So... 2020 uh? I think it's safe to say this has been one hell of a year in all the wrong ways. Global Pandemic, thousands of deaths, racism, division, Donald Trump, Kobe's death and now... the king is dead. I've been sitting here since last night trying to find the words to express my hurt over Chadwick Boseman's death but even though this hurts me, and trust me it does; I can't even imagine what it must feel for Black fans around the World.
How do you, as a parent; tell your kid that Black Panther is dead. I don't even know how to tell my boys and we're not even Black! My middle child's favorite superheroes are The Flash and Black Panther, freaks out every time he sees him on screen or on a poster or wherever; he just loves Black Panther. With that said, he doesn't look like T'Challa, he has countless others superheroes he can look at and they'll look like him; for Black kids the number of leading superheroes is quite slim. Even though they may have War Machine or Falcon, we know they're not on Captain America, Iron Man or Thor's level of popularity and mass acclaim; but Black Panther definitely was!
Bringing T'Challa to life in a way that was respectful to Jack Kirby's vision for the character and also represented Black people and stood on par with his Marvel counterparts was a monumental task and Chadwick absolutely rose to the occasion, but not only that; he made the entire World believe him to be King T'Challa! He felt regal, he conducted himself with grace and humility even though we all saw him as the king of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Other actors saw him as such, it didn't seem forced or fake and as cliché as this may sound; he was born to play T'Challa. Black Panther was more than a movie, it became a cultural phenomenon like something I've never seen before; it was truly beautiful to experience. Seeing kids, of all races; embrace the character the way they have... it's truly a magical thing. But most importantly, Black kids now had a bonafide superhero to look up to, someone that would inspire them in the way Captain America inspire White kids or Wonder Woman inspire little girls; they could see a superhero on the big screen that looked like them and wasn't a typical Black stereotype. But the king is dead.
Now we must go through the process of mourning, grieving and eventually pick ourselves up. It won't be easy, this isn't just a random actor or a second tier hero... this is Chadwick Boseman bringing the Black Panther to life and he cannot be replaced. Marvel will eventually move on to another actor to take on the mantle of the Black Panther, more than likely they'll have Shuri be the heir of the Black Panther mantle; but T'Challa is simply irreplaceable. That statement cannot be understated, Chadwick Boseman's performance as T'Challa will never be topped; period.
To the parents that may be reading this I ask one favor from you, when your kids find out (and they will) about Black Panther's passing, please explain to them his importance to the World. If they're NOT Black, please explain to them that their Black friends might be going through a hard time at the moment because losing Black Panther is more than just losing a superhero; they're losing THEIR superhero! Tell them to be kind to their friends, especially now. If your kids ARE Black, please let them grieve, let them cry, let them be angry, let them yell and express themselves as if they've lost a family member because in some strange way; the loss of Black Panther will be just as big in their lives as losing a close relative. I know we teach our boys to be strong and not cry over silly things but I beg of you, let them cry over this if they feel like it, even if you feel it's a silly thing; it is not!
This is a monumental loss for a lot of people, actors, creators, fans, family and friends. We'll always remember where we were on August 28th, 2020 as we found out that Chadwick Boseman had passed away after losing his battle with Cancer. This pain, this anger, this sorrow will remain forever. So young and so talented. Life is cruel and unfair sometimes, but we must persevere; let's honor him and be a light in this World that seems to be drowning in darkness. The king is dead. Long Live The King! WAKANDA FOREVER!!!
On Wednesday, August 25th of 2020 I'll be part of an online art exhibit highlighting the contributions of Puerto Ricans in the world of comic books. The presentation aims to make known to the academic community of the University of Puerto Rico, and the community in general, the production of Puerto Ricans in the world of comics. The presentation will cover how the virtual exhibition was conceived, organized and presented. In addition, the presentation will take a real-time tour of the two platforms where the comics are exhibited. But I'll let the organizer himself explain the event...
This exhibition was originally conceived as one of the activities of the Third Comics Fair of the Library System (March 24-26, 2020). Before the closure of the University of Puerto Rico. Due to the closure of the University of Puerto Rico for Coronavirus quarantine, I decided to do the exhibition virtual.
Needless to say, it's a great honor for me to be amongst the talented creators being highlighted in this exhibit. If you'd to be a part of this event you can do so via Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/cpe-ajni-eoy and remember...
THE ART EXHIBIT IS TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!
As you all know pretty much every geek related event has been cancelled because of the Cover-19 Pandemic, it's because of this that event organizers as well as publishers have decided to use alternative routes to push the medium out of the darkness of this deadly virus that's taken over the entire World; much like the superheroes we read about and watch on film and television. One such event is the 12 Hour Comics Day Challenge, a Worldwide art challenge try to illustrate an entire short story from beginning to end in 12 hours or less; that means 12 pages written, pencilled, inked; coloring is optional.
Normally the event consists of two or more creators gathering at a specific location and creating a 12 comic book from scratch, the problem is that we're living under the shroud of a Global Pandemic so the format had to change a bit. This year the challenge will be online with live streams, hourly updates, videos, pics, podcasters, artists and fans from around the World joining forces through the magic of art and comic books to create 12 pages in 12 hours! I also thought of another way us indie creators can use the 12 Hour Comics Day Challenge to our advantage; now hear me out. What if we took used the 12 consecutive hours we have to dedicate to the challenge to work on our books instead? How much could we benefit from 12 straight hours of non-stop work on our books? We could either write, pencil, ink, color pages OR we could do 12 pages from pencils to coloring on a brand new story; it's up to the us the creators to use this challenge to our benefit and have fun with it!
Anyone can join in the fun, all you need to do is draw to the best of your abilities and have fun with it; just make sure you tag everything with these hashtags: #12hourcomicsday #12hourcomicsday2020 #12hourcomicsdayonline #12hrcomicsday #12hourcomicday #12hrcomicday #12hourcomicday2020 so it's easier for everyone to find them.
Note: Participants can use any medium they desire and the story can be four (4) pages or more, just as long as it's a finish story. We hope you join us. Let's have some fun making comics!
If you don't draw but would still like to be a part of this event you can absolutely do so, in fact we encourage you to join in the fun!Like the pics, comment on artists' posts, share pics, share videos, share the event, start the conversation with your friends and enjoy the show; we're going to be putting in some serious work for 12 straight hours so having some encouraging words to motivate and push us is crucial for us to stay on target and is always appreciated!
As always... keep it Truthful!
Ok, I'm trying to stay more active with this blog especially now that things are slowly starting to go back to normal... at least when it comes to my art schedule. As you might already know Project: New Wave #1 is now available for purchase on IndyPlanet.com and Project: New Wave #2 comes out very soon! But there's a lot more happening in the art world, especially in the online art community. As we all know September and October are very busy months when it comes to art challenges, so here's a list of the various art challenges you can be a part of this year:
24 Hour Writing Contest- Compose a short story associated with the given prompt and within the word count. $5 entry, token cash prizes available and publication on the site. Saturday, September 27th, noon, CST.
Three-Day Novel Contest- Write a novel in three days. Conducted on Labor Day weekend. There is an fee to enter officially and have a chance for publication because of the contest.
September Novel Writing Month (SeptNoWriMo)- An offshoot of the original SeptNoWriMo. Participants set their own planning, writing or editing goals for September. Challenge has moved to Steve The WriMo Forum, but old data is still accessible at September Novel Writing Month.
NaNoPlanMo- Plan your NaNo Novel for 25 hours. September 1-October 20.
Sketchtember- Create one digital or traditional sketch every day in September.
Shiptember- A recent challenge that started in 2016, it encourages participants to draw a ship per day through the whole month of September.
12 Hour Comic Day- An offshoot of the original 24 Hour Comic Day. The challenge completing a 12-page comic book written, drawn, and completed in 12 hours. Participants may choose to create a shorter page count comic, the idea is to prepare themselves for the upcoming 24 Hour Comic Day challenge.
Inktober- A month long art challenge created by artist Jake Parker that is focused on improving skill and developing positive drawing habits. Every day for the month of October anyone participating in the Inktober challenge creates an ink drawing and posts it online.
Drawlloween- Originated as a drawing challenge to draw a monster a day for the month of October. It was inspired by Jonathan Coulton's "Thing A Week". Drawlloween is about drawing creepy, spooky, weird things all month long.
Drawtober- Created in the spirit of Halloween and hosted by Vonnart, Gawki, and Diandrapopart (with some extraordinary amount of help from a Jonasgoonface). We're just a few people obsessed with the month of October and the creativity that stems from the season and holiday.
Goretober- Draw a gory picture everyday of the month and upload it to social media (if it so pleases you.)
24 Hour Comic Day is the challenge of completing a 24-page comic book written, drawn, and completed in 24 hours. Cartoonist Scott McCloud came up with the challenge in 1990 as a creative exercise for himself and fellow comics artist Stephen R. Bissette. Beginning in 2004, writer Nat Gertler helped popularize the form by organizing annual 24 Hour Comics Days (usually held in October), which now take place regularly in the United States and many other countries worldwide.
I will be participating in the following challenges specifically:
2. 12 Hour Comic Day
3. Inktober, Drawtober and/or Drawlloween
4. 24 Hour Comic Day
Which challenge will you be participating in?
It's been a minute since we've written anything, mostly because this Pandemic has kicked our tails but we have great news to share with all of you; we finally have our line of comics available for print-on-demand or digital purchase through INDYPLANET.COM!!! We've been trying to figure out a way to get our comics to your hands in the best way possible and we believe IndyPlanet will allow us to do just that! You can purchase our books in physical or digital format by visiting: www.indyplanet.com/truthful-comics