I'm excited to see Pocho.com'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)From the website:
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!
"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."
"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.