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Latino Comics Expo Los Angeles – August 17 and 18, 2013

Latino Comics Expo Los Angeles

Is this you?

I  love comics

I would like to meet some cool comic book writers.

I want to write a comic book. 

If you are like me and think comics are a great way to share the human experience, then you have to check this out. This weekend the Latino Comics Expo will take place at the Museum of Latin American Art located at the corner of 6th Street and Alamitos in Long Beach, CA (628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802 ). The Expo will host over 50 artists and vendors there to meet and check out their stuff.

I will be there on Saturday. For 9 bucks, I will be talking to the comic book artists, asking questions, taking notes and attending the 4 panels of the day. 9 bucks? Well, if you are a student, you can get in for 6 bucks. OK, if you really want to do it on the cheap, and you want to check it out on Sunday, the museum and festival is free. As always, please use your savings to buy something from the artists to keep the scene alive.

Back to the panels on Saturday. At noon, the panel will be “DIY Comics- The ins and outs of creating & publishing your own comics” with Javier Hernandez, Alex Olivas, Eric Esquivel, Gabriel Gamboa and Crystal Gonzalez.

Then, at 1, the panel will be “Spandexed Latinos: Geometric Storytelling in Superhero Comics” with Professor Frederick Aldama presenting a more in-depth view of the comic form.

At 2, you will get to watch some wild animated short films, “The Jim Lujan Cartoon Show.”

If that wasn’t enough, at 3 is “Bring on The Lucha Heroes: 60 Years of Mexican Masked Wrestlers in Comics” with Keith Rainville, Rafael Navarro, J. Gonzo, Dan Madigan and luchador Lestat.

I can’t make it on Sunday, but if I could, I would check out the Latina Power Roundtable at 1 and three other amazing panels. Sunday (only) also has very cool crafts for the kids where they can make their own comics and superhero masks.

Don’t miss this one. I hope to see you there!

For more information. please visit the Latino Comics Expo website.

 

LA Taco’s 2012 List of Things To Do for Día de los Muertos in the Los Angeles Area

LA Taco 2012 Dia de los Muertos Guide

The Best 2012 Dia de los Muertos Guide, Los Angeles

 

Sheezz Louise! They did it again. Erick Huerta writing for L.A. Taco has come up with another fantastic list of the Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead things to do in the Los Angeles area. If you want to celebrate the holiday, there is bound to be something on the list that suits your taste.

Many of the notable eastside musical acts will be playing the area at the events including Ozomalti, Upground, Las Cafeteras, Queztal, Quinto Sol, La Santa Cecilia, Very Be Careful, and El Vez as the MC for the event in Grand Park

So without furthu ado, click the link below to open up the possibilites….

THE BEST 2012 DIA DE LOS MUERTOS GUIDE TO EVENTS HAPPENING IN LOS ANGELES AND BEYOND!

 

The Eastside Band Quetzal is Back with a New Album “Imaginaries”

Imaginaries from the band QuetzalWe are overjoyed that Quetzal is back! Not only are they back playing in the local area, but Quetzal has a strong new album that will keep your toes a tappin’ and your mind a thinkin’. Quetzal’s  latest album, Imaginaries, was be released on February 28th, 2012. This album blends the Veracruz traditional sounds of son jarocho with modern rock and R&B sounds to create a fusion that is very Los Angeles and features tracks in both English and Spanish.

If you haven’t heard Queztal before, you are in for a treat. You can sample four of the new tracks now from Imaginaries at SmithsonianMag.com. The available tracks are the title track “Imaginaries,” “Tragafuegos (Fire Breathers),”  “Dreamers, Schemers,” and the beautiful “Todo lo que tengo (All That I Have). After you get a taste of these tracks, we are sure you will want to support Quetzal and buy the full album on iTunes or on Amazon. These Eastside artists are nourished by their music, but they need food to survive.
This album, Imaginaries, is the first release in association with Smithsonian Folkways Tradiciones/ Traditions, known for releasing culturally relevant music of the United States.
From their website:

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution, the national museum of the United States. We are dedicated to supporting cultural diversity and increased understanding among peoples through the documentation, preservation, and dissemination of sound. We believe that musical and cultural diversity contributes to the vitality and quality of life throughout the world. Through the dissemination of audio recordings and educational materials we seek to strengthen people’s engagement with their own cultural heritage and to enhance their awareness and appreciation of the cultural heritage of others.

Our mission is the legacy of Moses Asch, who founded Folkways Records in 1948 to document “people’s music,” spoken word, instruction, and sounds from around the world. The Smithsonian acquired Folkways from the Asch estate in 1987, and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings has continued the Folkways commitment to cultural diversity, education, increased understanding, and lively engagement with the world of sound.

Quetzal is also back playing locally.  To keep up with all things Quetzal, follow them on Facebook. at Facebook.com/QuetzalEastLA.

Javier Hernandez, comic creator, will release THE COMA at GEEKS Comics in Whittier on Sat, Nov 19, 2011

Javier Hernandez, the independent comic book creator known for creating EL MUERTO, the Aztec Zombie, will be releasing his newest comic, THE COMA, at GEEKS Comics in Whittier on Saturday, November 19, 2011.

Hernandez’s latest comic is THE COMA, which is about…nope, can’t tell you yet. You will get all that info below in the interview we did with Hernandez. Not only does he talk about The COMA, COMA CON, and COMA CAKE, but he also talks about his interest in comics, the movie that was made about El Muerto starring Wilmer Valderrama (El Muerto DVD link), and shares his advice for people wanting to break into the comics-writing world.

Also, check out his artwork that is currently on display as part of the UCLA Chicano Studies exhibit “Chican@s Collect: The Duron Family Collection”

- Interview with Javier Hernandez -

What what were the first comics you remember reading?
My older brother Albert gave me stacks of his comics, which include late 60s/early 70s runs of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, FANTASTIC FOUR, DAREDEVIL, INCREDIBLE HULK, BATMAN, etc. A great sampling of classic Marvel and DC comics.

Who are your main artistic influences?

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Dia de los Muertos 2011 in Los Angeles (Day of the Dead)

Dia de Los Muertos 2011

Dia de Los Muertos 2011

Have you made plans for Dia de los Muertos? This is a fun, yet reverent Mexican holiday that dates back hundreds of years. On this day, a National holiday in Mexico, people remember loved ones that have passed. Like Halloween, it is celebrated with costumes and candy. You will see many people who have painted their faces like a fanciful skulls. At many of the events, they will sell skulls made of sugar that you may decorate and eat.

Need some suggestions on where to go? Then, check out LA Taco’s incredibly comprehensive list of events in the LA area at http://www.lataco.com/taco/2011-dia-muertos-day-dead-los-angeles. As this is LA, there are some interesting offshoots from the traditional celebrations.

Among the highlights of the 30+ events listed on LA Taco’s guide are:

It seems to get better each year.

Latino Bloggers – August Meetup at the Far Bar


Image from Angelenic.com

** This was a post from a while back. Latino bloggers used to get together to hang out in the downtown Los Angeles area. Let me know if you are interested in having the bloggeros get together again at bloggeros(at)EastsideScene.com.

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In the past, the Latino/a Bloggers have met mostly at cafes and restaurants. This time we will shake it up a little and meet at the Far Bar in Little Tokyo. The Far Bar is a great place to kick back outdoors in a semi-enclosed area (bring a sweater) with good prices on drinks and a great atmosphere.

The Far Bar at Chop Suey Cafe is located at 347 E. First Street in Little Tokyo.

As the Far Bar closes at midnight, we will have plenty of time to discuss what ever come up.

Question of the night: Do any of you use Twitter? Eastside Scene recently signed up for an account.

If you are a blogger that cares about Latino/a American Experience then please come join the fun. No agenda. No pressure. No RSVP necessary.

See you there!

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Blogeros/as will meet at Antigua Cafe


Image from the Ensie blog

** This was a post from a while back. Antigua has since moved locations. Latino bloggers used to get together to hang out in the downtown Los Angeles area. Let me know if you are interested in having the bloggeros get together again at bloggeros(at)EastsideScene.com.

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Our next Latino/a Blogger get-together will be at Antigua Cafe in El Sereno. This is one of the best places to get coffee and hang out in the Eastside.

*We just got the news that in three weeks this cafe will close its doors in El Sereno. They will open in Cypress Park in the summer.

If you are a blogger with a Latina/o-slant or a potential Latina/o blogger come hang out. No agenda. No pressure. No RSVP necessary. We are just people who like to share thoughts and information using the web.

Antigua Cafe is located at 4836 Huntington Dr S in El Sereno.

Tierra, War, Malo, Little Willie G, Thee Midniters, Mariachis, and fireworks to celebrate the East L.A. Civic Center Grand Opening

This should be a great free event.

The East L.A. Civic Center Grand Opening will be on Saturday, May 10th, 2008 from 9am till 10pm.  The concert starts at 5pm.

The East Los Angeles Civic Center is located at 4801 E. Third St. in East Los Angeles.

For more information, see Supervisor Gloria Molina’s website or this article from the LA TIMES.

 

Blogeros/as will meet at Antigua Cafe

  

Image from ViewFromALoft.com

** This was a post from a while back. Latino bloggers used to get together to hang out in the downtown Los Angeles area. Let me know if you are interested in having the bloggeros get together again at bloggeros(at)EastsideScene.com.

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Our next Latino/a Blogger get-together will be at Antigua Cafe in El Sereno. The changes should make it easier for people to come hang out – a later time (at 7 insted of 6) and longer hours (the place closes at 11).

If you are a blogger with a Latina/o-slant or a potential Latina/o blogger come hang out. No agenda. No pressure. No RSVP necessary. We are just people who like to share thoughts and information using the web.

Antigua Cafe is located at 4836 Huntington Dr S in El Sereno.

Free music, art, & dance at the new LATC to kick off SPRING ON SPRING

 

At a time, when ticket prices for live entertainment are more expensive than ever, the New Los Angeles Theater Center will start off their “Spring on Spring” programming with a free event featuring dance, music, food, and art. The great thing about the full Spring on Spring series of over 15 events is that no single event is over 12 bucks. Even better, 50 bucks will buy a pass for all the events.

The free kick-off event, Fresh Paint, will be Friday, April 18, 2008 at 9 pm. This should be a fun night with a variety of performances. The night will feature music by Cita La Muñeca Rota, Ricardo Ochoa, and the rock cello player Semyon Kobialka. There will be krump dancing by Buckworld One. The Art adorning the walls will be from the famous Chicano artist GRONK & the pop artist William Deutsch and to round out the party spirit, D.J. Original Bozak will use his turntables to make you move.

The New LATC is located at 514 S. Spring Street, in dowtown Los Angeles

All this is free, but reservations are required. To reserve a place, send an email to Kick-Off@THENEWLATC.com.

For more information, visit TheNewLATC.com.

 

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