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Dec 25, 2015

2015

This year was insane... the world just keeps getting more fucked up in many ways and it's really disheartening. This is probably the warmest winter in a while and whoever wants to deny the existence of global warming at this point is just trying really hard to mantain their mindless consumist lifestyle. This was an intense year for me for other reasons too: I turned 25, I moved to the US from Mexico City and have been married for a year. Also I can say that I've doing what I do (comics, illustrations, stickers, etc.) for 9 years now. Regardless of that I still feel like a kid and I wonder at what point does anyone really stops feeling like that ?!



Some things that suck ass about moving to another country
- not knowing how to do practical things that used to be really easy for you
- having to speak in another language
- not having any friends
- having to renounce to many of your dear material possessions
- living in a town made for cars and not having a car / not knowing how to drive
- "mexican" food : (

Another funny thing is how here in the USA they ask you your "race/ethnicity" not only in government forms, but also just as a general conversation starter. I never know what to answer. In Mexico everyone assumed I was a foreigner, but when I said I was mexican I didn't feel that it was as surprising to hear there as for people here in Texas, who, to my amusement, seem extremely confused by that fact...

Cool things about moving to Texas, USA
- ordering shit from ebay or one of my favorite webshops and getting it in like 3 days
- using the USPS to ship my orders instead of the bullshit that is Mex post
- being able to rent an appartment that always has water and gas and even A/C and a bathtub
- foraging and feeling like i live in the country side even if everyone else insists that San Antonio is "a city"
- riding my bike on actual bike lanes and biking trails : )

Cool things about living with someone you love
- these are many, and most do not deserve to be put into words--


^ A print I made for Daylight Curfew


At the beginning of this year I left my apartment, moved all my books to my mom's apartment and roamed around through Mexico for a month before coming to the US. During those travels, I made a comic about swimming and masturbating titled Cenote, which is also the name for natural pools of sea water trapped inland, a common phenomenom in Quintana Roo and Yucatán



That comic was one of my last posts for Vice Mexico, and after working there for almost 5 years I was fired for "restructuring" reasons. Whatever the case, I can't complain because now I'm making comics for Vice US! But I do miss writing reviews of comics, and in spanish. I think the most similar thing to a book review I made this year was my "comics shelfie" I did in October for one of my favourite blogs, Comics and Cola run by the inimitable Zainab



Another review like thing I did at the beginning of this year was compiling this zine called Basura, collecting drawings I've made from 2006 to now. I made all copies different, they all had different covers and were printed on different paper stocks. I wanted to do something fun with the format, more like the zines I used to make when I started making zines in 2006.



The first months I was living in Texas I worked on this series of paintings, using all the materials I was able to bring over with me. The sales of those paintings, some freelance gigs and mostly my online store, Gatosaurio, helped me with all the financial struggles of moving here and getting my green card ...which I finally got in September!
To be honest I am still amazed to think that I was able to do that just working on my own things and I cannot tell yall friends and supporters enough how grateful I am for having you : )



It was that financial need, and also my own curiosity for branching out of the medium of comics that brought me to finally dedicate myself to designing apparel and going real pro on my stickers this year... After 10 years of cutting them myself with scissors I finally get them laser cut and printed on water proof vinyl !!! Here is a selection of photos of some of the products I've made this year (click on them for more info!)





























Some more comics that I made this year:

* Hot Day, inspired by my first heat stroke in the warmth of Texas' summer



* Ghost Girl, a comic about being bored and dead inside



* Pachecomics, my veiled autobiographical comics and also a rip off of Megg, Mogg & Owl and Boy's Club



* PFC Journal, an actual autobiographical comic of the amazing PFC residency I took part in Minneapolis this year. This residency might have been the highlight of this year for me



During that residency I also made an edition of 29 of these screen prints, hand coloured by me and printed with the help of Pierre Ferrero : )



Here I am finishing coloring them next to Laura Park and Charles Burns (photo by Jillian Tamaki)




Some awesome free lance gigs I got:

* Illustrating a series of articles about African countries for the mexican travel magazines Travesías



* Some fun icons I made for the android app Zedge. They haven't been released yet, but hopefully soon!

* Doing my first New York Times illustration with art director Aviva Michaelov!



Festivals that I went to:

* New South Fest in Austin, Texas. It was really good to be its first and I am definitely going to be there again, specially since I live one hour away from Austin ; )
I also made one of the posters for it!



* Autoptic in Minneapolis, Minnesota was fucking AMAZING and I can't wait to visit Minneapolis again!

* CAB in Brooklyn, New York for my fourth year in a row. CAB has changed a lot since the first time I attended... this is probably the first year that they turned the A/C on during the fest and although it allowed for a much more comfortable ambience, that intense, crazy feeling of being in a sort of secret comics rave gathering is long gone. Also the Cartoon House has been gone for years now and remains only as a legendary memory for everyone who ever put foot in it. But in spite of all this cheesy melancholic observations, I think CAB has gotten better every year and it is definitely my favorite festival above all ! Particularly because I get to see my dear canadian friends Ginette Lapalme, Patrick Kyle, Chris Kuzma and Lala (who hosted us all, on her super small apartment, tucked in tight sardine style), but also because I always come back with so much good books, way more than at any other festival. There's so many artists that I met online in 2006-08 with whom I'm still friends today and I usually get to see most of them there, it feels like a big cartoon family reunion.

During that visit to New York I also had the chance to see Joe Grillo's art show at the Hole and let me tell you, it was like a spiritual cartoon experience for me. Also, my friends and me were lucky enough to get to meet Joe himself, as he was at the gallery at that moment. He really liked my Shut Up, I'm Busy sweatshirt and I even traded him the (stinky!) one I was wearing for an original drawing of his : )



* CALA in Los Angeles, California was also great. It was my first time in Los Angeles and I loved it. Got to eat SO MUCH GOOD FOOD and hang out with some amazing people, particularly Hellen Jo and Calvin Wong who were nice enough to host me. I also shared table with Hellen

A photo posted by Inés Estrada (@inechii) on




At every festival I made an effort to bring comics from my talented friends from Mexico, and I'm really proud that my table is now recognized as "the table with weird mexican comics". Some of the stuff I distroed this year was from Ediciones Joc Doc, Fuck Zines, Cráter Invertido and Edwin Sandoval.

A video posted by Inés Estrada (@inechii) on



Another great project that finally came out this year is Fanzinología Mexicana 1985-2015, an anthology about the graphic and visual narrative of mexican zines I coedited with Enrique Arriaga for el Museo Universitario del Chopo in Mexico City. This project took us almost three years to put together and I am beyond happy that it finally came out. This is the first book ever published about the history of fanzines in Mexico and it compiles some very rare and cool illustrations, cartoons, comics, collages and photographs made by and for subcultures like punks, queer activists, outsiders and low brow artists. For the moment it is only available for purchase at the Museum store in Mexico City, but I will have some copies for sale online later next year.



* In September I organized two events in San Antonio and Austin Texas with my friends Vanesa & NAG CHAMPA Sound system. Exhibiting were Rough House Comics, Elena, Jonny Negron, Regina Román la "Floja Life", Rand Renfrow and more. I hope to organize more things like that next year, it's always super fun !






Thanks for reading and I will hopefully see yall again next year! I am working on new products, thinking about new paintings and also ...COMICS!

Take care and keep it real




Oct 12, 2015

dibujando desde Tejas

Hello friends! As some of you already know, I am now living with my partner in San Antonio, Texas. It's been weird adjusting here after living all my life in Mexico City but it's also been a very rewarding experience. I am currently in the process of doing all the paperwork so I can stay here for good, and not only it takes a lot of time and energy, but also quite a bit of money!

I've started doing these paintings last month, mostly inspired by being here. San Antonio is very green (or at least, a lot more than Mexico City) and the nature has definitely leaked into most of these paintings. They're all available for sale and, if you fancy any of them, I would really appreciate if you would get one! Price includes world wide shipping. I will also make sure to sign your painting and include a bunch of extra stickers for you : )




 
Frog girl loves dog --- SOLD ---
Watercolor, pencil and crayons
aprox.: 21 x  28 cm / 8.5 x 11 in









Cabeza 
Watercolor, pencil and crayons
aprox.: 21 x  28 cm / 8.5 x 11 in












Ornitorrinco --- SOLD ---
Watercolor, india ink, pencil and crayons
aprox.: 21 x  28 cm / 8.5 x 11 in 







Lecturas felinas --- SOLD ---
Watercolor, pencil and crayons
aprox.: 21 x  28 cm / 8.5 x 11 in 








Peine arcoiris
Watercolor, pencil and crayons
aprox.: 21 x  28 cm / 8.5 x 11 in 







Proyeccion astral --- SOLD ---








Robot --- SOLD ---
Watercolor, markers, pencil and crayons
aprox.: 21 x  28 cm / 8.5 x 11 in 










Salta
Watercolor, pencil, gel pen
aprox.: 21 x 14 cm / 8.5 x 5.5 in






Bear boyfriend
Watercolor, pencil, gel pens
aprox.: 21 x 14 cm / 8.5 x 5.5 in








Caca --- SOLD ---
Markers
aprox.: 21 x 14 cm / 8.5 x 5.5 in






Tigre sandia 
Markers
aprox.: 21 x 14 cm / 8.5 x 5.5 in









Back alley stab 
Markers
aprox.: 21 x 14 cm / 8.5 x 5.5 in



Jun 24, 2015

"Where to go in Mexico City" / "¿A dónde ir en el DF?"

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Very often, I receive emails from other artists that are interested in visiting, and ask me about places to go. As much as I love talking about Mexico City, after writing the same things over and over, I thought it would be much more practical to compile this list with some tips... Hopefully you find them useful!

After living all my life in Mexico City, I wouldn't dare to say that I've seen ALL of Mexico City. Just by looking at it from the plane you will see: it is really fucking huge. It is monstruous, crazy and disgusting, but it's also really beautiful. It's hard to get bored in it since there's always a lot of stuff going on! I drew plenty of inspiration from living there, and I hope you do too!


General tips
- No one calls Ciudad de Mexico "Mexico City". Just say "DF" (deh-eff-eh) and avoid sounding like a tourist ; )
- It rains A LOT! Come prepared for that, specially if you're visiting from June to October
- NEVER drink tap water! Always buy bottled water to avoid getting sick!
- Make sure to eat everything, it is all delicious and probably nothing like whatever your idea of "mexican food" is!
- You will probably get stomach sick regardless of what you do, so get acquainted with Simi farmacias. They offer cheap consults and medicines for our very common stomach infections.
- This should go without saying but... Make an effort to speak spanish! A lot of people don't speak english.
- This should also go without saying but, don't be flashy. Everyone can tell you're a tourist, and if you act stupid you could get robbed. Do not be scared, but be cautious!




A page from Traducciones



Cool comic shops
There aren't really any "cool comic shops" in Mexico City. That being said, there are a few shops that sometimes carry local zines and art books that might be worth checking out...
- CBR Cineteca Nacional, Avenida México Coyoacán 389, Col. Xoco this one is not really a comic shop, but it is probably the best place to find zines outside of local fests. It is also inside the best movie theater in DF.
- Global Comics Vicente Suárez 114, Col. Condesa
- Fantástico Félix Cuevas 835, Col. Del Valle. This one is more like a classic comic book store. If you're coming from the US or Europe you probably won't find anything here that you wouldn't find at home.

Book stores
These don't carry zines and have very few comics, but you might be able to find some interesting stuff regardless
- Librería del Fondo de Cultura Económica Rosario Castellanos Tamaulipas 202, Col. Condesa
- El Péndulo Av. México 99, 1er Piso, Col. Condesa
- Gandhi Miguel Ángel de Quevedo 121, Col. Guadalupe Chimalistac
- There's also many bookstores that carry old used books (called "librerías de viejo"). You can find these all around the city, but the main area to find them is in la calle Donceles, Col. Centro

The local zine scene
- Check out the Fanzinoferias facebook group for all the latest news about local fests
- My favorite local art collective is Ediciones Joc Doc, they don't attend many fests, but you can always send them an email and arrange to meet them to buy their comics.

Cool art spaces
These are my favorite independent spaces run by artists for artists
- FERAL 5 de Mayo 10, int. 4, Col. Centro. Sometimes they also have workshops
- Biquini Wax Benjamin Franklin 20, int. 2, Col. Escandón. This one showcases mostly conceptual art
- Cráter Invertido García Icazbalceta 32, Col. San Rafael
These following ones are a little more mainstream, but they also have good exhibitions sometimes
- Vértigo Galería Colima 23, Col. Roma
- Border Zacatecas 43, Col. Roma. Sometimes they also have workshops

Museums
There's many museums you can visit, but these are my favorite... Note that all museums close on Mondays!
- Museo Nacional de Antropología Reforma, Col. Chapultepec
- MUAC Insurgentes Sur 3000, Centro Cultural Universitario, UNAM
- Museo del Chopo Dr. Enrique González Martínez 10, Col. Santa María la Ribera. Right in front of it is "El Sazón de Lolita" which offers cooking in the style of Yucatán! If you go to El Chopo, make sure to have lunch there.
- San Ildelfonso and Bellas Artes are also worth checking out, mostly for the architecture and crazy muralist paintings. There's also a cartooning museum, in which you can learn about the history of mexican cartooning (mostly focusing on political cartoons) el Museo de la Caricatura. These last three are all in el Centro.

Art stores
- Hiperlumen is a chain art store that has a very good selection of paper and art supplies. They also offer services like digital printing and paper cutting. The biggest two stores are Relox and la Del Valle
- Casa Serra is a really good store, specialized only in art supplies. They even have their own china ink brand, which is probably my favorite ink ever. They have two stores, one in Bolivar and another in el CNA
- For cheaper alternatives, there's a bunch of different paper, art and craft stores in la calle de República del Salvador in El Centro.

Art schools
If you're interested in visiting the local artschools, these are the most important ones. I didn't attend art school so I can't really tell you much about any of these. They're all public, so you can just go, walk in and check them out!
- La Esmeralda CNA, Av. Río Churubusco No. 79, Col. Country Club. There's a Casa Serra here, and there's also a Videoteca, were you can watch movies for free.
- FAD (until recently known as ENAP) Av. Constitución no. 600, Col. Barrio de la Concha
- Academia de San Carlos La Academia 22, Col. Centro




Spread from Sindicalismo 89



Other cool things to do
These are unrelated to art/comics but regardless I am adding them to the list! Some of the places that I suggest here are considered "dangerous", but again, as long as you go in the daytime and don't look like a flashy tourist, you'll probably be fine. In any case, I'm marking the "dangerous" places with a * just so you know.
* Walk around la Colonia Algarín and la Colonia Obrera. These are the neighborhoods where you can find places to get ANYTHING done: screenprinting, offset printing, production for t-shirts, magnets, flyers, pins, etc. You can also buy all sorts of things wholesale there. Everything is cheap!
* Walk around the south part of the Zócalo, in el Centro. Here every street is specialized in selling something. You will find paper goods in Regina, textile goods in Mesones, electric stuff in República del Salvador... everything is cheap and most shops offer bulk prices. There's also many good places to eat in that area.
* El mercado de Sonora this is like a typical mexican market, but they also sell all sorts of things for white and black magic stuff. If you like those magic candles from the dollar shop, this is the source of it all...
- La UNAM y El espacio escultorico this is the public university. It has some really cool buildings and nature!
- El Desierto de los Leones is a beautiful forest and there's an old convent there. I love this place, but it is quite far out. Much easier to visit if you have a car.
- El parque ecológico de Xochimilco is like a swamp park. There are many birds and interesting insects. Xochimilco is also a very nice area in general to explore, and the best spot to try pulque in the city.
* El mercado de Pino Suarez (also known as "las pacas") is the best spot to get cheap clothes. Just as you go out of the subway, there's like a "nicer" part of the market with new clothes, and once you cross the bridge there's the piles of used clothes. You can get a lot of good stuff for really cheap, but you have to dig. Very fun to do with a bunch of friends and a michelada in your hand...
* Tianguis de Santa Marta Acatitla this is like a junk and flea market. Lots of trash, but also lots of fun stuff. It's only on wednesdays!

Other interesting places to go, outside of Mexico City
You can get to these other towns from DF by taking a bus, which I would suggest as the safest traveling method!
- Teotihuacán (2 hrs. away from DF, take bus from la Central del Norte)
- Tepoztlán (2 hrs. away from DF, take bus from la Central del Sur/ Taxqueña)
- Oaxaca (8 hrs. away from DF, take bus from la Central del Sur/ Taxqueña)
- Guanajuato (6 hrs. away from DF, take bus from Central del Norte)
if you go to Guanajuato, check out Antigua Bar
- Morelia (6 hrs. away from DF, take bus from Observatorio)
if you go to Morelia, check out Fuck Zinez




Spread from Lapsos



I hope these tips are useful to you, and that you enjoy your visit to Mexico! Feel free to share my suggestions with your friends! Also, if you'd like to contribute something in exchange for these tips, I would greatly appreciate it! You can get my comics, stickers or prints from my webshop.

Safe travels!



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Originalmente escribí esta "guía" en inglés, ya que casi todos los que me preguntan cosas sobre DF no son de México, pero después de publicarla vi que le había interesado también a varia banda mexicana, asi que aqui les va la versión en español.

Para bien o para mal, soy chilanga y hasta hace unos meses, había vivido toda mi vida en la Ciudad de México. Aún asi, no me atrevería a decir que conozco TODA la ciudad. Sólo con verla desde el avión te podrás dar cuenta de que es monstruosa. Estando en ella, es difícil distinguir si es hermosa o asquerosa, o tal vez es las dos al mismo tiempo. Lo bueno es que es casi imposible aburrirse en ella ya que siempre hay algo que hacer. Ha sido una gran fuente de inspiración para mi y espero que también lo sea para todos los artistas viajeros que la visiten. Fue para ustedes que armé esta lista : )

Tiendas chidas de Cómics
La neta no hay tiendas "chidas" de cómics en el DF. Aún así, sí hay algunas tiendas de cómics y una que a hasta tiene zines de artistas locales y publicaciones independientes.
- CBR Cineteca Nacional, Avenida México Coyoacán 389, Col. Xoco Esta no es una tienda de cómics pero es el mejor lugar para encontrar zines que no sea un festival. Además, está adentro del mejor cine del DF
- Global Comics Vicente Suárez 114, Col. Condesa
- Fantástico Félix Cuevas 835, Col. Del Valle.

Librerías
Aquí no encontrarás zines aunque tal vez sí habrá algunos cómics y otras cosas interesantes
- Librería del Fondo de Cultura Económica Rosario Castellanos Tamaulipas 202, Col. Condesa
- El Péndulo Av. México 99, 1er Piso, Col. Condesa
- Gandhi Miguel Ángel de Quevedo 121, Col. Guadalupe Chimalistac
- También hay muchas librerías de viejo en toda la ciudad. La calle principal donde las puedes encontrar es en Donceles, Col. Centro

La escena local de zines
- Checa el grupo de facebook de Fanzinoferias para estar al tanto de las fechas de los festivales locales.
- Mi colectivo local favorito es Ediciones Joc Doc, no participan en muchos festivales pero los puedes contactar para conocerlos y comprarles cosas.

Espacios de arte chidos
Estos son mis espacios favoritos manejados por artistas para artistas
- FERAL 5 de Mayo 10, int. 4, Col. Centro. A veces tienen talleres
- Biquini Wax Benjamin Franklin 20, int. 2, Col. Escandón. Este es más de arte conceptual
- Cráter Invertido García Icazbalceta 32, Col. San Rafael
Estos espacios son un poco más mainstream, pero aún asi a veces tienen expos chidas
- Vértigo Galería Colima 23, Col. Roma
- Border Zacatecas 43, Col. Roma. A veces tienen talleres

Museos
Hay muchísimos museos en el DF, pero estos son mis favoritos. ¡Recuerden que todos los museos cierran los lunes!
- Museo Nacional de Antropología Reforma, Col. Chapultepec
- MUAC Insurgentes Sur 3000, Centro Cultural Universitario, UNAM
- Museo del Chopo Dr. Enrique González Martínez 10, Col. Santa María la Ribera. Justo enfrente está "El Sazón de Lolita" con comida yucateca. Vale la pena comer ahí!
- San Ildelfonso y Bellas Artes también están chidos, aunque sea nada más por la arquitectura y sus murales. También hay un Museo de la Caricatura sobre la historia de la caricatura en México (enfocada más a los cartones políticos). Estos últimos tres museos están todos en el Centro.

Papelerías
- Hiperlumen es una cadena, pero tienen una buena selección de papel y materiales. También ofrecen impresión digital y corte de papel. Las dos sucursales más grandes son Relox y la Del Valle
- Casa Serra es una tienda especializada en materiales de arte muy chingona. Tienen su propia marca de tinta china, que es mi favorita y es bastante económica. Tienen dos tiendas, una en Bolivar y otra en el CNA
- Si quieres irte a lo más barato, hay un chingo de papelerías chidillas en la calle de República del Salvador en El Centro.

Escuelas de Arte
Si te interesa visitar las escuelas de arte, estas son las más importantes. La verdad no podría decirte si están chidas o no ya que yo no fui a la escuela, pero pues ve a echarles un ojo tú mismo
- La Esmeralda CNA, Av. Río Churubusco No. 79, Col. Country Club. Aquí hay un Casa Serra y también tienen una videoteca donde puedes ver películas gratis.
- FAD (until recently known as ENAP) Av. Constitución no. 600, Col. Barrio de la Concha
- Academia de San Carlos La Academia 22, Col. Centro


Otras cosas chidas que hacer
Estas cosas no tienen nada que ver con "arte" pero aún asi las puse en la lista porque ya si estás en DF tienes que aprovechar y echarte la experiencia completa. Los lugares que están marcados con * se consideran medio peligrosos, así que si andas por ahi ¡Ponte trucha!
* Caminar por la Colonia Algarín y la Colonia Obrera está bien chido. Aquí puedes encontrar locales que te maquilan de todo: serigrafía, impresión digital, imanes, pines, etc. Está chido ver lo que ofrecen y todo está bien barato.
* Caminar por la parte del sur del Zócalo en el Centro. Aquí todas las calles se especializan en algo, hay textiles en Mesones, papelerías en Regina, electrónicos en República del Salvador... todo bien barato y con descuentos de mayoreo. Está chido ir aunque no vayas a comprar nada, nada más a ver. También hay muchos lugares buenos para comer por ahi.
* El mercado de Sonora es como un mercado típico, nada más que también venden un chingo de animales y cosas para hacer brujería. Está bien loco y bien grande.
- La UNAM y El espacio escultórico están bien chingones para ir a pendejear. Hay edificios chidos, naturaleza y buena vibra.
- El Desierto de los Leones es un bosque con un antiguo convento, ahora abandonado. Este lugar me encanta, pero está bien pinche lejos. Se puede llegar en camión, pero es mucho más fácil en coche.
- El parque ecológico de Xochimilco es un pantano enorme. Hay muchas aves e insectos interesantes por ahi. Xochimilco en general está bien chido, hay lugares buenos para comer y pulquerías de las de antaño.
* El mercado de Pino Suarez o "las pacas" es el mejor lugar para comprar ropa usada en el DF. Saliendo del metro está la parte "fina" del mercado, con ropa nueva, pero ya que cruzas el puente están los montones de ropa usada de a 5 pesos. Hay que rascarle, pero sí hay cosas chidas. Está divertido para ir con tus amigas a pendejear con una michelada en la mano.
* El Tianguis de Santa Marta Acatitla es como un mercado de pulgas. Hay un chingo de basura, juguetes y cosas raras. Está bien chido. Se pone sólo los miércoles.

Otros lugares para visitar cerca del DF
Hay otros lugares chidos cerca del DF a los que puedes llegar en camión, como...
- Teotihuacán (a 2 horas del DF, tomas el camión de la Central del Norte)
- Tepoztlán (a 2 horas del DF, tomas el camión de la Central del Sur/ Taxqueña)
- Oaxaca (a 8 horas del DF, tomas el camión de la Central del Sur/ Taxqueña)
- Guanajuato (a 6 horas del DF, tomas el camión de la Central del Norte)
si vas a Guanajuato, ve a Antigua Bar
- Morelia (a 5 horas del DF, tomas el camión de Observatorio)
si vas a Morelia, cotorréate a los de Fuck Zinez

Espero que les sirva esta lista y que disfruten su viaje al DF. Si les gustaron, compartan mis sugerencias con sus amigos. También si quieren contribuir algo a cambio de esta información, se los agradecería enormemente. Pueden comprar mis cómics, stickers y prints en mi tienda en línea.

Váyanse por la sombrita ; )