Mixed Media A pop-up show at Big Adventure Comics
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