Author: Robert Liu-Trujillo

Bilingual Bookmark Deal 3

Been awhile since I made one of these packs. Although I’m no longer selling these joints individually, I do enjoy making them and making packs of them. So, if you’d like to get a pack of 5 for a reader please cop them here.

Dig this? Check out my previous bookmark packs here.

Rest In Peace Ricardo

I just heard about bro Ricardo Padilla’s passing and I just wanna say a few words. I met him at the first Latino Comic Expo in San Francisco (2012). I remember being amazed, floored, and inspired at the event he and Javier created. Never in my life had I been to an event dedicated to giving Raza their shine in comics and arts like this. And then there was Ricardo who greeted me with a handshake and a warm voice. He invited me to table there not long after even though I hadn’t yet made a comic. I’m still taking baby steps. Ever since then he would always smile , extend warmth and just make me feel welcome. At home.

When I read the news today I was shocked, saddened, and in disbelief. Not because I knew everything about him personally or went to every expo. But because however brief it was, we had a connection. And I feel like many of us in the comics, storytelling, animation, or arts scene really did too.

I want to express my condolences of course, but really I want to say thank you Ricardo for being so kind, affirming, and for pouring your heart into creating a safe and loving community space for all of us. It may not seem like a big deal to some, but it takes countless unpaid hours, days, months, and years to build a community like the Latino Comics Expo. It takes drive, research, organizing, follow through, determination, generosity, and so so much love. I think the warmth I felt is love. From Ricardo and all thee kind people he and Javier brought together. And I’ll forever be grateful. Sending so much love, my condolences, and thanks to Javier, Rosalind, Sophia, and the whole Latino Comics Expo family and extended family. I’m honored to have known you and I honor you.

Official statement from Latino Comics Expo

Speaking at Rock the School Bells 17

I’m blessed that I get to speak to youth tomorrow at @rocktheschoolbells about one of my favorite things!!! Art Books and Education, specifically I’m going to converse with them about doorways to creative fields and what part inspiration can play in liberation.

If you’ve got kids going to the 17th annual “Rock The School Bells” a dope conference for youth about hip hop history, skills, workshops, performance, and knowledge send em my way 🙏🏾 check out my bro OG @dodatamen who will be rocking as well!!
@skyline_college in #SanBruno California.

For more information about location, time, and all the other speakers please go to Rock The School Bells

Dig this? Check out when I spoke at Modesto Junior College

Garrison Hayes – Urban Renewal (Subtext)

This is a very informative bit short video about urban renewal. This was the process of taking out entire blocks or sections of neighborhoods to construct freeways , major roads, and other things. Often these were done at the expense of Black and Brown neighborhoods. I live in Oakland California. An example of this is Bart in West Oakland, the former Nimitz freeway, or Geary street in the Fillmore district. File this under systemic racism because it is not just about individual prejudice, its about policy and systems.

Dig this? Check out this purple painting I did about Ethnic Studies

Seattle “Renegade Craft Fair” -April 20-21

If you live in or around the Seattle area please come see me at the Seattle Renegade Craft Fair. I’ll be at booth #124 inside the Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park (see map below). I’ve been to Seattle before to do the Seattle Urban Book Expo in 2022. This will be my first time doing the Renegade Craft Fair. I will have at least 7 of my kids books, plus art prints, and some stickers.

This crew have been doing large vendor focused events for more than 15 years I believe. I was unable to find a good video but visit the website for MORE INFO

Dig this? Check out this photo of me tabling at Craneway Craft Fair

Tandem “Building on Books” – May 9th

Hey if you’re in the Bay Area on May 9th and you’d like to support an organization that puts literacy first for Bay Area youth come check out “Building on Books”. This will be a fundraiser for Tandem’s work giving away books to families and educators, traning for those who work with kids, and so much more. this event will feature food, drinks, activities, and a talk by Tiffany Golden, Darshana Khiani, and myself.