viernes, agosto 11, 2006

Mex News

For those who want to be up to date in Mexican political matters, and unterstand a little spanish, I have an exercise:

Open your web browser and go to these links:

This way you will have the two ends of the mexican news spectrum.

On one side, you have El Norte, a conservative-corporate owned newspaper from the northern city of Monterrey, Mexico.

And at the other end, there is La Jornada, a leftist-cooperative owned newspaper from Mexico City.

You don't have to read thoroughly both papers, just stare at the headlines and enjoy.

Anyway, if you are very interested in really getting into the mexican situation, then read the interiors. In the case of El Norte's web site, you must have a password, by paying a suscription fee. La Jornada's site is completely free to visit, incluiding its vast archives.

Both newspapers have interesting backgrounds. Founded in 1938, El Norte developed by 1984 a modern way to display notes and pictures, leaving behind annoying "breakable" notes (continued in page 35) and adding appealing photographs and simple illustrations to explain complicated notes.
I worked as an illustrator in El Norte from 1993 to 1995.

La Jornada was founded in 1984 by talent from other newspapers during an obscure age for information in Mexico. Giving an independent and not condescending style to its contents. Because of this, La Jornada is frequently attaked by different federal and local governments.

It's interesting to compare different features of each newspapers:

-The nature and extension of the headlines.

-The different treatment and the page that is assigned
to the same issue. ¡Amazing!

-The digested, tiny, marketingly correct text notes fron El Norte against the extense, deep treatment of the notes in La Jornada.

El Norte has four exceptions: Editorials from Mexico City's journalists Miguel Ángel Granados Chapa, Elena Poniatowska and Carlos Monsiváis, and a weekly section dedicated to Proceso, Mexico's most important analysis magazzine. Those are strong assets that give credibility to this monster of the editorial industry in México, that also founded Reforma, one of the biggest newspaper based in México City.

Later I will comment on specific arcticles on each newspaper, but now, I'm going to show you my latest comic character, Jackey the Jackrabbit.

Just like me, Jackey lives in the city of Forney, Texas, and he is now outside his natural environment. Jackey was inspired in a real jackrabbit I saw on my front yard. The poor animal seemed fearfull and it was obvius that its home was destroyed by the enormous machines digging and smashing the former open country behind my backyard.

In the first cartoon, Jackey shows us the importance of saving water. Texas is having the worst drought season in many years.

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Well, I made it. My first blog in English. I hope you can enjoy and understand it!!

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