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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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chipssalsaWhite folks in sombreros and serapes. Spanglish beer commercials every few minutes. Yup, pretty ridiculous, señor.

I agree with most of my friend Gustavo Arellano’s Cinco de Mayo video rant, mas o menos.

He says it’s ridiculous, only serves some limited purposes as far as educating about the evils of Imperialism, or the promotion of self-determination, y todo eso. Battle of Puebla my ear. Sure. OK, guey.

However, I think Gustavo misses one big fat Manuel’s El Tepeyac Hollenbeck Burrito-sized point:

We’ve got to celebrate with the holidays we have,
not the holidays we want

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Advertising agency ZUBI (in Florida, of course) steps up for the minority of “Latinos” and “Hispanics” who aren’t Mexican — and people who hate tacos. Because “Latino emotions,” tu sabes, are different and require special emoji. [Mas…]


In San Diego, where the “California Burrito” has fries inside, the taco shops have poetry, thanks to the Taco Shop Poets. [Video by Paul Espinosa.]

bigblondejesusIn 1969, my mother registered to vote as a member of La Raza Unida, an independent “third party.”

When she came home and shared the news with her father — declaring that she was a “Chicana” — he grew angry.

He told her never to use that word, since “Chicano” was a derogatory term when he was growing up.

Despite my mother’s defiance of the patriarchal family regime that day, she never talked much about the importance of our Mexican heritage or exploring the values of Xicanisma.

Mom did send me to an all-girls Catholic high school, however, and maybe that was an attempt at showing me empowerment for women. The school was in 75% white Glendora, though, so our Jesus statues were white (photo, above), just like our feminism.  [Mas…]

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American children of immigrants are all the same when it comes to dealing with Thanksgiving.

Y digamos: “Amén​​.”

See this painting that is supposed to depict the first Thanksgiving? It’s wrong wrong wrong. What really went on at that epic feast so long ago? We’ve got eight little-known factoids right here:

8. The frozen string beans in the casserole were past their sell-by date

7. Pilgrim Zephaniah Winslow = silent but deadly

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La Cucaracha: Halloween or Day of the Dead? (#TBT 2007 toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz October 22, 2015 Cartoons
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Naco Ñewsday: ‘Naco art’ according to Instagram (photos)

by HABLO PICASSO October 6, 2015 Cartoons
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Let’s define our terms: According to the Daily Texican, “naco,” not a nice word, is Mexican slang for a lower class, ignorant country bumpkin, and/or a derogatory term for an “Indio” or native. “Naco art,” therefore, is the Mexican version of lowbrow “art” like Elvis paintings on velvet or sad clowns and/or big-eyed “Keene” people. […]

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What do Los Cenzontles say? ‘Good Morning, Aztlan!’ (video)

by Soy Capitan September 18, 2015 Cultura
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Buenas dias, Aztlan! And TGIF! Los Cenzontles (The Mockingbirds) re-imagine the Los Lobos classic Good Morning, Aztlan! with some scenes that sure look familiar! And the Los Lobos version is here:

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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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Luchadores are Mexico’s ‘real life superheroes’ (BBC video)

by Verdana Bold September 16, 2015 Cultura
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“Lucha Libre – or free fighting – is a Mexican style of wrestling,” writes the BBC World Service. “Katinka Herbert documents the secret lives of these so-called luchadores known for their outlandish outfits and garish masks.”

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Happy Rosh HaShanah from the Jews of Tijuana! Happy 5776! (video)

by Comic Saenz September 11, 2015 Cultura
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Mexico, like the United Estates, is a “nation of immigrants.” In the 1900s, Tijuana welcomed Jewish refugees fleeing wars, hate and poverty in Europe, Asia and the Mideast. Tijuana Jews, the story of the extended Artenstein family, has become a POCHO Rosh HaShanah (New Year) tradition ever since we noticed rosh-ha-shanah rhymes with Tijuana. The […]

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Born in the USA: The secret downside of espeaking Spanglish

by Estefania Zavala August 3, 2015 Cultura
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“Wow, it’s so cool you can speak Spanish,” people tell me after they hear me on the phone with my mom. I say thanks and try to shrug it off, but I worry that letting them think that gives a mistaken impression. I mean, yes. I can speak Spanish. My parents taught me Spanish when […]

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Native American tacos at Phoenix’ Fry Bread House (video)

by MOSCA MEXICAN July 1, 2015 Cultura
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The Zagat foodie channel checks out the famous Fry Bread House in Phoenix, Arizona, to find out what the huh fry bread is. And “Indian Tacos”? What the heck? Thankfully, Sandra Martin explains how Native Americans turned Uncle Sam’s lemons into lemonade. And tacos.

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How to sell stuff to passionate, emotional Hispanics (1-minute video)

by Comic Saenz May 28, 2015 Cultura
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You’re passionate, Mr. and/or Ms. Hispanic, and emotional. You like stories, and web video stories under one minute long especially. Do we have some stories for you! Also tacos, which all Hispanics love, futbol ditto, and la musica, piñatas and burros tambien. HEY! WHAT ABOUT SPICY?

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Latino USA: Favorite Spanglish words and Ilan Stavans (audio)

by Moctezuma Cortés May 13, 2015 Audio
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Like puro pochos, the peeps at Latino USA talk Spanglish. In this episode they talk about their favorite Spanglish vocabulary words and also check in with expert and POCHO amigo Professor Ilan Stavans, who literally wrote the book on Spanglish.

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But what kind of Asian ARE you? (video)

by Lucida Grandé May 11, 2015 Cultura
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Somehow this looks and sounds familiar…. PREVIOUSLY ON STUFF LIKE THIS:

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Ask A Mexican: Do all Mexiguys want a woman who cooks? (video)

by Comic Saenz February 26, 2015 Cultura
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Dear Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano: Is it true that the way to a Mexican guy’s corazon is through his panza? And if so, why? [Possible F Bomb at the tail end of this video.]

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BBC Video: What does it mean to be Mexican-American?

by Moctezuma Cortés February 9, 2015 Cultura
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The BBC sent a reporter to the Southwest to find out what it means to be a Mexican-American. The answer? It’s complicated.

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Ask A Mexican: Why do Mexicans eat tamales during Christmas? (video)

by Comic Saenz December 11, 2014 Cultura
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♫ ♬ Masa roasting by an open fire… ♫ ♬ Wait; that masa thing doesn’t sound right. Dear Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano: Why do Mexicans eat tamales during Christmas? Previously on tamales:

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The Fung Brothers hope you had a ‘Happy Asian Thanksgiving’ (video)

by WONG GUEY November 28, 2014 Cultura
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American children of immigrants are all the same when it comes to dealing with Thanksgiving. Y digamos: “Amén​​.”

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The Chipotle Diaries: Is this pseudo Mayan ‘art’ a tribute or ripoff?

by TACO D. TOWNE November 21, 2014 Cultura
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When we last visited the Chipotle Mexican Grill saga, the issue was the inability of the food chain to find any Latino writers to feature on their writer-decorated packaging. Have they learned? An observant blogger and Mayan art geek in Philadelphia visited a Center City Chipotle Mexican Grill location and did a quick double-take when […]

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