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.



Sunday, June 22, 2014

2014 Latino Comics Expo poster by Lalo Alcaraz

Here's our official 2014 Latino Comics Expo San Jose poster by famed cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, creator of the LA CUCARACHA newspaper strip and writer on the upcoming Fox animated TV series BORDERTOWN!

 

Join us this October 11 & 12 in San Jose as we host our 5th Latino Comics Expo since 2011. We have a lot of special guests and great programming, which we'll be announcing shortly. This year the Expo is being held at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library at San Jose State University. With a generous grant from the Castellano Family Foundation, and a great partnership with the library, our 2014 Expo promises to be our most memorable event yet.
 

Poster design by Latino Comics Expo Graphic Designer Jose Cabrera.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

LATINO COMICS EXPO animated trailer by JIM LUJAN

Here's the debut of the Latino Comics Expo animated trailer, created by award-winning filmmaker Jim Lujan



Our upcoming event this year will be held at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library at San Jose State University. We're proud to announce that this year's Expo has received a generous grant from the Castellano Family Foundation

Join us October 11 & 12 at the nation's premier event dedicated exclusively to Latino comics and related popular arts. Stay tuned for announcements about our special guests, exhibiting creators, panels, workshops and more!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Latino Comics Expo coming to San Jose, CA this October!



Check back here for our announcement concerning our Special Guests, exhibiting creators, panels, workshops & more! Join us in October for our 2014 LATINO COMICS EXPO at San Jose State's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Award ceremony with LA County Supervisor Don Knabe

As reported by Latino Comics Expo Co-founder Javier Hernandez:

Yesterday in Downtown Los Angeles I had the great honor of leading a delegation from the Latino Comics Expo to accept a certificate of recognition from LA County Supervisor Don Knabe.

The award was coordinated between LCX Co-founder Ricardo Padilla, our press agent Patricia Perez from VPE Public Relations and the staff of Supervisor Knabe.

Accompanying me were several of our exhibiting creators: Cartoonist Jules Rivera, storyteller Steve Ross and Lestat, a professional masked wrestler working on his own comic. Also joining us was Stuart Ashman, President & CEO of the Museum of Latin American Art, host for our upcoming event this weekend.

We were also invited to a breakfast reception at the Supervisor's office beforehand. Here's Lestat talking to Field Deputy Connie Sziebl

We presented the Supervisor with a framed copy of our Latino Comics Expo LA poster:

After the reception, we walked down the hallways and took the elevators (which turned a lot of heads what with a masked wrestler accompanying us!) and made our way to the Supervisors Hearing Room.

After about 20 mintues we were called up to the stage, where Supervisor Knabe read a very nice intro to the Expo and presented us with the award. I was then asked to speak to the audience, which I only found out that morning I would be asked to do! 


But seizing the moment is the mark of an independent artist (at least, I thought that at the moment!)....

I thanked the Supervisor and the Board for recognizing us, and I shared with the audience that while we created the Expo to provide a platform for Latino artists and creators, we also want to inspire young Latino boys and girls to express themselves positively and creatively through art and comics.


Walking the corridors of the LA County Board of Supervisors, accepting the award, addressing the chamber... This was a very memorable day. It underscores the legitimacy of comics as art, and it's a tribute to all the creative talents who produce their work and all the advocates who support and foster the arts.

Ricardo and I couldn't have a Latino Comics Expo without all the creative artists producing their works. To them we extend our sincerest gratitude and support!