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Sex & Violence
An edition about the sex and violence in Moon Eaters and how I enjoy putting them in my books.
WELCOME TO A NEW EDITION OF MY NEWSLETTER
This month and due to the crowdfunding campaign of my book MOON EATERS I am updating my newsletter often, and using the chance to talk about different subjects.
But first of all, The Moon Eaters links:
The story is a crime/supernatural story, a tribute to classics movies like Assault of Precinct 13, Escape from New York or In the Mouth of Madness, or a kind of Banshee meets Supernatural if you prefer comparison with TV shows.
The book is available in Spanish and English, and it’s going to be an oversized hardcover with a gorgeous paper with a cover prize of 23 ($27). And if you buy the book you receive a signed print and a sketchbook with all the storyboard of the graphic novel!
And today, (y)our favorite two words…
SEX & VIOLENCE
I explained in the latest newsletter the need to totally control the rights of some of my books. A kind of life (and mental health) insurance in some way. But another important reason for choosing alternative ways to publish my latest books is the freedom about what I want to show.
And I wanted to show some things…
MOON EATERS is a violent and sexy story, I wanted to recreate this feeling of the “exploitation” genre of the 70s-80s. I remember these rented old horror flicks and action movies like something “forbidden and nasty, the thing a decent young man should not see”. Part of the charm of these movies is the sense of crossing some imaginary moral line. It was something naïve then, but I recognize this feeling now watching TV shows like the mentioned Banshee with the sheriff Lucas Hood punching half of the town of Banshee and fucking the other half, the over-the-top sexual feats of Spartacus, the ultraviolent spectacles of The Night comes to us and The Raid, or some of the Garth Ennis’ books. You know that funny sense of guilt: “I’m enjoying these horrible violent obscene things too much”.
And this is also a love story of two people who meet to have sex… and suddenly they are in terrible danger and love rises in the middle of the carnage and the shootings. Lovely, isn’t it?
And it has some disturbing horror scenes with scary monsters and even scarier men (and really gross child).
(Clarification: It’s not an extreme story, it’s not for kids but a teen who reads usually action shonen books can approach to it without fear. )
So the point is: I didn’t want to create under restriction or thinking if my editor or some superior authority was going to like or dislike it… Because sometimes when you begin to think about if someone is going to supervise your work, your natural instinct tries to heal the wound preemptively and you prefer to self-censor yourself than being censored (except if you are a guy like Howard Chaykin who surely would push farther).
So give me your money (or share the link) to support indecency and dangerous behaviours!
And speaking about other things…
THE INKTOBER ARRIVES (EVEN IF I DON’T CALL IT INKTOBER ANYMORE)
October arrives and I think this will be my 6th Inktober… Even I don’t call it… Well, I think the story is old: A lot of artists don’t use the Inktober hashtag, the main reason is the legal consequences of the Jake Parker’s trademarking of the event (with legal issues for some artists):
The routine of this year is the same as the other previous editions: One inked drawing every day until the end of the month. My rule is not spending more than 30 minutes in a drawing (but I think this year I’ll need more time it because I want to test some inking techniques) on a 21x29,7 cm (8,3x11,7 inches) Bristol sheet.
This year I am going to draw characters from the MOTU (Masters of the Universe) universe. It’s something I wanted to do past year but finally choosed Batman, and this year seems appropriate, with two news TV shows on Netflix. I don´t believe in “this is canon or not” shit, so I don’t know if I will draw the characters of the TV shows different incarnations, the toys or whatever. I just want to have fun drawing these beloved characters from my childhood.
SO WELCOME TO THE #MOTUTOBER
I will be uploading the drawings in my facebook, twitter and Instagram account (links at the bottom) and selling them in my big cartel store:
And if you want to see all my scanned drawings of this edition and the editions of previous years you can find them in my blog/site:
See you next week!
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