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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.
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.

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.