PechaKucha Presentation

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Rudy Vasquez

Marketing and Communications Manager, El Paso Downtown Management District in El Paso

Finding My Cultural Voice in Comics

PRESENTED ON JUN 29, 2017
IN EL PASO @ VOL 16

By day Rudy Vasquez is the mild mannered Marketing and Communications Manager for El Paso’s Downtown Management District (DMD)…but by night Rudy pursues his amazing passion for comic animation artistry.

Rudy has worked for independent comic book publishers as a work-for-hire sequential artist for years, but has not published any creator owned work. Now, the artist is laying the foundation for a creator owned project that is an expression of his own voice. In this journey, he has discovered a culturally rich context that reflects life on the border more so, than life in a completely make believe world. 

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Illustrator David Robert came to Japan to buy some special pens for his illustration work, and ended up staying permanently. The story that got him there, on the other hand, is a lot more complex than that. David speaks on the unique influence of Japanese, French, and American comic-book culture that has made him who he is today. 

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BY SO+BA DESIGN
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So+Ba, a design studio in Tokyo, has an understanding of cross-cultural communication and a strong sense of social and political ideals that they enjoy incorporating into their works. Listen as they talk about their past and present projects that they hope will inspire their surrounding community to think differently and encourage them to voice their opinions. 

"Presentation of the Day" on February 28, 2014.

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BY MAKI YAMANE
@ VOL 119 ON NOV 26, 2014

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BY ARNOLD ARRE
@ VOL 5 ON MAY 22, 2015

Arnold Arre narrates his journey and vision in elevating Filipino comics and animation to the world stage.

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BY NICOLAS GALANIN
@ UNITED STATES ARTISTS 2014 ARTISTS ASSEMBLY ON MAR 24, 2015

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Vintage Romance Comics

BY KIM THE LIBRARIAN
@ VOL 2 ON JUN 19, 2015

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BY SUMMER PIERRE
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Cartoonist Summer Pierre discusses her return to making comics.

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BY HASNAIN BOKHARI
@ VOL 5 ON JAN 08, 2016

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Females in Comics and Animation

BY MICHAEL CEBALLOS
IN HONOLULU

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