Comics in his Blood!
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!
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
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 Hernandez nominates Steve Ditko to the Man vs. Art Pantheon Of Awesomeness!
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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