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The Dark Side of Antarctic Press

Antarctic Press Illustrations for “Gold Digger Swimsuit Specials” by Miguel Guerra

Here are some more oldies but goodies. If I go way back, the first illustrations I published was with Antartic Press. I was published in 3 different Gold Digger Swimsuit Specials (4, 5 and 7). But this story is bitter sweet. Read on…

☆゚✧*。To see the old issues, click here and here.

The Dark Side of Comics

ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ When you’re young and finally get published, it should be a thrill! A HUGE accompishment. So, you’d think someone would contact you to say, ‘Congratulations! We’re gonna publish your work.’ Right?

ヾ(。>﹏<。)ノ゙Apparently that super low bar was too high. Not only did Antarctic Press NOT tell me that I was published, they didn’t bother to pay me! That’s right. I submitted my work, their editors selected my illustrations, published them and didn’t contact me at all. I guess they thought I’d never notice?

Well, I did. I went to my local comic shop, saw the issue on the shelves and flipped through it. I was super happy to see my work was included, but then thought. “Hey, what the hell! They didn’t even tell me!” I was so proud, angry and embarassed at the same time. What can you say? They sucked! I contacted the editors and they agreed to pay me and even said they wanted my other illustrations too. Honestly, getting paid was important, but my real goal was to build my publishing credits and professional portfolio. Can you believe that? The industry (at least 20 years ago) was a joke for people starting out.

∠( ᐛ 」∠)_ After over 20 years, here they are for your enjoyment. Some of my first published work…even if it was surprise to me at the time.

Antarctic Press Swimwuit Special by Miguel Guerra
Antarctic Press Swimwuit Special by Miguel Guerra

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