Media Release — Join cartoonist Alexis E. Fajardo as he wraps up his Small Press Spotlight feature at the Cartoon Art Museum on Sunday, August 11, 2013 from 1:00-3:00pm. Fajardo is the creator of the action-adventure series Kid Beowulf. An exhibition of original art pages from his newest book, Kid Beowulf and the Rise of El Cid, concludes in August, and Fajardo be closing out the show with a booksigning and free sketches during the day!
Lex is a Bay Area cartoonist and currently lives in Santa Rosa, CA where, when no penning Kid Beowulf he works for PEANUTS at the Charles M. Schulz Studio.
For more information about Kid Beowulf please visit kidbeowulf.com
Alexis E. Fajardo is a student of the classics–whether Daffy Duck or Damocles–and has created a unique blend of the two in Kid Beowulf. Lex has taught cartooning throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and currently resides in Santa Rosa where, when not penning Kid Beowulf he works for PEANUTS at the Charles M. Schulz Studio.
Inspired by the epic poem BEOWULF, Kid Beowulf follows the adventures of 12-year-old twin brothers, Beowulf and Grendel as they travel to distant lands and meet fellow epic heroes therein. Similar to Asterix, Bone, and Usagi Yojimbo, Kid Beowulf is intended for audiences who enjoy classic cartooning mixed with high adventure. Kid Beowulf originally started as a seven-page zine in 2000 and eventually grew to a 200 page, self-published graphic novel in 2004. Lex continued to self publish Kid Beowulf until 2008 when Portland based publisher Bowler Hat Comics relaunched the series with Kid Beowulf and the Blood-Bound Oath, which was followed in 2010 by Kid Beowulf and the Song of Roland.
The artwork for this installment of the Cartoon Art Museum’s Small Press Spotlight comes from the latest adventure, Kid Beowulf and the Rise of El Cid, which follows Beowulf and Grendel into Spain where they meet a young knight named Rodrigo who will one day become the epic hero, El Cid. Filled with action, adventure, and a little romance, Kid Beowulf and the Rise of El Cid, debuts this spring via the generous patrons of the 2012 Kid Beowulf Kickstarter. The book will be available at the Cartoon Art Museum bookstore along with the other two books in the Kid Beowulf trilogy.
For more information about the book and its creator please visit: www.kidbeowulf.com
About the Small Press Spotlight:
San Francisco has been a hotbed of innovative, groundbreaking comic art since the late 1800s with the advent of the modern comic strip. In the1960s, the Bay Area gained further notoriety when the underground comix movement launched from San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district. Today, some of the biggest names in alternative and small-press comics hail from the Bay Area, and the Cartoon Art Museum’s Small Press Spotlight focuses on the works of these talented individuals.