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The First Annual Latino Comics Expo

Saturday, May 7- Sunday, May 8, 2011, 11:00am-5:00pm

Free with paid admission to the Cartoon Art Museum


Cinco de Mayo always brings many tasty treats and ethnic delights to the San Francisco Bay Area.  In celebration of the season, the Cartoon Art Museum presents the First Annual Latino Comics Expo on Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8, 2011.

The Latino Comics Expo is an event celebrating the influence of Latino culture on the comic book arts.  The event founders are longtime Bay Area arts patron Ricardo Padilla and cartoonist/publisher Javier Hernandez.

Attending creators include Michael Aushenker, EL GATO, CRIME MANGLER; Hector Cantu, writer of the BALDO newspaper strip; Jose Cabrera, CRYING MACHO MAN; Jaime Crespo, TORTILLA; Javier Hernandez, EL MUERTO; Rafael Navarro, SONAMBULO; Anthony Oporeza, AMIGOMAN; Grasiela Rodriguez, LUNATIC FRINGE; Carlos Saldaña, BURRITO; and others to be announced.  Museum patrons will have the opportunity to meet these artists, purchase books, get original sketches and participate in workshops and special presentations throughout the weekend.

Highlighting the Expo will be a rare convention appearance by Mario Hernandez, who launched the legendary LOVE AND ROCKETS comic book series back in 1982 , along with his brothers Jaime and Gilbert. Mario will be conducting a reading and signing.  An exhibition celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of LOVE AND ROCKETS is scheduled to launch at the Cartoon Art Museum in 2012.

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“We’re honored that Ricardo and Javier approached us to host this historic event,” said Cartoon Art Museum Curator Andrew Farago.  “They’re bringing a lot of knowledge and a lot of enthusiasm to the Expo, and I’m looking forward to working with such a talented group of creators.  I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that Ricardo’s already started planning for the Second Annual Latino Comics Expo.”



Comment from Esther Clyman
Time April 5, 2011 at 3:09 am

WOW..this looks gooood!!!! YES!!

Comment from Esther Clyman
Time April 5, 2011 at 3:09 am

love all of you!!

Comment from Patric Stillman
Time April 14, 2011 at 10:20 am

CONGRATS! Its great to see Hector Cantu, Javier Hernandez and Rafael Navarro reunite. We had them down for an art exhibition at our first Cine’mation Showcase at the San Diego Latino Film Festival 5 years ago. Love you guys.

Comment from Jenny Carbajal
Time April 18, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Hello my name is Jenny and im with RMD Group Inc. We are wondering if you can send over a percentage of how many hispanics go to this event? we are a hispanice event marketing company. Thank you for your time.

Comment from afarago
Time April 19, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Hard to say until the event happens, but we’re expecting a big turnout. Please e-mail gallery[at]cartoonart.org if you’d like to talk more about the event!

Comment from Charles
Time April 20, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Looks like a great weekend event. Do you know when the schedule will be confirmed so that we’ll know what day a particular artist will be there to sign books? Gracias!

Comment from afarago
Time April 22, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Artists will be on-site all day, 11am-5pm, May 7-8. There will be activities throughout each day, so you can drop in for a visit any time that weekend!

Comment from Dick-SmoothDrama radio
Time April 25, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Hello, I do an online radio talk show and i’d love to have you guys come on my show to talk about your upcoming Latino comics expo. Look forward to hearing from you guys and having you on the show.

Comment from Ricardo Padilla
Time April 27, 2011 at 9:02 pm

call me at 415-859-9819 for interview details