Creature Entertainment was founded by John Ulloa and Julio Alvarez; and together with their group of artists, animators and filmmakers based in Miami, publish graphic novels, produce short and feature films.
Creature Entertainment is embracing new media, video, and good old print to create a unique niche in the market for our stories. We work on a modest budget as most independent publishers/filmmakers do and have a grassroots approach to putting our product into the hands of the comic book and movie aficionado; but that doesn’t mean we are willing to put out sub-par products.
Creature Entertainment is always looking for talented artists, writers, actors, and directors to collaborate with. Contact us if you would like us to take a look at your work. We actually like looking over submissions!
Chicago-native and Miami-transplant, Anthony Dones has been shooting films for nearly two decades. His cinematography credits include ‘The Gun’, ‘Killswitch Billy’, the ‘Dark Knight’ fan films, and ‘Quarterlifers’, as well as countless music videos and industrials. As a Puerto Rican in Chicago in the 80′s, Anthony entertained the idea of becoming a ‘freestyle’ music artist–writing songs, producing freestyle tracks and frequenting his friend’s basement studio. He is an artist in almost every respect–writing, art, music, philosophy, photography and cinematography–which is why he is passionate about film. Film is the only medium that allows him to express the multiplicity and range of all his artistic talent within one medium. His approach to cinematography is driven by his quest to capture the art, emotion, movement, the play between light and dark, and the spirituality of the human condition. An avid comic book fanboy, Anthony at one time had a $200 a month habit collecting comics, the coolest covers of which wallpapered his bedroom.
Born and raised in Hialeah (“agua, fango y factoría”) Florida, Juan Navarro has been writing for roughly ten years, making comic books for fifteen, and drawing and painting for over two decades. Fueled by a steady diet of comic books and Heavy Metal, Juan attended several Magnet programs in Miami including the Norland Middle School Arts Program and the Design and Architecture Senior High School. He graduated from the Performing and Visual Arts Center (PAVAC) at Miami Northwestern Senior High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the New World School of the Arts at the University of Florida. He is the creator and artist of the web comic series Zombie Years since 2008, a founding member of Graphicsmash.com, and a founding illustrator for Steampunk Magazine. He also is a co-director of the CS Gallery in North Miami and the Art Director for the Oliva Cigar Company. He has lived and worked in Chicago, Savannah, San Francisco and, of course, his hometown Miami Florida.
A self-proclaimed renaissance geek, Al knew at an early age that the fusion of art and technology is a beautiful thing. Back then Al was always building model kits, playing with computers, reading comics, and watching Sci-fi movies – all the while accumulating a vast mental database of information, which includes everything from knowing the details of the various styles of comic book illustration to knowing what the best material is to use when building a replica light saber to how to properly format your website’s PHP code. Al is a network administrator by day, Creature’s superhero ‘data wrangler’ and all-around problem-solver by night, providing functional and elegant solutions to the company’s technical requirements.
Born in Southern California and raised in South Florida, John Ulloa started collecting comic books at an early age, eventually amassing a huge collection of coveted titles. His interest in comics and graphic art–and his talent for concocting fantastic stories–led to the creation of his own publishing label High Impact Comics, whose Double Impact series took the comic book world by storm, grossing several million dollars for the nascent company. Later he launched Bulletproof Comics, working with Lo-Fi Magazine luminary Greg Narvasa and several other of Miami’s finest artists. His writing credits include the aforementioned ‘Double Impact’, ‘Forgive Me Father’, ‘The Gun’, ‘Reservoir Bats’, and ‘Ravenous’. A long-time Dungeon & Dragons player and Dungeon Master, John’s stories probe the darkness and impulsions of everyday man and his fight to resist their seduction.
Global wayfarer and student of the elements of ‘the story’, Julio Alvarez, is dedicated to revealing the detail and hyperrealism of the moment. His photographic and filmic artistry reflects his curiosity for–and ability to capture–the immediacy, expression, limitless beauty, entertainment and innate importance of the narrative, whether that story is a movie or in a still photograph. He received training in the Theater Arts as a student of the Center for Expressive Arts under Lou Alexiou and the Performing and Visual Arts Center (a precursor to the New World School of the Arts). Julio’s rolling stone tendencies have led him to live and work all over the U.S., Europe and Central Asia. He has worked as a sound recording engineer, producer and mixer for over two decades. As a filmmaker, he has worked on corporate industrials, independent narrative films, promotional films and music videos in the capacity of director, shooter, location sound mixer, sound designer and editor. Julio’s curiosity for the nuanced details of a good story and his expertise in the technical components of picture and sound allow him to naturally draw out the each performer’s uniqueness with profound grace, imbuing each film with a distinctive and timeless story of its own.
Jose’s passion for art and design can be traced back his early childhood, when his parents would ground him repeatedly for drawing on the bedroom walls. They soon discovered his creative potential encouraged him to develop his talents. Since then Jose has continued to hone his skills as an illustrator, winning regional and national competitions and collaborating with local Miami artists and community businesses. Jose’s style ranges from classic photo realistic to comic book anime and is firmly cemented on one fundamental principle. DRAW! DRAW! DRAW! On his spare time, Jose enjoys comic books, sci-fi movies, videogames and most of all spending time with his daughter Angelica. Jose was discovered in 2009 by Creature Entertainment and immediately jumped on board to illustrate the graphic novel “The Gun”. He is currently working on several projects with Creature which will be showcased in the near future.
It all began with dinosaurs. Back when Ricardo (Rick) Porven was a little boy living in the wilds of East Newark, NJ – his parents took him on a day trip to the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan. That’s where his fascination with monsters began. Since that time Rick’s career has spanned all manner of creative endeavors, from illustration to writing, to photography and film production. Rick is a successful advertising creative director. He’s written and art directed national ad campaigns for Ford Motor Company, M&M Mars, SC Johnson Wax, Office Depot and The Miami Heat. As a Director, Rick has created campaigns for the Collier County Tourism Board and Johnson & Wales University, a music video for Carmen Corcoz and 3 short independent films: “Lapse”, “Tattoo Love Magic”, and LOL:) Rick has been published as a comic book writer in “Tales from the Inner Sanctum, # 2”, 3 Days the Devil Danced – Annunciation, Lo-fi magazine. His independent web-comic Donnie Goth has amassed over 10,000 Facebook fans in 3 short months.
While most kids were busy drawing cars and boats Rene was busy drawing AT-AT’s and giant Kaijou monsters. Fed on a steady diet of Sci-fi and Horror movies Rene did it all from drawing and painting to sculpting and even dabbling in film making with his brother when they received their first video camera as a birthday present. Upon graduating from High School Rene went on to study computer Animation at the arts institute of Fort Lauderdale and has been working ever since in the advertising field. Whenever creature needs something blown up or someone decapitated Rene is their go to guy to get things done.