Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Book Update

Under Contract
My monograph titled Reclaiming Poch@ Pop: Examining the Rhetoric of Cultural Deficiency will be a part of Palgrave's series on Latino Pop Culture. I submitted the proposal in early fall of last year with a manuscript deadline of July of this year. Around that time, I began the Poch@ Pop tumblr that served as a nice repository of ideas that I was accumulating and grappling with as I began drafting.
I have mentioned a couple of the books of the series editor Frederick Aldama on my blog previously: Your Brain on Latino Comics as well as a pedagogical snippet from Brown on Brown.
This past summer I picked up Mex-Cine, and I found a copy of ¡Muy Pop!: Conversations on Latino Popular Culture in my institution's library.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Book Project

In the Pipeline
So I've been in communication with a distinguished scholar, writer, and editor for an exciting series on Latin@ pop culture. So far I've submitted the proposal, manuscript, and recently received great feedback from the reviewers. Things are getting exciting as I continue to move forward in the process with the publisher editor.

 I'm excited because the subject matter overlaps with some of the very posts seen on this here blog.

Will be sure to post more on this exciting project as it develops. Stay tuned.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Latino Comics Expo

San Jose, CA Oct 11th and 12th
I'm excited to see's Lalo Alcaraz, whose work I have posted here previously and have him sign my copy of Latino USA: A Cartoon History at the Latino Comics Expo in October. It has already been argued that comics and graphic novels can communicate knowledge and challenge audiences to re-think what they might believe as fact. And I would add that the culturally relevant component of Latino Comics has a lot of potential for speaking to audiences often marginalized by traditional education. 
(Lalo Alcaraz 2014)
The Latino Comics Expo provides a great opportunity for young Latin@s in the San Jose area to see pop culture in which they are represented and created by artists who have a shared cultural memory. Oh yeah, and it's free!

From the website:

"The Latino Comics Expo San Jóse will be held the weekend of October 11 & 12 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on the campus of San Jóse State University. The event runs on Saturday from 10am-6pm and on Sunday from 1pm-6pm. Admission to the Expo is free.

In addition to our two exhibit rooms featuring cartoonists, writers, illustrators, zine makers, book vendors and more, the Expo will feature 2 days of panels, presentations and children's workshops.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is located at 150 E San Fernando St, San Jóse, CA 95112."

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"Join us this October 11 & 12 in San Jose as we host our 5th Latino Comics Expo since 2011. We have a lot of special guests and great programming, which we'll be announcing shortly. This year the Expo is being held at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library at San Jose State University. With a generous grant from the Castellano Family Foundation, and a great partnership with the library, our 2014 Expo promises to be our most memorable event yet."

I'm also planning on picking up a copy of A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States when I'm there. I'll get a picture of my son getting it signed, and I'll plan to have him read Latino USA and Imperfect Union as supplementary texts to his elementary schooling when he's older.