Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pre-order the SON OF THE COMIC POP SKETCHBOOK!

"Damn, I love Javier's work... for it's boldness and unpretentious spirit. His colors and brushstrokes are direct and straightforward. What you see is what you get, no apologies, no pretense. and it's Magical. There is an innocence when one's work is so honest. Awesome!"

Artist Ted Seko, Spongebob Squarepants


I'm currently taking pre-orders for my new sketchbook, THE SON OF COMIC POP SKETCHBOOK. Here's the front and back cover:


This new book is 80 pages, in color and b&w, and filled end to end with sketches, color drawings, production art, character designs and even a few short comics, two of which have never been printed in a book before. Sample a few pages:




I've even dug up some of my drawings from my high school days, so you can see what my teen years produced in terms or cartooning. A lot of the art in the book has commentary by me, sharing my thoughts on a particular piece or discussing choices I make in character designs.



You can pre-order the book for $20, which includes the shipping. Also, if you want to collect some original artwork, I'm making available several pages from my actual sketchbooks. 8.5" x 11" original, full-color drawings of mine that are actually printed in the book. You can buy these in combination with the book. Visit the Los Comex Webshop to see the pages available and to place your order for SON OF THE COMIC POP SKETCHBOOK.

Your pre-orders help me pay for the initial print run, and you're saving yourself the shipping cost which I'm not adding to the price of the book. Every book comes signed, with a small sketch by me. So thanks!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Here comes 2015!

2015 is just around the corner.
Instead of doing the usual 'year in review' (which you can actually revisit by reading my posts made throughout 2014, just check out the Blog Archive on the lower right-hand side of this post), I'm going to give you a little preview of what I have in the works.


I'm working on a new sketchbook, my first since 2010's COMIC POP SKETCHBOOK. The new one will be 80 pages and will feature b&w as well as color pages. A good chunk of the material will be artwork from my sketchbooks done in the last 4 years, but I've also been digging through books going back to 2006. I've even found a stack of artwork I did back in my teen years, so you'll get to see some of my earlier work (like The Crusader!)




There will also be two comics I've done recently that'll see print for the first time in this book. It's been fun going through all the artwork, so now I need to finish up the compilation and order a proof copy from the printer. My best estimation is that the book would be available by February. I'll keep everyone updated via social networks.





The other project I'm working on is my first EL MUERTO trade paperback, which will compile stories from KING SIZE EL MUERTO, EL MUERTO MISHMASH & EL MUERTO:DAZE OF THE DEAD Pt. 1. The book will include the all-new material for Pt. 2, which I've decided to include in the collection instead of printing it up as a single issue.


A couple of the comics are now out of print, so I figure it's best to make the whole saga available in one collection. Haven't decided on what the cover will be, but I drew this sketch based on an initial idea. We'll see....



Here's a look at some of the artwork:




Still more work to do on this story, then there's the process of compiling all four issues into one book. But that's what I do, make comics!




I'm probably looking at a Spring release for the EL MUERTO collection. Beyond these two books, I know there's another Latino Comics Expo to plan for. As usual, there's several other things in the pipeline in varying stages of development, so we'll see how those pan out.

As for other comics work, I've found in the last few years that I tend to spontaneously whip up a new comic book when I get hit by the muse. I know I want to produce another round of short stories (2, 3, maybe 5 pagers) throughout the year, so expect those to pop up periodically.

Thanks for sharing your time, interest and money with me this past year! I create my stories because I want to see them take a physical form as a comic book, and I'm always appreciative when folks enjoy them.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Pre-order MANIAC PRIEST: GENESIS EDITION

So I've got a new comic book (my third one in the last 2 months!). Here's me checking out a prototype of the front and back covers.


MANIAC PRIEST. A vigilante priest ravaging the L.A. underworld. Basically playing in that 1980s 'vigilante porn' genre (movies like DEATH WISH, THE EXTERMINATOR, 'The Executioner' novels, etc.). But with the added dimension of exploring it through the actions of a 'Man of God'. 


Earlier this year I watched, for the first time, the MANIAC COP movies, a trilogy of exploitation films dealing with a former policeman hellbent of extracting revenge on society for wrongs that were done to him. The films are sheer fun, and really inspired to me to of my own 'maniac'! A priest quickly came to mind. I did a few sketches (in February) and put it away, until just a couple of weeks ago something compelled me to whip up a quick story. I'm not saying that the 'something' was divine intervention, but I sure had a desire to see this story through! 



I'm doing a signing at Nostalgic Books & Comics (San Gabriel, CA) on November 15, along with fellow cartoonist Michael Aushenker. The book will debut there, but I'll also have copies available in my webshop through a Pre-order campaign.


MANIAC PRIEST: GENESIS EDITION will be a magazine-size, 12 page comic. Full color covers, with interior pages featuring b&w art colored in gray tones. A special guest pinup by Michael Aushenker is featured, along with some behind-the-scenes material featuring early sketches and production art. The book will be signed & numbered, and each Pre-ordered comic comes with an inked drawing from me on the inside front cover. Like the one shown below:


This is probably about the fastest I've created a comic. Partly because I wanted to debut this comic at my upcoming signing, but also because I felt a very strong desire to see it through. Drawing, inking, coloring and lettering this 7 page short story, presenting the world the character exists in, has been fun. One of the things that really attracts me to this is raising some fundamental questions about man, his relationship and belief in God, his sense of justice and mercy. Even when I don't arrive at an 'answer' in the story, it's the exploration of the questions that provide me with a lot of creative fuel. What starts as an idea to riff off of exploitation films evolves, hopefully, into something worth mulling over in one's head.

To pre-order a copy, please visit my Los Comex Webshop right here. I'll be taking Pre-orders until Wednesday. And if you're going to attend the store signing on the 15th, let me know during the check-out process on the store site. I can take your comic with me to the signing and give it to you then. I'll even credit you the $3.00 shipping fee by applying it to any of my other products at the signing, or simply give you the $3.00 in cash!

Thanks!




Thursday, October 30, 2014