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expologoTomorrow and Sunday the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach hosts the fifth annual Latino Comics Expo.

Featured artists include POCHO contributor Eric J. Garcia, POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz, New York’s Stephanie Rodriguez and more.

Javier Hernandez of Love and Rockets fame, is the ringleader.

KCET’s Matt Stromberg explains the cultural significance of Latino cartoonistas and the political history they pioneered:

As box office figures can attest, comic books are big business, with successful cinematic adaptations proving that superheroes have made the leap from pop cultural niche to mainstream entertainment. Despite their wide appeal, however, comic books, at least the established titles that usually become big screens franchises, are still predominantly filled with white, male characters, especially in leading roles.

A new exhibition at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach, “Artists Assemble! Empowerment and Inspiration in Contemporary Comics,” aims to challenge that narrative by focusing on mainly Latino artists who are using the medium to explore cultural and political issues that have meaning for them.

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Bay Area artist Favianna Rodriguez illustrated a quote from Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel. R.I.P. [Mas…]


A year ago, before cartoonist Junco Canché joined POCHO as our Chicano Punk Rock Artesano, he was having some issues with deadlines. He’s all good now. [NSFW in Spanish.]

holyjokersArtist Ana Smile has people all offended in Brazil, but she thinks they need to just chill.

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The Chicago Reader shared an excellent obituary of artist Jose Guerrero.

Presenting the Frida Kahlo artwork slideshow musical video

by HABLO PICASSO October 1, 2015 Cartoons
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Experience Frida Khalo’s paintings in a musical slideshow by RiZaAnn

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Latino Heritage Month Pochismo Profile: Xochitl Cahuenga-Alvarado

by HABLO PICASSO September 17, 2015 Cartoons
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California artist Xochitl Cahuenga-Alvarado (born in 1988 in Fresno) creates mixed media artworks and performances. By investigating language on a meta-level, Cahuenga-Alvarado tries to grasp language. Transformed into art, language becomes an ornament. At that moment, lots of ambiguities and indistinctnesses, which are inherent to the phenomenon, come to the surface. Ooooh, shiny! Her mixed […]

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Mexican artist Axur Eneas: Videogame icons and mascots (toons)

by EresNerd July 21, 2015 Cartoons
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Comic artist Axur Eneas created a series of illustrations of videogame gear, characters, mascots, logos, icons, and glyphs for a gamer convention in Mexico DF. We captioned them all for your nerdy geeky pleasure.

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San Antonio artist Isabel Ann Castro dreams of Frida Kahlo

by HABLO PICASSO July 9, 2015 Cartoons
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Isabel Ann Castro — aka the Queen of Tacos, Texas — raises desmadre and makes art in San Antonio, Texas.  Last weekend she was holding hands with Frida Kahlo.  

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eBay bidding has begun! @LaloAlcaraz’ AZTEC SK8R UPDATED*

by Lalo Alcaraz June 12, 2015 Cartoons
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I started this painting last week as part of a series of Mexicas (Aztecs) living and reacting to today’s world. I was reminded of on-again, off-again modern-day Mexicas by a hate letter/post I got from the organizer and head poobah of a brown “self-hate” group, the Mexica Movement. These geniuses are the Chicano equivalent of […]

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I’m painting an Aztec skater to auction off – stay tooned!

by Lalo Alcaraz June 3, 2015 Cartoons
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I started painting an Aztec skater Tuesday afternoon for an a planned auction to benefit the mirth-making here at POCHO. Here’s how he looks so far:

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Mexican sculptor and his sculpture go to Harvard (video)

by HABLO PICASSO May 8, 2015 Cultura
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How does Mexican artist Carlos Amorales hang a massive mobile sculpture called Triangle Constellation from the glass roof of the courtyard of an art museum at Harvard? Very very carefully. Harvard explains:

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Unseen for half a century: Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe (photos, video)

by LOU NASOL May 7, 2015 Cultura
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Selected photos of Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe – locked away for half a century – will go on exhibit in London next week. Dangerous Minds reports: After Kahlo’s death in 1954, her husband Diego Rivera shut her belongings in a bathroom at their Mexico City home, the Blue House, [video, below] the marvelous house they shared—and then […]

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Charlie Chicken, Canine Artist: A Puerto Rican perro in NYC (video)

by Andalé Mono November 18, 2014 Cultura
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He’s only a small town dog from Puerto Rico, scoffers say. But seriously, can Charlie Chicken, Canine Artist, make it in the uber competitive New York artistic scene? Charlie’s creations (his mixed media are poop and urine) are regularly featured all across Brooklyn, the short documentary explains.

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How the leopard got its spots, the zebra its stripes (toons)

by HABLO PICASSO May 12, 2014 Cartoons
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A trippy new series of prints from Guadalajara artist Ricardo Solis explains how the leopard got its spots, the zebra its stripes, and more.

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RIP Sam Coronado (toon)

by ERIC J. GARCIA November 26, 2013 Cartoons
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Frida Kahlo finally comes to senses, sees cosmetologist (photos)

by HABLO PICASSO November 18, 2013 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from MEXICO, DF) Dead Mexican feminist artist and icon Frida Kahlo has finally come to her senses and visited a cosmetologist here to clean up her act. The old Frida, with monobrow and bigote, is on the left; new shiny, happy Frida on the right: Here are the same photos but bigger so […]

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You can’t un-see this: Celebrity Photoshop ‘makeunders’ (photos)

by DON JUAN GAMERA July 25, 2013 Cultura
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New York artist Danny Evans uses his mad Photoshop skillz to fight for truth, justice and pinche reality in a series of celebrity photographs artfully reimagined as photos of ordinary people. Here are Johnny Depp and Madonna, for example: Not done yet? You can take more, no problem? Meet Brad and Angelina and Jennifer Lopez […]

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Meet artist Abel Alejandre: He’s all about the cock fighting (video)

by HABLO PICASSO June 21, 2013 Cultura
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Los Angeles artist Abel Alejandre says he did a lot of fighting when he was a kid, so the fighting cock has become his alter ego. [Video by Eric Minh Swenson. Music by Josh Garcia.]

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Meanwhile, at the White House, this was happening (photo)

by Comic Saenz February 12, 2013 Cartoons
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This just in from our friend, installation artist Ramiro Gomez Jr., who is in Washington, D.C. It looks like an immigrant family was at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue today, on the outside looking in. Even the Washington Post paid attention. Here’s the full-sized photo — click to enlarge:

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Pocho Ocho secret items from Frida Kahlo’s closet *not* on display

by Especial Correspondents January 9, 2013 Cultura
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What’s behind the blue door? While visitors to the Casa Azul Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico City think they’re viewing a definitive selection of items from Kahlo’s closet that have been hidden for 58 years, POCHO has learned that curators, sensitive to the artist’s legend, have held back some items from public display. Here are […]

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On Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive, it looks a bit like Christmas (photos)

by Comic Saenz December 11, 2012 Cultura
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Ramiro J. Gomez is a West Hollywood installation artist who makes and places cardboard avatars of immigrant laborers around Southern California’s richer neighborhoods; his mission is to make normally invisible people visible, if just for a short time. Monday around 4:30 Gomez was busy populating the cardboard labor force on Beverly Hills‘ famed shopping street, […]

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Eye of the beholder: A day in the life of an Eames chair (video)

by HABLO PICASSO July 28, 2012 Cultura
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DIEZ tells the story of a molded plywood Eames chair and its journey over the course of a few days in San Francisco, a journey that starts when the chair is momentarily left in front of an upscale gallery, and an older Mexican woman takes the chair, mistaking the modern design icon for trash. This […]

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