|Ivan Velez, Jr.
Bio: Raised in the South Bronx, Ivan was heavily influenced by the chop-socky karate flicks, Astro Boy cartoons, blaxploitation films, Spanish soap operas, and Silver Age comic books that filled every second of his free time. So far, that hasn't changed.
His work has also been seen in several issues of Gay Comics, Details magazine, NYQ, and HX. He has sold scripts to HBO and the Hudlin Brothers. He has also been reviewed in the Advocate, Edge, the Village Voice, the New York Times and on NPR.
Ivan has written several Milestone titles, especially Blood Syndicate (which included character design for some of the cast), A Man Called Holocaust, and a year-long run on the acclaimed series Static. Both Blood Syndicate and Static have won awards on his shift.
Ivan has also written for the mainstream, bless his little soul. He scripted the last two years on Ghost Rider, Abominations, and a Venom mini-series, among others for Marvel. At DC Comics, he wrote the Eradicator mini-series, did some hard time on Extreme Justice, and a story for Vertigo's Flinch. He continues to do the odd PowerPuff Girls story at their kid division.
He has finished his first short film, Malaguena (a ghost story), and is writing his first novel; Opaline's Secret.
But Ivan is mostly known as the creator of Tales of the Closet, a ten-chapter graphic novel that depicts the lives of eight gay teenagers in Queens. He has won a 2004 Xeric grant and will use this to begin publishing the series on his own imprint: Planet Bronx Productions.
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