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Saturday, November 7 (11-7):
Comic Arts Brooklyn (CAB)
at Mt. Carmel Gymnasium (Brooklyn, NY)

Comics debuting there are:

Dave Ortega Dias de Consuelo

DIAS DE CONSUELO I
The first in a series about my 100-year old abuela.

POOR MEXICO A new zine published by Bien Vestido Press.

Sat/Sun, October 17 (10-6) & 18 (11-5), 12-6: Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE) at University Hall (Cambridge, MA)

Sunday, October 11 12-6: Boston Zine Fest at Simmons College (Boston, MA)

Thursday, October 1, 7pm: I’ll be speaking about my zines and will have some available for sale at the Queer Zine Fair at Bureau of General Services-Queer Division (New York, NY).

June 2015: I designed a few graphics for banners, tees and what have you for this year's ArtBeat Festival in Somerville, MA presented by the Somerville Arts Council.

June 6, 2015: I'll be tabling at Grand Comics Festival in Brooklyn from noon to 8pm.

May 2015: The guys over at Headmaster asked me to write the next chapter of their title Headmaster's story in comic form for Issue 7. I was given a few parameters and it had to fit in with the story so far. The result is a lot of dirty, gay fun.

April 2015: A few of my titles are now up on the comics platform zco.mx.

April 26, 2015: I'm tabling at the amazing, incomparable Brooklyn Zine Fest.

April 17-18, 2015: Some paintings of mine art at Yeah, You Missed It!curated by Robert Moeller at the Mills Gallery/ Boston Center for the Arts.

March 29-30, 2015: Two new zines debuting at RIPExpo in Providence, RI:

WEMK8U - with Elaine Bay. Players 1-4 continue their endrace in a new lineup of M-Kartz for endtimes.

DE LAS CASAS - This comic is based on the horrific firsthand account by Dominican friar Bartolome de las Casas of the enslavement and slaughter of native peoples during the 'discovery' of the New World.

Mar 25, 2015: My zines will be part of a pop-up zine library at Art Off the Wall at the Brooklyn Museum.

Radiator Comics is distributing some of my comics!

Feb 2015: Honored to have been named Artist of the Month by the Somerville Arts Council.

Jan 30 - Feb 1, 2015: Seite Books will have my comics and zines available at their table at the LA Art Book Fair.

Jan 20, 2015: I'll be on a panel at the Cambridge Public Library with other artists featured in the comics anthology SubCultures.

Dec. 13, 2014: Comics and zines for sale at Black Market presented by Boston Hassle.

Dec. 5, 2014 : Comics and zines featured at Odds and Ends: Art Books/Book Arts Today at the Yale University Art Gallery.

Oct. 4-5, 2014 : My short story "Como un tren" is in the comics anthology Irene 5 which will debut at Alternative Press Expo, San Francisco.

Oct. 1-18, 2014 : My painting Massachusett Never Forget gets a second life as part of Pat Falco's The Boston Contemporary Art Museum for Contemporary Art, Artists, and Their Contemporaries at Mobius, Cambridge, MA.

Sept. 25-28, 2014: I'll be exhibiting with the Boston Ephemera Group in the zine tent at New York Art Book Fair at MOMA PS1, Long Island City, NY.

Sept. 14-15, 2014: My short story "Pocho" is in the comics anthology SubCultures, edited by Whit Taylor. The book will debut at the Small Press Expo, Bethesda, MD.

August 30-31: Pat Falco's pop-up museum The Boston Contemporary Art Museum for Contemporary Art, Artists, and Their Contemporaries has my painting Massachusett Never Forget in their collection.

Grand opening/ closing reception at the Boston Arts Festival: Christopher Columbus Park in Boston. (North End)

August 16, 2014: Selling my zines and comics at the NEW ENGLAND ZINE FEST presented by the Boston Hassle at the Central Square Y in Cambridge, MA.

June 27 - August 2, 2014: A lot of my comics and zines are on display/ available at ZINE SHOW at Lincoln Arts Project in Waltham, MA.

June 24: Four new paintings based on my zine SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS will be shown at YARD 2014 in Somerville, MA curated by art critic Robert Moeller.

June 18, 2014: HACIENDA will be read live at I'll Read Yours if You Read Mine curated by Gilmore Tamny taking place at the Armory in Somerville, MA.

June 4, 2014: I am a panelist on a discussion about making money and art in metro Boston called How We Get By at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Some press coverage can be found here.

April 26, 2014: New zines debuting at Brooklyn Zine Fest! Click each title below to buy.

WEMK - with Elaine Bay. WEMK is a MarioKart Wii fanzine that is a propaganda piece and a call to action. Much weirder than it sounds.

DICHOS - Raul Gonzalez III and I each illustrated various dichos (Mexican sayings) in our own styles. Translations included!

BATTLE OF JUAREZ 1911 - A comic story about some of the unorthodox events surrounding this pivotal battle of the Mexican revolution.

April 5 - June 6, 2014: I have work in By Land, By Sea: Hidden Histories at The Spoke Gallery in South Boston, MA.

HACIENDA is now available as a print comic! Click the picture above for details.

Dec. 4, - Jan 14: Some drawings showing at The Hundreds Show at Lincoln Arts Project in Waltham, MA.

 

Sept. 10, 2013: I wrote a 16-page story titled Hacienda for comics artist/instructor Frank Santoro's first-ever Comics Composition Competition and took the top prize.

"Our decision to award “Hacienda” First Place recognizes Dave Ortega’s creation of an ambitious, multi-layered narrative that cuts through history, class, status and power in a deftly constructed story which takes the reader back and forth in time to reveal the conceit and illusion undergirding dominant paradigms in a way that only comics can. This complex concoction of culture and character made for a winning combination."

Read the whole thing at grandpapier.

Two new zines now available: SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS and DE NARVAEZ each of which debuted at my table at Brooklyn Zine Fest 2013.

October 30 – December 1, 2012: Too Many Truths Spoil the Myth: New Work by Dave Ortega at the Marran Gallery, Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Opening reception November 1: 5-7pm. This show will feature a large wall piece and sculpture focusing on the femicides of the past 20 years in Ciudad Juárez.

Crystal City Radio is new project in narrative, comics and music that is live every Friday at 11am EST on Boston Free Radio. Listen to past episodes and read the comics here.

October: Best American Comics 2012 editors Jessica Abel and Matt Madden pick ABUELA Y LOS DEAD MEXICANS as a notable comic of the year.

I'll have a table at Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE) Sept. 29, 10-7 where comics and t-shirts will be available. Some pages from INSURRECTOS also will be on display in the gallery.



September 24: I am an artist in a group show of graphic work representing 20th Century American Authors at Counter Culture Coffee's Boston Training Center at 374 Somerville Ave.
Above are my contributions to the show.

Giving away free comics... ABUELA and INSURRECTOS at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD of all places Sept. 15 + 16. At SPX, Both ABUELA and INSURRECTOS were accepted into the Library of Congress where they will be preserved forever.

Several zines and comics of mine in Zine Show at the LAP Gallery in Waltham, Mass. Runs from May 16 - June 9; opening reception Friday, May 25, 7-10.



April 2012: Insurrectos is now available as a
limited-edition newsprint comic! Also, I have a new drawing blog where I'll be posting doodles, works-in-progress and other art-related things!

March 2012: My new webcomic Insurrectos is online. It is what I imagine took place in a northern Mexican jail cell in 1916.

March 4, 2012: I was asked to be a featured artist at TEDx Somerville. where my newsprint comics were made available for attendees. Thanks to the event art organizer Kim Blodgett!

January 2012: I am one of 31 artists recognized with a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for "creating work of exceptional quality." Thank you to them!

The Miracle 5 members made paintings based on collaborative drawings. The paintings were shown in Bostonia, a show about Boston-area collectives at the LAP Gallery in Waltham, Mass in October.

August 2011: Illustration for Fenway Victory Gardens in Boston inspired by UPA style animation.

At long last! My 24 page newsprint comic ABUELA Y LOS DEAD MEXICANS is available for free for the duration of Close Distance at the Mills Gallery in Boston from July 15-August 28!

Some doodle-inspired work is on display in Brutal Doodle at Lufthansa Studios in Boston from July 1-15.

May 2011: Beautiful/Decay Book 6: Future Perfect is out this month where you can find my illustrated take on a dystopian/utopian setting.

May 2011: The Miracle 5 and I made this mural for the final show at MEME Gallery in Cambridge, Mass.

My graphic novel WINTER WAS HARD is now available. Set on a wintry New England night, this book is stuffed to the gills with mystery, suspense, action, adventure, war profiteers, subterranean temples, and wrathful goddesses.


My sketchbook is part of THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT on its U.S. tour!