As I sit down drinking my cup of coffee while checking social media, admiring my favorite creator's work, sharing my colleagues projects, exchanging ideas and posting art I notice one constant negative amongst every comic book creator's operation; how to publish their books with such high printing costs. I understand that you get what you pay for and although print costs are sometimes prohibitive, you do get (for the most part) a product that looks and feel profesional; still... many creators simply can't afford it.
I've been giving this problem a lot of thought for a very long time and I may have found a way to get some of your ideas printed without going broke. I've always thought of the indie comics community as a big family of relatives that for the most part don't know each other but are related under a creative umbrella that unites us; as absurd as that may sound. It's one of the reasons why I always try to push indie books, I'll promote creators like I know them even though almost none of them extend the same courtesy towards me; It's all good though. I still want everyone to succeed and make their dream a reality. I'm a romantic in that sense, although some might call me naive; I believe in helping others without expecting anything in return. You're right, I am naive.
I say all this because I think indie comic book creators could benefit from helping each other, but in a real way; not just empty words that amount to nothing. My idea is simple, instead of writing, drawing, inking, coloring and lettering an entire book by yourself, why not get together with a few creators you know and/or respect and put together an anthology instead? We could have an anthology with 3-5 short stories and when it's time to print the books, instead of having to come up with $500 or $600 for 200 books, each creator puts up $50-$60 and you'll get 30-40 nice size, high grade, quality books that you can then sell at conventions, signings, shops; etc. To me that's a WIN/WIN situation!
Me and my partner in crime Alvaro Cortez Ortiz are planning on relaunching and completely revamping an anthology series we did a few years back, each with 2-3 short stories that we want to tell but don't necessarily fit in any of our main books. With that said, I don't see why we couldn't bring in fellow comic book creators outside of Truthful Comics and join forces for a few of these anthology books. Let's say you're an inker, maybe you can ink a story and/or every story; then when it's time to print the books, you put your share and get your books that you'll be able to sell however you see fit. You're a letterer? The same rules apply. Hey... this idea is worth exploring I think. Let me know what you think and if you believe this is something you'd like to be a part of hit me up and remember... Keep it Truthful!
You might be asking yourself what exactly is Saberation and what does it have to do with art? Let me explain to you exactly what Saberation is and why I'm writing about it here.
Saberation is a National Light Saber Athletic Association
redefining the light saber from an iconic dream, into a therapeutic enhancer of human abilities, both physically and mentally as well as emotionally.
Saberation is much more than just swinging light sticks aimlessly, we build stamina and coordination during lightsaber training within a structured lightsaber academy. We train to be fit, healthy, and strong for ourselves, our loved ones and the people around us. We aim to inspire and motivate people to better themselves through the art of light saber swordsmanship with constant fitness challenges and sporting lightsaber dueling.
Now, you may be thinking "that's all fine and dandy Manuel, but it still doesn't explain why you're talking about it on your website!" well, you probably don't know this but for the past few months I've been training in the art of light saber dueling. But it gets better, we've been invited to introduce Light Saber Martial Arts to the World at the 2020 World All Styles Martial Arts Championship in Portugal as part of Team USA! Unreal... I KNOW!!!
We're ecstatic about this once in a lifetime opportunity, but as you can imagine it takes more than skill and excitement to get to Portugal; it takes a ton of cash. This is why I'm asking for your help. If you'd like to help us reach our goal you can become a sponsor by visiting: https://ManuelCarmona.Saberation.com
Thank you for taking the time to read this and thanks in advance for your help, be it money donations or sharing this blog post. May The Force be with you and as always... Keep it Truthful my friends! -MC
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!
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!
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!
Make sure to mark your calendars and come see us if you're in the area! Keep it Truthful!