Friday, June 30, 2006

Charlotte Weekend

Heroes Con
I'm heading for the Heroes Con in North Carolina for the weekend, please stop by if you can.

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-Alberto

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Project Romantic

Project Romantic


This is a page from a 4-page comic told in suicide notes for an anthology soon to be published by Ad House Books.

Since I'm the furthest thing from a sequential artist, I did away with dialog (I've always preferred comics without word ballons anyway, text in comics makes no sense to me); the idea is conveyed through 4 vignettes. The concept itself is direct and to the point and it's based on the true story of my father's suicide (with a twist). When Ad House's editor Chris Pitzer asked me to take part in this collection of stories called "Project Romantic", I immediately thought of my father's own struggle with, and eventual surrender to suicide, although killing myself is something I feel no inclination towards, I find the subject extremely fascinating and worth of artistic exploration.

To some people (mainly adolescents and troubled artistes), there's nothing more romantic than to die for, because of -or as in my story, for lack of love. In art (as in life) suicide is viewed as romantic, even heroic and noble in some cultures, my father's death stands as proof, he became obsessed with taking his own life after being rejected by the woman he loved. (not my Mom). Perhaps the casual tone of my writing regarding my father's tragedy may seem weird but this happened 25 years ago and we weren't much of family to speak of, I didn't grow up with him and saw him only a couple of times in my entire life.


A warm-up drawing done this morning.

Glad to be back posting again :)


Abrazos,
-Alberto

Monday, June 26, 2006

THANKS!

Despite a couple of scary complications and hair-raising episodes, my wife is out of surgery and recovering nicely. Thank you all for the words of encouragement and support, they do mean a great deal to me and to my family. I'm grateful and overwhelmed by your responses (comments) here, as well as the e-mails we've received in the past month. Thank you, once again!!

I'm slowly catching up with work and other obligations, way behind on a lot of personal projects but I have a renewed optimism and I'm ready to get back on that horse.


Abrazos,
-Alberto

Friday, June 02, 2006

Rough Times

Sorry about the prolonged absence, I've got hit with bad news soon after my return from Calgary; my wife had to undergo a somewhat common surgical procedure for something which has plagued her for some time now, while convalescing, the doctors informed us that a second, (more involved and intrusive) procedure is needed in order to avoid a possibly life-threatening condition. The second surgery has been scheduled for mid june so I will remain absent for a longer while. For those of you who know this already and have offered your prayers and support, a big THANK YOU. She's in the best of care and I'm confident things will turn out fine and by the next post she'll be on her way to a speedy recovery.

I am one of the most inept husbands on earth, relying on my wife for pretty much all the work related to running a household with 2 kids and a messy, clueless husband and the bulk of the administrative duties that goes along with raising a family and mantaining a business. The woman is the 'Rock of Gibraltar" of this family and however much I appreciate her massive contribution , it's simply not enough, who says men are stronger than women?

I will keep my commitment to attend this weekend's Philadelphia WizardCon, I gave my word to Joe with whom I'm sharing a spot in 'Artist Alley', I'll be there today (Friday, June 2nd) and tomorrow, but I won't be able to make it to the Mocca show the following week. All the outstanding book and art orders will be mailed out upon my return to NY without fail, thank you all for your patience and understanding.



Abrazos
-Alberto