Monday, May 14, 2012

A personal recollection of the Latino Comics Expo

Javier Hernandez, Co-founder of the LATINO COMICS EXPO, has written about his experiences and thoughts about the event over at his blog, JAVZILLA. Please visit his site to read his personal recollection.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Mission Branch Library in San Francisco to host a panel with Latino Comics Expo artists

On Saturday, May 12, the Mission Branch Library in San Francisco, CA will host an Open House featuring a panel with Latino Comics Expo creators Mario Hernandez, Jaime Crespo and Liz Mayorga.

The panel, LA RAZA COMICA: COMIC BOOK ART IN THE 21st CENTURY will run from 2-3:00pm. The event is free to the public, and refreshments will be served. Featuring cartoonists Mario Hernandez & Jaime Crespo, the presentation will be moderated by Liz Mayorga. Ricardo Padilla, Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Latino Comics Expo, worked with the Mission Branch to organize the panel.

Mission Branch Library is located at:

300 Bartlett St.
San Francisco, 94110

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Schedule of Panels & Presentations for LATINO COMICS EXPO 2012

The LATINO COMICS EXPO returns to the world-famous CARTOON ART MUSEUM in San Francisco this week on May 5 & 6, 2012.  The Expo is open from 11am - 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the LATINO COMICS EXPO is included with your paid admission to the Museum. 

Here's the schedule for all of our programing: 


7-9pm: Opening Night Reception for LA RAZA COSMICA: A CELEBRATION OF THE LATINO AMERICAN EXPERIENCE IN THE COMIC ARTS.  An art exhibit featuring Spain Rodriguez, Mario Hernandez, Lalo Alcaraz, Rafael Navarro, Isis Rodriguez, Jaime Crespo, Javier Hernandez, Jose Cabrera and Grasiela Rodriguez. The show will be on display from May 5-September 30.


11:50: Co-Founders Ricardo Padilla and Javier Hernandez with Opening Statements for the 2012 Latino Comics Expo.

12-12:45: Making zines with the Locals: Bay Area cartoonists Jaime Crespo, Liz Mayorga & Gabrielle Gamboa discuss their work, and how their personal experiences influence their art.

1-1:45: Self-Publishing your Comics: Featuring a wide range of experiences, these creators discuss the trials and tribulations of creating their own comics. With Rafael Navarro, Michael Aushenker, Crystal Gonzalez, Mario T. Lanao & Cristian Garcia.

2-2:45: Mythology in Comics: This group of creators share how the mythologies of Mexico and Latin America inspire their work. With Isis Rodriguez, Rodolfo Mendoza , Daniel Parada, Adriana Garcia Cabrera and Javier Hernandez.

3-3:45: In Conversation with Spain Rodriguez and Mario Hernandez: Ricardo Padilla hosts a conversation between LOVE & ROCKETS alumni Mario Hernandez and underground comix legend Spain Rodriguez. 
7-9pm: MISSION: COMICS & ART hosts the Official LATINO COMICS EXPO After Party. This event is being help at their store which is located at 3520 20th St. Suite B, San Francisco, CA 94110.

12-1:00 pm: Latino Animators Unite: From Thought to Page to Screen. A look inside the minds of four animators and the process of making their cartoons come to life. With Grasiela Rodriguez, Octavio Rodriguez, John Jota LeaƱos & Jose Cabrera.

1:15-2:00: A reading and Q&A w/Mario Hernandez. Ricardo Padilla host this panel with cartoonist Mario Hernandez, who will read from one of his comics.

2:30-3:15: Kids Comic Book Workshop. Anthony Oropeza, creator of the "AmigoMan" comic book series, brings his popular comics workshop to the Latino Comics Expo. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Spain Rodriguez and Mario Hernandez at the 2012 LATINO COMICS EXPO

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

Joining us for a rare comic book convention appearance is Spain Rodriguez, one of the original cartoonists of the late 1960s underground comix movement. Along with Robert Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, Victor Moscoso and many others, Spain paved the way for comics as an expression of raw social and political commentary. 

With a career spanning 45 years, Spain's body of work includes numerous graphic novel collections, including Trashman Lives, Nightmare Alley, Cruisin' with the Hound: The Life and Times of Fred Toote and Che: A Graphic Biography. Spain will be appearing on Saturday for a special presentation, "In Conversation with Mario Hernandez", an informal talk with his friend and fellow cartoonist.

Mario Hernandez makes a return appearance to the Latino Comics Expo, following last year's inaugural event. In addition to his appearance with Spain Rodriguez, he'll also perform a reading of one of his stories and a Q&A on Sunday. Mario, along with his brothers Jaime and Gilbert, launched the long-running, critically acclaimed comic book series, LOVE & ROCKETS. The title is celebrating it's 30th Anniversary this year, with a major retrospective planned at the Cartoon Art Museum in the Fall. He recently collarborated with his brother Gilbert on the comic book CITIZEN REX

Both Mario and Spain have artwork in the exhibit LA RAZA COMICA: A CELEBRATION OF THE LATINO AMERICAN EXPERIENCE IN THE COMIC ARTS. The show runs at the Museum from May 5-Sept. 30, with the Opening Night Reception taking place on Friday, May 4.  
Admission to the LATINO COMICS EXPO is included with your paid admission to the CARTOON ART MUSEUM.