Yehudi Mercado announces Release Party for his all-ages Archaia book "Pantelones,TX" March 9th at Austin Books!

Independent filmmaker and cartoonist Yehudi Mercado (Buffalo Speedway) just dropped this short commercial for the Pantelones, TX release party, happening at Eisner Award Winning comic shop Austin Books next month.

I'm a huge fan of Mercado's self-published not-safe-for-work pizza boy trilogy Buffalo Speedway, so when I saw that Archaia was publishing  Pantalones, TX: Don't Chicken Out his first all-ages graphic novel, I had to check it out. Peep the youTube trailer and some preview pages below...

Here's the Sales Pitch:

Animator Yehudi Mercado brings the zaniness of Saturday-morning cartoons to this wacky graphic novel! Appealing to fans of Adventure Time, The Simpsons, and Captain Underpants, Pantalones, TX: Don't Chicken Out follows the adventures of a band of misfit kids in a rural Texas town as  they try to outwit, outrun, and outprank the ever-vigilant, taco-truck-riding sheriff and his giant chicken. Featuring spoof ads and an eye-popping orange casewrap in landscape trim, this book will appeal  to boys and girls 5-15...and their Adult Swim-watching parents!

Mercado (who grew up in Houston) often says that he is equally horrified by and proud of Texas, which makes perfect sense to me as a native Texan. That ambivalence was part of what energized his epic pizza boy trilogy Buffalo Speedway. Obviously, he's playing it for all that it's worth in Pantalones. Unlike the delightfully crass Buffalo Speedway, Pantalones, TX will stay PG so you can share it with the shorties. I fully expect to love it! Pantlones,TX  dropped digitally on Comixology in October, and is now ready to make its glorious print debut

Last I heard, Mercado was also planning an iPad game for Pantalones, and he's currently working on an animated short called Ghost Town & Down which is in the casting phase. I'm a huge fan of Mercado's comics and in complete awe of his hustle, so expect more updates as I get 'em. For now, you can cop Pantalones, TX on Comixology, or pre-order the Pantalones, TX: Dont Chicken Out Hardcover for $15.96 from Things From Another World. Of course, if you are fortunate enough to live in Austin, you can drop by Austin Books on March 9th between noon and 4.
 stay tuned...


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