We had the good fortune of connecting with Nico Rodriguez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nico, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
My artistic career was predicated on a love for comic books at an early age. My passion for storytelling rose as I began to consume books and cartoons, so much to the point that I started writing my own stories and drawing my own characters. There is a certain world that I get transported to when I begin working on my stories, and this is the main reason why a creative career is so important to me. I get lost in my work, to the point where I don’t feeling like I’m working – it just feels like I’m living. This is when I knew that creating comic books is something that I must pursue, no matter the time and resource dedication. When you capture your passion in a bottle, there is a great thrill that you just can’t get enough of. That intangible thrill is the backbone of my creative decisions. There’s a reason why that feeling lingers in your head at all times of the day – a feeling that is absent when working in fields that do not align with your passion.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a comic book writer, artist, and creator based in Houston, TX and I have been creating stories for about five years. I make many genres of stories, horror, sci-fi, crime, etc. and have been writing and drawing my own indie book that is described as a surreal adventure story for all ages, which I’m very excited about. The biggest challenge to get here was the time and money dedication. You must take the leap of faith if your passion is something that you truly want to make tangible. It is difficult, but one thing that I always keep in mind is that you cannot put a price on your dreams. The late nights plugging away on a script after a long shift of work is worth it if it means that you are that much closer to creating the story that you want to tell. It’s all about the incremental steps towards your goal, because as they all say, it doesn’t happen over night. When creating art, and comics specifically, the action of creating a story that lives in your head and putting it down on paper is such a satisfying task, especially when the entire production can come from one or two people. But the process can truly be overwhelming, so it is crucial to understand that even if you write one paragraph, or draw one panel in a day, that small progress builds up over the course of a week or month. Also, routine is a big part of making my art. Setting daily or weekly goals is very important and can keep your spirits up when working on long term projects. Lulls in projects can be demoralizing and uninspiring, and setting weekly routines help greatly. At the end of the day, all that I want to be known for is that I put in the work to create lively worlds and stories that connect with readers in personal and imaginative ways. If I can have a line of fans at a comic convention ready for nerdy and passionate conversations about my stories, then my job is done.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We would likely start the day off with a bike ride on the Buffalo Bayou Park Trail that runs from the Heights to Downtown.

Places to check out: Bedrock City Comics, Miller Outdoor Theatre, Art Market at the Sawyer Yards

Places to eat and Drink and hangout: Tiger’s Den, Onion Creek, Cidercade, No Label Brewery

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The comic book community in Houston, TX has been very helpful and supportive of me, especially the staff at Bedrock City Comics who are friends and big supporters of my creative endeavors. My friends Gabriel Aparicio and Tim Walker are also greatly influential, not only in terms of their own creative careers, but have been willing to offer me feedback and support when rough patches arise. Also, the numerous artists that I have worked with have been very inspirational. Antonio Brandao, Dennis Crisostomo, Jim Jimenez, Dennis Tirona, and Damon Threet have all been great collaborators.

Website: nicocreative.weebly.com

Instagram: @nico_writes

Twitter: @nico_writes

Image Credits
Credit: Karina Flores

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