Friday, September 01, 2006

Hero's (Felipe Smith:) MBQ

The popularity of Manga in the states cannot be denied , but to me it was always lacking and limited, because with very few exceptions there are rarely people of color in them. Granted they were not created for a multicultural audience but that does become an argument when Manga books are on the racks at the downtown Borders
Felipe Smith was a God send creating a manga style book (see Youtube argument below) that not only capture the look of the innercity, but also the plight of survival. click here for sample


If he doesn't start bringing in some money soon, Omario's going to have to start flipping burgers at the local MBQ to pay his rent. And as if fighting to stay afloat as an angry comic book artist isn't enough, Omario has to face down with a rookie cop who is struggling with his own anger management problems. Sometimes people are just looking for other people to blame. Omario blames the people that buy comic book crap; and the cop, well, he might just blame Omario.

"The story (MBQ)has become about so much more than that. It's about the poverty this creator lives in, it's about the friends that help him out, it's about the streets of LA and the cops and the thugs and the regular people and the tourists and the burger flippers and the yuppies and everyone and everything coming together, living together in an environment that could only be described as absurd...if you didn't live in it every day of your life. And it's funny as hell."

~Luis Reyes, Editor

An American of Jamaican-Argentine descent, Felipe completed his high school studies at the American Community School in Argentina and then went on to pursue a BFA at the School at the Art Institute of Chicago. His ongoing efforts to achieve fame and fortune include: bussing tables in a country club in Indiana, waiting tables at a Chinese restaurant in LA's Westwood, packing boxes, bubble wrapping monitors, and making keys at a postal center, serving soju shots to raucous customers at a Japanese karaoke box, chasing people for unpaid jobs, and placing 1st and 2nd in international and national manga contests. Felipe's work has been published in the U.S., Canada, Argentina, U.K., and Holland. He has also worked as a character designer and animator in the U.S. as well as a cover illustrator for comics.

Felipe's art is a fussion of Manga, traditional comic, and his own unique style. He calls it Manga, others differ including his mentor

Click here to order MBQ

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