2019 San Diego Comic Fest

View of Artist Alley from the third floor at the Four Points by Sheraton.
My new mermaid magnetic prints.
On my drive home from San Diego, I couldn’t help noticing the famous California “Superbloom” of wild poppies that have sprung up all over our hills and mountains due to the abundant rain that has fallen over the past few months.
I even got out of my car to see our beautiful California poppies up close.

Tales From La Vida in Columbus, Ohio

Highlights from my trip to view the “Tales From La Vida” art exhibit last weekend in Columbus, Ohio.

The art exhibit took place on the grounds of the Ohio State University at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. There were beautiful banners hanging outside around campus.
Standing outside, in front of the museum.
The first wall on the left, with an intro to the exhibit. It’s a wall version of the book cover art by Jason Gonzalez, it looks fabulous!
Professor Frederick Luis Aldama, the editor of “Tales From La Vida” gave tours of selected artworks, after giving a short presentation which was part of the Community Festival which raised funds for CRIS and ETSS.
There I was! My selfie next to my contribution. I didn’t want to leave, it was amazing to see the works exhibited together.
Some of my other works on display alongside the TFLV Anthology.
TFLV artists Ivan Velez and Juan Argil showcasing some of their other works.
Artist J.M. Hunter with some of his prints and other works.
After the show, I stopped by the “Melt” bar and grill for one of their famous grilled cheese sandwiches, I had the Macaroni & Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwich…Can you say AWESOME!
Before leaving, I absolutely had to stop by Jeni’s Ice Cream for a scoop of goat cheese & cherry ice cream on their home-made waffle cones with a hint of sea salt. I love Ohio. I can hardly wait to return.

Tales from La Vida Art Show

I wanted to share this walk-through video and art show information of the “Tales from La Vida” art show, currently on display at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. I am super-excited to be a part of it and plan to fly out sometime before March to see it. Click on the image to link to their webpage.

Dates/TimesNovember 3, 2018 – March 31, 2019 (Closed Mondays, during exhibit installations, and holidays. Before your visit, see hours for all closings).

LocationRobinson Gallery, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
Sullivant Hall, 1813 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43210

This exhibition features autobiographical short stories situated within the language, culture, and history that inform Latinx identity and life. The work showcases the huge variety of styles and worldviews of today’s Latinx comics creators, including such legendary artists as Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, Roberta Gregory, and Kat Fajardo. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with the publication of Tales from la Vida: A Latinx Comics Anthology, edited by Dr. Frederick Luis Aldama and published by the Ohio State University Press.
My contribution to the work, look for me in Chapter 6!
And here is my framed work in the show!

Check out a walk-through of the show, mine is at the 1:36 mark!

2018 Christmas Chalk Walk

I had an awesome time last weekend at this year’s Christmas Chalk Walk, chalking the Peanuts gang.

And so it begins…my favorite beagle.
A little more progress…
Chalking Charlie Brown.
Finished, after adding a little bit of glitter.
Thanks to my friend Lori, for capturing this picture without the shadow of the tree.

Check out my time-lapse here:



2018 Twenty Nine Palms Chalk Festival

Last weekend I had the honor of participating in the Annual Twenty Nine Palms Chalk Festival. I decided to chalk up some Fisher Price little people…good choice, I won two awards, 2018 Mayor’s Choice and 2018 Most Colorful.

The beginning of my chalk square.
I am in “the zone”, chalking away.
Making progress towards the end of the day.
This is my picture with my two awards, 2018 Mayor’s Choice and 2018 Most Colorful.
Close-up of my awards.

Check out my time lapse here:

Tales from la Vida

Tales from la Vida – A Latinx Comics Anthology Edited by Frederick Luis Aldama

I am super excited to have contributed art & story to this anthology. In the Latinx comics community, there is much to celebrate today, with more Latinx comic book artists than ever before. The story worlds of these artists reach and transform 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.

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.

My compliments to Jason Gonzalez (La Mano del Destino) for the incredible cover art. Check out his work here: www.CastleAndKeyPublications.com
Look for me in Chapter Six!

Order your copy here:

Ohio State University Press

Chopin Warsaw Airport, Poland

I got on the plane today at Chopin Warsaw Airport. This is the end of my vacation. I had so much fun and cannot wait until next year’s vacation.

Formerly known as Okecie International Airport, the airport bore the name of its Okęcie neighborhood throughout its history, until its renaming for Polish composer Chopin in 2001.
I arrived in San Diego in the afternoon. It was hot compared to Poland!
These are most of the souvenirs that I picked up on my trip.


Warsaw, Poland

Today is the last day of our vacation, tomorrow we board our plane back home to the United States. We chose to spend our day with Chopin.

Poland uses Polish złoty for currency, it is really pretty. Don’t worry, the amount I took out is only around $75. I figured I would buy some souvenirs on my last day!
Our first stop of the day was to see the Chopin Statue. The monument to the outstanding Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin (1810–49) is the best-known Polish sculpture in the world. Situated close to the Belvedere Palace on Aleje Ujazdowskie, it was designed by Wacław Szymanowski, a prominent artist, sculptor, and musician from the turn of the twentieth century. In 1940, the monument was destroyed by the Nazis. It was broken into pieces and sent to foundries to be melted down. The reconstructed monument was unveiled in 1958.
The bronze monument depicts the Polish composer sitting under a weeping willow. The branches of the tree are falling as if swept by a strong wind to create a picturesque setting. Above Chopin’s head, they take the form of a hand palm. The artist’s figure seems to blend with the tree, while his coat is flapping in the wind. Chopin was shown as a musician seeking inspiration, slightly tilted back, engrossed in the sounds of nature with his eyes half-closed. His right hand is raised in the air – as if above the keyboard of an invisible piano, just when the artist is looking for the right tone. The whole composition reminds of a monumental harp.
The park has a Chinese Garden, situated in the northern part of the Royal Łazienki, it was designed according to existing historical models from Prince Kung’s Mansion in Beijing. Here I am with my cousins enjoying the Chinese Garden, it was beautiful.


Scenes from a walk, leaving the park.


More scenes from a walk through Warsaw. This was a children’s playground. The gate has an angel at the top.
The see-saw has a religious figure on the top.
I thought this playground was cute.
Afterward, we took an Uber ride to the Chopin Museum.
Where’s Waldo now? Oh, she’s standing next to one of Chopin’s pianos in Poland.
After the museum, we went for a walk in the old part of town.
On the right is the Royal Castle in Warsaw that formerly served throughout the centuries as the official residence of the Polish monarchs. It is located in the Castle Square, at the entrance to the Warsaw Old Town. The personal offices of the king and the administrative offices of the Royal Court of Poland were located there from the sixteenth century until the Partitions of Poland.
We stopped for lunch at Gosciniec Polskie Pierogi, where I had fired potato dumplings, with stewed pork, mushrooms, and peppers. It was so cold, I also had a warm elixir made with hibiscus, raspberry, orange, cloves and rum. It was good.
After lunch, we continued our walk exploring Warsaw. The Old Town was established in the 13th century. Initially surrounded by an earthwork rampart, prior to 1339 it was fortified with brick city walls. The town originally grew up around the castle of the Dukes of Mazovia that later became the Royal Castle. The Market Square was laid out sometime in the late 13th or early 14th century, along the main road linking the castle with the New Town to the north.
The Mermaid of Warsaw is a symbol of Warsaw, represented on the city’s coat of arms as well as in a number of statues and other imagery. There are several legends about the mermaid. The City’s literature and tour guides say the mermaid decided to stay after stopping on a riverbank near the Old Town. Fishermen noticed something was creating waves, tangling nets, and releasing their fish. They planned to trap the animal, then heard her singing and fell in love. A rich merchant trapped and imprisoned the mermaid. Hearing her cries, the fishermen rescued her. Ever since the mermaid, armed with a sword and a shield, has been ready to help protect the city and its residents. Sometimes this legend is expanded to say the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen the Warsaw mermaid’s sister and they went separate ways from the Baltic Sea. Another legend states she helped a prince lost hunting and he founded the city in her honour. I LOVE THIS!
I always pick up chocolate from my trips to bring back for my family. This chocolate was so beautiful, it reminded me of chocolate postcards.
Ended the night at “Bydlo i Poidlo Meat-ing Place” where I had the house burger with a Polish beer. It was a 7 oz burger with plum jam, nuts, goat cheese, lamb’s lettuce, and walnuts. It was delicious.