What is El Cuervo about, anyway?
It’s a neo-noir online graphic novel. If you’re a fan of stories about organized crime, hitmen and violence, this story is for you.
Our main character is Eddie “El Cuervo” Vargas. He’s a contract killer who has grown tired of the monotonous routine of being a hitman for hire. One evening, he decides to retire from action and walk away from it all after completing one final job. But before he is able to so, he quickly plots a new course in a quest for revenge to clear his conscience and fix the problems he created once and for himself and others.
When does it update?
As soon as a chapter is finished, I’ll post it and blast Twitter, Facebook and any other method I have available to let folks know. More than likely, some pre-release messages will appear pior to the latest chapter being released just to give you all a heads up. This isn’t a full-time gig for me, so I need a bit of time to prepare. Maybe someday when I’m famous and have a ton of fans, I’ll dedicate all my time to making comics on a schedule. I’ll punch a clock just for you.
Who is the artist / writer behind this?
My name is Drezz – currently I produce the comic and maintain the website. I also manage and respond to any correspondence sent.
How is El Cuervo created?
There’s a process. First I start by doing thumbnails in a sketchbook. Then I scan them into my computer. From there, I find suitable photographic reference and make composites in Photoshop. Then I’ll draw the basic forms from the thumbnails into solid pencils using a WACOM tablet and Adobe Illustrator. Once that’s done, I ink and letter the comic and get it ready for print/web. My current system is a Dell Studio XPS.
Where did you learn how to draw comics?
I’ve been drawing since I was a little kid, but formally I learned through art classes in high school, and I eventually got a degree in Visual Art and Graphic Communication. I’m a full-time Creative Director at a design firm, and do this on the side. For now.
When does the comic take place?
It’s supposed to be present day. But in 30 years, it will be thirty years prior.
When did you start El Cuervo?
The basic premise started in 2004, but the original idea came in 1995. I drew a short story called The Birdman, which is integrated into the story line.
Do you make a living off of this comic. How does that work?
Absolutely not. For now, its free to enjoy as I create it and improve upon it. Eventually I will probably limit it to the first chapter (issue) being free to read and the rest being a paid collection.
I’m starting my own web comic – do you have any advice for me?
I do. Visit this site - idrawdigital. or this one – Webcomic Alliance
They’re both full of useful information showing you how to get started, and how to get better at drawing webcomics.
Can you link to my comic/blog/twitter/whatever?
Possibly. I’m not taking too many requests right now, but let’s talk about it and I’ll judge whether its a worthwhile prospect for both of us.
Do you have a Facebook page, Google + page or a Twitter handle?
Check out the Facebook page and give it a LIKE – you’ll get some updates when the next chapter is coming up, and any other sort of news related to the comic. You can also follow me on Twitter (@DrezzRodriguez) or check out the Google + page
Where can I contact you?
Check the contact link in the sidebar menu. Or click here if you’re too lazy.
Will El Cuervo be available in a print version?
If there is enough of a demand for it, I definitely will, which means I’ll be hitting the road and going to cons to promote it. For now, I’m keeping it strictly digital.
Will (character) get their series? They seem pretty cool, and interesting enough to have their own title…
Possibly. There’s a few characters that deserve to have more history shown. I’m contemplating creating a bunch of minis (16pgs) that supplement the main story.
How many books are in the El Cuervo story?
There are two books that are 7 chapters apiece. Currently, Book One is complete and posted here in its entirety. Book Two is now in development, with no set timetable for completion. Both will be made available in PDF format for e-readers and other digital devices.
Do you have any other comics?
Yes. I have a few things in development which I will share as they are ready to be shared for public consumption.