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.

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Life is beautiful.

Thor: Unkillable Thunder Christ is scheduled to arrive this Wednesday!

To say that I am excited is to say that the sun is kinda warm. I’m pretty much vibrating with joy.

Blackest Terror, as much as I love it, was written close to four years ago. Thor was written about 1 year ago. It’s a lot closer to where I’m at (both in skill & in personal outlook).

I’m amped as Hell to share it with you fine folks.

Tell your local comic shop that you want a copy.  If they don’t have any on the shelves, have them order you one.  This is the best selling thing I’ve ever done, but it still isn’t selling X-Men numbers, y’know?  Every little bit helps immensely.  Poppa needs a new pair of solid gold shoes.

Speaking of things I’m excited about…

Ander Sarabia (Thor: Unkillable Thunder Christ, Blackest Terror) and I contributed a story to the new horror anthology from Fubar Press.

Fubar is notable for being the first Kickstarter-funded project to hit the New York Times Best Seller list. So, that’s cool.

I can’t talk about the theme or anything like that, but the above is an image from it. But I can say…STEAM PUNK CRUSADERS VS. ZOMBIE EARTH ELEMENTALS, Y’ALL.

I know. I know. It’s awesome.

I don’t have a release date for the book proper, but a sneak preview collection is in the works for the Baltimore Comic Con (September 8-9, 2012), containing the editor’s favorite submissions…which somehow includes Ander’s & mine, and one by Chuck Dixon (Batman, Punisher: War Journal, G.I. Joe)!

Awesome.

And, my Vic Boone story was approved by 215 Ink, too! It’s going to be drawn by Alex Diotto!

Ahh!

                                                             ^ Alex Diotto

Vic Boone is a title that I’m a huge, huge fan of. It’s a pulpy joint about an ex-motorcycle-daredevil-turned-private-eye–and if that premise doesn’t make your naughty bits tingle, then I don’t want to be friends with you anymore.

My story takes place in Paris, has motorcycle stunts, a femme fatale modeled after Pam Grier, and an army of Andy Warhol clones.

It’ll blow your whole, entire mind.

Hannah started doin’ daily comic thingies! I appear in them occasionally. Usually consuming Mexican food.  Sometimes as 1/2 of a painting.

Check ’em out here: http://hannahnance.blogspot.com/ !

I’ve got a Kickstarter for a film in the works, too. If you’re into that kind of thing, throw some money at it. I’ll love you forever (even more than I do now).

The guys who are doin’ the non-writing part of the flick are damn good. And a bunch of amazing visual artists are involved in creating the alternate reality of the piece.

Here’s a link:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/taylorgenovese/colonel-liberty-a-short-film

Yeah, dude.

Life is pretty cool, too.

Jason Pederson (Zombies vs. Cheerleaders, Thor: Unkillable Thunder Christ), Hannah Nance Partlow (above) and I went to the San Diego Comic Con.  I met Axel Alonso, Sam Humphries, Sana Amanat, Larry Young, Bob Polio, Mike Pellerito, Paul Kaminski, Alex Cox, Dirk Wood, Chris Ryall, Matt Gagnon, John B. Badd, James Kochalka, Steve Niles, Jane Dope, and a whole bunch of other rad comics folk.

Hannah & I stayed with my tiny, itty bitty sister:

And I bought this Ghostface Killah sculpture:

San Diego Comic Con rules.  They give professionals FREE badges, and there’s a rad-ass “pro lounge” upstairs where one can hang out and pour gallons of free coffee and lemonade down one’s throat.

It’s pretty swanky.

Trickster was amazing, too.  Hannah volunteered, and I swung by every night after con to schmooze.  Mostly with Mahfood and Jane Dope.  They’re good people.

The live art stuff, the store, the daytime networking and the music were all rad.  Super fun.

The only bummer about Trickster is that I feel pretty lonely at bars.  I don’t drink, or smoke, or partake in anything more illicit…so that was a bit weird at times–mostly because the folks who do always feel super judged by me, because I’m sober. And they make it known.  And that’s awkward.

I feel like there’s this romanticized artist persona that a lot of people feel they need to conform to in order to be taken seriously as a creator, and it’s just as dumb as thinking that one needs a pair of Nike shoes to be an athlete or Final Draft 8 to be a writer, or whatever.  It’s all bullshit marketing nonsense.

If there are any kids out there reading this: you don’t have to buy anything to be who you want to be.

Do it if you want, but don’t feel like you have to.  I’m not saying that you can’t drink and be an amazing artist–clearly you can.  There are a billion examples of that.  You just don’t have to.  Don’t feel any pressure.

So, yeah.

Everything rules.  Even the things that don’t.

PhoCo 2012 exclusives!

Thor: Unkillable Thunder Christ and Blackest Terror Ash Cans!

They’re hand-numbered, autographed, and gently sprayed with my Jean Paul Gaultier cologne from Sephora. And enchanted by a local wizard (my friend Hannah, pictured).

ONLY 30 COPIES EXIST IN THE ENTIRE WORLD.

They’re $3, or free with the purchase of a “In Blackest Terror” print…

Speaking of!

The “In Blackest Terror” prints were rendered by the f****** crazily talented Eric Schock, formatted & printed by my other crazily talented buddy Hannah Nance Partlow (letterer, designer, wizardess) at her fancy schmancy art school, and hand numbered/autographed by me.

they $20 a pop, and they come with your choice of either a free Thor: Unkillable Thunder Christ/Blackest Terror Ashcan, or a free copy of Blackest Terror #1. Your choice.

ONLY 12 COPIES EXIST. OH MY GOD.

The “In Blackest Terror” pin-up above is also the featured image on this year’s Press Badges.

PRESS PEOPLE: come get your badge autographed by me! And let me give you free stuff! And interview me for your weirdo publications!

Let’s doooooooooooo this!