Your Brain on Latino Comics: From Gus Arriola to Los Bros Hernandez by Frederick Luis AldamaYour Brain on Latino Comics: From Gus Arriola to Los Bros Hernandez by Frederick Luis Aldama

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

byFrederick Luis Aldama

Paperback | June 1, 2009

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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.

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.
Title:Your Brain on Latino Comics: From Gus Arriola to Los Bros HernandezFormat:PaperbackDimensions:341 pages, 9 × 5.98 × 0.78 inPublished:June 1, 2009Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0292719736

ISBN - 13:9780292719736


Table of Contents

  • Part I: An Overview of Latino Comics
    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. So Many Approaches, So Little . . .
    • 3. Concerned Comics
    • 4. The Good, Bad, and . . . Beautiful
    • 5. Mainstreamed Compadres
    • 6. Slipstreamed Latinos
    • 7. Latinos Strike Back
    • 8. Spandexed Latinas, Where Art Thou?
    • 9. More Superheroes Revealed
    • 10. Spandex Alternatives
    • 11. All That Is White Turns Noir
    • 12. Other à la Modes
    • 13. Strips with New Stripes
  • Part II: Brains A-sizzle on Latino Comics
    • 14. Introduction
    • 15. Comic, Tragic, Epic--Redux
    • 16. Proof's in the Pudding
    • 17. Getting Emotional
    • 18. Abracadabra . . . the Mind-Reading Trick
    • 19. Double Trouble: The Visual and Verbal Narrator
    • 20. Latinos Conjured Up
    • 21. Rereading Race and Ethnicity
    • 22. It's a Burrito Wrap
  • Part III: Conversations with the Creators
    • David Alvarez
    • Gus Arriola
    • Hector Cantú
    • Carlos Castellanos
    • Richard Dominguez
    • Frank Espinosa
    • Roberta Gregory
    • Gilbert Hernandez of Los Bros Hernandez
    • Jaime Hernandez of Los Bros Hernandez
    • Javier Hernandez
    • Jonathan and Joshua Luna of The Luna Brothers
    • Laura Molina
    • Rhode Montijo
    • Rafael Navarro
    • Anthony Oropeza
    • Peter Ramirez
    • Fernando Rodriguez
    • Bobby Rubio
    • Carlos Saldaña
    • Wilfred Santiago
    • Ivan Velez Jr.
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Editorial Reviews

"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