Sunday, March 31, 2013

What's better than comics ? HOW'S ABOUT FREE COMICS !!

What's better than comics? HOW'S ABOUT FREE COMICS !!

While getting my award they had stacks of free comics and I was told I could take whatever I wanted. I picked up a few things I'd never heard of/never read. I was happy with my picks.

- Stumptown: I had no idea what it was about . This was the fourth issue of what looked to be a good detective story, I'd be interested in checking out the other issues. Artwork was fantastic .This story is set in Portland and features characters from the writers other works.

The Sixth Gun: like Stumptown, I went into reading The Sixth Gun not knowing anything and read a good issue # 1 . A supernatural western that was real interesting. I, no doubt, want to read more.

Two great reads Oni Press !!

Got one other thing ...

I remember the show Tales From The Crypt from when it was on HBO way back in the day , I think in the 1980s. I never read the comic before and I was looking forward to checking out the old stories.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Bacon Scope and how Tommy easily falls for nerdy April Fools pranks...

Saw a video and thought THIS:

Holy. Shit.

Is this for real for reals ??


Set to debut April 1st. Well played Scope. Nice April fools joke.

Other April fools jokes I've been excited for:

- In 1992, EGM ( that's electronic gaming monthly ya'all ) posted a story about a hidden character you could fight after M. Bison, an old guy who taught Ryu & Ken, though it was nigh impossible to unlock him...

- In Wizard magazine they mentioned a comic book sequel to The Goonies featuring them in high school called "The Goonies : The Search For Sloth" ... totally fell for that and even asked comic stores when it was coming out... Should've just bought the next issue where they said APRIL FOOLS... Though I still think they should make a comic book continuation of the movie. The kids will NEVER get old and, shit, if they can make "Buffy" and " Smallville" why NOT continue the adventures of Mikey, Mouth, Data & Chunk.

Some April fools jokes I thought was real, later on REALLY HAPPEND... Kids, Wikipedia the game "Battletoads/Double Dragon"

Course, now that I've blogged about it, if you read about an actual Goonie comic happening... You can expect a huge YOUR WELCOME from ya boy.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Greatest day of the year... So far.

From finishing "Love Is A Mix Tape" to shrimp ceviche for breakfast to winning a award for my writing/work on my comic to getting free art supplies to having cheese ice cream from Guanatos to reading magazines & listening to music to getting my seafood Buffett on to coming home to watch a battle of the bay ball game (sadly Gmen lost) ... TODAY WAS THE BEST DAY I'VE HAD ALL YEAR.

Best of all was that Mel had the day off too and, for reals, I don't think this day would've been half as good had she not been right next to me all day.

Today will be hard to top. Though I'd enjoy a few more days like this...

Wouldn't we all.

Tommy Valdespino... Award winning Writer !!!

Been waiting for a LONG time to write this : TOMMY VALDESPINO , award winning writer!!

The James O'Keefe Prize for Graphic Literature was a contest open to any student at DVC. The objective was to create a comic ( could be one page, could be several - up to you) about anything . ANYTHING. I found out about this in my English class ( The graphic novel as literature. Awesome class) and wrote & drew a personal comic about my Uncle Bobby.
There were over 100 entries . Ya boy was one of 12 winners.
I won " The Newcomer" award and went to an award ceremony ( Mel went too ). They called my name and people clapped.
There was no cash prize but I did get some art supplies. And my comic was published online.
You can read it ... Here :

( This is just a bit of what i now have... a #TOMexclusive if you will...)

More than anything else when my comic was mentioned they talked about how well it was written. The fact that they enjoyed something I wrote.. And that it was even CONSIDERED to win anything, let alone that IT ACTUALLY DID win something... . THAT, more than anything else, was the best part of what I took from this months long experience.

When, not if, I get this published & into stores... I'll let you know...

Thank you for reading and your support.