Baldo by Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos
Type: Comic Strip
Available for print / Web / mobile
Baldo was our first comic strip to feature Latino characters and themes. Writer Hector Cantú and artist Carlos Castellanos have given us a comic strip whose warmth and gentle humor will appeal to all. Focusing on the exploits of teenager Baldo Bermudez and his family, Baldo provides a humorous look at the Latino experience, but it also lets readers remember what it was like to be young in America.
Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos
Cantu created his first newspaper cartoon when he was 12. "It was a small-town newspaper that just happened to be owned by my brother, but I think it counts," Hector says. "It's called 'networking.'"
Cantu studied journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and today is editorial director at Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas. He previously was managing editor at award-winning Hispanic Business magazine in Santa Barbara, CA, and his writing has appeared in Los Angeles Times Magazine and Hollywood Reporter.
He lives in Texas with his wife, Linda, and three kids: Maya, Sofia and Max.
Carlos Castellanos is the artist behind the comic strip Baldo. Focusing on the exploits of teenager Baldo Bermudez and his family, Baldo provides a humorous look at the Latino experience, while sharing the experience of being young in America with its readers.
Castellanos is originally from Cuba and was always interested in drawing. Around the age of seven, he recalls watching his first episode of "Bewitched." Watching Darrin Stephens sitting behind a large drawing table and working from home inspired the young man to do the same. He began his freelance career as an illustrator in 1981, while still in college. Castellanos now lives in West Palm Beach, Fla. and focuses on work for magazines, book publishers, ad agencies, corporate clients and, of course, Baldo.
The creators' Web site is: www.baldocomics.com.
Meet the Cast of Baldo
Baldo The STAR of the show! A teen with a penchant for magical daydreaming who longs to date the prettiest girl in school. In the meantime, he'll settle for a good game of soccer and building his very own lowrider car one piece at a time.
Dad The anchor of the family, Sergio is business owner who wants only the best for his "perfect" children.
Gracie Little sister with a cause. No ribbons and fluffy dresses here. It's earth-saving campaigns and "Chica Power!" gritos for this strong-willed, yet cute, rebel.
Tia Carmen The live-in aunt who hovers over her sobrino and sobrina with a bag full of Old World ways, common-sense advice and magical remedies.