Pronto Presents: Writer Steve Lucarelli

Pronto Presents: Writer Steve Lucarelli
By David Rondinelli

Steve LucarelliSteve Lucarelli scares up the living dead as the writer of “The Knock” in the third volume of Deathology, Pronto Comics’ horror anthology. This Hamilton, NJ resident is an avid lover all things superheroes, which makes his detour into horror a new step.

Lucarelli discovered the Christopher Reeve Superman movies and Stan Lee’s cartoon show Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends in his youth, which stirred a desire to read and create comics. Encouragement as a writer started as early as 5th grade for Lucarelli, when his teacher let him write a weekly series called The Sonic Revengers. After scripting and drawing the series himself, his class would then act it out.

Lucarelli’s heroes and world-building stayed with him even after he graduated from Rider University with a degree in English. It would prove to be good inspiration while he worked for three years as head writer for Old Bridge, NJ-based video game developer Digital Embryo. Not only did his creativity find a home there, but it’s also where he met his wife Suzie, another Rider graduate.

As he continues to create new characters, Lucarelli aims to inspire a new generation of readers with his work, just as he did all those years ago.

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Pronto Presents: Writer Cedrick Lui

Pronto Presents Cedrick Lui
By David Rondinelli

DSC01020Cedrick Lui is an Ottawa native whose work is showcased in Pronto’s Strange Stories #6. Feeling a creative urge and possessing a love of comics the young writer has taken the surreal approach with his first story for Pronto Comics, “Son of God.”, Lui’s character-driven approach to storytelling is paired with the dynamic art of illustrator C.H. Kim. The two have started a new Pronto Comics duo that we hope to see more of. Read more about Lui and his approach to comic book writing as he opens up about his creative approach, his inspiration, and what we can expect to see from him in the future.

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Pronto Presents: Artist Chris Brimacombe

Pronto Presents: Artist Chris Brimacombe
By David Rondinelli

Head_Shot01Growing up, Canadian native Chris Brimacombe had to contend with constant cold weather that gave him large amounts of time to kill. With little else to do, he refined his skills and set sights on an expanding portfolio. Today his work displays a wide variety of talents in composition, character design, and visuals that make up highly stylized pages featuring the worlds of fantasy and the macabre.

Brimacombe’s early entry for Pronto was American Monsters, a series that highlights famous American serial killers in a black and white noir style. The gritty books give an unapologetic look at the violent lives of those who did it and tried to get away with it.

Nap Boy is Brimacombe’s newest title with Pronto. A tale that weaves the supernatural with the psychedelic, the story revolves around a young man who dreams of having extraordinary abilities and then wakes up with those same abilities in the real world. As the lead artist, Brimacombe gives us a peek into the world of Nap Boy, while letting us in on a bit of his own life too.

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Pronto Presents: Comic Creator Ken Knudtsen

Pronto Presents: Comic Creator Ken Knudtsen
By David Rondinelli

72845_10151016563772835_742622834_12138876_435477765_nKen Knudtsen is a writer and artist who has been a prolific voice in independent comics. Quite the Renaissance man, he’s been a letter, editor, and colorist for SLG Publishing, and is perhaps best known for his own title, My Monkey’s Name is Jennifer. The series follows a male monkey named Jennifer who gets embroiled with Dr. Tunick, a man bent on harvesting the brain energy of people.

A graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts, Knudtsen has worked in the comic industry since 2002. He became a regular with Pronto Comics when he hosted a Q&A with our monthly podcast. Knudtsen has also lent his talents to Pronto Comics as a guest judge at our semi-annual Phrases to Pages fundraiser and by illustrating the cover of Blackout #2. Below, Knudtsen shares some tips on how he creates a cover, ways to unblock creative jams, and what’s coming up for him in the future.

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Pronto Presents: Creator Jorel Lonesome

Pronto Presents: Creator Jorel Lonesome
By David Rondinelli

Jorel 3Jorel Lonesome is a veteran member of Pronto Comics. As writer, editor, and manager of his three-issue anthology title, Blackout, Lonesome has become an accurate representation of the “do-it-all” creator. His unique storytelling for Pronto’s line of anthologies has given him an open and fresh approach to creating comics and managing the different art teams that come together under his title. Lonesome imparts what he has learned about story telling and crafting an anthology. Learn more about the Bronx native as he discusses the joys of the comic medium, how he got started, and what we can expect to see from him in the future.

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