In honor of Batman Day 2019 here's a commission I did of the Caped Crusader a few years back. Pencil and ink on 11" x 17" Bristol board. What do ya'll think of it?
Now, since it's Batman Day I'd like to tell ya'll a story about my favorite Batman artist of all time. What's your favorite Batman artist? Mine was, and always will be Norm Breyfogle; one of the most talented and nicest people I've ever had the pleasure of interacting with.
A few years ago I was a new dad, struggling to make ends meet and trying to provide for my family as any responsible man should. One day I found Norm Breyfogle on Facebook and of course I thought it wasn't really him, but as I saw his interactions with other high profile creators and his art updates I realized that yes; this was really him. It was a bit mind blowing to me that I could actually write and interact with my favorite Batman artist ever. But I was hesitant, what if one of my artistic idols ended up being an absolute jerk? It would've ruined the way I saw his art and how I felt about him. I thought about this but wrote to him anyway.
Our conversation went something like this:
Me: Good evening sir, my name is Manuel Carmona and I've been a fan of your work since I first discovered comics back in 1992. I've never seen you at any convention and was wondering if it'd be possible for me to send you a comicbook from my collection for you to sign and send it back to me.
Norm: Hi Manuel. I can do that for you but you'd have to send a pre-stamped envelop so I can ship it back to you.
Me: Absolutely! Thank you so much! I'll send that ASAP!
A few days passed and I wrote to him again, this time about something else entirely.
Me: Good evening Mr. Breyfogle. I hope you received my comics (I sent two so i can give one to good friend of mine), I wanted to talk to you about something else though, I was wondering how much would you charge me to draw a Batman sketch for me. I'd love to have something original from you for my son; I want him to know your work first hand and why I love it so much.
Norm: I'm currently under contract with DC Comics and I'm unable to outside work other than theirs. Sorry.
Me: That's ok, I don't think I could've afforded one of your pieces anyway; just thought I'd ask. Have a good night.
Norm: You do the same.
A few days passed and I finally got a package from Norm. In it, both comics signed by the man himself; each bagged and boarded. I was ecstatic. My wife smiled as I grinned from ear to ear but as I turned away from her she stops me and says that there's something drawn on the back of the board. I turn the bag around and low and behold; there was an original Norm Breyfogle Batman sketch in one of the boards! I didn't know what to do. My initial thought was: "Oh my God, Norm put one of his sketches in one of my bags and didn't noticed!". My wife asked me what I was gonna do and I was saddened in a way, I was saddened that I knew I had to tell him he'd sent me one of his sketches to me by accident knowing that I could never afford it and would never see one of his pieces up close like that. Regardless I knew I had to tell him so I sat down in front of the computer and wrote to him.
Me: Sir, I'm writing to let you know I got the comics in the mail but I also wanted to let you know you sent me one of your sketches by accident. As much as it pains me to do it I'll send it back first thing tomorrow, at least I got to see one of your sketches up close. Thanks again for the comics though.
Norm: That wasn't a mistake. I sent that sketch for you and your son. Thank you for letting me know when you thought I sent it by accident, that shows honesty and character, I'm glad I sent you that piece.
I sit there... looking at the screen, tears welling up inside my eyes; my favorite Batman artist ever drew a Batman sketch for me and my son completely free. I cried tears of joy that night, I won't lie; one of my artistic idols showed me what being a class act is all about.
Me: I don't know what to say. Thank you!
Norm: I hope you both keep it and enjoy it for years to come and don't end up selling it. Jeje
Me: Trust me, we wont!
These are the comicbook he signed and the sketch he drew for us. Two of my most prized possessions!
Sometime after that Norm became ill and lost use of his left hand which was Norm's drawing hand, so you can imagine how devastating that must've been for such a talented artist to not be able to draw. We interacted on a semi regular basis, I sent him words of encouragement, encouraging videos though private messages; anything I could do to cheer him up. He struggled with depression for a few years and eventually passed away. When I found out Norm had passed I felt a tremendous sadness, not only because the world of comics had lost one of the greatest to ever doit, but because the World lost one of the nicest guys I ever met. Norm was a genuine class act and on a day like today, Batman Day; I think of nobody better qualified to have drawn the Caped Crusader than him. Rest in Peace my friend, you're still alive though your work and through your fans. -MC
SNEAK PEEK!!! SNEAK PEEK!!! SNEAK PEEK!!! Here's page #14 of my creator owned comicbook series Project: New Wave, this is from issue #3 published by Truthful Comics. The story was written by the mega talented Alvaro Cortez Jr and I cant wait for you guys and gals to read it! Thanks for all your support. Get ready!
I have an Event Update for all of you that follow me, on September 17th I was notified that I've was invited to be a part of this year's Indie Author Day. It's very exciting news and another "win" for me this year, especially since my creator owned comic book Project: New Wave released in August; it seems as though I've suddenly appeared on a bunch of very influential people's radars. I'm extremely humbled by this opportunity to showcase my work, as well as interact with not only fans of my work; but fans of literacy in general. My goal is to gain new followers as well as open people's eyes as to exactly what does it entail to create a comic book from start to finish, how much work and money goes into these projects, how vast our medium has become and why is it that me and millions more love them so much. I hope that if you live or if you're near the Hampton Roads area you'll come see me and the other indie authors in attendance that day, but if you're not in our neck of the woods find out where Indie Author Day will be celebrated in your area and support them; it'll mean the World to them... I know it will to me. -MC
Tengo una actualización de eventos para todos ustedes que me siguen, el 17 de Septiembre (fecha en que cumplo años!) me notificaron que fui invitado a ser parte del Día del Autor Indie de este año. Son noticias muy emocionantes y otro "win" para mí este año, especialmente desde que mi cómic Project: New Wave fué lanzado al mercado en Agosto; parece como si de repente he aparecido en un montón de radares de personas muy influyentes. Me siento muy honrado por esta oportunidad de mostrar mi trabajo, así como de interactuar no sólo con mis fans; pero los fans de la lectura en general. Mi objetivo es ganar nuevos seguidores, así como abrir los ojos de la gente en cuanto a exactamente que implica crear un cómic de principio a fin, cuánto trabajo y dinero se nos va en estos proyectos, lo vasto que se ha vuelto nuestro medio y por qué es que yo y millones más los amamos tanto. Espero que si vives o si estás cerca del área de Hampton Roads vengas a verme a mí y a los otros autores independientes que asistirán ese día, pero si no estás en nuestra área averigua dónde se celebrará el Día del Autor Indie en tu área y apóyalos; significará el mundo para ellos... sé que lo hará para mí. -MC
El sábado 7 celebramos el 12 Hour Comics Day Challenge, y el evento celebrado en todo el mundo por los artistas; profesionales y aficionados. He estado esperando este evento durante un poco y junto a algunos creadores locales, nos reunimos en The Muse Writer's Center en Norfolk, Virginia para abordar esto difícil; pero un desafío increíblemente divertido.
- Dibujar, entintar y escrbir diálogo en un cómic de 12 páginas en 12 horas. (Colorear es opcional)
Bastante simple, ¿verdad? ¡¡¡Incorrecto!!! Parece simple cuando hablas de ello, pero cuando realmente te sientas y doit... se convierte en una tarea bastante difícil; especialmente si decides hacer el evento como lo hice yo y no tienes una historia predeterminada en mente. Así fue para mí:
11:45am - Llegué - El Centro de Escritores de La Musa
12:01pm - El desafío comenzó.
1:30pm - Terminé "plotting" la historia y esbozar mi
4:10pm - Terminamos de diseñar mis páginas.
5:00pm - 30 minutos de descanso para el almuerzo.
6:00pm - En este punto sólo había entintado dos páginas y media,
pero entonces algo hizo clic, me di cuenta de que yo estaba
desperdiciando demasiado mucho tiempo pasando por
encima de mis diseños ásperos con detallado lápices y
luego entintar cuando yo podía simplemente hacer más
apretado diseños y vaya directamente a la tinta; cortando
un paso entero en mi proceso!
Esta es la razón por la que hice el desafío en primer lugar, para aprender cosas nuevas, para ganar más velocidad; encontrar maneras de ser más eficiente con mi arte; para convertirse en un mejor artista. ¡Y yo hice todo lo anterior! Esta es la razón por la que todo el mundo debería asumir desafíos como este, porque te empujan al límite de lo que crees que eres capaz de artísticamente y eventualmente te conviertes en una mejor versión de ti mismo. Pero no tomes mi palabra por ello... ¡Pruébalo por ti mismo! -MC
7:30pm - Ahora, después de saltarse un paso en mi proceso las
cosas comenzaron para acelerar y tenía siete páginas
10:00pm - Por ahora estaba empezando a sentir fatiga y mi mano
estaba empezando a doler.
11:58pm - Misión cumplida! Terminé mis doce completamente
entintados y páginas con letras.
¿Qué aprendí de este desafío?
1. Aprendí que no soy tan rápido como quiero ser cuando se trata de dibujar.
2. Todavía necesito mejorar mi tinta.
3. Aprendí a dejar de lado "la norma" e simplemente ir con lo que se sentía bien, saltarun un paso en mi proceso me ayudó inmensamente.
4. Hacer este evento en grupos es mucho mejor que hacerlo por ti mismo, aunque ayuda cuando todos tienen la misma motivación para terminar el desafío.
5. Voy a hacer mucho más de estos eventos.
On Saturday 7th we celebrated the 12 Hour Comics Day Challenge, and event celebrated Worldwide by artists; pros and amateurs. I've been looking forward to this event for quite a bit and alongside a few local creators, we gathered at The Muse Writer's Center in Norfolk, Virginia to tackle on this difficult; yet incredibly fun challenge.
- Draw, ink and letter a 12 page comic in 12 hours. (Coloring is optional)
Pretty simple right? WRONG!!! It seems simple when you talk about it but when you actually sit down and doit... it becomes quite a difficult task; especially if you decide to do the event like I did and not have a pre-determined story in mind. This is how it went for me:
11:45am - I arrived @ The Muse Writer's Center
12:01pm - The challenge began.
1:30pm - I finished "plotting" the story and sketching out my
4:10pm - Finished laying out my pages.
5:00pm - 30 minute lunch break.
6:00pm - At this point I had only inked two and a half pages but
then something clicked, I noticed that I was wasting too
much time going over my rough layouts with detailed
pencils and then inking when I could simply do tighter
layouts and go straight to inking; cutting an entire step in
THIS is why I did the challenge in the first place, to learn new things, to gain more speed; figure out ways to be more efficient with my art; to become a better artist. And I did all of the above! This is the reason why everyone should take on challenges like this one, because they push you to the limits of what you think you're capable of artistically and eventually you become a better version of yourself. But don't take my word for it... try it for yourselves! -MC
7:30pm - Now, after skipping one step in my process things began
to speed up and I had seven pages fully inked.
10:00pm - By now I was starting to feel fatigue and my hand was
starting to hurt.
11:58pm - Mission Accomplished! I finished my twelve fully inked
and lettered pages.
What Did I Learned From This Challenge?
1. I learned that I'm not as fast as I want to be when it comes to drawing.
2. I still need to improve my inking.
3. I learned to let go of "the norm" and just go with what felt right, skipping a step in my process helped me immensely.
4. Doing this event in groups is far better than doing it by yourself, although it helps when everyone has the same motivation to finish the challenge.
5. I'll be doing a lot more of these events.
So lately I've been called the "Godfather of indie comics" and although I don't think I am, I'm extremely humbled that someone sees me as that; so I'm doing my best to represent indie comics to the best of my abilities. With that comes building a community in which we can compete and respect each other, and we can also share each other's work and support each other as well. It is in that vein that I decided to do a series of homage sketches of those indie creators' characters I feel deserve the recognition. With that said I'd like to begin with Scorp Jimenez's Alafta! Classic Alafta. I'd like to show my respect for the character, the creator and I look forward to catching up on his all her adventures.
PS. To follow Scorp's work visit: Scorp Jimenez' Art on Facebook
Recientemente me llamaron el "Padrino de los cómics indie" y aunque no creo que lo sea, me siento extremadamente honrado de que alguien me vea así; por eso estoy haciendo todo lo posible para representar los cómics indie a lo mejor de mis habilidades. Con eso viene la construcción de una comunidad en la que podemos competir y respetarnos mutuamente, y también podemos compartir el trabajo del otros y apoyarnos mutuamente también. Es en esa vena que decidí hacer una serie de bocetos de homenaje de los personajes de los creadores indie que siento merecen el reconocimiento. Con eso dicho me gustaría comenzar con Alafta de Scorp Jiménez! Me gustaría mostrar mi respeto por el personaje, el creador y deseo ponerme al día con todas sus aventuras.
PD. Para seguir el trabajo de Scorp visite: Scorp Jimenez' Art en facebook
Since Project: New Wave #1 came out we've been asked quite a bit about the background of each character, I guess the way we live nowadays is faster, people usually don't want to wait to get their information; so obviously they want to know who everything about the characters right away. Sometimes the publisher don't want to interfere with the creator's vision as to how he wants to give a story to the readers, but since Manuel gave us the green light to let you all know a little bit about each member of his super team New Wave; we decided to show you some recently declassified documents belonging to the Government Agency known as "Lion Fang". What you'll see and read below hasn't been seen by many so tread carefully.
So, if you're intrigued by what you read and would like to find out more about these characters, you can purchase your own copy of Project: New Wave #1 published by Truthful Comics by clicking HERE!!!
If you follow me you already know this Saturday, September 7th I'm supposed to participate in the 12 Hour Comics Day alongside my colleagues at The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, Virginia. Well, everything was set in stone but apparently Mother Nature had other plans and decided to throw a Category 5 Hurricane our way. With that said, there's a chance we might have to cancel the event because of the weather. Maybe we could re-schedule for another day or cancel it altogether and try it next year, but we'll see. For now we'll be watching the news diligently and we'll make a decision on Friday. As for other locations throughout the United Sates and the World the event is still a GO!
PS. We send our prayers to the people of the Bahamas who've were pummeled by this hurricane.
Si me sigues ya sabes que este sábado, 7 de Septiembre, se supone que participe en el 12 Hour Comics Day junto a mis colegas en The Muse Writers Center en Norfolk, Virginia. Bueno, todo estaba en planeado pero aparentemente la Madre Naturaleza tenía otros planes y decidió lanzar un Huracán de Categoría 5 a nuestro camino. Dicho esto, hay una posibilidad de que tengamos que cancelar el evento debido al clima. Tal vez podríamos volver a programar para otro día o cancelarlo por completo y probarlo el próximo año, pero ya veremos. Por ahora estaremos viendo las noticias diligentemente y tomaremos una decisión el viernes. En cuanto a otros lugares en los Estados Unidos y el Mundo, el evento sigue siendo en Pie!
PD. Enviamos nuestras oraciones a la gente de Las Bahamas que han sido azotadas por este huracán.
Well, we got the approval to produce prints from the young Boricua boxer Luis Feliciano!!! This Limited Edition Print depicts Puertorican boxer Luis Feliciano (13-0, 8 KOs) on the attack. Feliciano is a 26-year-old boxer who is defined by his humility outside the ring and a ferocious killer instinct inside the ring.
Measuring 8.5in x 11in, each print makes use of archival inks and quality card stock to stand the test of time. Limited to ONLY 78 Copies in honor of the 78 Municipalities in his Homeland of Puerto Rico, this Limited Edition print is a MUST HAVE for any boxing fan, art enthusiast and/or anyone who has pride in their native Puerto Rico!
$25.00 EA** (+S&H)
**Signed and Numbered by artist Manuel A. Carmona
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Bueno, obtuvimos la aprobación para producir impresiones del joven boxeador Boricua Luis Feliciano!!! Esta impresión de edición limitada representa al boxeador puertorriqueño Luis Feliciano (13-0, 8 KOs) en el ataque. Feliciano es un boxeador de 26 años que se define por su humildad fuera del ring y un feroz instinto asesino dentro del ring.
Con una medición de 8,5" x 11", cada impresión hace uso de tintas de archivo y stock de tarjetas de calidad para soportar la prueba del tiempo. Limitado a SOLO 78 Copias en honor de los 78 Municipios en su Tierra Natal de Puerto Rico, esta edición limitada es una necesidad de tener para cualquier fan del boxeo, entusiasta del arte y / o cualquier persona que tenga orgullo en su Puerto Rico natal!
$25.00 EA** (+S&H)
**Firmado y numerado por el artista Manuel A. Carmona
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