All posts by Jesse Atwell

Welcome, Gonzalo Alvarez!

Gonzalo Alvarez is a first-generation Chicano Illustrator, Writer, and Designer from Port Arthur, TX creating Aztec fantasy.

He received a BFA from Lamar University where he created Borders, an internationally acclaimed video game inspired by his parent’s immigration, and the prototype comic for Poyoman, an Aztec fantasy graphic novel to be published by Harper Alley in 2026.

He founded Studio Tecuanis in 2022 and released NAWALLI: The Aztec Card Game in 2023.

Learn more about Gonzalo Alvarez here.

Chapter member Hector Cantu is among the finalists announced for the 2023 NCS Divisional Awards for the 78th Annual Reubens!

Chapter member Hector Cantu is among the finalists announced for the 2023 NCS Divisional Awards for the 78th Annual Reubens!

Voting for the NCS Divisional Awards has been extended to Friday, May 10. Cast your ballot by clicking on this link:

Award winners will be announced at the 78th Annual Reuben Awards Dinner in San Diego, CA on August 23, 2024.

Congrats to all the nominees!

Welcome, Eliamaría Madrid!

Eliamaría Madrid is a cartoonist, illustrator, and content creator based in Dallas, Texas. Having doodled and drawn for a majority of her youth, she got started her first big project at age 17, which was Elia in a Box Webcomic, a slice-of-life comic strip retelling of the silly moments in her life. She also illustrated comics for her high school newspaper, the Campus Corral and marketing campaigns for her high school’s theatre department, having been a finalist at the State and International levels of the Thespian Festivals. 

While in college pursuing a theatre degree, she drew comics for the university newspaper, The Shorthorn. Her comic strips, featuring famed-UTA professor Dr. Allan Saxe, won her the Colombia Scholastic Press Award for Comic Cartoons in Digital Media. Upon graduating with her Theatre degree, she realized her passion for comedy, design, and performing was better executed in an illustrative-storytelling manner. From then on, she decided that’s what she wanted to do and has loved it ever since.

Elia is currently working on wrapping up her first Graphic Novel while creating silly art content online and collaborating with fellow creatives to build the art and creative communities. Elia is a proud ambassador with the JDRF, being a type 1 diabetic herself, and hopes to use her art and platform to help raise awareness and fund for cure research.

Learn more about Eliamaría Madrid and see her work here.

Welcome, Reynaldo Menchaca!

Reynaldo Menchaca is a Texas born and raised Cartoonist. As a child growing up watching cartoons on tv on Saturday mornings, the love for art was instilled very early. Rey was fascinated by classic cartoons such as Looney Tunes, Scooby Doo, and Gundam.

Reynaldo took this inspiration and sought to breathe a new dynamic style to cartoons while keeping the whimsical fantasy that seeded the love for art in the first place. Reynaldo’s unique vision has provided opportunities such as working on campaigns for Tech N9ne, the biggest independent artist in the world, to local community work for Texas State University.

Learn more about Reynaldo and see his work here.

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Welcome, Adrian Zuniga!

Adrian Zuniga is a cartoonist based in Fort Worth, Texas with a passion for drawing silly cartoons. He found his inspiration at the age of 7 by watching Looney Tunes and reading old Garfield comics he would find at the thrift stores his parents would drag him to. His “formal” instruction came when he stumbled into Bruce Blitz cartooning books in his public library. From then on, he has not been able to stay away from cartooning even if he tried! Today, Adrian is a freelance cartoonist creating cartoon illustrations, comics and custom caricatures for his clients.

Adrian gets his inspiration and motivation from everyday life, his wife, three kids and his dog. He is determined to show his family that there’s always a way to make your dreams come true. 

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Donnie Pitchford part of the Carthage Main Street 2024 Arts Walk of Fame Induction

Donnie Pitchford will be honored on Friday, February 16 at The Esquire Theater in Carthage, TX as part of the Carthage Main Street 2024 Arts Walk of Fame Induction.

Pitchford says, ” I am blessed and honored to be part of the Carthage, Texas Main Street Arts Walk of Fame being held in two weeks (February 16)! I hope to see family, friends, former students, church family, etc. there!”

Read more at The Panola Watchman and at

Congrats, Donnie!

Welcome, Francisco Riojas!

Welcome, Francisco Riojas – our newest member!

Francisco Riojas is the creator of The Maizanos and The Paisanos. From an early age, Francisco would gravitate towards the comics section of the San Antonio Express News that his grandfather would provide on a weekly basis. Frequently spending time at the local public library and escaping into published collections of Garfield, The Far Side, Peanuts, Calvin & Hobbs, Where’s Waldo and many more, Francisco was inspired to pick up drawing and dream to one day be amongst the great creators that he has admired since childhood.

The comic strip of The Maizanos is based on a family of tamales that reflect the experiences of life as Mexican Americans along the southern border. The Paisanos is a series inspired by current events related to immigration and the politics that surround it.

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