Thursday, 27 October 2016


Okay people, I've got the blog bug.

All the ideas...

I've got a lot on my minds and a lot of ideas and I want to write them out, I want to share and talk about all the things that we love. So I wanted to ask you, yes you. What do you want me to write about? What should we talk about? Now this could be just about anything and everything, video games we love or even political issues that need to be addressed, because that is important as well. Be happy, but also be aware of the world around you. Do we want to look at and review some more comics? With me thinning out my collection, I would be looking at the best comics in my collection and some great new comic books from independent creators that you need to be reading. And trust me you, there are plenty of books I would love to recommend. I also wanted to talk Magic: The Gathering with all of you, I want to share my Commander decks, Cube ideas, Puca Trades or anything else that comes to mind about our favourite trading card game. And speaking of games, do you want to talk video games? I've been on a big retro gaming trip, especially Nintendo 64 and the original PlayStation. Basically anything is on the table, I just want to know what you want to read.

Also I wanted to use this space to talk and promote other people who are doing some great work and need to be seen. I know a lot of people who are working really hard and deserve to get a lot of attention and views. And if you know someone or are someone who wants to promote new work, by all means let me know. 

So there you have it Storm Clouds, I need your help and suggestions! Leave a comment below, on Facebook or contact me on Twitter @ChileanStorm or even an email, I want to hear from you. Also it should be noted as well that me and my bestie, Toby Medeiros (@TeaEmComics) are working on a very cool new project...keep your ears open. 

Are you ready...?

Until then, keep chasing the Storm. 

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Too Much

Not my room but I am almost there...
If you are a young one reading this and as an almost 30 year old, I can assume that half my audience here are under the age of 25. Or maybe I've got the older scholar crowd reading here, and if so I say good morning to you ladies and gentlemen. I am writing this tonight, almost as a warning. I cater to a "nerdy" or "geeky" crowd here, I know this. The one thing to take away from being a geek and you can let me know how you feel about this, pretty much every single fanboy and fangirl has a massive collection of stuff. And this could be just about anything and everything; video games, comic books, toys, clothes, dvd, trading cards, socks, etc. You know you do, just look at your room. What do you see? A collection of something collecting dust no doubt. Hey, don't worry I am with you in this situation. Do I really need a DVD copy of WWE Battleground from 2014, probably not but there it is under many more DVD's and Blu-Ray's that I may or may not need. And don't get me started on Magic: The Gathering cards, holy mana burn Batman! I've got cards all over my room, on my bed and computer desks. And yes, I am trying to organise all of these cards and trying to collect all the extra cards to give them off to a store or a new player who can use them. The same is true for my comic book collection, I am trying to see which comics I can part with and which ones I'll keep because they mean something to me. I can tell you this, anything by Skottie Young will stay with me and everything with Daredevil and/or Scarecrow. Also anything done by fellow artist friends, having independent work is extremely inspiring and helps me focus on the big picture. And I will admit to having a lot of markers, pencils and sketchbooks as well. I collect a lot and I don't know why. I do get a lot of hand me downs, which is nice but I think it's time for me to give away a lot of my stuff to anyone who can get something good out my old treasures. And hey, a good comic can turn a bad day right around, that's why we read them. 

So I am going to start posting a list of items that I am looking to get rid of, not sell, giving away to a good home. But I do urge you to really think about picking up free things from me, make sure you've got the space for it. The last thing I want to do is just dump my leftovers on someone because they wanted free things. Share, just share everything with everyone. At the end of the day, you will be remembered for your actions not your stamp collection. All power to you though if you are rocking that stamp collection in 2016, you do you and keep it going. 

Also for MTG Players, I am sending away a lot of my collection through Puca Trade. If you are a trader through that site, let me know what you need and if you want bulk collections of commons and uncommon cards, I would be glad to send them your way. If you want to join Puca Trade and make some trades with me, you can join here:

So stay tuned for plenty of free stuff and giveaways, because I am cool like that. Or maybe I am getting older and letting go, maybe both. Be sure to follow here on this page or @ChileanStorm on Twitter and Instagram, leave questions or comments below and as always, keep chasing the Storm. 

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Youth Impact Summit

So big news to share with everyone, tomorrow and Thursday I will taking part of the Youth Impact Summit. What is that you may ask, well let me tell you; a collection of young minds from across the province coming together to brainstorm, hear, talk about ideas to change communities. And yours truly applied a few times in the past and now I have the opportunity to take part of this big game changing opportunity. For a few years I've wanted to see what I could do to help out those who need help, be that volunteering at charity events or donate clothing or food. And now I can learn how to take that energy to the next level, and I am super excited for this experience.

For those reading for the first time, welcome! My name is Alvaro Cruz, or as I go by on most forms of social media, ChileanStorm. I was born in Toronto, but my family history hails from Chile, so I like to represent for Chile and all of Latin America, very proud of my roots and culture. I am an artist who is currently back in school and working part time as a barista. At the end of the day, I still need to pay my bills. I am currently working on a few personal projects like the Glass Prison and currently working on my first comic book, Brewgatory. My goal is to have a comic ready for summer 2017.

In this page here you will find a lot of entries on comic books that I've read and few opinion pieces as well. In the future entries I will probably talk more about things on my mind, the most important Nicolas Cage films and Nintendo 64 games. So if you like any of these things or just want a fun read, by all means give me a read and a follow and be sure to drop a comment if you'd like as well. 

You have to be able to laugh at yourself as well. 
Keep chasing the storm. 

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Try Hard Die Hard

I am just going to open up with saying that Bruce Willis will not be the topic of today's blog. Although I think we can all agree that the first three Die Hard films were pretty awesome action movies, worth watching if you haven't seen them yet. No, today I wanted to ask you to think about this, what does winning mean to you? And I am asking on every possible level, how badly do you need to be the very no one ever was. And yes, that was a Pokemon reference. But I want to talk today about our desire to win, to be champions and to be the best at everything. And I think most geeks experience this on a daily basis. How many achievements do you have? Did you catch them all? Did you win that tournament? What rank are you? What level is your team? But you get the idea. We aren't allowed to enjoy things anymore. No, we have to win. I guess I want to understand the theory of the carrot, why does it have to be involved with everything we do now in days...? 

Take it from me, time is short. Every day we only have so many hours to do whatever it is we want to do and well everything that we need to do as well, be that work or school or family. And then consider all the things you do because you want to do them, like playing your favorite online computer game or going to the local card shop for a game of Commander Magic. When you are done, are you satisfied at all? Well you should be, win or lose. But holy dead Jason Todd to we have people that really want to win and completely ruin the experience. Maybe this is me realizing that family, friends, partner and career are much more important than a weekly Friday Night Magic result or trying to collect every single Pokemon. I am not going to be a League of Legends champion anytime soon, and that is totally awesome. I think what I am trying to say here is, let's try to enjoy the experience. If we all try to be champions, this world is going to be filled with a whole lot of salt and resentments. Who cares about completing every single game achievement on your Xbox One, will you be awarded a purple heart and have a parade? Probably not. All these imaginary brass rings are presented to distract you from the bigger picture, that is you, What are you going to be in this world? 

That being said, if you truly feel and know that your goal is to be a champion in some video game or card game, all power to you. I mean Adam Copeland (WWE`s Edge) always wanted to be a WWE Champion and he did it. You focus on your goals, you give everything you have and you become the person that you know you are. But if like me you are an artist or a writer or anyone who isn`t making a living off gaming tournaments, try this and just don`t give a f*ck. Enjoy the time off and the hobby itself. Aim to win, but aim to have a great time and remember why you love whatever it is you love. It`s okay to lose, just don`t lose human dignity in your climb to the top of the mountain. I have seen Rock Paper Scissors tournaments, don`t mess with them tossers. 

Keep chasing the storm. 

Monday, 11 January 2016

That Force Though...

Can we talk about Star Wars? 

It has been enough time, I have seen three times already and ready for more viewings. But I think we have all seen it enough times that we can talk about it, the 7th movie in the legendary sci-fi saga. Because it has been years since we have been this excited about the Wars, especially after the less than stellar prequels. Now we got a movie that feels just right, a movie that fits in with the original three movies from years ago. And by no means was The Force Awakens a perfect movie, but when has any of the Star Wars films been perfect, even Empire Strikes Back has a few flaws. However it gives us everything we wanted in a new Star Wars and it has fans and new fans talking and guessing what will happen next. And at the end of the day, isn't that what we fans want to be doing? Talking about what might happen next, instead of how they could have fixed an awful green screened mess of a movie. 

This being my little soap box in the internet I just want to say, how awesome is Poe Dameron? In my long wizard like life I have seen a many things, but Hispanic on screen heroes have been few far in between. So seeing this Resistance pilot fly around and take down TIE-Fighters like it was Tuesday is just a great feeling, I could have used some more heroes like that growing up. But you know what, I have to say I enjoyed all the new comers to the Star Wars saga; Rey, Finn, BB-8 and Kylo Ren. Even Captain Phasma was pretty to cool, though what I would have given to seen her fight Finn, next movie perhaps? And holy crap, how great was Chewbacca?! For years everyone has agreed on how kick ass Wookies and Chewie really are and I am glad he got a lot of kick ass moments through out the film. I would also like to say that Han, Leia and Luke all did a great job as well. I know some people complained, but I felt it was still very much on point, though bring back Lando! I would have loved to have seen what Lando had been doing all these years. But again, maybe the next film...? Maybe? Hopefully. 

Also that Storm Trooper, give that man a cookie. You know the one I am talking about. Like all things the internet blows it out of the water with hype, but look into your hearts and you will see...he was pretty hype. 

Just like the Force however, for all the good like the Jedi, you have the Sith. What did I not like about the movie. Honestly not much complaints, or at least nothing that ruined the experience in general. Did the last fight seem weird considering everything that we had just witnessed in the last two hours? Perhaps, but I am not going to let that be my deciding straw on how I feel about the movie overall. The Phantom Menace had a really good fight at the end of the movie, does that make it a great film? Hell no it didn't, we had to sit through Jar Jar Binks and seeing a little kid try to mack on Natalie Portman, it was a bad movie that ruined going to the movies to see Star Wars. The last confrontation in The Force Awakens feels right, it feels like a round one to a much larger fight that we all know is going to happen and on a larger scale, so no need to analyse it too much. That being said Phasma did seem really silly, it was Boba Fett all over again. And let's face it, Boba Fett seems like a big botch. You had a character people fell in love with just on his looks alone, the man just held his gun and nerds went nuts for him. He was the ultimate space bounty hunter, he was on the posters for the movies. And the most he did was delivered a frozen Han to a fat slug on Tatooine and get knocked into the mouth of monster. Huh? So you now have the chance to do it again, but this time correct the mistakes of the past, but you end up doing the same. However with two more movies, I could very well be wrong, hell I hope I am wrong. Star Wars, the balls is in your court, make your move. You made a Storm Trooper an internet hero, give Phasma something the viewers can remember. 

And that's my take on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a hell of a great time at the movies for sure and one movie that I am totally okay with paying to see again and again on the big screen. I saw Snakes on a Plane five times, though technically I was working at the theatre at the time so I didn't have to pay, but I think I can make some more time for Star Wars. Be proud fans of the Force, it is a good time to be a Star Wars fan that is for sure. So what do you think? Did you like it? Hate it? Want to talk about TR-8R for a bit? You can do so right here in the comments below. Be sure to follow my page, tell your friends and share on social media, every little bit helps. So stay tuned for what ever comes next, I am actually not sure what I am going to write, I am just writing. Like the force. See what I did there. Okay I am out of here, be good and be kind and until then, keep chasing the storm. 

Monday, 2 November 2015

No Mo Heroes

Time is a strong force isn't? Through time a lot of things can happen, time can patch grudges up and can connect to different memories. The strongest aspect of time however is change. Because as we move through our own time, without a doubt we all change. Sometimes we know it and we can control it, for some they don't even realize it is taking place, change is happening wether you know it or not. I bring up time and the power of change today because I wanted to address a few changes that I am slowly but surely noticing, changes in my life that I am working on and changes that no doubt happened without me realizing it was taking place. And trying to make sense of it all and share it with you here today, because I know I am not the only one in the world who may feel this way.


I am not sure if you know or not, but I am an artist. Been drawing my whole life, but only three years ago did I get some real help and guidance to do something with my love of drawing. I am also a pretty big geek, always have been. My love falls into practically every category, from video games to comics to movies to music to fantasy to sci-fi to table top games to collectible card games and etc, but you get the point. I had Pokemon cards, still have my original collection actually. I still have every single console I ever bought and game as well. I have a sorted collection of thousands of Magic: The Gathering cards. What's my point though with all this? Well through out this 2015 year, which admittedly has been one of the most difficult years of my life, I have had to do a lot of soul searching, looking in the mirror and honestly trying to understand what is it that I see in the reflection. Because the reality is, I have been Alvaro Cruz, the geeky fanboy for a long time and the fact is it now time for Alvaro Cruz, the creator. I have to place my energy, money, attention to creating as much as I possibly can, to get my ideas out of my head and out to the world. To be known for my stories and characters, that time needs to be now! I know I have spent a lot of my energy on being a fan, looking up to other characters that I love and other artist that I admire, but at some point I have to take off and get my name out there. 

So what does this mean for me? Well it means I will be drawing way less Daredevil and way more Glass Prison. That being said, there are a few things I want to make clear. I am still a huge geeky fanboy, I can't change that. I am going to still buy comics, just not on a weekly basis. I will probably get maybe one or two here and there, but try to do some con shopping more. I am still going to play video games, because my mental health depends on it, just a half hour a day could do some good for you. I am still going to play Magic with my friends, because it's easily one of the best things to do when we meet up and get together. The only thing is now, my main focus will be creating content and working on my projects, promoting my stuff and do my best to improve on my art. And if you are an artist who also happens to be a fanboy/fangirl and you are wondering what you should do...? Well only you can decide that, it needs to be your decision, not anyone else's. Besides we love our fandoms and our collections for various reasons, it could be our way that we connect with friends or the way we unwind after a long day at a part time job, whatever the case these are important things to all of us and we should have them in our lives. But when you are ready to make change, time will be there to do it. 

Still very devoted to my Parun, Niv-Mizzet.

So I must let long time readers know, that now Storm Watch is going to more about the actual me, ChileanStorm. I want to also take the time to share my new blog page as well, Cell 7, the official blog to the Glass Prison comic. Please check it out, follow it and tell as many people about it, doing my best to get this project off the ground and every/any kind of support means a lot to me. So thank you guys for reading and I am going to do my best to keep both pages going as much as I possibly can, been going through a lot these past few months and trying to make sense of everything around me, I also want to have this be an open space for us to talk, I want to face my depression and anxiety head on here, I want to share as much love as I can through these words. Thank you for reading and until the next time, keep chasing the storm. 

Monday, 29 June 2015

Wytches Be Like...

Pledged is Pledged...

And that's a wrap on the first chapter of Wytches from Scott Synder and Jock, a tale of a family trying to survive and escape a dark curse of sorts. And after 6 issues of cliff hangers and jaw dropping moments after another, I've got to say Wytches #6 really does a hell of a job wrapping it all up and at the same time leaving you ready for more, the story will continue and I can't wait to see where it will go next. From the first issue, Wytches was able to create a sense of horror and mystery, the stories main characters were also good people you wanted to see get out of all of this alive. in Charlie, you see the struggle of a father who is trying to do best for his daughters and you see Sailor, a kid trying to make sense of everything that is going on. But you get the feeling of family, you see how together they are able to overcome any challenge in the past. But unfortunately for the Rook family, this challenge has tons of sharp teeth and is hungry. And once you are pledged, you are marked until they get you. So what can you do to escape an inescapable fate? We see that here in this issue and plenty more, so let's get to it, we are looking at Wytches #6 from Image comics.

So in the final chapter of this first arc, I felt that we do get some answer to a lot of the questions from the previous issues and a few unanswered ones as well, which is good though, we need reasons to come back for issue 7. There was a very cool book end effect with one of the first scenes from issue #1, that was actually really well done because I had no idea that the scene was going to important, I thought it was showing the viciousness of the wytches. Well it did do that as well, a two for one if you will. This is just an example of all the things done right in Wytches, every issue has been solid in writing and in the art department, being able to take a unique story and bring it to life like this should be the goal of all comic book creators. Synder creates a scenario that is horrifying and scary but doesn't feel over the top or ridiculous. The fear is real enough like a good urban legend, the kind of stories that really mess with your head, are there really creatures waiting to eat me in the woods? Maybe or maybe it's all in your head. And with Jock, his art is able to convey the same feelings of fear and the unknown. Some pages look like a drawn out nightmare and they look incredible, Jock has an undeniable style that his own and it works perfectly for this story. These two have made an incredible run so far and I hope they continue on until the story is finished. 

This is a highly recommended title for all horror comic book fans and even those who are just looking for something new to read. What I love most about Wytches in general is that it has a very Silent Hill feel to it, a psychological horror if you will. And I don't know about you guys, but that is probably my favourite kind of horror. So I highly suggest everyone gives this book and series a read as soon as you can, I have heard they are going to make a TV series based on Wytches, which I hope is on the ball and as good as the book. Unless you are a little kid or don't like scary things at all, I see no reason why you shouldn't be reading Wytches.

But I ask, have you guys read Wytches? And if so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below or send me a message over on Twitter (@ChileanStorm) and let's talk some Wytches. I had a pretty bad start of my week, I think I got food poisoning or a flu or both, not to mention my whole body felt like dry broken bones, so I am trying to change things up in my life, cutting back on the junk food and going to bed early to get 8 hours of sleep. Also got to get more active and moving more and what not. And you should as well. Take it from me, I am 28 and just some days ago I felt like I was 45, I was sore and hurt all over. So please take care of yourselves. You are important. But that's all the time I have for now, plenty more comic books to catch up with and share with all of you lovely little storm clouds. Until then, keep chasing the storm!