Writing characters you can identify with: Juan Ponce on writing, collaborating, and making comics

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Guest Bio

I am a freelance writer from Los Angeles, California.

I was born in Mexico Michoacán. And I came to America when I was 2 going on 3. I grew up in South Central Los Angeles, im the Crenshaw area. So Boyz in the Hood was a big movie for me growing up.

I received my B.A. in History from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). A also were I studied film, TV, and literature in UCLA.

I developed my love for comics in college. After I read Persepolis by Satrapi something woke up in me. My community college was right across the street from a comic shop, so it was inevitable. Reading comics and studying went hand in hand for me. I didn’t know it then, but I was studying to be a writer.

My heart lies in comics. Since 2018 I’ve produced multiple shorts and full-length comics with amazing creators. I have also worked with publishers such as Marvel Comics, A Wave Blue World, and Action Lab Entertainment.

I have an eclectic collection of books under my name. From slice of life stories of heartbreak (Tilly) to modern-day fantasy tales (A Moment in Time), I write what I would love to read.

When I’m not writing or reading I’m spending time with my lovely 2-year-old daughter and my awesome wife—who said I would be a writer long before I even thought of it. They’re both a big inspiration to me.

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The Panel Garden is an interview show, where we explore the minds and the creative processes of the comics creators and occasional other creative types you love. We cover the whole spectrum of comics creativity, from writers and pencilers to editors and inkers. We also feature hot new talent for you to sink your teeth into. Not literally though. That would be weird.


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