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Messages - Fernando Ruiz
« on: September 28, 2018, 01:12:13 pm »
IMO, if what they were attempting to focus on in this story was what Archie's life was like as a typical high school student in 1941 -- how was it the same for teenagers 25, 50 or 75 years later? and in what ways was it different? -- it would have been a lot more relevant to what ARCHIE, as a comic book character with more than 75 years of history behind him, has really been about -- always reflecting "the high school experience" (whatever that may mean).
That could've been very interesting... but it is what the company has been running from at top speed for the last two years.
« on: May 30, 2018, 12:23:54 am »
The story, Kindness Works, was ten pages. There are a number of previews of it out there if you google "Archie Comics autism, Scarlet" The story has received a good amount of coverage from various circles.
You can also check out my pencils to a few of the pages over on my website: http://fernandoruizeverybody.com/kindness-works-a-new-archie-story/
« on: January 31, 2018, 05:43:34 pm »
« on: December 03, 2017, 12:28:49 pm »
All right!! Congrats, Mr. Ruiz! 😁 I hope this means you're back? 🤗
As far as being back... well.... Like I said at my site, if Nancy has any other stories she'd like me to draw, I'd certainly consider them.
« on: December 01, 2017, 08:14:34 pm »
I've drawn my very first Archie story in almost TWO years!
This is a very special Archie story entitled "KINDNESS WORKS!" You can check out a little preview with my pencils to a few of the pages and find out more details here:http://fernandoruizeverybody.com/kindness-works-a-new-archie-story/
Please check it out!
« on: July 10, 2017, 01:52:18 am »
For many, many years Archie stories went uncredited and there were no records kept as to who did what on these stories. This was especially the case with artists who didn't produce the volume of work of DeCarlo and Lucey. I know I've been present when the digest production crew's only option was to run certain stories past Victor Gorelick and hope that he remembered who worked on them. For the most part, he usually did!
For some reason, this problem with the credits extended to stories published as recently as the 90's. Occasionally, I was asked to confirm if I'd written or drawn a particular story that there was a question about.
In spite of this, I know mistakes were made and I've seen my name credited with work I haven't done. Most commonly, I'm credited as the writer on stories I haven't written.
« on: June 06, 2017, 02:32:20 am »
The only character on that cover I don't recognize is the little girl with brown hair and a topknot wearing a purple swimsuit on a purple raft...
That's Little Audrey.
« on: April 17, 2017, 07:04:37 pm »
Thank you for responding. have you heard from Mr. Parent that this extra book will cut into his Die Kitty Die work?
Dan and I are pretty committed to Kitty. We've got lots of plans we're working on. So far, regardless of what else we've been doing, we've always made Kitty our top priority! It hasn't been easy but so far we've been managing it!
« on: April 09, 2017, 12:47:55 am »
A few thoughts on Riverdale...
1. The show appears to hover around a million live viewers each week. The premiere drew an audience of just above a million viewers with something like 1.3 million viewers. It hasn't reached that number again. This isn't a big audience but its just enough by the CW's low standards. As I've often said, the biggest break this show ever caught was when Fox passed it up. Had Fox scheduled it, the trigger-happy network surely would've cancelled it by now.
2. The last two weeks, the show failed to crack a million viewers with an audience of about 0.9 million. This was after a hiatus of about two or three weeks. Did this hiatus trip up the show's momentum? Was the audience so minimally invested in the show that they haven't bothered to return after the hiatus?
3. The show seems to do well on Netflix and with dvr viewers.
4. What will the show mean for the comics? Will the show draw new readers to the books? Right now it doesn't appear that this is happening. All of Archie's titles appear to be shedding readers every month with titles like Josie, Reggie & Me and even Jughead plummeting to dangerous thresholds.
« on: March 28, 2017, 08:33:52 pm »
Wow! They STILL put out The Black Hood?!?
« on: March 08, 2017, 08:45:29 pm »
The numbers for February's direct sales figures are out. Here's how Archie is doing:
Archie #17 = 11K
This number held from the preceding issue but down from the 13K the title had been at a couple of months back. I've mentioned before that January is a notoriously bad month for publishing in general. I'd wondered if the dip in this title's sales was due to the usual January publishing doldrums or part of an overall gradual decline. I'm still not convinced one way or the other. Has "Reboot Fatigue" set in? How does this title refresh itself and attract new readers?
Jughead #13 = 6K
This number is also being held from the preceding issue. This book HAS to be in trouble. The pre-reboot Jughead sold about 1.5 K when it was cancelled. Keep in mind the current creative team is paid significantly more than the pre-reboot crew. This book is also currently bolstered by THREE variant covers (Another expense!) a month! Taking those factors into consideration, this book is probably drifting very close to where its predecessor was in terms of profitability. The preceding Jughead title was published by the previous regime of Archie Comics out of pride and stubbornness. They believed Archie Comics should ALWAYS publish a Jughead title. They also published the thirty-two page books even at a loss because they provided fresh material that would later be funneled into the far, far more profitable digests. From their perspective, the digests paid for the thirty-two's.
Josie #4 = 6.5 K
This one suffered a heavy drop of about 2K from the preceding issue. Ouch! Bad, bad news for a title in its fourth issue. I expect this one to be retroactively declared a "mini-series" soon... or go on "hiatus."
These were the only Archie titles I could find on February's sales charts. Wow!
« on: March 08, 2017, 07:14:52 pm »
I don't understand why ACP doesn't have old copies stored somewhere. I also don't get why they don't keep track of which artist worked on a certain story (I have seen a few times "artist unknown" on those 1000 page comics). Really? they don't have all of that info written down somewhere?
They really don't.
At best, they have some of their runs bound in these beautiful hardcover volumes but they really don't keep copies of every issue they print. Maybe they have more recent books but not the early stuff.
As for credits, early on artists were allowed to sign their work. In those days, an artist would be given a story and he would turn it around complete with the inking and the lettering done. The artist might hire anonymous assistants to do some of the lettering and inking for him. Later on as the production of comics evolved into the more familiar "assembly line" process we have today (and even today its sort of changing again thanks to the advent of computers and digital production!) the credits fell away from many comic book. Publishers, as DeCarlo Rules said, assumed their audience was comprised completely of children who simply did not care who was drawing Archie, Mickey Mouse, etc.
A secondary cause for the elimination... and outright SUPPRESSION... of credits is believed to be that the publishers deliberately wanted to keep their artists anonymous and interchangeable so as to prevent the rise of any "superstar artists" who might ask for more money!
With the amount of stories Archie has published over the years and the number of pencillers and inkers they've had, they have no definitive catalogue of who definitely did what. In recent years, Archie has decided to add credits to their reprinted stories in the digests. A cynical reason for this was to camouflage the new stories, which were always credited, from the reprinted ones and hopefully no one would be able to tell how few new stories were actually being added to new digests. Up until my "departure," the credits for these reprints were added by the production staff and when a credit couldn't be found, the story would be shown to editor, Victor Gorelick, who would identify the artists from memory or if he absolutely couldn't remember, by analyzing the style. Obviously, it's not a perfect system. I know in recent years, I've been credited for writing a few stories that I only drew.
« on: February 10, 2017, 01:13:49 am »
One has to wonder if the reboot of Archie titles was not just a big ploy to give them time to make the company look attractive to a potential buyer.
I've been wondering this for the past few years. It would explain how short-sighted their strategies have been and their poor execution.
« on: February 02, 2017, 04:09:22 pm »
Fernando Ruiz did some variant covers for Dynamite Entertainment's first issue of KISS, and possibly some others.
Currently, I'm writing and drawing Animal Jam for Dynamite Comics. This past year I've also written and drawn a couple of stories for Boo: The World's Cutest Dog also for Dynamite.
Keep up with my latest projects and appearances over at my site: Fernandoruizeverybody.comhttp://fernandoruizeverybody.com/inked-page-from-die-kitty-die-hollywood-or-bust-1/
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