October 30, 2020

Marvel Comic character Low Rider

Considering his non-linear beginnings, el jefe has unique advice on getting into the comic book game.

The Good

“Comics are an amazing collaborative art form that allows a really small group — two to three people, an artist, writer and an editor — to have a large amount of creative freedom and to tell stories that are available immediately to the public [outside of newspapers.]. Comics always allow you to be fresh and topical. You can always be a part of the cultural discourse, and there are fewer suits involved than if you’re making a movie, or you have an idea for a book where you have to get approval and you need to get it published. So, there’s a real immediacy to what we do.”

The Bad

“In all creative fields you are going to encounter people who embrace the notion that there is one blueprint for creative success, that there is one way of doing things. When you’re creating something whether it’s a comic book, a movie, a book or whatever, music, it’s voodoo. There are people in positions of power that believe there is one way of doing things [and there’s not].”

The Ugly

“That would be human nature. This is again not unique to comics, but people abuse power. Power corrupts. People believe their hype. It gets between them and their art. It’s not often that you see it, but when you see it, you’re always disappointed.”

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About The Author

Born to Dominican parents in NYC and raised in Passaic, NJ, in nearly a decade as an entertainment writer, Emmanuel Ureña has written for numerous publications, including VIBE, Latina.com, BET.com, LLERO, Urban Ink, Inked, and many others. When he’s not typing away on his MacBook, Ureña is reading fictional novels and comic books while enjoying ice-cold Blue Moon beers. You might also find him at a local tattoo shop getting some fresh ink!

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