The votes are in, and the winner of the first-ever Lio Look-Alike Contest is Brian F. of California!
Brian's perfectly staged photo has it all: homemade Lio costume, spiked hair (just look at that spike!), his local newspaper, and check it out: a pair of horror movie icons are just chillin' with Brian on the couch - you know, just like you see in your typical Lio strip! No wonder this photo was a hit with voters!
For being the top vote-getter, Brian will receive a signed and framed, original Lio strip from creator Mark Tatulli. Congrats, Brian!
Hector Cantu and Carlos Castellanos, co-creators of the hit comic strip Baldo, are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by stepping out of the spotlight and allowing a quartet of star Hispanic cartoonists to take the reins of their creation for the next four Sundays.
David LeBatard, a.k.a LEBO, Carlos Saladana (Burrito Comics), Anthony Oropeza and artist Lorenzo Lizana (Amigoman - The Latin Avenger) and David Alvarez (Yenny) were each invited to create a Sunday Baldo strip. The strips will run in consecutive weeks, beginning with LeBatard on September 27. Be sure to check your local paper or sign up for a free account on GoComics.com and have them delivered to your email.
We had a brief chat with Hector and Carlos:
GoComics: What made you want to turn “Baldo” over to these artists for a Sunday?
Hector: We’ve had guest artists going back several years. Richard Dominguez did a Gato Negro series for us. We worked with Lela Lee of Angry Little Girls a few years back and most recently we had an appearance by El Muerto by our friend Javier Hernandez. So this is an extension of that.
Carlos: This time around we wanted to be able to display artists work in full color and in a format where it could stand alone. The Sunday strip seemed perfect for it.
Hector: We thought it would be cool to share some Sunday funnies space and put the spotlight on some cool artists. Hispanic Heritage Month seemed like the perfect time to do it.
GoComics: What is it about these particular artists caught your attention?
Carlos: They of course all have their own unique strengths.
Hector: We met David LeBatard a few years ago when we were invited to be part of speakers panel addressing Hispanic Ad Agencies in Miami. We’ve admired his art and it seemed like a natural fit for this.
Carlos: In the case of Carlos Saldaña of “Burrito”, and Anthony Oropeza and Lorenzo Lizana of “Amigoman” we were all featured artist in a new book “Your Brain On Latino Artists” by Frederick Aldama and have been in the indy comic book scene for many years.
Hector: When we had this guest-artist idea, we decided to contact other cartoonists in the book. Some were friends already, like David Alvarez, and others are new friends, like Anthony Oropeza, Lorenzo Lizano and Carlos Saldana.
GoComics: How did the process work? Did you have ideas in mind for the artists, or did you turn them loose?
Carlos: They were free to really explore any message they wanted to deliver. It could have been their own artistic interpretation of Hispanic Heritage Month, being Hispanic/Latino or their own interpretation of Baldo using their own style and or characters with virtually no direction from us in a stand alone Sunday strip format. It was exciting not knowing exactly what they were going to come up with.
Hector: We essentially just turned them loose, and that was a little scary at first. You never know what talented, creative people are going to turn in! We just reminded them that this is a family strip, and that we wanted either one or all Baldo characters in there. The choice was theirs. Of course they’re all pros, so they all did a remarkable job.
LeBatard’s art is beautiful and really captures the Baldo spirit. Saldana uses his Burrito character for a great take on Spanglish, and Oropeza and Lizano gave us a dramatic meeting between Amigoman and Baldo. Of course Alvarez graces Baldo with his beautiful Yenny. Wow!
We know readers will enjoy these artists and hopefully learn a little more about them and their work.
Happy end of the summer, GoComicers! With the turn of the leaves, we can see the dwindling light at the end of the beach and BBQ tunnel, making way for the shorter, darker and somewhat dreaded days of winter.
With most proclaiming their love for the fall foliage, crisp air and spiced beer that accompany Autumn, there are those of us who find it difficult to function. The loss of daylight hours, coupled with the thought of the impending winter months can bring an already fragile psyche down into Oscar the Grouch-level dumps. Call it what you will: depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder... Laziness. It’s a real thing, happening to real (and now fake) people.
Allow me to ‘splain…
Usually, when I find myself slipping into that dark place of deep depression, I slide further beneath my covers, cry at the sun, howl at the moon and shake my fist at daytime TV. This could last for days, weeks or even months. However, the unfortunate reality is that I have work to do, deadlines to miss and dogs to pet. With that in mind, I’m constantly on the lookout for new ways to cope, or at the very least, get through the day without blubbering over the latest TV commercial featuring celebrity puppies and/or stray puppies in need and/or celebrity puppies helping stray puppies in
This year, when the crippling anvil of depression hit, I remembered that old pearl of wisdom for the ever-struggling writer, “Write what you know.” Okay, well, I know I can’t find the motivation to brush my own teeth, bathe or get out of my pajamas. I know that I’m considering allowing my hair to grow for one year, just to see if I can fashion hair-cup holders for each side of my head. I know that I can’t remember why it’s important to eat…
So, with these irrational thoughts in full exercise, I decided to project through a week of THE ELDERBERRIES comic. The story unfolding this week is that Dusty Winter’s best friend, Boone, falls into a cycle of complete and total “meh”. While Boone tries to find the reason for his sudden lack of interest in all things human, Dusty and friends attempt to snap him out of it anyway they can, including pie.
Hopefully, the exercise helps ME climb out of my dark hole, while simultaneously providing good material for my paying job. I’ll let you know if it all works out next week.
*On a personal and serious note, clinical depression is a very real and sometimes dangerous thing. My own struggles with life and overcoming feelings of massive inertia, while hardly trivial, have not reached the depths of what some people can experience when deeply depressed. My success in keeping out the very dark depths can be attributed to a great circle of close friends, an understanding wife and a competent and helpful therapist. My reading and understanding of the causes and remedies for depression have helped in my awareness of what’s happening to me when I get depressed and how to deal with it, before it becomes overwhelming.
If you get depressed, or you have friends that seem to suffer from depression and it seems like there’s no hope, please seek proper treatment from a professional. I absolutely can’t stand feeling the way I feel when I’m depressed, but because I sought help, I now know there’s a way out and a way to feel better again.
Remember: The most important things in life involve laughter. And comics. Especially my comics.
Words, Harpoon Winter Warmer Ale and leaf peepers,
Today's W.T. Duck captures an embarrassing moment for me. Aaron was right to chronicle it, though. Sometimes I can be a bit mean-spirited, but in my defense it's because I care too much and I eat too much fried food.
I watched HBO's "Bored to Death" last night ... and regrettably, by the end, the title seemed apropos. Though the reviews I've read have said that the pilot is the weak link and to keep watching.
What I was delighted to find out is that in the show, Zach G. plays a cartoonist ... possibly a Web cartoonist, possibly comic books. I don't think he could play a syndicated cartoonist because he's not attractive enough.
After six weeks and an amazing influx of entries from Lio fans all across the country, Lio creator Mark Tatulli has hand-picked his favorite entries for the Lio Look-Alike Contest finals!
Hey, everyone! Mark Tatulli here. First and foremost, let me extend my deepest thanks to all of those who entered the first-ever Lio Look-Alike Contest! Seeing so much enthusiasm for the strip has been a blast. I've enjoyed seeing all of the creative ways fans staged their photos - many with props, homemade costumes, and of course, Lio's trademark spiked hairdo. Each and every contestant photo brought a smile to my face. With so many great entries, narrowing it down to just six was incredibly tough!
About the finalists: These six contestants nailed it, right down to their inclusion of the hometown newspaper. They've got the look, but what's more, each of them really captured the spirit of Lio. It was a tough field of competitors, but these six (in no particular order) rose above the rest:
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And lest I forget, I have to give honorable mention to one more entry. Had this been a Lio's Dad Look-Alike Contest, this contestant would have won, hands down:
Well, it doesn't get any easier from here, but at least my part of the judging is done. Now it's your turn! Which of the six finalists should win the first-ever Lio Look-Alike Contest? Vote now!
Thanks again to all of the participants. Don't forget to place your vote, and then come back here September 28 to see the winner!