Your Brain on Latino Comics: From Gus Arriola to Los Bros Hernandez

Paperback | June 1, 2009

byFrederick Luis Aldama

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Though the field of comic book studies has burgeoned in recent years, Latino characters and creators have received little attention. Putting the spotlight on this vibrant segment, Your Brain on Latino Comics illuminates the world of superheroes Firebird, Vibe, and the new Blue Beetle while also examining the effects on readers who are challenged to envision such worlds.

Exploring mainstream companies such as Marvel and DC as well as rising stars from other segments of the industry, Frederick Aldama provides a new reading of race, ethnicity, and the relatively new storytelling medium of comics themselves. Overview chapters cover the evolution of Latino influences in comics, innovations, and representations of women, demonstrating Latino transcendence of many mainstream techniques. The author then probes the rich and complex ways in which such artists affect the cognitive and emotional responses of readers as they imagine past, present, and future worlds.

Twenty-one interviews with Latino comic book and comic strip authors and artists, including Laura Molina, Frank Espinosa, and Rafael Navarro, complete the study, yielding captivating commentary on the current state of the trade, cultural perceptions, and the intentions of creative individuals who shape their readers in powerful ways.

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Though the field of comic book studies has burgeoned in recent years, Latino characters and creators have received little attention. Putting the spotlight on this vibrant segment, Your Brain on Latino Comics illuminates the world of superheroes Firebird, Vibe, and the new Blue Beetle while also examining the effects on readers who are ...

FREDERICK LUIS ALDAMA is Professor of English and Comparative Studies and Director of Latino Studies at Ohio State University, Columbus. His seven previous books include Spilling the Beans in Chicanolandia: Conversations with Writers and Artists.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:341 pages, 9 × 5.98 × 0.78 inPublished:June 1, 2009Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292719736

ISBN - 13:9780292719736

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Table of Contents

Part I: An Overview of Latino Comics1. Introduction2. So Many Approaches, So Little . . .3. Concerned Comics4. The Good, Bad, and . . . Beautiful5. Mainstreamed Compadres6. Slipstreamed Latinos7. Latinos Strike Back8. Spandexed Latinas, Where Art Thou?9. More Superheroes Revealed10. Spandex Alternatives11. All That Is White Turns Noir12. Other . la Modes13. Strips with New StripesPart II: Brains A-sizzle on Latino Comics14. Introduction15. Comic, Tragic, Epic--Redux16. Proof's in the Pudding17. Getting Emotional18. Abracadabra . . . the Mind-Reading Trick19. Double Trouble: The Visual and Verbal Narrator20. Latinos Conjured Up21. Rereading Race and Ethnicity22. It's a Burrito WrapPart III: Conversations with the CreatorsDavid AlvarezGus ArriolaHector CantúCarlos CastellanosRichard DominguezFrank EspinosaRoberta GregoryGilbert Hernandez of Los Bros HernandezJaime Hernandez of Los Bros HernandezJavier HernandezJonathan and Joshua Luna of The Luna BrothersLaura MolinaRhode MontijoRafael NavarroAnthony OropezaPeter RamirezFernando RodriguezBobby RubioCarlos SaldañaWilfred SantiagoIvan Velez Jr.NotesBibliographyIndex

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.Your Brain on Latino Comics is a much-needed addition to the field of Latino studies, serving as a bridge between a rich Latino comics history that has been paid little scholarly attention in the past and a thriving contemporary Latino literary culture that was widely influenced by Latino comics like Love & Rockets.. - Eric Reynolds, editor, Fantagraphics Books