Wednesday, August 27, 2014

U.S. Department of Illegal Superheroes at the Latino Comics Expo San José

Image Courtesy of U.S. Department of Illegal Superheroes


ICE DISH, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Illegal Superheroes, will have a Community Outreach operation during the Latino Comics Expo in San José. Various agents will be on hand to communicate and educate the public on the issues involving the investigation of "a wide range of domestic, international, and intergalactic activities arising from the movement of illegal superheroes into, within, and out of the United States".

Their mission statement asserts that they were "created based on the recognition that the country's current immigration policy must be applied to all, including superheroes. ICE DISH’s mission is to enforce this idea by identifying, investigating, apprehending, and deporting illegal superheroes, along with raising awareness about pertinent issues. The agency is responsible for dismantling illegal superhero-related vulnerabilities regarding the nation's border, economic, transportation, and infrastructure security. ICE DISH  is primarily devoted to its two principal operating components - Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO)."

Video Courtesy of U.S. Department of Illegal Superheroes

The Latino Comics Expo San José will be held the weekend of October 11 & 12 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on the campus of San José State University. The event runs on Saturday from 10am-6pm and on Sunday from 1pm-6pm. Admission to the Expo is free.

In addition to our two exhibit rooms featuring cartoonists, writers, illustrators, zine makers, book vendors and more, the Expo will feature 2 days of panels, presentations and children's workshops.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is located at
150 E San Fernando St, San José, CA 95112.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Gilbert Armendariz, Gabrielle Gamboa & Grasiela Rodriguez at the Latino Comics Expo San José


Gilbert Armendariz joins us for his time at the Latino Comics Expo. Gilbert is a graphic artist and cartoonist who publishes under his imprint NDVR Comics and experiments with digital animation in his free time. He'll be bringing his comix and prints to event.

Gabrielle Gamboa
has attended every Latino Comics Expo since our first one in 2011. She's a cartoonist and art instructor who this year has work in three books by Rob Kirby: Pratfall, NoMe and Double Nickels on the Dime, as well as a story in the anthology Henry & Glenn Forever and Ever. Gabby will also once again be conducting another children's art workshop for us.



Grasiela Rodriguez has also attended every Expo and is the founder of Not Your Friend Comic Books. She's a graphic artist, illustrator and independent animator, and she'll be debuting her new comic "What Is And What Should Never Be", the second issue of her Lunatic Fringe series.


The Latino Comics Expo San José will be held the weekend of October 11 & 12 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on the campus of San José State University. The event runs on Saturday from 10am-6pm and on Sunday from 1pm-6pm. Admission to the Expo is free.

In addition to our two exhibit rooms featuring cartoonists, writers, illustrators, zine makers, book vendors and more, the Expo will feature 2 days of panels, presentations and children's workshops.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is located at
150 E San Fernando St, San José, CA 95112.



Friday, August 8, 2014

Frederick Aldama, Brownywood Entertainment, Chunky Girl Comics & Rhode Montino at the Latino Comic Expo San José

Frederick Aldama, Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio State University, returns once again to join us at the Expo. Aldama is the author and editor of 20 books, including Your Brain on Latino Comics. His latest book The Cinema of Robert Rodriguez is due this Fall. Aldama will be hosting several panels at this year's Expo, including "The Art Of Geometric Storytelling In Latino Comics" and an interview with Jaime Hernandez.


Brownywood Entertainment join us for their first Latino Comics Expo. Co-owners Tony Flores (artist) and Jeevn Atwal (writer) will be debuting their new comic Wings of Anathema, as well as having prints and merchandise of their other creations, including Lil Jeewee.


Chunky Girl Comics, represented by founder/writer Marisa Garcia, will be joining us once again. The ladies from the Heavy Response Unit empower people to look beyond the typical image for superheroes and change the standards of what is beautiful in the world of comics, pop culture and cosplay.
  

Rhode Montijo is the prolific creator behind the Pablo's Inferno comic series, as well as numerous children's books including Cloud Boy, The Gumazing Gum Girl! and Halloween Kid (which is currently in production as an animated film). He's illustrated the Melvin Beederman series (written by Greg Trine) and co-created the educational book Super Grammar with Tony Preciado.


The Latino Comics Expo San José will be held the weekend of October 11 & 12 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on the campus of San José State University. The event runs on Saturday from 10am-6pm and on Sunday from 1pm-6pm. Admission to the Expo is free.

In addition to our two exhibit rooms featuring cartoonists, writers, illustrators, zine makers, book vendors and more, the Expo will feature 2 days of panels, presentations and children's workshops.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is located at
150 E San Fernando St, San José, CA 95112.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Jose Cabrera, Richard Dominguez, Neat-O Comics & El Verde at the Latino Comics Expo San Jose

Jose Cabrera, illustrator and the Latino Comics Expo's Graphic Designer, is the creator of the CRYING MACHO MAN strip. Among his clients are the Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles (GHOULA) and the band LAS BRUJAS. Jose created the Latino Comics Expo logo, and has handled the graphic design for each of our posters since our first show in 2011.

  
Richard Dominguez joins us for his first ever Latino Comics Expo. Richard is the creator of the comic series EL GATO NEGRO, and also runs an illustration/ design studio in Dallas, TX. Richard was among a wave of Mexican-American cartoonists in the early 90s leading a self-publishing movement which inspired many other artists of Latino descent to create their own DIY comic book properties.


Neat-O Comics, headed by Luis Calderon and Johnny Parker, bring their comic BLACK FIST & BROWN HAND to the Expo. Intended to smash stereotypes, their exploitation heroes "protect their community from racism, sexism, discrimination, exploitation, B.E.T., Hipsters, Mitt Romney’s sons, & auto tuned hip-hop music!!". 


EL VERDE, a web comic and a stage play, will be represented by director/producer Alejandra Cisneros and writer/actor Anthony Aguilar. The plays chronicle the adventures of El Verde in a variety of scenarios involving superhero parody and cultural satire. With the work of graphic artist Luke Lizalde, El Verde eventually panned out as as web comic as well.


The Latino Comics Expo San Jóse will be held the weekend of October 11 & 12 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on the campus of San Jóse State University. The event runs on Saturday from 10am-6pm and on Sunday from 1pm-6pm. Admission to the Expo is free.

In addition to our two exhibit rooms featuring cartoonists, writers, illustrators, zine makers, book vendors and more, the Expo will feature 2 days of panels, presentations and children's workshops.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is located at
150 E San Fernando St, San Jóse, CA 95112.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Crystal Gonzalez, Liz Mayorga, Jaime Portillo & Carlos Saldaña at the Latino Comics Expo San Jose

Crystal Gonzalez returns to join us in San Jose this October. Crystal's comic book series, IN THE DARK, features her trademark whimsical and macabre art. In addition to her comics, her art appears in gallery shows as well as the occassional animated shorts she creates featuring her parade of mischievous creations. 


Liz Mayorga has appeared at every Latino Comics Expo since the first one in 2011. A freelance illustrator and writer, she also produces her own zines and comix (THE PIGEON QUEEN, INKED). Since 2011, she's been the Co-Director of the San Francisco Zine Fest

Jaime Portillo, writer and publisher (Jimmy Daze Comics), joins us for his first Latino Comics Expo. In 2007 he won a Xeric Award for his first graphic novel, GABRIEL. His latest book, HELL PASO: THE STORY OF DALLAS STOUDENMIRE, was awarded the Border Regional Library Association SOUTHWEST BOOK AWARD in 2013, the first comic book to ever been given that honor. 

  
Carlos Saldaña is the creator of BURRITO, an all-ages comic featuring a time-traveling, adventurous donkey. In the early 90s, he was part of a pioneering wave of Latino creators self-publishing their own comics. He's also performed stand-up comedy and also creates his own  animated shorts.


The Latino Comics Expo San Jóse will be held the weekend of October 11 & 12 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on the campus of San Jóse State University. The event runs on Saturday from 10am-6pm and on Sunday from 1pm-6pm. Admission to the Expo is free.
In addition to our two exhibit rooms featuring cartoonists, writers, illustrators, zine makers, book vendors and more, the Expo will feature 2 days of panels, presentations and children's workshops.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is located at 150 E San Fernando St, San Jóse, CA 95112.




Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Kevin Gerard, Omar Morales, Rafael Navarro & Jules Rivera at the Latino Comics Expo San Jose

Kevin Gerard, writer of the DIEGO'S DRAGON series of books for middle school and young adult readers, will be attending his first Latino Comics Expo this October. A popular speaker at libraries and schools, Kevin's series tells the ongoing story of a middle school student and his fantastic adventures with the fire-breathing dragon Magnifico.






 














  


Omar Morales, creator and writer of the graphic novel CruZader: Agent of the Vatican will be making his Latino Comics Expo debut as well. Omar recently ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to publish the hardcover graphic novel, featuring a cover by comic book great Paul Gulacy.




 

















  


Rafael Navarro, Xeric Award winning cartoonist and Emmy Award winning storyboard artist, returns for his 5th consecutive Expo. Rafael is the creator behind the long-running international cult series SONAMBULO (featuring a former masked wrestler turned supernatural private eye) as well as the co-creator/artist of the time-traveling shoot 'em up, GUNS A'BLAZIN.

 
Jules Rivera, creator of the graphic novels series VALKYRIE SQUADRON and MISFORTUNE HIGH. A former engineer in the defense industry, Jules is now working full-time on her career in comics, illustration and animation. She's run two successful Kickstarter campaigns for books 1 & 2 of her 'magic school in the ghetto' series, MISFORTUNE HIGH.






















The Latino Comics Expo San Jóse will be held the weekend of October 11 & 12 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on the campus of San Jóse State University. The event runs on Saturday from 10am-6pm and on Sunday from 1pm-6pm. Admission to the Expo is free.

In addition to our two exhibit rooms featuring cartoonists, writers, illustrators, zine makers, book vendors and more, the Expo will feature 2 days of panels, presentations and children's workshops.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is located at 150 E San Fernando St, San Jóse, CA 95112.












Thursday, July 10, 2014

Los Bros Hernandez to headline the 2014 Latino Comics Expo

Our two Guests of Honor for this year's Latino Comics Expo San Jose are Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, the creators of the internationally acclaimed LOVE AND ROCKETS comic book series.


Launched from Fantagraphics Books in 1982 with their brother Mario Hernandez, this series has been lauded as one of the preeminent examples of the comic book medium and to this day continues in the annual NEW STORIES editions.


In addition to their work on the LOVE AND ROCKETS comics, they've each maintained Award-winning solo careers throughout the past decades. Jaime's work has appeared in THE NEW YORKER, DC Comics as well as creating artwork for THE CRITERION COLLECTION and for such bands as LOS LOBOS for their "The Town and The City" album. Amongst Jaime's many awards are the 2012 Ignatz Award Winner for Outstanding Artist and the 2013 Harvey Award Winner for Best Cartoonist.





Gilbert Hernandez has amassed a prolific amount of stand-alone graphic novels, including "Speak of the Devil", "Fatima" and "Citizen Rex" (in collaboration with Mario Hernandez) for Dark Horse Comics, "Grip" and "Sloth" for DC Comics and "Marble Season" for Drawn & Quarterly. His most recent awards include a 2009 United States Artists Literature Fellowship, the 2013 Pen Graphic Literature Award and the 2014 Society of Illustrators Silver Medal: Comics and Cartoon-Long Form.


The Latino Comics Expo is proud to present Los Bros Hernandez, appearing for the first time at the Expo. Stay tuned as we announce our initial list of creators who'll be joining them this October for the 2014 Latino Comics Expo!

Make plans to join us this October 11 & 12 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on the campus of San Jóse State University for this free, two-day event.