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COMICS CON CARNE: The Texas Latino Comic Con represents a growing majority in the comics medium

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DALLAS, Texas—While many comic book conventions are filled with all types of industry filler fattening up the scene, the first annual Texas Latino Comic Con promises to do away with all that, cutting close to the bone to get right to the meat of the matter.

“The Texas Latino Comic Con celebrates Latino culture within the comics industry,” founder Eliamaria Crawford said. “Lots of cons are very Caucasian-centered and you don’t see a lot of ethnicity and diversity, but there’s a big market of Latinos coming out and making it here, making the scene as strong as possible, especially here in the South where Latino culture is very dominant, more than people really even know.”

The founders of the Texas Latino Comic Con feel there’s a lot of big Latino names out there in the comic world that aren’t getting their due justice and it’s about time they do, on their own terms. With the intent of becoming a yearly event, Crawford, herself the creative force behind Eli in a Box Studios, believes that the most important ingredient to make this event a success is to focus on representing both the quality work and the talented people behind it from the very start.

“It’s really important to have any sort of representation we can when it comes to our culture,” Crawford said. “Everyone has a certain stereotypical mindset set of what goes with each culture if they don’t open themselves up to other cultures, comics being one of them. We’re finally being represented, and that’s what it’s all about: representation. It is the key to any culture, really, just to make everyone aware in a positive way that creative talent is around us everywhere and Latinos are very proud of it and who we are, so why not in the comic world as well?”

In collaboration with the Latino Cultural Center of Dallas, the first ever Texas Latino Comic Con will be held in Dallas, Texas, on July 29th at 2600 Live Oak St. Doors open at 11 a.m and admission is free and open to the public.

Notable guests include Hector (Baldo) Cantu, Sam (Venom: Lethal Protector) de la Rosa, Hector (El Paso Hero) Rodriguez and Richard (El Gato Negro) Dominguez, as well as numerous local artists and creators. The day’s events will include panels on topics such as the “State of Latino Comics” and there will be a cosplay lineup and competition as well.

“A lot of people are looking forward to having the Latino culture showcased in a completely different way other than music and food and all that,” Crawford said. “I think people who come to the Texas Latino Comic Con will be moved by the creators we have featured and the stories we have to tell. Everyone comes from different backgrounds, a lot of us are first generation Americans and we were able to pursue this art here and share our culture. We share it through all the work that goes into the comics, from the art, the writing, the publishing…everything.”

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