at the 1st Latino Comics Expo in San Francisco!
7 & 8, 2011 The Latino Comics Expo - San Francisco,
By Strong Ave.
Strong Ave. Studios Anthony "AO" Oropeza attended
the 1st Latino Comics Expo held in San Francisco, CA.
Its was a great event held at a great venue (Cartoon Art
Museum), Oropeza said.
Set up like a small comic-con, the Latino Comics Expo
filled two rooms with artists and prepared a room for
the panel of artists to discuss their craft and exchange
stories to the friends & fans.
To the surprise of many artists and attendees at the expo,
AO was one of two artist/creators that traveled all the
way from the middle of the country.
It was a great experience
for AO to see all the love San Francisco & bay area
kids, parents and educators gave to him and the book.
"They loved the positive super hero role model and
the fact that the books were bilingual for all age groups",
"The other artists attending were all great and interested
in how Amigoman was doing with the kids in KC. It was
awesome!" Also, the curators Javi and Ricardo were
top-notched organizers and did a fantastic job hosting
- for it being their fist event. AO hopes to make it to
the 2012 event or maybe bring it to KC soon.
about the event...
In the spirit of the Cinco de Mayo weekend, the Cartoon
Art Museum (in San Francisco) hosted the First Ever Latino
Comics Expo on May 7 & 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. Were
honored that Ricardo and Javier approached us to host
this historic event, said Cartoon Art Museum Curator
Andrew Farago. Theyre bringing a lot of knowledge
and a lot of enthusiasm to the Expo, and Im looking
forward to working with such a talented group of creators.
I wouldnt be surprised to find out that Ricardos
already started planning for the Second Annual Latino
the Expo will be a rare convention appearance by Mario
Hernandez (LOVE AND ROCKETS) comic book series back in
1982 , along with his brothers Jaime and Gilbert.
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 Opreza, AMIGOMAN; Grasiela Rodriguez, LUNATIC
FRINGE & Carlos Saldaña, BURRITO.