in Baldo Comic Strip on October 11, 2009
26th 2009 Written By Strong Ave. Studios Staff
Amigoman Featured National Syndicated Comic Strip
Believe it or not - our beloved and Kansas Citys
own, Amigoman - The Latin Avenger comic book character
, created by KC's own "AO" is slated as
one of four artists across the nation to featured a
comic strip with the world famous and nationally syndicated
"Baldo" comic strip.
This Amigoman comic strip project was produced by Amigoman
creator, Anthony "AO" Oropeza with his right
hand man - "Super Artist" Lorenzo Lizana
from St. Louis. This comic strip edition is slated
to be published
on October 11th in over 200 syndicated nationwide Sunday
newspapers and on line at www.gocomics.com/baldo/ during
the Hispanic Heritage month.
Heres a few small interview quotes given by AO about
this huge event
Q: How did you guys get the opportunity to be in the Baldo
comic strip slot?
A: Well, Mr. Hector Cantu, one of the co-creators of
Baldo, sent me an e-mail asking if we were interested
a spot for the Baldo strip with Amigoman in it. I called
him back. We chatted. He asked if we would be interested
in taking a one-time only, full color, Sunday spot and
that the strip had to incorporate at least one of the
Baldo characters. All I said was basically, "WOW,
really? Yes! - then Thank You and What is the deadline?".
Then I picked myself up off the floor and got more
Q: Why did the Baldo creators select you and the Amigoman
comic book character?
A: Not exactly sure. I think they like what the Amigoman
character and story is all about. I also think they
an interview from a newly published book that myself,
like them, were featured in named "Your Brain on
Latino Comics" by Frederick Luis Aldama, and then
I believe a friend of theirs, another great artist from
Texas, the creator
of El Gato Negro,
Richard Dominguez threw our name at these guys
and BLAM! We got the call the we got the gig! So I
the combo of the book interview and Mr. Dominguezs
suggestion assisted in them giving us a shout and a
Q: How do you feel about the opportunity to showcase your
Amigoman in a nationally syndicated comic strip spot with
A: Are you kidding me? How often am I, or any other regular
Joe for that matter, gonna get the opportunity to submit
their own creation for national exposure? Its like
throwing out the 1st pitch at one of the Royals
World Series games - you never think in your wildest dream
that it would happen, the throwing of it, let alone the
Royals getting to the World Series,- but if and when it
happens its pretty darn special. Just having
our Amigoman character in print in any newspaper is pretty
special but this one will go down as one of my coolest
life highlights. (PS - Dont get me wrong - I love
Q: When will the strip be published?
A: This Hispanic Heritage month one of the Sundays.
Not really sure yet but once I know I will post it on
the site and send out some e-mails. Its gonna be cool. (Just
released: October 11th is the print date).
Q: Why just a one-time only spot?
A: Lets not get greedy, now. First of all, Lorenzo
and myself were extremely honored to be asked. This
huge for us. Second, we now know what it takes to put
out just "one" comic strip WORK! It
is not as easy of a task as one might think. It takes
of thought, time management, organizing and communication
and this is just for a one day slot. Fortunately
for me Lorenzo, who lives in St. Louie, and myself
are on the same page 99% of the time and plus, he had
time in his schedule to knock this out with me by the
deadline. He is an awesome artist. Even with that said,
it still took us about a week to do this project
since we both work other jobs.
Q: Why did it take you more than a few days to do the
A: Because one, it was new to us. You know, it was a
not a comic book. Two, we had to tell a big story
in a small space. Not an easy task. And three, we live
in different cities and our schedules are different you
know, just regular grown up stuff to take care of on
the home. Plus, my first draft could have filled 10
comic strips very
wordy. So with some direction from Mr. Cantu, we got
it to where
live with it and then Lorenzo and I hit the art work.
Lorenzo and I hammered out the 5 or 10 roughs though
3-4 day period emailing rough thumbs (thumbnails) back
and forth - and once we had the final BLAM!
- He tightened up the pencils, hit the inks and colored
strip and most importantly met the deadline. It
was pretty cool. And working with pros like Mr. Hector
Cantu and Mr. Carlos Castellanos was smooth and easy.
Q: Would you like to do a daily comic strip one day?
A: One day maybe. Right now - No. Ill leave
that work to the real pros.
Q: What's next for Amigoman The Latin Avenger?
A: Kids books and possible for the first time in Strong
Ave. Studio history video! We have a new kids book
(for Grades 1-3) coming out real soon and then hopefully
3 or for more to follow. And as for the video, a really
cool cat named Bryan, a 3D and illustration artist from
KC, is supposed to brainstorm with me about adding video
to our site. I cant wait. All of that should be
a great learning experience. Stay tuned.
Info About the Baldo Comic Strip
Baldo is the brain child of writer Mr. Hector Cantú
and artist Mr. Carlos Castellanos. It is the first comic
strip that features Latino characters and themes. Baldo
lives with his parents and works at Auto Y Rod, Inc.,
selling car parts. Through his daily exploits in the world
of girls, cars, and little sisters, readers will learn
just how well they can identify with this teen. Both Cantú
and Castellanos have given us a comic strip whose warmth
and gentle humor will appeal to all Latino or not.
Check out the Baldo sites at: baldocomics.com/ / baldocomics.com/blog/ &
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