“Have you ever gotten fan art from a Pharoah? Put the pencil in a sarcophagus…”

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Dig on this Blackest Terror pin-up Pharoah Bolding!

“Eric Esquivel’s The Blackest Terror.

The Blackest Terror is easily one of my favorite concepts of the last five years. Take the classic public domain character The Black Terror and add some urban flair, street sense, and a need to fight bigots and racists and you get one of the more fun vigilantes I’ve seen in comics in recent memory!

My boy Samax Amen (check his work out at [http://samax.deviantart.com/ ) is the artist for the next issue of The Blackest Terror (and from what I’ve seen he’s gonna absolutely kill it!) but I have to admit that I SO wanna draw this character in action!

So this is my audition piece! Eric, if you ever have a Blackest Terror back-up story or pin-up you need drawn drop me a line and I will make time!

Check out Blackest Terror: http://blackestterror.tumblr.com/

Buy Blackest Terror: http://moonstonebooks.com/shop/item.aspx?itemid=914

Check out more awesomeness from Eric Esquivel: http://emecomics.tumblr.com/” – Pharoah Bolding

Black Comix!

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TUCSONANS: Heroes and Villains Comic Book store now carries Black Comix: African American Independent Comics, Art & Culture—a hardcover anthology featuring some of the best and brightest creators in the business.

Each of their copies features an original BLACKEST TERROR sketch by the man who puts the “hard” in “hardcover”, Samax Amen (ghettoManga.com)! And a FREE copy of BLACKEST TERROR #1!

Get ‘em before they’re gone!

Who I am, and why you should care DECEMBER 2012.

Hi, e’rybody! My name is Eric M. Esquivel, and I’m an author. I write comics, prose, screen plays, critical analyses and little bits of journalism.

My work has inspired a record by UK Hip Hop artist Akira The Don:

…And a music video by “The World’s Greatest Horror Rock Band”, Calabrese:

We’re also puttin’ out issue #2 of the Calabrese Comic this year!

My most recent release is Electric Youth, from BDI.

It’s about the world’s fastest teenager doin’ his damnedest to outrun adulthood, and the responsibilities that come with it.

A couple of very talented dudes said some very nice things about it:

“Eric M. Esquivel writes pop superheroes with a punk rock sense of humor.” – Jamie S. Rich, It Girl

“Fast, breezy super-hero action–with brains, heart and soul enough to make Electric Youth more than just another fleet-footed slacker. This is the perfect comic to take me back to the glory days of my previous favorite speedster. My pal, Eric Esquivel is light years ahead of the pack!” – Brian AugustynThe Flash

Tom Hutchison is handin’ me the reigns to The Legend Of Oz: Wicked West (ongoing) #6-#8.  I get to tell the secret origin of Jack Pumpkinhead, and I couldn’t be happier. He’s basically the Boba Fett of The Wicked West.  It ships March 2013.

 

 

 

I’m writing five issues (at least) of something for Boom! Studios, but I’m not allowed to say what it is…even though if you Google my name + “Boom! Studios” a couple sites have leaked it.

Oh, comics…

I have been a rabid fan of Boom! for years.  Working for them is hands down the most surreal thing that has ever happened to me.

 

There’s a 4 issue superhero team thing comin’ out through BDI this summer with my name on it, that’ll tie into their epic High Tide crossover event!

That’s all I am legally allowed to say.

*Spoilers: I wrote Lana Del Rey and Aquaman into it.*

 

Ander Sarabia and I have a story in the upcoming American History Z anthology, the third installment in the New York Times Best Selling Fubar original graphic novel series. A preview copy debuted at The Baltimore Comic Con on September 8th 2012. The real one ships around the world mid-2013.

 

 

Alex Diotto and I have a piece in the Vic Boone anthology! That one should drop in the first quarter of 2013. It’s my love letter to Andy Warhol and Arthur Fonzarelli.

 

 

 

I’ve got a short piece in Zombies Vs. Cheerleaders #8.  It’s a spy-fi thing, with pencils by Jason Pedersen, inks by Rich Koslowski (Archie Meets Kiss!), and a title sequence by Hannah Nance Partlow.

 

 

 

I’m responsible for Thor: Unkillable Thunder Christ, published by Moonstone Books. It scored a 9.8 review from Multiversity. Here’s a few sample pages, via Bleeding Cool. And here’s a Comic Book Therapy interview. Score a copy here.

 

 

I also wrote this one thing called Blackest Terror, that people seem to dig. Here’s a Newsarama interview, and a Ghetto Manga interview I gave, regarding it. Score a physical copy here, or a digital copy here. And here’s a comic strip he appears in. He’ll appear again in the pages of of Ghetto Manga Magazine.

 

I have a Facebook Page, a Twitter, a tumblr, and a Wikipedia Entry.

Ghetto Manga Stream Team!

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Samax Amen, the new illustrator of Blackest Terror, runs a kick ass publication called ghettoManga.com.

He’s doin’ a Street Team recruitment drive:

Here’s what you get:
1) EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION SCREEN PRINTED T-SHIRT at least once a year.

2) 4+ ISSUES OF GHETTOMANGA QUARTERLY MAGAZINE

3) FREE DIGITAL COPIES OF EVERY NEW BOOK I PUBLISH DURING YOUR MEMBERSHIP-

4) 99 cent DOWNLOADS OF PREVIOUS COMICS, BOOKS, ETC.

5) FREE GREETING CARDS (at least) 4 TIMES A YEAR

6) EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNTS AND FREE STUFF (aka “and more”…)
http://ghettomanga.blogspot.com/p/join-street-team.html

You can choose either $40 (paid annually) or $5 a month (adds up to $60 a year)

http://ghettomanga.blogspot.com/p/join-street-team.html

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Blackest Terror vs. Chick-Fil-A

Inspired by the hardcore badasses above and all of the stellar folks speaking out against Chick-Fil-A and their casual bigotry, Jason Pedersen (images) and Hannah Nance Partlow (letters) and I made this:

The above stars Blackest Terror (a bigot-fighting super guy whose self-titled comic is available via Comixology) doin’ what he does best: keepin’ his neighborhood free from those who would profit from fear and hate.

He has a cameo in Thor: Unkillable Thunder Christ , which shipped the Wednesday before last and is available through Diamond (MAY121207).

Ummm…we made it for another comic book website which occasionally runs guest panels from comic book professionals.  They opted not to run it.  And I understand that–taking a stand against bigotry is polarizing.  It’s controversial.  It might result in not getting future comic book industry gigs, or in crappy emails and message board comments… BUT PEOPLE ARE BEING DENIED RIGHTS, AND EVEN KILLED BY THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT.

If superheroes have any worth, then this is it.  They can be little avatars we dress up in our personal flags and send off to beat the living shit out of the real-life-bullies who would take away our dignity and put us in the ovens if nobody would call them on it.

Like so:

So, yeah.  Don’t let the bastards grind you down, e’rybody.

And don’t forget that we win this in the end.  We’ve all seen Star Trek– we know that eventually humanity gets its collective shit together and we put aside our differences and invent tricorders.