Last Friday, my friends at We Got the Geek and I attended a movie premiere for a documentary called Heroes Manufactured, written and directed by Yaron Betan. It focuses primarily on indie comic artists and publishers trying to break into the main stream and explores the comic book industry on a large spectrum. In the documentary we not only hear from local artists and writers in the Greater Toronto Area, but also from big names in the industry such as Stan Lee.
The documentary is diverse, but primarily follows the efforts and hard work of Alfonso Espinos, local comic artist, writer, and owner of Studio Comix Press, as he travels around Canada promoting his works and the works of those he’s published. We also get to look inside the studio and office of local artist, Meaghan Carter and her fellow female artists (woo!), in addition to hearing from Shane Krishenblatt, Andy Stanleigh, and Ty Templeton.
Every person in the documentary has something to give: their experiences, be they failures or triumphs, advice, or honest truths–and there were some hard truths to hear, but above all else, I felt they offered inspiration to writers and artists like myself.
Watching this documentary, I have to say, I really saw strong parallels between the comic book industry and the publishing industry. I saw a lot of the same challenges and hardships faced by indie authors, but I walked away feeling ready to take on big publishing and I hope that if you watch Heroes Manufactured, that you do too.
I’d like to end with a short video of myself on the train home with the We Got the Geek crew and friends and our energy and impressions after the premiere. And– forgive me, if this is your fist time seeing me in person, get ready for it. As professional as I try to be on this blog and in literature, I am really just another crazy artist 😉