Thursday, May 5, 2011

Grasiela Rodriguez at The Latino Comics Expo

Attending the LATINO COMICS EXPO is artist Grasiela Rodriguez, who'll be debuting her 'motion comic' version of her recently published comic book, LUNATIC FRINGE.

Grasiela's prolific output in art can be seen in art galleries, chalk festivals, animated shorts, and now comic books. In her own words, she shares some thoughts about her artwork and herself:

"It started with a boy and a girl, and a heart, and a game… LUNATIC FRINGE is a story of love, hate, and redemption told through classic rock and roll music. I'm hrilled about appearing at the First Annual Latino Comic Book Festival. I made my first comic last year, "LUNATIC FRINGE", and am currently working on a second series titled “SPADRA” to be released in the early fall of 2011. For the Latino Comic Book festival I've animated a censored version of my comic book story which deals with finding one’s identity and finding one’s way in the world. It’s drawn in a cute girly-girl style that’s a mix of indy comics with a slight lowbrow influence. I like to work with limited color palettes so that colors can become part of the storytelling process. In the future, I'd also like to collect all of my stories into graphic novels.

Living with art involves effort, but the effort is worth it--Art stretches my intellectual horizons, taps my emotions, deepens my humanity and makes me less alone in the world. I work as a graphic designer, and as an artist that means I'm always in “create” mode. Please stop by my table to get your free 'SLOW RIDE' button while supplies last!"

Grasiela's LUNATIC FRINGE Motion Comic will be screening at 2pm this Saturday, May 7 at the LATINO COMICS EXPO, held inside the CARTOON ART MUSEUM. She'll also have a table for both days where you can meet her and purchase her comics. 

To see one of Grasiela's animated shorts, click here>  NERISSA AND CORDELIA IN 'The Cell Phone Jerk'.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Rafael Navarro at The Latino Comics Expo

Appearing at the inaugural LATINO COMICS EXPO is Rafael Navarro, creator of the international cult comic book SONAMBULO. The book features a blend of film noir crime fiction with a surreal, supernatural atmosphere, drawing much inspiration from classic American comics books and the masked wrestlers from Mexico.

Rafael began his Xerix Award-winning in 1996, and since then has been chronicling the adventures of his signature character, traveling across the country to innumerable comic shows and festivals. Over the years Rafael has also worked for numerous publishers, among his most recent assignments have been an issue of "GUMBY'S GANG starring POKEY" (written by fellow Expo attendee Michael Aushenker) and a story for the new anthology

 In addition to his many comic book credits, Rafael is also an Emmy Award-winning storyboard artist. Along with bringing his entire Sonambulo catalog to the Expo, Rafael will also be accepting commissions for sketches from attendees.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Jaime Crespo at The Latino Comics Expo

Attending the first ever LATINO COMICS EXPO is Bay Area cartoonist/folk artist Jaime Crespo. Jaime's comics include Tales From the Edge of Hell and comic books Tortilla, Narcolepsy Dreams, Slices and Numb Skull. Jaime's work has appeared in newspapers, zines, books and comics in the U.S. and abroad.
 Jaime has also contributed artwork for gallery shows. In fact, during the same weekend as the Expo, Jaime is actually curating and exhibiting in a group show on Friday, May 6. Held at Toby's Feed Barn in San Anselmo, CA.,  the show is called "FOUR MEXICANS AND A WHITE GIRL WALK INTO A GALLERY". Also exhibiting in that same show is LATINO COMICS EXPO co-founder/exhibitor Javier Hernandez.

In addition to his comics and artwork, Jaime hosts "FAULTLINE RADIO WITH JAIME CRESPO" every Tuesday evening from 8:30-10:30 pm on KWMR.

For the EXPO, Jaime will be debuting two new books, TORTILLA 2 and LAST SLICE. He's provided us with some sample images from the books. Please come visit Jaime and the other creators at the Cartoon Art Museum on May 7 & 8 for the LATINO COMICS EXPO.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mario Hernandez at The Latino Comics Expo

Mario Hernandez, co-founder of the LOVE & ROCKETS comic book series, will be attending the first ever LATINO COMICS EXPO in San Francisco on May 7 & 8. He's one of the Special Guests.

LOVE & ROCKETS began in 1981, and since then has been among the most highly regarded of independent comic books. Mario, the eldest of 4 brothers and 1 sister, encouraged his brothers Jaime and Gilbert to create their own comics. Mario published the first b&w issue of LOVE & ROCKETS, featuring work by Jaime and Gilbert, and has contributed to it occasionally over the years.

Recently, Mario collaborated with Gilbert on the Dark Horse Comics series, CITIZEN REX. Among Mario's previous comics is the one-shot BRAIN CAPERS, published by Fantagraphics Books. 

Mario is scheduled to appear both days, where he'll do a signing and also a reading of one of his works.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Anthony Oropeza at The Latino Comics Expo

Traveling from Kansas City to join us at the first ever LATINO COMICS EXPO is Anthony Oropeza, the creator of AMIGOMAN.


Anthony created AMIGOMAN in the late 1990s, and ever since then he's become a very active member of the Kansas City community. He teaches free comic book art classes to local students throughout the area, and often visits schools and libraries to talk to the kids about his own work and also about careers in art.

Anthony gears his work to both entertain and educate. He publishes bilingual editions of his comics in both English and Spanish, and even produces stories for various reading levels. A true believer in his local community, he often asks for students to donate a canned good when they attend his free workshops.

On his to comics, Anthony says "As a kid I was really amazed at how they made it look so real and how cool it looked on the page. On top of that, the good guys always prevailed and showed a huge amount of courage - no matter what. But as I got older the reading complimented the art and vice versa. A deeper relationship for the story and the art as a one grew. I don't remember most of the artists and writers - but I know what I like when I read or see it. I guess that's what matters when I put a book out - I am not concerned that someone will know my name at all - my main concern, I guess, is that they will like the art and get the message in the words - and maybe laugh at the comedy more than the flaws in the book."

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Hector Cantu at The Latino Comics Expo

Hector Cantu, the writer and co-creator of the BALDO newspaper strip, will be appearing at the LATINO COMICS EXPO on May 7 & 8 in San Francisco at the Cartoon Art Museum.

BALDO was launched back in 2000 by Universal Press Syndicate. BALDO's cast of characters include the Bermudez family, and the stories center around the 15 year son, Baldo and his many humorous adventures growing up with his younger sister Gracie.

Illustrated by co-creator Carlos Castellanos, the BALDO strip appears in over 200 daily and Sunday newspapers nationwide. For the Expo, Hector will be selling a brand-new BALDO comic book collection, as well as a previous collection called THE LOWER YOU RIDE, THE COOLER YOU ARE and a collection of stories featuring Baldo's sister Gracie, CHICA POWER.

In addition to writing BALDO, Hector is a frequent speaker at colleges and universities, having appeared at Notre Dame, Purdue, UT-Austin and many others. He's represented by the American Program Bureau and Jodi Solomon Speakers Bureau. He's also the Editorial Director of Heritage Auction Galleries, and has co-edited the new book Collectible Movie Posters.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Jose Cabrera at The Latino Comics Expo

Jose Cabrera, creator of the CRYING MACHO MAN online comic, will be debuting a brand-new book at the Latino Comics Expo on May 7 & 8 in San Francisco.

CRYING MACHO MAN debuted on the web in 2005, and since that time Jose has compiled two book collections of the early strips, "The Premiere Crying Macho Man Collection: Prime Cut" and "You So Loco!". The comic strip originally began as a vehicle for satirical looks at politics, culture, celebrities and 'Latin machismo'. Since that time, Jose has introduced a growing stable of characters that often reappear in screwball situations. The humor in the strips varies from screwball comedy to bawdy gags.

About the new collection, MACHO AND THE GANG: "Follow Macho, Goya, his trusty fighting cock, and Berto as they get into hot water with a cast of baddies that include Warty Witches, Gunky Ghosts, Delicious Drug Dealers and a few hundred acupuncture needles. Enjoy this first ever collection of Macho and the Gang and their zany adventures."

Come down to the Latino Comics Expo at the Cartoon Art Museum on May 7 & 8 meet Jose Cabrera and his whole cast of Crying Macho Man stars.  Here are some exclusive samples from MACHO AND THE GANG:

Monday, April 25, 2011

Carlos Saldaña at The Latino Comics Expo

The creator of the all-ages comic BURRITO, Jack-Of-All-Trades will be appearing at the Latino Comics Expo. Carlos Saldaña, writer and artist, brings his fun-filled stories of the time traveling little donkey to the Cartoon Art Museum on May 7 & 8.

Carlos first started publishing BURRITO under his own imprint ACCENT COMICS in1994. In addition to those comics, Carlos has also created numerous animated shorts featuring Burrito and often guest-starring other independent comic book creations such as Richard Dominguez's EL GATO NEGRO and Rafael Navarro's SONAMBULO. He's also created an animated short detailing the history of the controversial Chavez Ravine story.

A comedian as well as a comic book creator, Carlos has performed numerous stints at local Los Angeles comedy clubs such as the Ice House and The Comedy Store.

As a special to the Latino Comics Expo, and also to commemorate Free Comic Book Day which falls on Saturday, May 7th (the first day of the Expo), Carlos has produced a limited amount of reprints of his sold-out BURRITO #1 and #2, which he's giving away for free. He's made 200 copies of these special ashcan editions, and he's operating on a "first-come, first-served" basis. In addition to his own work, Carlos will also be selling comic books by Richard Dominguez, creator of EL GATO NEGRO, another long-time Mexican-American pioneer in the field of self-published comics.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Michael Aushenker at the Latino Comics Expo

Michael Aushenker, writer and cartoonist, will be attending the inaugural LATINO COMICS EXPO on May 7 & 8 at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco.

He's the creator of the cult classic comic book series, EL GATO, CRIME MANGLER, as well as a long line of comics under his CARTOON FLOPHOUSE banner, including the bellhop comic series GREENBLATT THE GREAT and the recently released THOSE UNSTOPPABLE ROGUES PARTY HARD Vol 1.

Drawing it's  influences from Mexican masked wrestlers, 1930s-2002 Los Angeles, superhero comics and Felix the Cat, Michael's EL GATO, CRIME MANGLER series delivers it's message of fun, outrageous adventure with a sense of absurdity that borders on surrealism.

Michael's writing also includes a long career in journalism, having written for a host of newspapers including the JEWISH JOURNAL to THE MALIBU TIMES. He's a regular contributor to TwoMorrow's magazine of 70s and 80s comic book culture, BACK ISSUE, as well as writing a column for the fanzine DITKOMANIA, a publication edited by Rob Imes that spotlights the work of comic book legend, Steve Ditko.

Among Michael's recent comic book works is a run of GUMBY'S GANG, published by Wildcard Ink. His upcoming projects include issues of THE SIMPSONS and SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS comic books, as well as the long-awaited trade paperback collection of his classic EL GATO, CRIME MANGLER.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Frederick Aldama at The Latino Comics Expo

One of our two Special Guests at the LATINO COMICS EXPO is Frederick Luis Aldama. Frederick is an Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio State University, as well as a writer and editor of 11 books.

Among the books he's written, and one on which he'll be speaking about at the Expo, is "YOUR BRAIN ON LATINO COMICS".

"Though the field of comic book studies has burgeoned in recent years, Latino characters and creators have received little attention. Putting the spotlight on this vibrant segment, Your Brain on Latino Comics illuminates the world of superheroes Firebird, Vibe, and the new Blue Beetle while also examining the effects on readers who are challenged to envision such worlds."

The book discusses the work of and features interviews with LATINO COMICS EXPO attendees Hector Cantú, Rhode Montijo, Carlos Saldaña, Javier Hernandez, Rafael Navarro and Anthony Oropeza and. Also featured in the book are such artists as Laura Molina, Frank Espinosa,  Carlos Castellanos, Richard Dominguez, Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, Wilfred Santiago, Ivan Velez Jr. and many other Latino practitioners of the comics arts.

Professor Aldama will present a talk at the Expo on Saturday, May 7. Spinning out of his book Your Brain on Latino Comics, he'll be giving a brief overview of Latinos in mainstream comics followed by an in-depth discussion of what Latino comic book authors-artists have been creating. Some of his books will be available for purchase at the Expo. Due to a prior commitment, Professor Aldama will only be in attendance on Saturday, May 7.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Rhode Montijo at The Latino Comics Expo

Here on the blog, we'll be spotlighting all the invited creators who'll be attending the first ever LATINO COMICS EXPO this May 7 & 8 at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco.

Rhode Montijo is the creator of the Xeric Award-winning comic book, PABLO'S INFERNO. It's a  5 issue series about a young boy who goes to Hell, and after meeting up there with an Aztec diety, embarks on a mystical journey that takes him, ultimately, to his destiny. At an appearance at a California library, Rhode shared with the young audience his inspirations for the story: Video of Rhode at the Salinas Library.

Following PABLO'S INFERNO, Rhode started illustrating children's story books, another life-long passion of his. In addition to creating the art for the MELVIN BEEDERMAN series, he's also written and illustrated CLOUD BOY and THE HALLOWEEN KID.

For the LATINO COMICS EXPO, Rhode will be bringing some new creations with him:

A new printing of his preview book for SKELETOWN, a story about an enchanted town where everyday is Dia de Los Muertos.

And just in time for the show, this very unique die-cut card and envelope set:

He's also created a new batch of t-shirts featuring PABLO'S INFERNO's masked luchador, EL CALAMBRE:

Rhode will be one of the dozen creators at the LATINO COMICS EXPO. Please come and support the show and meet this diverse group of talented artists.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The first ever Latino Comics Expo is coming in May!

Coming to the Cartoon Art Museum this May is the first ever Latino Comics Expo! Spotlighting comic creators whose experiences & art reflect and is influenced by Latino culture in the United States and beyond, the Expo provides the public an opportunity to meet and interact with a dozen talented individuals from across the country.

The Expo takes place May 7 & 8, from 11am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday. The Cartoon Art Museum, the West Coast's only museum dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of the comic and cartoon arts, has generously partnered with the Expo to host the first-ever, dedicated festival of Latino comics and creators. Andrew Farago, curator of the Museum, says "“We’re honored that Ricardo and Javier approached us to host this historic event. They’re bringing a lot of knowledge and a lot of enthusiasm to the Expo, and I’m looking forward to working with such a talented group of creators". 

Special Guests for the Expo are cartoonist Mario Hernandez, who launched the legendary LOVE & ROCKETS comic series with his brothers Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, and author and academic Frederick Aldama, who's book YOUR BRAIN ON LATINO COMICS was the first major work to examine the work of Latino creators working in comics.

Also exhibiting at the Expo will be Antohy Oropeza (Amigoman), Jaime Crespo (Tortilla), Jose Cabrera (Crying Macho Man), Grasiela Rodriguez (Lunatic Fringe), Hector Cantu (Baldo), Carlos Saldaña (Burrito), Michael Aushenker (El Gato Crime Mangler), Rafael Navarro (Sonambulo), Rhode Montijo (Pablos Inferno) and Javier Hernandez (El Muerto). Please see the links on the sidebar to the right to visit their individual websites.

Paid admission to the Cartoon Art Museum will grant patrons complete access to the Latino Comics Expo. There will also be presentations by the exhibiting creators over the two-day weekend including workshops, videos and discussions. Check back here on this blog for the complete list of presentations, plus announcements from the creators.