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ESPERANTOS Poster Comic by javierhernandez ESPERANTOS Poster Comic by javierhernandez
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ESPERANTOS....

Poster Comic for August (made it with a week to spare!)

This is a character I've had in mind for a few years now. Like most artists could attest to, there are tons of characters and ideas swimming around in our sketchbooks, some waiting for a chance to make the leap. This Poster Comic series gives me an outlet for some of these ideas.

The biggest influence on this particular story? It's got to be LIVE AND LET DIE, the 1973 James Bond movie. The original Ian Fleming novel (published on 1954) also provided a lot of creative inspiration. While far from a spy story, this comic also deals with my fascination with the supernatural. At least as an engine for creating stories.

Esperanto & Javier Hernandez 2012. All Rights Reserved.
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jasinmartin Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional
Another great one Jav.
So different from anything else (as most of these are), which is a testament to why you should keep doing these (and I still need to start), you've so many cool ideas.
Love the character/design, and am intrigued to learn more.
And love the panel 12 quip :)

Like Eric, I'm left wanting something more to close the story... as it feels like it should just continue on the next page.
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javierhernandez Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks, Jason. I always wonder if these are getting too formulaic, so I'm glad that you mentioned it seemed different from the others.

Regarding your comment, and Eric's and Rico's..... Perhaps an ending caption, something that signals some type of closure for this episode. I can see where the momentum of the character jumping into the mirror can indeed lead someone to want to read more, or 'turn the page' as you said.

I consider myself pretty confident in my storytelling, but I do indeed realize that if I hear similar comments about a particular panel from several sources, it's worth taking a step back and giving another look at the piece. The page has to be the strongest it can be.

Since I have yet to order a stack of this Poster Comic from my printer, I have a little time to ponder.

Thank you all for your comments, both complimentary and constructive advice.
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jasinmartin Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional
"who was that masked man dear reader?!?!? perhaps we'll found out more in a future poster-sode!!" lol :D

I meant different in terms of the subject, how it can be anything... but I don't find the structure/layout/story framing to be similar between them either.
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javierhernandez Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Artist
Yeesh! Stan the Man couldn't have said it better himself!
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NeoHec Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Artist
Te quedo padrisimo Javi! It reminds me of an old school Diabolik page.
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javierhernandez Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Artist
Whoa...Thanks!

And seeing as how you Faved a Kaliman/Peso Hero drawing on your page, you probably appreciate the turban Esperanto's wearing, too!
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NeoHec Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Artist
Oh yes!
"El que domina la mente, lo domina todo"
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javierhernandez Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Artist
Dah-mmmmmm!

I should have used that line for THE COMA... [link]
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NeoHec Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Artist
Wow.. yes.. that Kaliman quote describes The Coma. I got my numbered collectors copy. Great detail inks.
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rico8966 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
I'm digging this one tremendously! Definitely on a roll...with your poster comics....although, I do I agree with eric on his suggestions....
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LegacyHeroComics Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
A brilliant piece of storytelling. Great character design!
So much packed into one page!

Did you consider doing more with the final panel?
As a reader I felt like it needed something...
A caption? A word of caution from Esperantos? Chilling laughter as he enters the mirror?

Although, I suppose the silence lends an air of mystery to the turbaned protector.

I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on this.
-eric
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javierhernandez Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Artist
Eric, thank you very much. I always appreciate hearing someone's response to a piece.

And I really appreciate your question about the last panel. Honestly, I had the same questions you did (a caption, laughter,etc.)

Let me address these: I had thought of ending with a laughter, but felt that since he had already killed the entire group (with Machette fleeing) there was no need for his 'calling card'. I figure the laughter is more of a way to put everyone on notice/scare the hell out of them!

I was considering some dialogue where Esperantos mentions that he's off to destroy the skull, but I just felt that, as you mentioned, a certain air of mystery about him and his actions would end the story on a nice beat. While in the preceding two panels, I felt it was necessary to hear him speak, as it was important, for the sake of exposition, to know that he 'allowed' the General to flee. (Plus I love seeing the black word balloons!)

Same with a caption. I had also thought of a summary of some type, but again, I like how he leaves with no 'fanfare', as opposed to his dramatic entrance.

I'll admit that I felt the panel could have used something...but ultimately decided against it, using the above reasons as justification.

As you know, these are the crossroads we face as storytellers.
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jasinmartin Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional
Perhaps a simple SFX, like "bloop" or "fwip" etc, to accentuate him popping back through the mirror (and out of the story)... (that would then maybe need to be, mirrored, har har, in the earlier arrival panel)
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theLotteryParty Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
That really turned out awesome, Javi!
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javierhernandez Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanx!
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jahhdog Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool. Love the mirror idea!

ArrOOoo!
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javierhernandez Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks, Michael. Trying to keep things crazy!
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