I have the most inspiring friends.
I've known both of these guys since college
and from day one, we've talked comics. We can go on for hours about what-did-you-get-this-week or debate over why the '90s were awesome/sucked, and then still
make a trip to the store after we're done talking. So to see the two of them put their non-photo-blue pencils where their mouths are and actually do what we've all dreamed of doing is awesome
You may recognize Arvin Bautista
from our Fellow Ghostbot
page. Not only does he own every possible game system on the planet, but he's also a walking encyclopedia of comics and miscellaneous dorky nerdy stuff (he would without question be my lifeline if I was a contestant on "Who Wants to Be a Comic Millionaire"). Well now he's channeled his passion for the medium into his own self-published book. His bold compositions and good-ole-fashion storytelling are influenced by the likes of comic legends like Jack Kirby
, Osamu Tezuka
, and Shotaro Ishinimori
Arvin is on a mission to finish his first book in one year, and thanks to a much needed vacation from his day job
, he's making a beeline to the finish. Cheer him on at his blog, The Neverending Battle
, and stay off the roads. He just got a car.
The other dork in our band of nerds is the previously blogged
, Shanth "I Eat Only to Survive" Enjeti
. Shanth is no slouch when it comes to comics, pencilling his first professional book at the age of 17, and a then later self-publishing his creator-owned, Springball
. If anyone was going to make it in mainstream comics, it would be Shanth. The amount of blood, sweat, and tears that he has poured into his work is enough to motivate (and depress) anyone. If you're looking for gritty, moody, I'm-so-real-I-pay-taxes-on-my-mutant-power comics, then Shanth is not necessarily the artist for you. But if you want to be taken back to the genuine fun and excitement jumping off the page that comics gave us as kids, then keep your eyes peeled for his upcoming work. Shanth is breaking into the industry as we speak, working on a 4-issue Starship Troopers mini-series
for Markosia Comics.
Guys, I already have my mylar bags prepped...