This year we participated in an awesome event that brought together community, good will, and fun!
The Sid Foundation hosted a comic book signing and fundraiser at Syndicate Comics. The Sid Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for lung transplant patients. One of the ways they fundraise is through the sale of comic books and merch featuring their original character Lung Girl.
PVS has worked with The Sid Foundation on the original character design for Lung Girl, comic production and overall IP development of their franchise. Ananya is the writer of the series while Loso is the illustrator of the second and third issues of the comic series.
For Lung Girl Day the goal was to do an official book signing for the comics. Syndicate Comics have been gracious enough to sell copies of Lung Girl comics since November of last year and made it possible for this event to happen at their space. Along with being the first official book signing for Lung Girl Comics this event was also a fundraiser (not solely based on the sales of comics).
PVS friend and fellow colleague Jorge Santiago Jr. volunteered his time and art. We also had our interns Morgan Eaves and Koale McKenzie and young apprentice Ani volunteer their time and donate their art. All artists took on commissions during the event and created original art upon request. We invited other artists to participate virtually for #commisssionsforacause. MM Comics and Collectibles, a husband and wife duo donated their time and effort to help us raise fund through WhatNot.
We raised $500 for The Sid Foundation in 4 hours. The event was a combined community effort and would not have been possible without efforts of everyone involved.
The Sid Foundation
Ananya Vahal, MFA
MMComics and collectibles
Meet Carlos Perez
Protecting Your Creative IP: Carlos “Loso” Perez On How to Successfully Protect Your IP in the Entertainment Industry
An Interview With Guernslye Honoré of Authority Magazine
Check out this interview with Authority Magazine. This platform publishes in-depth interviews with authorities in business, pop culture, wellness, social impact, and tech. They use interviews to draw out stories that are both empowering and actionable. In this piece Loso shares his expertise on how to take care of your intellectual properties.
Interview with Canvas Rebel!
Ricky Can0 is a writer and filmmaker. He worked with us to design the cover of his first book Identical: The Switch. Identical is hybrid novel which incorporates qualities of a screenplay and traditional novel in a single thriller filled with twists and turns.
Ricky is a creator on the come up with many stories to tell. Checkout the following interview on Instagram or YouTube where we discuss his creator journey, how to self-publish on Amazon and of course IP development.
Find Ricky on Ig: @ricky_thewriter_cano
Ronny Rodriguez had it all. He was on top of the world. All the boxing rankings had him at the top of the pound-for-pound list. The Bronx native was the prince of New York and had the woman of his dreams by his side. With plans to propose to his life's love, everything changed in the blink of an eye.
Now, Ronny Rodriguez is a former World Champion. He lost the love of his life; heâs been in prison; his residency has been revoked & heâs been deported. Eight years after the incident, heâs back in the States on a quest to find out what truly happened on that fateful night. Unwilling to accept his current life, his burning desire for the truth has led him to uncover a far more sinister plot than anyone could have imagined and those willing to kill to protect it.
Identical: The Switch is available on Amazon.com in hardcover, paperback and digital formats.
We had the esteemed pleasure to speak with The Rotary E-Club of Global Trekkers (D7690), based in North Carolina, USA. They strive to expand personal development with networking opportunities that generate real value. They improve the lives of others through service projects that enhance health, education, economic development, and the environment, thus advancing international peace.
These wonderful organization's mission aligns well with ours. During this meeting we shared our story, the PVS mission and promoted our comics, products and services. We look forward to collaborating further on projects of goodwill!
Big gracias to Kathy Trost for connecting us!
More info about the Rotary E-Club of Global Trekkers:
This Rotary E-Club of Global Trekkers is a Rotary International (D7690) Triple-Crown, Multiple-Platinum
Award Winning Club born from one of the 'oldest' Rotary Clubs in the Rotary International family.
Members come from a wide range of backgrounds, nationalities and cultures. They undertake Rotary service projects locally in North Carolina where we are headquartered, and also in other locations in the US and globally. (Australia, Mexico, Spain, Colombia, Thailand Philippines).
Their service is unique, meaningful and FUN with projects nominated from Rotary's Seven Areas of Focus.
Hip Hop Appreciation Week
by Aislid Quezada
This week marks the 25th anniversary of Hip Hop Appreciation Week. During this time, all Hip Hop enthusiasts are encouraged to show love to their ancestors, reflect on the culture and appreciate all elements of Hip Hop.
Origins of Hip Hop
This art form originated from African American and Latino communities in the Bronx, New York in the 1970s. With many people believing that the Hip Hop scene is only about rap music, it’s important to mention that it is so much more.
The history and evolution of Hip Hop gave way to DJs like Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa and others who helped develop the sounds and lyrical style of Hip hop. These pioneers helped build the foundation of a genre that is now a global phenomenon.
This year's focus for Hip Hop Appreciation Week is Emceein. The term “emcee” comes from the abbreviation M.C., referring to the Master of Ceremonies. They are often known for their mastery of words.
Our very own Loso Perez created some art to help spread awareness.
We believe Hip Hop is an important part of our culture. Through rhyme and rhythm, we can share stories and lessons that resonate with people from all walks of life. For over 40 years, Hip Hop has been a voice for many who have been silenced and a huge source of motivation for others to get through life.
Whether you are a lifelong fan or a newcomer to the scene, take this week to dive into the culture and learn more about the legacy of Hip Hop – because there is no denying its huge impact on the world as we know it.
Love and Kindness,