Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Richard Jacobo, Libros Latinos & Serenity Serseción at the Latino Comics Expo San José


Richard Jacobo joins us for his first Expo. Growing up in the U.S. from a large Mexican family, Richard says that 'comics, video games, and cartoons where my escape, moreover my salvation'. He's recently begun making his own comics, after using techniques he learned while printmaking and zine making.


LIBROS LATINOS is a leading purveyor of books and journals from Latin America and the Caribbean, and returns to join us at this year's Expo. Their catalog includes over 25,000 titles, including art, literature, history and comics & graphic novels. 

 
Serenity Serseción also joins us for her first Expo. She's published her own comics independently and with other artists since 2006, while at the same time completing a PhD in psychology with a focus on Latino mental health and services. Her stories are influenced by her life in Puerto Rico, and adjusting to the USA; in addition to topics ranging from love, ghosts and mental health (such as depression, loss and anxiety). 

The Latino Comics Expo San José will be held the weekend of October 11 & 12 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on the campus of San José State University. The event runs on Saturday from 10am-6pm and on Sunday from 1pm-6pm. Admission to the Expo is free.

In addition to our two exhibit rooms featuring cartoonists, writers, illustrators, zine makers, book vendors and more, the Expo will feature 2 days of panels, presentations and children's workshops.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is located at 150 E San Fernando St, San José, CA 95112.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Yehudi Mercado and Theresa Rojas at the Latino Comics Expo San José


Yehudi Mercado, an Art Director for Disney Interactive, will be joining us for his first Expo. He recently worked as writer/art director for the Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon mobile game. His graphic novels include Pantalones, TX (Boom/Archaia), Buffalo Speedway (Devastator) and the upcoming Rocket Salvage (Boom/Archaia). He contributes to The Amazing World of Gumball and the upcoming Uncle Grandpa comics (Boom).



Theresa Rojas, also joining us for her first Expo, is an artist and doctoral candidate at The Ohio State University completing her dissertation at MIT in the department of Comparative Media Studies & Writing. Her dissertation is on the narratological tools at work in Latino comics, literature, television, and film. She'll be moderating two panels at the Expo: "SuperLats: Latino Superheroes in Mainstream & Alternative Comics" and "Lucha Libre, Urban Apocalypse, and [Semi/Auto] Biographix: Latino Comics Studies in the 21st Century".

 
The Latino Comics Expo San José will be held the weekend of October 11 & 12 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on the campus of San José State University. The event runs on Saturday from 10am-6pm and on Sunday from 1pm-6pm. Admission to the Expo is free.

In addition to our two exhibit rooms featuring cartoonists, writers, illustrators, zine makers, book vendors and more, the Expo will feature 2 days of panels, presentations and children's workshops.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is located at 150 E San Fernando St, San José, CA 95112.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Aztec of The City, Latino Toons and Pepe Melan at the Latino Comics Expo San José


Aztec of the City, a comic book created and written by Fernando Rodriguez, will be joining us once again at the Latino Comics Expo. Launched in San José back in 1993, Fernando's line of comics have grown to include Cruz the Christian Warrior, Super Chicano & Super Latina and Mestizo, among others.


Latino Toons is a Latin American collective of cartoonists, poets and writers and will be making their debut appearance at the Expo. Traveling from Mexico to represent the group will be Juan Navarrete and Mr. Glaubitz , who will also conduct an informative panel on Latin American comix.


Pepe Melan is a veteran freelance artist who has worked on everything from CD covers, children's books, the cartoon P.J. Funny Bunny and numerous other projects. He's currently creating the supernatural comic series Tales of Blood & Fire.

The Latino Comics Expo San José will be held the weekend of October 11 & 12 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on the campus of San José State University. The event runs on Saturday from 10am-6pm and on Sunday from 1pm-6pm. Admission to the Expo is free.

In addition to our two exhibit rooms featuring cartoonists, writers, illustrators, zine makers, book vendors and more, the Expo will feature 2 days of panels, presentations and children's workshops.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is located at 150 E San Fernando St, San José, CA 95112.

 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Afinastar Entertainment, Fantoons & JavSolo at the Latino Comics Expo San José

 Afinastar  Group & Entertainment will be making their debut at the Latino Comics Expo. Among their clients they represent are author Nancy Brook, whose books often revolve around Latin American legends. Nancy, as well as comic book creators repped by Afinastar, will be in attendance. 

Fantoons is a comic strip and animated series about "the craziness of being a rock n' roll fan", and will be attending their first Expo. The comic strip is written by David Calcano with art by Charles Brubaker.


JavSolo creates works inspired from Lucha Libre, sports, Chicano culture and comic books. He's currently working on a series of paintings called "The Rock N' Wrestling Trinity". This is his debut appearance at the Latino Comics Expo.

The Latino Comics Expo San José will be held the weekend of October 11 & 12 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on the campus of San José State University. The event runs on Saturday from 10am-6pm and on Sunday from 1pm-6pm. Admission to the Expo is free.

In addition to our two exhibit rooms featuring cartoonists, writers, illustrators, zine makers, book vendors and more, the Expo will feature 2 days of panels, presentations and children's workshops.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is located at 150 E San Fernando St, San José, CA 95112.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Dream Destination, Javier Hernandez, Daniel Parada & Tragic Hero Comics at the Latino Comics Expo San José


Dream Destination, a media company founded by John Gonzalez, make their Latino Comics Expo debut this October 11 & 12. Their comic book series, THE ELITES UNIT 52, is written by John and Carlos Gonzalez, illustrated by Julien Aguilera and edited by Michelle Gonzalez.


Cartoonist Javier Hernandez, creator of El Muerto, will be debuting two new books at the Expo, MORE COMICS and the LOS COMEX FELIZ NAVIDAD SPECIAL. In 2011, he co-founded the Latino Comics Expo with Bay Area patron of the arts, Ricardo Padilla.


Daniel Parada, creator of the comic series Zotz: Serpent and Shield, returns once again to the Latino Comics Expo. His story follows twin brothers Pakal and Kaan in an alternative Mesoamerican history where the Spanish Conquest was repelled. Daniel is currently working on issue #3, and will have the first two books available at the Expo.


Tragic Hero Comics join us for their first Latino Comics Expo. Publisher Ray Zepeda is the writer of their flagship title, ANTI-HERO 113, which he describes as a "collection of stories featuring aberrant Heroes, Antiheroes, and Villains for a whole new generation!". Ray's collaborator on the book is artist Ryan Scales.

The Latino Comics Expo San José will be held the weekend of October 11 & 12 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on the campus of San José State University. The event runs on Saturday from 10am-6pm and on Sunday from 1pm-6pm. Admission to the Expo is free.

In addition to our two exhibit rooms featuring cartoonists, writers, illustrators, zine makers, book vendors and more, the Expo will feature 2 days of panels, presentations and children's workshops.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is located at
150 E San Fernando St, San José, CA 95112.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Jim Lujan, Ramon Villalobos & Mapache Studios at the Latino Comics Expo San José


Award winning filmmaker Jim Lujan returns once again to join us at the Latino Comics Expo. He writes, directs, voices and scores his animated movies, and for his current project he's teaming up legendary independent filmmaker Bill Plympton to create the full-length animated feature, REVENGEANCE. Jim created our new animated trailer and will be screening some of his films during the two days of the Expo.



Ramon Villalobos, illustrator and comic book artist, will be joining us for his first Latino Comics Expo. Ramon recently illustrated a Young Avengers storyline for Marvel Comics' ORIGINAL SIN series, created the covers for EXIT GENERATION and has illustrated a story in Valiant's upcoming anniversary issue of ARCHER & ARMSTRONG


Mapache Studios, a comic book studio from Chile, make their Latino Comics Expo debut. Comprised by writer Fernando de Peña and artist Rodrigo Vargas, Mapache currently have two series available online and in print, LUCHA LIBRE and ELISA Y LOS MUTANTES. Fernando and Rodrigo will have a presentation on their work and the state of Chilean comics.


The Latino Comics Expo San José will be held the weekend of October 11 & 12 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on the campus of San José State University. The event runs on Saturday from 10am-6pm and on Sunday from 1pm-6pm. Admission to the Expo is free.

In addition to our two exhibit rooms featuring cartoonists, writers, illustrators, zine makers, book vendors and more, the Expo will feature 2 days of panels, presentations and children's workshops.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is located at
150 E San Fernando St, San José, CA 95112.

Monday, September 8, 2014

J. Gonzo and Keith Rainville at the Latino Comics Expo San José

J. Gonzo, creator of the lucha-libre comic book LA MANO DEL DESTINO, will be joining us once again at the Latino Comics Expo. The former Senior Art Director for McFarlane Toys/Todd McFarlane Productions and Creative Director of an ad agency, Gonzo is currently in the middle of his six issue series featuring his once-champion Luchadore and his quest to seek retribution on his betrayers.


Keith Rainville, author and publisher (FROM PARTS UNKNOWN, ZOMBIE MEXICANO) has written extensively on masked wrestler pop culture and vintage Mexican monster media since 1995. He returns to the Expo with two exciting panels exploring the worlds of classic Mexican horror and superheroes in film and comics:


On Saturday, he'll be presenting his popular Heroes of Mexican Comics (with special guests Rafael Navarro and J. Gonzo) and on Sunday he'll debut a new presentation, Lost Monsters and Forgotten Horrors of Mexico. Details on all our panels will be posted here soon. 


The Latino Comics Expo San José will be held the weekend of October 11 & 12 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on the campus of San José State University. The event runs on Saturday from 10am-6pm and on Sunday from 1pm-6pm. Admission to the Expo is free.

In addition to our two exhibit rooms featuring cartoonists, writers, illustrators, zine makers, book vendors and more, the Expo will feature 2 days of panels, presentations and children's workshops.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is located at
150 E San Fernando St, San José, CA 95112.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Lalo Alcaraz at the Latino Comics Expo San José

Famed Chicano cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz will be returning to join us this year in San José. Lalo, creator of the nationally-syndicated newspaper strip LA CUCARACHA, has created the artwork for this year's Expo poster.


In addition to his award-winning cartooning, Lalo is also a writer on the upcoming Fox series BORDERTOWN, as well as the co-host of the long-running KPFK Radio satirical talk show, the POCHO HOUR OF POWER. His latest work includes illustrating the New York Times bestseller A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States, written by Ilan Stavans. 


The Latino Comics Expo San José will be held the weekend of October 11 & 12 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on the campus of San José State University. The event runs on Saturday from 10am-6pm and on Sunday from 1pm-6pm. Admission to the Expo is free.

In addition to our two exhibit rooms featuring cartoonists, writers, illustrators, zine makers, book vendors and more, the Expo will feature 2 days of panels, presentations and children's workshops.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is located at
150 E San Fernando St, San José, CA 95112.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

U.S. Department of Illegal Superheroes at the Latino Comics Expo San José

Image Courtesy of U.S. Department of Illegal Superheroes


ICE DISH, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Illegal Superheroes, will have a Community Outreach operation during the Latino Comics Expo in San José. Various agents will be on hand to communicate and educate the public on the issues involving the investigation of "a wide range of domestic, international, and intergalactic activities arising from the movement of illegal superheroes into, within, and out of the United States".

Their mission statement asserts that they were "created based on the recognition that the country's current immigration policy must be applied to all, including superheroes. ICE DISH’s mission is to enforce this idea by identifying, investigating, apprehending, and deporting illegal superheroes, along with raising awareness about pertinent issues. The agency is responsible for dismantling illegal superhero-related vulnerabilities regarding the nation's border, economic, transportation, and infrastructure security. ICE DISH  is primarily devoted to its two principal operating components - Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO)."

Video Courtesy of U.S. Department of Illegal Superheroes

The Latino Comics Expo San José will be held the weekend of October 11 & 12 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on the campus of San José State University. The event runs on Saturday from 10am-6pm and on Sunday from 1pm-6pm. Admission to the Expo is free.

In addition to our two exhibit rooms featuring cartoonists, writers, illustrators, zine makers, book vendors and more, the Expo will feature 2 days of panels, presentations and children's workshops.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is located at
150 E San Fernando St, San José, CA 95112.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Gilbert Armendariz, Gabrielle Gamboa & Grasiela Rodriguez at the Latino Comics Expo San José


Gilbert Armendariz joins us for his time at the Latino Comics Expo. Gilbert is a graphic artist and cartoonist who publishes under his imprint NDVR Comics and experiments with digital animation in his free time. He'll be bringing his comix and prints to event.

Gabrielle Gamboa
has attended every Latino Comics Expo since our first one in 2011. She's a cartoonist and art instructor who this year has work in three books by Rob Kirby: Pratfall, NoMe and Double Nickels on the Dime, as well as a story in the anthology Henry & Glenn Forever and Ever. Gabby will also once again be conducting another children's art workshop for us.



Grasiela Rodriguez has also attended every Expo and is the founder of Not Your Friend Comic Books. She's a graphic artist, illustrator and independent animator, and she'll be debuting her new comic "What Is And What Should Never Be", the second issue of her Lunatic Fringe series.


The Latino Comics Expo San José will be held the weekend of October 11 & 12 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on the campus of San José State University. The event runs on Saturday from 10am-6pm and on Sunday from 1pm-6pm. Admission to the Expo is free.

In addition to our two exhibit rooms featuring cartoonists, writers, illustrators, zine makers, book vendors and more, the Expo will feature 2 days of panels, presentations and children's workshops.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is located at
150 E San Fernando St, San José, CA 95112.



Friday, August 8, 2014

Frederick Aldama, Brownywood Entertainment, Chunky Girl Comics & Rhode Montino at the Latino Comic Expo San José

Frederick Aldama, Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio State University, returns once again to join us at the Expo. Aldama is the author and editor of 20 books, including Your Brain on Latino Comics. His latest book The Cinema of Robert Rodriguez is due this Fall. Aldama will be hosting several panels at this year's Expo, including "The Art Of Geometric Storytelling In Latino Comics" and an interview with Jaime Hernandez.


Brownywood Entertainment join us for their first Latino Comics Expo. Co-owners Tony Flores (artist) and Jeevn Atwal (writer) will be debuting their new comic Wings of Anathema, as well as having prints and merchandise of their other creations, including Lil Jeewee.


Chunky Girl Comics, represented by founder/writer Marisa Garcia, will be joining us once again. The ladies from the Heavy Response Unit empower people to look beyond the typical image for superheroes and change the standards of what is beautiful in the world of comics, pop culture and cosplay.
  

Rhode Montijo is the prolific creator behind the Pablo's Inferno comic series, as well as numerous children's books including Cloud Boy, The Gumazing Gum Girl! and Halloween Kid (which is currently in production as an animated film). He's illustrated the Melvin Beederman series (written by Greg Trine) and co-created the educational book Super Grammar with Tony Preciado.


The Latino Comics Expo San José will be held the weekend of October 11 & 12 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on the campus of San José State University. The event runs on Saturday from 10am-6pm and on Sunday from 1pm-6pm. Admission to the Expo is free.

In addition to our two exhibit rooms featuring cartoonists, writers, illustrators, zine makers, book vendors and more, the Expo will feature 2 days of panels, presentations and children's workshops.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is located at
150 E San Fernando St, San José, CA 95112.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Jose Cabrera, Richard Dominguez, Neat-O Comics & El Verde at the Latino Comics Expo San Jose

Jose Cabrera, illustrator and the Latino Comics Expo's Graphic Designer, is the creator of the CRYING MACHO MAN strip. Among his clients are the Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles (GHOULA) and the band LAS BRUJAS. Jose created the Latino Comics Expo logo, and has handled the graphic design for each of our posters since our first show in 2011.

  
Richard Dominguez joins us for his first ever Latino Comics Expo. Richard is the creator of the comic series EL GATO NEGRO, and also runs an illustration/ design studio in Dallas, TX. Richard was among a wave of Mexican-American cartoonists in the early 90s leading a self-publishing movement which inspired many other artists of Latino descent to create their own DIY comic book properties.


Neat-O Comics, headed by Luis Calderon and Johnny Parker, bring their comic BLACK FIST & BROWN HAND to the Expo. Intended to smash stereotypes, their exploitation heroes "protect their community from racism, sexism, discrimination, exploitation, B.E.T., Hipsters, Mitt Romney’s sons, & auto tuned hip-hop music!!". 


EL VERDE, a web comic and a stage play, will be represented by director/producer Alejandra Cisneros and writer/actor Anthony Aguilar. The plays chronicle the adventures of El Verde in a variety of scenarios involving superhero parody and cultural satire. With the work of graphic artist Luke Lizalde, El Verde eventually panned out as as web comic as well.


The Latino Comics Expo San Jóse will be held the weekend of October 11 & 12 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on the campus of San Jóse State University. The event runs on Saturday from 10am-6pm and on Sunday from 1pm-6pm. Admission to the Expo is free.

In addition to our two exhibit rooms featuring cartoonists, writers, illustrators, zine makers, book vendors and more, the Expo will feature 2 days of panels, presentations and children's workshops.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is located at
150 E San Fernando St, San Jóse, CA 95112.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Crystal Gonzalez, Liz Mayorga, Jaime Portillo & Carlos Saldaña at the Latino Comics Expo San Jose

Crystal Gonzalez returns to join us in San Jose this October. Crystal's comic book series, IN THE DARK, features her trademark whimsical and macabre art. In addition to her comics, her art appears in gallery shows as well as the occassional animated shorts she creates featuring her parade of mischievous creations. 


Liz Mayorga has appeared at every Latino Comics Expo since the first one in 2011. A freelance illustrator and writer, she also produces her own zines and comix (THE PIGEON QUEEN, INKED). Since 2011, she's been the Co-Director of the San Francisco Zine Fest

Jaime Portillo, writer and publisher (Jimmy Daze Comics), joins us for his first Latino Comics Expo. In 2007 he won a Xeric Award for his first graphic novel, GABRIEL. His latest book, HELL PASO: THE STORY OF DALLAS STOUDENMIRE, was awarded the Border Regional Library Association SOUTHWEST BOOK AWARD in 2013, the first comic book to ever been given that honor. 

  
Carlos Saldaña is the creator of BURRITO, an all-ages comic featuring a time-traveling, adventurous donkey. In the early 90s, he was part of a pioneering wave of Latino creators self-publishing their own comics. He's also performed stand-up comedy and also creates his own  animated shorts.


The Latino Comics Expo San Jóse will be held the weekend of October 11 & 12 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on the campus of San Jóse State University. The event runs on Saturday from 10am-6pm and on Sunday from 1pm-6pm. Admission to the Expo is free.
In addition to our two exhibit rooms featuring cartoonists, writers, illustrators, zine makers, book vendors and more, the Expo will feature 2 days of panels, presentations and children's workshops.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is located at 150 E San Fernando St, San Jóse, CA 95112.




Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Kevin Gerard, Omar Morales, Rafael Navarro & Jules Rivera at the Latino Comics Expo San Jose

Kevin Gerard, writer of the DIEGO'S DRAGON series of books for middle school and young adult readers, will be attending his first Latino Comics Expo this October. A popular speaker at libraries and schools, Kevin's series tells the ongoing story of a middle school student and his fantastic adventures with the fire-breathing dragon Magnifico.






 














  


Omar Morales, creator and writer of the graphic novel CruZader: Agent of the Vatican will be making his Latino Comics Expo debut as well. Omar recently ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to publish the hardcover graphic novel, featuring a cover by comic book great Paul Gulacy.




 

















  


Rafael Navarro, Xeric Award winning cartoonist and Emmy Award winning storyboard artist, returns for his 5th consecutive Expo. Rafael is the creator behind the long-running international cult series SONAMBULO (featuring a former masked wrestler turned supernatural private eye) as well as the co-creator/artist of the time-traveling shoot 'em up, GUNS A'BLAZIN.

 
Jules Rivera, creator of the graphic novels series VALKYRIE SQUADRON and MISFORTUNE HIGH. A former engineer in the defense industry, Jules is now working full-time on her career in comics, illustration and animation. She's run two successful Kickstarter campaigns for books 1 & 2 of her 'magic school in the ghetto' series, MISFORTUNE HIGH.






















The Latino Comics Expo San Jóse will be held the weekend of October 11 & 12 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on the campus of San Jóse State University. The event runs on Saturday from 10am-6pm and on Sunday from 1pm-6pm. Admission to the Expo is free.

In addition to our two exhibit rooms featuring cartoonists, writers, illustrators, zine makers, book vendors and more, the Expo will feature 2 days of panels, presentations and children's workshops.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is located at 150 E San Fernando St, San Jóse, CA 95112.












Thursday, July 10, 2014

Los Bros Hernandez to headline the 2014 Latino Comics Expo

Our two Guests of Honor for this year's Latino Comics Expo San Jose are Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, the creators of the internationally acclaimed LOVE AND ROCKETS comic book series.


Launched from Fantagraphics Books in 1982 with their brother Mario Hernandez, this series has been lauded as one of the preeminent examples of the comic book medium and to this day continues in the annual NEW STORIES editions.


In addition to their work on the LOVE AND ROCKETS comics, they've each maintained Award-winning solo careers throughout the past decades. Jaime's work has appeared in THE NEW YORKER, DC Comics as well as creating artwork for THE CRITERION COLLECTION and for such bands as LOS LOBOS for their "The Town and The City" album. Amongst Jaime's many awards are the 2012 Ignatz Award Winner for Outstanding Artist and the 2013 Harvey Award Winner for Best Cartoonist.





Gilbert Hernandez has amassed a prolific amount of stand-alone graphic novels, including "Speak of the Devil", "Fatima" and "Citizen Rex" (in collaboration with Mario Hernandez) for Dark Horse Comics, "Grip" and "Sloth" for DC Comics and "Marble Season" for Drawn & Quarterly. His most recent awards include a 2009 United States Artists Literature Fellowship, the 2013 Pen Graphic Literature Award and the 2014 Society of Illustrators Silver Medal: Comics and Cartoon-Long Form.


The Latino Comics Expo is proud to present Los Bros Hernandez, appearing for the first time at the Expo. Stay tuned as we announce our initial list of creators who'll be joining them this October for the 2014 Latino Comics Expo!

Make plans to join us this October 11 & 12 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on the campus of San Jóse State University for this free, two-day event.