Topic: Comic Books - New
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3396:
I had the pleasure of having an in-depth conversation with Rafael Navarro at the recent 2010 San Gabriel Valley Comic Book Festival, (SGV).
We had missed getting together at the previous 2010 Comic-Con International: San Diego, (aka SDCC), at his booth, after we had run into each other at a diferent booth.
At the SGV, Rafael introduced me to his World of Sonambulo, by presenting me with all of his then in stock comics. I've review blogged about a few of them, or mentioned them at my own Facebook Fan Page, (Michael D Hamersky On Comics), but not on this one, 'Sonambulo's STRANGE Tales'.
The reason I am mentioning / semi-reviewing this older work of Rafael's, is because he had the 4th story in the recently published, (and review blogged by me), in Bela Lugosi's Tales From The Grave #1, a brand new HoRRoR anthology comic book series from Monsterverse!
Here is the link to what I wrote about that story in my review blog on Bela Lugosi's Tales From The Grave #1.
So I was pleased to see that Rafael will be attending the 2011 Long Beach Comic Con Expo tomorrow, April 23rd, 2011. Well... At least on the 'Classic Horror Meets Modern Comics' panel. I don't see that he has a booth there this time. (If he does, or is sharing one with someone else, I'll update it at my Facebook Fan Page.)
I saw some of what Rafael can do with a HoRRoR / MoNSTer comic book story in his own published works, especially 'Sonambulo's Strange Tales', which is pictured at the top right of this blog post.
That stand-alone issue had two illustrated stories in sequential artwork form, and one story with illustrations, which was placed in between the other two stories.
I found that Rafael's style of art fits the genre pretty darn good, especially in his printing of the stories in black & white format.
There are 48 pages in this comic book; the three stories, along with pin-ups by other artists, (including Dale Berry, Adam Huntley, Ty Smith, Sanyu, and others), which gave a different 'feel' for the main character, Sonambulo.
What can you expect in this issue, per the creator's promo blurb?
In the ring, I knew my opponents... Adversaries of flesh and bone.
And now, in the dead of night, as I walk these strets, I often face the unknown...
The unknown which lurks inside our dreams...
Dreams of promises, dreams of dread...
Dream that lie, concealed...
Behind my mask... Tell me your Dreams!
Which can be purchased from Rafael's own web site via PayPal or check or money order for only the $4.00 cover price plus $2.00 shipping to USA buyers, at: Sonambulo's web store.
Which leads me to ask... Who is El Sonambulo?
Like the world-weary street guys of Spillane and Hammet, SONAMBULO steps head on into danger, living in a world where werewolves still lurk in the streets and THE DAY of the DEAD can literally become a holiday for those who seek revenge from the grave.
Every story holds a dream-like bizarre quality, letting the reader know that the world of SONAMBULO is not the world of an ordinary guy. Depending on the case, or the subjects from whom he chooses to extract a dream in order to reveal some well-hidden clue, or as the case may be, their deepest, darkest secrets, SONAMBULO knows that at the dead of night, his day is just beginning….
I suggest you check out this stand-alone issue in the Sonambulo series of comics, AND if YOU are in the Los Angeles Metro Area tomorrow, April 23d of 2011, check out the Long Beach Comic Con Expo, and stay until 4PM when the special panel moderated by Monsterverse runs until 4:45 PM!
My review rating for this comic book series is a NEAR MINT (NM) 9.4 out of a 10.0 possible comic book grading scale.
I have a LOT of links to share with YOU today:
Sonambulo.com - The web site for Rafael's series
Comics From the Monsterverse - Which is publishing Bela Lugosi's Tales From The Grave comic book series - This link is their Facebook Fan Page
Long Beach Comic Con - The Facebook Fan Page
Long Beach Comic Con web site - Where you can purchase tickets online for the 1 day Expo for April 23rd and / or tickets for the Halloween Weekend 3-day Convention later in the 2011 year
Sonambulo's Wikipedia entry - Where you can learn even more
Rafael Navarro - I don't see any Facebook Fan Page for Sonambulo, so I'm listing Rafael's personal profile page, as there are several persons with a similar name on Facebook, and approximately two dozen Fan Pages for Rafael Navarros!
Again... My thanks to Rafael Navarro for bringing his long running series to my attention at the SGV!
I'll be seeing him, and the others mentioned above at the Long Beach Comic Con Expo tomorrow, as my youngest son and I will be attending the full day! If YOU are reading this and are also attending the Expo... Feel free to stop me and say hello!
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