I made another comic book ! 😃👍 Here’s the front and back cover :
Over the Summer, I attended the ACX Comic Book Illustration course again over Zoom with Art Center instructor Alan Lawrence. This guy is super knowledgeable in all aspects of comics which made the lectures and demos engaging. As my classmates and I put out work, Alan gave us valuable feedback and for me it enhanced the direction of my work. This was exactly what I wanted and expected out of Art Center, and the bonus, a mostly completed comic book after all the work I’d put into the class.
The PDF below is a preview of upcoming pages I will be releasing every other Wednesday. Click on the green button below:
When I started the class in May, the original plan was going to be issue 2 of Post Apocalyptic Battle Cholas and I started with “Beach Day”–A slice of life story in a spy-vs-spy meets fighting game brawler with comic book physics kind of style.
Meanwhile on Twitter, a video circulated of a cop kneeling on George Floyd’s neck until he stopped breathing because he was suspected of using a counterfeit $20. It was all over the news and if you haven’t heard where you been?? As I continued working on other parts of the comic, protests and civil unrest continued for justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Andres Guardado and now Jacob Blake. I initially felt powerless. Just talking about race or politics with family/friends sometimes causes rifts or awkward conversations but very important to have this dialogue. I thought about how everything we make from art, movies, technology is a reflection of our culture. The things you post online, the news that gets shared shapes opinion, and that opinion drives people to take action. It’s how cities get planned, technology gets used, and how laws are made.
Anyway, the more I discussed and thought the more I realized that I wasn’t powerless and that the best way I could respond was through my art. I drew a short on George Floyd . Another on Breonna Taylor. I wanted to capture this moment in time because if we forget our history we are doomed to repeat it.
In the end, this comic preview includes these moments in history as I see them through my eyes but they are bundled with fictional violent stories based in a future Los Angeles that may or may not be in bad taste given what’s going on right now. So with that being said, everything in the PDF above is released under the Creative Commons CC BY-SA 4.0 license like open source software, feel free to use it as a starting point to remix, adapt and make your own stories with it or share as-is. This is my gift to Los Angeles.
Also, all new Post Apocalyptic Battle Cholas stories will be posted here. If you got this far, thanks for reading!!!