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Mexican Comics in English

First-ever English translations of Mexican comics. In the newest one, "Love in the Bipolar Region," a husband refuses to seek treatment for his psychological disorder, threatening his marriage.
Apr 15 '14
Here we get the first hint of what’s causing trouble in paradise: Jose Carlos’s mood swings. The problem with his marriage has nothing to do with his sexy secretary — it comes from within, as you’ll see if you keep up with this Mexican comic, “Love in the Bipolar Regions,” as I translate it here, or read it from the beginning on Imgur. (And apologies to my small band of loyal followers for the delay in posting this; I’ve been traveling.)

Here we get the first hint of what’s causing trouble in paradise: Jose Carlos’s mood swings. The problem with his marriage has nothing to do with his sexy secretary — it comes from within, as you’ll see if you keep up with this Mexican comic, “Love in the Bipolar Regions,” as I translate it here, or read it from the beginning on Imgur. (And apologies to my small band of loyal followers for the delay in posting this; I’ve been traveling.)

Apr 8 '14

Strange as it might seem for Arleth to bare her heart to a washroom attendant, she desperately needs a confidante. The source of her sadness, concealed thus far from the reader, manifests itself in Arleth’s reflection in the mirror. I love this expressionist touch: the Arleth in the looking glass seems to be mocking the real Arleth. What secrets is she hiding? Follow me to find out as I translate this Mexican comic, “Love in the Bipolar Regions.”

Apr 7 '14

My newest translation-in-progress is of the Mexican comic, “Love in the Bipolar Regions.” Sexier than usual for the socially-conscious Libro Sentimental series (bedroom scenes are more routine in Mexican comic-book romance series like Libro Semanal), this comic also features atypical artwork and interesting design elements.Follow me to read it as I translate.

Apr 6 '14
With this ambivalent ending, I conclude my translation of the Mexican comic, “The Secret of Dad’s Success.” 
Follow me here as I begin my newest translation of a Mexican comic, about a woman who falls in love with a man living with (untreated) bipolar disorder. Or see my Imgur page with my complete translations of nine other Mexican comics
 

With this ambivalent ending, I conclude my translation of the Mexican comic, “The Secret of Dad’s Success.” 

Follow me here as I begin my newest translation of a Mexican comic, about a woman who falls in love with a man living with (untreated) bipolar disorder. Or see my Imgur page with my complete translations of nine other Mexican comics


 

Apr 5 '14

Let’s keep that coffin closed, after a miffed drug supplier wasted Dad with an assault rifle. Consuelo has a point: Adalberto got into drug dealing years ago, when his son was only about two years old and crying with hunger. (Camila, the daughter, had not yet been born). But would the Mexican government censorship board, which approves all comics, even the pornographic ones, let Consuelo get away with this justification for her husband’s life of crime? Keep reading here to see how this Mexican comic, “The Secret of My Dad’s Success,” handles this ethical dilemma, or read it from the beginning on Imgur.

Apr 2 '14

So the money didn’t come from catering parties after all. Next, Jaime and Camila are likely to turn their attention to their mother. Will she claim that she had no notion that the family fortune came from drug dealing? Follow me here to read the concluding pages of the Mexican comic, “The Secret of Dad’s Success,” as I translate them, or read the comic from the beginning on Imgur.

Mar 30 '14

Poor Camila indeed! How innocent to believe her father’s lies just because he has offered to swear “on all that’s holy”? What business does he have with holiness when he sold his soul to the devil long ago?  In the last panel, we see that devil himself: Lopez, who overheard Adalberto decrying his poverty decades before and recruited him to drug dealing. Now that Adalberto has declared his independence from Lopez — not to go straight, mind you, but to select his own drug supplier — the devil will exact his due. Follow me to keep reading this Mexican comic, “The Secret of Dad’s Success” as I translate it, or read it from the beginning on Imgur.

Mar 28 '14

The day of reckoning has arrived, and note the clever story construction of this Mexican comic, “The Secret of Dad’s Success.” The big reveal about Dad comes out of the mouth of an indisputable source — Victor discloses his own drug habit at the same moment that he exposes Camila’s father. Who would know the local dealers better than a drug user?

The comic creators have painstakingly set up this situation in previous pages, where Adalberto, in his early days of drug dealing, noted that, “Those schoolkids are cleaning me out.” Later, as he recruits more low-level dealers to expand his business (kind of like Mary Kaye Cosmetics), he tells them, “I don’t care how you sell it. Just sell it all.” Hence it is perfectly believable that he’s sold drugs to Victor, who like Camila, is about 17 and still in school. See how it pans out by following me here, or read it from the beginning on Imgur.

Mar 27 '14

Victor is on the verge of becoming the protagonist in a Mexican version of “Mickey Blue Eyes” but something stops him. Now how would he happen to know Camila’s father, Adalberto? To see if you guessed right, keep reading “The Secret of Dad’s Success,” as I translate it here, or read it from the beginning on Imgur.

Mar 24 '14

The years have not been kind to Adalberto, who was drawn as cute and buff through all his early years of poverty and then his initial foray into drug dealing. Maybe all his vices are showing externally, as in The Picture of Dorian Gray, except that the picture is here before us rather than hidden in the attic. Consuelo, on the other hand, hasn’t aged much. Remember that on a previous page she was offered wrinkle remover cream at her salon? Apparently, it really worked. But the appearance of Lopez could add a new wrinkle to this Mexican comic, “The Secret of Dad’s Success.” Follow me here to read more, as I translate it, or read it from the beginning on Imgur.