Tales from la Vida

Tales from la Vida – A Latinx Comics Anthology Edited by Frederick Luis Aldama

I am super excited to have contributed art & story to this anthology. In the Latinx comics community, there is much to celebrate today, with more Latinx comic book artists than ever before. The story worlds of these artists reach and transform visual and storytelling genres. Tales from la Vida celebrates this space by bringing together more than eighty contributions by extraordinary Latinx creators. Their short visual-verbal narratives spring from autobiographical experience as situated within the language, culture, and history that inform Latinx identity and life. Tales from la Vida showcases the huge variety of styles and worldviews of today’s Latinx comic book and visual creators.

Frederick Luis Aldama is the author, coauthor, and editor of over thirty books, including recently Long Stories Cut Short: Fictions from the Borderlands and Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics. He is Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor, University Distinguished Scholar, and Director of the award-winning LASER (Latinx Space for Enrichment & Research) at The Ohio State University.

My compliments to Jason Gonzalez (La Mano del Destino) for the incredible cover art. Check out his work here: www.CastleAndKeyPublications.com
Look for me in Chapter Six!

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Ohio State University Press

2018 San Diego Comic Con

I had a great time exhibiting at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego.

My table partner this year was Cartoon Flophouse’s Michael Aushenker. We are kind of goofing off in this picture.
With our visitor, Frederick Luis Aldama who is a Professor of English and Distinguished Scholar at The Ohio State University. He teaches courses on Latinx & Latin American culture including literature, film, TV, music, sports, video games, and comic books. He is the author and editor of thirty-four books, including the Eisner Award-winning “Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics.” Of course, this photo was taken approximately 8 or so hours before winning his Eisner Award at the 2018 Comic-Con! Congratulations Profe, we are so proud of you!
The Korean ice cream that I picked up at SomiSomi, San Diego. It’s black sesame & taro swirl with happy toppings. The waffle cone is shaped like a goldfish!
Wakanda Forever! These costumes were awesome.
The Grady twins were one of my favorite costumes.
Just for fun, the Tightrope Girl from Disney’s Haunted Mansion.
Black Heroes Matter, the Pink Panther!
The highlight of the convention for me was meeting Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer. (Eric Singer though!)
Before leaving San Diego, I had to stop at the Boba Bar for a fruit “puffle” made with a delicious waffle, pineapple ice cream, fresh fruit and drizzled with honey. The perfect ending to the perfect day.

Attack of the Comic Books at Sorensen Library

Over the weekend I attended Sorensen Library’s “Attack of the Comic Books” event for Free Comic Book Day. I was tasked with participating in a “Diversity” community chalk project with the kids. We chalked on paper and it got kind of messy!

I started the project by introducing the color wheel and color theory concepts to the kids.
Then I invited them up to help chalk a “diverse” superhero universe while enjoying the nice air-conditioned room.
At the end of the color theory lesson, we took the project outside and finished it up.

This is a timelapse that I took with my new Hero GoPro camera.

2018 Wondercon

I had a blast at this year’s Wondercon. It’s not as crazy as San Diego Comic-Con, but a nice way to enjoy the weekend.

Celebrating the Popular Arts in Anaheim, CA.
Dr. Peepers is a steampunk original character by Dean LaCrone. He is an amazing cosplayer.
Beware of the Mexican Wonderwoman with the golden “chancla” of truth.
At the Power Rangers Shattered Grid panel, we all got an advance copy of issue #25 for our reading pleasure. Oh and did I mention, Kimberly is the Ranger Slayer?
It’s Mork from Ork…Nanu-Nanu, Shazbot!
Just for fun, we watched Samara crawl out of her tv…she actually fits in this and it was pretty awesome cosplay.

Comic Art and Literacy Expo

A Place Called Home’s FIRST-EVER Comic Art and Literacy Expo, sponsored by Disney was a blast. On October 21st, artists, illustrators, writers, poets, and publishers brought their books and knowledge to share with many kids who showed up to take part in writing, drawing and storytelling panels and then they all got to take home books and comics for their enjoyment!

The line forms in front of A Place Called Home, with kids ready to participate in the Comic Art and Literacy Expo.
Kids at the expo got to meet many local publishers and illustrators, along with participating in panels and workshops.
Disney was the sponsor who donated tons of comics and books for all kids, free of charge!
Even R2D2 and the BB8 showed up to get their free books!

2017 Comic Book Invasion

The 2017 Comic Book Invasion at the Commerce Library was super-amazing!

My table, photo taken by my good friend and cartoonist Michael Aushenker.
Megatron made an epic appearance.
These are some of the kids who participated in my “Paint your own Superhero Mask and Cape” workshop.
Isn’t this the cutest little Wonder Woman ever?

Latino Comics Expo Meet & Greet

Next Wednesday, October 4th @ 6:30 pm, the Chicano Resource Center at the East LA Library will be hosting a LATINO COMICS EXPO MEET & GREET! I will be speaking my comics with fellow-cartoonist Melina Chavarria of THE MAGIC GLASSES, Latino Comics Expo co-founder Javier Hernandez.

The event is free! Please come out to hear about the upcoming Latino Comics Expo which is happening on Nov. 11 & 12 at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA.

2016 Pomona Chalk Festival

Last Saturday I participated in this year’s Pomona Chalk Festival. The them was “My Favorite Book”. I recently received this wonderful book titled “Latinx Comic Book Storytelling” in the mail from the author Frederick Luis Aldama and it has the cover art of one of my favorite cartoonist of all time, Jaime Hernandez so I decided to chalk it!

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“Latinx Comic Book Storytelling” cover art by Jaime Hernandez.
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Making progress on my chalk square…
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My finished square, I hope I did Jaime Hernandez justice, Love and Rockets Forever!

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