The Creators on the Come Up interview series highlights noteworthy emerging artists in the comics field.
"one instance where I was not really true to myself, and when it was all over I opted to never "kiss butt" and sell myself short again, and I haven’t."
Albert Morales is the lead dropping cartoonist/comic book artist behind ANGRY ROOSTER STUDIOS. He is currently working on the completion of his script for prominent publisher HUMANOIDS. His notable work to date includes art for and working with FLEER ULTRA X-MEN, FLEER ULTRA SPIDER-MAN, MARVEL PREMIER 2017, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, U-HAUL INTERNATIONAL, GAME ON EXPO.
His cartoon strip SUPER IMPACTO VS. THE WORLD has been acquired by the BILLY IRELAND CARTOON ART MUSEUM at OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY. Albert is also a proud contributor to the LATINX project: TALES from LA VIDA, which features multiple prominent and up and coming cartoonists.
Where are your from? Where did you grow up?
I am was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas but now live in Scottsdale, AZ.
How did your experiences affect your art?
I don't know that some of the experiences I've had in life have affected my art often. My mind tends to get distracted in regards to directions. So I tend to go with that flow more than anything. There was one experience in particular that affected me greatly. It was one instance where I was not really true to myself, and when it was all over I opted to never "kiss butt" and sell myself short again, and I haven't. i'm more direct now, possibly a bit gruff, but it tends to get the job done more often than not.
You received a publishing opportunity. How has been that experience?
I’ve recently had a publishing opportunity with my fellow Latin X’ers (Tales From La Vida). That was AMAZING! I think a book like that really shows the world what has driven us to become who we are or what lead us there.
What type of stories do you like to make comics about?
That's a hard one. Again I tend to jump around from fine art to comics to comic strips. Story wise...I have Super Impacto who I've never been able to tackle just the right story for him...possibly cause I'm so attached to him (in more ways than one). Comic strip wise, he does tend to have my attitude of having to conquer everything in front of him. He almost takes any minute threat to a whole new level, hahahaha.
In comic book form..... I like action/ mystery. My Annihilation Jones project has something I'm after- that 90's excitement of MTV (when they still played music), when X-Force and Image Comics were coming out.
Whats your process? How do you break up your time for your projects at different stages?
I wish I could stay more focused that's the truth. Again, I tend to jump around, but life also has a huge impact on what it is I do at the time. I have to treat art like a business. I think that's just the way I am. So freelancing leaves little to no time to work on creative projects of my own. It's a bit of struggle a lot of times. Yes you are getting paid, and people are requesting your work, However you are missing out on bringing a new creation into the world that is yours. I will say though when I am working on creator owned or any projects I tend to look to see how many mediums the assignment/ book can fit into. That's generally the key to how I work or how I choose projects.
What do you recommend to aspiring artists that you wish you had known much earlier?
To a very younger me I would have told to practice panel layouts and tell a story- don't focus on pin-ups. Don't cut yourself short. If you know the angles or see them, take the opportunity and run with it as much as possible.
What do you love best about making comics?
The fans reaction to your work, especially in person. If you another creator to really digs your work then that's something special too. It opens up new doors and conversations that create new friendships. I think Ohio State University and SOL-CON did that for me last year (2017) which was great.
What do you wish was different about the comics industry?
I wish there was more room for independent books. I wish cons and the shelves had more creator owned books. I think that fresh blood is needed. I'd like to join in and help kick down the door or at least open it up just a little more. I like making an IMPACT, it's what I do.
Which books do you recommend artists should have in their reference library? Favorite instructional material?
That's a tough one because everyone has different choices or materials they like. Movies let me do that.
Top Favorite Comic characters?
Top 5 Favorite comics, graphic novels?
1. Thor by J. Michael Straczynski
2. Ghost Rider
3. Super Sons - Jorge Jimenez stuff
4. Sam and Twitch
5. Batman- the WHITE KNIGHT
What type of work are you interested in doing? Now? In the future?
I'd like to work more on my creator owned books. I have Super Impacto & Annihilation Jones underway for 2018. Currently I am cleaning up a script for Humanoids, a graphic novel of my own device.
I'd also like to do a run on a series- Ghost Rider specifically. A short miniseries would be awesome.
How can others find/ purchase your work?
They can reach out to me on facebook or Instagram.