Latinx Comic Book Storytelling
This outstanding new collection edited by Frederick Luis Aldama represents the cutting edge in Latinx graphic literature! A must have for researchers in Comics, Sequential Art Studies, Visual Studies, American Literature, Latinx Studies!
Includes interviews with and full color art by Lalo Alcaraz, José Cabrera, Jaime Crespo, Frank Espinosa, Eric Garcia, Jason González, John González, Raúl Gonzalez the Third, Jaime Hernandez, Javier Hernandez, Andrew Huerta, Alberto Ledesma, Liz Mayorga, Rhode Montijo, Alex Olivas, Daniel Parada, Jimmy Portillo, Jules Rivera, Cristy C. Road, Fernando Rodriguez, Grasiela Rodriguez, Hector Rodriguez, Jason Rodriguez, Octavio Rodriguez, Rafael Rosado, Carlos Saldaña, Wilfred Santiago, Serenity Sersecion, Sam Teer, and Lila Quintero Weaver.
What The Critics Say
New York Review of Books
The pages of this collection do more than just tell the reader about Latinx comics; it immerses them. Upon opening this dynamic collection of works, readers will be transported from the mundane day-to-day into compelling pages filled with graphic art and interviews with its creators. Through the sketchbooks and minds of artists such as Jaime Hernandez, Raul Gonzalez the III, Cristy C. Road, Liz Mayorga, and others, readers join a vibrant discussion of comics that is aesthetically and intellectually engaging.
Latinx Comic Book Storytelling is an insightful and entertaining experience for readers of all walks. It enlightens them to the writing process and history of many of their favorite comics while simultaneously providing an interesting cultural study in regards to the growing prominence of Latinx contributors to the comic medium. Aldama’s text directly addresses the question of Latinx representation within the genre.
Matt Madden, author of 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style
The US comic’s scene is evolving-along with the rest of the culture-slowly, sometimes painfully, but inexorably towards a greater diversity of readers & creators, of new styles & stories. This book gives us a series of intimate conversations with several generations of Latin@ cartoonists (diverse themselves in their backgrounds and interests) juggling craft and art with heritage and language. These pioneers have their noses to their drawing boards and tablets but they keep their eyes on the larger significance of their work.
Jan Baetens, University of Leuven, co-author of The Graphic Novel: An Introduction
In this timely and transformative collection of interviews, Aldama brings to life the stories, achievements, and creative process of 29 Latino-and Latina!-comic book artists. Jettisoned to new heights of exploration, this vertiginous journey opens us to a world of breathtaking visual-verbal creativity and the embrace of a resplendently diverse and eager community of readers. Latino comic book storytelling, its characters, and wondrous world-makings vitally transform, renew, and replenish the comic’s field. They are the revolution-and Aldama’s at the frontlines to capture it all.
Ana Merino, The University of Iowa and author of Chris Ware: La secuencia circular and El cómichispánico
Aldama stretches open a new space of critical thinking about Latinidad and comics in the 21st century. As a living lightning rod, Aldama captures then spins out anew psionic thunderbolts of intellectual and creative insight offered by today’s Latino comic book storytellers. With Aldama and his cadre of Fantastic 29 you get the alpha to omega of Latino comics. Prepare yourself. This is the Big Bang!
Nhora Lucia Serrano, Harvard, co-editor of Curious Collectors, Collected Curiosities: An Interdisciplinary Study
Aldama’s latest scholarly contribution to the field of Comics Studies brilliantly and vividly explores the rich tapestry of today’s Indy Latino comic book community through 29 in-depth interviews. From veteran comics book storytellers to today’s new talents, Latino Comic Book Storytelling accomplishes a task of Herculean proportions—it amasses a unique and vibrant archive of noteworthy Latino comic book voices and visions. Aldama rips back curtains on this vital Indy Latino comic book scene for scholars and layreaders alike to relish in its resplendent splendors.
John Jennings, University of California, Riverside, comic’s creator, scholar, curator and co-editor of the Eisner Award winning The Blacker the Ink and the New York Times best seller, Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation
In this groundbreaking book Aldama takes the reader with him into a dynamic sequential world that is, unfortunately, seldom seen. Through these conversations we become privy to the struggles, inspirations, and triumphs of the Latino/a comics artist. It’s an amazing Odyssey in every sense of the word!
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