PANELS AND WORKSHOPS
David Amsellem – Explore the magic of watercolor. Setting up and getting to know your materials. The secret world of paints: Unlocking their mysteries. Exploring basic watercolor techniques. Understanding color value and values at work. Learn to grade and layer color, blending and flowing together to create your own unique expression. Every participant will take home their own watercolor creation.
Henry Barajas - HOW NOT TO MAKE COMICS: Henry Barajas has been in the comic book industry for a decade. His slow, difficult rise to comic book celebrity was not overnight. It was over a lot of nights. Learn how he makes comics from writing, editing, publishing, printing, lettering, Kickstarting, and promoting. Then do it the opposite way.
Comadres Y Comics – Will moderate a panel of independent comic creators.
Kevin Garcia and Emmanuel Valtierra - Codex Comics: The Creators and Heroes of Mesoamerican Books:
The Aztecs and Mayans made comic books centuries before the first Europeans reached the Americas! Learn how the books were made, how to read them, and how these ancient codices have influenced modern comics!
J Gonzo - Graphic Design as Means of Storytelling in Comics.
Hijxs De Su Maquilera – will talk about their collective and their work as activists.
Magic the Gathering 101 Workshop - Ricardo Perez will teach you to play Magic the Gathering. Challenge your friends to a rigorous battle between “planeswalkers” using spells, artifacts, and creatures depicted on individual Magic cards. Learn to Play decks will be provided.
Olmeca - a moderated discussion that will cover art aesthetics to activism, and the intersection of the two, what is Latin Alternative, what is hip hop, today’s music industry, and more.
RGV Zine Fest – Reclaiming Border Narratives Through Zinemaking.
Hector Rodriguez - Anatomy of a Border Hero, El Peso Hero: The first superhero to confront border issues and immigration detention facilities. Defender of immigrants, hero to the disenfranchised, growing vexation for the Mexican cartels, corrupt officials and human traffickers, El Peso Hero makes waves along the border. Join creator Hector Rodriguez as he shares his journey on the creation of his popular border hero.
SuperCuentos – Dr. Christopher Carmona, Jiovanna Perez and Isaac Chavarria present an examination of comics with a current emphasis on the cultural and diverse representation of superheroes and mortal characters alike. Comics of the past, particularly Latin American comics, are often judged on their faults rather than a through a scholarly lens. They will instead examine Latinx comics as a modern social metaphor and current superheroes represent a range of gender, sexuality, and culture.
St. Sucia – Zine Culture We will review a brief history of zine culture with an emphasis on feminist zines. We will discuss our inception and process. We will teach how to make a mini zine that will be completed by the end of the workshop. We will discuss promotion and distribution of self-published materials and their importance to underrepresented voices as a tool to make space, find community, elevate diverse narratives and promote visibility. Workshop will include a demonstration and work time, with a discussion of the completed zines.
MANY MORE PANELS AND WORKSHOPS TO BE ANNOUNCED.
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