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Latino Comics Expo: Culturally Diverse Superheroes

Latino Comics Expo: Culturally Diverse Superheroes

Posted by Liliana Castaño on October 13, 2014

For those who think comic books are outdated or just for kids, think again. Blockbusters like Captain America: The Winter Soldier or X-Men: Days of Future Past and Guardians of the Galaxy have brought large casts of superheroes to the silver screen in 2014. Comic book conventions attract thousands of fans dressed up as Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man and other superheroes.

For fans attending The Latino Comics Expo Saturday and Sunday in San José, California, comics are a great opportunity to reconnect with Latino roots within a fun and important aspect of American pop culture.

Comic book aficionados will tell you that superhero stories are modern mythologies that challenge you to answer difficult questions and inspire you to change your life. In a phone interview with NBC News, Expo co-founder and comic book creator Javier Hernandez said that while Latinos can relate to X-Men, The Fantastic Four and Spider Man, seeing your own story in a comic is even more empowering.

“I love all those [superhero comic] books I grew up reading,” said Hernandez, “but there is one thing I didn’t see in those books. I didn’t see me in there. I didn’t see us, Latinos… [so] I wanted to put out a comic that covered something that is not really addressed in mainstream culture.”

 

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