuals of both ads. The personality came about more from reading The Ray (90s version) and the anime Tekkaman Blade (Teknoman in the US) and Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X in the US).
What is the creative team behind your comic?
Just myself, though I might have to eventually outsource at least the coloring or lettering. But for now, just me.
What's the premise behind TMW?
Basically a guy that doesn't want to be a hero who turns out to be a time displaced prince that has to stop a world menacing threat. All while his personal life comes undone ad his fridge is empty.
How many issues do you have planned to produce?
I'm hoping 100 is enough, though I honestly don't know at this rate.
Is TMW going to be a long running series or a mini-series?
Long running series. LONG running series LOL
Because now is the best time to self-publish. We have advances in technology and distribution we didn't have before. The internet is a game changer and print on demand services and webcomic hosting sites, hosting on your own site, it's easier than ever to make a product, promote it, and have eyes all over the world on it.
How do you separate yourself from the thousands who self publish their books every year?
Speaking for myself, I try to do a lot of world building and character development. It's a love letter to all the comics I loved in the late 80s and 90s. It's almost a very personal comic, really, but at the same time, that's why readers that usually don't read super hero comics actually read mine and identify with many of the characters and situations.
So where can fans get their very own copy of TMW?
Right now you can only get the original versions of the prologue, webisodes Volume 1, and issues 1-2 at indyplanet.com
So what’s in store for TMW?
I'm doing the printed edition from scratch due to various circumstances, so I'm planning on doing trade editions, calling them the Truthful Comics Edition of the story. It's not a simple panel-for-panel remake, I'm going to cut were I need to cut, and extend where I need to extend. It's not just a shiny new edition, it will have content that is new and that will matter to the story.
Are you working on any other projects at the moment?
Always! I'm writing Project: New Wave for Manuel Carmona, I freelance as a writer so I have a few things coming out from Silver Island Studios, I also have a lot of webcomics and comics I have under my sleeve for TC.
Anything else you wanna share with us?
Being indie, don't hold yourself back. You don't have the restraints of bigger companies and you have no one except yourself and your audience to be accountable for. So experiment, have fun, go as dark, as serious, or as silly as you want, but CREATE.
Hoy queremos estudiar la mente de Álvaro Cortez Ortiz Jr, Editor-In-Chief de Truthful Comics y escritor de muchos títulos, entre ellos Fred Peterson: The mighty Warlord, The Misterioso Exorcist, Cannon Girl y Project: New Wave solo por nombrar algunos.
¿Cuándo se te ocurrió la idea de Fred Peterson: The Mighty Warlord?
En octavo grado, en realidad. Uno de mis mejores amigos y yo teníamos una competencia continua de crear personajes y enfrentarlos entre sí. Un día vi una promoción en una revista para el manga Appleseed, que nunca había visto antes. También tenía un anuncio para un cómic de Terminator, así que acabo de mallar los gráficos de ambos anuncios. La personalidad surgió más de la lectura de The Ray (versión de los 90) y el anime Tekkaman Blade (Teknoman en los Estados Unidos) y Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X en los EE.UU.).
¿Cuál es el equipo creativo detrás de su cómic?
Sólo yo mismo, aunque podría tener que eventualmente externalizar al menos el color o las letras. Pero por ahora, sólo yo.
¿Cuál es la premisa detrás de TMW?
Básicamente un tipo que no quiere ser un héroe que resulta ser un príncipe desplazado por el tiempo que tiene que detener una amenaza amenazante del mundo. Todo mientras su vida personal se deshace su refrigerador está vacío.
¿Cuántos problemas tiene planeado producir?
Espero que 100 sea suficiente, aunque honestamente no lo sé a este paso.
¿TMW va a ser una serie de larga duración o una miniserie?
Serie de larga duración. LARGA serie de carrera LOL
¿Por qué autopublicarse?
Porque ahora es el mejor momento para autopublicar. Tenemos avances en tecnología y distribución que no teníamos antes. Internet es un cambiador de juegos e imprimir servicios bajo demanda y sitios de alojamiento webcomic, alojamiento en su propio sitio, es más fácil que nunca para hacer un producto, promoverlo, y tener ojos en todo el mundo en él.
¿Cómo te separas de los miles que autopublican sus libros cada año?
Hablando por mí mismo, trato de hacer una gran cantidad de construcción mundial y desarrollo de personajes. Es una carta de amor a todos los cómics que amaba a finales de los 80 y 90. Es casi un cómic muy personal, en realidad, pero al mismo tiempo, es por eso que los lectores que por lo general no leen cómics de superhéroes realmente leen el mío e se identifican con muchos de los personajes y situaciones.
Entonces, ¿dónde pueden los fans obtener su propia copia de TMW?
En este momento sólo se pueden obtener las versiones originales del prólogo, webisodes Volumen 1, y los números 1-2 en indyplanet.com
Entonces, ¿qué hay reservado para TMW?
Estoy haciendo la edición impresa desde cero debido a varias circunstancias, así que estoy planeando hacer ediciones comerciales, llamándolas la Edición de La Verdad de cómics de la historia. No es un simple remake panel por panel, voy a cortar si necesito cortar, y extender donde necesito extender. No es sólo una nueva edición brillante, tendrá contenido que es nuevo y que importará a la historia.
¿Estás trabajando en otros proyectos en este momento?
¡Siempre! Estoy escribiendo Project: New Wave para Manuel Carmona, soy freelance como escritor así que tengo algunas cosas que salen de Silver Island Studios, también tengo un montón de webcomics y cómics que tengo bajo mi manga para TC.
¿Algo más que quieras compartir con nosotros?
Ser indie, no te detienes. No tienes las restricciones de las empresas más grandes y no tienes a nadie más que a ti mismo y a tu audiencia para ser responsable. Así que experimenta, diviértete, ve tan oscuro, tan serio, o tan tonto como quieras, pero CREA.
As our star colorist Francisco J. Rivera begins sending in the pages for Project: New Wave #2 we find ourselves at a loss for words, somehow he outdid someone who' we never thought he could; himself! Issue #2 is scheduled to be released around August, just in time for Plastic City Comic Con in Fitchburg, Massachussets; but we decided to give the fans a sneak peek of the interior art and get some feedback from all of you. We hope you like the artwork as much as we did and remember... keep it Truthful!
Al ver que nuestro colorist estrella Francisco J. Rivera comienza a enviar las páginas de Project: New Wave #2 no ha dejado sin palabras, de alguna manera superó a alguien que nunca pensamos que podría; ¡él mismo! El comic #2 está programado para ser lanzado como en Agosto, justo a tiempo para Plastic City Comic Con en Fitchburg, Massachusetts, pero decidimos darles a los fanáticos un vistazo del arte interior y obtener algunos comentarios de todos ustedes. Esperamos que les guste la pagina tanto como a nosotros y recuerden ... ¡manténganlo Truthful!
If Jack Kirby was alive and in his prime today, would his books sell and/or would he be relevant in the comic book world? Before we go in depth on my thoughts on this matter, I feel is extremely important to give everyone a brief history on who was Jack Kirby and why he's consider by everyone in the comic book field as the "king" of comics.
Jack Kirby (August 28, 1917 – February 6, 1994), born Jacob Kurtzberg, was an American comic book artist, writer and editor regarded by historians and fans as one of the major innovators and most influential creators in the comic book medium. Growing up poor in New York City, Kurtzberg entered the nascent comics industry in the 1930s. He drew various comics features under different pen names, including Jack Curtiss, ultimately settling on Jack Kirby. In 1940, he and writer-editor Joe Simon created the highly successful superhero character Captain America for Timely Comics, predecessor of Marvel Comics. During the 1940s, Kirby, generally teamed with Simon, created numerous characters for that company and for National Comics, the company that later became DC Comics.
After serving in World War II, Kirby returned to comics and worked in a variety of genres. He produced work for a number of publishers, including DC, Harvey Comics,Hillman Periodicals and Crestwood Publications, where he and Simon created the genre of romance comics. He and Simon also launched their own short-lived comic company, Mainline Publications. Kirby ultimately found himself at Timely's 1950s iteration, Atlas Comics, soon to become Marvel. There, in the 1960s, he and writer-editor Stan Lee co-created many of Marvel's major characters, including the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the Hulk. Despite the high sales and critical acclaim of the Lee-Kirby titles, however, Kirby felt treated unfairly, and left the company in 1970 for rival DC. There Kirby created his Fourth World saga, which spanned several comics titles. While these series proved commercially unsuccessful and were canceled, the Fourth World's New Gods have continued as a significant part of the DC Universe. Kirby returned to Marvel briefly in the mid-to-late 1970s, then ventured into television animation and independent comics. In his later years, Kirby, who has been called "the William Blake of comics", began receiving great recognition in the mainstream press for his career accomplishments, and in 1987 he was one of the three inaugural inductees of the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame. The Jack Kirby Awards and Jack Kirby Hall of Fame were named in his honor.
Recently, there have been conversations in a forum I frequent on a daily basis about the impact Jack Kirbywould have, if any, if he was alive and in his prime in today's comics. Some comic book fans think that his books wouldn't sell and basically he wouldn't be relevant in any real way; to which I say thee nay! :) Now, if you look at Kirby's art for the first time it would be kind of jarring and off quilter, but to say that the books wouldn't sell or that the art in comics has gotten better... than Kirby's art, again... I SAY THEE NAY!!!
Let's look at the facts, Jack Kirby was, and still is to this day, the most creative person in the comic book world, and quite possibly any media. Look at the hundreds, if not thousands of characters, concepts and stories that he came up with, the amount of work he produced, the quality or his work, any way you look at it; he's known as the king for a reason. Another important fact that we cannot overlook is the amount of creators who've been directly influenced by Kirby. You can literally see and feel Kirby's influence in some of these creators' art style and they're some of the most respected professionals in the comics field today; to think that they're relevant, on top of their game and moving the comics world forward and think that Kirby wouldn't be relevant in today's comics is plain stupid.
Let's look at some of the creators who've been so heavily influenced by Jack Kirby shall we?
With just these three names alone should be understood that Kirby is, and always will be the most important and influential creator in comics, but the list doesn't end there, there are hundreds of creators who specifically point to Jack Kirby for their inspiration and view him as a teacher of the medium, and to say that a book drawn by Kirby wouldn't sell in this day and age is not only ridiculous, but also incredibly disrespectful. Another ridiculous statement is that art has gotten better with the years, to which I say not really. The art in comics specifically has gotten flashier and more colorful, but not necessarily better.
If you claim that the art has gotten better, how can you explain that some of the most coveted artwork, and most impressive I might add, is none other than George Perez's work from the 80's and early 90's. His art hasn't changed much in the last 30 years, but is it not at the top of the game still to this day? It absolutely is! Same goes with artists like Phil Jimenez, Howard Chaykin, Walt Simmonson or even Neal Adams. The same rule applies to Jack Kirby's work. In this day and age, inkers and colorists are much more talented and have more freedom to take the artwork and make it much better than what it originally was, and if Kirby would've had an inker like, oh let's say Danny Miki (Spawn, Batman) or Jonathan Glapion (Batman), or a colorist like Brian Haberlin (Spawn) or Nathan Eyring (Earth 2) and you'll see somthing you've never seen before, you'll see Kirby's pencils in a whole new light because they'll have that little "extra" push to it that will bring it to the current era of comics. But, this is all and educated guess knowing what I know about art and how comic book artwork gets done, others that might not have the knowledge or the art education might see Kirby's work as "old" or "dated" but all I see when I flip through a comic drawn by Jack Kirby is... a genius!
Hey, everyone, Lance Danger here once again, and I'd like to write briefly about going back to school to learn my craft better. It was back in 2014, when I decided to go to SVA, it was decided that the only way really to get there was going through KCC first in order to have the credits necessary and the grades necessary since my high school messed up my transcripts a bit.
I had to take a test to get in, which was a bit nerve wracking since I hadn't taken a test in forever. And I also had to write an essay on the spot as part of the test. Thankfully, I passed with flying colors, and this new adventure began.
I majored in an associates degree in fine arts. I took as many classes relevant to compliment the art classes. I started with figure art and painting.
The figure drawing class was the first time I ever drew with models and forcing myself to draw objects I had never done or wasn't too bothered with trying. And it was amazing. To be in a room with other artists, drawing the same thing at the same time and yet seeing so many different styles and interpretations was really inspiring to me.
With the painting class, it was more difficult because my experience with painting was, in a word, lacking.
But the professors were top notch and really knew their thing. I was doing great. Until I fractured my right hand close to finals!
So, I had to do art AND paintings finals with a fractured hand. So, I used mainly my left hand because I did not want to quit, I couldn't, I had come too far to just give up. Sometimes I'd even still use my right hand through the cast. Sure, t did eventually slow down my healing, but I had a few weeks to heal after the semester ended and the special winter classes began.
As a result, I got one of my paintings from my finals to be exhibited at the student exhibit at the campus museum, and I passed my classes with better grades than I would have thought considering, you know, having a fractured freaking hand.
Then for the second semester, I took the advanced drawing and painting classes along with sculpture. Sculpting was completely new to me, so that was interesting, and luckily enough, I got the hang of it pretty fast! I was in a good upswing in my drawing and painting classes....and towards finals again, I fractured a finger on my LEFT hand.
Again, I battled through the pain, and one of my sculptures was selected for the student exhibit as well! Hey, I'm an artist, it's natural to work through pain!
In my final semester I took modern art and social art, where one of the mock posters I made for the book "Just Mercy" was presented in a big screen and I spoke of the inspiration behind it during a panel at campus discussing the book and it's cultural impact. I had NEVER seen my art displayed on something so...large. Also, no broken bones at the end of my journey through KCC, so, yay!
I ended up graduating with honors and having had my art exhibited at an actual museum, which is MIND BLOWING to me. If you're young and wondering if you want to go to art school, definitely give community colleges a try at least to save up on money compared to starting from scratch at a big art school like Cal Arts, RISDI, or SVA.
I wouldn't trade my experiences at KCC for anything in the world, and I actually still in contact with some friends I made in my time there, talented artists in their own right.
And if you're reading this, this is my message to you:
Don't stop pursuing your dreams, your happiness. If it's something you're passionate about and you truly believe in, you have an obligation to yourself to share those talents and dreams to the world. Lose, draw, or win, it's better to try and let the chips fall where they may than not try at all.
Hello, everybody! Your pal Lance Danger here, been a while!
So, let's talk indie, ok? On Wednesday I was lucky enough to go to the release party for the crossover comic Tales of the Night Watchman/The Red Hook at my LCS, Anyone Comics. That in itself was a blast, but to make it even cooler, writer Vita Ayala popped up and randomly did and impromptu signing! This guy right here got the new James Bond #1 signed by her and the artist, SWEEEET!
Tales of The Night Watchman I have been following for a while now. I first saw the comic at Strand Book Stores. I didn't get it at the time but I was always curious. Then when I enrolled at SVA, I saw it in their library as well! I didn't get to flip through it because I was always swamped with work. Then when I moved and happened to run into the comic shop Anyone Comics, I ran into the comic AGAIN, and I got it. I've had it on my pull list ever since.
The Red Hook is a comic I found through the announcement of this crossover. The announcement came . out about the time volume 1 of the webcomic came out through Image Comics. I've been a steady reader on Webtoons ever since.
This release party was amazing! The creative team for the book was on board as well as the respective creators. It was a night of comics, drinks, and camaraderie that makes me feel happy and proud to be a geek. I got my copy from my pull list (of course) and got my stash as well, so I'm going to be well read over the next few days.
Activities like this are important for the creative community and I'm so happy that places like Anyone Comics exists and gives a space to indie creators like this.
If you want to check out these comics, check out www.sowhatpress.com/ and www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/the-red-hook/list?title_no=643&page=1
Enough words, though, check out the pics! And until next time, see ya' when I ya'! -Lance Danger