Saturday, February 05, 2011

Mexs(T)igmata and Salma's time travels

by Daphne Santana Strassmann
East Coast Correspondent | the Tex[t]-Mex Gallerblog

Guanabee pointed us to these magical images of la Hayek photographed by by Andy Warhol protegé Matthew Rolston for his 2008 book beautyLight.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

African Americans Romance Comics @ Sequential Crush

Narco-Tunes Geeking at Wired Magazine

Today I set my last issue of Wired free from its plastic bag and this article waited between the shiny pages and Helvetica typography. If you go to el you'll rock through some youtube examples of Narcocorridos (Es mas o menos, como Charro Gangsta Rap).

NPR did a story on Narcocorridos back in 09.

That's kind of expected right? It is after all culture (listen to the Weekend Edition segment)

Thing is, when the Geeks get a hold of the Narco culture, a FPS video game is not far behind. All of the characters will be wearing awesome Chuntaritos.

No way you can do a taconazo in those.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

More Thievin' Mesicans! Graphic Reminders of Popular Culture Visions of the "Mexican" in America

I really enjoy the remarkable archive-work being done over at Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine--bloggers like Pappy are our 21st century librarians, sharing a graphic hoard that reveals a gnarly, complicated past. Pappy's words from the post where I gleaned the comics below are well-chosen and apt: "Some of the artwork is very good, but some is crude, some of the stories even cruder. There are racist depictions of Mexicans and at least one ugly page of caricatured black people. For those I apologize, with the excuse that it was the way things were done in those days, without regard to any offense they might cause." While appreciated, the excuse here is unnecessary--in my view, for what it is worth, it's only by understanding how racist representation infuses popular entertainment that one arrives at a fuller understanding of our nation's legacy and destiny. On with the comics!

Tricky "Mexicans" in "Stolen Gold"

 "Mexicans" Enslave Shirtless Caucasians in "Valley of Living Death"

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

The British Are Coming, The British Are Coming.... to Insult Mexicans!

As with most stories on the Galleryblog, hit the image above to be instantly teleported to the story; direct link here.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Yet Another Entry in the Bizarre Bestiary of Peculiar Caucasian Ersatz Humans...

source: favorite line from Rob Beschizza's pithy posting is his description of Baby Lady Di as an  "idealized pedomorphic adult."

Cool New Rita Hayworth Picture Auction

Speedy Gonzales Cartoons!

Good news: some Warner Brothers' classics including Speedy Gonzales are up on the net again; here are three that are discussed in Tex[t]-Mex:

Here's Tabasco Road:

and, the infamous, Cannery Woe:

and Here Today, Gone Tamale

and Tortilla Flaps

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