Adafruit’s comic reading list: Gabrielle Gamboa, George Perez, Angelo Torres, and Los Bros Hernandez #adafruitcomics


A new edition of Adafruit’s comic reading list — this week, in recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month it’s a review of some Hispanic American comics creators by shipping impresario Zay!

Gabrielle Gamboa


Gabrielle’s work employs a personal lexicon of family history, rock and roll memorabilia, Catholic iconography, nostalgia, and dark humor. She grew up surrounded by the Funk Art popular in 1970’s and 1980’s Sacramento, California. In the 1990’s she moved to Oakland, California to study painting and film before leaving art school to join the Puppy Toss comics publishing collective.

Her comics have appeared in various publications, such as Top Shelf, Bust Magazine, Scheherazade, and Truthout. In 1994 she co-edited the anthology On Our Butts, a collection of comics by influential female cartoonists such as Ariel Bordeaux, Megan Kelso, and Jessica Abel. She received a BA in Painting from San Francisco State University, where she began making her large mixed-media drawings.

George Perez


George Pérez is a Puerto Rican-American illustrator and writer of comic books. Along with John Byrne, he was arguably the most popular and influential artist in American comic books in the 1980s. He primarily illustrates superhero comics, mainly published by DC Comics and Marvel Comics, and is known for his clean, dynamic, yet ornate style, with a strong emphasis on group superhero action scenes.

Pérez’s family moved from Puerto Rico in the 1940s. Like many of the immigrants from Puerto Rico, they were poor and settled in the Bronx, where there was and is a large Puerto Rican community (barrio). Pérez’s parents became factory workers. Eventually, they moved to Flushing, Queens, New York. Pérez often visited a comic book store called “Mike’s Comic Hut” there. He became fascinated with comic books and their illustrations.

Angelo Torres


Angelo Torres is an American cartoonist and caricaturist whose work has appeared in many comic books, as well as a long-running regular slot in Mad Magazine. Torres was friends with artist Al Williamson in the early 1950s and occasionally assisted him on work for EC Comics with fellow artists Frank Frazetta and Roy Krenkel (known as the Fleagle Gang).

When the E.C. comics line failed after the enforcement of the Comics Code, Torres went to Atlas — later to be known as the Marvel Comics Group — and drew a number of short stories for their mystery titles in 1956-57. Torres later worked for Warren Publishing under editor Archie Goodwin. He contributed art on 20 stories for Creepy, Eerie and Blazing Combat from 1964 through 1967.

From October, 1968 until March, 1980 he drew legendary satires of contemporary U.S. television shows as the penultimate feature in Mad Magazine. He was named #61 in Atomic Comics’ list of The Top 100 Artists of American Comic Books.

Los Bros Hernandez


The Hernandez brothers, also known as Los Bros Hernandez, are the three American cartoonist brothers Mario, Gilbert, and Jaime Hernandez. The three grew up in Oxnard, California. In the 1980s they gained fame with their legendary comic book Love and Rockets, a prominent series in the early alternative comics scene, and which drew influences from a wide range of influences, including mainstream and underground comics, punk rock, and Mexican-American culture.

They began publishing the black-and-white series themselves in 1981, and Fantagraphics Books published it from 1982. The brothers normally worked independently of each other on their own stories. Gilbert’s most significant work features prominent magic realist elements in Central American settings; Jaime’s has centred on multicultural Southern California. Mario’s contributions have been infrequent. The first volume of Love and Rockets after its fiftieth issue in 1996, and while Gilbert and Jaime have taken on a great variety of other projects, they frequently returned to their most familiar characters.

Check out our previous posts Bee and the Puppycat, Spacetrawler, Grrl PowerKrazy KatShe-Hulk, King CityThe Whiteboard, HubrisAkiraThe Wicked and the DivineSagaAre  You My Mother?Cairo,  StaticElfquestHip Hop Family TreeFinder, and Peanuts!

Adafruit publishes a wide range of writing and video content, including interviews and reporting on the maker market and the wider technology world. Our standards page is intended as a guide to best practices that Adafruit uses, as well as an outline of the ethical standards Adafruit aspires to. While Adafruit is not an independent journalistic institution, Adafruit strives to be a fair, informative, and positive voice within the community – check it out here:

Join Adafruit on Mastodon

Adafruit is on Mastodon, join in!

Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Join over 36,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community!

CircuitPython – The easiest way to program microcontrollers –

Maker Business — “Packaging” chips in the US

Wearables — Enclosures help fight body humidity in costumes

Electronics — Transformers: More than meets the eye!

Python for Microcontrollers — Python on Microcontrollers Newsletter: Silicon Labs introduces CircuitPython support, and more! #CircuitPython #Python #micropython @ThePSF @Raspberry_Pi

Adafruit IoT Monthly — Guardian Robot, Weather-wise Umbrella Stand, and more!

Microsoft MakeCode — MakeCode Thank You!

EYE on NPI — Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Step-Down Power Module #EyeOnNPI @maximintegrated @digikey

New Products – Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers! — #NewProds 7/19/23 Feat. Adafruit Matrix Portal S3 CircuitPython Powered Internet Display!

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at !

No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.