Nerdtino, the First Laxtinx East Coast Comic Book Convention, Debuts in Philly

What began as a social media group has blossomed into a full celebration of Meso-American geek culture with the launch of the Nerdtino Expo.  Taking place Saturday, November 18, at Taller Puertorriqueño’s El Corazón Cultural Center – with the added convenience of El Guaco Loco taco truck on-site –  Thomas E. Delfi, executive director and founder, has a geek-tastic day planned. Here are just a few of the highlights:

(Photo by William Alatriste, provided to El Diario)

Café Con Comics: Boricuas in the Comic Book Industry – Program Room A, 12pm Host: Edgardo Miranda Rodriguez, creator of La Borinqueña

The latest stop on his nation-wide book tour, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez will discuss the creative journey of creating La Borinqueña and the deeper history of Puerto Ricans in the Comic Book Industry. He recently curated Arte de La Borinqueña at the Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education, which is on view through January 6, 2018. Proceeds from the exhibition will go directly towards the Hurricane Irma recovery effort in Loíza, Puerto Rico.

Brujos Screening – Program Room B, 1pm Host: Writer & Director Ricardo Gamboa

‘Brujos’ still courtesy of Ricardo Gamboa

Brujos is a dynamic web-series that blends Latin American soap operas, American sitcoms, and critical theory as it follows 4 gay Latino grad students—that are also witches—as they navigate magic, nightlife, intimacy, and final papers while trying to survive a witch-hunt.


Comic Book Writing Workshop – Program Room A, 2pm
Hosts: Mighty Writers El Futuro, writer Carlos José Pérez Sámano

Join in on Part 1 of our Comic Book Workshop Series, a 101 on the writing process where you will have a chance to design your own stories and bring them to life! Bring a notebook and writing tools, some materials available!

CosFight Stage Fighting Demo –Courtyard, 3pm Host: CosFight

Join professional actor and stuntman Tico Flores and fencing coach Moses Sistrunk Jr. for CosFight! The Cosfight Star Wars themed panel teaches stage combat, stunt and fight choreography. You’ll learn how to put together a Lightsaber fight sequence by doing. You’ll also learn about some of the tricks and secrets used to stage fight scenes!

Pixar’s Coco Screening – 4pm Host: Cartoonist & Creative Consultant Lalo Alcaraz

Turn down the lights and sneak in a snack for a screening of exclusive footage from Pixar’s Coco!


Diversity & Representation in Geek Media – Program Room A, 4pm Hosts: Allegriana, Cosplay & Fantasy Model, Author Sabrina Vourvoulias, Ink & Latin@ Rising

Photo via @allegriana

We’ve come a long way, but where are we exactly? Join cosplay model Allegriana and author Sabrina Vourvoulias in a discussion about representation in geek culture, as performers, fans, and creators.

Tickets to Nerdtino are $25 at the door. Student rate is $20, and children 12 and under are free with paying adult. Sponsors and friends include Esperanza College, Amalgam ComicsTaller Puertorriqueño, Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.