A few weeks ago I was informed I'd been included in a virtual art exhibit highlighting Puertoricans who've left a mark in the comic book industry, not only locally in the island of Puerto Rico; but abroad as well. I was extremely honored to be included with so many talented creators like George Perez, Kenneth Rocafort, David Alvarez, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez and many more! The exhibit is called Puertoricans in the Comic Book World: A Virtual Art Exhibit and it's curated by Manuel Miranda-Nazario. But I'll let him explain it better for you...
This exhibition was initially conceived as one of the activities of the Third Comic Fair of the Library System from March 24 to 26, 2020. Before the closure of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, due to the quarantine by the coronavirus, I decided to do the virtual exhibition.
Now it'd be nearly impossible for me to find every comic book ever made by a Puertorican, but at least I'd like to give you a small sample of the type of work me and my colleagues have been producing in the island and abroad. These are only a few titles, if you'd like to witness the full virtual exhibit visit: Exhibición Virtual: Puertorriqueños en el Mundo del Cómic.
There are many incredibly talented Puertorican creators, some of whom you might know and some you might not have heard of, that is one of the reasons why this art exhibit is so important, because not only does it show the books being produced but it's also a historic reference from the beginning of sequential art in Puerto Rico until today. Here are just a few of the mega talented creators either born, raised or with Puertorican bloodline.
1. George Perez has worked as an artist and writer on titles such as The Avengers, Teen Titans, Superman, Wonder Woman and countless others. He's won Eagle Awards for Best Continued Story in 1979, Best Cover in 1980 and Favourite Artist (penciller) in 1986 as well as countless other awards. To this day George Perez is one of the most respected comic book artists in the World. To find out more about George visit: George Perez on Facebook
2. Ruben Moreira was a Puerto Rican comic book artist/writer best known for his work on Tarzan and as a DC Comics artist. He is credited with creating at least three characters: Black Terror, Puzzler and Beggar King. He took over the Tarzan Sunday page from Burne Hogarth in 45' and was its sole artist/writer until 47', using the pen name Rubimor. To find out more about Rubimor visit: The Ruben Moreira Appreciation Group on Facebook.
3. Ernesto Colón Sierra was a stateside Puerto Rican comic book artist, known for his wide-ranging career illustrating children's, superhero and horror comics, as well as mainstream non-fiction. His career spanned thirty plus years working on Harvey Comics, Marvel Comics, DC Comics and many more.
4. Kenneth Rocafort has and is currently working for both DC Comics and Marvel Comics as well as Image Comics doing character designs, covers and interior art, known for his work on titles like Superman, Red Hood and the Outlaws, Astonishing Tales: Wolverine/Punisher, Teen Titans, and The Ultimates. To keep up with Kenneth visit: Mitografia
5. Ricardo Álvarez-Rivón is the creator of Turey el Taino, Puerto Rico's most successful locally produced comic book series of all time. Ricardo is also an accomplished musician. To find out more about Turey visit: Turey El Taino
6. David Alvarez has worked for Warner Bros as well as Disney. Currently doing freelance work as a storyboard artist, illustrator and character designer. He's the creator of Yenny, a comedy cartoon series about a voluptuous Boricua girl who get's in the most precarious situations. To find out more about Dave's projects visit: dascomics.com
7. Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez has worked for Marvel Comics he's the creator of the Puerto Rican super heroine La Borinqueña. Edgardo is also the Editor-In-Chief over at Darryl Makes Comics. To find out more about La Borinqueña visit: www.la-borinquena.com
Manuel A. Carmona has worked on characters such as Captain Action, Phazer, Black Terror, El Gato Negro and many more. He also illustrated Life with Zombie, a funny cartoon strip about a zombie trying to live a normal life and also collaborated in the Angels of Seven Lights Anthology. He's currently working on his creator owned Project: New Wave published under Truthful Comics.
9. Alvaro Cortez Ortiz Jr. has worked as a writer for various publishers on different titles. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief over at Truthful Comics and still does freelance work in between his own projects. To keep up with Alvaro's projects visit: truthful comics.com
And the list goes on, and on and on... these are just a few of the talented creators Puerto Rico has produced. If you know of any Puertorican creator(s) that has published comic book work please contact: Manuel Martinez-Nazario and don't forget to check Puertorriqueños en el Mundo del Cómic: Una Exhibición Virtual
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