Dallas convention spotlighting Latin comic books will have free Lucha show
A one-day convention spotlighting Latino comic books is coming to Dallas: Called The Texas Latino Comic Con, it'll showcase Latin creators in a one-day event, and will take place at the Latino Cultural Center on August 5.
It'll feature special guests author Henry Barajas and Tejano singer and comic book writer Veronique Medrano.
Similar to The Latin Comics Expo, a Latinx comic book convention founded in Los Angeles in 2011, the Texas event will feature artists, panels, and workshops centered around comics and creative ventures.
Latino Cultural Center manager Gerardo Robles says in a release that "we take great pride in highlighting our creative Latino/as that have influenced and contributed so much to the comic book industry. This event is all about engaging with the community through free workshops lead by industry professionals while providing a fun and family-friendly event."
The convention will Lucha-themed, with activities from outlets such as Mundo Mascaras, a family-owned company from the DFW area that sells masks and toys, and will not only sell their merchandise but set up live Lucha entertainment.
Texas Latino Comic Con was founded in 2017 by Hector Rodriguez, a McKinney teacher and the creator of a comic book series called "El Peso Hero." It took a break during the pandemic but returned to in-person status in October 2022.
"With these weary times in our community, we want to uplift and give a sense of pride to our community," Rodriguez says in a statement. "Comic books are a powerful vehicle for great stories. Comic books provide a great way to be in somebody else’s shoes. The primary goal of the convention is to lift Latino voices in the comic book industry, both on the creative and consumer sides."
The event is free and is open on Saturday August 5 from 11 am to 6 pm.