Q & A with Illustrator Raúl the Third

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Now here’s something different. Pour yourself a cup of Nescafé Suave and welcome to an ear-catching hang-out with two cool artists from the world of Latin@ kid lit. Chances are, you already know and love acclaimed illustrator Raúl Gonzalez, aka Raúl the Third, lauded in review after review for his work in Lowriders in Space, a dynamic graphic novel for kids written by Cathy Camper, released in 2014. (For a partial list of articles about Raúl, Cathy and LRIS, see the bottom of this post.)

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Raúl’s interviewer is Robert Trujillo, an up-and-coming illustrator based in California, who guest posted for Latin@s in Kid Lit in 2014. Instinct told us that Robert and Raúl would hit it off. How right we were! Today we’re offering Raúl and Robert’s Skyped conversation in audio format. It’s 32 minutes of lively repartee on becoming an artist, breaking into illustration, diversity in kid lit and much more– all laced with a zesty dose of Mexican American culture and comic-book geekiness. We’re betting you’ll find the chat engaging, revealing and funny.

(Teachers and parents, a small caution about some adult language.)

Some readers may not have access to audio playback, so we’re also posting a transcript of the conversation. Click here: Raúl Gonzalez Interview

Whether you listen or read, be sure to scroll down the length of this post for a FEAST of images related to the Q & A.

 

 

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A spread in Lowriders in Space, penned in Bic ballpoints by Raúl Gonzalez

 

Throughout the interview, Raúl refers to sketches, thumbnails, and overlays that he created for Lowriders in Space. To enlarge the view, click on individual images.

 

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The die-cast Impala

 

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Inking stage

 

More art by Raúl, the fine artist and muralist

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Born Again, by Raúl

 

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A mural by Raúl at Tufts University

 

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“The Shape of Your Path,” by Raúl

 

Photos of Raúl on book tour and at home

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Raul at a library visit

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Raúl with his parents

 

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The artist and his family

 

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“The Thing,” an early comic creation by Raúl

Raúl and LRIS have been written up EVERYWHERE! Here’s a minuscule sampling of the coverage.

Kirkus–a starred review of Lowriders in Space

School Library Journal, a print interview with Raúl

The Nerdy Book Club, featuring the 2014 Nerdy Awards for Graphic Novels

The Boston Globe, an exhibit by Latino artists at the Fitchburg Art Museum

 

Visit Raúl’s website here. He’s also on Facebook and Twitter. And don’t miss the official trailer for Lowriders in Space!  It’s a co-creation by Raúl, his artist wife, Elaine Bay, and their young son.

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Raúl, center; Robert, bottom right

 

A huge thanks to our interviewer, Robert Trujillo! We look forward to seeing his art in future publications, including his upcoming book with Arte Público.

photo1 Born and raised in the Bay Area, Robert Trujillo is a visual artist and father who employs illustration, storytelling, and public art to tell tales. These tales manifest in a variety of forms and they reflect the artist’s cultural background, dreams, and political / personal beliefs. He can be found online and on Twitter at @RobertTres.

 

Finally, a special thanks to our audio editor, Caitlin C. Weaver.

 

 

4 comments on “Q & A with Illustrator Raúl the Third

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  2. What a fantastic and gorgeous exploration of Raúl’s work. Am ordering LOWRIDERS now–there’s humor at so many levels that I know my son will get years of enjoyment out of it, and he loved looking at the images as I was reading this post.

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