K-12 Educator's Workshop: Addressing Social Issues through Comic-Making

Jesús Cossio

Saturday, October 28, 2017 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Latin American and Iberian Institute

801 Yale Blvd NE


Join us for a morning of professional development focused on addressing critical social issues through art, specifically drawing upon the experiences of Jesús Cossio, an internationally-recognized graphic novelist and comic artist from Peru.

Visiting author and illustrator Jesús Cossio will discuss how he has produced graphic novels and comics to represent the violence endured during Peru’s civil war (1980-2000). As one of the leading influential authors of documentary and journalistic comic books, Jesús employs comics to document and depict human rights violations committed by state and insurgent forces during the country’s era of violence. To explain how and why he does this, he will share several of his illustrations and discuss the process of making them and how he has used them in working with high school students to help the community’s healing process in the wake of trauma.

Cossio is a Peruvian illustrator, author, and editor of comic books and graphic novels. He has published numerous books and zines, including El cerdo volador, Pánico, Juventud moderna, and Ciudades convertidas en selvas with publishers in Peru and other South American countries. In 2003, Cossio was awarded a Rockfeller Foundation Fellowship in the Humanities along with two other authors (Luis Rossell and Alfredo Villar) and he has been an invited panelist at important Latin American comic book festivals including Viñetas con altura 2009 (Bolivia), Viñetas sueltas 2009 and 2010 (Argentina) and Entreviñetas 2012 (Colombia). He is considered by critics as one of the most influential authors of documentary and journalistic comic books in Latin America.


This workshop is provided at no cost to K-12 educators, including in-service and pre-service teachers, educational aides, administrators, and librarians. Registration is required. Certificates of professional development will be given and light refreshments will be provided.


Latin American and Iberian Institute (with support from the US Department of Education Title VI), Instituto Cervantes of Albuquerque, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Spanish Resource Center, UNM Art Museum