Tales From La Vida: A Latinx Comics Anthology is a collection of comics created by top and emerging contemporary Latinx comic artists including myself.
Exploring Latinx Identity
The anthology explores the diverse experiences of being Latinx. For La Vida I contributed a comic that reflected on Afro-Latinx identity. I titled it “____-American” due to the nature of having to navigate and justify yourself through “hyphen Americanness."
I sincerely hope this book gets widespread attention and proper due. The Latinx experience makes up a large part of the Western Hemisphere yet it’s reflection is negligible in most mediums.
Tales from La Vida: A Latinx Comics Anthology Reviews
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Our very own content editor Ananya Vahal has written a wonderful review through her blog as well. Click on her image to check it out.
Below you will find the summary reviews from Amazon.com.
In the Latinx comics community, there is much to celebrate today, with more Latinx comic book artists than ever before. The resplendent visual-verbal storyworlds of these artists reach into and radically transform so many visual and storytelling genres. Tales from la Vida celebrates this space by bringing together more than eighty contributions by extraordinary Latinx creators. Their short visual-verbal narratives spring from autobiographical experience as situated within the language, culture, and history that inform Latinx identity and life. Tales from la Vida showcases the huge variety of styles and worldviews of today’s Latinx comic book and visual creators.
Whether it’s detailing the complexities of growing up—mono- or multilingual, bicultural, straight, queer, or feminist Latinx—or focusing on aspects of pop culture, these graphic vignettes demonstrate the expansive complexity of Latinx identities. Taken individually and together, these creators—including such legendary artists as Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, Roberta Gregory, and Kat Fajardo, to name a few—and their works show the world that when it comes to Latinx comics, there are no limits to matters of content and form. As we travel from one story to the next and experience the unique ways that each creator chooses to craft his or her story, our hearts and minds wake to the complex ways that Latinxs live within and actively transform the world.
“The auspicious result features a manifold cast from the most established to as-yet-unproven discoveries, each working in varied styles, methods, lengths. . . . As testimony and magnification of the multitudinous Latinx experience, La Vida bursts forth con fuerte.” --Booklist
“The best collection of Latinxdad—humor, pathos, politics, and DESMADRE—since the empanada.” --Gustavo Arellano, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America
“These stories represent the independent voice for Latinxs in comics today and Professor Aldama is the ‘cerebro’ that had the vision to pull them all together.” --Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, La Borinqueña, https://www.somosarte.com
“This is comic book storytelling at its best. These deftly constructed stories shake us to our core selves, waking us and the world to the sweeping spectrum of Latinx identities and experiences. Mind blowing!” --Keith Knight, The Knight Life and K Chronicles
“You want cutting edge? Tales from la Vida showcases the best of the best. This bounty of Latinx talent opens eyes and hearts to the extraordinary possibilities of comic book storytelling!” --Jeff Smith, Bone
“Tales from la Vida gives me vida! The sheer volume of testimonies bearing witness to the depth and complexities of being Brown and Latinx, of being an interesting sentient being, of being a vato/a nerd, of being a wordsmith and visual creative—and the broad range of intelligence and artistry displayed in these biting comics is mind-bogglingly astonishing, and stands shoulder-to-shoulder with any seminal, canonical anthology of American poetry or prose. We are gifted here with double-barreled throwdowns of resistance, rebellion, and love from some of the most genius Latinx (and American!) comics creators in the land—all mitigated by the judicious and generous inimitable scholar-artist himself, the Good Doctor, Frederick Luis Aldama! Vaya!!!” --Tony Medina, I Am Alfonso Jones
“An eclectic and artistically stunning collection of work overflowing with emotional resonance and cultural reverence, Tales from la Vida is a gift to cherish.” —David Walker, Luke Cage and Bitter Root
About the Author
Frederick Luis Aldama is the author, coauthor, and editor of over thirty books, including recently Long Stories Cut Short: Fictions from the Borderlands and Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics. He is Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor, University Distinguished Scholar, and Director of the award-winning LASER (Latinx Space for Enrichment & Research) at The Ohio State University.
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This year Prime Vice Studios has received seed money to provide comic workshops in the Greater Atlanta area by The Pollination Project. The Pollination Project is an organization that wants to help us make the world a more peaceful, just and compassionate place for all.
We were featured grantees on their website. A grant announcement was posted to celebrate our work following this link:
The Prime Vice Fresh Voices Comic Creation Workshops Initiative
Prime Vice Studios has developed a a signature comic creating workbook which helps you develop your ideas from conception to creation. We take you through the process of developing a fully fleshed out character to learning how to layout your comic pages from cover to cover. Through our workshops we take our students through a thorough curriculum which helps them bring to life original characters and develop complete intellectual properties. Thanks to the Pollination Project we are able to bring these workshops to people who would not regularly have access to these resources.
Through the PVFV initiative we hope to build community and empower people of all ages express themselves creatively and have the opportunity to build economically viable products.
From the deepest of our hearts we are grateful and honored to be able to use our talents to help others in a fun and powerful way thanks to support from The Pollination Project. We look forward to continuing to create chain reactions of progressive change in the hearts and minds of others.
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The #BAMruary artist movement started this month has caught the attention of magazine VoyageATL.The publication features stories about happenings in Atlanta. Resident writer and business manager Ananya Vahal along with my art was featured as part of their #AtlantaCreatives section where they feature artists that inspire them. We are honored to have our efforts recognized and appreciated.
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