Salinas Valley Comic Con December 16 & 17!!!

Hey there, the two or three people who actually look at my website and possibly read my blog as well... I will be at Hartnell College student center in Salinas, California this weekend for the 2017 Salinas Valley Comic Con.  Daniel Prada (Zotz), Rafael Navarro (Sonambulo, Guns A' Blazin'), Javier Hernandez (El Muerto), Ricardo Padilla (co-founder of Latino Comics Expo) and myself (Tortilla) and a couple others will be representing the Latino Comic Expo. Below is the link to the event. I hope to see you there.

https://www.steinbeck.org/event/salinas-valley-comic-con-2017/

 

Back From the Latino Comix Expo

As usual I had a great time at the 7th annual Latino Comics Expo! As always, I get to travel and table with my dear friend, Mario Hernandez. What can I say about my brother-from-another-mother? I always look forward to our drive down to Long Beach and then back to our homes in the bay as it's a constant laugh fest as well as several deep conversations from fatherhood to comics to relationships to current world affairs and so on. I truly cherish our friendship. People are SO used to seeing us together at the LCE that over the years we've been dubbed the Chicano version of the two old men in the balcony from the Muppet Show! ha ha!

I'd like to thank Ricardo Padilla and Javier Hernandez for all of the hard work they put into the LCE every year. I'd also like to thank the Padilla family (Rose & Sophia) for their tireless work and support of the expo and the "Chicago" Hernandez brothers, Bobby & Daniel for their work as well as all of these people help keep this expo running smooth. 

Hanging with my dear friend and road dog, Mario Hernandez as he explains the finer points of cartooning history. In the background at the table next to us are Gilbert (Beto) and Jaime Hernandez. All three are the creators of the seminal comic book, Love & Rockets.

Hanging with my dear friend and road dog, Mario Hernandez as he explains the finer points of cartooning history. In the background at the table next to us are Gilbert (Beto) and Jaime Hernandez. All three are the creators of the seminal comic book, Love & Rockets.

These two vatos are here every year and I always look forward to seeing them!

These two vatos are here every year and I always look forward to seeing them!

Mario & I arrived on Friday night and met his brother, Jaime for dinner. Jaime was staying in the same motel as us (the Chicano Shangri-La) and here he is in the picture above laughing at us when he saw the room we got.

Mario & I arrived on Friday night and met his brother, Jaime for dinner. Jaime was staying in the same motel as us (the Chicano Shangri-La) and here he is in the picture above laughing at us when he saw the room we got.

New Comic Book....Los Punkers!

I just printed up a limited run of a "one-shot" comic book I drew about 6 or 7 years ago at one of the International 24 Hour Comic Day events. It's listed and for sale in the bottom of the 'Comix' section of this website. It came out pretty cool, I might add. The story inside is about my discovery (along with my best pal, Art) of punk rock while in high school in the 1970's. It basically tells of our experience during this period and the age discrimination and racism we experienced while performing in a band. This story is an abbreviated version of the full story as it would take far more than 24 pages to tell it. Maybe I'll write & draw a longer version in the future? I hope that you enjoy it!

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Comic Book events past and upcoming...

Yes, I am aware of my negligence concerning the to day-to-day upkeep of my website. However, I do come around and put something in here on occasion.

Just returned a week ago or so from a great trip out to Columbus, Ohio for the third annual Sol-Con (Latino-African American Comic Con), which the following two days was then incorporated into the CXC (Cartoon Crossroads Columbus). These two events (which almost felt like one BIG event) was fantastic. Ran into a lot of old cartoonist buddies I have know through time and met a whole slew of new friends. I can't wait for next year!

Coming up...next month on November 11-12 I'll once again be in Long Beach, CA most likely with my good pal and road dog, Mario Hernandez (Love & Rockets) for the 7th annual Latino Comix Expo! I love this particular con as it's a great chance to look into all of the different Latinx cartoonists that are out there.

We'll (LCE) also will be in Salinas, CA on December 16-17 for the Salinas Valley Comic Con which will be held at the Hartnell Collage Student Center.

This is just the tip of the ice berg because next year...in February the Latino Comics Expo will be on our first out-of-state event in Texas! I'll post up the dates and location soon. 

Man Plans...God Laughs

My mom used to say that when I'd get frustrated as a boy if things got out of hand and plans were changed, or even dashed. She mostly said it in Spanish; "Planes del hombre...Dios se rié." but you get the drift. I've been planning to get things done and make certain sacrifices to get my graphic novel completed by the end of the year AND put out Tortilla #5 by the end of the summer. Neither will happen within that time frame. These things will be completed...the graphic novel I'm shooting for this time next year, maybe sooner. Tortilla #5 will be out before the end of the year.

Loads of things going on in my head and all around me in general. I've put moving out of state back on the table as a real possibility again. Moving may not happen anytime soon...or, at all (lets hope). Just weighing all the variables. Anyway- that's the status thus far. 

Other news- I'll be at the SF Zine Fest on Saturday, September 3 (yes, I was able to get in last minute) at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park-1199 9Th Avenue (Sunset district side of the park) in SF. I'll also be at the Novato Library on September 16 from 1pm - 3pm. The Novato library is located at 1720 Novato Blvd. I'll be speaking with Liz Mayorga (Bread & Butter) and Ricardo Padilla (co-founder of the Latino Comics Expo).

On the road...

It looks like I'll be attending more than a few comic/zine events this year...which are coming up in a few short months. I hope to see you at one of these events.

On September 3 I will once again be attending the 2017 SF Zine Fest at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park! Unfortunately, My 'ol Pal Francis Kohler of MonsterNerd will not be in attendance....dang!

On September 28 - October 1 I will be attending the CXC/Sol-Con at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. Come on by and say hello!

Then, on the weekend of November 11-12 I will be at my favorite comix event, The 7th Annual Latino Comics Expo at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA.

...and, if things work out, I am also planning on attending the following weekend of November 18-19, the 4th Annual NOCAZ (New Orleans Comics and Zine fest) in New Orleans, LA at the New Orleans Main Branch Library!

New radio program, "Toon In" is being aired at KWMR

I'm a bit late with this but better late then never, yeah? I've just begun to produce a new radio program at KWMR entitled; "Toon In", where I interview cartoonists about their work and lives as cartoonists. The program is only a half hour but you'd be surprised by how much one can pack into that amount of time. I just interviewed gentleman cartoonist and old pal, Keith Knight this past Tuesday, June 6 (you can hear it by going to the KWMR website, www.kwmr.org and look in the Archives section...though, they stay in there for two (2) weeks only). 

I'm hoping this will help promote an art form that I have been involved with most of my life as well as give the outside world a glimpse into the people who create this fantastic medium. I've posted on my Events section the upcoming programs and will continue to update as we go along.

"Toon In" is on www.kwmr.org alternating Tuesdays at 10:00 am Pacific Time. I hope you'll join us.

Moth Mecca?

Here's a picture of a moth I almost tripped over the other day when leaving my building. It was so big that I just had to toss a dollar bill next to it to show it's size in proportion to the bill. Recently, I posted on social media an albino moth that was hanging out on he wall just down from my apartment. I don't know what it is about this building but it seems to attract some very interesting moths.