Mixed Me­dia A pop-up show at Big Ad­ven­ture Comics

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Lo­cal artist and ed­u­ca­tor Israel Fran­cisco Haros Lopez, a na­tive of East Los An­ge­les, was born into an im­mi­grant fam­ily from Mex­ico. His work ex­plores top­ics fac­ing Mex­i­can-Amer­i­cans in­clud­ing bor­der is­sues, iden­tity pol­i­tics, and more. He is the au­thor of a se­ries of Chi­cano-themed col­or­ing books for chil­dren and adults, and his books — based on an­cient codices from the Amer­i­cas — com­bine sa­cred ge­om­e­try and myth to help in­dige­nous and mes­tizo youth con­nect with their an­ces­tral past. His books in­clude Mex­i­can Jazz, a col­or­ing book about the Mex­ico/U.S. bor­der, and Deer Songs, in­spired by Yaqui, Aztec, Maya, and Toltec art. Haros Lopez brings his Chi­cano Codex Col­or­ing Books to Big Ad­ven­ture Comics (418-C Mon­tezuma Ave., in the Jean Cocteau Cinema build­ing; 505-992-8783) this week­end for a pop-up show and sale of works by lo­cal comic artists and writ­ers.

The event takes place at 1 p.m. on Satur­day, Feb. 18. The lineup of artists in­cludes comics cre­ators from 7000 B.C., a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion of dozens of in­de­pen­dent comics from New Mex­ico. 7000 B.C. is ded­i­cated to help­ing New Mex­ico comic artists and writ­ers, many of who have an on­line pres­ence, get their work in print and the group spon­sors trade sem­i­nars and work­shops. The il­lus­tra­tors present in­clude En­rique “Ryk” Martinez, who is show­ing his lat­est comic book The Blank Can­vas, and Bram and Mon­ica Mee­han, cre­ators of the comic spy saga Raised By

Squir­rels and its se­quel Raised By Squir­rels: Los Alamos. Also show­ing their works are artists Matt Du­ran, Wil­low Tomeo, and Jeff Ben­ham, who pro­duces hand­made books, comics, and more un­der the name Bel­mondo To­mato. The event is free and artists are avail­able to dis­cuss their work with the pub­lic. — Michael Abatemarco

Jeff Ben­ham: Il­lus­tra­tions from Peo­plings: Autism, Ed­u­ca­tion and the Sav­age of Avey­ron, 2011

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