I am a featured artist on the superb comics sites grandpapier.com and zco.mx.
Descriptions of some of my comics are below with links to where you can find them. Additional stuff will be in the book and blog sections at left.
Stockists include: The Million Year Picnic (Cambridge, MA), Hub Comics (Somerville, MA), Quimby's (Chicago), Printed Matter (NYC) and Seite Books (Los Angeles).
The excellent Radiator Comics distributes some of my titles as well.
I wrote and drew Chapter 7 in the sexy serialized saga of Headmaster. Find it in Issue 7 of Headmaster Magazine.
My 8-page story "Como un tren" appears in Irene 5 edited by Andy Warner, D.W., and Dakota McFadzean.
6-page story "Pocho" appears in Subcultures edited by Whit Taylor.
"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.
A 30-page story about what I imagine took place in a jail cell in Northern Mexico at the height of the Mexican Revolution. After reading that over one million Mexicans were killed in the years between 1910 and 1920, I got to wondering what it must have been like living among all that death.
TO DIE IN TORREON
A two-page story based on an anecdote in John Gibler's disturbing TO DIE IN MEXICO. This story was featured in an anthology published by the Harvard Bookstore.
ABUELA Y LOS DEAD MEXICANS
This comic intersperses the stories of my grandmother's escape from Mexico during the Revolution of 1910-1920 with those from 'official' history. Featured players include the Revolution's "Big Four": Pancho Villa, Emiliano Zapata, Alvaro Obregon and Venustiano Carranza; as well as my great-grandmother Evarista and her daughters Consuelo (my grandmother) and Beatriz. I am currently working on this comic into a graphic novel to expand on my grandmother's life.
WINTER WAS HARD
A graphic novel set on a wintry New England night, Winter Was Hard — featuring the oddball superhero group The Miracle 5 — is stuffed to the snowdrifts with mystery, suspense, action, adventure, war profiteers, subterranean temples, and wrathful goddesses as a sensitive robot simply named "O", a well-meaning weapon in the tradition of "The Iron Giant", thwarts mischief-makers even as he ponders the larger questions, such as, “Why is life so fleeting?” (though most people’s answers to these questions don’t involve snow pooters and trans-dimensional travel).
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A short story about art school kids.
A sketchbook that I kept for the Brooklyn Art Library's Sketchbook Project.
TALES FROM THE GAY FUTURE
Some one-page comics that I made for Rob Kirby's BOY TROUBLE anthology.
A story about the Miracle 5 and their nemisis, Nostrils Martinez.
Based on a Nez Perce legend about the trickster god, Coyote.
AT LEAST ONE OTHER PERSON
A homeless man and his imaginary friend do some pondering.
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Two horror stories that were originally published in a zine of the same name.
RED GREEN GOLD
You got to be seen green, you got to be dead red, you got to be wearin' gold.