A Week-by-week account on the trials and tribulations of my latest Kickstarter campaign. Despite this being my 4th Kickstarter and all the research and pre-promotion I had done, the campaign didn’t actually bust out of the gates like gangbusters. But it has been steadily chugging along. “I hope I can. I hope I can.”
There has been a lot of noise, lately, from various camps about the racial retconning of many classic comic book characters. I have to say, I think it’s a good thing.
There’s a book by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne called Blue Ocean Strategy. It’s not a comic book or a graphic novel. Heck, it’s not even fiction. What it is is a business book. “Ramon, why are you writing about a business book?” you may ask. Well, because if you’re trying to make money in comics, then it’s not just an art it’s a business! So what is the Blue Ocean Strategy? Basically the concept is that you want to start a business in a blue ocean versus a red ocean. In a red ocean, there’s lots of competition. A lot…
We’ve all done it. Look at a piece of art, a page, or a whole book and we turn our heads sideways and “squint,” sometimes metaphorically, until it looks good to us. We do this with our friend’s works and also with our own.
I don’t really make a lot of noise about it since I’m trying to do this subtly, but one my missions in life is to raise the visibility of minorities in the media, especially Asian Americans. If you look closely at almost all my comic book work, you’ll find that they feature people of color as the lead characters. Contributing to the Gwan Anthology is an opportunity to further that mission.
I recently had to write content for a “Career Tips” page for the new website The Comics Professionals Directory. Here’s what I came up with:
I’ve seen the ’66 Batmobile lots of times. Once at Cerritos Mall as a teenager and a few times at various comic cons. But at Hudson Valley Comic Con, I had the good fortune of tabling next to Jane Haslam, cosplay photographer extraordinaire!
Here’s an updated list of comics-related websites. I first researched these rankings a year ago partly out of curiosity but also because I was trying to figure out what the best sites were to post my comic book work. Some of them really are apples and oranges, and not all of them are exclusively “comic book” sites, but I think the information is useful none-the-less. I also threw in Marvel, DC and Image purely as points of reference.
My latest sci-fi tale is halfway through production and will be out soon! The daughter of a Space Shuttle Challenger astronaut uncovers a secret alien armada protecting the earth. Weaving science fiction with historical events, Senturies touches on everything from the Shuttle disasters, the Iraqi War, Ronald Reagan and more! Art by Ian Waryanto, Colors by Macarena Cortes, Story by me!
Whether you’re a seasoned indie comic creator or an aspiring one, there’s something you can probably take away from my traveling workshop “The Nuts & Bolts of Making Comics!” The seminar covers everything from getting started, funding your comic, collaborating, marketing and more! Here are the dates and locations for this workshop: AlbaCon Albany, NY – March 4, 2016 Hudson Valley Comic Con Poughkeepsie, NY – May 8, 2016 Eternal Con Garden City, NY – June 11, 2016 More dates to come!