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Your Brain on Latino Comics

From Gus Arriola to Los Bros Hernandez

By Frederick Luis Aldama

Publication Year: 2009

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.

Published by: University of Texas Press

Series: Cognitive Approaches to Literature and Culture Series


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Part I: An Overview of Latino Comics

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pp. 1-78

This book began the moment I decided as a kid to read and reread one comic book and not another. It began when I decided to cross-dress as a Mexican luchador (wrestler) and as some sort of Superman-Batman mix. It began the moment that comic book storyworlds allowed me to imagine myself battling foes, indulging in superhuman feats, surmounting gigantesque...

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Part II: Brains A-Sizzle on Latino Comics

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pp. 91-120

The recovery of a Latino comic book and comic strip tradition that flows within and against mainstream currents is more than informative. The more we know of its details, the greater pleasure we reap as reader-viewers. When such a genealogy is identified, it becomes more visibly a part of the social memory we categorize as comics: comic books and comic strips. The more...

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Part III: Conversations with the Creators

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pp. 121-303

David Alvarez was born in 1972 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, then grew up in the town of Manatí. It was here that he began to develop his passion for drawing at age five. His early training: to spend hours drawing the expressions and faces of Disney cartoon characters. He continued to develop his craft in high school and college; he studied graphic arts at Manatí’s Vocational and...


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pp. 293-300


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pp. 301-331

E-ISBN-13: 9780292795211
E-ISBN-10: 0292795211
Print-ISBN-13: 9780292719347
Print-ISBN-10: 0292719345

Page Count: 341
Illustrations: 90 b&w illus.
Publication Year: 2009

Series Title: Cognitive Approaches to Literature and Culture Series
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OCLC Number: 429911628
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