This is yet another revamp of "Went to Tell Somebody." The last revamp took it from a place where comic book creators that I admire recommended cool comic book series to a place where I spotlighted different cool independent comic book series based on submissions from the indie comic book creators themselves. Now, however, I am revamping it again so that it will remain a spotlight on independent comic books, but I will be turning the discussion over to the creators themselves through a standard interview format. Essentially, the creators can now speak for their own work and "Went to Tell Somebody" will give them a place to do so!
This will be an ongoing weekly feature, so if you would like to see your work spotlighted, as well, there's no time limit or anything like that. So you can submit at any time. It's not a first come/first serve thing, ya know? Click here for the current submission guidelines.
Today, we will be looking at Blazing Quantum from William Ibanez. Here is William's website.
1. What is your comic about?
My comic book Blazing Quantum, True Tales from La Frontera is about a group of Chicano punks coming of age in the South Texas border. A major theme is how Mexico and America's shared history came to inform their upbringing. My work deals heavily on subjects such as the Mexican Revolution, immigration, assimilation child hood, and punk rock.
2. What made you choose to use the comic book medium for this story?
I have always wanted to draw comics ever since I first read Spectacular Spider Man #217 by Sal Bucsema back when I was 12 or 13 years old. I didn't realize, however, the true power of the comic book medium until I was introduced to Robert Crumbs work. Even though he had a completely different upbringing than I did, his slice of life work and disdain for the establishment made me realize that I too could use comics as a means to really express myself. Before then I just wanted to draw Super Heroes.
3. What aspect of your comic are you most proud of?
Probably the History aspect of it. As much as I love brining in the slice of life stuff, having to balance that with the history of South Texas and Mexico was a challenge. I really wanted to include the Biography of the places I grew up in. Not only did I rely on sit down interviews with my parents (over a few bottles of wine of course), but also on countless hours at places like the New York Public Reference Library (the one with the lions outside! Like in Ghostbusters.) They actually have history books their so old you can't check them out. I'm also extremely thankful for places like the Republic of the Rio Grande Museum in Laredo Texas. They were more than glad to go out of their way to provide me access to materials such as watercolor paintings of South Texas bandits and rebels.
4. What's the one piece of philosophy and/or advice that has informed your comic book work the most?
Probably Empathy. I hope that comes through in my comic book, and the fact that I inherited that from my Mother.
5. Since this is "Went to Tell Everybody," tell everybody about another current comic book series that you would like other people to know more about.
Please go check out Anna Sellheim's work! Her comics I think perfectly capture what it's like to be a millennial in our current political climate.
I haven't seen a cartoonist who captures our daily struggles today as well as she does.
Again, if you're interested in seeing YOUR independent comic book spotlighted in this feature, click here for the current submission guidelines.