Night of the living comics

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – A masked wrestler/detective hugs his long-lost love in an acrylic painting gracing one wall at the Pico Rivera Centre for the Arts. Nearby, the tortured face of “El Muerto, the Aztec Zombie,” peers out from another painting. A lot is going on in “Comics!,” a new exhibition celebrating independent comic books and the artists who create them. “It’s a way for the community to see there are comic book artists from their very own town, and that it’s also art, as legitimate as any style,” said Javier Henandez of Whittier, who created the “El Muerto” series. Two other Whittier comic book artists also are featured in the show – Rafael Navarro, creator of “Sonambulo,” the wrestler detective, and Will Caulfield, whose superhero Bat-Bat is a regular working guy by day. Others artists include Jerrell Conner, Louis and Gary Gallegos, Rhode Montijo, Bernyce Talley and Michael Aushenker. Carmela Garcia, the art center’s coordinator, came up with the idea for an exhibition on comic books, which she considers an exciting art form. “They are important and unique because they tell American stories,” she said. “And the artists I know keep getting better all the time.” To make the display happen, she called on Hernandez, who was immediately responsive. “It’s a great way for the community, for kids, to see the works of local comic book artists,” he said. “I threw myself into finding artists to fill up the center.” Navarro said being tapped for the show was an honor. “We are pioneers in this independent comic book field, and it’s great for us to represent the city of Whittier,” he said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028last_img read more

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