Latinx Comics; ECTO PETROL PATROL; Saltz on Art Shows; Handbook for/of Tyranny


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

In the Latinx comics community, there is much to celebrate today, with more Latinx comic book artists than ever before. The resplendent visual-verbal storyworlds of these artists reach into and radically transform so many 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.

New Tongues Untied
Samuel Teer (with Marina Julia), “MIXED”
Amber Padilla, “Wongo-Wongo”
Stephanie Villareal Murray, “A Veces Sueño en Español”
Lila Quintero Weaver, “La Charla”
Carlos “Loso” Pérez, “_______-American”
Adam Hernandez, “No Time for Titles”
Jandro (with DT Watson), “What Concerns Me”

Dangerous Truths . . . Clearing New Identity Spaces
Frederick Luis Aldama (with John Jennings), “It Could’ve Been . . .”
Jaime Crespo, “White Shoulders”
Breena Nuñez Peralta, “They Call Me Morena for a Reason”
Roberta Gregory, “California Girl”
Vicko, “El Entender”
José Cabrera, “el cabrón”
Serenity Serseción, “Latinx”
Ivan Velez, “Que Significa?”
John Jota Leaños (with Dustin García), “Kaleidoscopic Latinx Indigeneities”
Zeke Peña, “A Nomad’s Heart”

New Mythos
Liz Mayorga, “Brainstorming Session”
Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz, “The Witch’s Curse”
Dustin Nathanial García, “Saved”
Ilan Stavans (with Roberto Weil), “Rite of Passage”
Daniel Parada, “A Cacaopera Tale”
Myra Lara, “Forked-Tongued & Tongued-Tied”
Raúl González, “New Citizen Conqueror”
Kelly Fernandez, “The Ciguapa”
Jaime Hernandez, “La Blanca”
Eric Esquivel (with Macropoulos), “El ChupaSoyMilk”
Jason “J-Gonzo” González, “My Life as a Pocho”
Rico Cuatlacuatl, “Jaguar Warrior Astral Traveller”

Betwixt & Between
J. M. Hunter, “Lost in Triangulation”
Gilbert Hernandez, “I’m Proud to Be an American Where at Least I Know I’m Free”
Crystal González, “Latino in Disguise”
Alberto Ledesma, “My Most Significant Moment as a Latino”
Héctor Rodríguez, “Güerito”
Rafael Rosado, “El Año Que Me Divi-di En Dos / The Year I Split in Two”
Stephanie Rodriguez, “No Te Hagas La Pendeja”

Bending Time, Space, and Forms
Candy Briones, “The Mayan Prophesy”
Eric J. García, “Chicano Codices Presents”
Alejandro Juvera (with Jeremiah Lambert), “Where the Heart Is”
Andrés Vera Martínez, “Down on the Riverbed”
Mapache Studios Fernando and Rodrigo, “A Little Canción about My People”
Fernando Balderas Rodriguez, “Aztec of the City: Behind the Beginning”
Israel Francisco Haros Lopez, “Re-Membering”

Bodies That Matter
LeighAnna Hidalgo, “Reproductive Rebel”
José Alaniz, “Mordido”
Jules Rivera, “The Continuum”
Theresa Rojas, “Melva”
Celina Hernandez, “Prolactinoma”
Jaime Cortez, “El Border Xing”
Grasiela Rodriguez, “Tap Into Your True Self”
Mike Centeno, “Being Here”
Juan Argil, “Güero”

Pop Cultura Is Nosotros
David Olivarez, “Inspiration”
Miguel “Miky” Ruiz, “The Day I Discovered My Alter Ego”
John Gonzalez (with Julian Aguilera and Michele Gonzalez), “Borax Boys”
Albert Morales, “Super Impacto vs. the World”
Javier Hernandez, “Mexican-American Splendor”
Ray Zepeda (with J. M. Hunter), “Nuevo Latino”
Richard Dominguez, “Wanna Know How I Got Started?”
Carlos Saldaña, “Birth of Burrito”
Ricardo Padilla (with Javier Hernandez), “Mi Barrio, 1976”
Dave Ortega, “Your Name Is the Rio Grande”
Rafael Navarro, “Mi Voz”
William Nericcio (with Guillermo Nericcio García), “A Mexican-American

Semiotic Odyssey or Streets of Laredo Ex-Pat”
Mark Campos, “Mi Destino Es Comprenderla y No Olivdarla”
Kat Fajardo, “Gringa”
Victor Avila, “One Time, One Night”
David Herrera, “Commencement”
Chris Escobar, “A Monstrous Life”
John Picacio, “A New Loteria”


New animation by Matthew Thurber

Matthew Thurber


A Modest Proposal: Break the Art Fair
This is from a few weeks back, Jerry Saltz talking about the state of art fairs, small and large galleries, and staggering amounts of money.

It’s hard to say if smaller galleries could do fairs without the bigger galleries but my guess is that most bigger galleries, once they see a smaller fair picking up speed will want a piece of that action too. The smaller galleries may have more power than they think if they band together, make demands, put pressure back on the big art fairs rather than dancing exclusively to the art fair tune. The NADA and Independent fairs are now doing this nicely; more well-curated medium and small gallery fairs sprouting up might provide viable alternatives to these galleries paying gigantic costs for little return.

With all this in mind, I spoke to a number of part-owners, directors, and other functionaries of art fairs and asked whether art fairs can be fixed. All agree that things need fixing. The bad news is that I came away thinking that while I really like these people, they don’t really have the impulse to fix things because these are the things that work so well for them. Fairs as they are now aren’t broken, they say. I kept sputtering back, “They’re not broken for you yet.


Theo Deutinger

Handbook of Tyranny
New book of infographics by Theo Deutinger, via Jonathan Bell at Wallpaper.

The breadth of information here is never less than fascinating. Discover which 14 countries ‘welcome every citizen from any country in the world with a valid passport without any visa restrictions,’ or the myriad designs for keeping people out (and in) of the world’s many contested and conflicted border zones.

This is a graphic project rich in hidden history and unsavoury elements. Aficionados of graphic design will be fascinated by the iconographic breakdown of the flags and logos of the world’s most notorious terrorist groups, from ETA to ISIL, but the shock value of a refugee camp map of Africa is much greater.

Theo Deutinger


VISION BOX — Cameron Arthur — 06/26/2018


Joanie and Jordie – 6-26-18 – by Caleb Orecchio

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