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Art&Seek on Think TV: Hector Cantu

by Stephen Becker 17 May 2010 7:39 AM

Classic strips have gripped the newspaper comics page for decades, even as that space has shrunk. But 12 years ago, North Texas writer Hector Cantu and artist Carlos Castellanos created ‘Baldo’ – one of the first Latino-themed strips to run nationwide. Today, it appears in 200 papers, including The Dallas Morning News. We talk to Cantu about Hispanic moms, politics and the ups-and-downs of TV animation.


In 1998, North Texas writer-journalist Hector Cantu was working at The Dallas Morning News (as the production director of Quick) when he and Florida artist Carlos Castellanos developed their comic strip, Baldo, one of the first Latino-themed comics to be syndicated in daily, English-language newspapers (certainly the first for Universal Press, the largest independent press syndicate in the world). Today, Cantu is the editorial director for Heritage Auction Galleries, Castellanos is a commercial artist and the teenage Baldo and his family appear in some 200 newspapers nationwide.

We talk to Cantu about how he and Castellanos managed to break into the extremely tight and long-held space of the comics page, whatever happened to Baldo’s mom, how do the creators handle Hispanic-American political issues and what happened when Baldo went Hollywood?

  • Awesome Interview Hector!! I’m very proud of anyone that makes their Dreams come True, like ya said the Odds were certainly against you breaking into the Comics But… Perseverance, Faith, and Talent Always win out! Thanks for Being so Genuine & of course for Baldo.
    Kudos to both you & Carlos!!
    Alina from Miami, Fl
    GKIC peer 😉