Turquoise background, words Tales from La Vida large in white at top, words A Latinx Comics Anthology and a very colorful image below of a world opened up with lots of interesting images in pieces within

Tales from la Vida

ComFest will be collaborating with The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Library and Cartoon Museum and it's current exhibit, Tales From la Vida, for a special fund raising event on Sat. March 2nd from 1-5PM. We will be raising funds for (a yet undetermined) immigration support group. We will be offering an opening lecture with Frederick Luis Aldama, who curated the exhibit along with Jenny Robb. There will also be a series of curated tours of the exhibit.

Admission will also include access to the rest of the museum, which will be opened specifically for the event. The book, Tales From la Vida, A Latinx Anthology will be for sale. It was edited by Frederick Luis Aldama and published by The Ohio State University Press. ComFest and The Museum will have information tables.

Tales from la Vida: Latinx Comics:

The Latinx comics community is growing and diversifying—and rapidly. 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. 

The term “Latinx” was chosen to be inclusive to all creators, whether they identify as Latino, Latina, or prefer not to be identified as a specific gender. The “x” also marks the wound of a shared colonized legacy of exploitation and oppression. With pen, ink, paper, tablet, and computer, these authors and artists shed light on what it means to be active participants in and transformers of the culture, history, and society of the Americas.

In the exhibit, we see how Latinx creators challenge our perceptions, thoughts, and feelings about the ways we differ and share common ground. And, in each story, we see them using imagery and devices that expand on storytelling conventions of Japanese manga, superhero comics, Latin American fotonovelas, digital and fine arts, and much more. In viewing these narratives together, we wake to the extraordinary ways that these unique and idiosyncratic voices give shape to the story of Latinx diversity in the United States. Curated by Dr. Frederick Luis Aldama and Jenny E. Robb

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


Frederick Luis Aldama

University Distinguished Scholar

Distinguished Professor of Arts &Humanities

Founder & Director of LASER

Founder & Co-director of Humanities & Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute

Founder & Curator: Planetary Republic of Comics

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