KCU Pitchfest Showcase 2022
Comics creators from around the world submit their unpublished projects to be previewed online by editors and agents. A panel of judges (click here to see the juror list) select the top pitches. Projects are archived here so that industry pros may view them and discover new talent.
Mi Tio Hernan
Semi-out Anibal Montes-Escobar takes a huge risk and expresses their genderfluidity during the last week of school and pays the price- their parents punish them by forcing them to spend their summer with their estranged tio (uncle) Hernán, a macho charro (Mexican horseman) of Jalisco, in order to “masculinize” Anibal. Wanting to please their parents and to survive the long summer with their tio, Anibal pushes their genderfluidity down and joins their tio’s team of charros. What they don’t expect is how hard it is to pretend to be someone they’re not, and they discover that their tio is hiding a secret of his own.
Age Range:Young Adult
Genre:BIPOC, Fiction, LGBTQ+, Magical Realism, Own Voices, Realistic Fiction/Slice of Life, Social Issues
Page Count Estimate:300
“Mi Tio Hernán” is an amalgamation of my young adult experiences as a semi-out trans genderfluid child of traditional Mexican immigrants and my own relationship with my late tio. Like Hernán, my tio was a well-known charro who demonstrated positive masculinity through leadership, camaraderie, and generosity. At that point in my life, I had especially admire his positive masculinity and how he carried himself with love for his family and his teammates.
By telling the story of Anibal and their own relationship with gender expressions and their tio, I hope that I can help young trans adults find the courage to be true to themselves and to live their lives authentically without shame.
I’m Alondra, and I am a comic artist based in Fort Wayne, IN. I love to create comics featuring queer BIPOC characters exploring themes of coming of age, friendship, and challenging discussions, including themes of cultural identity, specifically Chicano culture, diaspora, and immigration.