Your Brain on Latino Comics: From Gus Arriola to Los Bros Hernandez
University of Texas Press, 19 oct. 2012
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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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?
Gilbert Hernandez of Los Bros Hernandez
Jaime Hernandez of Los Bros Hernandez
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 Asizzle on Latino Comics
15 Comic Tragic EpicRedux
16 Proofs in the Pudding
17 Getting Emotional
18 Abracadabra the MindReading Trick
The Visual and Verbal Narrator
20 Latinos Conjured Up
21 Rereading Race and Ethnicity
22 Its a Burrito Wrap
PART 3 Conversations with the Creators