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SAN DIEGO — Barrio Logan is less than a mile from the Convention Center but after finding themselves as nothing more than a parking lot for the attendees, the residents of the mostly Latino community decided to do their own thing.
David Favela, owner of Border X Brewery in Barrio Logan, is the mastermind behind Chicano-Con, an event showcasing comics, Chicano art, Lucha Libre and the Latino community.
Chicano-Con continues this weekend starting at noon Saturday and Sunday at the brewery.
“I love comic books, I love Comic-Con, and it was how I learned to read and speak English,” said Favela.
Favela turned the brewery’s tasting room and its gated parking lot into a free space for comic lovers and art lovers in the barrio who otherwise wouldn’t be a part of Comic-Con.
“We are literally half a mile to less than a mile from Comic-Con and a lot of people who live here work at Comic-Con, work at the downtown restaurants and bars and are very close to the city, yet we’re kind of on the outskirts,” Favela said.
One of the local artists participating in Chicano-Con is Mario Chacon, who said there is uniqueness to Latino art that is obvious throughout Barrio Logan.
“It’s been peripheral, it’s been pushed out to the edges. There’s never been the real positive or beauty of what we bring to our society promoted on the forefront. We’re a very integral part of this society,” said Chacon.
In addition to Latin American-inspired comic book art and professional luchadores, wrestlers in masks posing and giving autographs, Favela said he wants to inspire a new generation of comic book geeks.
“We’ll be handing out comic books of all types and genres to children. So we really welcome any donations that people may have of their old comic books,” he said.
If anyone has comic books they’d like to donate, the brewery would appreciate them so they can hand them out to kids during the weekend event.
People can enjoy amazing art, food and maybe take a selfie with a luchador.
Other events in Barrio Logan include a “Marvel vs. DC” exhibit at La Bodega Gallery and a tribute to Frida Kalho at the Chicano Art Gallery.