If you count the Fic Awards, and “La Ruta…” première, and the signing, Fic Santiago was my busiest event ever and I doubt if I would have another as busiest as this last one in the near future. Well.. I hope next year to be even busier to me. That would mean that things are still doing great.
This has probably been my first experience on being in different tables at the same con. I was part of the Beyond Reality Media official stand, alongside masters such as Alan Robinson (The Warden), Gonzalo Martinez (Time Travelling Tourist et al), Diego Toro (One Must Break) and the series creator, publisher and big boss William Gerardts.
I stood on and off with my pal Diego Toro. While he sketched I promoted the books. and prepared and gave free stuff. Having such a roaster of artists made the whole weekend great and Bill almost sold all the books he brought. And remember, those books are in english and in Chile not many people read comics in english. For that, this has been a huge success.
In the end Bill requested a collective piece penciled by all of his three talents. While Alan drew The Warden, and Gonzalo made the same with his characters, Diego penciled one of the One Must Break characters while I ink it. Being part of that piece was one of my proudest accomplishments! I managed to take a lo-res picture of it.
The same on and off way I was at the El Viudo table. Being part of the Best Chilean Comic of 2014 is something you must be promoting and screaming out loud to make new readers! So, I picked up a spare table. Grabbed the El Viudo roller and a bunch of books, asked for making some announcement at the Con and started sketching. That drew many people and I thought that the best way of promoting the best book of 2014, was to engage more people, so I proposed to give away one original piece from LA CUECA DEL MANCO to one of the purchasers of the book.
That turned well and we almost sold out what I grabbed from my publisher’s table. That helped to gain interest, grew some in audience and make something for the new readers as a thank you for picking up the book. I was almost two hours non stop making fun, sketching, promoting and help Oscar, the publisher sell the book. It was awesome.
I hope to all attendees had the same good time as me. It was really a blast.
Pics: Fic Santiago Production staff, Oscar Salas and myself
“Can’t believe that soon, and that category”. Those were my first thoughts.
Besides all my screaming mimics and gestures of joy, after a very long and quite stressful two day before Chile’s finest comic convention, FIC SANTIAGO, my tiredness was so excruciating that when I saw that El Viudo, was awarded as best comic book of 2014, my eyes filled up with some tears.
El Viudo, as some of you are aware of, had been a chilean project by Futuro Esplendor, (the collective formed by Gonzalo Oyanedel, as series creator and chief writer, Oscar Salas as a coordinator, Juan Nitrox Marquez as an artist and art director, Rodrigo Campos Ponce, as El Viudo penciler, me as the inker and Maycols Alfaro as the letterer). I was involved with for the last 5 years. We did first a 12 page short story, printed as a fanzine; then a 56 pg Graphic Novel; and then the same 12 page story as a reboot (which originals are on sale here), several pin ups, promo images and many other things. The 56 page book, named “La Cueca Del Manco” was nominated for the Fic Awards (Chile’s only comic book awards, but unofficial) and on friday Apr 10th, at the Fic Awards Ceremony, we won.
FIC Awards are a mixture of Eagle Awards and International Professional Artist selection process. People are invited to nominate their best chilean comic published, besides some other categories, then the selected ones are listed in a survey which everyone can vote. Then the international guests selects their own picks. Winners are selected in a 70% (readers vote) / 30% (FIC Guests) rate.
“El Viudo: La Cueca Del Manco” took blood, sweat and tears to make it. It’s true, despite that sentence is mostly overrated. I know that every awarded book are part of huge producing efforts. and it always takes more than time on the drawing board, to fulfill it. We took unbelievably long 4+ years in the process. My inks on page 01 are completely different from the ones at the end of the book and that is because between 01 to 56 there are more than 3 and a half years. It took long waiting days to get pages and several long and bitter discussions about the orientation of the project. It took several coffees with the rest of the creative team to encourage and keep up the flame… It also took one embarrassing moment due bad mix of stress and rum. Heh… well, those weren’t good days.
But it also offered an unique view of Santiago, an in-depth and a very detailed and consciously documented art view and most important, a brilliant script that captures magically the vibe of the old pulps. Everything you see on the book, from clothing to city skylines, vehicles and products were used on 1950’s in Chile because Gonzalo Oyanedel, the creator and writer, did an insane research job.
We won. I never thought to win an award with my first publishing effort. I swear it. I also look the previous years winning books as “my next step in comics, but not yet”. Maybe I don’t see my full potential, but this past weekend helped me a lot to realize where I am aiming.
I would like to thanks the readers and fans who suggested the book to be nominated. Those who actually voted for the book and the FIC SANTIAGO International guests who’s vote also helped make us won.
Pics: Fic Santiago Production staff
Today is the day when my newest job sees the light of day. Chilean comic book El Viudo, published by Dogitía, will be available for everyone in a 100 copied limited release with two covers. Here’s the invitation to the signing in the FILIJ (Feria Internacional del Libro Infantil y Juvenil).
Here are some images of the interior art. I hope that you like it.
With Rodrigo Campos we developed the first El Viudo story named “el Fin Del Luto”, which can be translated as “The end of mourn” long 5 years ago. It was pitched on the NGI International Meeting where publishers like IDW’s Chris Ryall taught us the real chilean comic book artist status.
After publishing last june the El Viudo Book “La Cueca del Manco”, (Dogitía, 2014) – which also can be translated as “the One-handed man cueca” Oscar Salas, Dogitía’s publisher asked us to re-do that 12 page story.
Script: Gonzalo Oyanedel
Art: Rodrigo Campos Ponce
Editor: Oscar Salas
Here you can find a Step by Step of one of the pages
Here you can see a gallery of the art.
As you might seen lately I have been focused on inking Rodrigo Campos for El Viudo book again. Or back, or whatever.
Dogitia Publisher Oscar Salas in an effort to put more material out there of the character and get more attention to the El Viudo : La Cueca del Manco book asked us if we wanted to reboot the El Viudo first story, which was made back in 2010 when IDW Chris Ryall visited Chile for a comic book seminarium and project pitching.
Differences are excruciating, lacking for a clear concept to put there. Back in 2010 Rodrigo and I tried several things and we were way too uninvolved with the character to give it a proper look. Now it’s way better.
The book – as long as there is no additional content considered – will be 12 pages and a cover and printed in a 100 limited copy. Will be released next Santiago’s Book Fair Filsa, which will be held at Mapocho Cultural Center from Oct 24th to Nov 9th.
Hope that you like it. I am quite proud of the results and well, taking into consideration that I am overloaded with work the one or two things that are not right in my eye wasn’t able to fix it. Hopefully this is my perfectionism speaking and you enjoy it.
Here’s a cool Step by step from the latest El Viudo job you’ll see. It’s from Page 7. Pencils by Rodrigo Campos.
I use to take live pics from my job as I am inking with many purposes, but mostly because I want to keep updating my network that i am currently working on different projects and notice cool details of the job as they pop up.
Step 0: Detailed pencils of Rodrigo. Notice how he detailed the glow of the gun at the hand of the character. Light source and dramatist comes from it. Note how he tends to shadow blacks in a concentric orientation. That’s cool and helps.
Step 1: After digital edit (duotone the original and print it in a A3 page), I started with the shapes taking into consideration the source of light, giving the importance of how it reflects in the leather jacket. That’s why I took a tight feathering. (Even thou I think I have improved my regularity on the feathering it’s still an issue to me that I’m gaining expertise every page I ink).
Step 2: Viudo’s leather glove as it’s the nearest part to the light source requieres lots of tiny quill detail, not long feathering there. Besides I wanted to express the hand gesture by making more strong the outline of the hand with a organic stroke. I gaped the gun with some unmodulated lines and spotting the blacks. I added some mask drawing gum for some effect later.
Step 3: Headshot. This is the most important part since it reflects the drama of the moment. The character is making justice AND claiming revenge for an unfairness committed against the undefended children. Here is not old school justice making, this is plain and raw vengeance. So I focused in the eyes and making some cross hatching beneath those eyes to make the light come slowly to the main focus. I inked the hair with a brush in order to give it a more realistic look and by this point I didn’t like how the hat turned out, so I left it for retouch later.
Step 4: Take a look at the glow. There’s the drawing gum that I brushed before the concentric feathering. This was cool how it turned out, since gradient in pencils are easy, but inking leaves you to interpretation. I did 3 layers of feather there, the closest to the white light were small concentric dead lines. The following ones are larger, not equal sized and modulated lines leaving for the darker outside layer with short, closer and energic quill strokes that are all merged in a black spot that will be later merged with the black background.
Step 5: that’s how it looks once every line has being traced. Now it’s time to spot blacks.
Step 6: For that task I use a big flat beveled #8 brush. a cheap one. This is only used for spotting blacks. Now, when the ink nears the inked job I use an old but reliable Raphael Kolinsky 8404 #0 brush. I love that one. For me it’s the best.
Final Step 1: Done! notice how around the glow that surrounds the gun blast how I removed the mask gum. that can be seen in the shaded parts of the gun. I splattered some white inks on that part in order to give more drama to the gun blast and in the gun point I did the same whit regular black ink.
Hope that this helps.
As you may know, El Viudo is being penciled by Rodrigo Campos. He is a chilean artist with long time on the drawing board and he is eager to work in the comic book industry.
And he is the penciler whom i have inked the most. We share working hours in more than 100 pages in the last 5 years, since he asked me to help him with the Age of Oblivion graphic novel.
Please, take a look at his incredible portfolio by clicking the image below.
Here are his contacts:
Name: Rodrigo Campos Ponce
DA Page: http://rodrigocamposp.deviantart.com
if you are looking for a classy, noir, Gene Colan detective 60’s style, he’s your guy and even better, I’m his inker.
So, here it is, finally, my first published book in Chile. Printed by Dogitia a new publisher who is devoted in quality printed comics.
It has been an honor and a high task to work for like two or three years in this book as I have previously said, on and off.
So, here it is. Finally.
I remember starting inking the first pages back in 2010. The first pages were inked directly from the pencils and then, after 8 or 9 pages I realized how wrong that was. Then I scanned Rodrigo’s pencils and sent every page to a printer in order to have my own duotone copy to ink. At the end I got my own printer to do that at home.
This is a comic based in Santiago 1950, a city that is thrilling with its political situation. El Viudo is a masked vigilante with local roots.
80 pages, 15 x 23 cms B/W.
Created & Written: Gonzalo Oyanedel
Illustrations: Rodrigo Campos / Juan Marquez
Inks: Cristian Docolomansky
Letters: Maycols Alfaro
Cover and interior illustrations: Asfódelo
Publisher; Oscar Salas / Dogitía
Note: I have several copies to sell directly, with a signature and a sketch.
– 7.000 CLP (Chilean Pesos) if you live in Chile (Retail price will be up to 8.000 CLP)
– 13 USD, if you live outside Chile and you pay with foreign currency.
Delivery: We can meet up somewhere in Santiago, but if you live outside or overseas I should make an inquiry for courier services.
Payment Method: Pay Pal. (firstname.lastname@example.org). Send me an email and before payment i’ll send you a quote detailing the mailing costs.
Client pays Fee amount so that the Net amount matches product.
PS: Thinking in selling my original pages… anyone?
Today I was invited at the ANG Chile (Chilean comic book publisher and related industry association) to sign the El Viudo “La cueca del Manco” book. I haven’t seen it until I arrived to the Estación Mapocho venue. And it looks great. Tomorrow I’ll post my comments over this book and – if I have some more information – more data regarding purchasing.
Here are some pictures of the signing at the Con. We were next to the line of Jon Bogdanove, so it was quite messy at sometimes.
Hope that you like it.
Big announcement / Gran anuncio (First time writing in spanish):
After 4 years working on and off in this title, El Viudo, (Futuro Esplendor Publishings / Dogitía) the first two issued I have ever inked will hit the stores. Still are lots of releasing data to be announced, but the first contact with the readers will take place this year’s ComicCon Chile, this very next weekend. The book will be available at the ANG Chile Stand.
The book was created by Gonzalo Oyanedel and Oscar Salas, back in 2010. They asked Rodrigo Campos to be the penciler and he invited me to ink it. I was at the very VERY beginning of my career and last delivered page was actually last month, so you will see the whole evolution of the process of inking.
I have not received any copy so up until today I am not sure how it looks. But I have full confidence in the team that the book will look great and you’ll enjoy it. I am quite thrilled about it and I truly hope it will pay off.
Tras 4 años de trabajo con Gonzalo Oyanedel, Oscar Salas, Juan Nitrox Márquez y Rodrigo Lindemann saldrá a la luz este fin de semana en el marco de Comic Con Chile – Sitio oficial del evento La Cueca del Manco. Los esperamos, este fin de semana, en el stand de ANG Chile.