Throughout Latinx Heritage Month we’ll be publishing profiles on a series of incredible Latinx creators working in all areas of the comic book industry. You’ll be introduced to what they do, why they do it, and how emerging creators might learn from their experiences.
Today we speak to Henry Barajas, the Director of Ops at Top Cow, and writer behind the upcoming graphic novel La Voz De M.A.Y.O. Tata Rambo.
Hi Henry, can you start by telling us a little bit about your start in comics?
I started frequenting my local comic book shop after my parents got divorced. It was a very welcoming space. Charlie Harris, the owner of Charlie’s Comics, gave me my first SDCC badge, introduced me to other comic book creators, and let me read whatever I wanted like a library. I wrote El Loco and Captain Unikorn with Arnie Bermudez and Christian Vliaire. I started to write about comics and the people that made them. I wrote about comic book news for Heidi Macdonald’s Comics Beat then I started to write for my local newspapers. I got back into comics when I moved to Los Angeles and got a job at Top Cow.
Outside of writing comics, you also work as the Director of Operations at Top Cow. How has that changed your perspective as a creator, and what it takes to get the attention of editors?
The last question we’re asking everyone is this – if you could go back to and speak to a younger Henry, or any other aspiring Latinx writer, what’s one piece of advice you’d give them to make the journey easier?Aspiring Latinx authors and creatives need to know now that they need to make opportunities for themselves. Start telling the stories you want to read, film the projects they want to watch, and make the music they want to listen to because no one will ask for it. I would tell young Henry to learn Spanish. Old man Henry still has no excuse.
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