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Roses are red, Nazis are evil
WELCOME TO MY NEWSLETTER
Here we are again!
My initial plan was to write a new newsletter in November, but I spent some time with the keyboard lately and wrote this edition as warming.
This is a weird year, you know, and surely next year will be similar. At this point I would have been telling you things about conventions and signing sessions (a year ago I was attending a convention in Argentina) and here I am, at home and sometimes with internet meetings via Skype or Zoom and things in development but not very sure about how and when they will be released.
This year the Inktober (even I’m not using the hashtag due to the reasons I explain in my previous newsletter) is a tribute to Batman and his different incarnations. 30 minutes for every drawing, 31 days, 31 drawings. This is my #DKtober.
I’m uploading the drawings in my facebook, twitter and Instagram account (links at the bottom) and selling them in my big cartel store:
If you want to see all my drawings of this 2020 edition and the editions of previous years you can find them in my blog/site too:
THE SPY COLLECTOR FINISHES
I began this project more than a year ago thanks to the talented writer Alma Katsu and the Porsche Panorama magazine crew and what could I say? It has been a ride. It was planned as a 12-chapters of 4-6 pages self-contained story like a little movie with spies, secret murders, mystery and -of course- cool cars.
I must say that I learned a lot (especially to draw cars) and everybody was nice and helpful. When you begin to work with a big company and a famous trademark outside the little comic-book world you always fear the worst. But this has been one of the easiest experiences of my career and I’ll be incredibly lucky if half of my next assignments work so well.
And now Alma and I have a 60 pages graphic novel finished! So let’s see what we can do with it because it would be a blast having a hardcover with a cool design on the stores titled The Spy Collector.
We’ll work on it, I promise.
A LITTLE BIT OF WEIRD CRITICISM
This is not exactly a complaint list… But sometimes when I search for information or reviews about my work I find funny things. Good reviews are cool but I usually save screen captures of the weird tweets and comments.
But when my Against Hope graphic novel was announced I found some reactions like this one:
Quick reminder: Against Hope is the story of Hope Walker, a girl who fights a family of neo-Nazis. They killed her boyfriend and played the “Human Target” with her. So she is understandably upset.
When a white guy identifies white people with Nazis something is wrong in him, I think. I made a story of a hitman named Black Kaiser, who is half German and was created thanks to an old Nazi training program… And nobody (white) complaint about he could be a Nazi (he isn´t), maybe because he was the good cool guy of the story.
But let’s read this review from Goodreads:
Wow! What a lesson in History. I really don’t know where I should begin…
First, I did need to search what SJW is (Social Justice Warrior). And I don´t know if I have white guilt because I’m not sure if I am white anymore.
Second, I was born two years after Franco’s death so I barely could fight him actively. I think he was a piece of garbage and his “legacy” a mountain of shit… and I’m explicitly anti-fascist but I couldn´t attack him with the Forces of Rebellion. I was dreaming inside my daddy’s balls.
Third, I could write a lot about the USA active financial support to Franco’s dictatorship during all the years of Cold War against the reds and how he has considered a valuable ally in the fight against communism…
But the most important thing is: Why should a guy decide your right as creator to speak about the matter you want to talk about? A foreign creator can write about the History of Spain if she/he wants (damn, one of the best movies ever made about the Spanish Civil War was directed by Ken Loach)
I was trying to write funny comments about these screenshots but well, social network is what it is. People, just try to enjoy a cool story of action and revenge.
And remember Nazis, fictional and real, are shit.
Some of my latest commissions, unseen in my social network.
If you are interested on getting a commission, here you have a guide of prices and sizes.
And if you have any question I have a contact mail:
Take care, be kind, we’ll meet in a new newsletter in November!
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