New Mexico

Back from New Mexico and what a trip! I love this state. It was too short of a visit but I'll go back soon enough for another! Yes, I know there is no ocean but there is beauty in the desert that words can't even begin to explain. Couple that with less populace AND reasonable price rates on EVERYTHING (yeah- I'm from the bay area where prices are beyond insane and the populace continues to soar unabated just like the cost of living)....oh, man! It makes it easier to leave my beloved home  state and relocate to someplace SANE where one doesn't need to kill oneself just to be able to dwell there. This place is back on the table as a possible "go to" destination to live the rest of my life. 

This is a year for change, so...I'll keep the two or three of you who follow this blog posted right here.

(Below- The Organ Mountains, Las Cruces, NM)

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Mark Campos

On my first night on my recent trip to New Mexico I read the sad and terrible news that my friend and fellow cartoonist, Mark Campos had taken his own life. Though he'd been through years of up and down emotional roller coaster rides I thought that he had past this period in his life long ago. I recently saw him a few months ago in Long Beach, CA at his first Latino Comics Expo where he introduced me to his girlfriend, Noel. He told me that Noel had literally and figuratively saved his life. I was quite astonished to hear him tell me that but he was serious and he had a relaxed and pleasant look in his eyes when he said this to me.

Mark and I chatted a few times at the event over the couple of days but didn't really get to "hunker down" and talk as we were both plenty busy. I just figured that I'll see him again, probably go up to Seattle some long weekend and hang out a bit. Now, it'll never happen. I'm reminded of something my mom used to say on occasion, "Planes del hombre, Dios se rie." (Man plans, God laughs). 

So long, Mark.

 

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PayPal

Hey, kids! I'm still trying to figure out how to put a PayPal button on my comic book page. Yes, I have done countless tutorials and YouTube videos and am still not getting purchase. I will have a friend look at it soon for me. Sorry for the inconvienence. 

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.