Joining us as first-time exhibitors at the Latino Comics Expo are Daniel Parada and Isis Rodriguez. The EXPO returns to the world-famous CARTOON ART MUSEUM in San Francisco this May 5 & 6, 2012.
Debuting at the Expo will be the comic book “Niñají”, created by Isis and Alfi Lopez. Isis Rodríguez, the illustrator of “Niñají” is an award-winning cartoon artist from San Francisco California who has exhibited her art work nationally and internationally. In 2003, she won the Individual Arts Commission Grant of San Francisco to produce her animation short, “The ReAwakening”. In 2006, she was awarded “The Media Arts Awards” in San Jose California for best animation in which her work has been described as "the Latin Walt Disney". Currently, she lives in San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato Mexico, where she is collaborating with Mexican writer Alfi López on the “Niñají” comic book, a book that rescues Indigenous values.
Alfi López, the writer, is a native of Guanajuato Mexico who comes from a family of historians and poets. He studied the culinary arts at “Il Instituto Lorenzo de Medici” in Florence Italy and worked at some of Europe's most famous restaurants, from "Agua al Due" and "Cafe Pacifico" where Prince Willem Alexander of Holland used to eat. Currently he lives in San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato, working as a chef consultant while "cooking up" stories for “Niñají” comic book. Visit "Niñají" on Facebook.
Daniel brings to the Expo his debut comic book, "Zotz: Serpent and Shield". He shares with us the following:
I began drawing at the age of 3 and continued my visual arts studies at San Francisco's School of the Arts. At age 18, I moved to New York to study illustration at the School of Visual Arts. After two years I dropped out and returned to San Francisco, where I began researching Mesoamerican cultures and compiling the conceptual drawings for my first self-published comic - Zotz: Serpent and Shield.
If I could describe my comic in a few words, it is an adventure/fantasy epic, set in an alternate history version of 16th century Mesoamerica. Issue #1 introduces readers to Pakal and Kaan (their names mean Serpent and Shield in various Mayan languages), two twelve year-old twins, whose idyllic village lives are torn asunder by war. Issue #2 (which I am currently working on), immediately picks up where Issue #1 left off, and sees the boys mature in a time of war.
Visit Daniel's website to see more of his comic.