The author of 36 books still finds magic in pen and paper

Frederick Luis Aldama is an Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor at Ohio State University. He is editor of the trade-press series Latinographix as well as the author and editor of 36 books, including the Eisner Award- and International Latino Book Award-winning Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics.

His latest edited book, Tales From La Vida, will come to life as an exhibit opening at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum on Saturday, Nov. 3, during a Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead celebration. The exhibit will showcase the wondrous range of ways that Latinx creators use the comic book storytelling arts to wake audiences to the extraordinary ways that we exist as Latinxs in the US. Here are a few things Aldama loves.

SÕL-CON

With leaves turning yellows and reds, every fall OSU's LASER program brings together over 40 creators of color to teach over 120 K-12 Columbus students how to transform their lives into stories — stories that matter.

Gateway Film Center

More than a venue to chomp popcorn and experience blockbuster entertainment, it's a space of learning and community building. Every November we celebrate our Latinx community, culture and tradition. Our free-and-open-to-the-public Día de los Muertos event begins here with kids lined up for face-painting as their fave calavera and ready to soak up some history and culture just before showings of films like “Coco.” I also get to teach all of my classes here — from Film & Comics to Latinx Pop Culture. It's my Starship Enterprise.

Pen and paper

In the wee hours of the morn when all is silent and night shrinking, I use these tools to ink new worlds. For what seems to be lifetimes I live with my words and images, finally finding my way to pen and paper to give shape to myriad ideas and feelings embodied in characters shaped by time and place. I use these instruments to shape story worlds that seek to make new our perceptions and deepen our understanding of our place in the world.

Cover to Cover bookstore

Where books come to life and community holds strong. Where there are no divisions between children, teens and adults. Where we explore, learn and heal.

Miller Park Library

Where children learn to read before they can speak. Where they grow tastes for certain authors — and not others. Where those hard edges of life that create fear and anxiety, soften.