The hot Chicano comic
From Chicano vampiristico (sic?) Mario Acevedo, comes this note:
"To read about the new Felix Gomez Comic Killing the Cobra, in a special edition newsletter, click this link."
There's two covers to this issue and I have to disagree with Mario's pocho tastes and say this one ain't the winner. Reminds me of Charlie's Angels, the vata vampira edition.
Here's the Cover B version. I'll take votes from all readers, whether you're registered, a resident or even don't look like your legal.
Anyway, I missed Mario's debut signing in Denver--pinche! I also missed Manuel Ramos's Denver debut Tattered Cover Bookstore signing of King of the Chicanos. Still down about being job-less and had hundreds of computer entries to make on grades, tests, etcetera. (At least my wife went and got me four copies I can Ebay to subsidize my unemployment checks.)
Anyway, I'm sure you'll find something about Mario's event on his website soon and he will have another signing for the comic book, 3pm, June 6, at the Broadway Book Mall, 200 So. Broadway, Denver. He'll do a PowerPoint of how the comic came together, with more pictures than what he presented my first grade class that had them totally fixated on doing their own comic.
And Ramos posted a piece yesterday about what my wife told me was a huge, great event. Tattered sold out of all the copies they had, which probably means King will make Denver's bestseller list for awhile. I'm just finishing the novel and suggest you get one before all that's available is the 2nd, 3rd or 4th editions.
Borrowing from the master, Lalo
Inspired by and patterned after the classic poem "Stupid America" (1969) by the late Abelardo "Lalo" Delgado (QDEP), an old friend and academico Donaldo Urioste sent us this piece about Arizona and its recent anti-immigrant/anti-Mexican mania.
See that Mexican
Walking the streets of your cities
and the barren lands of your countryside.
He doesn't want to harm you,
he just wants to work
and earn a decent wage
but you won't let him.
hear that Latina
Speaking Spanish and broken English
throughout your callous communities.
She is a future scholar
of Ethnic Studies, Chicano history, Chicano literature
whose potential will perish
Because of your draconian policies.
remember that Chicano
detained and vilified
by ICE and your local police agents.
HE is the rising Phoenix
of the Great Southwest,
But in Arizona
His ashes will expire
never again to glimmer in the horizon.
donaldo urioste, 5/10
Professor of Spanish & Chicano Literature
School of World Languages & Cultures
California State University, Monterey Bay, Seaside, CA
durioste aT csumb.edu
Funds to research your book
From Marcela Landress's Latinidad website comes this info:
"Working on a book that requires travel and/or research you simply can't afford? Apply for a writing grant. An excellent source is the NALAC Fund for the Arts; past recipients include Angie Cruz, Nelly Rosario, and Sandra Rodriguez Barron. Application forms will soon be available on the NALAC website. Read this month's Q&A with NALAC Executive Director Maria Lopez De Leon to learn more.
Getting ganas from estudiantes
On an upnote about my last week as an employed 1st-grade bilingual teacher, 35 of my present and former students gave a chingón presentation at the school talent show. Here's the content of the chant/dance they did, something we use year-round:
¿Por qué estás aquí?
¿Por qué quieres aprender?
Para subir, de nivel,
y ser, más inteligente.
¡Sí! para ir,
a la universidad.
Para ser doctora! Para ser astronauta! etc. . .
You had to be there to appreciate the chanting cadence, the hand-clapping, finger-snapping, foot-stomping, strong-voiced spirit that comes from estudiantes con ganas.
Especially when their Para Sers at the start of the year consisted of mesera, carpintero, mamá, but now end with several,
¡Para ser maestro!
Es todo, hoy