Tuesday, August 02, 2016

The Latinx Semiotic Hall of Fame: The Wizard of Mad Magazine, Sergio Aragonés

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Spanish ex-pat (thanks Franco!) and honorary Mexican illustrator Sergio Aragonés changed the way I see the world--his features and hilarious marginalia in Mad Magazine is the stuff of cartoonist legend, but it had a profound and deep impact on my thinking.  Between Jacques Derrida and Sergio Aragones, I learned to obsess over margins, to focus with passion on the eccentric, and the rest, as they say is history.

I just ran across this strip from a feature on California by Aragones in the June 2015 issue of Mad, guest-edited by Weird Al Yankovic (ack!).  The series of strips on California, though, show Aragonés's still at the top of his game, with this one, in particular, of interest to readers of Tex[t]-Mex for it's cunning outing of the game of ethnic stereotyping/simulation:
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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Ugly, Fat, Corrupt, Mexican Bandits! Another Chapter in the History "Mexican" Stereotypes from Atlas Comics

Pappy's Golden Age Blogzine continues to emerge as the premier treasure trove for stereotypes-seeking cultural studies workers probing the backstory for anti-Mexican loathing--enjoying a Trump-led renaissance these days.  

Turns out the fat, corrupt, racist/rapist (Trump, not the "Spider"), did not have to dig too deep to conjure frightening hallucinations of swarthy, scary ethnic criminality. Below appear some choice page selections--the whole epic tale is available here.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Prize Comics Western's 1950 Bio-treatment of the Life of Joaquin Murrieta is Worthy of the Textmex Hall of Fame--Evil Gringos (Think 19nth Century Trump-heads), Wronged Mexicans y Mucho Mucho Mas More! #mextasy #textmex

The March-April edition of Prize Comics Western hit the newsstands in January of 1950 and this issue has a treasure trove of findings for you, my fellow stereotype-hunters!  Penciled by M. Bailey, the story has everything--gore, hangings, treachery etc.--most of it perpetrated by angry, racist gringo Californians hot on the lusty trail for gold, Mexican blood and more! 

The star/victim of "Robin Hood of the Sierras" is Joaquin Murrieta, "bandit"/national hero/corrido-fodder from California history.   More on Murrieta here

An added treat for followers of the #bizarrecaucasianbestiary hashtag on blogger, tumblr, instagram, and facebook? None other than "Sandy" the self-wetting rubber doll! Ack! 
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For more info on Murrieta, California history, and other alleged "rogues" of the Western era, look up  Revolvers and Pistolas, Vaqueros and Caballeros: Debunking the Old West (Intersections of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture) by Cuban cultural critic and librarian Danilo H. Figueredo.

Comic scan source?  The awesome Digital Comics Museum!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Dora Pushing Vape and God Knows What Else! Chicana Animation Star's Voice, TMZ Sensation! #mextasy

Stephen Colbert outs the inanity (but do note his staff's obviously Latinx-free staff's translation of "little pussy" leaves much to be desired!)

 Have not heard the news? Catch up here and if you must, from TMZ here!


Monday, June 27, 2016

"Heroic" Border Patrol Agents of Lore: Or "That's Not the Migra I Know!" More Tales of Greedy "Mexicans," "Savage" Native Americans, and "Heroic" Uber Gringos!

Pappy is at it again--posting delectable artifacts from American comic book history that are also revelatory chronicles unraveling the collusion of race, ethnicity, violence, and more in popular "entertainments."  Basically, if you follow the argument from Tex[t]-Mex and read enough of these semiotic comic wonders, you come to understand where dumb folks like Donald Trump got all that crap that's flowing around their addled imaginations--in particular, the sludgy miasma they imbibe/vomit that derives from their hallucinations of racialized bodies.

This time up it is issue 3 of BORDER PATROL, a humdinger of a tale from the U.S./Mexico border with savage greedy Mexicans, savage violent Native Americans, and "John Brand" "Peace Officer" and Border Patrolman (uber Gringo extraordinaire).

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Mextasy Pop-up Exhibition, a Traveling Circus of Disrupting Latina/o-Loving Desmadres, Hits the U.S. Midwest and the American Studies Program at the University of Kansas, Thursday, April 28, 2016! #mextasy

A quick notice that the Mextasy Circus of Televisual Desmadres hits the land of Dorothy and Oz this week, Thursday, April 28, 2016 as our Spring 2016 tour comes to a close before I take off for the London Rocks program next month.

There will be an exhibition, presentation, book- and print-signing and tons of other fun!

"MEXtasy" Pop-up Exhibition:  11AM - 3PM, Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center, Reception Area 
Visit and walk-through a one day pop-up exhibition entitled “MEXtasy", that brings us images of the Mexican experience in America and the many negative stereotypes that continue to be produced by Hollywood and the media.  
Part II, Lunch and Learn 12:00-1:15PM 
Join us for a lunch time conversation with exhibition curator William Anthony Nericcio, aka Memo, an award-winning Chicano literary theorist, cultural critic, graphic designer, American Literature scholar, and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University. 

You can find more information from a site run by my host with most, the Department of American Studies at the University of Kansas--thanks also to the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies there also.

Here's a day in the life of American Studies at KU--below appears propaganda for the event I have been tossing up on social media as well as some new Mextasy prints! Remember you can always find a variety of Mextasy/Eyegiene nonsense at eyegiene.tictail.com.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

"Mexico" "South America" What Does it Matter!? 50 Shades of Wow With Yet Another Chapter in the History of Latin American in American Comics #mextasy

Once again we champion the devilish eye of Pappy over at Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine with a recent entry featuring comics detective/blonde bombshell Starr Flagg. As is often the case with Mexico- and South America-based pulp comic fables, the narrative, in this case, "The House That Hate Built," serves as a barely-disguised semiotic delivery mechanism for sordid, soft-core "Latin"-laced titillation--and who is knocking that!????? Not me.

Of particular note in this doozy of a story--the S&M panels featuring twin whipped, naked-chested he-men, one 'white', one 'latino, for variety.  The art is by Ogden Whitney.

Gracias Pappy! Or as we would call you over here at the Textmex Galleryblog, Pappy Chulo!

Here are some choice scans lifted off of Pappy's amazing blog:

You Asked For It, YOU GOT IT--Still More Artifacts for the Virtual #Mextasy Show from the #BizarreCaucasianBestiary

Saturday, March 26, 2016

#Mextasy and #Eyegiene Hit the Road, April 2016! Lectures & Exhibitions in Paris (EHESS), Ithaca (Cornell), San Diego (SDSU Binacom), and Lawrence (University of Kansas)!

Spring 2016 arrives and my suitcases need bandages and duct-tape as I prepare to hit the road with a series of #mextasy and #eyegiene presentations and exhibitions here in the United States and abroad. April 5th and 6th, I will be in Paris at EHESS, the  École des hautes études en sciences sociales (The School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences), for an atelier on American Television and Mass Culture. The first lecture on April 5, 2016 reviews my upcoming new book with the University of Texas Press, "Eyegiene: The Televisual Age of Sex and Race." The second lecture on April 6 is brand new and has the name, "Memoirs “With” the Blind: What Jacques Derrida and Jorge Luis Borges Whispered into the Ear of Jon Hammand Bryan Cranston on the Sets of Mad Menand Breaking Bad"

Next up are a series of presentations at Cornell University--my first real trip back there since I received my PhD in 1989.  This Mextasy popup exhibition and lecture is called, "From Tex[t]-Mex to Mextasy: 21st Century Mexicans, Mexican-Americans, and Latinas/os in the Age of the Smartphone and the Digital Humanities," and goes down Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 12:00pm in the Latina/o Studies Conference Room, 429 Rockefeller Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

Information on the San Diego State University BINACOM #Mextasy Pop-Up Exhibition and my upcoming rantings and ravings in Kansas may be found on my electric mothership: http://malas.sdsu.edu/textmex/#upcoming or in the images below...

The Tex[t]-Mex Galleryblog on FACEBOOK!