Hello, is this Ric Estrada?
This is Ric Estrada.
Hi, my nameâ€™s Eric Jepson. Sal Velluto gave me your phone number, I hope you donâ€™t mind.
No, I donâ€™t mind.
Oh, great. I work with a Mormon criticism site called Motley Vision and Sal and other people call you the Father of Mormon comics. I was wondering if I could talk to you about that a little bit. I donâ€™t know when a convenient time would be.
Oh, Sal does. Sal Velluto?
He calls me?
Thatâ€™s what he calls you: the Father of Mormon Comics.
Oh my goodness! Wow. Another honor.
When I wrote my seminal much heralded totally awesome somewhat overhyped survey of Mormon comics for Motley Vision last year, all I had to say about Ric Estrada was that he had written a Mormony story for a national comics publisher. I said: â€œâ€˜The â€œMormonâ€ Battalionâ€™ was a six-page sequence in Our Fighting Forces #135, 1972, by Ric Estrada (not LDS, presumably).â€ Ends up this was incorrect. As DC and The Friend artist Sal Velluto wrote me the same day, â€œRic Estrada is the first LDS artist in the history of comics. His story needs to be the heart of your piece.â€ So I did a bit of research and, well, my original comment would have been somewhat like saying â€œThe Journal of Discourses includes many sermons by Brigham Young (not LDS, presumably).â€ The grossness of this error requires some serious restitution, even if Brother Estrada himself is a marvelous person who doesnâ€™t seem to hold my sins against me.