Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Award ceremony with LA County Supervisor Don Knabe

As reported by Latino Comics Expo Co-founder Javier Hernandez:

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

We presented the Supervisor with a framed copy of our Latino Comics Expo LA poster:

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!  


Monday, August 12, 2013

LA County Supervisors to award Latino Comics Expo a scroll of recognition

LA County Supervisor Don Knabe will be awarding the Latino Comics Expo a scroll in honor of recognition for the upcoming Expo. The Expo is having it's inaugural Los Angeles event at the Museum of Latin American Art this weekend, August 17& 18.


Accepting on behalf of the Expo will be Co-founder/Creative Director Javier Hernandez. He'll be joined by LCX exhibiting artists Jules Rivera (Misfortune High) and Lestat (a masked luchador who is also creating his own comics). Also attending the ceremony will be Stuart A. Ashman, the President and CEO of the Museum of Latin American Art.

The award ceremony will take place on Tuesday, August 13, at the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room. The event begins at 9:30 am.

The Latino Comics Expo is proud to accept this recognition in the name of all our participating artists and vendors, our partners, and to the great Latino creators who came before us.

LCX LA: Mario Hernandez, LIBROS LATINOS & Roman Montes de Oca

Appearing at the upcoming LATINO COMICS EXPO LOS ANGELES 2013

Mario Hernandez is a cartoonist and co-creator of the groundbreaking LOVE AND ROCKETS comic book series, along with brothers Gilbert and Jaime. Mario's first novel will be published this September by Cedar Grove Publishing.


LIBROS LATINOS is a leading purveyor of books and journals from Latin America and the Caribbean. Their catalogue includes over 25,000 titles, including art, literature, history and comics & graphic novels.


Roman Montes de Oca is the creator of USMZ,  a story about a Marine Platoon confronting a zombie outbreak in San Diego. (Montes de Oca is himself a former marine).



The Latino Comics Expo Los Angeles will be held the weekend of August 17 & 18 at the Museum of Latin American Art. The event runs from 11am-5pm, both days.

In addition to the exhibit hall featuring over 50 cartoonists, writers, illustrators, zine makers, book vendors and more, the Expo will feature 2 days of panels and children's workshops (on Sunday).

MOLAA is located at 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802. Admission to the Museum grants you entry to the Expo. 

General Admission    $ 9.00
Seniors    $ 6.00
Students    $ 6.00
MOLAA Members    FREE
Children under 12 years    FREE
Free Admission on Sunday

Friday, August 9, 2013

LCX LA: ART! THE MAGAZINE, Chogrin Muñoz, German Orozco, Grasiela Rodriguez & SEITE BOOKS

Appearing at the upcoming LATINO COMICS EXPO LOS ANGELES 2013

ART! THE MAGAZINE is a print publication highlighting art, and building ties to the community through art and culture. Editor in Chief Alex Trillo and his staff will be representing the magazine.



Chogrin Muñoz, is an illustrator and designer originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador. He both curates and exhibits in numerous shows, and creates prints and t-shirts of his work.

German Orozco, born in Ciudad Satélite, Mexico, is an artist who works in illustration, design, comics & private commissions.

Grasiela Rodriguez creates art in a variety of genres, including painting, comics, animation, papier mâché and chalk art. 


SEITE BOOKS, owned and operated by Denice Diaz and Adam Bernales, is an East LA bookstore featuring fiction, non-fiction, art books, zines and comics.
The Latino Comics Expo Los Angeles will be held the weekend of August 17 & 18 at the Museum of Latin American Art. The event runs from 11am-5pm, both days.

In addition to the exhibit hall featuring over 50 cartoonists, writers, illustrators, zine makers, book vendors and more, the Expo will feature 2 days of panels and children's workshops (on Sunday).

MOLAA is located at 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802. Admission to the Museum grants you entry to the Expo. 

General Admission    $ 9.00
Seniors    $ 6.00
Students    $ 6.00
MOLAA Members    FREE
Children under 12 years    FREE
Free Admission on Sunday

Thursday, August 8, 2013

LCX LA: Erik Arreaga, Luis Calderon, Luis & Alesha Escobar, Scott Marcano & John Narcomey.

Appearing at the upcoming LATINO COMICS EXPO LOS ANGELES 2013

Erik Arreaga, illustrator and commission artist, known to his many fans as Phour Nyne Guy.

Luis Calderon, freelance illustrator and creator the comic books SPACE JOHNNY.



Luis Escobar is a veteran SIMPSONS artist, and creator of THE ART OF DRAW FU cartooning book. He'll be conducting a free DRAW FU workshop at the Expo on Sunday, August 18 at 2pm. His wife, author Alesha L. Escobar, will also be signing her Gray Tower novels.




Scott 'Diablo' Marcano is a filmmaker (BIO-DOME), author (THE PEOPLE OF THE SEA) and comic creator (THE UNWANTED). 



John Narcomey, illustrator and commission artist, will have copies of his comic book series CHOLO LIBRE as well as the art zine DRAW HARD Vol 2.


The Latino Comics Expo Los Angeles will be held the weekend of August 17 & 18 at the Museum of Latin American Art. The event runs from 11am-5pm, both days.

In addition to the exhibit hall featuring over 50 cartoonists, writers, illustrators, zine makers, book vendors and more, the Expo will feature 2 days of panels and children's workshops (on Sunday).

MOLAA is located at 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802. Admission to the Museum grants you entry to the Expo. 

General Admission    $ 9.00
Seniors    $ 6.00
Students    $ 6.00
MOLAA Members    FREE
Children under 12 years    FREE
Free Admission on Sunday

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

LCX LA: Michael Aushenker, Javier Hernandez, Pepe Melan, Daniel Parada & Ultimo Dragon.Com

Appearing at the upcoming LATINO COMICS EXPO LOS ANGELES 2013

Michael Aushenker, cartoonist of the masked luchador humor comic EL GATO CRIME MANGLER, is also the Editor-in-Chief of THE NEW ADVENTURES OF THE HUMAN FLY, the revival of the classic 1970s Marvel Comic superhero stuntman.



Javier Hernandez, creator of El Muerto and Co-founder/Creative Director of the Latino Comics Expo, will be debuting his new book THE LOS COMEX CODEX at the Expo.


Pepe Melan is a freelance artist and graphic designer whose clients include Prince and the animated series P.J. Funny Bunny.


Daniel Parada is the creator of the comic book series ZOTZ, an alternate-history saga featuring Maya twin brothers in the midst of a large Mesoamerican war. Issue #2 will debut at the Latino Comics Expo Los Angeles.

Ultimo Dragon.Com, the online home of the legendary Japanese luchador, will be represented at the Expo by manager Gary Lee Jackson and writer Dan Madigan. Madigan is writing the graphic novel series based on Ultimo Dragon, as well as having authored a popular book on Lucha Libre MONDO LUCHA A GO-GO.




The Latino Comics Expo Los Angeles will be held the weekend of August 17 & 18 at the Museum of Latin American Art. The event runs from 11am-5pm, both days.

In addition to the exhibit hall featuring over 50 cartoonists, writers, illustrators, zine makers, book vendors and more, the Expo will feature 2 days of panels and children's workshops (on Sunday).

MOLAA is located at 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802. Admission to the Museum grants you entry to the Expo. 

General Admission    $ 9.00
Seniors    $ 6.00
Students    $ 6.00
MOLAA Members    FREE
Children under 12 years    FREE
Free Admission on Sunday

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

LCX LA: LunaSol Mexican Vintage, Ofloda Monstro, El Verde, Tzolkin Media & Philip Victor

Appearing at the upcoming LATINO COMICS EXPO LOS ANGELES 2013

LunaSol Mexican Vintage will have their pop-up shop at the Expo. Located in Uptown Whittier and owned & operated by Janelle Gonzalez, LunaSol carries fine art, fashion, prints, books & comics.



Ofloda Monstro , cartoonist, says that the Latino Comics Expo will be the first convention he's exhibiting at. He'll be debuting his brand-new mini-comic.

EL VERDE is both a webcomic and a theater play series. Appearing at the LCX will be actor/writer Anthony Aguilar,
director/producer Alejandra Cisneros and artist/actor Luke Lizalde.


Tzolkin Media publish East Metropolis and Tzolkin, the two top selling independent comics in DC, Maryland and Virginia. They'll be represented at the Expo by writer Alex Olivas & artist Luis Peralta


Philip Victor is a writer and publisher. He's written the new all-ages book 'Corazon del Pollo' (with co-writer/artist Juan Carlos Silva a.k.a. 'Kid Buda'), which he'll be debuting it's English edition at the Latino Comics Expo.  



The Latino Comics Expo Los Angeles will be held the weekend of August 17 & 18 at the Museum of Latin American Art. The event runs from 11am-5pm, both days.

In addition to the exhibit hall featuring over 50 cartoonists, writers, illustrators, zine makers, book vendors and more, the Expo will feature 2 days of panels and children's workshops (on Sunday).

MOLAA is located at 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802. Admission to the Museum grants you entry to the Expo. 

General Admission    $ 9.00
Seniors    $ 6.00
Students    $ 6.00
MOLAA Members    FREE
Children under 12 years    FREE
Free Admission on Sunday

Monday, August 5, 2013

LCX LA: Jose Cabrera, Manny Elias, Donna Letterese, NINOSKA ARTE & Jose Pulido

Appearing at the upcoming LATINO COMICS EXPO LOS ANGELES 2013

Jose Cabrera , cartoonist behind the CRYING MACHO MAN series, has lately been creating a series of art prints using imagery from Latin culture as well as Sumo wrestling. He's also the Graphic Designer for the Latino Comics Expo.


Manny Elias, creator of the CHINGASO THE CLOWN comics, will be debuting a new entry in the series at the Expo. CHINGASO THE CLOWN (mature audiences) was made into a short film.

Donna Letterese is an illustrator, comic book editor and art instructor. She produces a line of hand-drawn greeting cards, with a series also created featuring Spanish text.
NINOSKA ARTE, run by the duo of Jacqueline Ortiz and Hannibal Garcia, is an LA-based studio creating a variety of art based on pop culture and Mexican folklore.

Jose Pulido is an illustrator who produces limited-edition Gocco prints, t-shirts and stickers featuring his artwork. Many of his images are inspired by Dia de Los Muertos and film.

The Latino Comics Expo Los Angeles will be held the weekend of August 17 & 18 at the Museum of Latin American Art. The event runs from 11am-5pm, both days.

In addition to the exhibit hall featuring over 50 cartoonists, writers, illustrators, zine makers, book vendors and more, the Expo will feature 2 days of panels and children's workshops (on Sunday).

MOLAA is located at 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802. Admission to the Museum grants you entry to the Expo. 

General Admission    $ 9.00
Seniors    $ 6.00
Students    $ 6.00
MOLAA Members    FREE
Children under 12 years    FREE
Free Admission on Sunday

Friday, August 2, 2013

LCX LA: Lalo Alcaraz, AZTEC OF THE CITY, Carlos Avila, Simon Sotelo & Lestat

Appearing at the upcoming LATINO COMICS EXPO LOS ANGELES 2013

Lalo Alcaraz, nationally-syndicated cartoonist and journalist, creator the comic strip LA CUCARACHA. Lalo recently contributed a story to BART SIMPSON COMICS #84 titled "¡Bart Speaks Spanish!".



AZTEC OF THE CITY is a comic created & written by Fernando Rodriguez. Representing Fernando at the Expo will be Elizabeth Torreblanca. Also appearing in person will be another of Fernando's characters: Super Chicano.



Carlos Avila is the award-winning director of TALES OF MASKED MEN, a documentary about the world of Mexican lucha libre. 



Simon Sotelo, illustrator and designer, is one of the organizers of the L.A. Zine Fest. She also co-hosts the Family Dinner podcast at Poobah.Com


Lestat, a professional luchador, has been a 3 time EWA Cruiser Weight Champion, IMW Champion and LLII Tag Team Champion. He's currently producing his own motion comic.


The Latino Comics Expo Los Angeles will be held the weekend of August 17 & 18 at the Museum of Latin American Art. The event runs from 11am-5pm, both days.

In addition to the exhibit hall featuring over 50 cartoonists, writers, illustrators, zine makers, book vendors and more, the Expo will feature 2 days of panels and children's workshops (on Sunday).

MOLAA is located at 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802. Admission to the Museum grants you entry to the Expo. 

General Admission    $ 9.00
Seniors    $ 6.00
Students    $ 6.00
MOLAA Members    FREE
Children under 12 years    FREE
Free Admission on Sunday

Thursday, August 1, 2013

LCX LA: Gabrielle Gamboa, Crystal Gonzalez, Eric Gonzalez & Erich Haeger, Christian Ramirez and Carlos Saldaña

Appearing at the upcoming LATINO COMICS EXPO LOS ANGELES 2013

Gabrielle Gamboa, cartoonist and art instructor. Gabrielle's work includes her many zines and comics, including her adaptation of Nathaniel West's MISS LONELY HEARTS


Crystal Gonzalez is the creator of the comic book series IN THE DARK. She also creates animated shorts and exhibits her paintings and illustrations in gallery shows.


Eric Gonzalez and Erich Haeger creators of the bilingual storybook, ROSITA Y CONCHITA. In addition to their individual art projects, they've both contributed to the art books MONSTER MYTHOS and DEUS LIBRIS.



Christian Ramirez, writer, filmmaker and founder of Winestone Entertainment. Christian is the writer of their comic book series, AMERICANA.



Carlos Saldaña, cartoonist and stand-up comedian. Carlos is the creator of the all-ages BURRITO comic book series. In addition to his comics work, Carlos also produces animated shorts featuring his characters.


The Latino Comics Expo Los Angeles will be held the weekend of August 17 & 18 at the Museum of Latin American Art. The event runs from 11am-5pm, both days.

In addition to the exhibit hall featuring over 50 cartoonists, writers, illustrators, zine makers, book vendors and more, the Expo will feature 2 days of panels and children's workshops (on Sunday).

MOLAA is located at 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802. Admission to the Museum grants you entry to the Expo. 

General Admission    $ 9.00
Seniors    $ 6.00
Students    $ 6.00
MOLAA Members    FREE
Children under 12 years    FREE
Free Admission on Sunday