Yesterday in Downtown Los Angeles I had the great honor of leading a delegation from the Latino Comics Expo to accept a certificate of recognition from LA County Supervisor Don Knabe.
The award was coordinated between LCX Co-founder Ricardo Padilla, our press agent Patricia Perez from VPE Public Relations and the staff of Supervisor Knabe.
Accompanying me were several of our exhibiting creators: Cartoonist Jules Rivera, storyteller Steve Ross and Lestat, a professional masked wrestler working on his own comic. Also joining us was Stuart Ashman, President & CEO of the Museum of Latin American Art, host for our upcoming event this weekend.
We were also invited to a breakfast reception at the Supervisor's office beforehand. Here's Lestat talking to Field Deputy Connie Sziebl:
After the reception, we walked down the hallways and took the elevators (which turned a lot of heads what with a masked wrestler accompanying us!) and made our way to the Supervisors Hearing Room.
After about 20 mintues we were called up to the stage, where Supervisor Knabe read a very nice intro to the Expo and presented us with the award. I was then asked to speak to the audience, which I only found out that morning I would be asked to do!
But seizing the moment is the mark of an independent artist (at least, I thought that at the moment!)....
I thanked the Supervisor and the Board for recognizing us, and I shared with the audience that while we created the Expo to provide a platform for Latino artists and creators, we also want to inspire young Latino boys and girls to express themselves positively and creatively through art and comics.
Walking the corridors of the LA County Board of Supervisors, accepting the award, addressing the chamber... This was a very memorable day. It underscores the legitimacy of comics as art, and it's a tribute to all the creative talents who produce their work and all the advocates who support and foster the arts.
Ricardo and I couldn't have a Latino Comics Expo without all the creative artists producing their works. To them we extend our sincerest gratitude and support!