La Bande Dessinée (BD), los paquitos, manga (in its contemporary sense) or comic books were first published in the United States around the 1930s. By the 60’s it had become clear that they were not really all that “comic”, and that their artists were really graphic novelists creating what Will Eisner later called sequential art or, in the prescient assessment of the French, “the ninth art.”
Fwacata! is both a visual arts exhibition and a comic book The show plumbs the tension between the gallery and the comic book striving for synergies between the wall and the page, aware of the comic book medium’s Pop genealogy in the gallery and of its coming of age as literature.
This visual haiku by contemporary Latino comic book creators focuses on hands, those hands that played the drumbeat of Caribbean history, rowing from one island to the next and beyond. Based on an original poem by Christian Montalvo, this historical rumination has been co-curated by the author, a self-published graphic artist and co-founder of Alpha Godz Entertainment along with his brother Antonio Montalvo. Co-curator Miguel Trelles is a visual artist in residence at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center.
Fwacata! Look at My Hands is a collaborative effort between Alpha Godz Entertainment (A.G.E. Studios), and a number of Local Latino based Comic Studios, including Section 8 Comics (Wilson Ramos), Cabezón Studios (Jun Nuñez, Chévez Sánchez), MAS Media Studios (Aníbal Arroyo) as well as Maribel Mejía and David Quilles. The collective understands that as Latino Comic creators, they follow in the footsteps of such contemporary trail blazers as the Hernández Brothers, George Pérez, Javier Saltares and the late Carlos Meglia, to name just a few.