Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Happy Birthday to Me!

Do you like the photoshop I did with the picture? Charlie eat your heart out. Apologies to Jacob for stealing your birthday cake but I needed it more than you did. Don’t worry when you grow up you will understand.

Well if you haven’t figured it out, its my birthday. Yeah, on June 1 1978 at exactly 7am, David Anthony Arroyo was born to the world. I don’t know how much I weighed because even at that young an age I was telling people to fuck off when the subject of weight came up. But I have always suspected that I was Hugh Heffeners illegitimate son, maybe it was my choice of clothing. What do you think?

(Coincidence I think not!)

Seriously though folks, I have to say that this past year has been one of my best. I have been blessed with so many things. I have made some really great friends like Lene Taylor & Charlito my fellow podcasters. I have been very lucky to work with someone who not only believes In my work but, is a blast to work with. I got to interview the man who got me reading comics Mr. Mark Waid. I am about to embark on a new journey in my life.

And most of all I have gotten so much support form all of you which is the best birthday gift I could ever ask for. So from the bottom of my heart thank you and I hope we will still be here next year to say it again!

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Episode 17

Episode 17

The guys discuss their plans for the annual Mocca Festival (June 10-11).

And David sits down with his idol comics legend Mark Waid!

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Episode 16

Episode 16

In this nice little episode...

We talk about Free Comic Book Day...

David interviews Rosa Colon creator of Tick Tock!

And the guys shed some tears on comics that never made it...

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

We have words!

Boy are you in for a treat, here are some of the lettered paged of the first issue of Heroes Rebored!

Be aware that we have already made some changes, you know fixed some mistakes, so dont think this is the finished draft. Its just something for all you guys who have supported us through the hard times. Thanks guys!

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Episode 15

Episode 15

In this very large episode...

Its ROUND 2! As Tom Beland takes over the Comic Makers podcast and lays down the law on Brian Bendis! Plus he talks about his career in Marvel and his recent move to Image!

Also in this episode Charlie and Dave talk about convention etiquette, Erik Larsen pissing off Fangirls and Paul Pelletier!

Friday, May 12, 2006

Just One Day Away from the Birthday Boy!

Just a friendly reminder that you can go see Charlie and wish him a happy 73rd year old birthday tomorow from 1pm to 4pm at Wonder Water Comics in Tampa Florida!

Be sure to bring prunes since he likes those and dont get him started on the war or else you will be there all day....

Thursday, May 11, 2006

The finished cover!

Keep an eye out for this cover at Mocca and maybe if your lucky your local retailer!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Meet the Birthday Boy!

Yes if you live in the Florida area and have the time, drop by and wish my butt buddy a Happy Birthday! He just turned 58, can you belive that? Yeah i know he looks much older than that!

Oh and by the way guys my birthday is June 1st. I expect to be showered with gifts and naked pictures.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Episode 14

Episode 14

Its all about the ladies this week.

When, L.T the host of I Read Comics drops by to give her thoughts on. Women in comics, self publishing, the Taki Soma Case, female creators plus she gives her thoughts on PR Comics!

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Free Comic Book Day Report!

So today was "Free Comic Book Day". If you don’t know what that means, it’s a relatively new promotion that the industry has been doing for the last 3 years, I think. Pretty much allot of the mayor companies make specific comics that they give away for "free" as a promotion in order to score new readers.

Most of the comics are original stories. Image, Bongo and Archie come to mind that produce actual original work that you can only find in the comic book on that day. Other companies usually give a preview of upcoming storylines. This year most of the local creators joined the band wagon and also gave away free comics to the public in hopes of expanding their readership. But the question is does this really help?

Allot of folks that were there were the regulars hoping to score collectible books for the future or trying to get a heads up for upcoming comics. To that extent I suppose it would help that a free comic might spark their interest in expanding their reading material. But unfortunately the rule of one comic of all of the selection per customer kind of hampered that. I can imagine allot of them chose the X-men free book or if we're lucky the Image one, but those are the books that they always buy. Isn’t the point of free comic book day to put a comic in the hands of someone who normally doesn’t follow that book?

I can understand why most stores did this because they want to ration out the books to last all through the day. After all those books are not exactly free to the retailer, since they still have to pay some fee’s. But personally I think that if you do run out of the x-men books at least you can push some of the local books on them. The point is to push for the markets to cross over in order to expand your sales.

The store did attract people who normally don’t step foot in it. But will they return the next day when the books aren’t free? Now that is the question. Frankly I don’t think so, those folks once again chose Archie or Donald Duck, their common perception of comics. And hell that would be fine but I don’t really see Archie as a book they have to get every Wednesday. If the comic store is near a place they have their lunch hour, or close the movies then yeah I could see an occasional sale but its not going to have a strong of a hook.

Another thing that I thought was a mistake is that certain books had stories that weren’t exactly a good way for new readers to jump on too. Some were just stories for the faithful fans that had been following the books for years. The Invincible story comes to mind when I think of this dilemma. I don’t exactly get too angry at these companies for dropping the ball, its incredibly hard for one to write a story that will satisfy your core audience and yet be reader friendly for someone who is not familiar with ones work.

But still it was nice to see Metro Comics packed full of people. It reminded me of the infamous day of the Death of Superman. Also it was good to see local comics get some nice exposure and appreciation for their hard work. Not to mention it was a great opportunity for me to hand out flyers promoting the podcast.

Also seeing actual children in the comic store always puts a smile to my face, with the core audience of comic fans being 15-30 seeing kids buying comics reminds me of those yesterdays when my then 10 year old self would freak out over the latest issue of The Hulk or Superman. Then again comics back then were only $1.00 and the thought of spending more than $20 dollars was just too much for my ten year old mind to comprehend. Talk about ironic...

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Episode 13

Episode 13

The time has come for the writer to get the spotlight! In this episode...

Jay Faerber visits the Comic Makers studio to talk about his career both at Marvel and DC plus we discuss one of the best comics in the Image line Noble Causes!

Monday, May 01, 2006

Behind the scenes at Comic Makers....

Okay so this week’s episode will feature an interview if the great Jay Faerber creator and writer of Noble Causes. Jay was a great guy and I loved talking to him. But I have to tell you this episode was cursed! Maybe it was the fact that it was number 13 and im sure conducting the interview on a Friday didn’t help but it was like the universe was conspiring against me.

First the telephone company crossed my phone line with another house, effectively shutting down my DSL connection. So I flew to Juan Lapaix house who is the only other person I know who has anything other than dial up. Only to half way during the interview have a power outage. Then it came back only to once again go out! Turns out two power transformers exploded knocking out electricity for the entire neighborhood!

But thanks to Jays patience and my persistence I know have the full interview on my laptop. It will probably be uploaded May 3rd guys. In the meantime listen to these bloopers that the power failure produced. Special note, I am cursing God not Mr.Faerber.

Blooper #1

Blooper #2