It's been five years since my first curated show, "Dream Sequence", at the Longwood Gallery of Art.
It was also the launching point of the first Bronx Heroes Comic Convention at Hostos College. It was almost 17years ago when I moved to the Grand Concourse beginning my first job as an educator as well. Something in the air steered my hand in the direction of the Grand Concourse, which to me was the "Park Row" of Gotham City, the place where Batman's birth took place.
Who would of known that Bob Kane, Bill Finger and then later, Jerry Robinson would create the most iconic figures in the comics and entertainment industry? It's the entire reason I moved to the Grand Concourse back in 1996, was because I knew that those three creators made magic at Poe Park way back in 1938.
Who would of known that I'd be doing a show based on the Batman and other artists which inspired me and led me down the path of comics? There are no accidents. Everything happens for a reason.
You can say that "Bronx Heroes" and "Living in Sequence" were my destiny to bring comics love and pride back to the Bronx for Bronxites. Its my destiny to make sure the people of the Bronx recognize there own creative talents, self worth and unlimited potential. Batman, Hip Hop, Hollywood actors all came from the Bronx and we should take time to celebrate the beauty of our borough. I want the world and Bronxites to forget the concept of" The Bronx is burning" and replace it with "The Bronx is Booming with talent".
To have hope and the power to dream is much more a definitive aspiration than what I hear young teens discussing everyday. Young men boast about a bid done in Juvenile detention. Each one amongst their friends trying to out tell each others War stories.
Young women celebrating and wearing teen pregnancy as a badge of honor. This mentality must be changed and can be eliminated through the beauty of art. Art has an effect on our minds which is allows us to reflect the beauty within ourselves. Comics have that power of imagination that young people thrive for.
Tell all your friends about "Living in Sequence". It's not an art show its a window into the past history of the Bronx and the greatnes
It's another year and I am honestly glad to say that I am looking forward to presenting Bronx Heroes Comic Convention for a fifth year at New York Comic Con. I am excited because I've worked so hard to get some irons in the fire and everyone will get to see them at our booth 1877. Vanessa, Topher and myself have busted ass all year round and finally we get to chill and enjoy the weekend. I want my wife to please forgive me for being a work-a-holic ,but I love what I do, and "A World Without SuperHeroes" #5 has been published. Also, I've composed and re-edited the last issues 1-4 and the Annual#1 and formatted it into a graphic Novel. I'm just praying the gate folds come out right. Also, if you missed BXHCC4, we'll have the new Bronx Heroes 2.0 #1. Sales were healthy, I just hope to find a distributor for the book. Trevor's work is phenomenal as always. "The Roach", "Heavy Traffic" and "Nemesis" also debut in that issue beside "Black Power", and I must say the stories hold up pretty good. ALso, Check out Bronx Pop and Bronx Heroes Comic Conventions collaboration. Bronx Heroes on soda. They taste great and thats coming from a non-soa
Please come to New York Comic Con and spread the love with your Bronx Pride. Remember, booth 1877.
Summer is in the air as Bronx Heroes launches its new titles at the Latin Mixx Conference on Thursday July 12, 2012 at the Times Center in Manhattan. Join us as we continue promoting education, literacy through comics and showiing the world that the Bronx is beautiful.
Thanks to everyone who attended this years event. It is through your support that makes the Bronx Heroes Comic Con one of the best comic shows in America. Also, I'd like to thank our Artists, writers, special guest and blood donors who attended. Bronx Heroes Comic Con is a free comic convention made possible with support from the New York Community Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, NYS Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Bronx Council on the Arts, Bronx Museum of the Arts, BronxNet, New York Blood Center, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Scherman Foundation, and Council Members Maria del Carmen Arroyo and James Vacca.
Bronx Heroes Comic Con
Bronx Heroes is less than two months away!!! We only have 15 tables left! So get a move on. Remember this year we're doing our very first Friday Bronx Heroes Happy Hour Mixer and Live Life model drawing session at the Bronx Museum the night before our big event. It's on May 11th 2012, and you must bring ID if you wish to partake in the spirits. Drawing sessions will be on a seperate floor from the Bar area so if you don't drink, don't worry, you're still welcome to draw.
Happy New Year 2012 from Bronx Heroes!
Another exciting year awaits us as we get ready to launch Bronx Heroes 2.0 #1 at the Bronx Heroes Comic Con 4 @ the Bronx Museum May 11th and 12th 2012. The best part of it is that you can now have a part in it! We are looking for a vote on the color of the costume for our new costumed character, "Black Power". Originally we were going to have him in Orange, Blue and Red, but fans at New York Comic Con thought that he looked like a Black version of Wolverine. That's not what I'm going for at all. So I leave it to you the fans to decide the color for our new launch character by voting for your favorite color. It's simple all you do is click onto our voting poll and choose the color that appeals to you the most. The most votes win. The pay off is that you have a part in making "Black Power" one of the most appealing characters in comics for the 21st Century. Thanks for your vote and don't forget to attend our 100% free comic convention on May 11th and 12th, 2012.
Director/ Actor Justin Fornal will be at this year's Bronx Heroes Comic Con 4, where he'll be promoting his new comic, "The Adventures of Baron Ambrosia" based on his hit show "Bronx Flavor" on Bronxnet and NYC-TV and " The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia on the Cooking Channel .
Watch Baron's latest adventures below:http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/videos/adventures-of-baron-ambrosia/86901.html
The NYC Comic Con opened October 13-16th and it was amazing! There was a ton of activities planned, panels and workshops which were great.! But lets not forget the costumes! Check out our photo gallery to see them. It was exciting to see a prominent Bronx presence at the convention. BX! This year Bronx Heroes teamed up with Baron Ambrosia to promoting his new comic book The Adventures of Baron Ambrosia, drawn by Ray Felix. It was a huge success, we had cocoa beetles, a jabinero pepper give away, rice wine fermenting in snake and an enthusiastic crowd. Can't wait till next year! You can visit Baron at http://www.bronxflavor.com/ or http://baronambrosia.com/ .
Did you hear about the Afro Lati@ Conference coming up Novemeber 5th , 2011
Ray Felix, artist will talk about his comic Runaway Slave while being a guest on the panel:
Our Voices: Writing and Teaching Afro-Latin@ Perspectives.
During the Afro Latin@s Now! Festival
Saturday, November 5, 2:00pm-3:30pm
@ El Museo De Barrio
1230 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029
Afro-Latin@ published writers of fiction, poetry, and prose discuss why and how they approach race and ethnicity in their work. What can Black Latin@ writers do to raise awareness of our issues through youth literature and in the schools? What is involved in the creation of accurate portrayals of Afro-Latin@s and their personal and social challenges? What aspects of Afro-Latin@ literary work generates the most lively responses among diverse reading audiences?
Lastly, Facebook and our events page have been updated! Stay tuned!
BX Heroes2.0's new character, "Heavy Traffic: The Last Bronx Hero", is a tale of environmental and political activist, John Dominguez. Upon his release in prison, John utilizes information he acquired from his cell mate to take down a very large drug deal between the cops and local mobsters controlling the Hunts Point Docks. John Dominguez doesn't stop the drug deal to end crime. He's not that naive. His intentions are to document, black mail and subvert these crooked deizens into a payoff. A payoff that will bankroll his personal war of terror against the politicians and local law enforcement who allow
corruption to flourish in the streets of the Bronx. Catch the sneak previews on our website: www.aworld withoutsuperheroes.com and on our comics tab on this site.