2017 – A year in review.
So, a new year comes to an end. And this has been a weird one.
It’s Dec. 31, and we are supposed to do the all new year’s preps but just three minutes ago I finished my last gig of the year, a 30 page inking graphic novel, the sequel to Attica, for BRM. Deadline meet!
So, in comparison with the other years, well I’m short of time so I’ll take my pal Kelly Bender’s way to make the review and I’ll do it listing Top and Low parts of the year.
TOP: My top moment this year (I’m writing this in a rush, so probably I’d lose some in the process)
- Teaching comics to children in rural schools outside Santiago: Thanks Diego Toro for inviting me. I was scared, but i discovered something I thought I forgot: that I love comics and I enjoyed teaching that to kids. That was a very high point.
- This has been the the most productive year:
- Starburn was finally published in the UK. Inks – Thanks Kelly Bender
- La Senda Del Errante – Pecados – Inks and Letters – Thanks German, Sebastián, Lucho, Fafo, Danny and Carlos.
- Back To The Future: Citizen Brown #3 and #4 – Inks – Thanks Alan
- Attica: Kinslayer – Inks and letters – – Thanks Bill, Lucho and Kóte.
- And lots of short stories in anthologies like IF Anthology; FutureQuake, Dogbreath, Monster Smash-Ups, and Chronicles of Terror. – Thanks Alexandar.
- and the James Bong webcomic with – Thanks, James, Bianca, Joaquin, Luca
- Last but not least, I got asked to do some helping hand for IDW for the first time. Not many pages, but it was a start. Thanks Alan for the call.
- STARBURN will be published in the US via INSANE COMICS, which accoplishes – I hope – a new chance to make this book available to new readers. The old publisher left me with a bitter taste because we saw no promotion, sales or even care for the book.
- I finished my first miniseries, TEAR, with Mike Simon. It took three years, but it was a very satisfying feeling seeing the huge stack of pages and the evolution. I hope to keep involved in the project next year. – Thanks Mike!
- I tattooed myself. Yeah, many of you have tattoos, but i have being postponing the idea until I got hired by a major publisher and since time was flying by and nothing seem to happen, then i decided to push things and grab a piece of paper, threw some inks with many sense and had that tattooed in my arm. it’s a huge step forward to me and my self-esteem, and up until today, seems to work.
- I believe that 2017 would probably have some news from the following comics
- Zinnober – Thanks Ralph, Illaria, Thorsten, and Taylor
- The Drif T – By Bender and Ching.
- Raupatu – By Gatonyi, Shilito, Inzunza and Kote.
- and I hope, many more!
- Many of my publications were made with no payment whatsoever. Just to grow portfolio. It’s ok, but sometimes it’s quite frustrating seeing no income for such amount of work.
- Yeah: Inner demons, too. I mean, 4 years being isolated somehow leaves you wondering if you have what it takes to make comics for a living and mostly if you are an inker. The feeling of dependance of third parties and some patronizing towards the craft left me thinking about the future. Then came the school teaching thing and that disappeared.
Thanks for all who helped me to keep working, and my first hug goes to my espectacular wife, Paula and my dog Facundo.
c’ya next year!