Thursday, April 26, 2012

Liz Mayorga, Rodolfo Mendoza & Michael Aushenker at the 2012 LATINO COMICS EXPO

The LATINO COMICS EXPO returns to the world-famous CARTOON ART MUSEUM in San Francisco this May 5 & 6, 2012.

Liz Mayorga, a cartoonist and zine publisher, will be attending her first LATINO COMICS EXPO. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She has been influenced by Mexican Cinema and Rock music. She majored in English at Berkeley and wrote a thesis on Jaime Hernandez's "Love and Rockets". But her education was incomplete until she discovered her love for zines. Liz is now a member of the SF Zine Fest community. She writes and illustrates, and is currently a student in the MFA Writing Program at CCA.  Her latest project is a zine about tattoos.  

Rodolfo Mendoza is also a first time attendee at the Latino Comics Expo this year. Here are his comments about his new books:

 My family and I are striving to one day have El Caballero Aguila (the Warrior Eagle) and El Supremo Consejo de Justicia (The Supreme Council of Justice)  be considered one of the best comic strips primarily in the Latino community. The focus of these characters is on children and youth so that they can identify with an image which makes them proud of their Mexican or Hispanic roots.  At the same time, it's a message for the community at large so that they can have a clearer understanding of who we really are and stop viewing us as weak and small people since, after all, we, too, can save the world! 

Our dream is that El Caballero Aguila would be converted into a hero, into an icon, that travels throughout childhood with elements from our own rich culture,  beautiful traditions and customs...always motivating our youth to cultivate values and characteristics such as friendship, justice, loyalty, love and fidelity and to adopt them as their own principles. It is our most fervent desire to see our children play the part of a Caballero Aguila or a Caballero Jaguar just like they would play Batman or Superman. 
 
We are ready to begin; we have worked hard to create a vast array of characters and a story that has a beginning and, I think, no end. For my family and for me, it is an honor and very important for us to participate in the LATINO COMICS EXPO, as it marks the beginning of our comic book journey.

Returning to the LCX is Michael Aushenker, a Pacific Palisades, CA-based writer and cartoonist.
    
 The upcoming tradepaperback collection of the EL GATO CRIME MANGLER series.

His comic books include Chipmunks & Squirrels, Silly Goose, Floop! Featuring Harry Lummel, and the El Gato, Crime Mangler series. He has also contributed comic strips to Duplex Planet (Fantagraphics) and Heavy Metal magazine, and he has written comic book scripts for Liberty Comics (Heroic Publishing) and The Simpsons (Bongo).
    
Aushenker had the good fortune of having legendary late Gumby creator Art Clokey write the foreword for his comic book Those Unstoppable Rogues. By coincidence, years later, he was hired to write Gumby’s Gang Starring Pokey (Gumby Comics), illustrated by fellow LCE cartoonist Rafael Navarro (released in 2010). He is a regular contributor to the annual Ghoula Comix anthology, and also a longtime member of the Cartoon Art Professional Society (CAPS).

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