This past May, the Latino Comics Expo was proud to have hosted Spain Rodriguez on a panel and in our art exhibit. Sadly, the underground comics legend passed away on November 28 after a long battle with cancer. He made a great effort to attend the Expo, as he was under the stress of fighting the disease, but didn't want to miss appearing.
Spain Rodriguez and Mario Hernandez (r) during their panel at the Latino Comics Expo, held this past May at the Cartoon Art Museum.
Latino Comics Expo co-founder Ricardo Padilla, who spent time with Spain as they prepared for his appearance at the Expo, offers this personal remembrance of the late cartoonist and pioneer.
The Latino Comics Expo was honored and
privileged to have had Legendary Comix hero, Spain Rodriguez, as a
participant in our 2nd Annual Expo this past May 2012, at the Cartoon
Art Museum in San Francisco .
first, I have to admit , I was a bit scared that he would dismiss our
little Expo, but my worries were unfounded as he quickly agreed to
participate in a panel discussion with his old pal , Mario Hernandez of
LOVE & ROCKETS. I like to believe that my description of the
Latino Comics Expo as a hardcore DIY/Independent Creators only/"Pura
Raza"/rock n roll convention convinced him. Of course, the panel
was indeed amazing....Spain speaking of his early influences and sharing
how important artistically his mother was to him.
were touched by his generous spirit, his kindness, and his willingness
to support and encourage artists and their dreams. He even agreed to
be part of our Art Show, LA RAZA COMICA, which premiered at the Cartoon
Art Museum after our Expo and just recently closed this past September
2012; exhibiting beautiful original panels from his CHE graphic novel
and other drawings of Native American medicinal rites. Other
participating artists conveyed to me how honored they were to have had
their work "hanging" next to the incredible Spain Rodriguez'!
was fortunate to have spent a couple of memorable afternoons talking
with Spain and his wife at their home in San Francisco's Bernal Heights
and was able to look over his impressive collection of military
figurines and also to see sketches of future projects. We discussed Che
Guevera, Benito Juarez and the French Military Campaign against him,
and of old Johnny Ace records.
will always treasure these memories of Spain Rodriguez and will never
forget the encouragement and support he lent to the Latino Comics Expo.
He was a True Revolutionary and and an honorable man. My fondest
memory is of him in the Museum's "green room" after his panel
discussion, smiling with his wife and daughter.....savoring one of my
mom's "chile verde" burritos....
I am so glad that we were able to host and honor such a wonderful artista.
Gracias, Spain! We Love You. "Hasta Siempre"