Rose City Roll Call 2014: Aaron Duran Gets "Dark" with New Series

Rose City Roll Call! Cambot! Gypsy! Tom Servo! Croooooow! Periscope! Dark Horse! Kurt Busiek! Ooooooooooonnnnni! It's another Panel Patter feature on creators and publishers who will be at Rose City Comic Con! You can find all our features for the show right here!

Lots of people get upset with the current state of mainstream comics. Not a lot of people get behind their computer and work to do something about it.

But Aaron Duran did, writing the La Brujeria series, along with artist James Sinclair and letterer Jennifer Alvin. Drawing on the folk tales told to him as a child*, Duran used his Mexican heritage along with the geek culture he's completely in love with to create the world. It's the story of a young woman who needs a job and ends up finding she has ties to ancient powers, so of course the best gig is as a paranormal investigator in Portland.

It's a fun series, and if you're lucky, there may be a few copies left for you to purchase at the show this year. (It may not be available again, so be ready to buy if you're interested.)

Duran's newest project, which debuts at Rose City with an issue zero, is Dark Anna and the Pirates of Kadath You may not know this, but Aaron is a big fan of pirates and even does some pirate-themed activities from time to time, so writing a story of the high seas is a no-brainer. Teamed up with artist Ethan Slayton, a Kupert School graduate, this is a chance to get in on the ground floor of what I expect will be another great comic from Duran.

In addition to his comic work, Aaron is also a radio host for the internet program, Geek in the City. This year, the program is hosting the Rose City Costume Contest, and you can find the details here. The contest is at the Convention Center, and starts at 8pm. Duran is also a part of the Newsarama Best Shots Team, along with myself and lots of other talented folks who talk comics four times a week on the site.

Aaron is a great guy and I hope you'll stop by his table this year at Rose City Comic Con!

Can't make the show? Here's Aaron's comics site, and here's a link to Geek in the City.

*I wasn't going for a theme today, but there ya go.