Friday, July 02, 2010
Happy 4th of July...from La CALACA AMERICANO!
La Calaca Americano, one of the superheroes from my CALACAS OF JUSTICE project. Characters inspired by the great work of Jose Guadalupe Posada, the Mexican printmaker who popularized the calacas (skeletal figures) seen in the folkart of the Day of the Dead.
These are mash-ups of classic comic book archetypes and the Dia de Los Muertos folkart. With DC and MARVEL tripping over themselves to create the most decrepit and ghastly undead versions of their properties, I figure a much more fun and friendly approach to afterlife superheroes was in order! Thus the Day of the Dead comes to the rescue again... (You may have heard of EL MUERTO?)
Check out this Gallery on my DeviantArt page for my two previous Calacas of Justice. And have a safe and fun 4th of July weekend!