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.