In 1933, a man named Maxwell Gaines did something momentous: he folded a piece of paper.
Actually, he folded and stapled. Gaines took a selection of newspaper comic strips –which were often reprinted and given away as an oversized insert, not unlike Parade Magazine– and he hit upon the idea of folding, stapling, and (this is, perhaps, most important) putting a sticker on the front which said, “ten cents.”
The comic book was born.
Gaines’s son, Bill, would go on to revolutionize the format with such titles as Tales from the Crypt and Crime SuspenStories. Gaines’s figurative children, meanwhile, would go on to create towering works of exceptional brilliance, covering every conceivable genre and entering the 21st century as, perhaps, America’s greatest contribution to the world of literature.
All of which brings us to 2011, when two Portlanders finished and released their own foray into this creative continuum. Issue #1 of La Brujeria from Geek in the City comics is on sale now, and there is no more appropriate city than our own in which to ask the question, “What goes into creating a brand-new comic book?” Writer/creator Aaron Duran and artist James Sinclair will walk us through the background, inspiration, and challenges involved in producing La Brujeria, and share their insights into this often-transcendent art form.
The show will also feature another “Outlook Portland Editorial Reply”, brought to you by our marquee sponsor, Things From Another World. This week’s guest editorialist: Paul Stanley of KISS…as a rubber duck.