Comic Saenz

elisecomputerMiJA Elise Roedenbeck, formerly a professional geek*, wonders if computers make our brains less creative. Since half of Elise’ cabeza is exposed to Mutant Moon Rays from Outer Espace synergistically multiplied by the Reality Distortion Field generated by her MacBook Pro, it was urgent she get an answer as quickly as possible. In this case, it took her only 3:03.

PRO TIP: Elise’s high tech screen name on the Twitter is @buttronica, so you know she’s right, especially when POCHO Migrant Editor Al Madrigal shows up on her list as #1 most creative comedian. :-)

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POCHO Migrant Editor Al Madrigal’s new docu-comedy Half Like Me went live on FUSION Thursday night. In this clip, Al meets up at the US-Mexican border with a patriotic member of the Minutemen. Also, Borderlandia looks familiar somehow.

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In between the Mexican curse words, Gustavo Arellano has a modest proposal: Learn to love your local hipster and/or chipster. We’re still trying to figure out what and who ¡Asked A Mexican! That cartoon, though! [NSFW adult language.]

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Are you a Chipster (Chicano + hipster)? There are Pocho Ocho ways to tell. You might be a Chipster if… [Mas…]

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Even in Santa Ana, Orange County, Califas (it’s actually “Santana,” Gustavo Arellano notes), the Latino-controlled city council dislikes taco trucks. To find out why, it seems prudent to once again ¡Ask A Mexican!

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(PNS reporting from WASHINGTON, D.C.) America will pause Monday to remember the life and message of Ricky Martin Luther King Jr., whose Tengo a Dream y Dance! speech changed the nation forever.

Post offices and other public facilities will be closed, banks and stock exchanges are taking the day off and salsa picante and sweet potato pie – his favorite snack combo – will go on sale all across America. Monday would have been RMLK’s 39th birthday.

Despite his tragic death in 2007 (he was shot and killed by the president of his fan club before an appearance in Dallas) King’s promotion of “love, equality, justice, innocence, malice, refuge, oppression, freedom” has continued to resonate for confused African-Americans, Latinos, Afro-Latinos and Anglos alike. [Mas…]

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alcoconutPOCHO Migrant Editor Al Madrigal’s epic quest for identity — Half Like Me — debuts on FUSION next Thursday.

Coconut Madrigal (white inside, brown outside) knew turning an intensely personal journey into a docu-comedy wouldn’t be one easy trick, but he never anticipated what happened next.

“I set out to dial down my pocho level from a ten to a five,” he told POCHO in a text message Tuesday night, “and ultimately something much greater and unexpected happened. I ended up not giving a shit.”

“I encourage others to try it, feels great.”

Al got some help from three mostly-reliable sources:

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The New York Times was in Paris in 2006 and video’d an editorial meeting at Charlie Hebdo magazine, as the staff brain-stormed a special Mohammed issue.

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Ask A Mexican: Why do Mexicans OVER-PRONOUNCE Spanish? (videos)

by Comic Saenz January 8, 2015 El Now
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Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano is always ready with answers to your preguntas:

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Official Report: La Migra’s border drone results not on fleek (videos)

by Comic Saenz January 8, 2015 El Now
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The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General may not have the sad, exactly, but his end-of-2014 report on border-patrolling drones was not very happy. Tio Sam, the Inspector General recommended, should spend his Migra-Industrial Complex money somewhere else. More drones are not on fleek, the report concluded. The LexisNexis newsroom pulled this quote from the […]

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Kim Jong-Un condemns attack on ‘Charlie Hebdo’ (photo)

by Comic Saenz January 8, 2015 Cartoons
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Los Lobos: Will the Wolf Survive? (classic music video)

by Comic Saenz January 7, 2015 Cultura
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How much better can it get? Will the Wolf Survive? is the 1984 music video that exploded East Los homies Los Lobos into stardom. And don’t the guys look young⁈ Thirty years! Yikes. Wikipedia: How Will the Wolf Survive? is the major label debut album of Los Lobos. In 1989, it was ranked #30 on […]

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Copy and save this image to repost on Facebook (toon)

by Comic Saenz January 2, 2015 Cartoons
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When the bullshit on Facebook becomes too much, a picture is worth 1000 words. Next time someone posts the worthless “Facebook Privacy Notice,” or warns about the bull semen in energy drinks or that Obama’s power-mad bureaucrats have outlawed sprinkles on ice cream cones, post this meme/image based on a painting by Norman Rockwell. Or […]

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Nip slips, NDNs & H8rZ, O My! POCHO’s Most Popular Videos for 2014

by Comic Saenz December 31, 2014 Cultura

An angry Southern California real estate agent confronted an Ontario, CA homeowner (video, above) who was flying a Mexican flag — and you won’t believe what happened next! Did you miss the story? It was our biggest story of 2014 in every category. The video that started it all is above, and the link to […]

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¡Mira! POCHO’s Top Ten Más Popular Cartoons for 2014

by Comic Saenz December 30, 2014 Cartoons
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We pulled the stats and it’s official: These were the Top Ten Toons in 2014. POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz’ La Cucaracha got most of the hot mouse-click action, of course, but the big surprise was the re-emergence of a Lalo-Toon™ from 2002 (above, and #1 below) which seemed to predict the future. That’s why Lalo […]

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POCHO’s Más Popular Stories: Satire y Ñews You Used In 2014

by Comic Saenz December 29, 2014 El Now
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It was quite a year in Ñews y Satire business — our craziest, most exciting year yet. We moved into new territory, actually MAKING some news by spotlighting some scoundrels and celebrating some angels. Does it matter what stories we liked? Dunno. These are the stories that you clicked the most: SoCal Realtor™ gringa doesn’t […]

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Adventures of Kim Jong-Un: He so talent, he so strong (video, photos)

by Comic Saenz December 26, 2014 Cartoons
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Just a few seconds into The Adventures of Kim Jong-Un, it’s clear he so talent, he so strong. Give the guy credit. And before the Kimster blows us all to Hell, please enjoy these photos our reporter in North Korea (moi) smuggled out earlier this year:

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Mel Blanc/Speedy Gonzales: Hat I Got for Christmas is Too Beeg (videos)

by Comic Saenz December 24, 2014 Cultura
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Mel Blanc, the amazing voice artist who brought cartoon hero Speedy Gonzales to life, is the man behind this November 1957 novelty record, The Hat I Got for Christmas is Too Beeg:

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Los Hebrew Homies make Hanukkah potato latkes (NSFW video)

by SOY VEY December 15, 2014 Cultura
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The Jewish festival of Hanukkah חנוכה starts Tuesday night, so Hebrew hermanos Jaquann and Luis prepare potato latkes (pancakes) one of the season’s signature treats. (Totally NSFW adult language.) PREVIOUSLY ON HOMEBOY HEBREWS:

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Ask A Mexican: Why do Mexicans eat tamales during Christmas? (video)

by Comic Saenz December 11, 2014 Cultura
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♫ ♬ Masa roasting by an open fire… ♫ ♬ Wait; that masa thing doesn’t sound right. Dear Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano: Why do Mexicans eat tamales during Christmas? Previously on tamales:

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@LaloAlcaraz fights for Truth, Justice y la Vida Pocha (video)

by Comic Saenz December 4, 2014 Cartoons
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Fusion’s Pedro Andrade talked to POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz about fighting for racial justice, and Lalo spilled the beans.

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Ask A Mexican: Why should we care about Ferguson? (NSFW video)

by Comic Saenz December 4, 2014 Cultura
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Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano recalls America’s history of police brutality against people of color in his latest video: Why Mexicans Should Care About Michael Brown and Ferguson. The author and editor (OC Weekly) reprises a 2007 toon from POCHO Jefe Lalo Alcaraz to prove his point. One additional pregunta, though: Is Gustavo’s hoodie fashion […]

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Star Wars: ‘The Force Awakens/El Despertar de la Fuerza’ (video)

by OBI JUAN COYOTE December 3, 2014 Cultura
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Beware of El Lado Oscuro! PREVIOUSLY ON STAR WARS:

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Ask A Mexican: Why do Mexicans love Thanksgiving so much? (video)

by Comic Saenz November 27, 2014 Cultura
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Is there one question you can ¡Ask A Mexican! that you can’t get an answer for? Gustavo Arellano always has something to say, and inquiries about Thanksgiving are a good example.

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