San Diego International ComicCon starts tonight, but tomorrow is the Historic! First! Ever! Chicano Comic Art panel at #SDCC! Join us! Also, ChicanoCon is in effect Saturday at BorderX Brewery in Logan Heights. See you there!
Chicano Comic and Public Art in San Diego, Thursday, 7/21/16, 6-7PM, Room: 25ABCA Panel discussion on San Diego’s vibrant popular arts scene in Barrio Logan, SDSU and UCSD. Discussions on Chicano comics and strips, public murals, Chicano superheros, magic and mythology. Moderated by Peruvian muralist and Chicano Park curator Mario Torrero, with me, Lalo Alcaraz, Border X gallery owner David BorderX and POCHO’s Chicano Punk Rock Artesano Junco Canché.
San Diego artist Ricardo Islas used acrylic on wood to create this miniature 5″ x 7″ gem — Gentrification.
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When Japanese students at the Q International School in San Diego tried an unlikely All-American Mashup, a “sushirrito,” they were surprised.
At first, they noted, the colors weren’t right, there was no mustard and it lacked ketchup and hamburger. On the other hand, nom nom nom!
We weren’t surprised. In SD, burritos have explored new culinary and multicultural frontiers — they come with French fries:
The Tiki Oasis, San Diego, Califas 2014: El Vez is going to Aztlan — that’s where he wants to be. “The Mexican Elvis” (real name Robert Lopez) is from Chula Vista, Califas, so he’s already there. POCHO world headquarters — in East Los — tambien!
Here’s the studio version, from his album Gracias Land:
Sightings of creatures resembling the legendary chupacabra could mean bad news for area pets, according to KGTV Channel 10 ABC News.
In San Diego, your basic carne asada burrito comes with French fries inside. They call it a “California Burrito,” because that’s how they roll.
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San Diego’s Los Hollywood says they’ll see you tomorrow. Heidy Flores is singing and playing bass. Remember her name.
Just like I promised the Washington Post, here are some photos from Comic-Con in San Diego:
Let’s start with the first of several selfies. Here I am with Ramon Ramirez of Smarty Cartoons:
This dude? Photo speaks for itself. Maybe:
What do you need to know when crossing to El Norte from Tijuana? One artist who lived that life incorporated all she learned into origami “cootie catcher” fortune teller paper tip sheets. (Silent video, above.)
Isabella Cruz-Chong grew up in Tijuana, she explained to POCHO in an email, “and I would constantly cross between Tijuana and San Diego. The instructions originated from common rules most people from there know, personal instructions that my parents used to tell me when I was growing up. Some are my own that I have learned that are important to be aware of. All of the instructions are written in my own words.”
After the United States passed the openly racist Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882, migrants from China went to Mexico instead. And the legacy of those immigrants is still found today on both sides of the border: Chinese-Mexican food.
Why does San Diego think its burritos are California’s best? It’s because they have French fries inside, at least according to the Zagat restaurant guide people.
Double Horizon documents an interactive light show at the US-Mexico border crossing at San Ysidro (near San Diego) that is triggered by the cars themselves. [Relax. It’s not you. There is no sound in this silent video. Also, your tax dollars at work.]
With inexpensive remote-controlled drones (typically quadcopters) mounted with small, lightweight digital cameras, previously unseen vistas can be captured and shared as videos and stills. This video shows the Monument to the Mexican Revolution in the Plaza de la República in downtown Mexico City. [Click on the photos to enlarge.]
POCHO’s Comic Saenz wasn’t 100% sure where the Crimean Peninsula was on a map until last week, when Russia grabbed it, and he had no clue about the Strait of Malacca, where that Malaysian Airlines flight may have disappeared.
He had to look this stuff up on the Internets (photo), and maybe you did too.
That’s when we realized our geographical memory banks — and yours — might need a little shot of phresh knowledge, like this list of the Pocho Ocho Weird Geographical Chingaderas You Probably Never Heard Of:
8. Lake Tiacaca. Nowhere near the Andes, this stinky mess was discovered in your Aunt Anna’s bathroom after that thing with the sewer pipes.
7. The Chicano Triangle. This tortilla-chip-shaped segment of Southern California goes from Oxnard to San Diego to Indio. Many (traditionally) black and (predominantly) white neighborhoods formerly located in this area have disappeared from demographers’ charts.
6. The Straights of Esai. These large ribbed rock formations just north of Malibu bring ALL the boys to the yard.
Anyone can make a video of San Diego low riders hopping, and lowrider fans partying. But not everyone can set it to operatic music. Filmmaker Gloria Morán, of San Francisco, did just that.
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Hey Vato’s Chuy, Smiley and the poet John Keats return to discuss the meaning of football, the love of Raider Nation and this pinche life in Bless Us Al Davis.
Last week at this time POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz was posing as a professional cartoonist at Comic-Con 2013 in San Diego, but he was dressed as Lalo. These enthusiastic costume players, on the other hand, were living the dream.