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Boston Comic Con was a Great Learning Experience!

I did an Artist Alley table for the first time and it was quite an experience. Met a lot of great folks and learned a lot of things from some really cool creators! Anthony Del Col, Kill Shakespeare – Leverage all your skills when you’re pitching your comic. If you can do marketing, say so! Bob Salley, The Salvagers – If it’s more important that you let people know about your comic than for you to make $2.99 off each issue, then give it away. Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, Nick Pitarra, Ming Doyle (Image Panel) – After we got our…

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Superheroes Under the Brooklyn Bridge

I was walking around Dumbo last week and saw this amazing installation exhibit under the Brooklyn Bridge. “Each of the photographers in this exhibition has approached the subject of superheroes as a allegorical exploration of social issues, whether it be the unsung heroes all around us, the innate desire of humanity to believe in powers greater than ourselves, or upending gender roles and stereotypes.” – (super)heroes – a FENCE project Check it out at http://unitedphotoindustries.com  

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What I Learned from Attending Three Comic-Cons in One Weekend

There were several Comic Conventions that were on this past weekend and I was crazy enough to attend three of them. Partly to network, partly to gather information but mostly to pass out the Preview Edition of my Scifies Anthology. I usually keep a record of things I learned so why not post it here. “Build relationships with people who are your peers. You will get more opportunities and support from them than anyone else.” – Greg Pak, CodeMonkey “If you don’t eat, drink, breath and dream comics, then don’t become a comic book creator. You have to be that…

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How I Spat on Tom DeFalco, Almost!

It was late 1993 and I was sitting alone at the San Diego Comic Con cafeteria after a round of portfolio reviews. Most of the feedback was positive. A few folks like Jim Shooter, Jim Salicrup and Joseph Naftali had even told me to call them when I moved to New York in a month so I was pretty excited. When all of sudden, Tom DeFalco, then Editor-in-Chief at Marvel Comics, comes up with a bunch of Marvel folks holding food trays in their hands. He asked “Mind if we share this table?” I was in the middle of sipping…

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Kickstarter Launches Despite Snags!

On Wednesday, May 21, we officially launched our Kickstarter Campaign during the launch party at the Ugly Kitchen! And what an ordeal that was! After weeks of phone tag with the venue, waiting for illustrators to submit work for the kickstarter page, and printing up marketing materials, I finally had all the pieces to launch! Or so I thought! Your Kickstarter account is not complete until your Amazon Payment account is set up and for that they need your letter of “employee ID number confirmation” from the IRS! (which I probably received way back in 2006 and God only knows…

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Making Connections at Asbury Park!

Wife wanted to get out of the house today so we went down to NJ to check out the Asbury Park Comic Con. The trip was worth it as I got a chance to recruit Rudy Nebres, one of the first Filipinos who came to the US in the seventies to work for the American comic book industry along with Nestor Redondo and Tony Dezuniga, whom I had met 20 years ago. Here’s Rudy with his wife Dolores. Also had a great conversation with legendary artist Jim Steranko about the good old days and how artist and writers get paid…

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To The Batmobile!

As I embark on resurrecting my career as a Comic Book creator, I thought it would be a good idea to have a vision/mission statement to guide me and keep me focused. So here goes: To tell the stories that have been knocking about in my head and keeping me up at night all my life. To promote cultural diversity in the stories that I write and the people with whom I collaborate. To bring indy/alternative comics to the mainstream public (People who don’t usually read comics). What’s not mentioned, but I believe goes without saying, is to produce GREAT…

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Big Thanks to Pronto Comics!

As part of my journey to becoming a comic book professional, I’ve been making it a point to network with other comic book creators. I joined a really cool group of guys who self-publish under the name Pronto Comics. They held a competition a few weeks back called “Phrases-to-Pages” wherein they paired writers and artists then gave us 45 minutes to write and draw a one-page comic based on the announced theme (“War is Hell but Peace is Boring”). It was loads of fun and Jesse Pindus and I won first-prize! Here is our piece on display at Pronto’s first…

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After a 20 Years, I’m Almost There.

It was 1993. After years of dreaming and drawing, I had made the move to New York City to become a comic book artist. Luckily I got work as a penciller for Vortex Comics doing NASCAR autobiographies. It wasn’t DC or Marvel, but at least being a “professional” got me free passes to the comic book conventions. I was beginning to live the dream. What I didn’t realize was how much I would hate it. I was new to NYC and had no friends, and it took me 1-2 days to finish a comic book page (at $100 per page)….