I've been meaning to write an Indie creators series of articles that spotlight the many talented creators that are out there making comics against all odds and I feel deserve our attention. A few people have asked me "why would you give another artist a spotlight on your website? They're gonna take your readers!" My short answer is No they won't, my long answer is it ain't about me, it never was about me and it never will be about me; we're all in this together. Hopefully creators see me writing about them and their books and we'll get to know each other, hopefully become friends and hopefully help each other out. There's room for everyone. With that said, let's talk to the talented Dan Borges!
When did you get the idea for SOLO?
-The Armageddon theme has intrigued me since I was a child, and I think the idea of this Graphic Novel has been conceived over the years! But just two years ago I was able to organize all the ideas and start the project.
What is the creative team behind your comics?
So far I've been doing everything myself. Script, ink and colors.
What is the premise behind SOLO?
-I love Sci-Fi movies, mostly post apocalyptic theme and always wanted to write comics about it. There are many movies about zombie apocalypse, nuclear wars; but very few about the classic biblical apocalypse. What happened after the great war between heaven and hell? That's what "SOLO" is all about.
How many issues do you plan on producing?
-Well, because I do all the work myself, the production time is quite long and sometimes tiring; but it's worth seeing the project ready after all that work.
Will SOLO be a long series or a miniseries?
-SOLO is a Graphic Novel divided into two chapters only.
-I believe that each passing year the number of online readers is growing. There are a lot of people on the internet looking for new stuff, and this includes comic book lovers! We are in the digital age, after all; but I would love to have my work published in the traditional way. I am open to it, and in fact looking for publishers at the moment.
How do you separate from the thousands who publish your books every year?
-As I said before, I'm also a movie lover. And one thing I miss sometimes, is more cinematic language in comics. With the exception of some masters such as Alan Moore and Garth Ennis, this kind of thing is mostly seen in Japanese manga. And that is exactly what is very present in my comics. Reading SOLO is like watching a NETFLIX series, if you know what I mean.
So where can fans read or get their own copy of SOLO?
- So far only on my website.
What comes next for SOLO?
-Well, maybe a deluxe edition in bookstores. Maybe a movie! Who knows?
Are you currently working on other projects?
-Yea. A new Graphic novel is already being produced. It's called "Corazon" and it's about a mother who lives in a small Mexican town called Iztapalapa. It's a police tale with a lot of drama and action, some psychological stuff too. I am very excited about this new project.
Anything else you want to share with us?
It is a great pleasure to talk to you all and share a little of my career. Look for www.auroracomicsuniverse.com There you can download both SOLO chapters, enjoy some arts in the gallery and see some teasers of upcoming projects. Check it out!
Ok, han pasado algunas semanas desde que hice una de estas actualizaciones, así que supongo que es hora de que les dé un informe completo sobre todo lo que ha estado sucediendo conmigo personalmente y Truthful Comics.
Primero quiero informar que mi colorista Francisco J. Rivera acaba de terminar todos los colores base en el número 2 de Project: New Wave y comenzará a agregar detalles esta semana. Esta es una gran noticia para nosotros, ya que nuestro objetivo es publicar dos números del Proyecto: New Wave en 2020, si Frank puede terminar el número 2 en el primer trimestre del año; estaremos adelantados para cerrar el año con el número 3.
Por mi parte, actualmente estoy entintando el comic número 3 de Project: New Wave y solo me faltan dos páginas para terminar; tan pronto como termino los voy a enviar a Frank para que eventualmente pueda comenzar el proceso de coloring. Una vez termine con el número 3 estaré trabajando en una pequeña historia que ilustré el pasado mes de Octubre mientras realizaba el reto de Cómics en 12 horas.
Es una historia corta basada en un pequeño robot que se me ocurrió para Inktober. Voy a volver a dibujar la historia digitalmente y ademas estaré a cargo del color y las letras. La historia hasta el momento no tiene diálogo, pero podría terminar agregando algunos subtítulos para ayudar al lector a seguir la historia un poco mejor. Aquí pueden darle un vistazo al protagonista de la historia...
Me divertí dibujando a este pequeño, así que quién sabe, tal vez esta no sea la última vez que lo veamos; todo depende de ustedes. Si los fanáticos aman a este pequeño lo traeré de regreso, si los fanáticos lo odian, no lo haré; la pelota está en tu cancha. ¡Mantenlo Truthful!
Ok, it's been a few weeks since I did one of these updates so I guess it's about time I give ya'll a full report on everything that's been happening with me personally as well as Truthful Comics.
First I want to inform that my colorist Francisco J. Rivera just finished all the base colors on issue #2 of Project: New Wave and will start adding details this week. This is great news for us since our goal is to publish two issues of Project: New Wave in 2020, if Frank is able to finish issue #2 in the first quarter of the year; we'll be ahead of schedule to close out the year with issue #3.
On my end, I'm currently inking issue #3 of Project: New Wave and only have two pages to finish the book; as soon as I finish is off to Frank so he can eventually begin the coloring process on them. After I'm done with issue #3 I'll be working on a small story I illustrated this past October during the 12 Hour Comic Book Challenge.
It's a simple short story based on a little robot I came up with for the Inktober challenge. I'm going to be re-drawing the short story digitally and I'll be taking doing the coloring and lettering as well. The short story is basically a silent one but I might end up adding some captions to help the reader follow the story along a bit better. Here's a look at the protagonist of the story...
I had fun drawing this little guy so who knows, maybe this won't be the last time we'll see it on print; it all depends on YOU! If the fans love this little guy I'll bring him back, if the fans hate him I won't; the ball is on your court. Keep it Truthful!
Title: Delta Dogs Publisher: Millennial Comics Writer: Vonnell Young Art: Felix Morales Colors:Marvin Marvida Letters: Mark Marvida
A few days ago I got my pull list and as I usually do after getting my books, I browsed the shelves for new indie titles I've never read before. Sometimes I find a book that'll catch my eye, this was one of those times. The series was Delta Dogs published by Millennial Comics.
The story is about a young group of brothers and cousins who just happened to be at the wrong place, at the wrong time. As they're driving around a glowing green and zombiesque "man" walks towards them and before they know it explodes in a flash of light that consumes them. When they wake up, each one of them has a different ability that they now have to live with and eventually get the handle of before they hurt themselves or anyone else.
The first thing I noticed was the quality. Great printing, full size, full-color and 22+ pages of superhero goodness. The artwork was really good and the writing was ok although I felt lost at times, maybe not lost but it felt like there could've been more panels to better explained what was happening; but it was't too distracting. I bought the first three issues because those were the only ones available at my LCS, but I'll be picking the subsequent issues as they come out for sure; I recommend you do as well. -MC
I've been meaning to write an Indie creators series of articles that spotlight the many talented creators that are out there making comics against all odds and I feel deserve our attention. A few people have asked me "why would you give another artist a spotlight on your website? They're gonna take your readers!" My short answer is No they won't, my long answer is it ain't about me, it never was about me and it never will be about me; we're all in this together. Hopefully creators see me writing about them and their books and we'll get to know each other, hopefully become friends and hopefully help each other out. There's room for everyone. With that said, let's talk to the mega talented comic book artist and teacher Kristin Mehaffey!
When did you came up with the idea for “Girl of Smoke”?
Noticed that the smoke from cigarettes was like a little ghost. Like it was your soul leaving your body. The rest blossomed from there.
What is the creative team behind your comic?
What's the premise behind “Girl of Smoke”?
A girl made a deal with the devil, not for the powers, but because she is ready for her soul to be taken. Ten years later we pick up where she is now.
How many issues do you have planned to produce?
It would probably be best as one whole graphic novel, around 150-200 pages.
Is “Girl of Smoke” going to be a long running series or a mini-series?
Just a self contained story, but lord knows I already am thinking of a sequel it doesn’t need haha.
DIY lets you have more control over the story, and then can serve as a portfolio for any more future work.
How do you separate yourself from the thousands who self publish their books every year?
Been in the culture for a while now, so I feel I have a good grasp on what are tired concepts/tropes and what should feel fresh.
So where can fans read or get their very own copy of “Girl of Smoke”?
It’s still in development but I should be releasing it on the internet by 2020!
What's next for “Girl of Smoke”?
Just makin it happen, you know.
Are you working on any other projects at the moment?
I’m the comics teacher at the Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, VA. I teach workshops and classes there. Check out www.The-Muse.org for details! Otherwise I table at events. Find me at Comic Arts Richmond and Richmond Indie Comics Expo in November!
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