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Just a thank you for reading!
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OTHER  STUFF COMING NOT-TOO-SOON

Free webcomic ebooks of chapters! Section 1 coming first.

Music

You are welcome to create fanart. See some of the great fanart already created.

If this comic had a soundtrack! Listen to the youtube list or, better yet, recommend songs you think are about Elan and Rafa or songs you just like.

The Civil Wars – To Whom It May Concern
Terra Naomi – Mama
Lisa Hannigan – I Don’t Know
Dixie Chicks – Easy Silence
Wilco – You and I

Bishop Allen – Corazon
Fabrizio Paterlini – Primi Passi
Holly Williams – I Will Only Break Your Heart
The Dodos – Undeclared
Kate Walsh – Tonight
Of Monsters and Men – Love Love Love
Lisa Hannigan & Cake Sale – Some Surprise
I Hate You Just Kidding – Little Dove
Tracy Chapman – Never Yours
Spill Canvas – Connect the Dots
Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through the Grapevine
The Like – He’s Not a Boy You Can Change
Marié Digby – Say It Again

Sufjan Stevens – Futile Devices
Justin Vernon- Easy
Joshua Radin – Sundrenched World
Jay Brannan – Jolene
Rosy Golan – Hazy
Joshua Radin – Sundrenched World

MIA – Galang
Brooke Faser – Scarlet
Scala & Kolacny Bros – With or Without You
Artilleros del Microfono – Nunca Olvidarate
Greg Laswell – This Woman’s Work
William Fitzsimmons – After All

Bebe – Siempre Me Quedará
Pedro the Lion – The Poison
William Fitzsimmons – Please Forgive Me
David Lanz – Cristofori’s Dream
Dandy Warhols – Sleep
William Fitzsimmon – Even Now
Frou Frou – Hear Me Out
Mr Hammer – AlterEgo
Sergei Prokofiev: Op. 75 VI. The Montagues and the Capulets
Halou – Honeythief
Whitley – My Heart is Not a Machine
Tracy Chapman – The Promise
Jim Croce – Bad Bad Leroy Brown
Julie Deply – A Waltz for a Night
Tracy Chapman – All That You Have is Your Soul
A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera – Say Something
Go Radio – Forever My Father
Cover by Jasmine Thompson – Titanium
Take Me to Church – Hozier
I Should Fly – Vermillion Lies
Live Like A Warrior – Matisyahu
Feels Like Coming Home – Jetta
Wonderful Life – Black
Love Gone Wrong – Lauren Hoffman
I Am a Rock – Simon & Garfunkel
Learning to Fly – Michele McLaughlin
Save You – Matthew Perryman Jones
How the art has changed over the last two years
AKA how doing webcomics makes you a better artist by force
rafa-evolutionWithout a doubt I think I’ve improved most upon Rafa. His LOOKS (not personality) modeled after a blonde Ecuadoran man I met briefly.
It took me years to get him almost to that man. Many more years to come?
Next…Elan! woo boy.
Don’t forget there are sketches (maybe spoilerish but out of context, I’m careful) and previews at the TUMBLR page!

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Webcomic FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Elan Meets Rafa Webcomic

How often do you update the story?

I try to update with two pages every Wednesday.

Are you going to make a book of the story?

Volumes 1 and 2 are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions. Contact me for ePub, PDF, or signed copies.

I started this comic as a way for me to combine my love for creating stories and the desire to improve my drawing skills. I never intended to publish them as books, and if I did I wanted to redraw the whole thing. After much discussion I decided to publish them as is, so you will see the progression of skill as well as the storyline. So, yeah, I know, you see a difference.

How did you come up with the story? Are you Elan? Are you Rafa?

Many of the characters are loosely based on people I have met growing up, in school, and traveling (e.g. The Governor is someone I met many years ago who was just ‘the guvnah’ of a southern gay bar, but I changed his nice, flamboyant character and kept the suit; Murakami was an my sister’s unworldly [female] Siamese cat of a different name; and there is someone walking around Ecuador who just looks like Rafa). The story is shaped from my experiences in the American Latino community as well as some ties to other communities and cultures. I did grow up poor and was introduced to the life of the rich by relationships and schooling. However, I consider this a work of fiction rather than creative nonfiction.

When will the story end? What will you do after it ends?

I still have a way to go until the end, but it is getting closer. I’ll never leave these characters and they will live on in vignettes.

I have illustrated a children’s book and published creative nonfiction – two jobs I want to continue to do.  However, I love creating bl webcomics and I am already planning another big series to jump into after EMR finishes.

Can I create fanart or fanfiction? Can I use your artwork for … ?

I wholeheartedly encourage noncommercial fan fiction and fan art — you can practice with it by tracing, you can color them in, etc. I’m generally fine with use of my drawings as long as they are not being sold or plagiarized and credit or a link to this site is given. It might behoove you to use an artist better at anatomy/perspective, but they might object whereas I’ll just trust you.

Any advice on how to start a webcomic?

I’ve been wanting to write a page titled “How doing a webcomic wrong can be right for you”.  I don’t intentionally ignore all the standard rules for comics, it is just I don’t know how to do it any other way. So what if you think your art skills “aren’t there yet” or you can’t do anime or find those boxes restrictive or you don’t own a tablet? If you have a good idea for a story and a strong desire to tell it in art – just DO IT. I may not attract a lot of purists, but I’ve gained a lot of followers who are not married to the standard rules either. Your niche will probably appreciate more comics!

Desire is important because drawing everyday is hard and posting regularly is important. But I can 100% guarantee you will become a better artist by drawing every day. You may go a little coo-coo, but you WILL get better.

Who are you?

I’m pathologically secretive about myself but I will say I’m a first-generation immigrant living in California, USA, who lives by the golden rule as much as possible. I tend toward the shy and misanthropic side I do love animals –all of them: spiders, snakes, dogs, cats, birds, etc.

That about covers it. If you have any other questions you can email me at elanmeetsrafa@gmail.com or comment below. I love talking about this project so don’t be shy. Actually I love emailing fans about random things, not necessarily this story. I have a filter only for spam, so far everyone has been very nice and I have had nothing but complete pleasure in all my interactions.

Mature Readers

Warning: This comic has not been confirmed suitable for young and sensitive audiences by people out there and therefore appropriate for only mature readers. I would rate it PG-13 right now, will be R later.

Spanning this story is adult language, sexual content (not too explicit – partial nudity or implied sex) and love between men depicted as normal with their usual conflicts, desires, and search for happiness. Since I am unlikely to get approval by Westboro Baptist or perhaps your parents, you must be 18 or over to read this comic.

But I can’t really tell how old you are.