An Artist’s Portrait of Himself:
I was born a poor, caramel-skinned child in Riverside, California, 50 years ago. I grew up in the age of a newborn Marvel Comics and had several friends who were totally into the Golden Age of Comics. I was a fan of the Incredible Hulk (surprise!).
I loved comics, and as I grew up, attempted to draw them (characters and all) but had a rough start. My father was a hard working man and when I told him I wanted to be an artist, he said: “That is not a job, you are dreaming; a real job is working hard with your hands”. Well, it didn’t keep me from trying.
After my service in the United States Marine Corps, I was convinced to attend my first comic con in 1991, San Diego Con. I walked in all cocky, but was soon humbled by editors, publishers, and writers who showed me I had much to learn. After licking my wounds, I got my first (unpaid) job in comics with Greater Mercury Comics. I did a couple of books with them, moving on to a new and exciting company just forming called Chaos Comics where I was teamed up with writer and creator Brian Pulido who got me started with a book called The Lynch Mob – a 4 issue mini-series that did pretty well at the beginning. I did some Lady Death and Evil Ernie cards for Chaos 24 and then moved on to do a few more books with Bishop Press and Comico (I didn’t get paid by them either).
I continued to work towards the dream and reality of wanting to be a comic book artist, and got somehow turned onto an editor for Marvel’s Special Projects department named Glenn Herdling, who gave me an opportunity to do a mini 16-page X-Men comic book for a Hardee’s Kids meal (issue #4 “The Time Gliders”).
Near the end of my 15-year-career in law enforcement, I met a talented, up-and-coming artist by the name of Greg Harms. He and I teamed up and did 4 books for Blue Water productions entitled The Tenth Muse and after working on some personal properties that now go under the studio of Third Empire, Greg and I have some cool books Modus Operandi (Greg’s creation) along with starting back up the Lynch Mob (picking up from issue 4) Issues 5, 6, are done and the series will be ongoing, We also have several coming up, such as The MidKnights, Control Syndicate, and more.
Come visit our website at www.thirdempirestudios.weebly.com, like Third Empire Studios on Facebook, and visit with us at AMA-Con 2015. I’ll tell you all about my and being a cast member on a Reality TV show (#1 for 3 seasons).