The US Consulate is hosting an amazing opportunity this month for aspiring cartoonists. they are holding a virtual conference with Larry Hama of Marvel comics, who will discuss, among other things, how to draw symapthetic characters, and how to engage the reader, among other things. The event is in English and will be on August 14th from 2:30-3:30. you must register before then sending them your name and birthdate. Here is the announcement, (in Spanish) with a link to register:
14 de agosto Conferencia Virtual: Creando Comics Educativos Interesantes (en Inglés)
Te invitamos a conversar con Larry Hama, guionista para Marvel Comics, quien hablará sobre técnicas para la creación de cómics didácticos atractivos, la creación de personajes simpáticos, la claridad de la narración gráfica, y la capacidad del lector para identificarse con los personajes y las situaciones.
Lugar: Consulado General de Estados Unidos en Ciudad Juárez
Dirección: Paseo de la Victoria #3650, Fracc. Partido Senecú
Fecha y hora: 14 de agosto – 2:30 a 3:30 pm
I do not know whether or not this event was intentionally designed to coordinate with the FICH (festival Internacional de Chihuahua), but on Friday night, there is the opening of a show by the Collectivo 656 comics in the gallery of the CCPN (Centro Cultural Paso del Norte. The opening is at 7 pm. and will feature around 100 pieces and 6 murals.
I just want to add that we in Juarez have been treated to a number of really amazing cultural events over the past month. Of course there is the FICH which brought an astounding free concert by Lila Downs, and continues with a number of great international artists all month, but there was also STEP AfriKa, sponsored by the US consulate, which showed a packed 1700 seated auditorium why they are considered one of the 10 best African American dance troupes operating in the States today. We also had the 32nd Theater festival, during which a number of small experimental theater groups working here on a shoestring and a prayer showed off their best work.
There was also the arrival of Femenin, which brought female urban and hip-hop artists from all over the country to the city for a week, and in a more classical vein the Museo de Arte opened a show featuring a collection of prints by Goya from the San Carlos Museum in Mexican City.
Juarez is not particularly known for its arts culture outside the city limits, and there is no question that you have to be paying attention sometimes to know what’s going on, but there is an awful lot here for those who have interest.-david sokolec