from the February 2017 issue
Francisco de la Mora is a publisher and a comics writer. He is one of the founders of Editorial Sexto Piso, one of the biggest independent publishing houses in Mexico, where he was a permanent member of the editorial council from 2002 to 2010. He worked for an international publishing house based in Madrid (Turner Libros) where, among other things, he developed the project "Adaptación gráfica de la Nueva historia mínima de México" (a graphic adaptation of the book Nueva historia mínima de México) in collaboration with El Colegio de México, with eight volumes published to the date. Since then, he has specialized in developing projects in graphic novel formats, such as the graphic adaptation of the movie "El Narco," a satirical piece about drug trafficking in the country; the project for the Mexican Army forces "María. Una pequeña gran lucha para erradicar la discriminación y la violencia de género," a story to raise awareness about gender inequality and sexual violence in the armed forces; and the book about the life of the Pope Francis. In all of these projects, he has been been responsible for the script, the art direction, and the editing. He holds a master's degree in cultural and creative industries from Kings College London and a bachelor's degree on Latin American literature by the Universidad Iberomaricana in México City.
José Luis Pescador (México, 1979) is a comic artist and painter. His latest works are Tetelcingo, Fosas del Olvido, a graphic journalist feature on the graves in Tetelcingo, Morelos. His artwork has been published in many books, magazines, etc. in Mexico and aboard like Tank Magazine, in UK. Pariah-Missouri, a collaboration with comic writer Andres Salazar, was published by Decade Brothers Studio in the US from 2013 to 2016. Currently, he is working on an adaptation of the film El Narco by Mexican film director Luis Estrada and a comic book on twentieth century Mexico for El Colegio de México, both in collaboration with comic writers Francisco de la Mora and Rodrigo Santos.
Translated from Spanish by Gabriela Mejan
Gabriela Mejan holds a BA in Latin American literature from the Universidad Iberoamericana, an MA in children’s literature from Roehampton University, and a PhD in visual culture from King’s College London. She has taught courses on historical fiction at KCL. Dr. Mejan combines her scholarly research with extensive work experience serving the cultural insight needs and implementing digital strategies for global technology companies, new media agencies, and studios in the creative industries. She is the co-founder of Cerebro Urbano (Urban Brain), a foundation formed by a group of expert consultants in higher education, financial inclusion, health, urban planning, and public policy, and works assessing both domestic and foreign organizations interested in implementing projects that contribute to Mexico's development in these areas of counseling. Her areas of interest and research include Latin American literature; visual culture; graphic narratives; comic books; children’s and young adult fiction; borders, frontiers and displacement of cultural icons; and civic technologies, innovation, and visual storytelling to prompt behavior change.