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Mexican Comics in English

First-ever English translations of Mexican comics. In the newest one, "Penitentiary," the Mexican justice and corrrections systems are put on trial.
Oct 20 '14

By working her fingers to the bone, Elvira had scraped together enough money to hire a competent lawyer, but just as Leoncio’s release seemed certain, Elvira was raped by a prison guard, whom Leoncio beat to death. There doesn’t seem to have been enough evidence for a second trial (let’s not ask too many questions), but the clock has been set back on Leoncio’s sentence. Follow me here to see what fresh hell awaits our unjustly incarcerated prisoner in this Mexican comic, “Penitentiary: Trapped Inside Hell,” or read it from the beginning.

Oct 8 '14

Life is getting hellish indeed in this Mexican comic, “Penitentiary: Trapped Inside Hell.” The day had started so well for Elvira, wife of the unjustly imprisoned Leoncio. Her scrimping and saving had allowed her to find a new, more competent lawyer, and Leoncio’s release seemed imminent. Now she and her husband have been plunged into the inferno again. As New York City begins hearings on conditions for inmates at the city’s main prison, Rikers Island, this seems closer to fact than fiction. See how it turns out by following me as I translate, or catch up with it from Page 1.

Sep 26 '14

Not even the visitors, never mind the inmates, are safe from the sadistic prison guards in this Mexican comic, “Penitentiary: Trapped Inside Hell.” By toiling night and day, Elvira has finally managed to pay a decent lawyer to defend her unjustly imprisoned husband, Leoncio. Will her efforts be undone by the horrors that await her in the “private area” to which the guard has escorted her? Read more as I translate, or catch up with it from the beginning.

Sep 21 '14

Note the feminist message, delivered in the youthful voice of Brayan, son of Leoncio who has been wrongfully imprisoned in this Mexican comic, “Penitentiary: Trapped Inside Hell.” Little Brayan’s interesting theory: machismo is at least partly the creation of mothers who indulge their sons and prevent them from doing housework. Soon some deplorable examples of machismo will attempt to destroy Leoncio’s family. See what develops by following me here as I translate, or read it from the beginning.

Sep 9 '14

Talk about feeling powerless! From behind bars, Leoncio can do nothing to protect his wife. She has been talking to lawyers. Can anything be done to advance his case — he was jailed for killing someone in self-defense — before his wife’s human rights are also violated? To find out, keep reading this Mexican comic, “Penitentiary: Trapped Inside Hell,” as I translate it, or catch up with it from the beginning.

Sep 3 '14

Mexico’s gun laws, though much stricter than those in most states of the U.S, do allow citizens to apply for gun licenses if they can prove they need them for self-defense, and if they pass background checks. However, a poor market vendor like Leoncio may have figured that he could never qualify for a license or afford to bribe the authorities who issue them. Watch what incredible things happen next as I continue translating this Mexican comic, “Penitentiary: Trapped Inside Hell,” or read it from the beginning.

Sep 2 '14

Never mind bringing home-cooked food, imprisoned Leoncio tells his wife in this Mexican comic, “Penitentiary: Trapped In Hell,” just get me a good lawyer. But it will be easy to whip up some tasty dishes than to get a fair hearing, as Leoncio will find out. Jailed without a trial because he shot a knife-wielding thief who had slashed him, Leoncio has yet to talk to an attorney. See what happens as I continue translating, or catch up with the story from the beginning.

Aug 26 '14

Things are looking up for Leoncio, imprisoned for a month so far without a hearing or indictment in this Mexican comic, “Penitentiary: Trapped Inside Hell.” But just as Elvira had to struggle to find out where her husband was being held, visiting may never be as simple as it is this first time. Stick with me as I continue translating, or catch up with it from the beginning.

Aug 23 '14

Soon Elvira will slip through the looking-glass of a corrupt justice system in this Mexican comic, “Penitentiary: Trapped Inside Hell.” What price will Leoncio be forced to pay the guard, and how will Elvira help him pay? Read on as I translate, or catch up with it from the beginning.

Aug 14 '14

When I first read this comic, “Penitentiary: Trapped Inside Hell,” all the distrust of the police and the legal system seemed distinctively Mexican. But with recent events in Ferguson, Mo., unfolding, it has taken on a universal importance. Keep reading as I translate it, or catch up with it from the beginning on Imgur.