The 2022 Latinx Comic Arts Festival

Exhibitor Biographies

ALEX SCHUMACHER is an author/illustrator whose work includes the weekly webcomic Decades of (in)Experience and the monthly online misadventures of Mr. Butterchips. A collection of the latter was released in July, 2020 by SLG Publishing, and the indie comics luminaries relaunched the webcomic for a new era on May 5th, 2021. Since 2018, Alex has also written for industry outlets such as Comicon.com, The Comic Book Yeti, and Monkeys Fighting Robots Magazine. Alex is represented in his graphic novel work by Allison Hellegers of Stimola Literary Studio. Visit https://linktr.ee/AJSchumacherart

AMBER PADILLA is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Oakland, California and holds an MFA in Comics from California College of the Arts. The Secret Garden on 81st Street: A Modern Graphic Retelling of The Secret Garden is Amber’s debut graphic novel. She is also the author/illustrator of the forthcoming YA graphic novel Sugar Coated. Originally from Santa Ana, California, she was raised on a healthy diet of animation, science fiction, soap operas, and Japanese anime and manga. When she’s not drawing or crafting, she enjoys snuggling with her cat, and spending time with her husband, family, and friends. www.amberpadilla.com, socials: @candymistakes

ANDREA ROSALES is a bi, 3rd-generation Mexican-American comic artist and designer based in Portland, Oregon. Passionate about visual storytelling, Andrea received her degree in graphic design and animation from Loyola Marymount University. Since her time at LMU, Andrea has worked as a graphic designer, co-created webcomics, had work published in multiple anthologies, had her work showcased in gallery shows, won multiple art grants, and received the Joan Eliot Sappington Award for her short comic Conchas Y Chocolate. She loves puns and telling stories that empower people. See her art online at andrearosales.com and follow her on Instagram @andrealrosales.

CANDY BRIONES is a freelance cartoonist/writer. In 2017, she created her brand Taco El Gato Comics, based on her first completed comic, and she began to self-publish her original stories under the brand. She has worked doing projects in independent animation (DreamWorks TV), comics (Book Buddy), children's books (Laura Bryna) and music videos (Joe Clearwater). She also owns a small caricature business for events and online orders that has taken her across the country!
Visit: www.tacoelgatocomics.com, IG and FB : tacoelgatocomics, Twitter: tacoelgato

CARLOS SALDAÑA is the creator, writer, artist and publisher of BURRITO comic books. He has been a member of the National Cartoonist Society and the Comic Art Professional Society for over 30 years. Carlos studied graphic arts at Los Angeles City College. Born and raised in Eastside of Los Angeles CA. “Burrito jack-of-all-trades” comic books are available on Amazon.com or comic book conventions. Website: https://www.toonist.com. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carlossaldana72/

CATHY CAMPER is the author of the award-winning Lowriders in Space graphic novel series, Ten Ways to Hear Snow, Bugs Before Time, and the forthcoming Lowriders to the Rescue and Arab Arab All Year Round (2022). She also writes zines, including Sugar Needle, and is a founding member of the Portland Women of Color zine collective. She is renown for her iconic seed art mosaics. An Arab American and a graduate of VONA/Voices writing, Cathy is a librarian and lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit: https://cathycamper.com, IG, Twitter: @cfastwolf, facebook.com/cathy.camper

COMADRES Y COMICS is a podcast hosted by three Latinas: Kristen Parraz, Sara Bazan, and Jennifer Lopez that highlights women and the Latinx presence in the comic book industry as characters, creators and fans. Listen on all major streaming platforms. 
Visit: www.comadresycomics.com. Twitter, FB: @comiccomadres IG: @comadresycomics

COMICWEB is a comic book reader and reseller for over 20 years. The love of this media is what drives him. What an amazing time we live in today when so many comic book properties are now entering the mainstream in television and film. The driving force is the 28+ films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, He loves to share his knowledge of not only the mainstream Marvel and DC properties, but all of the independent publishers as well.

CRYSTAL GONZALEZ is a Mexican-American (Chicana) cartoonist, animator and fine artist. She earned her Master’s (MFA) at The California College of the Arts. She is best known for her graphic novel series, In The Dark, A comic about a man named Fibble and his demon named Sin who embark through a Hell that has modernized itself to stay relevant in society. In addition to cartooning, Crystal is the creator of the popular cartoon series Skitzo the 1920’s Killer Bear. She has been featured at the Charles Schulz Museum, The Museum of Latin American Art, and The Galeria de la Raza.
Visit: IG, Twitter: @Comickpro FB @inthedark.comics

is an artist, writer, poet, and comic arts editor and educator. Better known as Dr. Theresa Rojas, she is a Professor of English and Modesto Junior College’s first Professor of Ethnic Studies. She is the Founding Director of the Latinx Comic Arts Festival. IG: @DocTeeRoh.

DON NGUYEN is a designer, comic book and storyboard artist. He created Pablo the Gorilla, Jupiter the Space Pug, and co-created Kindle #1 Inktober book, Siren's Song with writer Andy Nordvall. He designed the BLM Skull Fist for Punisher ,co-creator Gerry Conway's #SkullsforJustice fundraiser, and is a sketchcard artist for Marvel Upper Deck. Don has participated in over dozen Kickstarter campaigns including Nightmare Theater, Holiday Spirits, Duplicant, Monster Matador, Cthulhu Invades Oz and many more. His work has been featured in Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Screenrant.com, and BoingBoing.net. Visit: www.NguyeningIt.com . IG, Twitter, FB, TikTok, Twitch: @Nguyeningit

is an award-winning comic book publisher and geek culture website that produces new and distinctive works, as well as daily reviews, interviews, and podcasts that span the pop culture spectrum and give voice to the themes, ideals, and people who make geekdom so exceptional. Visit: www.fanbasepress.com. Twitter: @Fanbase_Press, Instagram: @fanbasepress: Facebook: @FanbasePress1.

is an Amazon best-selling Latinx author from Tucson, AZ. He is best known for his graphic memoir about his great-grandfather Ramon Jaurigue, titled La Voz De M.A.Y.O. Tata Rambo—and fantasy series Helm Greycastle.

HOLA MIJAS BONITAS is a stationery brand created by Claudia Ramos. She illustrates and designs her characters influenced by her life growing up in Los Angeles. Her main goal is to bring inclusivity and diversity with her stickers, washi tapes, and more. Claudia is the first generation from El Salvador to graduate with a BA from CSUN and become an entrepreneur. Her goal is to create an empire with her brand, Hola Mijas Bonitas and continue to bring happiness and joy to everyone. Check out her products and artwork, Visit www.holamijasbonitas.shop. IG: HolaMijasBonitas IG: ClaudiaRamosDesigns

JAIME CRESPO is a native Californian who has been a published cartoonist for 40 years and has had his comics appear in several anthologies including Monkey Wrench, Buzzard, Tales From Mi Vida, Backwoods, X-Ray Bagazine, Lampoon, White Buffalo Gazette, and Deadbeat Magazine, as well as in many magazines and weekly papers. He is part of the Latinx Comics Art Festival, Latino Comics Expo, BCAF and Sol-Con. Crespo primarily focuses on bio/auto bio stories (ala Harvey Pekar) but is not limited to this format. Crespo has returned to self-publishing an on-going title, Tortilla in which he may tell longer stories outside of the four-panel comic strip format. He is the midst of his much-anticipated first graphic novel, Turk Street Serenade, which focuses on his time spent as a janitor/maintenance man in a San Francisco Tenderloin District SRO hotel during the mid-1980s. Visit corntortillapress.com, @the_real_comixvato, Jaime.crespo.73

JANDRO GAMBOA is a teacher and writer from Santa Maria, California. He lives in relative obscurity with a room full of comics and a very patient wife. He is the writer of THE LUCHADOR series with artist Bernyce Talley. He is also a distance runner and history buff. https://www.labishka-ink.com , IG: @montygomezcomic

JAVIER CRUZ WINNIK is an illustrator turned author. After 6 years of selling his art and commissions, he created a graphic novel series titled A Reason to Smile! about a little Puerto Rican girl from NYC who uses her creativity & imagination to help people find the bright side of life! There are 4 books in the series and each book has been funded through Kickstarter.com! The series has sold over 3,600 copies & has allowed him the opportunity to write & illustrate stories for Puerto Rico Strong (LionForge) and Ricanstructon (Somos Arte & DC Comics! Visit www.thecurv.com, Thecurv.threadless.com @thelearningcurv @thalearningcurv

is a comic book creator & educator. He's the writer and artist behind El Muerto, The Coma, Weapon Tex-Mex and other titles. In 1997 El Muerto was adapted into an award-winning film starring Wilmer Valderrama, for which Javier served as Associate Producer. In 2011 he co-founded The Latino Comics Expo. He teaches comic book workshops and also lectures on Latino comics at universities and museums. Visit him at www.javzilla.com.

is a comic book writer and artist from Bell Gardens, CA. He is the creator of Luchisimo and Super Lucha Cats. He has been featured on L.A. Taco, KCRW, the Downey Patriot and the Purrrcast. He’s also given talks and hosted panels on the history of lucha libre and the way it’s shaped modern pop culture. He loves his cats, lucha libre, and a good carne asada taco. Visit: www.LuchaCat.com. IG and Twitter: @LuchaCat.

J. GONZO is a Chicano comic book artist best known as the writer/artist of his own title La Mano del Destino (self-published singles; collected edition – Image Comics) and the artist of La Voz de MAYO: Tata Rambo (Top Cow/Image Comics). He attended the Orange County High School of the Arts’ Visual Arts Program and went to a terrible trade school for a degree in Graphic Design. He also apprenticed and tattooed professionally for a number of years before entering the world of advertising and design. Gonzo has spent the past 25-plus years using his creative skills at ad agencies, toy and comic companies, design studios, freelancing, and creating his own Comicbooks. www.jgonzodesigns.com, IG: @jgonzoart, Twitter: @lamanocomic

is an MFA in Comics graduate, writer, artist, painter, and advocate for the arts and comics, especially dealing with memoir and speculative fiction amidst marginalized groups and people. He continues to advocate for space as well as pursue hybrid mediums and expression. Visit: https://plagueofyouth.bigcartel.com/ for his latest art/comic magazine Rantology #0. Follow him on IG:  @jm_indy_hunter

is an illustrator/storyteller from Indiana. Jorge is known for an art style mashing up Aztec art and pop culture called Azteca Pop. Jorge’s art went viral with his Azteca Pop drawings of various cultural icons and his ongoing art series highlighting essential and frontline workers. His artwork recently exhibited at the National Museum of Mexican art in Chicago. He also writes and draws his own comic book creations. Visit http://www.qetza.com . IG, Facebook: qetzaart

LANEHA HOUSE is a family run small press that publishes work from Lawrence Lindell, Breena Nuñez, and The BAYlies Magazine Comics Anthology, as well as digital comics through Laneha House Digital and Open Mic. Laneha House is built on the foundation of family, love of comics, zines and coffee. Projects include comics, graphic novels, art books, zines, music and cartoons.

LUKE MARTINEZ is an Adjunct Professor of History at College of the Sequoias, a High School Teacher, and a comic creator who has produced graphic novels, short comics and webcomics. ironcladpress.com Twitter: @lukelovescomics

is a freelance illustrator, educated at the Academy of Arts, who earned a degree in Art History from SFSU. He has clients ranging from Marvel to Warner Brothers and has recently become a publisher by helping start up 10 Ton Press with two long time fiends and collaborators. Visit: http://www.manuelmartinezart.com/ and https://www.10tonpress.com/

OSCAR ROMERO is a representational painter who was born in El Salvador and raised in California. He studied under David Hardy at The School of Classical Realism in Oakland, California. Some influences include artists such as Jerome Witkin and Käthe Kollwitz. Currently he is exploring adapting prose to sequential art through his self-published comic, Dreadful Analekta, a horror/suspense series released July 2021 where he adapts a handful of short stories by the early 20th century author C.M. Eddy, Jr. Visit: PoorMansArt.com, PoorMansPress.com, Instagram @oscarromero1319

PACO GARCIA is a full-time tattoo artist currently working in Modesto, California. When he is not tattooing, he is creating art for everything from tattoos to art prints to murals and everything in between. He was born and raised in Oakland, California, where his Mexican culture and others were a huge part in creating his art, and more importantly, how it can inspire and help people. Events like this are an amazing opportunity to not only be proud of your culture, but also inspire more art to grow and for new artists to rise. Visit Theartofpaco.com, @pacogarciajr

is the youngest of nine children and hails from Albuquerque, New Mexico. He left his hometown after high school and has been “doing time” in Hollywood ever since. In addition to stints as an actor (General Hospital, CSI) he has delved into filmmaking and self-publishing. He recently penned the cult-hit comic book SOD, and the graphic novel, Under the Cottonwood Tree. As a proud Nuevomexicano, he strongly desires to shine a light on his people and culture. Most days you will find him clunking away at his computer, still in search of his 15 minutes. UTCTBook.com

PATRICIA PRATT, owner and artist at Kreepy Kawaii Designs, is a visual artist who lives and works in Merced, California. She began painting as child apprenticed by her father and grandfather who were pinstripers and sign painters. She enjoys making art that makes people proud of where they are from. www.kreepykawaiidesigns.com, www.instagram.com/kreepykawaiidesigns

has been working as a gun for hire artist in animation, illustration, and comic books. His work has earned him a Daytime Emmy, two nominations for outstanding special class in an animated program, and a Xeric Foundation Award. 
He specializes in action adventure, but finds comfort in any genre. His only purpose is to always tell a good story, no matter the medium. Comics project include Gumby’s Gang starring Pokey, Bela Lugosi’s Tales from The Grave his own cult classic SONAMBULO. His latest book, Guns A’ Blazin’ co-created with Mike Wellman, is a science fiction western. Navarro has worked for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Warner Bros, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Mattel/Technicolor and Lego to name a few. His show credits include: The Batman, Scooby Doo, Spectacular Spiderman, Rugrats, Mucha Lucha, Lego’s Hero Factory, Tutenstein, and many more. IG: rafael_navarro007, Fb: rafael.navarro

ROBERT LIU-TRUJILLO is a life-long Bay Area resident. He’s the child of student activists who watched lots of science fiction and took him to many demonstrations. Always drawing, Rob grew up to be an artist falling in love with graffiti, fine art, illustration, murals, and children’s books. Rob is the author of Furqan’s First Flat Top. He has illustrated numerous other children’s books. He’s a husband and father of two. He is a contributor to The Trust Your Struggle Collective, Tone Magazine, and The Social Justice Children's Bk Holiday Fair. Visit www.robdontstop.com, https://www.instagram.com/robert_tres/, https://twitter.com/RobertTres

SOFIA S. MOLINA "CHOFYS" owner/artist of Blue Ixi'im Creations, is an East Bay, California born and raised artist who expresses her creativity in various forms, but her true passion is putting her art on canvas. She has been a creative force throughout her life and enjoys uplifting people through her artwork and personality. Her inspiration comes from her family, culture, heritage, music, quotes, poems, spirituality and history of Latin America. You can find her selling her original pieces, prints, stickers, colorful boxes and ceramics at various pop ups. Https://www.instagram.com/blue_ixiim_creations or https//m.facebook.com/blueixiimcreations

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