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Julio's Day is filled with so many quiet moments that just devastate you without you knowing: they sneak up on you.

It also showcases Beto's ability of showing the alienation of Latin American people within the US. This is something I have yet to see most cartoonists pull off or even fucking tackle. That alienation and Latin American people's place within the power structure of America, I believe, plays a huge role in the way his characters act. The ailments, disfigurements, the unbalance of relationship power, pretty much everything Tucker wants to read in his Beto reader: while they have own motivations, you can--well, I see--see the alienation and lack of power coming into play with how they act. This theme swirls around his characters and conscious and unconsciousness guides and influences them.

Julio's Day also has one of the greatest pieces of shit characters you just want to die a terrible death: Julio's Uncle.

Also, his pulp/genre works are fucking awesome. I love them. They remind me of some of the Mexican comics I used to read when I lived in Mexico. Actually, I might say there might be a lineage from some of the more trashy, "sexy", pulp, soap opera-esque comics you come across in Mexico with Beto's genre work.

I would also love, LOVE to see Beto doing a luchador comic. Holy motherfuck me that would be amazing, especially if it's luchadors against monsters. I would be instantly transported back to my childhood and I would peddle it as one of the great works in comics; fuck all who disagree.

I have an issue of French Ticklers. The printing quality couldn't have been worse if they'd used a mimeograph machine, so anything with delicate linework (including a remarkable Mort Drucker homage by Moebius) came out all faded. And so Kim Thompson's dream of an America enraptured by Eurocomics was destined to remain but a dream.

A scholarly text on the Hernandez brothers is probably a real possibility someday. I recently did an internship in an academic library, and the number of academic monographs about more or less obscure films, authors, poets, and philosophers, that came out at the tail end of last year was... well, probably more than you'd imagine. Comics scholarship is starting to take up a few shelves all on its own, and Los Bros have a high enough profile to captivate an academic or two. Only a mater of time.

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