Rags Morales – The Man Behind the Cape

GameStop, Inc.

Rags Morales, the Artist, Speaks Candidly About Life and the World

 

“The only thing separating Ralph from Rags is just a pen name. There is only a distinction when I’m asked a specific question about comics and I want to be thorough in my answer,” says Ralph “Rags” Morales from his home office in Pennsylvania. He is sporting a Jets sweater and 5 o’clock shadow.

At an early age, Morales moved from a Puerto Rican community in New York City to a densely populated neighborhood of Northern New Jersey, distancing himself geographically from his ethnic community but never losing his identity.

“My uncle used to harp on me about being bilingual. I’m too close to my family’s place of origin not to have an understanding of where I come from,” says Rags about being Puerto Rican-American.

While attending The Kubert School, Morales chose the pen name “Rags” due to the pressing of an art teacher. “An instructor of ours was big on us having nicknames, and the only thing I ever knew about was wanting to be published. There was a popular book at the time, Rags to Riches. Rags was a character in the book who I related to,” says Morales.

A father of four, Morales has three children with his first wife and one with his second. Morales grins about his third times’ the charm fiancee. “We have ideally one of those relationships that identifies that age really doesn’t matter. I’m pretty youthful and she’s pretty grounded so we get along pretty well,”

“I call him Rags, but that’s because I met him as a fan of his, so I just always knew him as Rags; it actually feels awkward for me to call him Ralph. Family and friends mostly call him Ralph (though some call him by his middle name of Anthony — needless to say, I like to crack cheesy jokes about him having an identity crisis,” quips Jessica Gantert about her fiance, punning his famed DC Comics graphic novel.

As Morales reclines in his office chair, speaking proudly about his family, he recalls an incident when his second child, Lorraine, was playing superhero with a bath towel tied on as a cape. “She might have been about four or five years old and was running around like maniac, bouncing from couch to couch, I was afraid she would break her neck and threatened her with a spanking, She paused, posed, and in a gravely voice said, ‘Batman doesn’t get a ‘pankin’.’”

Beyond the heart of a caring father, Morales has soul of the artist, which is often connected with the rights of the citizens and the first amendment of the United States Constitution. A self-described “conservative liberal,” Rags believes in the free market, a balance of power, freedom of speech, and most importantly, freedom of expression.

“We need to try to show a little bit of common sense and common curtsey, it’s why regulations are important. It’s important to have political foresight. Unfortunately, it’s all these crazy policies coming out of the blue, and you see what they are doing with SOPA and the NDAA…the language inside of it says ugly things,” sighs Morales.

“Let’s be honest about the American way; we have been boisterous, we have a reputation of thinking, ‘we are all that,’ why not let them think there is a cool side to us? I can understand us being cautious, but what I don’t understand is racism being done tongue-in-cheek. It comes from a black place. Corporations are not people. They do not have the ability to laugh off a racial epithet. That’s how you know they aren’t people, they don’t think like people. They are emotionless,” says Morales, frustrated by the mistreatment of the average citizen.

Morales believes that the abstract is the ultimate level of achievement, whether in art, life, or politics. It is to be efficient and so loud in that effeminacy that it exceeds all understanding of what is, what was, and what should be, opening us up to greater possibilities beyond what we have set as our limitations.

 “I think we are trying to filter out our moral upbringing versus the information we receive. ‘Kirby said, I live for the questions, not for the answers’,” says Morales.

For more information on Rags Morales, visit http://www.ragsagainstthemachine.net/

Anytime Costumes

Leave a Reply

FanboyNation
Animation/Anime Interviews Animation/Anime News Animation/Anime Reviews Film/TV Interviews Film/TV News Film/TV Review
‘Sound of Hope’ is the Best of Humanity in a World Losing its Soul – Review

‘Sound of Hope: The Story of Possum Trot‘ is the biopic...

‘Fancy Dance’ Tackles an Important Subject, Poorly – Review

Lily Gladstone’s incredible performance cannot save ‘Fancy Dance‘ from a mediocre...

‘Empire Queen’ Creative Team Talk New Fantasy Film – Interview

Co-Writers and Co-Directors, Chris Owens, Jason Schulz and Starlet Ciel Post...

Event News Event Reviews
‘Chess The Musical’ is a Product of its Times – Review

It is clear that, ‘Chess The Musical‘, was written through the...

‘The Old Man and the Old Moon’ at Mission San Juan Capistrano – News

‘The Old Man and the Old Moon‘ at Mission San Juan...

‘Holmes & Watson’ Solve the Case at the Laguna Playhouse – Review

Jeffrey Hatcher’s ‘Holmes & Watson‘, Enthralls Audiences in a Magnificent twist...

Automotives Football MMA, Kick Boxing & Boxing Professional Wrestling
Oscar De La Hoya Partners with El Rey for ‘Friday Night Fights’ – Interview

The Golden Boy himself chatted with us about Golden Boy Promotions...

Olympic Runner Colleen Quigley ‘On The Road to Paris’

Team USA Olympic Runner, Colleen Quigley is On The Road to...

Paralympian Swimmer Ahalya Lettenberger On The Road to Paris

Team USA Paralympian Swimmer, Ahalya Lettenberger is On The Road to...

Adult Continuity Comics on the Can Cultural Junk Drawer Future Comic Rock Stars Is That Racist? Revisiting the Reviled THAT'S NOT ROTTEN! The B-Reel The Cantina Scene This Week in Crowdfunding What the HELL Did I just...?
Fantoy Comics Presents – Harry Potter and the Pahrump Apocalypse: Blood on the cactus pt 3

Would you like to take a short survey for a chance...

Fantoy Comics Presents: Harry Potter and the Pahrump Apocalypse – Blood on the cactus pt 2?

Scone?

Fantoy Comics Presents – Harry Potter and the Pahrump Apocalypse! Blood on the cactus pt 1

It was really bloody, limbs hacked, heads torn off etc

Music Interviews Music News Music Reviews
Joe Kwaczala Talks About His new Comedy Album ‘Funny Songs & Sketches’ – Interview

Joe Kwaczala Talks About His new Comedy Album ‘Funny Songs &...

Songwriter and Poet, Tamara Mechael Talks About Her Career in the Arts

First Generation Assyrian-Chaldean, Songwriter and Poet, Tamara Mechael Talks About Her...

Louden Swain Headlining Los Angeles Show at The Echo

Press Release – Louden Swain are headlining Los Angeles show at...

Enabled Gaming Gaming News Gaming Reviews
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Gameplay Trailer

The first Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League gameplay trailer was revealed during...

Wonder Woman Game
Wonder Woman Game Announced By DC and WB Games

Wonder Woman game will feature the iconic hero in a 3rd...

MultiVersus
MultiVersus brings Batman, Arya Stark, Bugs Bunny, and More

MultiVersus is bringing Shaggy, Harley Quinn, Jake, Batman, Arya Stark, Bugs Bunny,...

Comic Creator Interviews Comic/Graphic Novel News Comic/Graphic Novel Reviews Manga News Manga Reviews Novel/Novella Author Interviews Novel/Novella News Novel/Novella Reviews
Billy Eddy Talks His new Book ‘Our New World of Adult Bullies’ – Interview

Lawyer, Mediator and Personality Expert Bill Eddy Provides a Six-Step Strategy...

Gary Morgenstein Talks ‘A Dugout to Peace’ the Final Installment of his Trilogy

Gary Morgenstein Talks About ‘A Dugout to Peace‘ the final installment...

Chris Clews Is ‘Raised on the 80s’ and Shares Those Life Lessons

Chris Clews was ‘Raised on the 80s‘ and Shares Those Life...

Apparel/Personal Maintenance News Apparel/Personal Maintenance Reviews Entertainment Product News Entertainment Product Reviews Food/Beverage Reviews Hardware News Hardware Reviews Mystery Box News Mystery Box Reviews
Harry Potter: Magic Caster Wand Demo

The new ‘Harry Potter: Magic Caster Wand‘ is ready to ship...

Chef Jen Peters and Matthew Clayton Bring us the ‘Good Flour’

Canadian Super Chef Jen Peters and Matthew Clayton Bring us the...

Pop Insider 2021 Holiday Gift Guide
Pop Insider 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

The Pop Insider 2021 Holiday Gift Guide is now available to help...

Gaming Uncensored Toon-In-Talk
Episode 38: Hamid Rahmanian

Join Whitney Grace as she speaks with artist Hamid Rahmanian, who...

No Preview
Toon-In Talk Episode 37: Niki Smith

Whitney Grace interviews graphic novel writer and artist Niki Smith about...

Toon-In Talk Episode 36: Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen takes some time from his busy voice acting schedule...