11/15/2017

Empezamos el día con Kat Fajardo; Juana Neumann, Delius y Clara Lagos en La Polola; Jordie Bellaire & Vanesa R. Del Rey; Ramón Esono Ebalé; Berliac; Victor Coyote y Mireia Pérez; Julie Doucet en Madrid;  y los tebeos de Cómics Workbook!

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Spotlight on Kat Fajardo

Over on No Echo Carlos Ramirez interviews Kat Fajardo, the winner of the 2017 Emerging Talent Award at Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CxC), creator of comics such as Gringa! and the Bandida series.

CR: What are the toughest aspects of what you do from a business standpoint? Are you constantly networking and reaching out to editors for gigs?

KF: I think finding the energy to make art after working my day job is the toughest part of being a freelancer. Today, social media is insanely important for artists, but you would need time and consistently create work in order to make your online presence known. Thankfully, I work at a cafe in the mornings, so after work I chug down a red eye and work the rest of the night at my studio. The weeks before convention season are the hardest. Printing and assembling zines while working long hours is incredibly energy-draining! But it’s worth it once you get yourself to the convention.

I love selling comics behind a table, you get to meet your readers, other cool artists and editors in person. I can’t stress enough the importance of attending comic and zine festivals as an artist, I’ve made great business connections that way. However, most of my recent networking with publishers have been made all thanks to my literary agent, Linda Camacho. Because of her hard work, I was able to work on cool projects like creating the cover for The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez, as well as a few more exciting projects coming up! 

Read it all here.

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Los cómics y las noticias que me han llamado la atención esta semana:

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Suzy and Cecil – 11-15-2017 – by Sally Ingraham

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Joanie and Jordie – 11-15-2017 – by Caleb Orecchio

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Juan Fernández

Juan Fernández

Juan José Fernández is a Pittsburgh comics community organizer, most recently named as one of “Pittsburgh’s Creative Forces: 12 People to Meet in 2017” in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and one of seven 2016 Fuerza awardees by Café Con Leche for providing Pittsburgh Latinx leadership. He co-organizes the annual Pittsburgh Zine Fair, leads the Pittsburgh Comics Salon, and provides educational outreach for the Comics Workbook and the ToonSeum. He currently works at the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.
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