Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

It's Halloween!

Here at Perro Worldwide Comics, it's our absolute favorite holiday.  And for good reason…  Comic and Sci-Fi fans love dressing up in costume, showing off their inner-superhero, and there's no better day to do it than on Halloween!  Even the thrill of dressing up for a comic convention pales in comparison to dressing up on October 31.

When I was younger, I dressed up as Superman several years in a row.  It began in first grade, and I was dressed as Superboy.  The year was 1990, and my inspiration came from the Superboy TV series starring Gerard Christopher.  I remember all the teachers saying "Oh look!  It's Superman!" as I marched down the halls.  I also remember explaining that i was in-fact Superboy, not Superman!  It was an easy mistake to make.

The following year, I was a little older and a little wiser, so I dressed up as Superman.  The Christopher Reeve movies had made quite an impact on me, and it was time to embrace the adult version of the character.  I wore the same costume, but I was older, so when my teachers exclaimed "Oh look!  It's Superboy!"  I had to explain that this year it was different.  I was Superman!

Winter came early that year.  I was living in Minnesota, and my Hero-Costume wasn't warm enough to wear when I went trick-or-treating, so changes had to be made.  Still wearing the Super-Suit, I was forced to put on a pair of dress pants and a button down shirt.  I clipped on a tie, and was then given a pair of dark glasses frames.  If I couldn't be Superman, I'd be the next best thing…  Clark Kent.

Lots of people asked who I was, but the moment I pulled open my shirt, revealing the "S" underneath, they figured it out!

Today, I spend more time dressing up as Chris Ember than I do dressing up as Superman, but my passion for superheroes began with the Man of Steel, and without those childhood memories, I might have never developed my own characters.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Mission Park Members in Street Stories

So who's going to be appearing in Mission Park: Street Stories?  Or maybe, more specifically, which members of Team Mission Park are being featured?

Here's a partial list:  Chris Ember, Tessa Faux, Victor Strength, Timothy Note, and Valerie Sarah.  I'm most excited about Valerie's role in this story.  She's an important character, and in Mission Park:  Street Stories, she gets substantial screen-time.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Week of Writing

A majority of this past week has been spent writing.  Sometimes, the story flows forward so easily,  and the pages add up one after another.  Other times, I find myself trying to figure out how I'm going to get my main character to arrive on the scene for the next big battle sequence.

This week, there were some definite moments of both.  And when the writing was difficult, it had a lot to do with the crafting of the villain.

Superheroes are easy.  They stop the bad guy from carrying out a master plan.  But the villains...  They require some work.  A well written bad guy needs to have a well written motive.  And when they're a super-villain, they need to have a larger than life well written motive.  That can be a challenge!

I think that's why there are so many super-villains with hokey master plans.  They need to do something that has the potential for action, but in a way that makes sense.  It's so easy to make a super-villain campy because the nature of their crimes are somewhat campy.  A solid motive solves the problem, but it takes work.

I suppose that if I'm saying anything in this weeks blog, it's that larger than life action needs to be grounded in real life emotion.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Power Of Grit

This past week, I was describing a portion of the Tessa Faux Origin Comic Book to an actress, when I found myself using the word gritty in my description. 

It hit me funny, because I find myself using that word semi-regularly, and I can see how it excites other people. 

Is it possible for a comic book to be too gritty?  It’s a popular word to use when describing a work of entertainment.  Gritty…  just saying it can give a person Goosebumps.

In and of itself, gritty is not necessarily a positive word, but when it’s used to describe a story, it elevates that story in a way that seems to excite everyone.  “Did you read the latest issue of Batman.  It’s insanely gritty!  You’re going to love it!” 

Gritty has been used to describe a story that is (for lack of a better description) less fun.  But since that’s a vague description, let’s really break down what a gritty story is all about. 

Gritty means that the story is more violent and more graphic.  It means that the story lacks moments of comic relief.  It means that the story features characters with loose morals.  It means that the world the characters live in is less optimistic, more cynical, and on a downward spiral. 

Is gritty bad?  No.  A story with a little grit can be very exciting.  The problem is that grit is being used more and more as the only spice in the cabinet.  Grit is the opposite of camp, but just as someone doesn’t want to read a story as campy as 60’s Batman, they probably don’t want to read a story so gritty that it lacks all fun.

The Tessa Faux Origin Comic has some grit.  But maybe gritty isn’t the best description, because it doesn’t describe everything else that it is.