Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Cover artwork for new book on Latinos in media

My artwork is being used for the cover on a new book by Frederick Aldama.

Aldama is an Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at the Ohio State University. Among his fields of expertise are Latino/Latin American film, literature and comics. He's authored and edited 14 books, including the landmark study YOUR BRAIN ON LATINO COMICS

His new book, LATINOS AND NARRATIVE MEDIA, features essays by leading scholars on Latino pop culture and includes writings on filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, the animated series "El Tigre" and the film "Nacho Libre". There's actually a chapter on me titled " Javier Hernandez's El Muerto as an Allegory of Chicano Identity" written by David Allen Foster. 

That was a complete surprise to me, too! I hope some of you read this book, because I'd love to hear what you thought about it.

I was also asked to write the Foreword to the book, which was itself an honor. The cover illustration originally appeared as the cover the MANGA MUERTO Vol 1. The graphic design department did a nice job of incorporating the text into the composition of the artwork.

LATINOS AND NARRATIVE MEDIA, published by Palgrave Macmillan, is scheduled to be released on November 7. You can read details about the book here.

Frederick Aldama will be appearing at the Latino Comics Expo LA on August 17, at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA. He'll be conducting a presentation called "Spandexed Latinos: Geometric Storytelling in Superhero Comics" at 1pm.

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