EPISODE #132: VITA AYALA – IN THIS EPISODE:
On Fresh is the Word, we like to deliver wisdom through great stories from the minds of bright creatives of pop culture. Through those stories, we like to dissect the journey of our guests and present actionable lessons and advice for our listeners no matter what career or avenue of artistry they pursue.
This episode’s guest is Vita Ayala, who is a queer non-binary Afro-Latinx comic writer from New York City. As quoted from Vita’s Twitter, “Queer & Brown is my brand”. Ayala has written some franchise stuff (DC, Marvel, Valiant), and some creator owned stuff (The Wilds, Submerged) in many genres (Horror, YA, Superhero, Thriller, Drama, Romance). You can currently catch Vita’s run on comics like Valiant’s Livewire or Black Mask’s Black AF: Devil’s Dye.
During our chat, we talked about writing authentic dialogue, how she got started writing comic books, the collaborative effort of making comics, how a good editor improves your work, Black AF: Devil’s Dye, The Wilds, representation of marginalized groups in comics, women’s role in the comic book industry, Livewire, about being a wrestling fan, and the music she listens to!
Each episode, the guest is asked to suggest someone from their life/career that should be on Fresh is the Word that would have good stories to tell. Vita Ayala choose Matthew Rosenberg, Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson, anybody from Black Mask, Emily Pearson, and Lisa Sterle.
Vita Ayala also created a special Spotify playlist for Fresh is the Word:
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