Friday, May 08, 2009

UPDATE: Frederick Aldama's New Book with UT Press! Your Brain on Latino Comics!

original post: 1/16/09

More soon on this ultra cool new volume from the University of Texas Press (yes, I am utterly and unapologetically biased!) by the one and only Frederick Luis Aldama! The EC-comics style cover, circa 1953, is amazing--however, as I told Aldama, I would have preferred Gilbert Hernandez's Tonantzín (right) or Luba (!) on the front cover.

Here's the blurb I wrote for the back cover after sneaking a long, longing read of its pages:

“‘Holy funny pages, Batman!’ Fred Aldama’s Your Brain on Latino Comics tears open new tierra as its savvy x-ray vision parses Latino visual culture. With voracious eyes attuned to word-image conspiracies, grandmaster Aldama’s ink-stained hands reveal the legacy and destiny of ‘American’ comics. This is a go-to book for profs in ethnic/cultural studies and communications. Jump into a phone booth and reach for your hot spandex tights—Aldama’s lush, semiotic alchemy will have you leaping buildings in a single bound!”
—William A. Nericcio, Chair, English and Comparative Literature, San Diego State University; Visiting Professor, Media and Cultural Studies, University of California, Riverside

Here's a scan of the back cover:

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