Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Celebrate Banned Books Week With Me!

[Facebook Post - Orig. 9/26/15]

Banned Books Week Started on Sept. 25th!
Gilbert Hernandez's "Heartbreak Soup"
Jaime Hernandez's "Maggie the Mechanic"
September 25, 2016 - October 1, 2016 

Celebrate Banned Book Week with any Hernandez Brothers' "Love & Rockets" comic from their long-running series!

Jaime & Gilbert Hernandez have been and continue to be pioneers in the comic book world. They are highly well-respected and admired in the comic industry as well as for their storytelling skills and enduring, universal fiction. Each brother has his own illustrative style and create incredible series and short comic stories that stand dynamically on their own. Yet, the Hernandez Brothers often collaborate and their joining of talents produce magical results.

With their shared worlds, mini-stories, use of cross-genres: realism, sci-fi, fantasy, magical realism, alternative lifestyles, fully-realized Latin characters, multicultural society, biographies, and family history thrown into the mix. 

Also, the brothers have an ongoing story about a fictional Latin town by the name of Palomar. Pick up their single issues. Pick up their collected volumes. Pick up their new stories. Pick up their classic stories. It doesn't matter. 

Support BANNED BOOKS WEEK by reading two of the powerhouses in comic books!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Facebook post - Aug. 14, 2014

While watching "Dragon Dynasty" (2006) on the SyFy Channel, I realized how much I miss David Eddings.

I always enjoyed racially and ethnically diverse epic fantasy, and the "Belgariad" was all that and more. That series changed my life! How much did it make an impact? The same as what other fantasy writers say about Tolkien.

Eddings even wrote some titles with his wife. When Leigh Eddings (wife) died, he died shortly after.

I'll always feel a debt to an author that I know I could never pay back.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Another Tweet & FB post

Am a member of a color pencil and pastel art group & the other members' pieces are DRIVING me INSANE! But my writing is taking off so...

This is what happens when you're an artist & a writer! When you're in the middle of one, the other is always calling. How do others who are both keep it together?

In order to satiate my art hunger (Lord, I sound like a vampire), I may need to do some more pieces of my fantasy series' cat characters & continue a few more pages from my school-related comic! That'll feed the beast!

Friday, August 19, 2016

From my journal

Originally written on 7/2/16
Now that the manuscript is technically complete, I realized I could not have written this by a younger self. I lacked experience. I lacked courage and creative experimentation I am more comfortable to confront.

I am now only willing to confront issues and tackle subject matter that may have been taboo or off-limits to me back then. Now I use those same topics not only in the historical novel but in my other writings.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Another Facebook post

Saw this in my coffee table book "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Fantasy" many years ago (right-hand picture).

At Miami Book Fair International in 2006, while at the CLMP's booth (Council of Literary Magazines and Presses), I found the short story collection (left-hand picture) by a press called Manic D. Press.
Bought @ Miami Book Fair Int'l 2006

I suddenly took to reading these short-short stories (some were as little as four-pages while others were up to the average 15-20 page short stories) and became mesmerized by this visual feast of words and creative imagery. The only time I read such beautiful stories - both grammatically and visually was when reading "The Arabian Nights".  

Ever since I began to read Lord Dunsany did research start to mention the countless authors both past and present owed to this man. What I learned was that the modern fantasy genre we credit to men such as J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis could not have happened without Dunsany. He preceded both men and had even the great poet Yeats as a contemporary write highly of him.

There can never explain so much of speculative fiction's debt to him. There wasn't any of the fantasy or science fiction tropes we now expect and take for granted. Lord Dunsany created the language that did not exist. He created the tropes no one had. I spoke that Dunsany was the science fiction/fantasy writer's Shakespeare. Perhaps I speak too hastily. Perhaps there are Dunsany scholars out there that could analyze better what I speak so effusively as a fan. And yet, many of the authors I mention have been quoted that Lord Dunsany influenced them, inspired their writings, made them into the literary powerhouses we now look back with admiration.

However, there is no doubt in me that without Lord Dunsany, there would be no C.S. Lewis, no Tolkien, no H.P. Lovecraft, no Fritz Leiber, no Garth Nix, no Katherine Kerr, no Diane Wynne Jones, no Charles de Lint, no Rowling, pretty much modern fantasy may not have developed into the genre it is without Lord Dunsany...

*If you have the Aldiko e-book app, most of his short story collections are FREE. Lord Dunsany's works are also available through public domain. 

From my Facebook post

This graphic novel anthology was recommended to me by Amazon.com. If one reads my "In Pretty Print" Blog, anthologies have been and are very important to my reading/writing life. Who would think that a comic collection about being a female gamer would be a thing?

"Chain Mail Bikini" is not just a nod to Conan the Barbarian's Red Sonja signature yet highly implausible outfit. This comic anthology is created by female and femme-identifying artists.
Each stand-alone story shows how each author connected to different video games. How the gaming life influenced their own lives.

Here are dreamlike tales, coming-of-age, and slice-of-life/memoir-like stories on how playing video games actually informed a life, gave direction, and even set many of the authors on a path to their destiny.

As both, an artist and writer, it's good for me to find such anthologies. Such collections surprise me, delight me, and not only create for these authors new fans. They inspire the best in me as a fellow creator.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

"Tabber the Red" website mascot illustration available!

For my website's 10th Anniversary, here is the link to an illustration of my website's mascot: Tabber the Red, my orange tabby warrior. It is in full color and the medium used is color pencils and micro-point black pen nib.

Deviant Art hard copy options: Art print, canvas, and photo.
The sizes are: 12 x 18 or 20 x 30.
Prices will vary according to what options are chosen.

Here is the URL: http://coppersphinx.deviantart.com/art/Tabber-the-Red-REVISED-in-color-411173996?purchase=print