Saturday, May 30, 2009

La Llorona Revisited: Domino Perez, Lizz Lopez y mas...

update! new Lizz Lopez painting:


10/21/08, original posting

A quick link to my fave folklorist and all-around mensch Maribel Alvarez holding forth on Domino Perez's new UT Press book on Chicanodom's favorite wailing woman! The startling, evocative painting to the right (think Frida Kahlo channeled through Remedios Varo lensed by Hans Bellmer) is by Lizz Lopez of San Antonio, also referenced in Alvarez's new posting and Perez's fine new tome.

I love the xicanosmotic qualities of artist Lopez's bio from her website:

Elizabeth A. Lopez was raised on the Mexican American working-class side in San Antonio, Texas. An area with its own particular hybrid culture of Spanglish, vato culture, and often morbid folk religion and fervent Mexican American Catholicism, this daughter of a Southern Baptist Conservative minister grew up with would be criminals, drug dealers and a curious religious upbringing. Influenced by her early environment, the work of Lizz Lopez touches on issues relating to iconography, technology, and the struggle between reverent ideals and modern life. She attends Kaiser's School of Anesthesia and is diligently studying the art of putting humans to sleep. She currently resides in Hollywood California where she defies the law of gravity and actively contributes to the butterfly effect.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Comic Book Memories: The Uncanny in Pulp and Ink

Bizarre comics worthy of Ware, Clowes, Hernandez, Abel, Tomine, Crumb and Spiegelman--but from the mainstream.

Lalo Alcaraz on Sotomayor!

Eyegiene and Blemmyes

Michael Wyatt Harper, enfant terrible of Mt. San Antonio College's literature department sends in this flickr-link, chock full of eyegienic blemmyes! Watch out, Yeti, the Blemmyes will get you! Here's a fave.

Gustavo Arellano! The Man's Pen is a Righteous Nietzschean Cudgel

Selena Flashback

Out With the Old, In With the New...

Monday, May 25, 2009

Amazon Buyers Make this Profe Blush (and, with greed, dream of filthy lucre)

For whatever reason, at 7:37am Monday, March 25, 2009, Tex[t]-Mex found itself atop the U.S. Hispanic charts in History and Criticism! Pretty cool for this peculiar labor of love! Gracias, gracias to the demiurges at work behind the scenes!