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This is the first page of the second part of a Graphic Novel I began writing and illustrating in ’08. It is called Journey of a Mixteco. It is based on the story of my friend Sergio. He is an indigenous Mixtec who left his town in Guerrero, Mexico many years ago to work in the US. He is now a community organizer in NY. These are some spreads from the first part of the story.
The art of the first part of the story is inspired by Mexican Pre-Columbian art, primarily the Mixteco Codex of the 12th century.
The second part of the story focuses on his organizing effort at the Restaurant where he worked as a busboy. The pay and conditions there were terrible and Sergio decided to stand up against them.
I’m trying to draw influence from workers art, political art, woodcuts and Day of the Dead paper cutouts; and from people like Guadalupe Posada and Diego Rivera. But yet I want this new part to feel consistent with the previous images of the story.
So 2 weeks ago, before this whole outbreak narcos and the drug war dominated the Mexican news. But now they are like an old fad.
Is influenza also affecting the narco’s economy? Are they profiting and having an easier time these days since the focus is off of them? AND are they washing their hands constantly and wearing face masks when handling the drugs?…
People have gotten so used to wearing a face mask in Mexico City that they are starting to decorate them.