Wednesday, September 15, 2021

We are going virtual/online this year!~

Just to update everyone here we have announced, due to the evolving nature of the pandemic, that we are going to make our 2021 Expo an online event.

We regret having to make this decision, but we know this is the safe and wise decision to make. We'll still have two days of programming which you'll be able to watch online. The event will be viewable through the website of our partner the Museum of Latin American Art.

Watch this space for the line up of programming and where to log in to watch it.

Thank you for your understanding!

Sunday, July 4, 2021

The LATINO COMICS EXPO returns this October 9 & 10 to the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA!

We're back, live and in-person!! 
Join us this October 9 & 10 in Long Beach, CA as we once again partner with our friends at the Museum of Latin American Art to present our Latino Comics Expo 2021! This show will commemorate our 10th Anniversary... 10 years of bringing you the nation's premiere convention spotlighting the amazing work by Latino creators working in comics, graphic novels, illustration, animation and related arts. 
We'll be monitoring city and state guidelines regarding proper protocols for public gatherings, and very much looking forward to welcoming back our talented friends and enthusiastic fans!
Our special 10th Anniversary poster is done by cartoonist and storybook illustrator Rhode Montijo (stay tuned for the full reveal!). We've also got early confirmation from such creators as Kayden Phoenix, Rafael Navarro, Crystal Gonzalez, Lalo Alacaraz, the Comadres Y Comics... and making his big return to the Los Angeles area, HOMIES creator David Gonzalez!
Stay tuned for more information on vendor opportunities plus the line-up of guests and programming. Make plans to join us at MOLAA this October!


Thursday, September 10, 2020


Schedule Of Panels

DAY 1: Sunday, September 13

Latina Power! (Live panel discussion) 
12:00PM – 1:00PM PDT

Moderated by Kristen Parraz 
Panelists: Kayden Phoenix, Jules Rivera, Nicky Rodriguez 

Join Kristen Parraz (Comadres y Comics Podcast) and a panel of Latina comic creators including Kayden Phoenix (Jalisco, Santa), Jules Rivera (Love, Joolz) and Nicky Rodriguez, as they share insights on the contributions of Latinas to comics and discuss what the future holds for chingonas in the industry. 

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Story time with Rhode Montijo (Live book reading) 
2:00PM – 3:00PM PDT

Kids! Join children’s book author Rhode Montijo as he reads a chapter from The Gumazing Gum Girl! Series with a visual presentation! Find out how Gabby Gomez accidentally becomes a sticky superhero and learn some behind-the-scenes of how this illustrated chapter book series came to be! 

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DAY 2: Monday September 14 

Latinx Kid’s Lit: Creation and Intervention (Pre-recorded panel) 
4PM – 5PM, PDT

Moderated by Dr. Frederick Aldama
Panelists: Isabel Quintero, Cathy Camper, Robert Liu-Trujillo

Isabel Quintero, Robert Liu-Trujillo, and Cathy Camper discuss the urgent need for more representation in children’s literature—and how their Latinx kid’s lit intervenes and complicates within these storyworld spaces. 

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In the Studio with Jorge Garza 

Hosted by Javier Hernández

A conversation with artist Jorge Garza, creator of the Azteca Pop illustration series as well as several comic book stories. Jorge will demonstrate the creation of one of his illustrations during the interview.

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DAY 3: Tuesday, September 15 

Lucha Libre Comics Roundtable (Pre-recorded panel) 
12PM – 1PM, PDT

Moderated by Javier Solorzano 
Panelists: Carlo A. Flores, Jandro Gamboa, J. Gonzo, Rafael Navarro

Javier Solorzano (Luchisimo, Super Lucha Cats) sits down with an all-star lineup of lucha libre comic book creators - Rafael Navarro (Sonambulo), J.Gonzo (La Mano del Destino), Jandro Gamboa (Monty Lopez is The Luchador) and Carlo Flores (The Mighty Luchador) to discuss how lucha libre helped mold their work, how their approach to it has changed, and their hopes for lucha libre in popular culture going forward. 

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Queer Voices and New Frontiers (Live panel discussion) 
7PM – 8PM, PDT

Moderated by Josh Trujillo
Panelists: Terry Blas, Jacoby Salcado and more!

The past few years have seen an explosion in works by and for queer people, especially members of the Latinx community. Join moderator Josh Trujillo (LOST BEAST, FOUND FRIEND) as he discusses new opportunities in a changing landscape. He is joined by creator Terry Blas (HOTEL DATE), artist Jacoby Salcedo (FRONTERA), and friends.

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DAY 4: Wednesday, September 16

Comics and the Classroom (Live panel discussion) 

Moderated by Dr. Theresa Rojas 
Panelists: Kathryn Blackmer-Reyes, Christopher Gonzalez, and William Nericcio

Classrooms around the world experience the benefits of studying visual and textual culture together. Comics, one of the best examples of this intersection, offer unlimited opportunities for critical thinking and storytelling.  Theresa Rojas (Professor, Modesto Junior College) moderates this panel discussion on comics and the classroom, featuring panelists Christopher Gonzalez (Professor, Utah State University), Kathryn Blackmer Reyes (Librarian, San Jose State University), and William Nericcio (Professor, San Diego State University). 

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In Conversation: The Politics of Cartooning (Live conversation in Spanish) 
7PM – 8PM, PDT

Featuring Lalo Alcaraz and Gonzalo Rocha 
Hosted by Ricardo Padilla

A fascinating discussion between the top political cartoonist of Mexico, Gonzalo Rocha (La Jornada), and our own Pulitzer-Prize Nominated Chicano, Lalo Alcaraz (La Cucaracha).

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DAY 5: Thursday, September 17 

Spotlight: Professor Latinx: The Journey of a Comics Scholar, Curator & Creator (Live presentation) 
12PM – 1PM, PDT 

Featuring Dr. Frederick Luis Aldama 

Ohio State University's Frederick Luis Aldama, aka Professor Latinx, shares his own journey with comics and how it led to a career writing award-winning books on Latinx comics, co-founding SÕLCON,  making the first documentary on Latinx comics, curating a comics art exhibit, and creating his own comics and children's book, The Adventures of Chupacabra Charlie.   

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In the Studio with Candy Briones 
7PM – 8PM, PDT

Hosted by Javier Hernández

A visit with the creator behind the Taco el Gato comic book, as well as the visual novel The Good, the Bad, and the Bunny. Candy will share her process on character creation and working in multimedia art forms. 

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DAY 6: Friday, September 18   

Spotlight: Hyundai Design Demonstration (pre-recorded demonstration)
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM, PDT

Featuring Brad Arnold from the Hyundai Design Center 
Hosted by Hyundai 

Meet Brad Arnold of the Hyundai Design Team who will discuss the work that they do as an artist designer and lead an illustration demonstration.  

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In Conversation: The El Paso Connection
12PM – 1PM, PDT 

Featuring Raul The III and Zeke Peña 
Hosted by Ricardo Padilla 

An informative and in-depth discussion with two of the top YA Graphic Novel artists working today, who are both originally from El Paso, Texas: Pura Belpre Award-Winners Raul Gonzalez (Low Riders in Space- Chronicle Books) & Zeke Pena (Photographic-The Life of Graciela Iturbide – Getty Publications) 

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Spotlight: Masks, Monsters, Multi-Media Megastars and the Mystery of Their Modern Obscurity (Pre-recorded multi-media presentation) 
7PM – 8PM, PDT 

Conducted by Keith Rainville  

An absolutely loaded visual journey through El Santo's Golden Age comic books, the innovative art of Jose G. Cruz, and the lucha-heroes and creepy creatures that followed them from page to screen and beyond. With some tough questions asked as to why these multi-million selling comics are so relatively unknown today... 

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¡Las diversidades de animación! A Symposium of Latinx Animation

Curated by Crystal González 

Join us for a selected showcase of animations from Latinx artists from all over the US and Latin America! Showcase curator Crystal González hosts and interview with some of the featured artists 

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DAY 7: Saturday, September 19, 2020  

Zine Workshop 
11AM – 12PM, PDT

Conducted by Isabel Ann Castro 

Join San Anto Zine Fest’s Zine Librarian, Isabel Ann Castro for a mini zine workshop! Learn about the power of DIY publishing in all its forms. All you need is paper and some writing or drawing tools to get started DIY publishing your own comics and stories!

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In the Studio: Book Making with José Cabrera
2PM – 3PM, PDT 

Los Angeles based artist Jose Cabrera will discuss how he creates a book—from napkin sketches, to publishing and selling them. He’ll share his creative process, pitfalls like procrastination and creative blocks and how he disciplines himself to follow through and get it done!

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Spotlight: Q & A with Jaime Hernández of Love & Rockets 
4PM – 5PM, PDT 

Hosted by Javier Hernández (LCX Co-founder)  

Jaime Hernández, legendary cartoonist and one of the creators of the LOVE & ROCKETS comic book series, shares career highlights and discusses the artistic influences that shaped his work.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Latino Comics Expo Worldwide 2020

This year we're bringing to you a whole new Latino Comics Expo experience!

In keeping with national and local safety measures enacted due to the pandemic, the Expo will be coming to you online for a special week long event. Featuring our popular selection of panels and presentations, the Latino Comics Expo continues to celebrate the rich variety of talents working in the fields of comics, graphic novels, web comics, animation and more!

We return to collaborating with our partners at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA alongside our sponsor Hyundai. Our additional sponsor partners include the San Manual Band of Mission Indians, the Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation, Robert Gumbiner Foundation, the City of Long Beach and the Arts Council for Long Beach.

Stay tuned here for the schedule of panels and more info on Latino Comics Expo Worldwide!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Latino Animation Festival coming to Maya Cinemas Las Vegas in Janurary 2020!

We're very excited to announce our first event for 2020:
Coming January 25th 2020 to the Maya Cinemas in Las Vegas, our 3rd Annual Latino Animation Festival! Curated once again by our fantastic friend and talented dynamo Crystal Gonzalez. Stay tuned here for the official call for entries!

This is a new partnership with the Maya Cinema chain, founded by legendary producer Moctesuma Esparza. We're grateful for the opportunity to showcase a wide range of talent from the Latino creative community and look forward to the show!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Latino Comics Expo is headed to Modesto Jr. College March 15 & 16, 2019

We are proud to partner up with Modesto Junior College this year for our upcoming Latino Comics Expo!

Join us for this free, family friendly event as we once again present you two full days of comics and culture, plus exhibitors, panels, workshops and all the fun you've come to expect from the Latino Comics Expo!

Click on the tab above for the  programming schedule for both days. Our complete exhibitor list will be posted shortly. And here's our poster featuring artwork by one of our guests, Isabel Ann Castro!

Our headlining special guests are Jaime Hernandez and Gilbert Hernandez, the two co-creators of the legendary comic book series LOVE AND ROCKETS. Our other guest creators include Cathy Camper of the LOWRIDERS IN SPACE book series, Eisner Award winning scholar Frederick Luis Aldama, bestselling YA author Isabel Quintero, children's book author Rhode Montijo, cartoonists Rafael Navarro, Crystal Gonzalez, Jaime Crespo, Breena Nuñez, Eric J. Garcia and a veritable host of writers, artists, podcasters, publishers and more!