9 01 2018

Why I didn’t talk about this title before? I made a terrible mistake. I’m going to fix that, please don’t kill me Gourdfather!

It’s Devil’s Night in Olympia, WA – and out at Henderson Farms, the festivities are reaching a crescendo. Young and old have gathered to pick their own pumpkin, drink hot apple cider, and partake in the usual pumpkin farm fare. However, something has awakened from deep within the fertile soil. After years of abuse and humiliation, the pumpkins are ready…to pick US! You can beg! You can plead! You can scream! But these hell’s lanterns are lit only with the burning desire to: Watch.You. Die!



Not always you have the chance to be part of a twisted comic you feel like a personal work. I have this sensation working on Blood and Gourd. There’s something more below this bloody-pumpkin fest. There are dark cults, strange imaginary, smart B’ series characters ( well, some of them are pretty dumb as well ). I feel at home everytime I work on this series. Well, a twisted Giallo-inspired home.



Imagine all the people running scared of a giant Pumpkin monster. Well, this is not the song sounds, right? Mix all these late-night B movies you barely remember because you went to bed. Remember those VHS you rent and saw three or four times. Remember those rare books you saw once in a second-hand bookshop. Remember the Eerie issues you have in a box in the attic. Now you have some idea about the Blood & Gourd spirit.



The first part of the issue presents us an ancient menace. This is not merely a killer pumpkin invasion. This has deep roots. As all our childhood fears, all those witches, all the ghost houses of all neighborhoods.  Blood & Gourd carry you from dark humor bloody deaths to brilliant characters you want to see surviving because they can defeat a teethed pumpkin with a gun or with a cooking pan. We’ll run away with three groups of survivors on the second part of the issue, having this spine-chilling sensation that the pumpkins will never stop and knowing on the last part that the Olympia invasion if only a tiny beginning.



If you reached this point, you can guess I feel this series as one of my most personal works. Also, my partner J.C. Ruiz work on lettering, adding his professional and carefully vision ( and his impressive talent doing onomatopoeias ). Also, Rocio Canteros works on this invisible side calling “flats”, helping me to focus on brights, ambiances and b-movies red blood. With Juan Antonio Ramirez on pencils and the twisted minds of Jenz K. Lund and D.H Sultis, trust me, you shouldn’ t miss this title.

Mainly because we are currently working on pre-production of the third issue! Successfully funded on Kickstarter. Thanks to all backers for helping us to keep spreading the evil-pumpkins seed!


Blood and Gourd #3 Children of the Vine featured page. Art by Jonas Scharf.

Pick up your copies at:

Some cool reviews:

Horror and sons

Fanbase press

Comic Attack



2 01 2018

Happy new year! As a part of my New Year’s resolution, I want to post more works on this site. So, why wait? Here are the first pages of, probably, one of my scariest works I can remember.

On this issue, Ellen will make a trip to the most horrible place: her own memories. She’ll discover some dark corners of her childhood, making contact with an unexpected ally and some of the most bizarre creations I’ve worked on until now.

The scenario needed to work on fleshy textures and dark ambiances, alternating with fall scenes in the real world. In the second half, Ellen will go through a couple of scary scenes, each one with a different color treatment.

The history is ready to finish on the final issue, so, stay alert, Spirit Hunters on the way!

Reviews at:

Scifi Pulse

The Fandom Post.

Digital issue available at:




3 11 2017

I’m enjoying the experience of working on Tales of Terror series. Each issue is a horror single history with different creative members. It allows me to experiment, change colors styles on different issues and make each history unique. I’ve done several issues and I’ve done 70’s horror magazines tributes, some contemporary comic book inspired colors and personal and experimental choices always trying to chill the reader to the bone.

So here are the first pages of Tales of Terror 7, from the third volume of the series. The title, “Deal with the Devil” says enough about the history. Is a quite normal atmosphere, mixed with Lucifer apparitions trying to gain souls. The character clothes, the illumination, and the atmosphere changes from a sunny start to a stormy final plot twist. Working with Renzo Rodriguez ( Spirit Hunters ) is always a pleasure. His clean style lets the colorist big spaces to work on volumes and lights.

Here are some pages and a great review. Enjoy!

Issue review at The Fandom Post.


9 08 2017

Some months have passed since my last entry. I’ve been thinking about the structure of this blog and I have some ideas. In the meantime, I’ll start to post news under a new tag so the visitor can read news, reviews and previews of my current works.

This month I find some cool reviews about Spirit Hunters #9, published by Zenescope. This is the series I’m working right now ( I worked on issues 3, 4, 9 and I’ve finished issue 10 ). Voodoo, the bayou, jazz clubs and the spirit world appear. I’ve tried to use vibrant colors, based on Louisiana night life, mixed with the green tones of the menacing dimension.

Here are a couple of cool reviews…

And here are the first pages. If you like this kind of paranormal histories you shouldn’t miss the entire series.



Helsing #3

26 08 2016

Zenescope Helsing 3 Comic Color Fran Gamboa

Publicado por Zenescope en Junio de 2014. | Published by Zenescope on June 2014

Guión/Writer: Pat Shand
Dibujo/Artwork: Tony Brescini y Andres Esparza (flashbacks)
Separación de color/Flats: J.C. Ruíz, Rocío Canteros.
Rotulación/Lettering: Jim Campbell
Editora/Editor: Nicole Glade


Helsing está cerca de averigüar la verdad sobre la muerte de su pader. Ella y Harker están unidos en su búsqueda de una profesora llamada Mina. Con la ayuda de los dos, Helsing viaja a Inglaterra, sin saber la horrible sorpresa que la espera entre las sombras de su ciudad natal.


As Helsing gets closer to finding out the truth about her father’s death, she and Harker are joined in their quest by a schoolteacher named Mina. With the help of these two, Helsing travels to England, unaware of the horrific surprise waiting for her in the shadows of her hometown.


Zenescope Helsing 3 Comic Color Fran Gamboa


Continúan los homenajes del guionista Pat Shand al terror clásico. Si el anterior número estaba relacionado con el Giallo, este nos recuerda a las películas clásicas de la Hammer. Londres entre la niebla, un tenebroso colegio y un desgarrador flashback nos esperan en este número donde una cazavampiros y dos estudiosos deberán enfrentarse a un sicario de Drácula y a su hueste en desventaja.

Writer Pat Shand continues making tributes to classic horror movies. The previous one was related with italian Giallo and this one remember us the classic Hammer productions. Foggy London, a dark school and a heartrending flashback wait us on this issue where a vampire hunter and two bookworms must fight at disadvantage against a Dracula’s thug and his followers.


Zenescope Helsing 3 Comic Color Fran Gamboa

Zenescope Helsing 3 Comic Color Fran Gamboa


He seguido usando texturas como seña de identidad de esta colección. El viaje de Roma a Londres y el título de este número me llevó a experimentar con ambientes de niebla, con luces sugeridas en la profundidad. Admito que disfruté mucho de la escena en el interior del colegio, con los personajes iluminando el oscuro interior con linternas. Usé como referencia subconsciente aquellas horas de miedo frente a la serie Silent Hill. La atmósfera cambia por completo en el flashback que nos conducirá a la morada de Drácula.

I kept using textures as a distinguishing mark of the collection. The trip from Rome to London and this issue title lead me to experiment with foggy ambiences, with evoking lighting on the background. I must admit I enjoyed the school scene, with characters at  the dark corridors with flashlights. I used as a subconscious reference all those freaking hours playing Silent Hill series. The atmosphere changes absolutly on the flashback, who guides us to the Dracula’s hideout.


Zenescope Helsing 3 Comic Color Fran Gamboa

Enlaces | Links.

Helsing #3. Comixology.

Preview. Comic Book Realm.

Review. Unleash the fanboy.

The Six Million Dollar Man season six #5

3 06 2016

Six Million Dollar Man Dynamite Comic Color Fran Gamboa


Publicado por Dynamite en Agosto de 2014/ Published by Dynamite on august 2014

Guión/Writer: James Kuhoric.

Dibujo/Penciler: Juan Antonio Ramirez.

Rotulación/Lettering: Joshua Cozine

Editores/Editors: Joe Rybandnt, Molly Maham.

Separación de color/Flats: J.C. Ruíz, Rocío Canteros.

El mundo se derrumba alrededor de Steve Austin. Maskatron está fuera de control y parece imprarable. El imperio de la OSI que Oscar Goldman construyó de forma concienzuda está en ruinas. Y con los biónicos fallando y todo el programa de la NASA transformado en un paisaje extraterrestre, el hombre de los Seis Millones de Dólares puede estar abocado al desguace. La clave para la supervivencia de Steve puede recaer en la persona más cercana, Jaime Sommers, la Mujer Biónica.

The world is falling apart around Steve Austin. Maskatron is out of control and appears to be unstoppable. Oscar Goldman’s carefully crafted OSI kingdom is in shambles. And with his bionics failing and the entire NASA program transformed into an alien landscape, the Six Million Dollar Man could be heading for the scrapheap. The key to Steve’s survival may rest with the one person closest to him, Jaime Sommers, the Bionic Woman!


Six Million Dollar Man Dynamite Comic Color Fran Gamboa


En cada número de la colección Steve Austin se ha enfrentado a amenazas, pero en este número parecen reunirse todas en el momento en el que está a punto de ser derrotado. Desde el punto de vista del color pasamos desde la fuga de Maskatron de los laboratorios de la OSI, la aparición de un misterioso científico en un hospital a la incursión de Jaime Sommers a los laboratorios de la NASA, donde se enfrentará en un espectacular combate a la Reina Alien.

On each issue from the colection Steve Austin has faced some menaces, but in this one they seems to be gathered on the moment he seems almost defeated. Talking about colors we go from Maskatron escaping from the OSI labs, the introduction of a misterious scientist in a hospital, to the incursion of Jaime on NASA labs, where she will confront with the Alien Queen in an espectacular combat.


Six Million Dollar Man Dynamite Comic Color Fran Gamboa Six Million Dollar Man Dynamite Comic Color Fran Gamboa


Grandes computadoras, robots, engendros alienígenas, peleas e intriga en los años 70. Una gran oportunidad de dar al cómic un aspecto similar a la serie clásica con los suficientes elementos modernos para gustar a los lectores de hoy en día. Al menos, desde el punto de vista del colorista, es lo que intenté en su momento. Volviendo sobre estas páginas me ha sorprendido el resultado del número. Acaba en este número mi colaboración con Juanan Ramirez…de momento. Pronto podré enseñar algunas páginas de nuestro proyecto más reciente, relacionado con Halloween.

Big computers, robots, alien creatures, fighting and thriller on the ’70. A great chance to bring to the comic the ambience from the classic series, with enough modern resources to attract the attention of nowadays readers. At least, with my color works, that was the look I tried to make. After reading again the pages I must say I’m surprised with the results. My collaboration with Juanan Ramirez ends on this issue, for now. Soon I’ll be able to show some pages from our common newest project, related with Halloween. 





Porta de Alex Ross. / Cover by Alex Ross.

Enlaces relacionados/ Related links.

Preview en la página de Dynamite / Preview on Dynamite official site.

Edición digital en Comixology / Digital edition on Comixology.

Fantasy West.

28 04 2016

Fantasy West Comic color Verkami


Guión/Writer: Carlos Correia
Dibujo/Artwork: Jacobo Márquez
Separación de color/Flats: J.C. Ruíz y Rocío Canteros.
Rotulación/Lettering: Angeladini
Colores del primer y tercer episodio/ Color for the first and third chapter: Santiago Ramos y Alexxia Tm.


Interrumpo el orden cronológico por un buen motivo: la aparición de Fantasy West, un proyecto con mucho cariño y trabajo en sus páginas que se está presentando estos días. Fantasy West está ambientado en un lejano oeste invadido por la fantasía donde hay trolls mineros, tahúres elfos y centauros del Pony Express. En la ciudad de Tombstone la Marshall Jones hace lo posible por mantener la calma, protegiendo el lugar de atracadores y forajidos. Pero, más allá de la fantasía, lo más interesante es el pasado oscuro de la Marshall y sus extrañas habilidades.


I’m going to make a break in the chronological list of work for a good reason: Fantasy West publication, a hard-worked and long-waited project, which is being launched. Fantasy West is set on a Far West invaded by the fantasy where you can find miner trolls, gamblers elves and centaurs working on the Pony Express. In Tombstone, U.S. Marshall Jones make an effort to bring peace to the town, protecting the place against robbers and outlaws. But, beyond the fantasy, the most interesting point is the Marshall shady past and her strange skills.



Trabajar en el color de un proyecto independiente es un momento ideal para llevar a cabo experimentos e ideas que, con los cómics comerciales, uno no se atreve o no tiene tiempo de realizar. En una capa tenemos una historia del oeste en un pueblo minero polvoriento. En otra capa tenemos un estilo de dibujo cercano a la animación tradicional y en otro tenemos una historia de fantasía, con extraños seres y eventos que desafían la imaginación. Por tanto, tenemos una historia que se desarrolla a lo largo de un día, con amaneceres, crepúsculos y misteriosos anocheceres en el bosque. He intentado adaptar el color al estilo de dibujo, trabajando con texturas y volúmenes los fondos y coloreando los personajes con sombras en corte seco y leves degradados. Por último, para esos eventos extraños, he dejado volar la imaginación en los tonos de piel de las criaturas y en los efectos especiales que no os puedo desvelar. Tendréis que leer el cómic para descubrirlo.


When you works on colors for an independent proyect is the perfect time to make experiments and use ideas that, in the regular and monthly comics, I don’t usually use or just I run out of time to make these experiments. In this story we have different layers. On the first one we have a western on a dusty miner town. On the second layer we have an artwork close to the traditional animation. On the third level we have a fantasy world, with strange characters and events which unleash our imagination. So, we have an history that takes place along a day, with dawns, dusks and nights landscapes. I’ve tried to adapt the color to the penciler style, working with textures and volumes the backgrounds and coloring the characters with cut edges and airbrush techniques. At last, for those fantasy events, I let my imagination run wild on the skin tones of the creatures and in the fx that, I’m afraid, I can´t reveal. You have to read the comic to discover them.


Fantasy West comic color Verkami

Fantasy West comic color Verkami


Ha sido un placer colaborar en una de las historias que comprende el primer volumen de las aventuras de la Marshall Jones. Esta entrada es mi pequeño  aporte para que conozcáis la obra, os intereséis en ella y os acerquéis a vuestra tienda más cercana. Los mecenas que colaboraron en la campaña de Verkami ya han recibido sus ejemplares y disfrutan de esta entrada en un universo nuevo a la que le deseo una larga andadura. Si tenéis planeado visitar por el Salón del Cómic de Barcelona, no dudéis en acercaros al stand de Aleta Ediciones, donde podréis conocer a los autores. Yo mismo compartí con Jacobo una buena jornada de firmas en la librería En Portada, donde pude ver el cariño con el que está siendo recibida la obra.


It has been a pleasure to collaborate in one of the histories of the first volume of Marshall Jones adventures. This is my little contribution to introduce you this comic, to attract your interest on it and to make you visit your nearest comic shop (right now the comic is only in spanish). Verkami supporters has recieved their copies and are enjoying this entrance to a brand new universe that deserves sucess. If you have planned to be on the Barcelona International Comic Fair, don’t hesitate and visit the Aleta Ediciones stand, where you can meet the authors. Recently, I was signing copies with Jacobo during an excelent afternoon on the local bookstore En Portada, where I was witness of the warm welcome to this work.


signing session on En Portada comic shop

Enlaces/ Links.

Página oficial en Facebook. Facebook official page.


Artículo en Diario Sur. Newspaper article.

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