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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.
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.

Aug 12 '14

With no real social-service safety net available in Mexico, how will Elvira and her children survive while Leoncio is in custody? And how long will he be in custody? Read on as I translate this Mexican comic, “Penitentiary: Trapped Inside Hell.”

Aug 10 '14

This scene has echoes of Vittorio di Sica’s classic film, “The Bicycle Thief.” In that movie, a desperately poor man named Antonio hunts for the person who has stolen the bicycle he needs for a job that will save his family from starvation. Along the way he meets a young man who seems to have information that will lead Antonio to the thief. But when he demands information from this shady character, the young man has some kind of epileptic or asthma attack, drawing the sympathy of bystanders who accuse Antonio of cruelty. The victim is converted into aggressor as poor person is set against poor person. Here, too, Leoncio seems to be losing in the court of public opinion. Will he lose in actual court? To find out, keep reading this Mexican comic, “Penitentiary: Trapped Inside Hell,” as I translate it.

Aug 6 '14

Leoncio is confident that he hasn’t broken the law. But will the cops and the public agree? Keep reading as I translate this Mexican comic, “Penitientiary: Trapped Inside Hell.” As revelations in New York City surface about the treatment of teenage inmates on Riker’s Island — and as advocates for young unaccompanied Central American migrants worry how their clients will fare in immigration court — this comic becomes more relevant than ever on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border.

Aug 2 '14

As is obvious from the title of this Mexican comic, “Penitentiary,” someone involved in this crime is going to serve time. Keep reading to see who it is, and how that person fares in a Mexican prison. Prison conditions and the justice system of Mexico go on trial in this edition of the socially-conscious “Libro Sentimental” series, which ceased publication several years ago.

Jul 11 '14

And so this 1998 Mexican comic, “Tenderness and Passion Between Women” disappointingly ends with tenderness and passion between a man and a woman. Probably to please the government censors, the story pulls back and, somewhat illogically, reunites Lorena with her husband after she has explored the erotic frontier with Karla. Her experience with Karla is not nullified completely (Lorena tells Karla, “You mean something to me,” and “You’ve left an indelible mark on my life”), but it is somewhat trivialized as “one more chapter in the story of her love life,” i.e. a phase, or adventure. To the comic’s credit however, Luis acknowledges that his “attitude and words” were “idiotic,” an obvious reference to the fact that he has called Lorena and Karla “perverts” and “sluts.”

Jul 6 '14

Aside from the government censors who had to pass judgment on this 1998 Mexican comic, not many of us are rooting for Luis. That’s pretty harsh homophobia, guy, even if your wife, Lorena, and her lover, Karla, have repeatedly lied to you. Well, let the games begin! See who wins the fair damsel as I continue to translate.

Jul 4 '14

The fireworks are flying in this 1998 Mexican comic. Don’t be too harsh with Luis. Though his initial reaction is to label his wife, Lorena, and her lover, Karla, as “perverts” and “degenerates,” later he wonders what was lacking in Lorena’s life. He has told her he’ll never forgive her, but never say never! Let’s see what happens as I translate the final smackdown. If you missed this comic from the beginning, read it here.