Frederick Luis Aldama

About Frederick Luis Aldama

Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English and University Distinguished Scholar at The Ohio State University. In the departments of English as well as Spanish & Portuguese he teaches courses on and Latino & Latin American cultural phenomena, including literature, film, TV, music, sports, video games, and comic books. He is also an affiliate faculty of the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging. He is the author, co-author, and editor of thirty books. He is editor and coeditor of 7 different academic press book series, including the World Comics and Graphic Nonfiction series with the University of Texas Press. He is founder and director of the White House Hispanic Bright Spot awarded LASER/Latino and Latin American Space for Enrichment Research. In 2016, Aldama received the Ohio Education Summit Award for Founding & Directing LASER. He is founder and co-director of Humanities & Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute at The Ohio State University. He has been honored with the 2016 American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education’s Outstanding Latino/a Faculty in Higher Education Award. In 2017, Aldama was awarded Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching and inducted into the Academy of Teaching. This same year he was also inducted into the Society of Cartoon Arts.

Comix Latinx—Graphic Reclamations: Barajas and Gonzo’s “Tata Rambo”

“Graphic Reclamations: Barajas and Gonzo’s Tata Rambo as Co-Creative Journey that Sets the Historical Record Straight” Guest Post By: Frederick Luis Aldama, aka Professor LatinX Just the other day my kid asked: “how can the filmmaker of Hidden Figures have known the story of these three important African American women mathematicians and scientists if [...]

The Imaginarium of Doctor Baetens

  Jan Baetens has added more furniture to his wonderfully enchanting Imaginarium—an edifice built of on profound knowledge of the visual and verbal narrative arts as well as in the making of such narrative arts. His recent delectable addition: a history and compelling analysis of the fotoromanzo, roman-photo, récit en photos or photo-roman, soap [...] – Using Comics to Inspire Inclusion

Ohio State Professor Frederick Luis Aldama is enriching views of arts and culture one incredible lecture at a time. Ohio State faculty member Frederick Luis Aldama talks to his students about the need for more diversity in comics. Frederick Luis Aldama has been teaching undergraduates since his arrival at Ohio State in 2005. He [...]

Review: “Voces Sin Fronteras: Our Stories, Our Truth”

The other day I arrived home to find waiting in the mailbox a weighty, Voces Sin Fronteras: Our Stories Our Truth. It proved not only weighty to the hand, but once I began peeling its pages back, weighty to the soul.  The 16 bilingual (side-by-side English then Spanish) comic book autobiographical vignettes that fill [...]

Review of “Mashbone & Grifty”—by Frederick Luis Aldama

Mashbone & Grifty: by Oscar Garza (Art/Story) and Rolando Esquivel (story) Out of the gate here, let me just say there’s a lot of venom spitting at our Latinx peoples. So much and for so long I nearly forgot what it’s like to laugh—bellyache laugh.  Garza and Esquivel’s Mashbone & Grifty lifted [...]

Latinx Spaces – An Interview with Frederick Luis Aldama: On the Art of Storytelling for Latinx Children and Youth — by Isabel Millán

Known for his scholarship on Latinx popular culture and comics, Frederick Luis Aldama just expanded his repertoire with another book—this one on Latinx children’s picture books and Young Adult literature, inspired by the books he began reading to his daughter, Corina. Published by the University of Pittsburgh Press and released earlier this year, Latino/a [...]

Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics: The Documentary

  Following the success of his most recent book, the Eisner Award-winning Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics, Professor Frederick Luis Aldama—in partnership with the Ohio State University and Columbus, Ohio-based production company DG Cine—is bringing the experience of his book to life in a full-fledged documentary. In it, Aldama brings together academics, comics [...]

Latinx Spaces: The Challenge of Sci-Fi —by Frederick Luis Aldama

THE CHALLENGE OF SCI-FI: by Frederick Luis Aldama My brain’s been working in overdrive and overtime. I’ve been thinking damn hard about the future—about how we might think and feel in the future as much as look in size and shape, about how our everyday life might be organized: from grocery shopping to driving [...]