WACO, Texas – A group of talented Wacoans burst onto the comic book scene introducing a whole new world of heroes.
“Initially it all started because you know we can’t get jobs in comics if we don’t do comics, and then when we started doing that, we got to where ‘just do this , you know “if this is the only book we make in comics, I’ll be proud of it because I know it’ll go far,” said Joey Gonzales, co-founder and writer of Plus Waco Comics. is the dream and it’s something we pursue, it’s not just a resume we try to make, it’s a legacy we try to leave every time we leave one day. Whenever we’re gone, these characters will always stay here.
The group called More Waco Comics created Plus Universe Alpha, a graphic novel introducing a new universe of intriguing characters, the first of many to come.
“That’s what we want to do, it’s completely taken over our lives,” Gonzales said.
Gonzales and artist Daniel Flores eat, sleep, and breathe comics.
“I got fired and I was like, ‘I’m clueless, I have nowhere to go, I’m going to go read some comics about this and I read a book and that was the most mad and I picked it up off the shelf and just thought ‘why can’t I sue this?’ “said Gonzales.
It’s like that More Waco Comics was born.
“We’re not trying to compete with Marvel or DC or Image or any of the big companies, we’re just publishing books that we’d like to read,” said Flores, editor and illustrator for Plus Waco Comics.
Their first comic is called Plus Universe Alpha, it was created through a Kickstarter campaign after the team submitted an 8-page work to an open call for submissions and was rejected.
“What we had at the end of the day was the start of something that we could push harder into and grow into something bigger,” Gonzales said.
“The seeds of a bigger story,” Flores added.
The first issue introduces you to the story of the Universe Plus in what they call their “Original Event”.
“It then leads to a civil war between the gods who are assigned to the Universe as we know it, and then there’s a big disagreement that happens after that civil war, and then from there there’s a decision who needs to be taken and who brings our three heroes,” Gonzales said.
The first of at least 10 years of stories.
“We have them ready to go, we just, you know, need to find the time,” Flores said.
Bring stories and characters to life in their minds.
“There’s a lot of energy, a lot of love and passion in it and I hope every time people read it they feel exactly the same way,” Gonzales said.
Additionally, Universe Alpha is pre-sold online, click HERE to get your copy.
The team will also be selling their comic at an official book launch party at Cultivate 7Twelve Friday night from 7-10 p.m. and at the ATG Expo inside the Waco Convention Center on February 12-13.