Here I have a good chat with my friend Malak!! Let’s help her out with her charity!!
Check out my live interview with my Hangin with Web Show.
Super heroes take on bullies at Florida FandoMania event set for June 17-19 in Fort Pierce
Super heroes, immortals and sci-fi characters will join forces June 17-19 to fight bullying at Florida FandoMania, the Treasure Coast’s largest and most comprehensive comic, gaming and anime convention ever.
Florida FandoMania celebrates the fans, shows, movies, music, anime and games that capture the attention of the world, and will raise funds and awareness to combat bullying – particularly among young people.
Dozens of events, seminars, meet-and greets and panel discussions, as well as music and entertainment will fill the three-day FandonMania celebration with something for everyone at the Havert Fenn Center, 2000 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce.
Anyone who has ever played a video game or watched a movie and wanted to know more about the story, the characters in it and the people who created them, is not merely a fan, but part of a fandom!
This is a great opportunity to dig into the details of a favorite show, movie, anime or video game. Florida Fandomania is all about providing opportunities to connect with other fans, explore new genres and interact with the stories, music and celebrities that attract fans from every walk of life.
Florida FandoMania opens at 4 p.m. Friday, June 17 with a scavenger hunt and continues until 10 p.m. Saturday’s hours are 10 a.m to 11 p.m. Sunday’s hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More details and a complete schedule are available at www.floridafandomania.com.
Florida FandoMania is a division of PRAFHA Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that promotes diversity in the fields of animation, video game creation, graphic design and life in general.
PRAFHA provides scholarships and cultural educational opportunities to high school and college students in St. Lucie County through yearly conventions and events. The organization has been involved with important causes on the Treasure Coast for many years, supporting high school and college students and encouraging education.
PRAFHA has discovered a need for awareness about bullying in schools and online. The goal of Florida FandoMania is to raise awareness about anti-bullying throughout the Treasure Coast and nationwide.
During the 15 years of its existence, PRAFHA has produced cultural events for communities on Florida’s Treasure Coast such as the San Juan Festival & Business Expo, Treasure Coast International Film Festival, and we help with Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at Indian River State College.
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Space Coast Comixx is proud to announce that we are producing Nerdfest 2015 Guide. It will have exclusive material, original short story by Jake Estrada and Nino Mesarina. We are currently looking for advertisers for this special book. The convention is poised to have over 1,500 people, we are making arrangements for pre-orders with a few of the local shops. So please stay tuned.
Meanwhile check out the awesome cover by Nino Mesarina.
Oh and did I tell you? It’s a crossover!!
The Unbelievable Laundry Detergent Man comes to Melbourne and runs right into the Demon in a Spacesuit!!
I’ve known Nino now for over ten years. When I first meet him a decade back it was on a message board run by Michael Netzer. I had thrown up a press release of my first comic character Bocas. I had been screaming on the top of a mountain talking about how he was an all Puerto Rican character, with an all Hispanic cast. Mind you I had grown up reading Marvel, DC and some Image comics. Most comic characters I had seen were white or an occasional black character. There were very few if any Hispanic or other ethnic characters.
It had been a life passion of mine to create my own characters, and make them Hispanic. Well enter Nino, he had responded to my press release and told me that it was cool I had made my own character, and he wanted to let me know that his characters too were Hispanic and he was based over in Chicago. This opened my eyes to other creator owned indy titles out in the world.
Well I spoke with Nino more over email that day, and before long he told me he’d mail me copies of his book and I told him I would mail him copy of my first issue of Bocas out to him.
Well in about 4 days I had received his books in the mail, and I had sent mine out.
Needless to say I got 4 books from Nino starring his titular hero The Unbelievable Laundry Detergent Man. I quickly read through those books, and I was highly entertained by the comedic aspects of the book, yet at the same time they were very serious. The art was great, I loved how he did everything by hand. I mean everything without the aide of a computer. He hand lettered his books, he drew it, and even colored the covers himself. This here was an old school master and his books liked fabulous.
We were fast friends. He would finally receive my book and he gave me plenty of pointers on how to make my own art better, told me it was a great start yet to make it better I should do this and that. I was younger, eager and I took everything that Nino to heart.
Not only was he a great artist, he was also a great teacher.
He didn’t know it then but in a way he had become a mentor of mine from a distance, as Nino and I would talk hours on end through email and on the emerging Myspace.
A week after my father had died on April 25th 2006, I finally met Nino in person, and let me tell you this Nino was absolutely the same in person as he had been through email. We were over at some NYC comic con, and we chilled and chatted all day during that event.
I got to meet his best friend Ralphie as well at that con and we had a blast.
Nino, was the first Pro Indy artist I meet that welcomed me with open arms over a decade ago. He had no ego, he was a total pro his art is gorgeous and he always had sound advice.
His advice is worth a million dollars or more. The things he did, by contacting the press, tv shows, and the places he put his book was a major influence on how I structured Space Coast Comixx.
Nino my friend, my fellow brother in arms. Thank you for being who you are, it has been an honor and a blessing you call you a friend. You are truly a master at work, and it has become a great honor to be your friend, to work with you over the years from coloring, printing and finally having you share your art in Space Coast Comixx.
and grab an issue. I’m working on Vol 2, issue SIX and things are getting real dark!
Gritty situations with a real world feel involving fleshed out ethnic characters with superpowers trying to make the right move while an insidious mega-corporation moves in to either capture or kill them.
Sound like fun? There’s some subversive social commentary woven in-between jokes, fights, and a bit of human drama. Things are not done-in-one issue. Things connect and every chapter expands the universe therein.
I do it all on my own (writing, penciling, inking, coloring, lettering) so it takes awhile for a issue to come out but I’ve yet to have a disappointed reader once they get over the fact I’m an unknown putting out a comic they’ve never heard of.
I know Marvel and DC are the safe bets but I’ll be part of the future of the ever changing landscape pf comics, without question.
I’m flying without a net and could use some backup! Tell your friends and give it a shot!”
Back on September 26th 2014, I met Greg Gray over at 80’s in the Park as my friend Charlie Apellaniz and I set-up. Greg came up and introduced himself to the two of us with a smile. I looked into his direction and I saw all his art and I was amazed at his charcoal drawings. He had various illustrations, and he got talking with us.
Later that morning he drew a picture of myself and later Charlie. I must say those illustrations were wonderful. I need to take a picture of it, but I can’t get a good picture of it to give it justice just yet. I quickly became friends with this amazing artist , who worked hard, has done the circuit and continues to go out night and day doing various gigs.
I would recommend anyone if they caught up with Greg to get a illustration done by him. His art is fast, loose, but so right on.
He is a master of his craft, an amazing artist and I’m happy to call him friend.
If you want to meet with Greg I would suggest you go over to his FB page and friend him. You can contact him for work, view his amazing gallery of images or you could merely chat with him. You won’t be sorry as he is simply amazing.
Aztec of the City Volume 3 Issue 3
I reviewed the last two issues of Aztec almost two years back.
The series was originally in black and white, this issue now is full color. Today I will be just giving you a quick synopsis of my opinion of the book.
It has three different stories all written by its creator Fernando B. Rodriguez.
I completely enjoyed the book, I loved the art and it had a great flow to it. I read through the first story rather quickly and by the time I got to the end of that story it made me sad because I was so into it. I can’t wait to see the next issue in the future. I would suggest anyone to pick-up the book, as it is very powerful.
I thoroughly enjoyed the art, from the three different artist it all meshed together very well.
The following creators were:
Fernando B. Rodriguez: Publisher, Writer, Creator
William Hendershot IV: Cover Artist
Jaime Nava Pastrana: Aztec of the City Artist
Carlos Cabaleiro: Mestizo The First Mexican Artist
Kasey Quevedo: CRUZ the Christian Warrior Artist
The Book is 32 pages, full color, for more information please go to http://aztecofthecity.com