Sunday, October 23, 2022

Celebrating Latinx Heritage All Year (4 of 4)

Today we highlight the final two panels of the 2022 Latinx Comic Arts Festival!

“Critical Stills: World Building” asks what does it take to build a compelling story world?  How do we generate and organize viable ideas? How might we navigate collaborating with other creators? These panelists discuss story origins and productive/unproductive ways to build compelling narratives. 

Featuring Jason "J. Gonzo" Gonzalez, Amber Padilla, and Henry Barajas

Moderated by: Don Nguyen

For the final panel of the 2022 Latinx Comic Arts Festival, “Comics Chisme Hour with Comadres y Comics and DocTeeRoh,” our Founding Festival Director, Dr. Theresa Rojas (aka DocTeeRoh) gets into the “good stuff” with Kristen Parraz, Sara Bazan, and Jennifer Lopez, the creators and hosts of the Comadres y Comics podcast! 

Created over a pitcher of beer, Comadres y Comics is dedicated to highlighting Latinx creators and content, with a focus on the presence of women in the industry as creators, characters, and fans. Not to be missed! 

Recommended for mature audiences.

Friday, October 21, 2022

Celebrating Latinx Heritage All Year (3 of 4)

 Today we continue highlighting panels from the 2022 Latinx Comic Arts Festival!

“SOMOS: Stories of Illness, Trauma, and Healing” is a special “graphic medicine” panel. Graphic medicine is the intersection of comics and stories rooted in medicine and health-related issues. Comics offer a vehicle for conveying difficult stories surrounding taboo topics such as physical and mental illness, loss, and recovery. Join us for a discussion of how the comics form works as a uniquely healing medium. Recommended for mature audiences

Featuring Amber Padilla, Alex Schumacher, and Barbra Dillon. 

Moderated by: Dr. Theresa Rojas

Kid Lit: Comics and Literature for Children and Young Adults” brings together some of our children’s and young adult literature authors and artists for this panel focused on (but not limited to!) work for the younger generations. 

Featuring Paul Meyer, Amber Padilla, and Carlos Saldaña

Moderated by: Barbara Dillon of Fanbase Press

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Celebrating Latinx Heritage All Year (2 of 4)

Today we highlight panels three and four of the 2022 Latinx Comic Arts Festival!

“Artivism: Comic Arts as Activism” features a discussion of how from the earliest superheroes fighting the “forces of evil” to historical accounts and graphic memoir, comics have virtually always been used to express discontent and call for change. Join us as panelists discuss how comics can work as a medium for social justice. 

Featuring J.M. Hunter, Henry Barajas, and Robert Liu Trujillo.

Moderated by: Kristen Parraz of Comadres y Comics

Beyond Superheroes: Autobiography and the Possibilities of Comics Storytelling” revolves around the role of autobiography in comics. These featured creators discuss their work and the development of some of the most dynamic and diverse storytelling in comics. 

Featuring Jaime Crespo, Javier Cruz Winnick, and Luke Martinez

Moderated by: Sara Bazan of Comadres y Comics

Monday, October 17, 2022

Celebrating Latinx Heritage All Year (1 of 4)

Exciting news! Our recordings of all of our 2022 panels from the Latinx Comic Arts Festival are now available on YouTube.

Celebrate Latinx Heritage, creators, and art all throughout the year. This week, we release EIGHT exclusive panels recorded during the 2022 Latinx Comic Arts Festival at Modesto Junior college. These panels feature and spotlight Latinx creators, comics, and more.

“Comics Production and Publishing” focuses on what it takes to create and produce a comic as an individual or independent publisher. Discover how these creators and publishers navigate the world(s) of independent comics. 

Featuring Barbra Dillon, Javier Solórzano, and Crystal Gonzalez. 

Moderated by Jason "J. Gonzo" Gonzalez

“Teaching Comics and Comics Creation” showcases how there has never been a better time to study comics! As we witness a new Golden Age of comics and graphic storytelling, classrooms around the world are opening up to the possibilities of what we can learn by studying visual culture. Join us for this discussion of studying comics and the creation of new narratives in the classroom. 

Featuring Javier Hernandez, Jandro Gamboa, and Luke Martinez, and Bernyce Talley

Moderated by: Amber Padilla