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Jan 192011

Comics in his Blood!

Jav vs. Art

My guest on today’s show loves to draw and write! He is Javier Hernandez,  a DIY cartoonist, painter, and entrepreneur. He is the creator of such comics as EL MUERTO, MAN-SWAMP and WEAPON TEX-MEX, which he publishes under his own imprint, LOS COMEX.

Javier or Jav as his friends call him,  served as the associate producer on the live action film adaption of El Muerto, He hosts the JAVILAND podcast, which features a rotating round table of cartoonists discussing issues relating to independent comics!
He is one of the founding members of the SGV Cartoonistas a loose collective of which I myself am also a part of,  formed between friends to promote their arts and events in the San Gabriel Valley  area of Southern California.

Check out some of Javier’s bold and expressive creations! Really fun and cool stuff!

Manga Muerto Page.

Weapon Tex Mex page

Man Swamp Page

El Grito

some killer

Demolition Dove

In this episode Javier and I talked about what else? Comics! Javier shares his thoughts on his technique and style, plus tells us about his major influences on his comic making!

Sergio Aragones’ and his new book

MAD’s Greatest Artists: Sergio Aragones: Five Decades of His Finest Works

The book The Art of Osamu Tezuka

Jack Kirby

John Buscema,

Gene Colan.

The Book Origins of Marvel Comics Stan Lee

The Book  Robert Rodriguez Rebel Without Crew

Javier and I are suckers for Peter Sellers. Especially as Clouseau!

I mean look at him in this clip! Sellers, an Englishman, portrays a silly French Detective disguised as a German Dentist trying to infiltrate the lair of  his Ex-Police Commissioner boss Dreyfuss who has gone mad and become a Super Villain! LMAO!

For more of the talented Javier Hernandez go to his website,


Javier on Twitter


Javier Hernandez nominates Steve Ditko  to the Man vs. Art Pantheon Of Awesomeness!

Steve Ditko by Javier Hernandez

Steve Ditko. The Man the Myth!

by Javier Hernandez.

“If the criteria for inclusion into the MAN VS ART PANTHEON OF AWESOMENESS includes being a “lone wolf, maverick,underdog, & rogue”, then the person I have to submit is Steve Ditko. Cartoonist, writer, publisher. Co-creator, along with writer Stan Lee, of Spider-Man and Dr. Strange. Creator of his independently owned characters such as Mr. A, The Mocker, The Baffler, Miss Eerie and many more.

At the height of his career-defining run on THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, Ditko quit, issue #38 being his last. To this day, the reasons remain tangled in controversy, depending on who you talk to. He moves to DC, creating The Creeper and Hawk & Dove. At Charlton, he creates The Question. As the decades progressed, Ditko has primarily been interested in creating his own stories, with his own characters. Even while returning various times to work for Marvel and DC, he was never interested in going back to his old characters. He never drew another Spider-Man comic since he stopped in 1966. Not even when he could have most likely made a small fortune during the years of the Sam Raimi blockbuster movies series. Ditko does what Dikto wants to do. Creating new ideas, moving forward, has been a core Ditko mantra.

His strict personal code of ethics, influenced largely by Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism, has turned off many fans and professionals, particularly as that viewpoint has often been the thrust of his comics. But he follows his solid path, and doesn’t ask people for handouts, sympathy or favors. For the last 20 years or so, he’s been self-publishing his work in collaboration with Robin Snyder. Even today, at age 83, he’s putting out about 4 new comics a year. 130 pages of new comics!

As an artist, a self-published comics creator, I can’t think of stronger, more honest, creative inspiration than Steve Ditko.”

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  4 Responses to “Man vs. Art Episode 41! Independent DIY Comic Artist Javier Hernandez”

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Jose Anibal Gonzalez. Jose Anibal Gonzalez said: RT @Raul_Aguirre_Jr: Minions! Man vs. Art Episode 41 is up! Independent DIY Comic Artist @JavierHernandez drops by! http://bit.ly/eGWD0b […]

  2. It was good to hear Javier back on my iphone. I’m sorry to hear about the car and his art being stolen. I really enjoyed the discussion you had about not limiting yourself to certain tools, and Raul’s comment about that being a form of procrastination. I agree, a true artist can draw with whatever is in front of him or her. Just create!

    I could never get enough of visual storytelling talk. That is my main focus right now. Telling a story through illustrations. I appreciate you guys breaking it down. Great show!

    -Neil Segura

    • Thanks Neil. I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the show. I had a great time with Javier. He’s a real pro with loads of talent and a great outlook. Good luck with your illustrated stories. Maybe you could share some stuff with the myself and the Minions. I’d love to check it out!

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